This shoot was recently featured on BlackBride.com.
One of my favorite things about this inspiration photo shoot is that it focuses less on wedding decor and more on wedding fashion and beauty. Don’t get me wrong, I could spend all day on Pinterest looking at beautiful tablescapes and reception lighting…and as Steve and I start to plan our own wedding, there are days that I have to tear myself away from the Pinterest boards! But there are just as many ways you can alter your beauty routine and style your wedding dress with different accessories to create a unique look on your special day. Between Sabrina Gilbert’s talented hair & makeup artistry and Jhenelle Neon’s kick-ass styling (seriously, check out the beauteous Prim n’ Perfect accessories on this table), this is a shoot I was so happy to be a part of…
“Harlem Renaissance” was the overall theme Sabrina pitched when she asked if I was willing to collaborate. She wanted it to have a vintage feel, a throwback to the 1920’s when there was an explosion of culture in Harlem. My only task, aside from photography the day of, was to find a few locations to shoot. Seeing as this is the neighborhood I call home, it was pretty easy to take some daily walks and scout things out. We finally settled on 67 Orange Street, a speakeasy-style lounge named after the location of Almacks, one of the city’s first black-owned and operated bars. The place couldn’t have been more suited for this project.
*Sidenote – I’ve been back a few times since our shoot and I can not say enough good things about this place. If you’re willing to make the trip uptown, the happy hour food and drink menu is well worth your while! You will not regret the Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles :)
From the handmade beaded headband to the fur stole, Kimberly’s first look has a real flapper-infused style. And can I just say Kimberly is stunning without the glam hairstyle and beautiful makeup seen here. But Sabrina and Jhenelle added just the right amount of polish to make her even more dropdead gorgeous!!!
Loving the lace ties on the headband. You could easily tie this in a knot rather than a bow and let the strands of lace hang free amongst your curls!
Keeping the same dress as before, Sabrina tucked Kimberly’s long curls under to give her the appearance of a shorter hairstyle that was de rigueur in the 20’s. Jhenelle then added some Gatsby-inspired accessories. The additional bling and long drapey necklaces would have been right at home in the latest movie adaptation of this time! Kimberly looks sensational and I love the peacock feathers we later swapped the feather boa for…
I absolutely love the third look for this dress! It may have a little something to do with positioning Kimberly on the bar :) The accessories Jhenelle used for ultimate glam 1920’s style is definitely for the bride who really wants to sparkle…
Love the earrings! You could easily wear these to dress up your every day fashion…
We took dress number two for a stroll in the neighborhood, setting up on the stoop of a brownstone I had scouted out earlier. To me, nothing speaks more of New York City and Harlem than these late 19th/early 20th century buildings. The next two looks with this dress are a little more elegant, with just hints of the 1920’s style…
I saved my favorite series of images for last! Set in the downstairs dining area of 67 Orange Street, Kimberly’s silver, rhinestone and pearl accessories are classic yet chic. And I love that she was willing to have a little fun with this one, sipping on a faux martini to go along with the speakeasy vibe…
Head on over to BlackBride.com to see their take on the feature, and be sure to scroll to the end and turn up your speakers for a special behind-the-scenes video from the super-talented Mae B Films!!! And if you’re in need of a photo booth on your special day, Royal Photo Booth has you covered!!!
Photography: Cyrience Photography
Venue: 67 Orange Street
Bridal Gowns: Designer Loft
Accessory Designer: Prim n’ Perfect
Hair and Makeup: Sabrina Gilbert NYC
Photo Booth: Royal Photo Booth
Videography: Mae B Films
Model: Kimberly Singh