July is not only the month that American’s celebrate their independence, but also the month Rwandans celebrate theirs. My maternal grandparents are from Rwanda and so I always mention my lineage when asked where I am from. Rwanda is a very beautiful country, rich in culture and prosperity. However, its greatness is often overshadowed by the horrific genocide of 2004. Although, the lives lost should never be forgotten, I do believe that this country should be given the light that it is due.
Inspired by the culture, the people and it’s redemption, I felt it on my heart to bring forth an image that is usually hidden. This inspirational shoot showcases elements of a simple and elegant fall wedding that any bride can take from. We chose to locate the shoot in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park because some of its horticulture helped mimic the amount of green land found in Rwanda. At the same time, it was important to exhibit the modern architecture and skyline that Atlanta provides, which is now also a part of the the rebuilt Rwanda.
The hairstyle was create by Tiffany Howard of Salon Moneak and was well complimented by make up artist Victoria Morgan of Beauty by Victoria. The objective was to enhance the natural beauty of our model, as you do with any bride, but at the same time bring inspiration to the creative process. The dress provided was a gift. The dress, also known as the mushanana, is a two piece outfit. A rift skirt bunched at the hips and a type of sash over one shoulder, typically worn over a tank top or bustier. This dress is a perfect outfit for those holding ceremonies in high temperature weather. The complimenting jewelry, provided by Kortney Lewis, accented the dress and natural essence and elegance of the session.
We chose to dress our groom in traditional western attire. Although some men choose to wear traditional light wear outfits, we wanted to showcase another option for the western male. Here we tied the wedding colors together in his custom made bow-tie provided by Trois Frerés of Athens, GA. The bow tie is an easy wear for all who love a quick and quality accessory.
What is an elegant wedding without custom stationary, prestigious floral design, classy chiavari seats and an elegantly designed cake? By any means not a modern, elegant bride. These pieces help bring the wedding experience together and we wanted to show you how. Stationary was provided by See You There Invitations, all floral design and table linen was provided by Jantell’s Events and Consulting, silver cushioned chiavari seats provided by The Rental Events and our two tiered wedding cake was provided by Cindyrella Cakes. All the handmade baskets are my own (JLondon Images) but can be found here. These are traditional pieces of decor.
Photographer: JLondon Images
Hair Stylist: Salon Moneak
Make Up Artist: Beauty By Victoria
Jewelry: Kortney Lewis
Bow-Tie: Trois Frerés
Floral Design and Linens: Jantell’s Events and Consulting
Chiviri Seats: The Rental Events
Wedding Cake: Cindyrella Cakes
Couple: Reginald and Reshaunda Boyd
PS: I hope you enjoyed a taste of Rwanda and was inspired by the images above. If you like it, grab a copy of my electronic magazine below, where I provide tips and ideas for your big day followed by direct access to my most current wedding photography pricing and other bonuses.