The inspiration for this Neo-Soul badass wedding inspiration was both edgy and moody with hints of a throwback homage celebrating a Neo-Soul musical element of sound, feel, and even taste. Neo-Soul is a style of music from the ’90s; and is a cross between Soul and Contemporary R&B. They focused on Maxwell and Dallas native Erykah Badu because they both produced a sound that would lend to that romantic but earthy, gritty and moody under-beat vibe the vendors were trying to achieve.
You’ll want to see the bridal jumpsuit with a deep plunge neckline and a winged arm and burgundy tutu skirts. “Melanin” printed shirts were paired with the skirts. The bride was draped with a light leatherette jacket, donning “Mrs.” on the back.
The elevated centerpiece on the head table utilized southern smilax and lush luxe specialty blooms while the bridal bouquet wasn’t a typical round one; but instead was an elongated design. The sweetheart table was adorned by southern smilax with complementing blooms from the bride’s bouquet. Some of the blooms and garlands included: Ranunculus Clooney, Hydrangea, Chocolate Cosmos, Rose Garden Assortments, and a variety of Eucalyptus garlands and Bay Laurel Green.
The floral accents were carried through the invitation suite which was then used as inspiration for the painted burgundy floral pattern on a layer of the cake that was matte black with geometric shapes and a gold textured layer.
For delicious food, there were caprese salad skewers and cajun seared shrimp shooters, just to name a few. Young violinist Savannah Harp serenaded with the smooth sounds of Neo-Soul tunes throughout the evening.
Lead Photographer and Creative Concept Designer: Lisa Haynes, Charmed Life Photography
Second Shooter: Tawana Brown
Event Planner: Callie Gray Weddings and Events
Cake Maker: Kara Nelsen, Kara’s Bake Shoppe
Dress Designer: Brandi Gan, Isla Atropa Design Co.
Tutu Maker: Karen Bullock, Ingrid Elizabeth Designs
Stationery Suite: Giavonni French, Black Paper Creative Studio
Calligraphy Artist: Sarah Lott, Meet Me Lettering
Florist: Shemira Preston, Magnolia’s Rose Company
Chef: Jasmin Upchurch, Kurly’s Kreations
Rentals: 5 Star Rental
Dress: Isla Atropa DC
Models: Jasmine Banks
Coretta Enabulele (Bride)
Grant Polley (Groom)
Hair and makeup: LaToyia Goodman, In His Image Salon, Melanie M. King, Fierce and Fancy, Cassie Daniel, Blended By Cassie
Wooden Mr. & Mrs. Signage: Heather Zeuschner, Lightwood Lane Sign Co.
Chocolate Ring Box and Sweets: Karin Brush, My Favorite Sweets Favors
Styling Kit Items/Velvet Ring Box/Garnet Ring: Amazon
Bridesmaids’ Dresses/Melanin Shirts: Shein
Groomsmen Attire: Dillards
Motorcycle Drivers: Chris Haynes & Stacey Keaton
Support Team: Taighlor Haynes, Elijah Goodman, & Abigail Davis