September 12, 2015
From the Photographer: When Wedding Paper Divas contacted me to do a styled shoot for them, they gave me an open slate and told me to come up with something cool that would speak to a modern bride.
Durham is one of the strongest up-and-coming cities in North Carolina. From DPAC, trendy restaurants, and endless food trucks, we knew this town would be the perfect inspirational spot. 21C is a newly minted 24-hour museum, which also happens to double as a hotel – and a place where couples can actually get married.
With the location in mind, it was easy to call up Shana and Anthony – an awesome couple whose engagement I shot last year and wedding I’ll be shooting later this year. It just so happens they also have an amazing designer, Nishaka, who joined in to design this shoot. She was the perfect person to seamlessly blend in striking, bold elements with the museum’s unique artwork.
From the Designer: When I received the call from Hooman (Vesic Photography) about the styled shoot, I was more than honored and excited to accept the challenge. After we met and discussed the venue idea and concept, Hooman loved it and said go for it!
Seeing 21C in person inspired me – it gave me life and the dreams and vision of a bride started to come to life for me in my mind’s eye! I knew I wanted the design concept to lead with a white base, then add in navy blue and gold for fun wedding accents; eventually, even a touch of blush and green came into the concept to complete our urban, modern and romantic wedding inspiration. While pops of color may seem like a bold choice, they are sometimes the most elegant option for a sophisticated venue.
I am so grateful to an amazing venue and a great team of vendors who worked hard and closely with me on this shoot!!! Experience the “Artistic Urban Modern” Themed Wedding below.
Venue: 21C Museum Durham Hotel
Photographer: Vesic Photography
Event Designer: Events By Nishaka
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Designer: Blossom Floral Artistry
Cake Artistry; Cakes by Chloe
Rentals: CE Rentals & Southern Event Rentals
Furniture & Rentals: AFR Furniture Rentals
Lighting & Photobooth: Triad DJ & Events
Wall Calligraphy: All She Wrote Notes
Make-up Artistry: Savin Face Make-up Artistry
Wedding Dress: Diva’s Bridal and Boutique
Suit: Jos. A Bank
Real Bride and Groom: Shana Simpson & Anthony Boney
Hair Stylist: Crystal Brown-Williams, Split Endz Salon