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Kwanzaa Harvest: A Celebration of African Heritage

We are gonna do a little celebration dance here at Beauty Bright Design and you are invited to dance along! Back in October, I had the opportunity to work with some very talented creative entrepreneurs on a Kwanzaa inspired styled wedding shoot. From rustic barns, beautiful African fabrics and gorgeous florals to gold foiled stationery, cowrie shell fondant details and tablescapes to die for, this make-believe wedding was a beautiful way to honor a rich and vibrant African Culture.

African American Couple Sitting on Blue Velvet Couch in front of White Victorian Home

African Heritage: the inspiration

I actually happened to fall into this styled shoot by accident (and I am so glad I did!) I was browsing through honeybook when I saw Gina’s post looking for a designer to create an “epic” stationery suite for a styled wedding shoot she was planning. If you know me, then you know I saw the word epic and reached out right away!

Woman Setting Up Candles for Kwanzaa

When I first chatted with Gina about her vision, she was extremely excited to celebrate African Heritage by incorporating the symbols and principals of Kwanzaa. Her enthusiasm had me hooked and my brain was racing with stationery ideas before we even got through all the details!

At the end of our chat, we knew three things about what she was envisioning for the stationery suite: it needed to make a statement, it needed to have a stationery box and it needed to incorporate elements of the gorgeous fabric used as the sash on the Bride’s dress.

it’s all in the details

The colors that Gina selected were gorgeous, warm and vibrant.

But these colors also presented of a bit of a challenge – too much purple, green and yellow and the suite would be throwing Mardi Gras Beads from a parade float on Bourbon Street while eating King Cake! I spent a lot of time tweaking the paper and envelope colors to find a perfect balance. After talking through some additional details about other elements in the shoot, Gina and I decided on adding an organic element, a light rsvp envelope and round menu card made from recycled materials.

Tablesetting with green plates and round menu cards

The venue for the shoot was Park Winters, a beautiful backdrop of California countryside and gorgeous buildings around the property like the Victorian Home shown below.

White Victorian Home with Greenery

I wanted the stationery to meld with the scenery and in no way take away from it’s natural beauty. As you see below, I opted to use a single white lowercase serif font for the main text. To help contrast the softness of the white, I opted for a line of all caps gold serif font. The white and gold pop right off the metallic colored paper! With such rich colors for the cards and the box, I opted to use a clear invitation as shown below.

now let’s talk about this stationery box.

This was one place I wanted to give a little umpff! Gina had said she wanted it to make a statement, and I couldn’t think of a bigger statement than a gold velvet lining. In my original design I had opted for a black invitation box, but boy am I glad we changed that! I absolutely love how the green contrasted the gold velvet and the blue wrap. Wowza!

Green Stationery Box with Blue Wrap among a table decorated for kwanzaa

vendor team

Thank you to our vendor team for putting together such an amazing display of creative talents. You all are awesome!

Planning, Coordination, Styling, Floral Design and Accessories: Inspirations by Gina
Stationery: Beauty Bright Design
Photographer and Videographer: Meagan Lucy Photographers
Wedding Dress: Sparkle Bridal Couture
Venue: Park Winters
Men’s Suit: Tuxedo Den
Hair and Make Up: All Dolled Up
Rentals: Rustique Country Rentals
Officiant: Dearly Beloved Celebrations
Cake: Go West Baking and Events 
Fabric for Sash, Bow Tie, Napkins, Runner: Mood Fabrics NYC

If you would like to learn more about all the details and inspirations, check out this blog post by Munaluchi Bridal featuring our Kwanzaa Harvest Styled Shoot: Honoring African Heritage: Inspiring Ceremonial Styled Shoot

Does this have your wedding planning gears spinning? Check out Six Things to COnsider Before Choosing your Wedding Vibe to see what’s most important to focus on.

Interested in having a similar stationery design for your wedding? Learn more about how the magic happens and schedule your design consult to get started!

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