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Cairnwood Estate Wedding | Black Gatsby Themed Wedding | Danielle + Adam

March 24, 2020 by Afrik Armando in StoriesWeddings
Cairnwood Estate Wedding | Black Gatsby Themed Wedding | Danielle + Adam

A fundamental part of every wedding I shoot is understanding the personality of my couples; that is the things which get them excited, their passions, dreams, and aspirations? The purpose of this is simple, photographing a wedding is like doing a tango dance with the couple, to get the best, we learn to sway to the tune of their story. My job is to create that space where they can be free to be who they really are.

When I first met Danielle & Adam in person, I quickly learned how dear black culture was to them. For this reason, we related on so many levels, from talking about the school systems to industry representation, to give you an idea of how deep we went, I think that first meeting lasted for about 4 hours. So going into their wedding with this in mind, I sought to represent the essence of their story. Two working professionals passionate about empowering their communities and creating opportunities for others.

I think what stood out to me most was when Danielle brought in paintings to cover the ones present during the cocktail hour and reception. The art was by Gilbert Young, a black artist know for his timeless work. I was also blown away by the color-infused florals from Robertson’s Flowers, and the beautiful Calla Lily stationary. Everything about her wedding indeed flowed with the theme of a black gatsby.


Venue: Cairnwood Estate

Event Planning – GLDN Soul Events

Makeup Artist: Taysha 

Florist: Robertson’s Flowers

Second Shooter: Ilya Yablonski

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