Inspiration

Get in touch with your roots and the motherland with this Afro-centric harvest styled shoot in the whimsical fields of Park Winters, California. From the bold color palette, metallic accents and artistic wedding cake, we're sure you'll want to add ethnic details to your wedding day. Check out this gorgeous styled shoot, captured by Meagan Lucy Photographers.

Inspirations by Gina, a California-based wedding and event planning company teamed up with a handful of talented vendors for an African boho wedding styled shoot. Here is what Gina Lett Shrewsberry of Inspirations by Gina had to say about this cultural styled shoot:

"Love wins. Love conquers all. Our design inspiration for the shoot was to showcase a diverse couple who would want to bring rustic glamour to the natural countryside surrounding the venue Park Winters, which is a private country estate located in Winters, California. By tying in subtle African American influences with bold colors, fabrics and textures, our design goal was to tie together their African heritage with their appreciation of food and wine near the farm-to-fork capital. For the venue, we knew that Park Winters would be perfect for the shoot. The entire property is full of so many meticulous details that we wanted to incorporate into the shoot and was perfect for the couple's inspired style and profile.

Every detail was inspired by a strong earthy color palette, drawn from African American culture to create a bohemian and romantic ambiance with lots of textured details. Because the backdrop of the shoot was a private country estate, we used flowers and greenery that showcased the natural elements represented in the barn, chicken barn and farmland around the venue. In addition to that, the texture in the floral designs needed to have the softness and romantic look of the peach roses and the organic and flowy look of the Queen's Anne lace."

Shoot location: Park Winters, Winters, California

Shoot theme: Afro-Centric Boho Harvest

Color combinations: Purple, orange, peach, green, cream and blue.

Favorite detail: Groom's bowtie, bride's sash and cowrie shell necklace.

Decor Details:

 

Linens: 

Creme polyblend linen, runner and napkins made out of African wax fabric.

Centerpiece Description: 

Wicker containers and cast iron containers with Queen Anne's lace, roses, football mums and greenery.

Place Settings: 

Green china, bamboo flatware, and vintage glassware in colors of peach and smoky green.

Guest Table:

Showcased florals that complemented the bride and groom's personal flowers. African American heritage was hinted with the unique linens reflected in the table runner and napkins. Every detail was inspired by a strong earthy color palette, drawn from African American culture, to create a bohemian and romantic ambiance with lots of textured details. 

The tabletop is set with a purple runner, green stoneware, peach, green and clear glassware and bamboo flatware. The cream-colored linen was used to soften the strong earthy color palette and the wicker and metal candelabras were used to create a bohemian rustic look. 

The menu cards in the place settings reflected the diversity of the farm-to-fork foods and was a nod to the venue holding winemaker dinners showcasing the bounty of the surrounding farmlands. The earthy tones such as yam, orange, green, peach and pops of purple completed the total look on the tabletop.

Sweetheart Table:

The sweetheart had a soft look with a cream-colored wooden vintage table and green chairs. All the elements that were on the table mirrored what was on the guest table, but on a smaller scale. A flowy cream-colored table runner created a romantic and soft feel.

Stationery: 

Green, yam, orange, beige, and purple with accents of gold cowrie shells. Menu cards reflect a California farm-to-fork menu. The invitation suite was in a green box.

Cake:

The cake represents cowrie shells and an African drum. In African culture, cowrie shells were used as money and the drum was and is still used today for religious ceremonies, celebrations and weddings. The cowrie shells and the drum on the cake were tied to the rest of the shoot where the cowrie shells and drum are part of the ceremony and are on the model's custom designed necklace.

Please share unique details from your shoot:

Customization of the sash on the gown and groom's bow tie and handkerchief was a very important element and was custom-made with African wax fabric. It tied in with the linens on the sweetheart and guest tables.


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