I made my way through the mountains to the big city of Charlotte Saturday for a wedding inspiration shoot at The Duke Mansion. This place is absolutely gorgeous! Everything about this venue is classy and I love spending my afternoon there. Built-in 1915 the Mansion tripled in size by owner James Buchanan Duke, is a gorgeous venue. Its operation as a nonprofit gives all proceeds to preserving and protecting this community treasure.
First of all, when I arrived I was immediately struck by the black and white floors, amazing chandeliers and the overall splendor of the mansion. Most importantly there were very friendly faces all about the property. The staff was very welcoming and kind and overall wonderful to work with.
High fashion bride Jessica Shadden, completely rocked it. She is a stunning person inside and out. She grew up with parents in the military and is super open-minded and loves meeting people. This sweet extrovert loves all things art and creativity, and is very interested in modeling and event planning! Favorite past times hiking and outdoors are also a kryptonite for her, she loves to be on the move. Similarly, traveling is a huge passion, as well as pursuing equal rights for all and educating our youth!
Next, the bride and groom models are Yarah and Shiraz Aslam. Married for two years, these two were troopers in the cold. Yarah is a professional, international model and actress with 20 pageant titles and many awards. These two are just the sweetest couple and so in love. I really enjoyed working with the two of them!
From the dresses to the flowers, and the cake and all the gorgeous details! It’s the vendors that come together to make a brides vision come alive on her wedding day! Enjoy some of my FAVORITE images from this styled shoot and be sure to leave some love for the crew that made this happen, below! All the vendors and models were wonderful to work with and I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful day.
Host/planning/styling | SARAH MILLER
Moderator/Co-planning | DAVID HUNTINGTON
Florist | KELILABEE FLOWER COMPANY
Venue | THE DUKE MANSION
Hair and Make-up | PAIGE POPE
Bakery | WOW FACTOR CAKES
Calligraphy | GEMINI DESIGN HOUSE
Ribbon | KIMBERLY LAY OF A RIBBONS NEST
Dresses | SAVVY BRIDE BOUTIQUE
High Fashion Bride | JESSICA SHADDEN
Bride & Groom models | YARAH AND SHIRAZ ASLAM