In THE JUKEBOX, we explore mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety and the people who have been tasked to bear those challenges. We dive into how they experience love, how they experience what is “supposed” to be the happiest day of their lives, how fine arts help serve as outlets, but most importantly how unconditional love from that special person is one of the greatest form of therapy.
As part of the foundation of this shoot deals with mental illness such as depression and anxiety, we wanted to show the ways that sometimes people try to mask their issues. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, or just the common insecurities, we all have things that we are forced to deal with. It is very common for many of us to always put on a mask or facade that we’re okay or that things are beautiful, as the shoot progresses and the couple become more intimate with one another the mask is stripped away. By the end of the shoot we see our bride wearing that same mask as a crown of sorts, giving hope that through love we are able to turn our trials into triumph.
The shoot also derives from Langston Hughes classic poem Jukebox Love Song, which was adapted for the location of the shoot. Shot in the legendary ballroom and concert hall, El Torreon we were fully aware of the music history that those walls contained and felt even more compelled to pay homage to that.
With a color palette that consisted of various shades of green, burgundy, black, dark brown, caramel, deep purple, dusty blush, golden yellow, gold, silver, and copper we were able to create a heavy, yet ethereal atmosphere. So many details both great and small went into making this shoot spectacular; from a four-tiered multi-colored and multi-textured cake, to the breathtaking jewelry that adorns her neck and hands, a beautifully handwritten backdrop, to a FREAKING FLORAL MASK that also turns into an equally stunning floral crown. Let's not forget the classic all black tuxedo, the super gorgeous light blush dress that looked straight out of a fairy tale, or the hip hugging lace gown that just screams romantic. And where do I begin with the elegant and moody invitation suite paired with soul music on vinyl and cassettes?
I am beyond proud of what we were able to accomplish with this shoot! That we were able to tell a story not only one of love, but of triumph as well. Everyone has a story. Every couple has a story. Every wedding should share that story. What story will your big day share?
I want to give a special shout out to these vendors for trusting and supporting my vision!
Venue: El Torreon KC www.eltorreonkc.com
Bridal Shop: J. Lynn Bridal www.jlynnbridal.com
Menswear: Tip Top Tux www.tiptoptux.com
Bakery: Blue Thistle Cakes www.bluethistlecakes.com
Florist: Heart & Soul Floral www.heartandsoulfloral.com
Photographer: Sara Clance Photography www.saraclancephotography.com
Kelsey Diane Photography www.kelseydianephotography.com
Stationary: Yellow Brick Graphics www.yellowbrickgraphics.com
Rentals: Ultrapom Event Rentals https://ultrapom.com/
Backdrop Calligraphy: Wildfire Ink. www.wildfireink.com
Jewelry: Goldmakers Jewelry www.goldmakersjewelry.com
MUA: Shelice Sheppard IG: @shelice_mua
Model: Manuela Enama IG: @manuelaenama
Model: Vincent Sung IG: @vinny.sung
Also a special thanks to my wife, Iesha McIntosh, who has supported my vision from day one!