WE ARE YOUNG: The Story Behind The Visual


Worth The Wait Studios owner, Alanzo McIntosh's debut styled shoot WE ARE YOUNG celebrates the ideology of millennials across the country; in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Styling his first shoot in his professional career, Alanzo sought out to create visuals that showcase the different ways that a wedding can look and still be considered beautiful.  

He puts it like this - 

This shoot is about diversity, and exploring the ways in which weddings can look and love can be expressed. That beautiful weddings include imagery past rustic chic and pastels.

Alanzo Speaks:

I wanted to bring together some of the most creative minds in the Kansas City wedding industry and soak up all of their knowledge and their ideas for the shoot. A couple of the vendors I used I had previously used for my own wedding. As you can see I picked the right group of people, from the photographer to each model and everyone in-between who helped create magic were simply amazing! 

If you were to look at my Instagram feed or look at a lot the imagery put out in the wedding industry you would probably think that the only way to have a beautiful wedding is if it is rustic chic or you use a lot of pretty pastels. From the beginning of this shoot I had already made the conscious decision that I would break down the barriers that I feel keep so many couples from exploring other color palettes during their wedding. I essentially wanted to stay away from the traditional as much as I could with this shoot.

Another way that we drifted from tradition was in using an Indian style table setting and seating. We used a custom table, which by the way was completed only hours from the start of the shoot --  special thanks to Bison Design Co. The details in the reclaimed wood and the color they were able to add to the table really helped bring the entire table setting together, mixing that with various pillows, warm throw blankets, poufs, and richly colored carpeting created a super cozy and relaxed bohemian look that can easily be used in any season.

Overall, I am super proud of what we were able to accomplish within this shoot, I think we were able to not only create a super gorgeous wedding setup but also the fact that we were able to use our platform to celebrate things like young black love, which often times feels underrepresented in our society. For celebrating color, pastels are pretty for sure but God has given us an entire spectrum of colors--it's okay to use them! And for celebrating uniqueness, events like our weddings should always reflect ourselves. Although the overall aesthetic of a wedding can be important, any wedding vendor will tell you that it's the little personal details that always standout and highlight an event. 


Thanks for reading the story behind our first styled shoot WE ARE YOUNG, now let Worth The Wait Studios help tell your story. 


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Thank You

I am so honored to have worked with all of the vendors listed below, they are all so talented and kind. I am proud to call them my mentors, and most importantly my friends.

Coordinator/Stylist: Worth The Wait Studios - https://www.worththewaitstudios.com/

Florals: KP Floral & Event Design - www.kpeventdesign.com/

Cake: Adorn Cakes - www.adorncakes.com/

Table Construction: Bison Design Co. - www.bisondesignco.com/

Stationary: Magpie Designed - https://www.magpiedesigned.com/

Dresses: Belle Vogue - https://bellevoguebridal.com/

Tuxes: Tip Top Tux - http://www.tttux.com/

Venue: Overland Park Ballroom - www.overlandparkballroom.com

Secondary Portrait Venue: Prairie Fire Museum

Models: Michael Mora & Taylor Bronson

Decor Rentals: Ultra Pom - https://ultrapom.com/

Hair: Chalee Shaw 

Makeup: JazbyJ

Photography: Kat Wooten Studios - www.katwootenstudios.com


Also a special thank you to my wife Iesha, for all of the support!