THE JUKEBOX

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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.

I wanted to try to illustrate how people dealing with these conditions often try to mask their issues and make life appear, at least on the outside, to be beautiful. It is only when we’re face to face with that special person that we’re able to strip away the masks and find beauty, strength, and freedom in our vulnerability.
— Alanzo McIntosh, Owner + Lead Creative

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. 

A Jukebox Lovesong

I could take the Kansas City night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Minnesota Avenue busses,
Taxis, subways,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Kansas City’s heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day—
Dance with you, my sweet brown Kansas City girl.

— Langston Hughes, adapted
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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?

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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?

Thank You!

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!