Maya Angelou Inspired “Still We Rise” Styled Shoot in Washington, DC

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

In celebration of Black History month, I was inspired to do a styled shoot that celebrates the history and the obstacles we have risen above. In doing so, I wanted to inspire couples on the journey as they plan their big day. That’s when a light bulb went on! I have always been inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou and her writings, specifically “Still I Rise.” So, I dug deeper (and by deeper I mean Google, lol) for more of her poems on love. That’s when I came across the quote above.

Similar to the struggles in the black community, you find any couple’s journey regardless of race, gender, or identity. It isn’t just about the glitz, glam, and romance we all see on wedding day, Pinterest boards, or on social media, but the deep connection and love they share. We all have struggles and obstacles we each must go through in life. If you haven’t been through one yet – wait for it, it’s coming. The question is, how do you rise above those obstacles?

I’m inspired by the couples, who share the kind of love Dr. Angelou wrote about. Those who don’t see barriers, those who “jump hurdles, leap fences, and penetrate walls,” to fight for their love. Such inspiration fueled the design for this shoot, planned alongside Elle Nicole Events, and recently featured on Black Bride.


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Bride’s bouquet infused with mini green hydrangeas, tulips, and white roses, paired perfectly with the Bardot gown by Amsale Bridal 

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The face you make when you know you’ve got the key to his heart.


Black, Ivory, Chartreuse, and Gold was the color palette for the tablescape

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Pictured below is the signature Dahlia gown by Amsale Bridal


J’Adorn Designs provided the tear drop earrings and pearl bracelet.



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Love is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth fighting for!

Team of Wedding Professionals

Photography – Shoot Happens Photography

Planning & Design – Elle Nicole Events

Florals & Design – Designs by Oochay Floral & Event Design

Venue – The City Club of Washington, DC

Stationery – Ribbon & Ink

Makeup – Accessmatized

Dress Designer – Amsale

Bridal Salon – Hitched Bridal Salon

Groom’s Styling – Geek Restored

Groom’s Tux Designer: Zara (Black tux); J. Crew (White blazer)

Jewelry – J’Adorn Designs

Cake – Mimi’s Mocha Treats

Cake Topper – Ten23 Designs

Linens & Rentals – Select Event Group


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