One of my all time favorite places to be is outside the borders of my own country. Traveling to exotic, challenging, and unfamiliar places to empower and serve others internationally always manages to bring me the most peace, fulfillment and purpose. In my travels I have found most of my inspiration in the markets of far off countries. I am always amazed by the colors, the hustle and bustle, the community, and the resourcefulness of the vendors as they work hard to support their families, so I wanted to incorporate as many market-themed designs and products as I could into this inspiration shoot we planned at Rialto Theatre, in Tampa, FL.
Throughout this feature you will find small blurbs about how the products incorporated empower others and why we decided on certain design elements that are less than traditional, in an effort to inspire the imperfectly-perfect theme of resourceful beauty… Without further adieu take a tour of our Market Inspired Sustainable Stylized Shoot, photographed by Jordan Weiland Photography!
The shoes were provided by Deux Main Designs, made in Haiti, out of upcycled tires and leather. The dress beautifully designed of eco-cotton by one of our amazing BSB Vendors, Kendal Leonard Eco Designs. The first set of jewelry incorporated was made out of fabric beads from Haiti, as well, provided by 107 Market Street.
Our gorgeous couple happened to be at a local presentation Black Sheep Bride spoke at several months back and I knew I wanted to have them participate in this shoot. Not only are they adorable, they are both teachers and have a heart for empowering their teacher community through conversation and networking events they host called, EcuCool Talks!
The flowers, centerpieces and floral crown were made by Ragga Wedding, out of upcycled fabric made by artisans in Haiti, as well.
Rialto Theatre was the perfect space for the shoot, because of its raw brick and open blank canvas to work with. Nothing makes me happier than an old open industrial space ready to be re-invented for good. This venue is also run by two of the most amazing people ever, whom also happen to be teachers and dance instructors and regularly use their space to host charity events.
One of my favorite parts of the shoot was the table design, by Georgette of Pea to Tree Events. We were going for a eclectic, imperfectly-perfect and resourceful tropical vibe. Our goal was to bring upcycled and alternative design elements into the forefront of the space and show others that there are amazing non-traditional ways to bring fruits and plant life into the table setting scene, that are sustainable and better for the environment as a whole. We used melted candle sticks, intentionally, because the whole goal of this space was to find raw, organic and transparent beauty in what was available to us. Mangos, Bananas, fair trade chocolate cover coffee beans as favors and a mix of wood and metal textures made it all come together! Incredibly grateful for Set Rentals and Designs for contributing the table settings, wood chargers, plates, silverware and Wish Vintage Rental for the Table, Chairs, accent design pieces!
The gorgeous cake was inspired by the amazing diversity of colors produced from a mango ripening, by Hands On Sweets!
Participating Vendors: Photography: Jordan Weiland Photography | Wedding Design/Coordination: Pea to Tree Events | Venue: Rialto Theatre | Dress: Kendal Leonard Designs | Paper Goods: Citrus Press Co. | Table Setting Rentals: Set Rentals and Designs | Rentals (Tables, Chairs, Boxes, Accents, etc) : Wish Vintage Rental | Hair and Make-up: Angelica Mateo | Florals : Ragga Wedding | Rings: MiaDonna | Shoes: Deux Main Designs | Cake : Hands on Sweets | Jewelry Set 1: 107 Market Street | Jewelry Set 2: Hands Producing Hope | Baskets: Buy the Change