• Unique African Bridal Shoot: Traditional & Contemporary African Wedding Ideas

    Hello lovelies,

    I have something truly unique to share with you this fine Friday morning ~ an African dream of a shoot in the heart of Essex, England!

    It’s filled to the brim with animal prints, traditional African elements and contemporary bridal couture all by a talented team of UK vendors.

    Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium came up with the creative concept behind the shoot as well as some of the most majestic, intricate and unique cakes I’ve ever seen. Here she shares a little about the shoot:

    This shoot is a contemporary interpretation of Africa’s diverse and unique cultural heritage as well as an homage to the modern day African princess. We used colours ranging from dramatic black and white, metallic gold to shades of coral. We included traditional African fabrics, jewellery and styling to create the most alluring images that are indeed ‘Out of Africa’

    Don’t the models look stunning in their gele’s (traditional African bridal headpieces) and white wedding dresses ~ such a wonderful mix of cultures!

    Many thanks to FO Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us today and congratulations to all involved for creating such a unique and creative bridal shoot! Each element was so thoughtfully considered ~ check out the Elizabeth’s Cake Emporiom blog post for the meaning behind each cake / look.

    To find out more about African wedding traditions, check out Funmi of FO Photography’s African wedding feature.

    Photography: FO Photography / Cake, Cupcakes and Sweet Tables: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium / Stylist, props & decor: Cedar Events / Wedding dresses and evening dresses: Kosibah / Artist & Photographic Assistant: Shirley Gilks / Make up, animal print nails and Brown, Black, Orange, Silver & Pink Gele tying: Onyeka Beauty / Hair styling: AVOS Hair / Venue: Parklands, Quendon Hall, Essex, England / Stationery: Makeover Designs /African Styling & Olive and Purple Gele tying: Kuhmpleet by Omobola Harte / African Jewellery: Mijola Daniel / Chairs: I am Wedding Hire / Purple and Green Flower arrangement: William Clarke Flowers / Linen: Over The Top rentals / Chair covers: Milena Events / African props & table runners: Ethnik Accents / Models: Lauren Sweeney-FentonJade HarrisBianca Buckman & JanitaFrancis.

  • Thanks @BridalMusings for sharing #AfricanVintageBridal today :) x! http://t.co/mjNUzdPd @lizcakeemporium @SeyiCedarEvents @QuendonHall

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  • Seyi Olusnaya

    Thank you so much Elizabeth for featuring our #AfricanVintageBridal Shoot. So pleased that the collaborative effort is appreciated by you.

    • bridalmusings

      You’re most welcome, you all did a fantastic job! x

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  • As a South African blogger, I always feel a little ‘yeah yeah’ when something comes out of the US or UK marked ‘African inspiration’, but I had to do a very quick turnabout when I saw these cakes. The beaded one is my favourite, and I love the headdresses too. Lovely job!

    • Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

      Thanks so much Gaby! I adore your blog. Your comments are music to my ears and I am beaming from ear to ear as the cake maker. The beaded cake is also my favourite and was probably the most labour intensive.

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Gaby. It really is high praise coming from someone who knows and loves Africa as much as you do. x

  • Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

    Thanks so much for getting the blog up so quickly Elizabeth! It is deeply appreciated!

    • bridalmusings

      My absolute pleasure, thank you for sharing your exquisite cakes and this creative shoot with us x

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  • Let’s kick start the day with a truly unique shoot & some jaw dropping cakes! >> http://t.co/QfZ9hjzH @FO_Photography @lizcakeemporium

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  • “@maspecialevents: @BridalMusings I love your Unique African Wedding. Shows African weddings in a modern way. http://t.co/EBHdFGbh” thank u

  • India Bright


  • This is one of the most unique shoots I’ve featured to date! >> http://t.co/QfZ9hjzH

  • Joke Bada

    Fantastic!!! The cakes that not only look divine but also taste heavenly, the dresses that transformed beautiful young ladies into stunning princess, the decor that is the thing of dreams and captured by the gifted photographers…… Wow!!!!

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  • Thanks Elizabeth for featuring our shoot :)! Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments on the feature. Happy weekend all!

  • Bodas con inspiración africana, llenas de detalles interesantes RT @BridalMusings: >> http://t.co/S9uYrpbM

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  • Kerry Jackson-Rider

    Wow lovely! So nice to see something different. Elizabeth – your cakes are amazing! xx

  • A wedding theme that captivates both elegance and tradition is really remarkable! The combination of colors are brilliant – perfect  to catch the jolly ambience of the special day. Your post is really inspiring, especially to those who are looking for ideas to incorporate on their very own wedding day. Thanks!

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  • Jamaican_onyx

    wow;;fantastic!!! as a jamaican living in brazil, I was looking for inspiration for 50th to celebrate my african/caribbean heritage..guess what…found it…thanks a lot….
    congratulations…your looks are inspiring…

  • Sidra

    Oh this is gorgeous! I especially love the styling and detail on the desserts. They look like jewelry!

  • I absolutely LOVE this shoot! And the incorporation of a traditional African head dress with a traditionally European wedding gown- and the fingernails with the cheetah print to match the beading on the white gown- how BEAUTIFUL! So glad I have over two years to plan, because I keep changing my mind!

    • I’m so glad you found the shoot inspiring, Malika :) I was such an indecisive bride too – but it’s ok you’ve got time to narrow down your choices. Best of luck with your wedding plans!

  • Oh wow! This takes me back home in style! Love it!!

  • Ebony Mccurty

    I am planning a african wedding I love what I have seen on this site so please where are you located and do you have catalogs

    • bridalmusings

      Hi Ebony if you check out the links in pink below the post and above the comments you can access all the supplier’s websites for more information. Best of luck with your wedding plans!

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  • K. B.

    Could someone please tell me where I can actually buy a dress like some of these and the headdresses? I am so confused, I have been looking for weeks.


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