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Indigenous Wedding Ideas Inspired By The Choctaw Tribe

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“Celebrating in another’s culture must always be an invitation,” says photographer Theresa Kelly. And we’re thrilled to be invited a glimpse of this breathtaking wedding editorial inspired by the Choctaw Nation.

In this Utah wedding workshop, photographer Manda Weaver invited photographers across the nation to take inspiration from her own tribe’s heritage. With authentic jewelry, regalia and local florals, this inspiration celebrates the Choctaw traditions & spirit.

A glimmering gold gown shimmers between blades of dried grass. A palette of earthy neutrals give wedding florals a summer glow. Beaded jewelry & a satin blue gown pop against Utah’s natural landscape. We’re elated to feel this summer warmth in the depths of winter.

“This design uniquely conveys the soaring heart of indigenous humanity as it expresses love, values the strength and beauty of ohoyo (woman), and carries a legacy of wisdom from our ancestors who care for and protect the life-giving source that is our homeland, specifically her waterways.” – Host & fellow photographer, Manda Weaver.

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From Theresa Kelly

In my experience photographing clients from varieties of backgrounds in cultural spaces I am not a part of, I have learned the one most important thing: Celebrating in another’s culture must always be an invitation. And when it is given, must be treated as a gift. It was an honor to participate in this bridal editorial featuring indigenous artisans, inspired by the resilience of the Choctaw people.

The images created in this shoot amplify the presence and voices of Indigenous people. Styling features multiple Choctaw and other indigenous artisans who have created painted backdrops, beaded jewelry, authentic Choctaw regalia, and

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“The art of photography can and should create good, incite change, and inspire generations that follow to do the same. This wedding editorial is inspired by my tribe, the Choctaw. This design uniquely conveys the soaring heart of indigenous humanity as it expresses love, values the strength and beauty of ohoyo (woman), and carries a legacy of wisdom from our ancestors who care for and protect the life-giving source that is our homeland, specifically her waterways.”

– Host & Photographer, Amanda Weaver

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