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.