24 Jul

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

It’s easy to be inspired by the rich culture and striking landscape of the African continent. The creatives behind this mesmerizing set of photos, Ashley Kelemen Photography and Thorne Artistry, wanted to honor that culture with this shoot. But instead of traveling halfway across the globe to get there, these resourceful ladies found a little pocket of Africa in their own backyard, and set up shop in the Mission Trails area of San Diego.

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

Many of the artifacts in this shoot are from Ashley’ family’s private collection. They’re closely tied with Africa and visit often.

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

African wedding inspiration | photo by Ashley Kelemen | styling by Thorne Artistry | 100 Layer Cake

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Absolutely stunning. Thank you to all of the creative folks involved with this one!

Photography: Ashley Kelemen / Videography: Amanda Madeline Studios / Wardrobe Styling, Hair & Makeup: Thorne Artistry / Rentals & Event Styling: Pow Wow / Floral Design: Camellia Wedding Flowers / Jewelry: Erin Fader & private collection

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Comments

  1. THANK YOU for featuring this shoot & supporting our creative endeavors:) This shoot is near and dear to my heart and I’m thankful for the awesome team that made it so beautiful! xo

  2. Thank you so much for featuring this shoot! It was a labor of love and I’m so happy to see it live :) I’m so lucky to work with such incredible people!

  3. Goodness! Such a beautiful setting! Gorgeous couple!
    xo
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  4. I LOVE the off-white patterned fabric. Any leads to where it’s from and how to get it would be amazing!

  5. Just love this! Well done!
    xo

  6. So gorgeous! The light is really amazing! Love the styling and photography!

  7. Everything about this is just beautiful. The couple is just perfect and the details are awesome.

  8. Stunning. I especially love the video – adds such a calmness.

  9. This is my favorite by far!

  10. Beautiful. An African goddess. Great photography and stunning setting.

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  12. Enchanting shoot!

  13. Stunning. I love the African look!

  14. Wow! what an amazing wedding shoot! I love how the couple brings so much of themselves, its very dynamic. The colors are amazing, the setting is beautiful and simple…Love!

  15. SO insanely beautiful it’s ridiculous! What amazing work!!!!

  16. I like the contrast west verus east.

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