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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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Thorne Artistry on Jul 24, 2013

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

Ashley Kelemen on Jul 24, 2013

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!

Plum Pretty Sugar on Jul 24, 2013

Goodness! Such a beautiful setting! Gorgeous couple! xo www.plumprettysugar.blogspot.com

// amy on Jul 24, 2013

I LOVE the off-white patterned fabric. Any leads to where it's from and how to get it would be amazing!

Amber Gress on Jul 24, 2013

Just love this! Well done! xo

Lisa O'Dwyer on Jul 24, 2013

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

Rachel on Jul 24, 2013

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

Mandy @ Little Vintage Rentals on Jul 25, 2013

Stunning. I especially love the video - adds such a calmness.

Denisse Jonsson on Jul 25, 2013

This is my favorite by far!

love help on Jul 25, 2013

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

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Jess on Jul 26, 2013

Enchanting shoot!

Upholstery Cleaning Services on Jul 30, 2013

Stunning. I love the African look!

Aundrea V. Harrell on Aug 11, 2013

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!

nina on Aug 14, 2013

SO insanely beautiful it's ridiculous! What amazing work!!!!

Mike on Nov 15, 2013

I like the contrast west verus east.

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