Fun Fall Styled Shoot
The Frederick Douglass Maritime Museum opened their latest show this past February (2019) called NonToxic Masculinity featuring artists Jerry Prettyman and E.L. Briscoe. The content of the show is meant to show a re-interpretation of the stereotypical view of masculinity of men of color, both young and old.
Upon visiting the museum (and event venue), we left knowing we needed to add to this conversation by showing the juxtaposition of masculinity and tenderness, as depicted by our couple, Michael and Patrick. We used soft textures of linen and polka dots, often renowned as feminine, and paired them with leather, wood, and copper, often seen as a hyper-masculine aesthetic.
Yvonne, Coffee & Calligraphy, was the first vendor we contacted to carry out our vision. She lettered Yeah Yeah Yeah's lyrics on a large piece of leather we sourced. The lyrics were both romantic and formal, eloquently written by one of our favorite bands. Yvonne lettered with paint on hide, with soft cascading letters - this made the perfect backdrop for the ceremony space. We asked Lynn, Lynn Cipollone Designs, to create an invitation suite, which she paired with a handmade leather envelope. From there, we sourced copper flatware, wooden chargers, and vintage glassware in amber and paired them with indigo linen napkins and an unbelievably soft yet textured centerpiece from Steelcut Flower Co. Brooke Michelle was the missing piece of the puzzle. She is an unbelievably charismatic and photographs with intent. Her images captured the romance, the friendship, and the spirit of the blurred lines between those roles.
Each of the vendors on our team interpreted our call for this shoot in their own way, providing pieces that truly narrated the vision we created this past winter. We could not be more proud of the team we worked with or of the final product.
- Location: The Frederick Douglass – Isaac Myers Maritime Museum
- Photographer: Brooke Michelle Jackson
- Planner: The Otherside Creatives
- Florist: Steelcut Flower Co.
- Paper goods: Lynn Cipollone Designs
- Desserts: Cinnaholic
- Hair: Pitcrew Hair Studio
- Rentals: White Glove Rentals
- Attire: The Black Tux
- Jewelry: Nelson Coleman
- Hand Lettered Leather Backdrop & Copper Mugs: Coffee and Calligraphy
- Farm Table: Barnes Farm Tables