Elegant Monochrome City Chic Wedding Inspiration with aspects of French and African style

Today I am excited to share some elegant monochrome city chic Wedding inspiration with aspects of French and African style.

In a world of weddings filled with pastels and whites, a black and white wedding can be a bold, brave and a rather striking choice.

However it was the perfect colour scheme for this shoot encompassing the vision of Seyi Olusanya of Once Upon a Destination with images beautifully captured by Nek Vardikos of NV Wedding Photography.

The Concept

Seyi wished to create an elegant afro chic bridal photoshoot inspired by French style, with a modern African twist, and a striking monochrome palette was the perfect compliment to the styling.

The Venue

The venue for the shoot was the chic Town Hall Hotel.

An historic town hall building, complete with original architectural features set in the heart of the vibrant East End of London, the award-winning Town Hall Hotel marries Edwardian, art-deco and architectural splendor with cutting-edge design.

According to the Creative Director for the shoot Seyi Olusanya of Once Upon a Destination, “this venue is the perfect for the unconventional bride who wants to create an amazing experience for an intimate gathering’

The Dresses

Bridal stylist, Ajoke Savage of Senamin Savage, curated the most exquisite wedding dresses and accessories from couture designers Kosibah and Ian Stuart for this shoot, with the Grade II listed interior of polished oak and teak providing the perfect backdrop for the gowns.

Master Couturier Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah designed two dresses for this shoot.

The first, MELPOMENE is a ballgown style dress, with a tulle bodice, a bateau neckline and cap sleeves.

It featured hand-stitched Swarovski embellished lace appliques, with a  multilayer tulle skirt, cathedral train and a black grosgrain belt and a pearl and diamante brooch.

The second dress ‘Odile; a strapless fishtail couture bridal gown with a fitted bodice and an integral corset.

The ruched bodice was adorned with black hand stitched lace appliques in an asymmetrical arrangement.

Bridal dress designer Ian Stuart also designed two dresses.

The first was a distressed ivory raw silk strapless trumpet dress, with black geometric designs.

The second was also a strapless black hand made french lace overlay couture gown.

All these dresses were styled to perfection by Ajoke.

The Beauty

Lolase Akwue and James Catalano created the make up and hairstyles respectively.

Bouffant updos, as well as slick hairstyles with pin curls were the order of the day.

The black and white colour scheme was an opportunity for something stronger so the make up was unapologetically bold, with statement lips in vibrant colours and emphasis on the eyes.

The Tablescape

The polished glass dining table was beautifully set with place settings and table flowers by Amie Bone.

The flowers were kept very simple and featured mainly white flowers with the odd pink orchid providing a splash of colour.

These arrangements were in clear vases and ran along the length of the table.

Intricate Creations designed the very cool geometric menus and name cards in gold and black for each place setting, with leather chairs completing the overall look.

The Cakes

Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium created a spectacular collection of geometric Art Deco-inspired cakes, cupcakes & iced biscuits in black, white and gold, using optical illusion techniques to create the lines, stripes and chevron patterns on the cakes.

Take a look at this beautiful film by Urban Cinematography

Thank you so much to the collaborative team for sharing their incredible creativity in bringing together this stunning monochrome city chic Wedding inspiration shoot.


Shoot Credits

Venue: Town Hall Hotel 

Photography: Nek Vardikos  – NV Wedding Photography

Creative Director: Seyi Olusanya – Once Upon a Destination

Wedding dresses: Yemi Oshunkoya – Kosibah & Ian Stuart Blewcoat

Florist: Amie Bone

Stationery: Kay Patel – Intricate Creations

Cake & Cupcakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Bridal Stylist: Ajoke Savage  – Senamin Savage

Makeup: Lolase Akwue  – Lolase Makeup Artist

Hairstylist: James Catalano Hair

Milliner: Sophie Beale Millinery

Videography: Johanna Lawrence & Apos Goris – Urban Cinematography 

Models: Joy Dimaro & Nadine Roberts


UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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