Forging relationships with Philadelphia wedding pros is always a good thing. However, when PAFA, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, reaches out to you to do a styled photoshoot in its Hamilton Gallery, it’s exceptional.


black bride and groom in PAFA's Hamilton Gallery


Black Owned Wedding Businesses – Being Seen, Being Valued

In 2020, our Elegant Events team was beyond honored to be seen and valued as a leading black-owned wedding designer. Both Philadelphia Weddings and Wedding Wire named us to their lists of black-owned wedding businesses shaping the industry.

In the months to follow, PAFA reached out to us to discuss a styled photoshoot. They hoped to let more black couples know that they would love to work with them and expand their circle of BIPOC wedding professionals.

Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity!


Creating Glamorous Styled Shoots

Styled wedding photoshoots are so much fun!

As wedding planners and designers, our goal is to help bring a couple’s wedding vision to life. A styled shoot allows us to work with incredible wedding pros and also to stretch our creative wings. We’re able to select our color palette and incorporate new ideas and those we’d like to showcase in a design.


Hunter Green and Gold custom invitation suite as invitation for a Glam Styled Shoot at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts


We collaborated with Elegant Events Florist to create a vision board. The modern Hamilton Building galleries lend themselves to a bit of GLAM.

We selected Hunter Green as the base for our design. It’s a trending color this year, and the warm tone is becoming more ‘year-round,’ not just for winter weddings. We also chose to pair the rich green tone with gold. After all, gold looks stunning against the dark green hue.

With a rich color palette and unique wedding venue, it was easy to assemble a talented team who shared our vision.


Black bride and groom standing between modern hunter green and gold arrangements at PAFA

Hunter green and gold sweetheart table at PAFA

Glam hunter green and gold reception table at PAFA

hunter green and gold reception table for a PAFA styled shoot in Philadelphia

Hunter green and gold place setting with a custom menu card and velvet napkin on a gold charger plate

Planned to Perfection

Our Elegant Events team created a detailed timeline. Each of the wedding pros played a significant part in the process. The bridal salon secured and styled the models. Additionally, they worked hand in hand with the beauty team, who delivered flawlessly. Finally, the design team elaborated on the initial vision board, building out a ceremony vision to compliment the original reception vision.  Much like a wedding day, a detailed timeline kept everyone in sync and on schedule.

And, the rest, as they say, is history!


Black bride and groom in the Hamilton Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the fine arts in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Wedding Pros

Thank you to our friends at PAFA and the incredible Philadelphia wedding professionals who brought this glamorous styled shoot in Hunter Green and Gold to life.

Philadelphia Wedding Venue: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Hamilton Building 

Décor and Design: Elegant Events Florist

Rentals: Vision Furniture

Photography: Sheronda Seawright Photography

Models: Angelica and Deandre

Hair: Lavish A Jenée Chanel Salon

Makeup: Shades of Jacen

Attire: The Dress Matters

Stationery: Sharpe Stationery & Printing