This Contemporary Garden of Eden styled shoot, designed by Giovanni and Cabena Plummer, Co – Owners of Profound Elegance Romance Concierge, is a modern take on the Garden of Eden. In the mist a global pandemic and social unrest, we wanted the world know that paradise can be created no matter where you are. The venue, Suite Four, an industrial space located in downtown Durham, NC, was transformed into our version of a garden paradise. Floral Designer Lyn Graves of Fresh Affairs brought the vision to life with beautifully sculpted floral arrangements. Carmen Rice Settles of Full Street Wings crafted a delightful and tasty meal using locally sourced fruits, seafood, and vegetables. The spirits created by Diesha Banner of Toast it Up, LLC coupled with the cake by Randi Smith of Sugar Euphoria tied the food elements together perfectly. Real couple Amber and Kamal Bell, provided loving energy and natural beauty that completed the feeling of paradise. We truly appreciate all of the vendors that brought this vision to life.
What was the inspiration behind this styled shoot? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?
Our Contemporary Garden of Eden styled shoot, set in an industrial warehouse venue, allowed us to create a modern twist on a classic story. We wanted to use the simplicity of the garden setting while adding luxury elements to make this We used a colorful palette to encompass the look and feel of a garden once you stepped inside of the warehouse. The pallet included vibrant shades of blush, yellow, orange, red, violet, and green with gold accents
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space the space?
Suite Four located in Downtown Durham, NC has such beautiful industrial characteristics with exposed brick, metals, and white-washed paint. We wanted to soften the space without the venue losing the industrial elements that we loved. Our team of designers used a mixture of wood, carefully sculpted floral arrangements and velvet to soften the space while bringing the garden elements inside. The combination of garden and industrial combined together beautifully.
What were the florals like?
The floral design was an integral part of the overall look and theme of the shoot. To bring aspects of a garden inside, we knew choosing the perfect color and flower combinations would be key. From the cake table and centerpieces to the floral hair accents, each flower combination was carefully crafted keeping the theme in mind.
What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
To ensure that the wedding had a Garden of Eden feel, the reception menu was curated to include apples, colorful foods, and edible flowers. The cocktails were also colorful and incorporated seasonal fruits to tie the look together. One of our favorite parts of this shoot were how beautifully all the food elements tied together. Another favorite is the loving energy and natural beauty that our real couple brought to the shoot. We truly felt like their energy completed the over all theme.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose the looks?
Amber, the bride, wore an elegant lace bridal gown, with diamond jewelry. Her hair was styled into an up-do with floral accents adoring her hair. Her look was completed with jewel encrusted bridal shoes by Betsey Johnson. We wanted the bridal gown to embody the simplicity and softness of a garden setting while incorporating more modern, luxury elements to make the shoot feel more contemporary. Kamal, the groom wore a navy-blue suit with custom purple bow tie with blue dots. The navy blue and purple color combination paired beautifully with the bright, vibrant colors of the flowers and furniture used in the space.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of the day?
Although our real couple is already married, they were able to have another first look which was a very beautiful moment. Kamal loved seeing his wife in a bridal gown and it took him back to their actual wedding 5 years ago!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples?
As wedding professionals, one tip we can share with couples is to find your inspiration, theme or color scheme and share them with a wedding designer before booking your venue. Your venue is one of the most important aspects of creating your vision. Many couples do the opposite, and unfortunately are not always pleased with the results. Can you live with the brown carpet in the hotel ballroom or are you envisioning an all-white affair? The small details can make or break your vision of the big day!