We first met these two just a little over a year ago when Andrew was planning their proposal. His nervous energy turned into wanting to plan the perfect day for her, and she was definitely overwhelmed with excitement when she said “Yes!” And then shortly after they reached out to us about photographing their wedding – but not just any wedding. They were planning a wedding on Juneteenth! They wanted their wedding to not just be a celebration of their relationship, but also a celebration of Black love. Once we heard this, we immediately wanted to be a part of this day!
Little did we know that the week of the wedding Juneteenth would become a national holiday! This made the day all the more special and everyone involved was all the more excited about this day!
As they got ready to see each other, both Zaneta and Andrew spent time with their friends and family. They truly felt the love coming from everyone around them. Zaneta was being showered by toasts as they got ready. Although her crying certainly didn’t help the make up artist (oops!), that energy in the room was enveloped in support.
Andrew, with all of his groomsmen and groomsmaids, were listening to music, eating, and just really enjoying their time with him! You can tell they were all closely knit to Andrew in such a strong way that made them all friends to one another too. And, we have noticed over the year, that’s one of Andrew’s greatest qualities. He creates strong bonds with people, and is loyal to those he truly cares about!
From the emotional first look to the ceremony filled with African traditions, these two embraced the moment they were in. Their love for one another was apparent as they both were unashamed in showing their affection. They embraced the moment of Juneteenth in the ceremony as it was more than just a celebration of them. It was a celebration of their heritage. Every part of the ceremony was packed with meaning and their two friends who officiated walked everyone through these beautiful traditions. We hope to see more of these traditions in the future because they truly brought another aspect to the day that made it all more festive and meaningful.
Zaneta and Andrew, we thank you for letting us be a part of this day, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you two!
Before we go, we do want to shout out to all the vendors who made this day go so smoothly! It was a jammed packed day, and everyone was so graceful and made it go so well!
Venue: The Pink Palace
Planners: Elegant Creations
Makeup: Beautee and the Beat
Hair: J Bliss Salon and Glam Salon
Florals: L and Jay Productions
Caterer: Elizabeth Heiskell Catering
Gown: Barefoot Bride
Tux: American Tuxedo
African Band and Dancers: Memphis International Culture House
DJ: DJ Monie