Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery. Bria Shelton of Wilmington, Delaware, had a unique vision of how she wanted her wedding day to look, and in a word, it was “Solange.”
Beyonce’s younger sister, Solange Knowles, stunned fans when images from her November 2014 nuptials were revealed across social media. Her wedding party consisted of several women standing strong and somber clad in stunning white ensembles, with Solange front and center wearing a flowing white jumpsuit and cape.
“I knew I wanted a Solange wedding,” Shelton told Philadelphia magazine. “I love that she’s different, and I love that she [did] something no one would expect.” The bride knew that a traditional wedding wouldn’t exactly align with her eclectic tastes. Shelton’s to-be husband felt the same way.
To recreate Solange’s wedding day look, Shelton donned a Solace London gown and cape for her wedding to childhood pal Eric Brown, 26. Her bridesmaids also wore all-white ensembles (three of which were purchased through AQAQ), ranging from skirt-and-top combos to one-shouldered, knee-length dresses.
Wedding photographer Aaron Ricketts tells The Knot that he had a blast photographing the stylish wedding party, and added that the couple liked the photos so much that they invited him to shoot their wedding.
“Everyone was excited to capture the aesthetic,” the Philadelphia-based photographer says. “When it came to arranging everyone, I knew that I didn’t want them to stand in line or do any other typical wedding poses. I put them in places that I thought were best for balance.”
The rest was up to the wedding party. “Other than that, I told them to be themselves and add their own flair to their poses,” Ricketts says.
On their wedding day, Shelton even dedicated and sang a song to her new husband, bringing the Solange-effect full circle. “After my family got on board with our vision, they were super supportive,” she told Yahoo. “People say it’s the best wedding they’ve ever attended.”
Ricketts concludes to The Knot that the point wasn’t to go viral. It was simply for the couple to find happiness and personalization in their special day.
“I’m more than pleased with the results,” the photographer says. “I didn’t think these images would be gaining such traction… I even have some possible bookings in the works [as a result of it]. Honestly I’m just glad the couple was happy with the end result.”