Today’s post might be a little bit longer than usual but it’s because I am so excited. I’m finally able to share with you guys something CBB and a few other Atlanta wedding vendors have been working on for the last few months. Last month, I got together with some like minded individuals for a styled shoot exclusively for CBB . Let me tell you, putting together a styled shoot is no easy thing people..from planning to working with others it often seemed like this shoot was not going to happen! But it did and I am so pleased with the outcome. Having worked with both Matt Druin of Matthew Druin Photography and Symone of Suite14A before I knew that the outcome would be nothing but stellar. Symone specializes in intimate events so it was a no brainer to pick a venue that does the same as well. Coze Atlanta, located in the historic railroad district of Downtown Atlanta was the perfect spot.
The one thing I will let you in on the shoot is that unlike other shoots featured on the blog, the couple in our shoot are actually married in real life! We did not use any models…Tremelle and Septima Riley have been married for 10 years. What better way to celebrate than to have professional photos taken? In between the photos you will also see the interview that was done with the couple. There was no way I could have a married couple in my space and not ask questions!
Having reached out to Cereatha of CTO Bridal and getting a yes; prior to the shoot Symone, Septima and I made our way to her boutique to play dress up! Not only did we find a dress but we stayed and had a little chit chat about business, weddings and the like. Throw in a yummy cake from Apple Butter Bakery, Awesome stationery from Scripted Ever After and Make up by the lovely Jillian Nicole we were all set!!!!
From the Designer:
I’m an artist and therefore an art lover. So, naturally when choosing a theme for our shoot, I decided to go with something close to my heart. Being able to have it in the Castleberry Hill historic arts district was an added benefit as it’s known to house a number of art galleries within its century old buildings. But the streets of Castleberry Hill have lots of art of their own, including beautiful architecture, incredible murals and even some graffiti. I know some people may not think graffiti and city streets make for a beautiful wedding, but I can’t say I’m like most people. I love pairing nontraditional elements, including the way the harsh city streets pair with the delicate lace of a wedding gown.The Couple:Married: July 21, 2005, Big Miller Grove Baptist Church 3 children: 2 boys, 1 girlMel: Law EnforcementSeptima: Entrepreneur/ PhilanthropistCBB: Tell me how you two met?Septima: I met Tremelle at 16. I knew that he was a cutie, but he was a biker boy so I played hard to get. (Tremelle: you weren’t foolin’ nobody) lol His cousin and my best friend at the time finally broke the ice 3 years later. The three of us were in the car when Lover’s & Friends (Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon) came on the radio and she spilled the beans. We’ve been riding ever since lolCBB:At what point did you realize he/she was the one you wanted to spend the rest of your life with?Septima: We always tell this story….but I knew that he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with when I got sick before a date. I didn’t want to tell him that I had an upset stomach. Long story, short, he called me out and gave me the baking soda remedy after cancelling our plans. If he survived that gas chamber, he was definitely here to stay lolTremelle: I knew she was the one when we shared our dreams and aspirations with one another and I saw that she was more than just a cute face and a smile. She took me on a date to Applebee’s for my birthday(we were young, don’t judge) and offered to go dutch! lolWhat sealed the deal was when I learned that she cooked like my Big Mama. As a country boy, that was a big deal to me.CBB: Is marriage all you’d thought it would be?Tremelle: Marriage has been all that I thought it would be and more. I gained a best friend, business partner to bounce ideas off of, a personal chef (laugh), mother to my children, prayer partner and roll dog. This woman has had my back through it all.Septima: Although we were young when we got married, we were friends and had realistic expectations as to the highs and lows of marriage, thanks to our support circle of friends and family as well as pre-marital counseling. For me, what solidified Mel as my best–friend were the trials and tribulations that forced us to remember those words of wisdom and advice. We drew closer and really learned how to bow our heads together and shelter one another from the storm(s). I’ve had the pleasure of watching my best-friend grow from a young man with peach fuzz to a loving husband, father and amazing man of God.How do you deal with conflict in your marriage?Septima: Whew! lol We have learned to deal with conflict in prayer. I mean open, honest, “Lord, hold my tongue and keep me near the cross” prayer! 🙂Taking a moment to spend time alone with God really helps us to view things objectively. When it comes to settling the score and/or making major decisions, my only request is that he seeks God First…and I have his back 1000%.Tremelle: I appreciate the fact that we have learned how to evaluate and discuss how we could’ve done or said things differently to avoid unnecessary conflict all together.Another thing that we do is sit face to face for several minutes until someone breaks the silence. I can’t remember where we got that from, but it usually ends with me doing or saying something to make her laugh.CBB: What’s your favorite thing to do with each other?Simultaneously: The Range! LOL!Septima: I was terrified of guns when we first started dating! Mel has really been patient in making me comfortable firing and handling weapons. Now it’s like therapy without the couch! The range is definitely a part of the perfect date for us. A close second for me has to be our late night talks.Tremelle: One of my favorite pass times is when we crank up the radio and dance in the living room. Whether it’s with the kids or when we are alone, I really enjoy that time together. Both of us lead busy lives, so it really feels good to just shut everything else out and dance with my favorite girl. It took me 10 years to teach her how to two-step though….next is the spin (Insider, Tima thinks that she is a terrible dancer…..and so do the kids, but you didn’t hear that from me).CBB: How has marriage changed you?Septima: We have literally grown up together. Of course with that comes challenges, but most importantly we can genuinely see how much we have grown and developed into the man and woman we are today.Each pregnancy brought a greater appreciation for life as well. It was amazing to watch and feel a little life grow inside of you and know that we were responsible for them. My heart melted every time I watched Mel talk to my stomach as if they were conversing face to face. And with each of them, they responded to his voice immediately after they were born.God, marriage, children, family……those are the things that tend to bring out the most sincerest thoughts and emotions in us.Tremelle: Yes, marriage has most definitely humbled me and shown me to appreciate the small things. Like how one person’s smile has the power to change your entire day. Although we have a lot in common, both of us bring something different and unique to who we are to the table. I enjoy getting a peak into her world and vice versa. Sometimes I’m the teacher…..and sometimes I’m the student.Oh, GO DAWGS!!! 😉 (I had to add that, #UGA)
Many, many thanks to the awesome team of vendors who came together to make sure this shoot was everything and more!
Photography: Mattew Druin Photography// Design, Planning & Florals: Suite14A// Wedding Dress & Accessories: CTO Bridal// Stationery, Place Cards & Cake Topper: Scripted Ever After// Venue: Coze Atlanta// Wedding Cake: Apple Butter Bakery// Make Up Artist: Jillian Nicole// Bride: Septima Riley// Groom: Tremelle Riley// Groom’s Attire: His Own// Groom’s Styling & Accessories: Beau-Ties LLC
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