This Black Love Matters Wedding Celebration Is as Beautiful as They Come
As challenging of a year as 2020 has been, it's shed a much-needed light on Black Lives Matter, a movement dedicated to protesting against anti-Black racism and raising awareness around the violence inflicted upon Black communities across the nation. After police brutality protests broke out in June, many people across the world, as well as industries, companies, and brands, started taking action to be more inclusive. This includes the wedding industry, which husband-and-wife photographers Garrett and Megan Pitts of Megapixels Media believe has lacked representation from the start.
"[This year has] shown that not only were couples of color not being represented by many publications, but also Black wedding professionals were not being featured," Megan said. "This was one of the main reasons my husband and I started our wedding photography business. When we were engaged and looking for wedding inspiration on Pinterest, Google, and Instagram we couldn't find any couples who looked like us . . . that was over six years ago, and although the representation of Black couples is improving, there is still a lot of work to be done."
In an effort to be the change they'd like to see in the wedding industry, Megan and Garrett decided to put together this Black Love Matters photo shoot, which they shot at the Haven Street Ballroom in Baltimore, MD. Each vendor supports Black Love Matters and embraces all couples from all backgrounds.
The wedding shoot featured real-life couple Jordan and Pierre, who were set to get married this August in Kenya but, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, eloped in Maryland earlier this year. The pair were pleasantly surprised to find subtle hints of Kenya's charm in decorations throughout the venue by Creative Motion Events, with warm tones of red, orange, and green and African details on the stationary and dessert. The couple's outfits were showstopping as well. Jordan dressed in a gorgeous white dress that was accented with gold jewels while Pierre stunned in a powder-blue suit with a tan beret. Megan said, "The two exemplified Black Power and the way they spoke to one another let us know that they were all for the message that BLACK LOVE MATTERS."
Although it wasn't the day they imagined, the wedding shoot was an impactful way to celebrate what was supposed to be their wedding month. See the pictures from this moving Black Loves Matter wedding celebration, ahead.