Celebrity weddings seem to skew toward one of two extremes: incredibly lavish or super secret and low-key. Solange Knowles's 2014 nuptials, for one, managed to (somehow) straddle both, making it the perfect source of wedding inspiration for at least one young bride.
Bria Shelton, 24, spoke to Yahoo! Style earlier this month about her recent Solange-inspired wedding and spot-on wedding-party photo shoot. "I came to realize that a traditional wedding was not our taste as a couple," the Delaware resident said. "[Solange's] style is so unique. And my gosh, when I saw her wedding, I felt that was the right theme for us."
Shelton revealed that she planned the entire event in just six months—enough time to get her reluctant family on board with a nontraditional wedding and to find the perfect dress to emulate Solange's all-white jumpsuit-and-cape combo. The bride settled on a floor-length white gown with a deep V neck and sheer paneling and accessorized with a pearl choker and a glamorous white floor-length cape with a short train. Like Solange, Shelton dressed her bridal party in head-to-toe white. The five bridesmaids wore mismatched but coordinating dresses, jumpsuits, and skirt-shirt combos. (Learn how to mismatch your own bridal party here.)
Shelton hired photographer Aaron Ricketts to snap the wedding photos, which turned out just as dramatic as the singer's. "Keep in mind I was never told that the bride was going for a Solange feel, but after seeing her and her bridesmaids, I could immediately get that vibe," Ricketts told Yahoo! Style. "I felt it was only right that we create some Solange-wedding-inspired images."
The singer married director Alan Ferguson in a ceremony at the Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans in November 2014. Solange wore a Stephane Rolland jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and knee-length cape on her way to the wedding, then changed into a Humberto Leon for Kenzo dress with a longer cape for the actual ceremony. Not only did the groom and bridal party also wear white, but guests (including big sister Beyoncé) were encouraged to buck tradition and don their best winter whites as well (a trend that has since grown in popularity).