It has been long overdue, but we couldn’t be more thrilled that Juneteenth is officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States. In celebration of black freedom and culture, Denise Lillie O’Neal of Denise Lillie Engagements has joined forces with Lorri Lewis of The DirectHer Weddings and Brandi Peart of B Posh Events to bring us a Motown-themed wedding inspiration shoot called, “STOP! In the Name of Black Love.” This colorful event showcases the passion and creativity of Black and minority-owned businesses within the wedding industry at none other than the iconic Motown Museum – also known as “Hitsville, USA,” the birthplace of Motown Records.
“We are celebrating ‘Black Love’ in this styled shoot, while also highlighting the rich history of Motown and rising stars from Detroit that continue to exude Black creativity and excellence,” says Denise.
Named for the origin of the American Car Industry, Motor City Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records. Established in 1959, it is the first prominent black-owned music record label in America. Motown shaped popular music worldwide with such legendary acts as Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and The Jackson 5. Today, the Motown Museum welcomes Motown fans from around the world to see and experience the space where history was made.
The team’s intention behind this shoot, aside from providing viewers with plenty of wedding inspo, was to represent an authentic sense of community in celebration of Black Love. The wedding party and guest models are made up of local elected officials, business owners, and non-profit community leaders with ties to Metro Detroit. The bride and groom are a real couple who intend to get married later this year.
At the conclusion of the photoshoot, all were invited to help organize the flowers to be used as donations to Living Arts Detroit and Golden Connection Senior Services. Living Arts Detroit is an organization that ignites creativity in the lives of Detroit youth through performing, visual, and media arts. The donation of the flowers will be shared with their talented Teaching Artists and graduating Seniors. Golden Connection Senior Services provides customized fun experiences with older adults utilizing their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Their motivating activities replace loneliness and boredom with joy and purpose.
The spirit and sense of community represented by STOP! In the Name of Black Love is absolutely something to celebrate and recognize for Juneteenth and beyond.
Wedding vendors and participants can be found on Instagram:
Concept, Design Planner: @deniselillieengagements
The Collective: @fusionnclusion
Wedding Coordinators: @thedirecther @bposhevents
Ceremony Venue: @motownmuseum
Wedding Gowns: @ashalexbridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: @leeannesluxurybridal
Hair Stylist: @evolvestylestudio1
Makeup Artist: @beautybyindiacharde
Mixologist : @perfect10mixology
Experience Curators: @cliquetogether
Couture Cookies : @crushswets
Men's Attire : @thesuitdepot
Luxury Timepieces: @shinola
DJ : @itstoddeverett
Luxury Rentals: @eventsourcerental
Wedding Cake & Pies: @terriscakes
Florals Donated to: @yourgoldenconnection @livingartsdetroit
Models: @repyancey @onealamos @tanisha_yvette84 @eural_johnson_3rd @scotty_ii_hotty @19ray06 @_tiffanyyvonne_