“From getting ready in the cabin to portraits by the lake, the McQueens took in every part of natural scenery,” stated photographer Tonjanika Smith Photography.
A color palette of purple, sage, and “Elsa blue” complemented the picturesque backdrop of the venue during that crisp November day.
“Marcellus really loves Elsa from Frozen because she is a strong, independent woman. He wanted one of our colors to be ‘Elsa blue,' and my favorite color is purple, so we used both,” says Angela. The hues shone through wildly textured blooms and the wedding party’s mismatched attire, while allowing for a mix of playful prints and floral patterns.
The couple, who met at Temple University, share an interest in theater and are active members of the Burning Man community where Marcellus was able to propose to Angela during their favorite regional burn. They were able to incorporate personalized elements that brought out these passions.
”For our wedding, our friend designed a mini effigy that we put a candle inside and lit it for our unity ceremony,” recalls the couple. “We wanted a wedding that felt like us, not a traditional cookie-cutter event. We [even] strutted down the aisle at the end of our ceremony to ‘Crazy in Love' by Beyonce.”
Silver mask cufflinks and a fancy dance number at their reception that included a lift from Dirty Dancing paid homage to their time together in the theater where their friendship began. Speaking of their reception, did we mention there were fire spinners, too?!
“Some of our friends from the camp we burn with did fire-spinning during our cocktail hour. We also served beer that those friends brewed for our wedding. The dancing during our reception ranged from normal to my sister doing the worm to Marcellus and our friend basically having a Vogue-off that ended with both of them doing death drops to Todrick Hall’s ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heals!'”