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Virginia Wedding Inspiration- Black Ice Micro Wedding ( Styled Shoots)

Styled shoots are a creative way for photographers, stylists, and other wedding pros, to show off their talent and visions to inspire readers for their own wedding planning.

Today’s styled shoot’s theme is Black Ice and is the vision of Michelle Ellis, owner of McEllis Brides.

Part 2 of a 3 part series, this first shoot imagines a glamorous elopement featuring unique, custom bridal attire by McEllis Brides.

The Scoop:

Here’s what Michelle says about her inspiration behind this theme…

“I wanted to capture the new look of weddings after Covid. Celebrations will be a lot smaller and non traditional. I want to inspire couples by telling a story through images. They do not have to sacrifice the luxurious and elegant aspects of their wedding because they have to scale down. You can still get all the feels, whether your eloping or having a micro wedding.”

What we love:

There is a fairy tale quality about the ball gown matched perfectly in a ballroom setting, for an intimate affair.

The black and white color decor sets an elegant and glamorous tone with sparkles and glitter, not to mention coordinating perfectly with the groom’s sophisticated attire ( LOVE that bow tie)!

Although the theme has a classic, formal vibe, there is still a hint of playfulness, as the groom waits for his bride, relaxing shooting pool.

And doesn’t the model look just like a fairy princess?





Brides Attire and Styled Shoot Coordinator

McEllis Brides Design Studio


Michelle Ellis

1932 Coliseum Drive

Hampton, Va 23666

Contact: Michelle Ellis

IG Tag: @McEllisbrides



The Historic Post Office


132 East Queen Street

Hampton, VA 223669

Contact: Madeline Harris

IG Tag: @thehistoricpostoffice



Ribbons and Sweet Memories


2708 Build America Dr

Hampton, Va 23666

Contact: Debra Harrison

IG Tag: @ribbonsbiz



J’Lamour luxury Events


2708 Build America Dr

Hampton, Va 23666

Contact: Jamelle Borden

IG Tag: @jlamourluxeevents


Grooms Attire

Dapper Luq Collection

(410) 746-5499

Contact: Luqman Haskett of Dapper Luq

IG Tag: @dapperluq_collection




Reginald Smart

(757) 667-9796

1736 S Park Ct STE 202

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Contact: Reginald Smart

IG Tag: @yoursmartshot



Gem’s 4 Jewels Virgin Hair


1932 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666

Contact: Sonya Taylor

IG Tag: @gems4jewelsvirginhair





1539 Amberley Forest Rd Suite E, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Contact: Kristen Bacon

IG Tag: @unveiledonsitebeauty



Tina (Christina) Conner

IG Tag: @tinasuelo89


Quintin Myers

IG Tag: @qmlift5

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va, we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Palm Beach Weddings Magazine and Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.