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Virginia Wedding Inspiration- Black Ice ( 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 1 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:

Who doesn’t love sparkle and lace?

The mix of  black sparkling and lace accents, including the chic black dress, linens, and table settings, create a magical event!

Plus, an elopement is not only a romantic and an intimate affair, but with the right details, it can be very special for the couple – every detail in this shoot nails it.

And, OMG check out the groom’s shoes, they sparkle too!




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



Fresh Look Photography

(757) 749-5350

6341 Dartmouth Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Contact: Judith Soule

IG Tag: @freshlookphotog



Gem’s 4 Jewels Virgin Hair


1932 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666

Contact: Sonya Taylor

IG Tag: @gems4jewelsvirginhair



Contact: Shericka Henderson

E mail:

IG Tag: @thehairspeaks


Evony Nelson

IG Tag: Evony_FS

E mail:

Don Benson

IG Tag: Don: don_suckafree_g

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.