Cuban Inspired Shoot at Gather and Lounge

A bride and groom at the altar of their Cuban Inspired styled shoot at Gather and Lounge in Bridgeport CT

Gather and Lounge, a furniture rental house in Bridgeport CT, has hosted some of the most fun wedding and event industry parties in the winter. Their Havana Nights themed party a few years back was to me, and apparently to Danielle, too, just a wonderful excuse to do a styled shoot and showcase the gorgeous design of their party. Carrie Wilcox, of Carrie Wilcox Floral Design, absolutely outdid herself with that KILLER arch for the ceremony! It was lush and tropical, and warmed us up on that chilly January day. Luckily I have worked with Carrie and Danielle on real weddings and can attest to their skill for your event.

The shoot was hosted at Gather and Lounge’s spacious and light filled warehouse in Bridgeport, and I was inspired and excited from the very moment that I walked through the door! Not only did the light and color and tropical Cuban vibe inspire me, but the fact that as a Mexican woman we were doing a styled shoot that included other people of color. Too often out there the landscape of real and styled weddings is homogenized. It’s super white. Super hetero and everyone is super thin. To do my part in the land of the styled shoot and create content that represents people in addition to just white folks was a step in the right direction for me.

Thank you Danielle for inviting me to come play at your warehouse and create something that fills my heart and soul! Make sure to check out all of these super talented creative collaborators if you are looking for your wedding or event, they are amazing!

Creative Partners for the Day:

concept + design + furniture: Danielle Gombos of Gather + Lounge, Bridgeport CT / @gatherandlounge

photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography, Hartford CT / @c10ike

florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design, Fairfield CT / @cwfloraldesign

paper + styling: Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design, New Haven CT / @coralpheasant

planning: Maggie of Double G Events, Fairfield CT / @dgeweddingdesign

hair + makeup: Catie Bane  Guilford CT / @catiebane

fashion: The White Dress by the Shore, Clinton CT / @thewhitedressbytheshore

gown designer: Made With Love Bridal / @madewithlovebridal

bar service: Book Lifted Spirits, Fairfield County CT / @bookliftedspirits

models: Maggie Inc. / @maggieagency

lighting: Dan Gombos, Shin Dig Lighting, Bridgeport CT / @shindiglighting

palm trees: CT Palm / @ctpalm

men’s fashion: Enzo Valentino, Valentino Tailors Hamden, CT / @enzovalentino

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