Shellane baked the epic “frosted cherry” cake at The 4th NotWedding Atlanta, and we were thrilled to hear the news of her recent marriage and to see the video of her wedding day created by NotWedding alum White Dress Media. We’re also thrilled to hear that after a little break, Shellane will soon be back in the Kingdom Cakers kitchen!
Tell us about you as a couple.
Daniel is the kind of man that will make you want to stop everything you’re doing to spend ‘just another 5 minutes’ in his presence. That’s exactly how my life has been since we met. I dropped everything and spent the summer of 2012 with Daniel and God. It all started when I returned home from my six-month excursion to San Francisco where I fell in love with Jesus. I got to know Him in a totally new light and surrendered my heart to Him to hold and protect for my husband. I was prepared for this to be a long journey of self-discovery and learning how to love myself. But two weeks later, God saw fit to grant my wish. Five months later, Daniel asked my father for my hand in marriage. Daniel and I are dreamers. We love to inspire one another and plan for our future. We see beautiful things in the shells of despair. We were made in His image in that way and that’s exactly what God used to connect us. So when it came time for us to plan for our future together, we went IN!
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding?
It was very important to us to have meaning behind every element in our wedding. Daniel and I wrote our vows in spoken word form and decided to put them in writing down the aisle. We also had hand-illustrated invitations and programs. As for the favors, we chose to give our guests ‘Brownie in a mason’ jar, which was one of the first things Daniel and I ever ‘baked’ together. Lastly, we really enjoy arts and crafts so we enjoyed making my bouquet and the guy’s bowties together. I even took extra lace from my dress to make Daniel’s bowtie.
In what ways did The NotWedding influence your wedding?
Stylistically, The NotWedding 2011 was the biggest influence in our wedding planning. Everything from the natural textures of the décor to the sunlit industrial-aged venue…we had to have it! I’d never seen a wedding styled in such a way that made me feel like I should have been getting married that day. I had the privilege of being apart of the NotWedding Team that same year, which was honestly one of the highlights of my career. The most challenging part of the entire wedding planning process was attempting to design a cake that would outdo the one I did for that event. So, I decided to make five cakes and suspend one from the ceiling.
Meeting Michael and being invited to be a Vendor for the NotWedding was a God-moment. Had it not happened, I would’ve been succumbed by white tulle, plastic pearls, and every other non-personalized trinket on my wedding day. Thankfully, I was surrounded by our love and individuality personified in every detail from the aisle to the favors.
What was your absolute favorite I-need-to-remember-this-forever moment from the wedding?
It’s so cliché to say, but my absolute favorite moment to remember was walking down the aisle with my daddy. Poor guy! He tried so hard to help me keep my composure, from the pep talk in the dressing room, to keeping me from tripping in my 5” heels. But truly, the whole experience was a total worship moment… we wanted to offer that to God and thank Him for bringing us together. Members from our church sang ‘Holy (The Wedding Song)’ by the City Harmonic) as my father and I walked down the 50-something foot aisle. . Our guests didn’t know whether to speak in tongues or cry. All I heard was inconsolable sobbing but I still kept my composure… until I saw Daniel’s face covered in tears. I felt the love of my heavenly father, earthly father, and love of my life all at one magical moment.
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Photographer: Jessica Renwick Photography | Videographer: White Dress Media | Ceremony Venue: Ambient + Studios | Officiant: Pastor David Stephens | Wedding Day Coordinator: Christina Kwan | Wedding Day Assistant Coordinators: Stephanie Pendleton + Candice Artis | Floral and Staircase Design: Ashley Charron | Wedding + Groom Cakes: Apple-Butter Bakery (Bride’s Bakery)| Catering: Flying Biscuit | Invitations: Bride and Groom, Daniel and Shellane Brown| Calligraphy and Programs: Stephanie Pendleton | Wedding Dress: Kathy Ireland for Mon Cheri, Sweet Elegance Bridal | Bride’s Belt: DIY by Bride, Shellane Brown | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Veil: Alisa Brides | Hair: Tiffany Barnett | Bride’s Make-up: Barkeia McBride | Bridesmaid’s Make-up: Tiffany Barnett + Kendre Nichole |Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew and 31 Bits | Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Anita Pickett | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Mic Dresses | Groomsmen Bow Ties: Bride and Groom| Groomsmen Shoes: Toms | Ceremony Musicians: Pablo Melgar, Tabreeca Woodside, Trevour Wiltshire | DJ: Jerome Boyd