Meet Ife and Jamal, who had not one but two weddings in a single memorable weekend! On Friday, in the beginning of June, the couple held a traditional Yoruba engagament/wedding to honor Ife's Nigeria heritage, complete with traditional food and music. They celebrated a traditional Western wedding ceremony at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott the next day. Truly, a multicultural wedding celebration! With a super modern color palette of dark purple, silver, and hints of hot pink, the couple dubbed their theme "modern, city chic with a touch of bling."
Ife was blingtastic in her sleek and sophisticated Allure Bridal wedding gown, with its beautiful fitted silhouette, strapless bodice, and Swarovski crytals accenting the empire waist. Her simple bouquet of calla lilies was wrapped with silk ribbon and embellished with pictures of her parents and grandparents on their wedding days. The rich purple bridesmaids dresses were from Dessy.
The tradition of jumping the broom, part of wedding culture since at least the 1700's, is found in cultures throughout the world, including Africa, Scotland, Hungary, and in the Gypsy community. Although some say it originated in West Africa, there is no written record to back up the claim. Jumping over the broom symbolizes different things for different cultures, from determining who runs the household or makes the marriage decisions to a wife's commitment to keeping a home and a couple crossing a new threshold in life together.
The reception hall was bathed in color with purple uplighting, a custom monogram on the wall. Chiavari chairs, satin lilac table linens, silver plate chargers, and even a custom ice sculpture all helped create the chic modern feel Ife and Jamal wanted. The centerpieces were a gorgeous combination of pink, white and purple roses, hydrangeas and calla lilies tying in with the bouquets of the bridesmaids.
Photos submitted throught Two Bright Lights.
Florist: Rings of Roses
Videographer: Family Treausres
Lighting: East Coast Event Group
Wedding Planner: The Detail Diva/Love Lee eventsInvitations: The Event Boutique LLC
Dress Designer: Allure Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: DessyEscort cards/Menu/Program/Paper Items: La Rue Louise Designs
Shoes: My Glass Slipper
Ife and Jamal's most cherished moment? Saying our wedding vows and seeing our families unite as one and bringing two different cultures and backgrounds together. And that is exactly how it should be, a perfect multicultural wedding in my book. This is surely a weekend Ife, Jamal, and their families will not soon forget! We wish you health, happiness, and an abundance of love.
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Have a beautiful day,