From the coordinator:
In the African culture, it is customary for the couple to have a "Traditional Wedding" – a pre-white wedding ceremony. During such an event, the rich African culture is displayed, as you walk through the agenda of the ceremony along with the numerous gifts presented to the bride's family – such as basket of fruits, bottles of wine, tubers of yam, and a variety of African fabrics. Our wedding style shoot is inspired by this rich, colorful and bold African prints which we are delighted to share with you. In this style shoot, we applied a modern twist to the typical African traditional wedding. The shoot reflects the West African heritage using a mixture of African textures, patterns and fabrics. Despite the modern touch, we still included some authentic pieces from the African culture such as lanterns, mats and gourds. The bride is wearing a dress that is a combination of African prints and lace. The groom is wearing a buba (pronounced boo-bah) and colours from the embroidery were selected from the bride's African print. Both bride and groom are wearing matching handwoven traditional African headpiece made of Aso Oke (hand loomed cloth woven by the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria). The bride's friends are wearing traditional uniform outfits (Aso Ebi) made from African Prints.
Shoot location: Rainbow Valley Wedding Barn, Ontario, Canada
Shoot inspiration: The inspiration came from Christian Louboutin Africaba Tote Bag. The bag is made of up of a variety of African prints which is a reflection of how versatile the African print is. We decided to do something modern and at the same time traditional with African print. The African prints are cotton fabrics with tribal-like patterns and motifs with lots of vibrant colors.
Color combinations: African print, green, white, brown with natural and earthy elements
Favorite detail: Our favorite detail of the style shoot was the obvious chemistry between the couple. The couple is actually engaged and will be getting married soon!
White lace that has some mesh/sheer base with sequins embroidery throughout the fabric was used as an overlay over white satin. Green Napkins to match the glassware and greenery.
Wood taper candlestick and bell shaped candle holders with wooden base added some romantic elements. White and natural wood Vase makes the perfect home for the tropical greens such as palms, monsteras and banana leaves.
Russell Flatware in silver and brown. Square mirror wood frame served as chargers. White square dinner plates with green stemware. Mini green leaves placed on a wooden base served as place cards. The wooden accent from the flatware, chargers and candle holders adds a natural and an earthy feel.
The stationary was designed by Nikie of mmmdecors. Die cuts were applied to the African print invitations. The print on the stationary is an exact match to the print that was used on the stools.
The dessert station featured the cake, meat pie, puff puff (deep fried dough) and Chin Chin (crunchy deep-fried snack that originates from Nigeria, West Africa)
Share your favorite detail from today's bold African print styled shoot, in the comments below!
Photographer: Bisi Alawode
Venue: Rainbow Valley Wedding Barn,
Bridal gown/ Bridal party attire/ Groom’s attire:
Wedding planner/ Designer/ Stationery: mmmdecors
Makeup and Head tie: Donus hands of beauty
Flowers: A.Chery Events
Jewelry: Haute Beads