I love it when couples incorporate their culture and heritage into their weddings. Don't you?
The fusion of two different cultures can be quite a challenge. (You don't want to offend Aunty…How would Granddad feel about it all?)
But when it's done creatively, sensitively and stylishly it's just so freakin' awesome. You're creating your own new traditions with the best bits of both you and your partner's cultures.
The Venue ~ Great Fosters, Egham, England
The gardens are what won it for us. So much space, greenery and just beautiful. The actual building itself is just wonderful, from the modern Orangery where we had our ceremony to the beam-featured wooden Tithe barn for the reception. The whole building is just complete with the grounds – simply amazing.
The Photographer ~ This was an easy one for us, whoever we chose had to be ‘magical’ and I came across Alex from My Love Story Photography at a wedding fair and loved him! His photos were just naturally beautiful and that’s what we wanted – to look effortlessly happy on our wedding day. It also helped that he totally got what we were about and just how much we wanted our wedding to come across.
The Dress ~ My dress was Baltimore from the Blue by Enzoani collection. It was the perfect mix of pretty, girly and made my assests look great! I also loved the dragonfly embellishment on the front, it was the right amount of bling on a dress for me.
Blinging Accessories ~ My earrings (something new) were from Glitzy Secrets which I bought to compliment my something old – a stunning necklace my mum had for years and said she bought for a special occasion and couldn’t think of a more special occasion than her first born’s wedding! She also bought my side tiara by Jon Richard after I complained I didn't have enough bling for the day!
The Cake ~ Charlotte from Restoration Cakes made our bespoke kente cake. We had three flavours, because we loved them all! The bottom tier was Red Velvet, middle Lemon Drizzle and top Victoria Sponge. Charlotte loved the Kente pattern and decided that it should be the theme of our cake, but not OTT! The fabric was used to separate the layers, and part of the Kente pattern was piped onto the cake.
It was African, subtle, colourful and LOVELY! Did I mention just how quirky and lovely Charlotte herself was?!
The First Dance ~ Our first dance was to Michael Jacksons ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’. We wanted something energetic to dance to with fun/lovely lyrics! We’re a bit of a show-off couple, so our first dance had to be epic! Nothing says epic like MJ!
Nana’s advice ~ Deciding on a final guestlist was pretty tough for us but I would say invite whoever you want to invite. Don’t be too swayed by family input and ‘must haves’ otherwise you’ll end inviting people because you ‘had’ to. I always said to myself, when I say I do and turn around to look at my guests faces and know them all. Make sure everyone who is there is there for YOU not because it’s another wedding!
Isn't that cake amazing? And what about the ‘Glamour' magazines featuring Nana and Ryan…oooh and the starlight lighting?
Ryan’s advice (so great to hear from the groom!) ~ Forget all the little planning bits and find a venue first! Once you find the venue, it’s easier to imagine how you want the day to go. Also make all the final decisions together, even though she might do all the research, the final choice should be made together. It allows you to both appreciate all the hardwork that has paid off.
Congratulations Nana and Ryan! Thanks for sharing your wedding with us. You can follow along with Nana's musings over on her blog Nana Knows Best. And many thanks to My Love Story Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos.
So are any of you mixing cultures for your wedding? Any fun and unusual mixes?!
~ More Multicultural Weddings ~
Photographer: My Love Story Photography / Bride’s Dress: Baltimore, Blue by Enzoani / Bridal Dress Boutique: Brides Visited / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Kanzier / Bride’s Earrings: Glitzy Secrets / Bride’s Side Tiara: Jon Richard / Reception Necklace: SilverSmither / Groom’s Attire: Jack Bunneys / Groomsmen Attire: Lequest / Florist: Fairynuff Flowers /Venue: Great Fosters, Egham, England / Catering: Caribbean Cookpot / Videography: Kissing Gate Video / Cake Baker: Restoration Cake / Invitations & Stationery: Kudos Wedding Stationery / Cootie Catchers On Tables: Etsy /Decor and Lighting: Reveries Events / Steel Band: Solid Steel / Videography: Kissing Gate Video