For our final real RMW bride of the week we have a cultural and literal extravaganza of fabulousness from Melvina. Melvina drew on her own and her husbands African heritage, with elegant english style touches to create a unique and personal day… read on to see how this Bride rocked her wedding :).
Melvina’s Story… ‘Keepin’ it Real’
We married on 02/01/10. On 03/01/10 my cousin updated his facebook status with ‘If Carlsberg did weddings, they’d be probably be something like this…’ Wow!
We decided the key to wedding planning was to ‘keep it real’. Our day was as fun and fresh as we are, filled with laughter, music, family and friends, delicious food, fine wine (lots of it) and topped with festive cheer …what more could we ask for?
Our wedding was somewhat of an extravaganza! We had 230 very important guests (no fillers!), a sand ceremony using Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean sand, a steel band to welcome guests to Sindlesham Court, pink uplighters, fairy lights, candles EVERYWHERE, hand-made touches, a dancing entrance, a HILARIOUS best man’s speech, a stunning (surprise) dance performance by our groomsman (!), beautiful bridesmaids, one tossing of my garter to the boys (*blush*), one exploding balloon, one tower of Krispy Kremes and this was before the traditional African ‘Gombe’ drums, which accompanied our change of outfit in the evening!
Phew…like I said, we rocked our wedding! [see what I did there! ]
More simply, it was a *celebration* of our *love*.
It is our pleasure to share our special day, and show other ‘b2bs’ how we ‘Kept it Real’.
My earrings were from Cherry Chau and I made the bracelet and necklace to match, using Swarovski crystals, and freshwater pearls!
The bridesmaids dresses were from Coast – bought a year in advance to ensure a wide selection of winter colours. The shoes were from Debenhams, and the pashminas from a random market trader who did us a nice deal!
I made glittery gold twigs with roses…
We stuck these, at different heights into two glass vases and had them either side of our top table – it all came together so well.
We hired a fairy curtain behind our top table, pink uplighters around the room and had loads of candles and sparkly nuggets on the table – it looked like magic!
We had over 200 guests, so writing everyone’s name next to their seat would have been an artistic nightmare! Instead, we used the damask hearts to show our guests the location of their table. We then listed everybody’s name and table, in alphabetical order. It worked a treat and looked different too.
Our tables were named after places/dates/songs that have a special meaning to Mr O and I. We added a little sentence to our table name frames too – just so that everyone could share in our journey. It was lovely, as guests eagerly ran round he room to read the rest of our story. Our top table was ‘Durham – where it all began’, as we met at Durham University.
Sweet tooth Heaven
We had a Krispy Kreme Tower… mmm! Our cake was made by Margaret Burridge – Celeb Cakes, it was breathtaking.
I had said ‘I want it to look me in my dress, sparkly, sweet, champagney and flowery’. I think she did a fantastic job!
A Cultural Celebration
We had a sand ceremony, using sand from a beach in Sierra Leone brought over by my late Father and sand from a beach in Ghana. It was a lovely way to remember our heritage. During the sand ceremony, the organist played some ‘twinkly’ music and the Reverend likened our marriage to the grains of sand in the bottle – whole and indivisible.
You all know we love a bit of personality at a wedding here at Rock My Wedding… and what better way to do that than showcase your heritage? I think Melvina did a fantastic job and I love all the beautiful colours in her photographs. – Are any of our readers out there planning on incorporating cultural traditions into their wedding?