When Covid forced Oyinda and Kofi to cancel their original wedding day back in August, they decided to just go for it and plan a small gathering for the legal part of their wedding. In under a week, they chose the magnificent Euridge Manor for the setting and Rebecca Goddard to capture the photographs. Oyinda wore a long sleeve backless wedding dress and Kofi a blue suit. After their ceremony, they decided to go for a boat ride even though neither of them knew how to row! The captures are pure perfection.
The rules are changing all the time, so if there is a window to get married and celebrate with your nearest and dearest, do it!
Like many couples trying to get married in 2020, Covid-19 meant that we had to be flexible and get creative with our plans. Having rescheduled our big wedding until 2021, we were keen to get the legal ceremony done and dusted, because if 2020 has taught us anything, it's that things can change! As opposed to just selecting a local registry office, we wanted something a little bit different and were lucky enough to secure Euridge Manor at short notice. We managed to turn everything around in just 5 days and even managed to zoom the ceremony to Lagos, Nigeria!
Long Sleeve Backless Wedding Dress
You'll be forgiven for thinking this micro wedding is in fact, a shoot and Oyinda and Kofi are both models. Not only is the setting out of this world but Oyinda and Kofi are pure fire, donning a blue suit and long sleeve backless wedding dress. Some of their family also look incredible wearing traditional Nigerian outfits with additional African flavour being added to the day with a selection of take-home treats from EKO Cafe.
We had a relaxed, laid back vibe with our family and friends. Given Euridge manor is such a beautiful venue, it really didn't need much styling at all. We had a really warm day in October and given the beautiful gardens on-site, we were able to create an understated, elegant spring/summer theme. We wanted the styling to compliment the warm, natural surroundings hence the bridal look was simple and chic whilst the groom's styling centred around a warm spring palette. The weather enabled us to hold the ceremony outdoors, and also meant Oyinda could get away with a backless dress!
We're living in such a difficult time and the future is uncertain. We'd encourage other couples to be flexible, and get creative.
Oyinda and Kofi managed to stream a really high-quality Zoom call with a tripod, clamp and smartphone! They set the whole thing up themselves and managed to position everything perfectly. It was really important to them as it meant their loved ones from all over the world that couldn't be there were with them were able to enjoy their special day too. Read our article: How to Host A Virtual Wedding for lots more tips.
Photographer: Rebecca Goddard Photography | Venue: The Lost Orangery - Euridge Manor | Florist: Coates Florist | Champagne & Canapes: AHM Catering Experience | Nigerian Treats: EKO Cafe | Wedding Dress: ASOS Edition | Hair: Bissy Hair Signature | Makeup: Seemebeautè | Earrings: Accessorize | Grooms Suit: Remus Uomo | Shoes: Dune |