They say it takes a village, and though the expression is supposed to be about raising a child, it could just as easily apply to the way family and friends came to witness the union between Nicole and Derrick last fall for their beautiful big day, October 3, 2015 at the Hotel Arista located in Naperville, Illinois; just 30 minutes outside of Chicago.
As a nod to the groom’s Ghanaian heritage, kente cloth (the traditional garment worn by Ashanti royalty) was used to blindfold Derrick as he and Nicole met before their modern ceremony. With details of gray and marine blue; the wedding’s color palete was beautifully incorporated in the ceremony florals, bridesmaids’ dresses, wedding stationary, and lighting; among all things. And as the ceremony came to an end, the couple were bound (at the wrists) by another piece of kente; signifying their “tying the knot”.
During the reception, the couple treated the guests with a traditional “adowa” tribal dance by Ghanaian dancers as they re-entered in traditional Ghanaian attire. No doubt that this wedding was beautiful, but even more so? It’s filled with meaning. Nicole and her father put a spin to the traditional father/daughter dance and had guests on their feet as they broke into popular dances such as the “dougie” and the “harlem shake”. All night long, DJ Bonsu kept the reception lively with a mix of tunes.
Nicole and Derrick, happy anniversary and may your days be filled with as much love and happiness as this beautiful day one year ago.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel Arista | Photography & Videography: Andrew Thomas Clifton | Floral Design: Avery Willow Designs | Cake: The Cakery | Saxophonist: Traysee J. Leonard | Hair: Kelly Abston (maid of honor | Makeup: Devon | Men’s Suits: Black Tie Formal Wear | DJ: DJ Bonsu | Invitations: Ijorere | Event Planner: Abenafit | Ceremony/Reception Stationary: Abenafit