From Fab.you.lous Events... Amma and Drew are both very creative people with great style and eyes for design which was evident in their choice of ceremony and reception venues. They chose the Bigelow Chapel for it's obvious beauty and incredible architectural design as well as the famed Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota for their reception. They wanted the feel to reflect them: casual, artistic, all the while incorporating their Ghanaian ancestry. They both loved the color palette of a bright yellow and leafy greens against varying shades of gray and crisp, clean whites. The structure of the satin folds at the bust and the soft ruching at the waist of Amma's dress created a beautiful silhouette that complimented every aspect of the detail she had chosen in the architecture of the venues. Her yellow shoes were the perfect pop to accessories Already a beautiful person, she was obviously a stunning bride. The guys wore light grey suits with yellow ties and coordinating grey Chuck Taylors. Drew wore a boutonniere of freesia and bear grass. The ladies wore pewter bridesmaid dresses in the style of their choosing and carried bouquets of freesia, pincushion protea, billy balls, and tea leaves. Amma's mother wore a traditional Ghanaian gown and both Amma and Drew's fathers wore traditional handmade outfits from colorful kente cloth. Later, Amma and Drew would both change into their own custom made outfits to enjoy the rest of their reception in style.
There are really no words to describe the feeling that filled the air in the chapel as Amma's brother played traditional Ghanaian music for the processional. When Amma and her father turned the corner to walk down the aisle there was a palpable excitement fueled by the acoustics of the drumming as everyone stood to honor the bride and her father. During the ceremony a family friend performed a traditional African libation ceremony of saying prayers then pouring water into a bowl and calling the names of relatives that had preceded them in death. This tradition is a way to summon the spirits of those that could not be with the couple at their wedding. They also performed a sand mixing ceremony. At the end, after a highly anticipated newlywed kiss, everyone applauded as they jumped a very modern version of a broom. One thing Amma really wished for was a vintage car to make their getaway. Drew told her throughout the planning process that it was too expensive and unnecessary. Drew emailed me letting me know of his plans to surprise Amma with the Rolls Royce and as you can see by the pictures, she was shocked and so happy. I'm not sure who was happier: Drew for pulling off a surprise that moved Amma to tears, or Amma for having such a thoughtful husband and a great way to escape as newlyweds.
The decor for the reception was simple, fresh, and let the color do all the talking in an already unique space. For half the centerpieces we put lemons in tall vases to help make the color pop against the crisp white linens and had sprays of yellow oncidium orchids to draw the attention upward. For the other half of the centerpieces, we wrapped banana leaves in the bottom of vases and placed the bridesmaid bouquets at the center of the tables. At each guests seat, they were greeted by handmade soaps wrapped in handmade papers with different colors and designs. We sprinkled freesia on some of the food tables to add pops of color as well as used pincushion protea on the guestbook table, escort card table, and head table. The guests dined on an Asian inspired buffet of spring rolls, noodle dishes, pot stickers, meats, and salads and enjoyed the scenery of the art museum. Some of the most memorable moments of the evening were the toasts given by the bride's parents. At one point Amma's mother, who had forgotten her reading glasses, began struggling to read her toast. Amma's dad kindly lent her his own glasses and the room burst into laughter. There were many tears as family and friends recalled memories of their time with each of them individually and Amma and Drew glowed when spoken of as a couple. The first dances were followed by the major surprise of the evening: an african dance troupe. The group performed the highest energy dancing and drumming that kicked the rest of the reception off with excitement and left their guests with something to remember as everyone was invited on the floor to dance with the drums and rattles.
Event Planning & Design: Fab.you.lous Events / Photography: Ling Photography / Wedding dress: Mestad’s Bridal / Florist: Luna Vinca / Make up: MN Bridal Makeup Artistry / DJ: Mufty Entertainment (No website) / Caterer: Mintáhoe Catering / Stationery: designed by Amma (bride) / Transportation: Premier Transportation and Silver Rolls Royce / Dance troupe: Hayor Bibimma African Dance Company