All the weddings that I have had the privilege of doing have been fantastic. I have been blessed with wonderful couples and awesome guests. This wedding was no different.
I loved every moment of working with S and E. They were fun, easy going, warm, loving and it showed it every part of their wedding. They had a large wedding of over ~450 people, but so much of the wedding felt intimate and personal.
E + S were laughing the whole entire day, I was honestly concerned that they might have sore jaws the next day. The wedding was set in a wonderful large church, decorated with elegant details. The flowers that accented the day were large white fluffy hydrangeas encompassed by orange hued roses. The flowers were set on high settings that towered in the front locations of the aisle and altar. Rose petals carefully sprinkled the aisle.
The bride was a joy to help get ready, she was easy going and just ready to marry the love of her life. It was fun watching her laugh and have fun with her bridesmaids. The guys were absolute joke-sters that made everyone and anyone laugh.
The wedding was a wonderful mix of Nigerians and Americans. It was a fantastic party filled with singing, dancing, more singing, more dancing and plenty of delicious food and joyousness. This wedding was wonderful working at.
With big weddings what are some “rules” that could be helpful?
Give yourself tons of buffer room. I made sure in all the timelines I made that there was plenty of buffer room for what ever we needed to get done. I always create plenty of room for buffer time, but for big weddings we need to be sure that there is plenty of room for lots of interference, lots of mishaps and possible new changes to the schedule. During the prayer portion on the blessing ceremony the day before the western style ceremony, some of the prayers went extra long, but luckily because I planned plenty of buffer room for the ceremony it everything was actually happening on time.
Go with the flow. Make sure when something that may be abnormal that happens or something you have not planned to happen you just ride the tide. When the catering company did not come at the time they were suppose to, that allowed us to make sure other things were set up and by the time everything was set in motion (and the prayers went extra long). The catering company showed up right when the prayers ended and people were ready to eat.
Be gracious and account for whatever cultural differences there may be. The wedding was a mixture of Nigerian and Americans. Timing is a bit different for Nigerians and Americans. Nigerians tend to be more relaxed and at ease when it comes to what the day will look like. For Nigerians there tends to be a cie la vie and an openness on how the day should proceed. Americans tend to be paced with more rigid guidelines and a more exact idea on what is going to happen on the day of a ceremony. There is no right or wrong, but a matter of creating a timeline for the day that allows for both cultures to mesh well with each other. In order to have a timeline that allows this, I created something with lots of buffer room, also the ability to give a plan A, plan B, plan C of what the day may possibly look like (how American of me!)
The wedding was absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to do another big big wedding. Go big or go home!
Photography: Rachel Boer Photography
Ceremony: Covenant Life Church
Reception: Marriott Convention Center (North Bethesda)
Linens & Chairs: Marriott Convention Center (North Bethesda)