Welcome to our first installment of Real Wedding Wednesday! It is our feature that showcases our real weddings and you can get some insight into our couples and the details of their wedding day and maybe some inspiration for your wedding day!
Eleanor and Taylor’s African Royalty weekend was a celebration of not only their love but the international family/friends support group that they both have.
A little bit of a back story…I first got to know Eleanor as a bridesmaid in her friends wedding that I did almost 8 years ago. She told me then that I would be her planner and I told her I would always have her dates avaliable and when she called I did! Their wedding planning arrangement was unique because they live in Geneva, Switzerland and for those of you who don’t know, Geneva is 7hrs ahead of our central time zone. This actually worked out pretty well for us because as she was ending her workday, I was starting mine so we were able to schedule planning meetings and video chats pretty easily.
They had several non negotiables for their weekend…showcase their culture (Nigerian, Malawian and Ghanian), have an amazing experience for their guests, and of course get married!
Their wedding weekend started on Thursday, May 24th with their Traditional Wedding Ceremony at The Springs in Denton. There was a calm excitement in the air as the ladies started hair and makeup and practiced their dance moves! Eleanor took some time for quiet meditation and prayer away from the group, this was really important to her and as her planner I was happy that she had the opportunity to do this on her wedding day. She wanted to be present and enjoy the day to the fullest!
The ceremony started with Eleanor’s Malawian traditions and her family welcoming Taylor and his family.
Once the traditions were finished Eleanor made her 2nd outfit change to match her bridesmaids and had an epic photo shoot with Teshorn Jackson Photography as her guests enjoyed their meal.
Back inside it was time for the 3rd outfit change to honor her Ghanian family. When Eleanor first moved to Texas she met her Ghanian friends, who became family and took care of her while she was in school in Dallas. Since they were a large part of her journey, she wanted to honor them.
During this part of the ceremony Eleanor had to “find” her groom in the crowd.
For our final look of the day Eleanor celebrates Taylor’s Nigerian heritage with a gorgeous purple dress and gele. When they enter the room the mood was electric and you could feel not only the love but the celebration from their friends and family. After greeting their friends and family it was time for the party to begin and they danced and partied until it was time to go home.
Perfect respresentation of how tired a bride can be after 10hrs of an event and 4 outfit changes…..lol!!!
Next week we will show you the details of their Christian ceremony!
Can’t wait to hear your Stohr-ee!