Morning Precious One. I hope your weekend was great. I’ve had this New York meets Africa wedding on my mind all weekend. Honestly speaking this wedding is exactly why I love weddings so much. The style, the music and captivating presence of the bride (and groom) put together makes this New York meets Africa Wedding one of my favourites. I mean look at all their images. I love the image where Nosipho is dancing and although guests are dancing along they are all admiring her owning the stage.
To say this “New York meets Africa wedding is stylish its an understatement. I’m blown away by the dresses. Tulle and African print is a sweet recipe for a gorgeous wedding dress. See you don’t have to settle for what’s on trend or popular. You can create your own style and own it. I tell you Bontle Brides are owning their style.
Nosipho wanted her guests to experience Africa. As a South African living in New York, she wanted her wedding to reflect African heritage and give her guests a taste of where she comes from. Guests were spoiled with house music and delicious African food.From Nosipho:
“I’m African and I was getting married a thousand miles away from home. I wanted to have something that feels like home, to feel closer to my roots and represent my heritage, especially since our wedding was September 23rd (5:30pm) which was September 24th in South Africa and it was heritage day. I’m proudly South African/ African, and I always try to portray that through everything I do. I wanted to give my American guests a new wedding experience.
I thought instead of a typical white wedding, why not put an African twist to it. Ankara fashion is trending right now in African communities. So I thought why not wear an Ankara inspired dress. I wanted it to be both African and western to represent both, mine and my husband cultures. We mostly had South African music played at the wedding too. Our Dj was American and has never heard of Afro-house music so I made a list of songs and artists to play. It was very important to me that our guests see who I really am, and where I come from. It was also important to represent the whole continent, and not just the South African culture because I am African just as much as I am South African.”
“The wedding itself was a lot. We went 2X over our original budget, but at the end of the day, it was all worth it. Having my dresses made in South Africa definitely saved me some money compared to buying it here in the states.”
“My advice to future brides planning their wedding is finding your wedding vendors as soon as possible. Meet up with them and make your decision on exactly what you want them to do for you as soon as possible. Time files when planning a wedding, and you don’t even realize until it’s a month away. So the sooner you check things off your list the better. Your wedding dress should be the first thing to check off. That’s your number 1 priority. Have fun and enjoy the planning process. Don’t let the pressure get to you. If some things aren’t going the way you want them too, don’t stress too much over it. And don’t try to force something that isn’t working out. It’s only gonna cause you more stress, it’s not worth it. A wedding is a big event and there’s gonna be issues up until the day of the event. So fix what you can and don’t obsess over what you can’t fix or control. It’s just gonna eat you up and cause you to loose your sanity.”
Nosipho, thank you, my darling, you’ve represented us well. Wishing you and your husband a lifetime of blessings.
If you’ve loved this New York meets Africa wedding, you’ll adore this one.
Cake – Some Crust bakery
Florist – Irises Designs
Catering – Wedgewood
Dj – JC entertainment
Photographer – Connery Films
Videographer – Farcrystudios