“WE WANTED EVERYONE TO WALK AWAY”- REAL AFRICAN WEDDINGS PRESENTS CARRIE & JAMES LOVE STORY & WEDDING

Akil Bennett

How did you meet? We met at church after a formal introduction by my mother. She definitely had a plan and knew what she was doing.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We liked the modern, edgy feel of the space and the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted everyone to walk away with a sense of who we were as a couple by the time they left the reception through the elements we planned for our wedding day. We also wanted to celebrate our guests as well by providing them with plenty of entertainment and personal gifts to take with them.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  After being pronounced husband and wife we incorporated a Ghanaian tradition where the bride and grooms hands are tied together with traditional Kente Cloth signifying two becoming one. During the reception we incorporated the traditional money dance where we were showered with money, signifying prosperity for our future. The day before the wedding we did the traditional Ghanaian Knocking Ceremony where the groom’s family comes to ask the elders (the bride’s family) for the hand of the bride.

Akil Bennett

real african weddings

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Make sure you eat before the ceremony! By the time you get to the reception many hours have gone by. If you haven’t eaten beforehand you might be in danger of fainting. Also, make sure you tell yourself in your head what is coming next (such as “I’m about to walk down the aisle to meet my husband.”). That way when you think back to that moment you’ll be able to remember it and how you felt.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Make sure to create the day that you and your future husband want. It’s okay to listen to advice or tips, but stay true to the vision the two of you created together.

Akil Bennett

real african weddings

What was the highlight of the wedding? Literally every single thing that happened that day. From the first look between us before walking down the aisle, the beautiful ceremony when our parents laid hands on us and prayed, to the cocktail hour where we had signature drinks made and wonderful appetizers, to the reception where we had Godfrey the comedian perform and a wonderful band performed throughout, paying homage to my husbands African culture, to the amazing dinner and service at our venue, Hotel ZaZa and finally the late night stations with cigar rollers, caricature artists and photo booths in a room filled with mini cookies and mini coke floats. The entire day was enchanted and if I could go back in time and relive it, I would in a heartbeat.

Akil Bennett

Akil Bennett

real african weddings

Akil Bennett

Akil Bennett

Akil Bennett

Akil Bennett

 

Vendor List

Photographer: Akil Bennett / Event Planner: Resha Zazueta with Something to Celebrate / Venue: Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas / Officiant: Pastor Remus E. Wright / Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfelds / Shoes: Jimmy Choos / Earrings: Zales / Suit: Vera Wang / Stationery: Tangerine Paperspace / Music: Tiana HallDJ Lewis GrellHard Proof Afrobeat / Comedian: Godfrey / Cigar Rollers: Houston Cigar Rollers / Caricature Sketch Artist: Keith Amador / Photobooth: Cupics Photobooth

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