Salma and Randy: A West African Love Story
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres”
In July 2014, I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely young Ghanaian-Nigerian bride based in Atlanta who was getting married on the 28th of December 2014. What struck us all in the office from our very first meeting with Salma was the sense of security and adoration she had for her husband to be, Randy. Every single sentence began with Randy this and Randy that…
We were really excited to meet Randy for the first time and after seeing them together it was so apparent they were completely smitten with each other. The love and mutual respect they had for each other was evident and they truly wanted their union to be a celebration.
We welcomed their vision for a fairytale wedding celebration and practically run to the creative board.
From the start, our groom exhibited the hospitality that is synonymous with Nigerians; he wanted his guests “sorted”. We booked accommodation, arranged transportation and even lent a hand with the bachelor party (a Lionheart first).
Randy also made 1 thing very clear; he wanted his bride to have everything she wanted and on the wedding day their 350 guests got to see first hand what that was.
28th December 2014; love was in the air and was boldly displayed with our custom white “LOVE” 3-D.
The beautiful white garden ceremony was filled with the sound of traditional Ghanaian drumming as guests were ushered to their seats. We created a montage with the first letters of the couples’ names ‘SR’ made up of white roses, baby’s breath and a burnt orange picture frame of chrysanthemums.
We thought the burnt orange would be the only splash of colour in our ceremony set up… We were wrong!
Most of the female guest arrived at the same time, as if carefully orchestrated, with their tall fabulous cobalt blue and fuchsia geles representing either the bride or groom’s side.
With everyone seated and Randy anxiously waiting at the alter, the bridal party of 10 bridesmaids, 2 maids of honor, 3 flower girls and 2 pageboys marched in.
Salma walked down the aisle looking radiant in a stunning fitted Monique Lhuillier gown with a beautiful lace cathedral length veil and a brilliant bouquet of white orchid and roses.
The ceremony could begin.
Since the bride and groom were raised with different religions, they opted for a non-denominational wedding ceremony with their personalized vows to each other.
Once all the formalities were said and done, it was time to party!
Randy and Salma danced into the ballroom in style to Tiwa Savage’s ‘My Darlin’ and transitioned into their first dance as husband and wife to ‘Thinking out loud’ by Ed Sheeran…the atmosphere in that moment was pulsating with love.
They then cut their luxurious 5-tiered red velvet, coconut, banana, chocolate and vanilla wedding cake.
With Nigeria’s own funnyman AY as the Master of Ceremony it was obvious it was going to be a night of fun and laughter.
Labadi Beach Hotel’s Chef Gary out did himself with a round-the-world menu. From a plated glazed duck starter, followed by a rich West African medley buffet, finishing up with a divine custom picture chocolate crown disk served with a trio of dark chocolate mousse and berry cheesecake AND an endless supply champagne.
Guests danced their heels and dress shoes off to the tunes of celebrity Nigerian DJ Jimmy Jatt, as AY, ever the entertainer rallied the single ladies and gentlemen for the bouquet and garter toss respectively.
Salma and Randy stunned in 2 more outfit changes, one a traditional Nigerian wedding garb representing her groom’s Bini culture and the second a red lace fitted gown for the after party while Randy looked stylish in his black cropped trousers and purple shirt.
In true West African tradition, the guests partied the night away and with the Nigerian tradition of “spraying” in full effect, it was truly a love-filled night to remember.