Multicultural Ghanaian and Loatian DIY Wedding in Virginia

Siobhan and her husband Anou met and fell in love in Japan, more than six thousand miles away from their nuptials in Virginia. They wanted to incorporate both where their union began and their unique cultures into their wedding. The week before the wedding they had a Buddhist, Loatian ceremony and in an ode to the bride's diverse background they opened the ceremony with an Irish blessing and had the bridal party change into traditional Ghanaian clothes. The bride worked hard with Geomyra Lewis Wedding and Events to incorporate do it yourself elements into her wedding, which was stressful but fulfilling in the end. Rachel May Photography beautifully captured this gorgeous multicultural union.

Written by Odochi Ibe

Quick Facts

  • Wedding Date: 05/26/2013
  • Wedding Location:  Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Wedding Theme:  Whimsical and DIY
  • Wedding Style: A-line, all-lace, strapless gown. Favorite accessory: Crystal Belt for Wedding gown
  • Wedding Flowers: Peonies, Lamb's ear, Roses (by Anthomanic)
  • First Dance Song:  "All About Us" by He Is We
  • Wedding Cake Flavors: Mint frosting and chocolate cake and Raspberry filling with lemon cake
  • Favorite item on Wedding Menu: Sushi and Sashimi
  • Bridesmaids Gifts: Gold bracelet
  • Groomsmen Gifts: Matching suit ties and pocket squares


Incorporation of Culture

We combined our favorite Japanese foods for the hors d'oeuvres and also had a "Purikura" photo booth like the ones we used together in Japan.

Most Memorable Moment 

Entering the ceremony with my father by my side and seeing all my family and friends looking at me with my husband-to-be smiling at the end. I instantly started crying!

Wedding Advice

Even if things don't go to plan, your guests won't know! Also, DIY projects really helped us reconnect during the stressful planning process.



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  1. Priya

    What a nice collection you’ve got. I like . thanks

  2. mannyspoelstra

    Congratulations to the young couple! I’m a bit curious about the kids whose photos are in the picture frames. Are they the couple’s kids? If they are then it could had add color to their wedding if the kids played the ring bearer and the flower girl roles. For sure they will fit in many of the collections from

    • Jocquillin

      I think the kids in the picture frames are the couple when they were younger…such a cute idea!

  3. Yori B

    Groom is Thai or Japanese? Or both? All looks good!

  4. Ann

    Congrats to the couple! I like the whole atmosphere! Wedding cake is my fav detail I noticed on the photos. My friend has amazing wedding photos too, thanks to UKIproduction :)

  5. Mimi

    Gorgeous couple. Wish them the best

  6. Nana

    This is so wonderful to see and such an encouragement… Thank you!


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