This lovely wedding intricately fuses Nigerian and Ghanaian culture with clothing motifs, family traditions, and event decor. Anu and Zebedee wanted to portray their individual heritage mixed with their collective upbringing in London. From their love story to their “I do,” we think you will agree that their fusion connection was heaven sent.
The couple’s Nigerian-Ghanaian wedding was beautifully photographed by Ross Oscar Knight. You can view more images from this stunning wedding in the full gallery here. And as an added bonus, this wedding is being shared with our partners over at BellaNaija Weddings. You can also view their traditional engagement here.Bride: Anu Obaro Groom: Zebedee Nartey Occupations: Bride – Physician; Groom – Economist Wedding Date: August 25, 2012 Location: The London Hilton, Park Lane, London, UK
How They Met/ The Proposal
“We met at our church, Calvary Chapel Church South London. Zebedee started a heated debate amongst our friends about modern dating and courtship, which culminated in a discussion night at my house over a vast array of desserts. Zebedee came laden with gifts and flowers for what I thought was a social evening of chatter amongst friends, that was my first hint that he liked me. Shortly thereafter, Zebedee moved to Seville, Spain to work for the European Commission for a two year contract. Our long distance relationship continued through Skype, Facetime, and Ryanair low cost flights. Somehow Zebedee managed to plan a surprise proposal, involving a surprise trip home from Spain with blind folds, a secret location with a rooftop view of the London skyline, and a private dinner. In retrospect I can’t believe I didn’t realize it. I said yes of course – there was never any doubt. We then started the task of planning a wedding while separated by an ocean.”
“Incorporating our West African culture was imperative and in particular we wanted to fuse our Nigerian and Ghanian heritage with our upbringing in London. We did this by using different celebratory fabrics – specifically Ankara from Nigeria and Kente from Ghana – and using London designers to custom make our outfits. Our wedding invites were handmade by Ijorere from Ankara fabric, which provided us with the purple colour theme that we followed throughout the rest of the day. Zebedee’s tuxedo jacket was made from hand woven silk Kente and we specifically picked the thread to match the rest of our color palate but maintained the traditional Ghanaian motif shapes. Our reception outfits were a fusion of Western and African culture – I wore a peach lace gown and gele (head-tie), whilst Zebedee wore a full Ghanian native.”
You Make Loving So Easy
He loves … “She challenges me and makes me hunger for new things and experiences and she’s playful.”
She loves … “He’s the quiet to my storm and the voice of reason when I panic. As a bonus he’s insanely patient.”
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VendorsPhotography: Principle – Ross Oscar Knight, Assistant – Adebayo Deru, Second assistant photographer – Abi Rotimi Cinematography: Joseph Young Wedding Dress: Kosibah Couture Bridal & Evening Wear Cocktail Dress: Gisella Couture Groom’s Bespoke Tuxedo: A. Sauvage Groom’s Custom Shirt: Smyth & Gibson Groomsmen Waistcoats: The African Waistcoat Company Bespoke Kente-Oke Fabric: Dachel & Co Wedding, Engagement, & Save The Date Invitations: IJORERE The Invitation Wedding Stationary: Makeover Designs Event Design & Management: Bespoke Events Floral Design: In Water Flowers Wedding Cake: Barbara Davies Bride’s Makeup: KemiKings Bridal Party Hairstylist: Chic Unique Hair Salon