Nigerian weddings are known for being gorgeous, extravagant celebrations. But, with COVID-19 necessitating smaller weddings, Nigerian brides are being forced to have minimal affairs. However, when it comes to wedding style, minimalism can still feel glamorous and luxurious.
Finding the beauty in minimalism inspired a group of talented Nigerian creatives to bring this beautiful bridal shoot this to life. Creative director D’Artiste By Dodos shares,
To say a Nigerian wedding is big is an understatement. Spectacle seems to be the keyword as each event tries to outdo the last, and the ones to come. Given our communal culture, they tend to be crowded affairs, with guest lists sometimes stretching into the thousands, ranging from close relatives, family friends, acquaintances, and then wedding crashers. A lot of the guests are unknown to the couple, and naturally, all of this tends to take its toll.
Having worked closely with a lot of brides as a makeup artist and seen first hand the effect this has on the wellbeing of a lot of brides, it was important when I got married recently to have a ceremony that was atypical. Small, intimate, picturesque. I was able to pull this off with a small group of friends and family in Marrakech, and I find that since then I have become obsessed with the narrative of what an ideal wedding should look like. This is something a lot of brides struggle with, and it informs everything from the setting to fashion, to makeup, and is the difference between photographs that are timeless and photographs that you only want to view once.
This shoot showcases an out of the box wedding within the Nigerian context. One that emphasizes intimacy and beauty inherent in creating a romantic setting. In this case, we decided to create an intimate backyard garden wedding with sustainable pieces from featuring my mum’s 38yrs old wedding dress to more recent classic designs from likes of Andrea Iyamah and Imad Eduso bridal all Nigerian designers.D’Artiste By Dodos
If you are into timeless beauty, the dresses and styling below will speak to your heart. See all of the classic inspiration below.
- Makeup: @iamdodos
- Hairstyling: @tasalahq
- Bouquet: @adelasflowers
- Decor/Set Design: @eventsbyclaud
- Photography: @bedgepictures
- Model 1: @bukola_crystals
- Model 2: @jumoke_azeez
- Coordinator: @thebunmspiceeventcompany
- Art Direction: @iamdodos_style
- Look 1: Vintage Dress
- Look 2: @Andreahiyamah.bride
- Look 3: @imadeduso_bridal
- Look 4: @betho_official