Lauren and Chidera wanted to blend two brides’ styles and cultures for a mountain-top, DIY wedding, let’s take a look what they’ve got!
The girls got married in a historic garden and watching the sunset on top of a mountain with of their friends and family was priceless. Their favorite part of our wedding day was a having the chance to include one of Chidera’s favorite aspects of traditional Igbo ceremony called “Igba Nkwu”, or wine carrying, into the reception. It involves searching for your spouse amongst the wedding crowd and ultimately finding them, signifying that you have, quite literally, found the one.
The brides has a budget of $14,000 with lots of gifts from friends, there were 125 guests and the couple allocated most of the budget to the family-style menu, which was an eclectic mix of traditional Nigerian dishes and vegetarian options. The girls were gifted wedding photography by the amazing Chris Gifford at Weddings by Two, Christina at Wild Hart Paper Co. gifted us beautiful custom signage, stylist Rae Zeutenhorst gifted us wedding hair and makeup, Gabby at The Bent Spoon gifted them mini cupcakes, Lauren’s younger brother baked the wedding cakes, and close friend Emily officiated the ceremony. Chidera’s friend created a bespoke gown with fabric imported from Nigeria, for a discounted price. A lot of our wedding decor was DIY, including all florals and hand-dyed table runners. The couple thrifted two peacock chairs for under $100 and collected all of their platters for family-style dining and vases for a couple dollars each. Take a look at this fun wedding and get inspired!