Nigerian Fusion Wedding

Colorful Teal and Orange Nigerian Fusion Wedding in Baltimore, Maryland

Charlotte Young and Olusola Fadare’s wedding was a chic and heartwarming celebration of culture and love.  Charlotte’s stunning face, and timeless natural updo were complimented beautifully by her gorgeous crystal statement earrings. Olusola looked like prince charming in his perfectly tailored tuxedo, which he accessorized with charming personalized black cuff-links that read, “I Do.”  This stylish couple fused Charlotte’s African American heritage with Olusola’s Nigerian culture throughout their ceremony and reception. In tribute to the groom’s Yoruba Nigerian roots, their bridesmaids wore Ankara fabric print dresses and danced the night away to Nigerian music; to celebrate the bride’s Southern roots, the couple jumped the broom and soul food was served during the reception. Paosin Photography took the most lovely pictures of this gorgeous fusion wedding.
Quick Facts 
  • Wedding Date:  08/17/2013
  • Wedding Location:  Preston Hall, Baltimore, MD
  • Wedding Colors: Teal and Orange
  • Wedding Flowers: We made the flowers for the wedding: I used balsa wood and preserved roses for the bouquet and the bridesmaids used real touch calla lilies.
  • First Dance Song: ”Amani” by Philip Monteiro/”I Love My Baby” by Wizkid
  • Wedding Cake Flavors: Praline-the wedding cake came from a french bakery.
  • Wedding Menu Favorite:  Everyone loved the blending of the Nigerian and American foods, my personal fav was the Nigerian moin join.
  • Bridesmaids Gifts: I spent the summer in Morocco and brought back Moroccan pillows, pottery and jewelry for all the bridesmaids.
  • Groomsmen Gifts:  Traditional Nigerian caps.
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Wedding Theme
We were inspired by our desire to infuse African American culture with Nigerian style and tradition. We wanted to use bright bold colors and so chose teal and orange.
Wedding Style
My wedding dress was a fit and flare gown from Allure that I paired with a Maggie Sottero diamond belt and a lace veil from Etsy. I loved all of my accessories, but my favorite were my wing tip earrings from Nordstrom.
Incorporation of Culture
We did our best to mix both my SC and his Yoruba Nigerian roots: My bridesmaids wore Ankara fabric print dresses and the groomsmen wore matching Ankara bow ties. We jumped the broom, had both Soul Food and Nigerian food and played both styles of music.
Most Memorable Moment 
There were so many great memories, my fave was after we said I do and jumped the broom, we danced down the aisle to “I Love My Life” by Demarco.
Wedding Advice
Don’t be afraid to stand up for your wedding vision, everyone will offer their input but it is your wedding and at the end of the day you want to be happy with what you see.

Caitlin & Jody

 Caitlin & Jody – Cannot Slip Free

The chicken falls in love with a buzzin’ bumble bee. Now that’s an unexpected match made in Halloween heaven.

A Happy Caitlin During Bride Prep    Jody Preps for the Ceremony

More than four years after a Halloween party brought two brilliant minded people together, Jody popped the question on Cumberland Island – an island inhabited by wild horses…and snakes. Which leads us to the big day that we were more than humbled to capture for the wonderful pair.

Meet Jody, a mix of geographically & programmatically mad genius – and Caitlin, a delightful and sweet woman whose hobbies include teaching Sunday school and has an admirable knowledge of Disney movies.

This was an incredibly gorgeous wedding that took place on Jody’s family Vineyard – The Vineyard at Thornton. The bouquets and floral decor were made up solely of gypsophila – a simplistically elegant choice.  The couple delivered their intellectual and deeply romantic, custom vows in a lovely ceremony on the vineyard. You will swoon at the vows that Jody delivers to Caitlin. Poetic, vibrant, and beautiful. He sounds like a novelist reading to his muse. And the utter bliss that exudes from her face and adorable smile as he reads them to her will melt your heart. Swooon. 

Elegant and Simple Gypsophila (Baby's Breath)   The Couple's Baby Niece!

The couple wanted to give each other something before the wedding – but they wanted to do so in a way where they could interact without actually seeing each other. Caitlin wanted the first time Jody saw her to be when she was walking down the aisle – no exceptions. She wanted it to be the most special it could be. So, we brainstormed and came up with the idea of a door divider. Caitlin hid behind a half opened door, and we directed Jody to come in only so far so that their hands could touch and they could exchange their cards. It made for a beautiful shot and only exemplified the anticipation of saying “I do.” It is honestly one of the sweetest things that I have ever witnessed.

Reading their Cards while Fighting the Temptation to Peak Around the Door    The Couple Holds Hands Before the Ceremony - Without Seeing Each Other

And wait until you see the shot of their first kiss. Stunning.Caitlin & Jody found us through their sister and brother-in-law. They had attended a wedding that we filmed a while back – Lauren & Kristian’s. They loved how we embody the day for both the bride & groom. We were totally flattered and ecstatic to capture their wedding, too! Their story is definitely worth a listen.

Get to know the chicken & the bee: To view Caitlin & Jody's video, CLICK HERE

Blog Credits: Click Spark Films 
Wedding Planner: Prestigious Occasions | Kay & Millisa 
Photography: Bradley Images 
Catering: Eleven Courses