Joyful Jamaican-English Nigerian Wedding |Martin Dabek Photography

Hello gorgeous,

Another delicious real wedding to share with you today. Filled with bright and vibrant colours and the most gorgeous bridesmaids, absolutely ‘owning’ the mis-matched look.

Kate and Bob tied the knot at Kings Weston House in Bristol on the 12th July 2014 and had not one but three outfit changes! You can see from the vibrant images by Martin Dabek that it was such a joyful celebration. A strong emphasis of joining two families together with a conscious and important fusion of their western and traditional Jamaican, English and Nigerian heritage.

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The gorgeous Kate & Bob met while they were studying at college; Kate goes onto say;

Bobby asked me out on the first day. Our first date didn’t happen for another year… (Nu Bride: boy you were patient Kate! lol)

The Proposal

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Bobby proposed to me on my 30th birthday…

A group of family and friends drove down to The Gower to camp for the weekend. Bobby took me for a walk on the beach during sunset and popped the question. He went down one knee in the sand. The sun was glistening on the water and the fire pits in the sand dunes extended the star skyline. It was perfect!

(Nu Bride: Sounds beautiful)

Coming Together


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It was important for us to celebrate both of our cultural heritage, English, Jamaican and Nigerian coming together on the day in a fusion of fashion, materials, colours, cuisine and music. Bobby was really keen to bring the whole family together for the first time since settling in the UK (but sadly my father-in-law passed-away three weeks after the wedding, so our wedding could not have had more poignant timing)

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In addition to my bridesmaids, I had what I call my sisterhood, which included my bridesmaids and four more friends. They all had an outfit made in Ankara a Nigerian fabric specially selected for all guests to have a garment made should they want to take part.

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My wedding dress was made by my friend Jemilah, she made this wedding dress as a gift. Apart from her own she has never made a wedding dress before this.

The Ceremony

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 We had a civil ceremony inside and a religious blessing outside with our Pastor.

The ceremony was by far the favourite moment of our wedding day. It was fuelled with emotion and for me, was the most significant part of the day. The exchange of vows and support from our family and friends in saying I do was beautiful.

Pastor Tim who conducted our blessing really added a personal touch and talked to our personalities as well as the expectation on us to love each other unconditionally.

The Reception

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As a little girl the grounds of Kings Weston house were my secret garden, as a teenager I hung out with friends at the roman ruins on the grounds as an adult I thought; why not get married there. Bobby was happy with this because he drove past it daily to get to his first job

Our wedding day reflected us in every way! Our wedding was vibrant, stylish and embraced diversity. Even if I do say so myself

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Martin Dabek our photographer was great!!! We choose him especially for his diverse and creative approach to photography. Not only did he invite us for a complimentary engagement shoot to get to know how we behave in front of the camera. He put together a complimentary photo reel of our best wedding pics completely free. Martin offers a lifetime membership and has offered to photograph our first-born and each big life event thereafter…

Top Wedding Tips

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1. Get the table plan done well in advance. 

2. To the men – just be authentic in your speech writing the internet provides extremely genetic examples. 

3. Most importantly do it your  wedding your way!

Great tips about simply creating an authentic wedding speech! Congratulations gorgeous Kate and Bob and thank you for sharing your scrumptious wedding with Nu Bride..

The Talent

Photography: Martin Dabek Photography
Venue:  Kings Weston House
 
Brides Fashion:
Wedding Dress:Jemilah Vanderpump Design – Traditional white wedding dress 
Nigeria Wedding Attire: Buba (top) and Iro (wrap)
KFlash Couture of Bristol Evening Reception – Fusion of Nigerian lace and European style 
Jewellery & Accessories: Miranda’s Hats: Headpiece, necklace and earrings 
Make up: Holly and Nicky Make Up ArtistryHair: Chantelle Douglas: Elite Hair & Beauty 0117 982 1688
 
Bridesmaids Fashion:
Bridesmaid Dresses: Anne Harding:  Pink and Salmon dresses
Future Brides: Yellow Dresses
 
Grooms Fashion:
Suit: Next and Austin Reed Wedding Ceremony
Nigerian Attire:  Agbada (Robe)
Private Tailor Evening Reception – Babasora (Top and Bottom)
 
Cake and sweet things: Celebration Cakes and Aunty
Flowers & décor: The Rose Shed
Food: Pauline & Paulette Cuisine
Venue Decor: Elizabeth Weddings
Entertainment: DJ Squire

 

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