I’ve been completely welling up whilst editing this wedding.
There is nothing I love more than to see two (or sometimes more cultures) accepting and joining each other as one, with just one powerful thing in common; family.
Mariepearl is of Ghanaian heritage and Richard; British / Scottish, wanted to reflect both of their cultures throughout their wedding day. Struggling to find representation in one place – they tapped into their own creativity and put together such a thoughtful and beautiful wedding! So many creative ideas for you to be inspired by!
Mariepearl and Richard were lucky (and clever enough) to pick the super talented Cristina Rossi to join them on their day and capture their wedding memories for them. I LOVE Cristina Rossi – she is effortlessly brilliant at wedding photography and storytelling.
Over to you Mariepearl and Richard…..Richard, tell us how you decided to propose to Mariepearl!
I was so nervous about proposing that the only way I could think of getting the proposal out was to record it. (Nu Bride: Such a super idea Richard!) Next was to think of a place to play it so Mariepearl would hear the message.
I remembered Mariepearl telling me a joke about BMW standing for ‘Be My Wife’. So I recorded my proposal onto a CD and placed it into our BMW car CD player knowing that when the car was turned on it would play.
On the morning of the proposal I asked Marie to get ready to go out for the day and hid the ring in the glove box of the car. My plan worked perfectly until after she heard the CD and thought it was all a joke. The message on the CD was the proposal and with directions to look in the glove box. As she didn’t look in the glove box to see the ring, I took the ring out and went on one knee in the rain and proposed outside our house. Thankfully she said yes and that day was spent celebrating with our friends and family who threw us an impromptu party.
It was hard initially to find vendors that provided services for both of our cultures. This inspired us to be more proactive in terms of creating things ourselves for the day. We wanted the day to be a natural blend of both the British and Ghanaian culture.
We are both family orientated and appreciate the little things in life so we wanted this to be reflected in our day. We wanted it to be a celebration of our 2 cultures but also us as a couple in that it would be a true family wedding where everyone present played a part in some way.
This meant asking an Uncle to be an MC, friends to help create & put together the stationery etc. and doing so made the whole day very personal to us and our journey as a couple. Having a marquee allowed us to be very creative in the day and gain inspiration from the most unlikely places.
Throughout the day, the Priest and MC got both of our names wrong or pronounced it strangely at some point which was ironic as we had known them for a long time. The speeches were hilarious, my mum getting to sing a song before her speech was amazing and Richard trying to top this by dancing his way up to give his speech.
All of the flowers & décor were put together by family.
Our sweet table was also put together by ourselves. In the marquee were also hung picture frames filled with all of our friends and relatives who could not be there on the day.
We had Yankee Candles, Scarf, almonds and Ghanaian chocolate for favour bags along with little picture frames which was also used as our place names.
Lido Catering provided our food for us and were amazing in creating a menu that would suit both of our cultures
Speeches were the favourite memory of our wedding day. Hearing, feeling and seeing all of the love from our friends and family was an incredible feeling.
Our first dance was to John Legend – All of Me (Nu Bride: EXCELLENT choice!)
We chose Prime Minister DJ services to entertain us with great tunes which kept the dace floor filled all night.
Top tip to other couples getting married
Our one tip to couples would be to examine your wedding party in detail!
Our rule was to only invite people that we knew we would want present at our future celebrations such as our first child’s Christening. This is especially key if you have a big family like we do.
We also used the talents of our friends and family to help us with providing/creating things for the day which saved us a lot of money as a result and meant that we could spend a little bit more on the things that mattered to us. One of my best friends is a graphic designer so we asked her to make our order services/menus etc., for the day.
A family friend who used to be a florist took care of our flowers for the day saving us hundreds, especially as I had fake flowers due to very bad hay fever.
But most of all enjoy the day, as everything works out great in the end. Your guests are most happy when they see you happy and relaxed.
Gosh I’ve enjoyed editing this wedding! Such a beautiful story and a beautiful wedding Mariepearl and Richard. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us and for sharing so many brilliant tips for readers to learn from you both. Wishing you many years of happiness. Gorgeous!
The TalentPhotography: Cristina Rossi Photography Catering: Lido Catering Entertainment: Prime Minister DJ services Flowers: Sourced by Country Basket and Put together by the family Sweet Treats; Sweet table made by Mariepearl. Cake made by aunt Stationery: Handmade – sourced from Hobbycraft Brides Fashion: Dress: Caroline Castigliano Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewellery & Accessories: Swarovski Hair & Make-Up: Hair by Ozzy at Glowing Salon. Make up: Jennifer Olaleye The Girls Fashion: Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast Bridesmaid Shoes: Next Bridesmaid Accessories & Jewellery: John Lewis Flower Girls: Monsoon Grooms Fashion: Suit: Ted Baker at Moss Bros Shoes: Aldo The Guys Fashion: Suits & Accessories: Slaters Page Boys: Slaters