Ghanaian Australian Joy Filled London Wedding | Benni Carol Photography

Say hello to British Ghanaian beauty Genevieve and her handsome Aussie groom, Colin. I have a feeling you are going to love their delicious multicultural wedding day as much as I do!

Genevieve and Colin met at work, neither of them were looking for a relationship when they first met and went out to dinner and had an instant connection! Their proposal was simple and intimate and they got engaged at home, in the most adorable  proposal that included their young son. Read on for the gorgeous details!)

They chose to have a spring wedding at the elegant Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park and celebrated with their dearest family and friends from around the world. It was a joyful, emotional affair, which managed to feel intimate even with 140 loved ones in attendance. From the music, to the favours, everything was a beautiful fusion of the different cultures Genevieve and Colin share, and those of their guests in summer 2017.

Their wedding day was so obviously full of joy –  it is radiated in their images, Genevieve’s father who has the most wonderful smile sadly passed away between their wedding day and me sharing these  images. For me not only is it a privilege to be able to share these wedding moments on here for you, but a poignant reminder that wedding days provide a very real blessing and opportunity for us to be able to share such sacred moments with the people in your life who matter.

Enjoy these delightful images to tell the story of their day captured by Benni Carol Photography – who make their debut on Nu Bride with this feature! 

 

Note from the photographer:

When we look back at Gen and Col’s day, so many nice memories come to our mind. Their wedding day unfolded in such a natural and emotional way, that we feel so lucky to having been witnesses of their union. They got married at Pembroke Lodge, a venue that is very dear to us. We have worked there on several occasions and our experience has always been extremely positive. Situated in the heart of Richmond Park, Pembroke Lodge is a great location that can give you so many opportunities for pictures, especially if you wish to go a bit into the wild. As for Gen & Col, they could not have been nicer people to work with. They filled their day with the warmth of their family and friends and it was really hard not to get emotional! Seeing all those people coming from so many different parts of the world getting on so well together and being able to share the fun and the emotions, was just so touching and so beautiful to photograph


The Proposal

We were having a relaxed evening at home.

I was busy washing up the dishes, not exactly looking my best in my dressing gown and hair cap, when Col told me that our baby son, who was bouncing in his Jumperoo, had something for me. I went up to him, and saw that he had a big smile on his face and was holding a ring box. Then Col popped the question, and I shouted “yes” immediately! I was shaking and just couldn’t believe it; I’ll never forget that moment.

 

Coming Together

Our wedding was a wonderful fusion of cultures, as we had family and friends attending from all over the world, from Ghana to Australia, Hong Kong to Brazil. We wanted an intimate wedding, and although more people than we initially planned attended (140 in total), it still felt intimate.

Our day was full of colour and a mixture of cultures, with Kente cloth galore! One of the little touches we had was with our wedding favours. We gave our guests chocolates from Australia and pieces of rock with messages on them, to represent my British background.

The Dress

As soon as I tried on my dress, I knew it was ‘the one’. Even after trying on ten different dresses, while managing a screaming baby, I knew it was the one for me! I loved the flattering cut, its classic look, and the train, which had such beautiful detail.

 

The Suit

The challenge was to find a suit that could match that of Col’s two groomsmen, who were based in other countries (Hong Kong and Australia). Hugo Boss was always going to be the choice, as Col has long been a fan of their suits. Thankfully, it all came together.

We hired Benni Carol for our wedding photography, after having our engagement shoot with them. They were so easy and fun to work with, and we loved their natural style. They captured so many beautiful moments, which really summed up the day. They were so patient, especially during our group shots (and we had quite a few to get through!) and fitted in so well with everyone – we would definitely recommend them1

Other stand out suppliers we want to mention are Wrap and Tie Floral Design, who supplied our wedding flowers, Unique Ceremony (our celebrant), and Vivid Band, who supplied our photo booth.

Ceremony

Our wedding ceremony was intimate and emotional, with a bit of humour thrown in. We wanted all our family and friends to have a glimpse of our journey together, which our celebrant captured really well. We added in the story of how we met and how our relationship developed (including the birth of our son) into the ceremony, and we had one of Col’s best friends’ daughter read out a poem that we felt summed up how we feel about each other.

As my Dad (who has since passed away) was giving me away, and Col’s Dad had passed away, we wanted our mums to be involved somehow, and as a surprise to them both, we added in a candle ceremony, symbolising the joining of our two families. (Nu Bride: Beautiful)

The Reception

Our main wedding theme was spring, so there were pastel colours (pinks, greens, and ivory), with a bit of silver to pick up on the jewelled detail of my wedding dress.

The funniest moment was watching several guests trying to do the dance to Cameo’s Candy. There were various, erm, interpretations with people going in all sorts of directions, but we’ll just blame the booze! There were also some hilarious pics from the photo booth we hired, which was a big hit!

There were so many favourite moments from the day:

Walking down the aisle with my Dad, and seeing Col and our son, Mikey, at the end.

Col surprising me and my family by welcoming them in Twi, a Ghanaian dialect.

Our first dance.

Having a large number of our guests surround us for the first Ghanaian gospel high-life song of the night.

Another highlight for me would definitely have to be Col’s speech. He moved us all to tears, but also threw in some great one-liners, but that’s just his way. Also, seeing all our family and friends come together.

Everyone agreed that there was so much love all around that day. As a result, people who’d never met before are still in contact with each other, even now.

For our first dance, we chose two songs that are very special to us: an old Van Morrison song, called ‘Someone Like You’, and ‘Outstanding’ by the Gap Band. We wanted to start off with a slow dance, but then to move into something funky to open up the floor and get everyone involved, as we both love music and dancing. It worked really well and got the party started, while having the emotive bit at the beginning.

Challenges and Triumphs

The biggest challenge for me was trying to keep the costs down, especially as the numbers grew, while still making it an amazing day, in a relatively short period of time (just under seven months). Other challenges were helping those people travelling from abroad find places to stay, which put my knowledge of London to the test, and dealing with very last minute changes, including a few cancellations. All while looking after our little one, who is a ball of energy!

Top Tip for Other Couples

Try and enjoy each moment together, because the day really does fly by! I wish I could relive it over and over again!

The Talent

Photographer: Benni Carol Photography

Venue: Pembroke Lodge

Celebrant: Unique Ceremony

Bride’s Fashion:

Dress: Madeline Gardner

Jewellery and Accessories: Bvgalri (rings), TruDiamonds, EverFaitha

Shoes: Something Else Shoes

Makeup and Hair: Her Definition, The Queen Hadassah

Groom’s Fashion:

Suits: Hugo Boss

Shoes: Russell & Bromley

The Girls:

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lightinthebox

Bridesmaid Shoes: Hobbs, Debenhams

Bridesmaid Hair Accessories: Accessorize

Flower Girl Dresses: Monsoon

Flower Girl Cardigans and Shoes: Debenhams

Flower Girl Hair Accessories: Accessorize

The Guys:

Groomsmen Suits: Hugo Boss

Pageboy Outfit: Marks & Spencer, H&M

Groomsmen Shoes: Kickers

Personal Touches:

Cake: Doris Sey (Bride’s aunt)

Flowers and Décor: Wrap and Tie Floral Design

Chair Covers: Host with Style

Food: Pembroke Lodge

Stationery: House Sweety

Calligraphy: Olive and Reid

Children’s Entertainment: Ine Twist

DJ: The Mobile Music Company

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