As a part of their wedding celebration weekend, Praise and Samuel wanted to bring together both Nigerian and American traditions.
They decided to have two separate events: a traditional Edo wedding and accompanying reception, and then a church ceremony and reception the following day.
Photographer Aubrey Plum captured the first of the two ceremonies and receptions, and showcased the vibrant colors, song, and dance that accompanied the joining of these two families in the Edo ceremony.
Celebrating with a Traditional Edo Ceremony
Praise included the traditional Ivie (coral beads) and okuku (beaded headpiece) in her beautiful burgundy and coral colored ceremony attire.
The joyful afternoon got off to a rousing start with the processional of Praise, led by her female friends and family. You can feel the music and enthusiasm just by looking at the photos!
Once the bride and her entourage were settled into their seats, the negotiation of the bride price began.
In this part of the ceremony, the families negotiate on the price of the marriage (which is largely ceremonial these days), and, once everyone was satisfied, Samuel was in the spotlight for the next portion of the ceremony.
The groom is asked to point out his new bride to the group, all while the family and friends are teasing him (and often trying to get more money from him!) and several fake brides are brought out to trick him.
Once Praise had been properly identified—which was pretty easy, as these two had dated and been engaged for over a year!—the fun moved to the reception.
Capturing a Special Day
“Shooting this wedding was an amazing experience. When Praise reached out to me about the opportunity, I knew that I really wanted to do it, and I am so happy I did.
“I absolutely loved everything about it: learning about a new culture, the people, the colors, the act of celebration, the food, and the music. It was all so different from what I was used to during a wedding but I loved all of it.
“Everyone made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. I am forever grateful to be apart of this special day.”
-Aubrey Plum, photographer