Ghanaian American Whimsy
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night commences with nine lyrical words: “If Music be the food of love, Play on.” Truer words were never spoken, and when it comes to the work of NY based photographer – Karin von Voigtlander, the music soars magically in her capture of the bare essentials: harmonious laughter, syncopated relationships and the waltz of spontaneous moments.
In the February issue of Brides magazine, I was absolutely smitten by Indira and Nevin’s Baltimore wedding, photographed by Karin. I was so inspired by all the whimsical details, the fabulous fashion and the laughter that radiated from the couple, that I knew their story would be an inspiration for you today.
Setting: Catonsville, MD
Heroine & Hero: Ghanaian American Bride – Indira and her beau – Nevin.
Colors: Kiwi, Berry & Tangerine.
Photography: Karin Von Voigtlander Photography
Scene #1: BERRIES n’ TALES, AND BIRD CAGE VEILS
I had the privilege of speaking with Indira to get all the details about her absolutely gorgeous wedding. This vibrant affair is a classic example of how innovative ideas meet creative design, a match made in heaven. The officiant for this magical union? Etsy. Indira adorned her wedding with many unique and whimsical details obtained from etsy, the ultimate designer market.
(Above: Bridal gown by David’s Bridal; Bride’s hair & make up by Salon Revive; Blue shoes by Anne Klein, Silver shoes by Christian Louboutin, Pinwheels by Crossroads Cottage; Flower girl’s dress by dress and headbands by JCrew)
We’ve featured pinwheels before on WN. These playful creations are a lovely alternative to bouquets, ornaments or place settings. Not to mention great editorial-quality photographs.
Scene #2: MODERN LOVE IN A HISTORIC LOCATION
Baltimore country suburbs is the home of Overhill Mansion, a historic estate from 1897 and the setting of Indira and Nevin’s outdoor garden ceremony. Indira, the radiant and stylish bride, was born and raised in Ghana. She and Nevin found unique ways to incorporate her Ghanaian heritage into their wedding, by having a separate ceremony/ bbq the day before in which different customs were practiced such as blessing of kola nut, pouring libations to the ancestors, and acceptance of groom into the family.
(Above: Ceremony at Overhills Mansion; Bride’s shawl by Holly Stalder; Birdcage veil by Unveiled Bridal Designs; Brides Earrings by Smokymist Gardens; Groom’s suit by Express; Flowers by Wessel’s Florist ; Bridesmaid’s dress by Jenny Yoo; Custom banners by BN Designs)
The bride’s father wore a traditional Agbada, a multi-layered embroidered outfit, as he walked her down the aisle…by far one of my favorite shots. When asked about the details of the ceremony vows, Indira was candid about the fusion of Christian and Buddhist beliefs.
“Traditional prayers of the Christian faith were said throughout the service including, the Lord’s Prayer.” Indira said. “This was in keeping with my religious beliefs, but as Nevin is not bound by my faith (or any other for that matter) we sought to make the service more faith-based than religious. In addition to our individual vows, Nevin and I said joint vows. Our joint vows were taken and adapted from a tradition Buddhist wedding service which we felt represented in a beautiful way the universal aspirations and commitment of those who vow to marry one another.”
Scene #3: WHIMSY PARADE
How better to lead into this, than by showcasing my favorite photo, the candid shot of the children on the steps. Trust Karin to capture such unscripted moments as effortlessly as a glass of chilled pink lemonade on a warm summer day. Indira referred to her cast of young talent as the “whimsy parade”, equipped with custom made noise makers and a whole lotta heart.
For all the grooms out there thinking of strutting the aisle in style ( you know who you are), take a tip from Nevin’s personalized Chuck Taylors, and design your own shoes. Don’t just wear it, OWN IT!
So far we’ve see great style, beautiful photography, and inspirational ideas on that are style savvy and cost friendly. But there’s more…stay tuned for part two of the spread, with some “Gnomal” details.