Both a Baba and a Baptist minister presided. Libations were poured to cleanse the area and ask for permission from the elders before the start of the wedding. Drummers and dancers called the wedding party and led the procession. Both the unity candle and the four elements ceremony were a part of the hour-long event. As part of this ritual, the couple feeds one another bitterness and sourness for the last time. They also partake of cayenne pepper and then finally honey, which symbolizes the sweetness of marriage.
The couple wore custom wedding attire. Herman personally selected the fabric for the dress that Joy wore.
Finally the couple swept away their pasts and made the marriage official by jumping the broom, which had been presented to the bride by the groom's mother.
A reception followed in Rose Garden Hall.
images: Keith Cephus
Isha Foss Events provided partial planning and event day management. We are grateful to the Botanical Garden staff for moving pieces of their Motumbo exhibit to help adorn the ceremony.