Friday, October 10, 2008

Joy & Herman

Joy and Herman's wedding in the Rose Garden of Norfolk Botanical Garden combined American and African traditions and made for a very meaningful ceremony.

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.



2 comments:

Erin @ Bride Design said...

The colors are gorgeous (and the bride and groom are too!). What JOY-filled photos!

Shayna Walker said...

Wow, Isha. That was really beautiful and so meaningful. Congratulations.