To say Akua andFolu’s Barbados destination wedding week was absolutely amazing seems to be such an understatement. They had so many events to keep their guests occupied while enjoying the beautiful Caribbean island.
Akua didn’t have a vision of the type of dress that she wanted prior to trying them on. She kept an open mind but ultimately knew that with her petite frame, a fitted dress was probably the best fit. The team at Mark Ingram Atelier brought out this fabulous Inbal Dror dress as the last dress for her to try on and it was without question THE ONE!
Akua was really drawn to letterpress but wanted a design that reflected the island/beach theme while still being formal in nature. She worked with Robinson Press, a small letterpress shop based in Boston. Rachel, the shop owner, did a great job turning her vision into a reality. She researched flowers that were indigenous to Barbados and included them in the various mock ups of the invitation. It was beautiful and the colors were perfect for an island wedding!
They kept the flower scheme simple – green and white flowers all organized by Events & Decor by Giselle.
Folu researched jewelers in the Diamond District in New York City and really liked the company MDC Diamonds based on the extensive research capabilities its website offers. Akua’s engagement ring is an Asscher stone with pave diamonds around the band. For her wedding band, she wanted to incorporate gold as she tends to wear gold jewelry. She chose two thin rose gold bands with the same pave diamonds as the engagement ring. Folu’s wedding band is a traditional yellow gold.
Akua knew she should have two pairs of shoes for the wedding day – best advice ever! Since they were getting married on grass, she knew that wedges would be most comfortable. It took months, but she finally found the perfect gold Chanel wedges. It has pearls on the backside of the shoes. How unique was that?
Akua wanted a slate/blue palette for the bridesmaids and spent a lot of time finding a dress that the ladies felt comfortable in. She finally found a dress by Jenny Yoo that tied 15 different ways, to give all of the ladies optionality and freedom to wear it the way they wanted.
We love it when bride and groom write love notes to each other right before the wedding.
Akua and her entire family stayed at a rental villa – Bluff House, Sandy Lane all week. It was perfect for her to get ready in the master suite with the help of all her bridesmaids (sisters, nieces and friends).
Akua only trusts her hairstylist in Brooklyn to cut and style her hair. She also is her mom and sisters’ hairstylist, so they decided it was best to fly her into Barbados for the wedding. Luckily, she is also a makeup artist so they got everything in one! Akua wanted an updo for her hair since her dress had an open back and wanted to keep makeup minimal and natural as she tends to not wear much makeup on a daily basis.
Folu was dead set on getting a custom suit made so that he could continue to wear it for the rest of his life! He worked with Brooklyn Tailors based in Williamsburg and designed a navy blue suit and white shirt for the wedding. They found a navy blue bowtie from Thomas Pink. He then was on the hunt for shoes and found dark brown shoes at Crockett & Jones – he says they are the most comfortable pair of shoes he owns!???? What really stood out were his orange socks which matched the lining of his suit jacket.
The first look of the bride and groom is always the most precious and special moment of the day. Every couple would tell us after their wedding that it was the most memorable part of their wedding.
They incorporated elements of their love for travel in some of the wedding details – the escort cards for their guests were bright red Coach luggage tags; the table display for their luggage tags had mini suitcases as decor.
Each guest table was named after a city Akua and Folu had traveled to together including a photo of them in that city. In terms of color scheme, they kept it very simple. Green and white flowers with lots of greenery and candles for a romantic feel.
Folu is not big on desserts but does love carrot cake. They decided to do a naked three tiered carrot cake with vanilla frosting from a local Barbados bakery – Flindt Patisserie. Their catering was done by Michael Hinds of Couture Caterers. Best wedding meal they have ever had (and they are not being biased)!
Given that Akua and Folu are both West African, they ensured that the DJ played Hi-life music from both Ghana and Nigeria. They love hip hop so also had a list of favorites that the DJ played! They love the song “Adorn” by Miguel – they knew it was untraditional but will continue to give them goosebumps every time they hear it.
It was such a pleasure working with these amazing vendors:
Photographers: Evonne & Darren Wong of Evonne & Darren Photography
Event Planner: Lisa St. John of Island Bliss Weddings
Getting Ready Location: Bluff House, Sandy Lane
Ceremony Location: Codrington College, Barbados
Reception Location: Codrington College, Barbados
Floral Designer: Events & Decor by Giselle
Wedding Dress Designer: Inbal Dror
Bridal Salon: Mark Ingram Atelier
Wedding Shoes: Chanel
Bride’s Engagement and Wedding Rings: MDC Diamonds
Groom’s Wedding Ring: MDC Diamonds
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Attire: Brooklyn Tailors
Groom’s Shoes: Crockett & Jones
Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Crew
Hair & Makeup Stylist: Tiffany Atkins of Evolution The Green Room Salon
Caterer: Michael Hinds of Couture Caterers
Baker: Carsten & Zoe Flindt of Flindt Patisserie
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Ian Rock of Codrington College
Invitations/Stationery Designer: Robinson Press
Ceremony Musician: The Barbados String Quartet
Cocktail Hour Musician: Debbie Reifer & Friends
DJ: Dusty Payne
Videography: Cielo Productions
Wedding Favors: Coach
Congratulations again, Akua and Folu! Thank you for having us being a part of your special day. We wish you both all the love and happiness in the world, and we hope to see you both again soon!
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