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Munaluchi Bride Magazine: Bright & Beautiful! Jerryanne & Nathan’s Jamaican-Tanzanian Wedding

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Happy Wednesday! It’s time for our weekly wedding dose from our collaboration from with Munaluchi Bride Magazine. We have such a bright and beautiful Afro-Caribbean wedding in New York – such a beautiful blend of cultures. Jerryanne is from Jamaica while Nathan is from Tanzania – the couple planned the wedding with themselves – infusing both their cultures into their intimate celebration.

Enjoy!

Bride: Jerryanne Heath
Groom: Nathan Chiume
Wedding Date: June 21, 2013

The Wedding Prep!
From Jerryanne, the bride
Nathan and I were married on June 21, 2013 – summer solstice and the longest day of the year! We had been engaged for 18 months and we planned the entire wedding ourselves (with support from friends and family).

He originally hails from Africa and I from the Caribbean, and we both have family living all over the world. Although we met and live in New York, choosing a wedding location was quite challenging. We wanted our location to reflect the tropical vibes of our birthplaces and give us a blank canvas on which to blend our cultures together. We visited at least 10 venues in the New York area, as well as in Florida (where Nathan lived for two years). Finally Nathan’s sister found the perfect venue: The Grandview in Poughkeepsie – about two hours away from New York City. The name “Grandview” is spot on – our ceremony took place outside under a gazebo with a breathtaking view of the Hudson River. An outdoor tent on the property hosted our reception, giving us the tropical vibe we so wanted. Beyond aesthetic, The Grandview allowed us to personalize nearly every detail of our wedding. They customized our menu and took full direction from us on cuisine from both cultures. To top it off, Mike Post at The Grandview coordinated all of the day-of logistics and provided a bridal attendant who looked after us the entire day.

Culture
Our wedding day had a lot of personal touches. We focused on the most beautiful aspects of our cultures and tried to weave those into our Afro-Caribbean wedding theme. We also took inspiration from small things that many people would otherwise overlook. For example, we chose aqua blue and a bold yellow as our wedding colors because they reminded us of the ocean and sun.

While visiting Tanzania a year prior to the wedding, we got inspired by the fabrics and handmade crafts we found at the market. We brought several yards of yellow and blue fabric home and enlisted 3 incredible tailors at AZVKA, Afrikart, and Yara to create our table runners and wedding attendant accessories. During a business trip in Nigeria shortly thereafter, I stumbled upon some vintage African gin bottles that we used as vases during the ceremony. Franz James Floral weaved these gin bottles into our decor alongside the dramatic centerpieces and bouquets they created with some of our favorite exotic flowers. Nathan and I both love music and this was a crucial part of creating the ambience. We brought in a steel pan band for the ceremony that played “Here Comes the Bride” right before I walked down the aisle and during the cocktail hour, and our friends Mao and Dave DJ’d the reception.

To highlight my Caribbean culture, I took inspiration from Junkanoo, a traditional carnival held in the Bahamas each year. I recalled the brightly colored headpieces covered in sequins, rhinestones, and feathers. I enlisted the help of a friend (Sipiwe Sikwila of Something Me) to create custom stationery for the ceremony programs, reception tables, guest favors, and signage. She designed a feather-patterned border for each piece and decorated the ceremony and reception programs with blue and yellow rhinestones. We used another designer at Minted.com to create our festive blue and yellow invitation cards.

For more photos from this custom and colourful wedding, check out Munaluchi Bridehttps://munaluchibridal.com/?p=34681

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70 Comments

  1. Miss Anonymous

    September 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Nice bow tie and pocket square….and cake.

  2. Tillerman

    September 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    just lovely and very creative

  3. opuingo

    September 18, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Lovely!

  4. nnenna

    September 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

    very very beautiful

  5. Fresh Girl

    September 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

    awwwww….perfection! This wedding’s got soul! The detailing is everything! Love! Congratulations to the beautiful couple…

  6. Seyi

    September 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Lovely wedding; so beautiful!

    more-than-one-love.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Hurperyermie

    September 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

    splurfik

  8. prim

    September 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Authentic!!

  9. Lara

    September 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Too Unique

  10. mii

    September 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    awwww,such a lovely wedding, love the view of the location…incredibly awesome

  11. Bella

    September 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Beautifull…. simply breathtaking…

  12. Wunmi

    September 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    This is a very beautiful & simple wedding. One thing I’ve noticed about weddings by other countries is their simplicity especially when compared to Nigerian weddings which are often times crowded and over the top expensive. You can actually have a beautiful wedding without being lavish.

    • Miss Anonymous

      September 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Ah Wunmi I agree with you.
      Naija! If the bride hasn’t bought Loubs and the groom Gucci, they’ve not arrived. Tent must be from Lagos to Kafanchan and at least 2 hip hop artists in addition to 1 fuji maestro must be on the band stand. Then bride’s friends will have their aso ebi, brides mother’s friends will have another one, grooms mother’s friends will also have a third. I also forgot the groom’s friends and the groom’s dad’s age group. Three different caterers will serve food, and then they won’t serve you if you’re not wearing any of the above mentioned aso ebi lace, ankara or velvet. Oh! I forgot to mention the row of statues, sorry I meant ushers, who line the aisles in the reception and do nothing when you complain you’ve been sitting for 2 hours without being served. Also the waiters with their body odours when they stretch out their hands over your head!
      Don’t mind me please. I need to get back to work 🙂

    • Miss Anonymous

      September 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      *odour

    • OmoMakun-www.ankarafestla.com

      September 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you for making me laugh this morning. God bless you! 🙂

    • Lara

      September 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      LMAO!!!

    • Ore

      September 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      While I agree with you on some levels, I think it’s important to distinguish between tradition and extravagance. The Aso Ebi, musicians, inviting lots of people and all that is in our culture. The degree to which it’s executed is what differentiates wedding from wedding.

    • roundpeginasquarehole

      September 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

      @ Ore, while I agree with you that it’s in “our” culture, it doesn’t mean we have to follow everything in “our” culture especially when it doesn’t make sense or there’s no need for it. There are some aspects to our culture that we can do without. Moreover culture is not static, it evolves.

    • TA

      September 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

      You took the words right out of my mouth. Totally beautiful wedding,no mammoth crowd,showy extravagance or aso ebi fanfare (not condemning those who choose to do so,not my thing at all)
      Nigerians,we need to learn and accept the fact that the cost or size of a wedding does not determine the success of the union. 🙂

    • jayjay

      September 20, 2013 at 12:05 am

      hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa. That is very funny. Everything in Nigeria is about oppressing the next person

    • AA

      September 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Here, here!!!

    • Uche

      September 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      “Hear hear” my dear. No be here here. Not being spiteful. Just c0rrecting you for future reference 🙂

    • Anne

      September 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you, Wunmi! You wonder where all the money came from. I swear there ain’t one poor person in Nigeria!

  13. similady

    September 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    i love her hair!!!!!, congratulations to them both

    • roundpeginasquarehole

      September 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Me too! Going to do the style when next I go to the hairdressers. Meanwhile may God bless their union

  14. Sade

    September 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Simple but Beautiful Wedding.

  15. X- Factor

    September 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Fabulous!!!

  16. Godsluv22

    September 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Awww love has no limits…. They are a lovely couple, God
    bless there union 🙂

  17. Madman

    September 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Nice

  18. Ani

    September 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I like his socks lol…. Beautiful wedding.

  19. Glossy

    September 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Less is more! Perfect, this is class!

  20. bintu

    September 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    This is really really beautiful

  21. Mz Socially Awkward...

    September 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    She’s absolutely gorgeous… and I love flowers and the bridal hairstyle. Really digging the groom’s style as well, he made it personal. Wishing the couple a fruitful and happy marriage!

  22. NNENNE

    September 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Yes to our own Hudson valley … a serene place to come home to after a day’s hustling in the city.
    HML folks!

  23. Stace

    September 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I love her hair, his Brogue and his socks…. All in all, this is my idea of a dream wedding.. beautiful

  24. Akua

    September 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Simplicity at its best! And they planned it all by themselves too…now that’s a bargain. Congratulations to both of you. I wish you all the best in life.

  25. BC

    September 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Lovely. I like the infusion of cultures in the decor. Congrats.

  26. Hausa Girl in Texas

    September 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Perfection.
    Now we know, little can be much.
    Simplicity + Elegance

  27. Gorgeous

    September 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Very cute couple. 🙂

  28. Hausa Girl in Texas

    September 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    No drastic make up or jewelries Just a piece of dazzling
    Earrings, gorgeous wedding gown and a braided hair
    Now that’s my style. Simplified Excellence

  29. Petronella

    September 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks so much for the lovely feature!!! Grateful for working with such awesome vendors and photography team! Thanks for all the lovely comments

  30. Chic

    September 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Noooooooooooooooooo is that all BN I was expecting more pishas oh! This is a lovely wedding! Me like!

  31. babygirl

    September 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    beautiful and classy……wish you a happy married life

  32. Amanda

    September 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    lovely!!!!

  33. OmoMakun-www.ankarafestla.com

    September 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    So Beautiful! From the bride, to the flowers to the bow tie to the cake!

  34. true_talk

    September 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    beautiful!!! loved the fabrics plus the groom’s socks..lol. God bless your union

  35. chima silly

    September 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    big it up, sistren. buk buk. Beautiful.

  36. Eudora

    September 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    FAB! this wedding in one word

  37. Concerned_Boyfriend

    September 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    The Groom’s attire, bride’s dress, reception was simple yet beautiful. This is not anything money can buy, in church-speak, we call that blessing. It is easy to conclude that Oluwa-was-involved in that union.

  38. Benashmom

    September 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    seems like a fun wedding. very stylish couple may your marriage be fill with fun and good times always.

  39. HRS

    September 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!! Love the decor!!! Ankara inspired bow tie & pocket square on point, love love love the pix where she laughs out load while he reads his vows…. 😀 Wishing you both the best that love and marriage has to offer

  40. ibukungeorge

    September 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful!I love the view of the moutain.Thats my favourite.May God bless your home

  41. Tosin

    September 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    oh my, that is one dynamic girl and a hot couple. ok, go
    make babies.

  42. Jane

    September 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    One word – UNIQUE

  43. Berry Dakara

    September 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Beautiful all around!!! LOVES IT!

  44. Demondi Mian

    September 19, 2013 at 1:08 am

    beautiful

  45. Fashionbabe

    September 19, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Wao! HML

  46. Cynthia

    September 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I just love this wedding. It is a breath of fresh air when compared to our Nigerian weddings that are like expensive carnivals. I like the serene environment where they exchanged their vows. I just love nature and outdoor weddings. The bride is pretty and the groom is handsome. Watching these pictures were really enjoyable to me.

  47. MissV

    September 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    i soo love everything traditional abat it.

  48. Milly

    September 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Simple and exquisite!

  49. Jerryanne

    September 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing our wedding with the world,
    Manaluchi, Bella Naija and By Petronella Photography. And thank you
    all for your comments. God blessed us with the wedding of our
    dreams and these pictures beautifully capture some of our fondest
    memories of the day!

  50. rukia binti kasri

    September 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Jerryanne we wish you all the best in your marriage, asante sana

    • aza

      September 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

      yeeees watanzania tumetisha,i never thought to find Tanzania in here this is beautiful wedding our brother…mlete wifi nyumbani

  51. iba

    September 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    lovely. I saw African touches infused here and there. good one. HML to the young couple…

    • iba

      September 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

      oh not forgetting the Caribbean touches as well. dang saw them steel bands and nice shirts too.

  52. GREAT

    September 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    when we learn how not to be upset for not being on the guest list then we would ve weddings just like this in Nigeria.So for all of u wishing to c dis in Nigeria dats ur cue.well if u dont mind not getting invited then be sure to correct ur mum,aunt or any relative when next they make that kind of complain.

  53. lucycollins

    November 12, 2013 at 5:27 am

    wow,i read the whole article. wonderful. With a rustic feeling & glamorous wedding dress & reception, all this together make it a perfect wedding that is beyond compare. Thanks for sharing us such a fabulous submission. hope the nice pair will live happily after since. surely they will…:)

  54. cindymoss

    November 22, 2013 at 5:15 am

    wow, i like the shade of blue in ur wedding! speechless! the groom’s socks with dinosaur, so cuuute! i like it! perfect wedding!

  55. Dixie Elrod

    November 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I so love the wedding! It is perfect. The location is superb. The dress of the bride is elegant and her bouquet is so lovely. And it was such a memorable event, the pictures speak.

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