For her big day, Adora chose a bridal bouquet made with white and ivory peonies (a bridal favorite!) ranunculus, roses, lilac, lisisanthus, sweet pea, gardenias, dahlias, anemones, mini cymbidium orchids, and scabiosa. Now that’s flower power!
Nathan’s mother, Sherry Ann Jenkins, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer just a few months before their wedding day. To pay tribute to her, Adora had the florist secure a small, framed photo of her inside her bouquet and Nathan placed a photo under his tuxedo lapel. They also included a dedication to her in their wedding program and held an empty seat for her with a rose on it during their ceremony.
“My father is of the Ibo tribe from Nigeria, so we included a few things to honor my roots,” Adora tells us. “Most notably, during the marriage ceremony we took part in the Igbankwu, a traditional Ibo wine ceremony. In Igbanku the bride’s father pours a cup of wine and gives it to his daughter. The daughter takes a sip of wine and then finds her husband and offers him the cup. Once he drinks, they are married.”
“Our favorite memories are those of our friends and family dancing at the reception,” says Adora. “My girlfriends taught my aunts and uncles to do the wobble, my new husband and his Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers brought back their college party walks and sang their fraternity anthem, and our flower girl showed us all the moves on the dance floor.”