Ghanaian Nana Eyeson and Nigerian Akinola Akiwowo became husband and wife after just under two years of dating on July 18, 2009, at 6:00 P.M. The couple jumped the broom at the urban chic Mezzanine in Newark, New Jersey.
“The theme of our wedding was African chic, which can easily be translated into “Coming to America,” the bride explains with a laugh. “We were very adamant about keeping the look of the wedding clean,” she adds.
“The best moment of the wedding to me was getting to walk down the aisle with my father who lives in Ghana and had recently had a heart attack so we weren’t sure if he was going to make it. He also had visa issues. I had been rallying for him to get proper clearances from his doctors to come to wedding,” Nana explains with a smile.
Nana was determined to have Michelle Obama-esque arms and back muscles on her wedding day so the petite stylista committed to several weeks of boot camp to ensure her body was on point for her big day.
“Presentation is just as important as taste for us. We had the chef prepare the food with traditional West African seasonings. The venue worked with us and did a lot of research too. It was taking African food to another level. Everyone loved the spinach stuffed chicken!” shares Nana.
Nana and I have surrendered ourselves to using our love to get us through any and everything. On our worst days, we love each other; on our best days, we love each other. We trust in love," reveals Aki.
A same-day wedding planner ensured that Nana and Aki’s big day was executed to meet their vision. The bride’s favorite color purple along with accent colors gold and cream, helped to create a breathtaking reception.
“You work really hard to get to this point so it’s nice to see people having so much fun. Yeah, you’re getting married but you’re also throwing a party. It was great for everyone to just have fun: party, dance, eat and celebrate!” Nana shares.
Instead of blowing their budget on wedding cake, the couple purchased a smaller elaborate cake (shown here) for pictures and served a much less expensive sheet cake for the bulk of their guests. A non-edible Swarovski crystal brooch adds an unexpected dose of panache.