A Chic Multicultural Wedding at Botanica Gardens in Wichita, Kansas

Jennifer (Jen) Bradley (26, a stylist at Eric Fisher Salon and color artist for L'Oreal Professionnel and Onyemobi Nnanna Okpara (32, an event specialist and?coordinator at KPush Entertainment) met the first Saturday of December at an event the night of Jens work Christmas party. One day, the couple decided to have a photo shoot for their mom’s to have a picture to hang in their house. Conveniently, Jen’s mother is a creative photographer, so she gathered everyone together and arranged a photo shoot. After a few photos, Jen’s mom said she thought she had gotten some good ones, so they could be done. “That was when Nnanna said, ‘I need to tie my shoe.’ Me, being the goof ball I am, continued taking funny photos with my mom,” Jen says. “Nnanna pulled out a blue velvet ring box, stood up and proposed. I was so surprised and filled with joy that I immediately said, ‘Yes!’” Jen and Nnanna didn’t want to just combine their lives with their wedding, they also wanted to combine their cultures. Jen rocked a 1920s style with her look for the ceremony and they both wore traditional Nigerian garb for the reception. They wanted everything to tie into their glamorous garden party. BloomHaus created amazing, exotic floral arrangements to add to the multicultural ambience and Ruffles And Rust provided all of the vintage furniture rentals for intimate sitting areas for guests to mingle. The couple really wanted to play up the natural beauty of the Botanica Gardens and used a neutral color scheme of ivory, gray and blush for a simple, chic feel. They added gold and crystal accents for a little glamorous flair. As soon as the reception started, the couple served plantains followed by a meat station with bone-in adobe chicken, carving station with beef tenderloin, Jollof rice (a nigerian rice), green chilli mac and cheese and salad. “We wanted to make sure we satisfied all taste buds for the intercultural wedding,” Jen says. They had about 50 international guests at their wedding!