A Glamorous, Modern Wedding at Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle, New York

Nkenna Anagboso (30 and a pharmacist) and Ekwere Ekpo (32 and a pharmacist) pulled off a glamorous blowout bash for their late-summer wedding in New Rochelle, New York. Glitz and glamour ruled the day, with the couple using gilded and crystal accents, lush arrangements of ivory orchids and pops of lavender to transform the Greentree Country Club ballroom into a striking scene. “I wanted my guests to be wowed by the decor,” Nkenna says. The festivities kicked off with an outdoor ceremony overlooking Long Island Sound. Gold urns overflowing with ivory orchids guided the couple down the aisle, which culminated with a jaw-dropping four-post arch adorned with a garland of hydrangeas, orchids, roses, stock and lisianthus. The pair exchanged vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony, then ushered guests into Greentree’s ballroom for the reception. For the reception, Nkenna and Ekwere left no detail overlooked. Tall arrangements of orchids featuring cascades of shimmering crystals and long lengths of ivory hydrangeas, roses, orchids and more filled the room, illuminated by purple uplighting and golden candlelight. Silver beaded chargers and mirrored tabletops added to the allure. The reception’s piece de resistance was the sweetheart table, an opulent tufted settee and gilded table framed by lavish arrangements of ivory orchids. Nkenna and Ekwere incorporated a number of traditional Nigerian customs into the evening’s festivities, such as the kola nut breaking. After dinner, DJ FreshyK took the stage, spinning a mix of African, American and Nigerian music that got guests up and dancing. A tip from Nkenna: “Focus on the things that matter most to you. Plan for what you want, rather than what others want—you will feel more fulfilled, satisfied and happy.” —Libby MacCarthy