A Modern, Multicultural Wedding at Prisidio Golf Course in San Francisco, California
Jonathan and Mawuli's wedding at Prisidio Golf Course in San Francisco, California, not only represented a culmination of their love, but a blending of their cultures, too. Mawuli and Jonathan’s San Francisco wedding was all about honoring heritage while creating a celebration that felt uniquely their own. "Mawuli is Ghanaian and African American, and Jonathan is Jewish. While creating the sequence of events and overall look for our wedding, we sought to equally reflect and blend our cultural backgrounds together,” they share. "For example, we were married under a Chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) that was made with Kente cloth (traditional Ghanaian fabric). During the wedding service, Mawuli's father performed a libation ceremony in Twi (one of the Ghanaian languages) to invite our ancestors in to bless and protect our marriage. We also had a friend perform the Kiddish (traditional Jewish wine blessing) and broke the glass at the end of our wedding ceremony to bless and seal our union," they share.
Music was a very integral part of Mawuli and Jonathan’s San Francisco wedding. "Music was a huge part of Mawulis life growing up. One of Jonathan’s coworkers is the daughter Misa Malone; a long time singer and performer in Beach Blanket Babylon (a 45 year-old San Francisco musical that changes each year to comment on current political events). She sang both Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys songs during the procession/recession to bring a piece of Mawuli’s African American culture into the space,” the couple shares. In addition to prioritizing music at the wedding, the couple’s, "LGBTQ identity is also important to us. In order to honor the amazing activists who made our marriage possible, we had two of our friends read a quote from the historic Supreme Court Case that made same-sex marriage legal across the country. We also included a reading from Maya Angelou; the famed poet and first Black woman to work as a street car operator in San Francisco.”
The multicultural elements carried over into the couple’s reception as well. "Before the meal, Jonathan’s uncle recited a blessing over the Challah (a prayer done over a braided loaf of bread on Shabbat, as we were married on Friday evening), and Mawuli’s auntie shared a Christian prayer to bless the meal as well. We danced the Horah and, as you can see in the photos, Jonathan thought he was going to die (his brother-in-law played for the NFL and is stronger than he realizes).” Of prioritizing their blended cultures, the grooms share how their day symbolized, "how we come from two different backgrounds and are 'cut from different cloths.' But our shared values and the deep love we have for one another is the thread we use to sew these pieces of our identities together to create this tapestry. Now, as we’re working to have a baby through surrogacy, we know that our family will be as unique and beautiful as our wedding day.”