A Multicultural Garden Wedding at East Ivy Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee

Fellow Tennessee State Tigers Saida Binhazim (28 and a graduate student) and Kenny Hickson (29 and a business owner) met through common friends, but their paths didn't cross until after graduation. The couple hosted a multicultural garden wedding fusing Saida's Swahili culture with Kenny’s American culture. During the traditional Muslim ceremony, Saida wore a custom-made Indian gown in a simple A-line silhouette with extravagant gold embroidery. “Traditionally in my culture, a bride must have henna. I would not have felt like a bride without it,” she says. For the reception, Saida slipped into an American lace bridal gown paired with a custom-made birdcage veil worn in reverse. Focusing on a royal palette of gold and purple, gold-painted vases, gold branches and purple-painted hydrangeas were used to transform the enclosed gardens of the estate into an exotic soiree. The duo made sure their DJ played music representing Arab, African and American cultures throughout the night. “Being able to bring our two cultures together and share that with our family and friends was extremely special,” Saida says. To give their guests a sentimental favor, Saida and Kenny distributed custom African-patterned reusable bags made by a family friend in Kenya. —Juliette Cheatham