An African-Inspired Wedding at Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Georgia

A distance of over 8,000 miles wasn't enough to keep Whitney Snell (29 and fundraising consultant) and Patrick Omondi (28 and a special education teacher) apart when the two strangers first met in Kenya while working at a non-profit. After the two spent a summer bonding over Scrabble and Tusker beer,  Whitney returned home to Atlanta and the two began dating long distance. "We should really get an endorsement deal from WhatsApp or Skype," Whitney jokes. Two years later, she returned to Patrick's home in Kisumu, Kenya, where Patrick popped the question on the patio of their favorite restaurant. "We were committed to blending our Kenyan and American cultures and seeing it all come together in a unique way," Whitney says of tying the knot in the Tuscan-inspired courtyard at Atlanta's Summerour Studio. For her walk down the aisle, Whitney donned a classic, lace Allure gown complete with crystal beading that she accessorized with a family heirloom veil and custom headpiece made of Kenyan fabric. Tropical-inspired arrangements included a lush mix of orchids, flax leaves, lily grass and pin cushion proteas, while a one-of-a-kind chandelier made from giant monstera leaves and date branch clusters hung from the ceiling. As a nod to the groom's African heritage, swaths of Kenyan fabric adorned ceremony chairs, and Patrick honored the Kenyan tradition of placing the signed marriage certificate in his pocket. String lights illuminated the window-lined reception space, where antique lanterns, driftwood and Kenyan kitenge cloth topped each tablescape. "We wanted our wedding to be an epic celebration since we were finally living on the same continent," Whitney says. "We knew we wanted bright colors, loud music, an open bar and a packed dance floor."—Caroline Eubanks