Bride:  Michelle Sowemimo

Groom:  Luke Stewart

Date of Wedding: 3/24/2013

Location: The Biltmore- Asheville, NC

PhotographyScobey Photography

The bride on their special day: 

Luke and I were married in Asheville, NC. This was quite a distance from where we lived - California! We had a vision to bring our closest family and friends away to the mountains to celebrate together the joining of our two beautiful families. Family and joy were the anchors of our day. I had a wonderful wedding planner that helped make the distance in planning a cross-country wedding feel so much smaller than it was.

The Incorporation of Culture:

Luke's family is from Jamaica and my family from Nigeria - both cultures love family, food, music and dance, so we tried to bring all of those into our day. Though we were in Asheville, we were able to cater the rehearsal dinner with delicious flavors similar to Jamaican cuisine. On Saturday evening, we also had a pre-wedding reception where we brought in aspects of the Nigerian engagement ceremony. We used this time as an introduction of the two families to each other and danced as late as we could (the wedding was the next day!)

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