"September 28th, I had the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Joy and Herman at the Botanical Gardens in Norfolk. The African themed wedding went off without a hitch, thanks to wedding coordinator Isha Foss and her assistant. Flowers were designed impeccably by Daevid’s Florist, while music & entertainment was performed by D.J. Seko of Positive Vibes.
The highlight of the wedding was the performance by the African Dancers who danced gallantly during and after the ceremony. The performance was truly breathtaking. Joy and Herman, thanks for having me be a part of your special day. Your wedding was truly amazing in every aspect of the word." - Keith Cephus Photography
This event touched me culturally. I've done hundred's of weddings over the years and I've only performed at two other events that displayed a adoration of their African roots to this degree. In many ways this event reminded me of my wedding to my beloved Rho' eleven years ago.
The day seemed unsure of itself. It rained a little, it became very hot, then a cool breeze enveloped the Norfolk Botanical Gardens minutes prior to the beginning of the wedding. Joy and Herman added touches of traditional West-African Yoruba wedding culture onto standard Euro-Christian rituals creating a unique ceremony that kept all of the guests on the edge of their seats. Ashee !
Two jets flew over the Botanical Gardens during the event. Using our ceremony sound system prevented the jets from disturbing the nuptials, yet the jets seemed to accent the ceremony. As the officiators paused, a jet launched. As Herman kissed his Joyful bride a flock of birds flying in a "V" formation flew over the ceremony. As the couple were announced as "Mr. and Mrs. Herman & Joy Johnson" an eagle circled over the ceremony. We were all in awe as mother-nature celebrated the union with the guests. Ashee !
The reception was a blast ! They choose the Total package which allowed me to create magic. The theme for the event was "Our Song." I created a customized 'Joy & Herman' remix of Ashford & Simpson's classic hit "Solid" to introduce the couple who were then escorted into their ballroom by African dancers and drummers. The couple were then treated to celebratory dances leading into their first dance. We created an extended first dance ending with all of the guests encircling our couple. The remainder of the night was a blast as the Almighty blessed the room with the spirit of Joy. Ashee, Ashee, Ashee.
D.J. Seko VArner
Positive Vibes Inc.