Cynthia & Rodrick {Long Island City, NY}

The bride for today’s wedding is not wearing the traditional white gown that many of us are used to. You won’t find a bouquet toss or 3-tier cake in this post. Instead, thanks to Ellie M. Photography, we’ll be taking a little virtual  journey to relish in the uniqueness of Cynthia & Rodrick’s Nigerian ceremony, formally called the  Igba Nkwu (pronounced E ba un ku wayi).  

Cynthia is a New York native and Rodrick is originally from North Carolina. They first met in Grand Central Station where Rodrick also proposed.

A few months prior to their actual vow exchange, Cynthia & Rodrick held their Igba Nkwu, a traditional wedding ceremony in Igboland which means “The Wine Carrying”. Could you imagine having to plan two weddings, let alone one?! Fortunately, Cynthia’s family took care of much of the work for the Nigerian ceremony so that she could focus on the other wedding.  They did a great job!

In the next series of images, Cynthia carries a glass of palm wine given to her by her father. She walks through a crowd of men, searching for “the one” as the other men try to distract her. Once she finds her groom, she kneels before him, drinks from the glass and then offers it to him to do the same.

Another ritual involves spraying money over the bride & groom as they dance – this symbolizes the blessing of  wealth and prosperity. I must add that this has been around long before the music industry coined the term “Make it rain!” and while the act is the same, the two sentiments are far from the same. 

Look at all the beautiful garb!

Lovely ladies!!!

Congrats Cynthia & Rodrick and another special thank you to Ellie M. Photography for sharing the photos. Be sure to check the blog later this week as I plan to add a post with pictures from Cynthia & Rodrick’s second ceremony. Until then, here’s a sneak peek! – 

CREDITS: Photographer – Ellie M. Photography


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lizzy
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 16:46:16

    Welllll, I think it doesn’t get better than a Naija wedding ceremony and I’ve never seen so many beautiful people in one space!! Sure, I’m biased, but still, a very special union and unbreakable bond between two of the most amazing people I’ve been blessed to have in my life and learn from. Always been lucky to have Cynthia as a sister and forever friend… Rod’s a cool bonus too!


  2. BWoodb
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 11:56:10

    These pictures are so enjoyable to see. The pictures was not only enjoyable to watch but was also an educating experience on the uniqueness of the culture’s ceremony. It’s nice to see and know that there are other ways to bring about the love and commitment a woman and man agree to share as one. Plus, to also have the traditional ceremony in the white gown just made this wedding more loveable. I love the red and white attires. They all are great! Thanks for sharing.


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