This Couple Broadcast a Downsized Wedding Celebration across the World

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The pandemic didn’t prevent this Dedham bride and groom from having a joyous celebration.


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THE STORY

When COVID-19 forced Chinomso Odimegwu and Onyebuchi Ogbo to abandon their plans for an elaborate 390-person wedding, the couple didn’t despair: They got to work designing a smaller (but no less joyous) outdoor fete instead. Hosted at the Villa at Ridder Country Club in September, the tented celebration featured just 50 attendees—in person, that is. With help from Wedfuly, a company that specializes in virtual celebrations, the bride and groom were able to broadcast the festivities to additional loved ones in Europe and Africa. “It was amazing,” Odimegwu says. “It felt like they were there.”

THE DETAILS

DRESS 
The bride found her mermaid-style Allure Bridals gown at Chryssie’s Bridal in Canton, pairing it with a dramatic cathedral veil and adding sheer beaded straps. “I wanted [straps] for that elegant touch,” Odimegwu says.

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VENUE
To abide by capacity guidelines, the pair held their ceremony on the country club’s expansive grounds before serving dinner in a
soaring tent decked out with chandeliers.

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CULTURE
During the reception, the couple, who hail from the Igbo people of Nigeria, donned traditional attire and participated in an
Igbankwu—a ceremony in which the bride carries a cup of wine to the groom.

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GUESTS
For maximum safety, the wedding party quarantined with the couple prior to the wedding, the seating chart was arranged by household, and sanitizer-equipped dinner tables were spaced 6 feet apart. “A lot of this was very intentional,” Odimegwu says. The party favor for all attendants? Masks.

Photo by Tobi Makinde

FOOD
After cocktail
hour and a dinner including lemony salmon with roasted potatoes, guests indulged in a four-tier, champagne-and-cannoli-flavored cake with Hershey’s Kisses tucked inside.

THE FILE

Bride’s Dress Allure Bridals, Chryssie’s Bridal
Bride’s Makeup Roseline
Bridesmaids’ Dresses ODavid’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Makeup Merry Christmas
Bridesmaids’ Traditional Tailor Ada Uzuegbu
Cake Montilio’s Baking Company
Caterer Saphire Event Group
DJ DJ Prince
Event Decorator Elite Events
Flowers Sydney Smith Designs
Groom’s Suit Hive & Colony
Hair Pamela Mante
Videographer IMG Artistry
Virtual Broadcast Wedfuly

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Kamala Harris and Jill Biden’s Victory Celebration Looks Honored American Fashion’s Pluralism

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Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Last night’s Biden Harris victory celebration in Wilmington, Delaware was a great night for America—and for American fashion. In their first speeches as president-elect and vice president-elect, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sought to heal the divisions that have defined the last four years in U.S. politics. And it is notable that the Carolina Herrera suffragette white suit Harris wore to deliver that message, as well as the Oscar de la Renta asymmetrical floral dress worn by future first lady Jill Biden, are both from immigrant-founded American fashion labels that have long dressed first ladies on both sides of the political aisle.

In her historic remarks as the first woman elected Vice President, Harris recalled how her late mother, an Indian immigrant, “believed so deeply in America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women—who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment—women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.”

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Photo credit: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Harris’s peak lapel suit, from Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon’s resort 2021 collection is by a label whose Venezuela-born eponymous founder proudly dressed first ladies regardless of their political affiliation. During her nearly four decade career (she retired in 2016), Herrera created clothes for Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and, yes, Melania Trump.

Jill Biden’s embroidered midi dress is from the Oscar de la Renta resort 2020 collection co-designed by Laura Kim, who was raised in Korea and Canada, and Fernando Garcia, who spent his childhood in the Dominican Republic and Spain. They carry on the house’s late Dominican-born founder Oscar de la Renta’s relationship to the White House, which stretched all the way from Jackie Kennedy in 1962 to Michelle Obama shortly before his death in 2014. De la Renta supported his friend Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and was also a close confidante of Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush.

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Photo credit: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

From the moment Michelle Obama stepped out in red and black Narciso Rodriguez dress on the night that Barack Obama won his first presidential election in 2008, she began what would become a trademark of her style: supporting American talent, and in particular, designers of color. In doing so, she showed both the quiet power of fashion to speak volumes about our beliefs and created an unprecedented amount of value for the labels she chose to wear as first lady.

By the looks of it, at a moment when the American fashion industry has been hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it has found two major cheerleaders in our first ever female vice president-elect and future first lady. Biden’s dress sold out on The Outnet overnight.

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A Multicultural Wedding Celebration in Zambia and Rwanda

Alice Usanase-Lalui and Armin Lalui said “I do” not once but twice. The couple first wed surrounded by 350 guests in Kigali, Rwanda, on February 8, 2020, and did it again six days later, on February 14, 2020, with 160 guests in Livingstone, Zambia.

“Because of our love for the outdoors, we both wanted to feel one with nature and have an outdoor vibrant wedding that was a mix of luxury and African culture,” describes the bride of their vision. “We wanted a place that our guests could experience Africa.”

With that in mind, Armin found The Royal Livingstone, a boutique hotel near Victoria Falls—a location that had been on their bucket list. The selling factor? A direct flight from Alice’s home in Rwanda to Livingstone, Zambia, which made marrying in the two countries possible. “The more we researched it, the more we considered it, and when we visited, we were convinced,” she says. “We loved how at one with nature we felt.”

Planning two weddings in two different countries, Alice and Armin leaned on Mwai Yeboah, a London-based planner who was born in Zambia, from Love from Mwai to coordinate every detail, which they admit was “no easy feat.” Keep reading for all the details on the two celebrations—a Rwandan ceremony in the bride’s mother’s backyard and a three-day event overlooking Victoria Falls—as planned by Love from Mwai and photographed by Stepan Vrzala.

Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala 

The couple, who lives and works in Belgium, asked London-based stationer Rosey and Co. to design distinct invitations for the wedding in Rwanda as well as the multiple events, each with a different style and theme, in Zambia.

Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala 

The bride’s sister Nshutiyase Lina of Maison de la Beauté did her makeup for the Rwandan ceremony.

Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala 

Alice wore an emerald green gown, which she paired with bright blue heels from her favorite shoe designer, Christian Louboutin.

Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala 

Alice was born in Rwanda, so the couple had a traditional Rwandan ceremony. It took place in the bride’s mother’s garden and, per tradition, began with two Ankole, long-horned cattle welcoming guests.

Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala 

The garden was decorated with pampas grass, palm fronds, and an abundance of white and orange flowers. Below a woven canopy, blooming plants, natural baskets, and printed textiles created a warm, welcoming atmosphere that was meant to be “styled yet slightly untamed.”

Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala  

Embodying the culture of his bride, the groom, who is from Ireland, was adorned in white traditional attire. Alice, who wore a sparkly headpiece in lieu of a veil, was escorted by her brothers and male cousins to meet Armin at the altar.

Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala 
Photo by Stepan Vrzala 

The ceremony was followed by a reception, also in the picturesque garden. Dancers and

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Jimmy Kimmel Calls White House’s Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Celebration Its “Second Red Wedding”

Hours after the Supreme Court confirmed judge Amy Coney Barrett to take the place vacated by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, GOP figures and the Trump administration celebrated by gathering at the White House. But with COVID-19 having infected numerous White House staff members, the first lady, her son and President Donald Trump, Jimmy Kimmel says the Monday night gathering may be positive in more ways than one.

“This is like if in Game of Thrones – the Starks decided to have a second Red Wedding,” he said likening the political assembly to the gory GOT scene.

Kimmel’s comment about the gathering comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci dubbed the crowded Barrett nomination event a “super-spreader event.” Since the late September happening, at least 11 people including Trump tested positive for coronavirus.

During his opening monologue, Kimmel added that the Monday celebration isn’t the only gathering that may result in new cases of COVID-19, slamming Trump and his multiple rallies in Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. At the rallies, supporters can be seen sitting or standing close to each other and often not wearing face coverings.

The late night host continued to criticize Trump for his lack of caution, concern and his repeated idea of “rounding the corner” on the viral infection.

After a video montage of failed and dangerous vehicular turns and statistics proving Trump’s comments incorrect, Kimmel said it might be time for the president to retire the phrase.

“We’ve rounded so many corners we’re about to throw up.”

Watch the Jimmy Kimmel Live segment above.

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Smile Staten Island: An intimate wedding celebration at Casa Belvedere and other socially-distant events

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The autumn season is here, but Staten Islanders are maximizing their family fun with small, socially-distant gatherings across the borough. As a reminder, SILive/Advance will only publish photos of people without masks if they are from the same household.

Included this week is Marissa Terzino and Matthew Morano’s wedding at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the intimate wedding reception that followed at Casa Belvedere, Grymes Hill. Their son, Robbie Terzino, was the best man.

Please scroll below for the Morano nuptials and other Staten Island family gatherings and email your photos to [email protected] Only photos of family members from the same household will be considered.

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Marissa Morano and Matt Morano with their son, Robbie, on their wedding day at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. (Courtesy Marissa Morano)

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Jessica and Anthony Catalano and their children, Cameron and Sophia. (Courtesy Marissa Morano)

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George and Donna Morano. (Courtesy Marissa Morano)

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Camille and Ernie Terzino walk their daughter Marissa down the aisle on her wedding day at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. (Courtesy Marissa Morano)

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Katie Callahan Scala and her duaghter, Claire Scala. (Courtesy Marissa Morano)

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Quincy and Kenneth Taylor, of West Brighton. (Courtesy Melissa Johnson)

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Allure’s Best of Beauty Virtual Celebration Was Exactly What We Needed Right Now

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