My journey with Jasmine and Jindu actually began a few years ago, just before they were officially engaged. Life and job changes, physical moves, and postponements made their journey to their Pen Ryn Estate wedding day a long, (but worthwhile) one, full of ups and downs.
COVID certainly added another layer of complication to things, too. While they were originally due to be married in April, they were forced to postpone to December. But, after concerns about Covid surges and possible shut-downs, they were faced with the difficult decision to move their date again. After some back and forth with their wedding vendor team, they opted to move their wedding up to October instead–what a good decision that was!
The challenges and trials they faced along the way helped bring them closer together. All they went through proved that they, together (and as individuals) had what it took to make a meaningful and lasting union.
Their Belle Voir Manor wedding at Pen Ryn Estate was so incredibly amazing, heartfelt and so them. Although we had some (ok, ok, LOTS) of rain, I was fortunate that they, and their bridal party, were totally on board with going outside for some portraits. Jasmine and Jindu wanted epic portraits and to be surrounded by those that love them the most and that is exactly what they got!
Enjoy a peek at some highlights from their beautiful Pen Ryn Estate wedding day! Jasmine and Jindu, I love you both and am praying for you as you begin this next chapter as husband and wife!
Q: What was your favorite part of your wedding and why?
A: Jasmine’s favorite part was when she walked down the aisle to Jindu crying. He said he wouldn’t cry, but I knew he would! I could just feel his love for me so strong in that moment and I’m so glad Alyssa captured it! Jindus favorite part was reciting his vows to me that he worked so hard on. They were perfect.
Q: What unique ideas/traditions/themes did you include on your wedding day?
A: We jumped the broom and did the sand ceremony. We wanted to celebrate our black heritage and recognize that our ancestors didn’t get the chance to hold public ceremonies like we were having. Additionally, we had a second entrance with our native wear and did a dance. Since Jindu is Nigerian, we wanted to celebrate his culture as well.
Q: What advice do you have for other couples who may be planning their own wedding day?
A: If you are planning during Covid, be prepared with plans A through Z! But above all else, remember what is important. Remember why you are getting married. All the extras are nice, but don’t get caught up in the color of a sign or a relative who is unhappy they aren’t at a certain table. The wedding day is about the two of you joining as one and that’s what makes it special.
Q: What words do you have to share with other couples who may be looking to book Hope & Stay Photography as their wedding photographer?
A: Alyssa is BOMB. You can’t get much better than Hope & Stay. She will cater to all of your needs as much as possible and makes you feel so supported and special. Plus the photos turn our absolutely gorgeous! Alyssa felt like less of a vendor and more of a friend who just wanted to capture the journey you are on, and that made the process so enjoyable. (Ha! Thanks, guys! xx)
View Jasmine & Jindu’s Glasbern Inn Engagement Session here!
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