We are feeling a little nostalgic these days and we love Vintage dresses and Remakes of wedding dresses from past generations (have you seen this beautiful dress worn by three generations in Chicago?).
Today we are walking in the mountains of Montana, where Rebekah & Likom celebrated their Lodge wedding, filled with Congolese traditions, whimsical forest atmospheres and a redesign of Rebekah’s mother’s wedding dress from the 1970s.
Also from Chicago, Rebekah & Likom chose Montana as their wedding destination for its natural beauty and who can blame them? The couple went out of their way to show off the breathtaking view with an outdoor Meadow ceremony under the Rocky Mountains and tons of golden hour forest portraits with bee weddings.
The Dress And The Clothes
Rebekka’s dress was a replica of her mother’s dress, originally worn in 1977. We worked with a local seamstress for 18 months to customize and design a new top to match the dress. The veil was the original veil.
We knew that we wanted a classic and clean design image, which is why we chose the Black Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse for Likom and his groomsmen. Rebecca’s bridesmaids wore dresses from David’s bride.
For us, our wedding was an opportunity to reunite our families who would otherwise never meet and to celebrate our love and our marriage. We wanted to honor our traditional roots and organize a big party. As we live in Chicago, it was important for us that our wedding in Montana was up to the beauty that surrounds us. We opted for a classic and fun atmosphere, accentuating our Magenta color palette with emerald green accents.
We loved having the opportunity to integrate our families and share different dances and traditional festivals.
Family Heritage & Traditions
We have integrated the family tradition of Likom by allowing the groomsmen to incorporate African wax ties during the reception. Similarly, the bridesmaids wore matching earrings with a wax print. In addition to Rebecca’s mother’s dress, Rebecca also wore her after grandmother’s emerald ring. Likom and the men in his family all wore an African beaded bracelet.
The most fun tradition we recorded was the traditional African money dance, where we danced and our guests threw dollar bills at us (and all over the dance floor).
Our flowers come from the agile Goat Flower farm.
Our wedding cake was made by the bride’s sister-in-law, Ruth King. While we wanted a somewhat traditional cake, the groom’s cake design was a pay to likom’s love for the Chicago Bulls.