Today’s wedding at the Carnegie Museum is bringing the heat! Sophisticated, stylish, and even a little sexy, Yega and Delwin’s epic celebration is giving us all the magazine-worthy vibes. With the help of Pittsburgh wedding planner Divine Celebrations, the high powered couple fused their sense of glamorous fashion with traditional cultural elements flawlessly. Red hot rose bouquets, ruby satin fitted bridesmaids gowns, and Delwin’s Miguel Wilson custom red blazer with embroidered golden hues brought the spice to the ambiance. Meanwhile, Yega was straight flames walking down the aisle in her custom Pnina Tornai wedding dress from Kleinfeld Bridal, complete with waves done by the bride herself and a statement hairpiece. After exchanging vows, the party got started in luxury style. Guests were greeted by a mix of low and elevated centerpieces of romantic red roses created by Fragile Paradise. Mirrored tables and lounge style seating from Marbella Event Furniture and Decor Rental, gem-encrusted charger plates from All Occasions Party Rental, and a variety of metallic linens from Lendable Linens made for one hell of a tablescape. An upside down wedding cake was suspended over a custom white dance floor bearing the couple’s names. WOW! If the decor doesn’t make your jaw drop, the stilt walkers and aerialists sure will! Yega and Delwin’s combined African and Caribbean heritages were showcased with an African Money Dance after the couple changed into traditional African attire. Joshua Dwain Photography is to thank for these fire images and we can’t wait for you to see them!
About the Couple
Delwin and I met in my beauty supply store. He was living in Maryland. The ironic part is I had just finished my masters degree and had moved from Maryland back to Pittsburgh just a year prior. He was in Pittsburgh on business. A mutual friend insisted that Delwin come to my store to meet me. He came in, introduced himself, then concluded the conversation by asking me out.
The very first date, I stood him up (lol). It was my sister’s birthday; I had no choice! Who misses a sister’s birthday party?! He drove in from Maryland for the day, and the plan was to meet up and have dinner and drinks. Instead, I stayed at my sister’s party. When I finally told him I wouldn’t be coming, his response was, “It’s ok. We have plenty of time.” I was shocked; he impressed me. I knew right then he was going to do anything he could to make me happy.
We dated for a year and a half before we were engaged. Delwin was very nervous when he proposed. It was a very intimate proposal after going out to dinner just the two of us. He waited until we got home and then he told me how much he loved me and wanted to marry me. I was completely shocked and excited. The ring was amazing, the man was even better…how could I say no?!
About the Wedding
The ceremony was very “American traditional”. The church was beautiful; it had charm for days.
Red rose bouquets and centerpieces perfectly matched with the bridesmaids’ dresses, as well as Delwin’s custom Miguel Wilson red blazer. I wore a custom Pnina Tornai gown. I went to Kleinfeld Bridal and couldn’t decide on just one gown, so I took two gowns and customized it into the perfect gown for me.
My mother is from St. Kitts in the Caribbean and my father is from Cameroon, while my husband’s family is from Sierra Leon. The reception was centered heavily on our African and Caribbean cultures and traditions. I wanted the night to be filled with surprises and I wanted guests to have a night that they would never forget. The celebration kicked off with aerlist in the hallway leading to the ballroom. Stilt walkers welcomed guests onto the dance floor dancing to the rhythms of reggae. The reception was a good depiction of marriages within our culture.
My favorite moment of the day was the reception! It was amazing – looking around watching our family and friends celebrate our love and new life while laughing and loving on each other. That is something I will reminisce with my grandchildren about. After dinner, my husband and I changed into our traditional African clothing to do the traditional African Money Dance. We were greeted on the dance floor by stilt walkers and we danced with our guests as they sprayed us with money. The African Money Dance symbolizes happiness and future fortunes for the new couple. I felt so proud for my husband and I to be wearing traditional African clothing celebrating amongst our closest family and friends. We walked in with a sense of accomplishment and complete happiness.