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Three weddings, spanning three continents, merging 4 cultures!
Fashionable couple Ole a professional photographer and Fumi a former model, and now makeup artist and stylist, met at a party in Los Angeles. Although they had much in common, such as a love for the arts and fashion, they were from very different backgrounds, so no one would have guessed that this chance meeting would lead to a cultural extravaganza in the form of three weddings across three different continents!
To top it off the bride did all of her own hair at make up at all three weddings, and also designed her two (white) wedding dresses!
With Ole originally from Norway and with Scottish roots and Fumi half Gambian and half Nigerian, their union not only created a wonderful cultural, but also a fantastic working relationship as they now work together creatively on art, fashion, weddings, red carpet and special events.
Here is their story!
Their story through Fumi’s eyes:
How we met:
My husband and I had met at a party in Los Angeles; he had come to visit and old university/swim friend of his. (My husband got a swim scholarship to study at the University of Iowa. He was a national swim champion for his country, Norway for 10 years)
Anyway, he came to see his friend who in turn brought him to a party that I attended. 🙂
How he proposed:
My husband’s proposition was very traditional, he went down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage after he had called and asked my father for his blessing. Naturally, I said yes.
Our cultural influences:
Our ethnic backgrounds are African and Scandinavian, My father is Nigerian and my Mother is The Gambia. I was born in Moscow, Russia and I’m an American citizen. My husband’s Father is Norwegian (Norway) and his Mother is Scottish (Scotland).
We got married to each other 3 times in three different 3 countries, paying homage to the three countries we have connections with.
They were held at:
1) The 1st wedding was a Summer Registry wedding in Beverly Hill, Los Angeles, California: July 2009
2) The 2nd wedding, was an Autumn traditional wedding held in Lagos, Nigeria: October 2009
3) The 3rd and final wedding was a Winter Church wedding held in Bergen, Norway: November 2009
One more thing!
On our first anniversary my husband gave me the gift of taking my father’s name. He felt that it was very important that in the future when we have children, that they represented both of our cultures.
So he has my name, Desalu and I have his, Vold- we are Mr and Mrs Desalu-Vold!
Thank you for sharing your story with us!