I had the honor of shooting at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida last year and loved it. So, when I saw Joyela and Kenneth’s royal wedding there I knew I had to share it with you. The grounds are incredible and the perfect backdrop to a couple’s nuptials.
Other things I love are Joyela’s shoes, the modern facade of the church, pictures of the couple under the arches, and the African dancers, to name a few. I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did.
Joyela Valentine and Kenneth Shobola
Married in Sarasota, Florida on April 26
Joyela Valentine had a very clear vision of her wedding day: “I want my guests to be treated like royalty!” And this was rather befitting considering Kenneth Shobola is a Nigerian prince. Every aspect of the wedding was meant to lavish guests from the red carpet entrance to the synchronized white-glove service, lavish décor and night of live entertainment.
Everyone rejoiced as Joyela’s church choir sang for her grand processional. However, tears came when the bride surprised her groom by reciting her vows in his native tongue: Yoruba. The reception consisted of king-style feasting tables decorated with orchids and crystals. Their guests were entertained by a live comedian and African dancers and plush lounge areas flanked the dance floor.
Ceremony Location: First Presbyterian Church; Get Ready Location: The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Reception Location: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; Cake: Chocolate Pi, Tampa, FL; Caterer: Catering by Design, Tampa, FL; Bar: Treviso, Sarasota, FL; Florist, Decor, Lighting and Linen: conceptBAIT Global Events + Floral Design Group, St. Petersburg, FL; Event Planner: Table 6 Productions, St. Petersburg, FL; Invitations: Paper Presence, St. Petersburg, FL; Entertainment: Theo Band; Hair and Makeup: Destino Y Luz, Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup, Tampa, FL; Videographer: Voila Cinematic, Tampa, FL; Photography: Limelight Photography, Odessa, FL
We wish you countless years of happiness Joyela and Kenneth and a big thank you to Frank Clemente and Lynn McGhee of conceptBAIT Global Events + Floral Design Group and Rebecca Zoumberos of Limelight Photography for letting us share this with our viewers!