Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Doyle: Jumping the Broom

Nestled in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Doyle is a unique wedding venue perfect for couples looking to get hitched.  As soon as the bride and groom arrived at The Doyle they knew it was the place they wanted to get married. With its charming architecture and intimate atmosphere, it provided an unforgettable backdrop for their special day. 

This lovely couple decided to incorporate a special ritual known as "jumping the broom" into their wedding ceremony; this traditional African American wedding rite is an important part of my heritage. As a Black wedding officiant, I get to officiate this beautiful tradition for many of the couples I marry. This ritual has been a symbol of unity and faithfulness within our culture for centuries, and is still celebrated today as a reminder of our history; it hails from the days when slavery was still legal in America. As slaves were forbidden to marry, this practice became an alternative way for African American couples to signify their commitment and devotion to one another. It is believed that by jumping over the broom together, families were created, new beginnings formed and legacies began. I am so proud to be able to bring this meaningful tradition into modern weddings when I preside over ceremonies.

 
We planned everything down to the last detail; from hiring a live band and a DJ to provide entertainment during cocktail hour and throughout dinner, there was never a dull moment! As night fell on their magical day, guests were treated to an evening filled with plenty of dancing under twinkling lights strung across the ceiling.  Our couple also decided to put a spin on their big day by ditching the traditional wedding cake and opting for a funnel cake truck instead.

It was truly a day neither Bride nor Groom will ever forget!



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Wedding Planner:  XOXO, Jamelle
Wedding Officiant:  XOXO, Jamelle
Photographer: CH Photography
Venue: The Doyle
Florist:  Rosie Posie Florist
Dessert Table & Backdrops: Starry Eyed Events 
Caterer:  Fresh Fork
Live Band:  Jacquee Hammond
Bridal Hair and MUA: Bonita Otira
DJ:  Rashad "DJ Certified" Mullins

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