When it comes to the proposal “perfection” is the ultimate goal. The “perfect” balance of romance, sentimentality, sweetness, surprise, timing, and setting… During planning of the “perfect” proposal, OlaKunle’s mother suffered a heart attack, with a complete recovery. Reflecting on this health scare he realized that “there is no perfect proposal setting but actually proposing is what matters the most.”
What one discovers along the journey to “perfection” is that the concept is subjective, and the pathway to your own perfection is always in following your heart – a path on which you may occasionally stumble and fall but ultimately never go wrong because your heart is who you are.
Read all about Eno & Olakunle’s love story, endearing proposal, and experiences in their beautiful Western and Nigerian traditional wedding – planned and coordinated by Events with Darrell.
Bride & Groom: Eno & Olakunle
Occupations: Insurance Service Advisor & Safety Representative/Technician
Wedding location: Fifty-Two-Twenty-Six Elm. Houston, TX
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met at a mutual friend’s party. Initially we met July 2012 at the same friends Fourth of July barbecue, Kunle didn’t talk to me because another Guy was talking to me all night so he kept his distance. Later that year in December as fate would have it our friend had another party and we finally got a chance to connect. Kunle says I came up to talk to him, I say Kunle came to talk to me but either way thankfully someone did! It’s interesting because our Moms had actually met before at church so when we first met our families our Moms already knew each other!
Kunle had been planning to propose towards the end of the year, he was coming up with ideas and sourcing out locations for the ‘perfect proposal’. October 2015 unfortunately Kunle’s mom had a heart attack and it was a real wake up call. By God’s grace she fully recovered! During that time the importance of life and how quickly things can change led Kunle to realize there is no perfect proposal setting but actually proposing is what matters the most. On October 10, 2015 we were heading out to dinner, we took a detour to a park as Kunle just wanted to stop there and take a walk – it was the same park his elder brother got married at, Orchard Creek Park in Sugarland. We walked around for a little bit as Kunle was telling me how much he loved me and my daughter, how important we were to him and how he hopes we can spend the rest of our lives together. He got down on one knee pulled out the ring (from his sock!) and proposed! I said “Yes!”
What was wedding shopping like for you? My wedding dress was fitted, beautifully beaded and sexy! I went to four stores and said YES to the dress at the 4th store, Impression Bridal which was recommended by our Planner! All staff members were excellent to work with, I tried on about 4 dresses. I did not try the dress I purchased as they did not have my size so in faith I bought it (2 sizes smaller as I was determined to lose weight) and it was perfect when it came in – shout out to Ms. Tawney and Anna (the Alteration Queens!)! I really enjoyed my experience at Olivia’s Bridal House (exclusively for curvy brides!) where I almost bought a dress as well!
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Yes we merged our parent’s Nigerian culture together with elements of the American Culture. We had a traditional wedding last year in Nigeria on the same date April 23rd 2016. We did not get to wear all of our attire so we made a second entrance during our reception in traditional Yoruba attire and had a sparkler sendoff shortly after!
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids – Personalized Hanger, Personalized flip flops and Pearl beaded necklace. Groomsmen – Personalized Flask Gift Set.
Favorite item on the menu: The green bean almondine!
First dance song: “This Is Why I Love You” by Major
What is your best memory from your wedding? The sand ceremony that merged our blended family into three hearts – one future!
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Pray together, make decisions together, start early, know what you want, know your guest count, it’s only one day so enjoy the planning, special moments and remember there is LIFE after the wedding!
Wedding Dress Designer: Cristiano Lucci
Wedding Dress Salon: Impression Bridal
Grooms Tuxedo: BALANI Custom Clothiers
Groom’s Bow tie: Well Groomed Man
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka and Betsy Johnson
Grooms Shoes: Mezlan
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vow to Be Chic
Groomsmen’s Tuxedo: Macy’s
Bride’s Makeup: Naturally Glam Makeup Artistry Inc.
Bride’s Hair: Sean Dapper
Ceremony and Reception Location: Fifty-Two-Twenty-Six Elm
Wedding Planner and Coordinator – Events with Darrell
Photography – Ken Maurice Studio
Décor: Dream Décor Design House
Florist: 19eleven Events
Catering: Ral’s Fine Catering
Bar Tenders: ICON Bartenders
Chairs, Linens and Bar: Décor to Remember
Dance Floor: Laced Vinyl Shoppe
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