Olako and Osahon’s love story is one of persistency. Osahon was ready to be in an exclusive relationship with Olako after their third date. It seemed perfect. Olako was stunningly beautiful and they shared many commonalities including a love for their Nigerian culture and for economics. They were both pursuing MBA degrees outside of the US. However, Olako hesitated. Osahon was on his way to Scotland to study for his MBA; she would eventually study in London, and having a successful long distance relationship seemed implausible. The only thing Olako could promise Osahon was that they would stay in touch. They communicated through Skype and emails, seeing each other in person briefly during holidays and whenever their schedule would allow. Osahon’s dedication and romantic gestures eventually broke Olako down, and they embarked on a five year courtship that led to a romantic dinner proposal in Lagos, Nigeria.
They were married five years from the day they met in a traditional church ceremony in Atlanta. Their best friends many of whom were present when they first met years ago at a bowling alley, surrounded them as their Ladies of Honor and Men of Distinction. Olako shares, “We called our bridesmaids Ladies of Honor and our groomsmen Men of Distinction because we believe their love, prayers and support during our courtship and engagement were immensely appreciated.”
Besides the fantastic titles this couple bestowed upon their friends, it was very important for them to infuse their Nigerian heritage into their festivities. West African drummers and dancers performed at the beginning of their reception. They were sprayed with money while dancing (Naija style). Relatives dressed in traditional Nigerian attire, and they had two caterers, one to prepare traditional southern food and the other traditional Nigerian food!
It was an amazing celebration of the power of prayer and persistence and of a love that spanned continents and stood strong in the face of distance.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Olako gifted her Ladies of Honor (LOH) with a gift bag of goodies including their earrings for the day, hair styles, jewelry from East and West Africa, grass heel protectors for their shoes, flat shoes for the dance floor
First dance song: Kem, “Promise to Love”
Memories: Our kiss was epic!!! We did not see each other 3 months before the wedding and last minute running around kept us busy until we walked down the aisle. Once the priest said you may kiss your bride, we interlocked as if no one else was in the cathedral with us.
Wedding advice: 1) As long as the wedding day ends with the two of you as husband and wife, nothing else really matters.
2) However, ensure the cake + cupcakes you order is delivered to the reception hall. We ordered a 4 tier cake + 180 cupcakes and the courier service never delivered our cakes to the Atlanta History Center.
Bride’s Dress: (Ceremony – Winnie Couture), (Reception – Jovani)
Bride’s Shoes: (Ceremony – Brian Atwood, (Reception – David Tutera)
Wedding Veil (Ceremony): Winnie Couture
Bridemaids Dresses: Allure Bridal
Cake: Sugar Plum Visions
Catering: Proof of the Pudding & a Taste of Africa
Ceremony: Cathedral of Christ the King
Event Planner: Park Avenue Events
Entertainment: Dj Ecool / Manga African Drummers and Dancers
Flowers: Bill G Breuer Designs
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein
Hair: Too Groovy Texture Salon
Lighting: the Magnum Companies
Makeup: Face by Maori
Master of Ceremony: Mc Milarito
Photography: Artphotosoul Photographers
Reception Venue: Atlanta History Center
Rentals (Ghost Chairs: the Rented Event
Security: Valentine Udoka Ndubisi
Stationery: Sandi Spells
Transportation: Rolls Royce & Bentley, Special Day Limos / Atlantic Limo for Bridal Party
Videography: Kunle Adewumi
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