How we met
Rotimi and I met five years ago at University College London (“UCL”) through a mutual friend. I was on my way to the gym minding my own business and bumped into him and Shola having lunch on the steps of UCL cloisters….he cracked an inappropriate joke about me looking fat (bear in mind, I was in the best shape of my life!) I laughed it off and went on my way.We kept bumping into each other in the library and our friendship started from there. I just remember thinking he was sweet, kind and very thoughtful… I could also tell he was a bit nervous sometimes when he’d approach me, I thought that was cute!
How he proposed
Fast forward to 20 April 2014, he asked me to be his wife and it was undoubtedly one of the happiest days of my life. He planned a special weekend away to Bath and to be honest at first I wasn’t so excited for the mere fact I didn’t know what we were going to do there. Once we arrived, that quickly changed and I was excited to get lost in this new city with my love. We had dinner that night, walked around the town and called it a night. The following day, we enjoyed massages in the morning and went to buy some food for a picnic he’d planned. Whilst we were shopping he got a call and he wasn’t happy, he started pacing and wouldn’t tell me what was wrong (turns out he’d planned a hot air balloon ride, but due to adverse weather they had to cancel it!). When we got back to the hotel, we left for a boat ride along the Bath canal and enjoyed the picnic – along the journey he started talking about us and how far we’d come and life in general. Before I even realised what was going on he’d brought out THE MOST GORGEOUS RING I have ever seen and asked the question! All the people in the other boats along the canal clapped and cheered and I truly felt special. Once we got back to the hotel, there were lots of flowers and cards laid out in the room from my family and friends which was nice and also meant that they knew and didn’t tell me.
Our traditional engagement
Just over a year later, we had our ‘WAZOBIA’ traditional engagement as my family like to call it. My Dad is Igbo, my mum is from Benin and I married a Yoruba man so it was just a cultural melting pot (the Hausa part to come in the future maybe?). Looking back the day was so great and I realise we are blessed to have such loving, open minded parents who never made an issue of the fact we are from different tribes but rather embraced it. I’ve heard a lot of stories of families not accepting one party because they were not from the same village, state or tribe – I hope with time we will be able to look past tribal differences and just see people.
Thanks to our families, all the vendors (plus their staff) and our friends who travelled across the country (despite cancelled flights and aviation fuel scarcity issues).
We are so grateful!
Wishing ify and rotimi a happy life together.
Venue| Agbakoba family residence| GRA| Onitsha| Anambra State
Vendors (all work nationwide, most based in Lagos)
Planners| our families!
Décor| Ivie Baker; Vien Patrick Events| 0806 445 4652
Tents/canopies| Robo Rental Limited|0802 339 6966
Photography| Promise Charles for Team Mtouch photography
Kiki for Kiki Melissa Weddingsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Cake| Zeenina cakes and sweets: Shop C312, Ikota shopping complex, VGC; email@example.com
Igbo| Violet Hecksher for Belle Fille Designs| firstname.lastname@example.org
|Yoruba| Daltoma – email@example.com & Bisola for Bisbod Ventures | firstname.lastname@example.org
Grooms outfit| Jomerkan| email@example.com
Aso Ebi (for bride’s friends)| Wunmi Odutola; Diner Ent. Limited
Small chops| Anthony’s chops & cocktails|0802 816 5295
Fireworks| Azeez Fireworks| 0802 360 1642