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Our Wedding Story: Ann Chukwumah & Emeke Nwabuzor



Our Wedding Story is one of our most treasured BN features. Though we regularly feature weddings on BN, on occasion, we are so enchanted by a couple’s story that we delve deeper into their relationship and wedding journey. Thanks to Ann & Emeke for sharing with us and we wish them all the best in their marriage!


The Couple – Dr. Emeke Nwabuzor and Ann Chukwumah

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Ann & Emeke’s Story

Sunday, October 9, 2005, 1:36am
Hello Ann Chukwumah, how’re you? I guess a little introduction will be in order.
My name (from the email address) might be familiar but I don’t think we ever met but you might know my younger brothers. Your brother, Obi, called me once sometime last year from Houston, but somehow we lost contact. I would like to re-establish contact with him and please ask him to send me an email or could you please give me his email address? I’m sure you’re wondering how I stumbled across your email address, right? I came across your high school ‘Yahoo group’ and saw your address…. So do help get my message across to your brother and please reply to this email at least to let me know you got it. Maybe with time we might get to know each other, from a distance and WITH ABSOLUTELY NO STRINGS ATTACHED! For now, to you, I’m still a complete stranger. Hopefully not for long.
Take care, be good and remain blessed.

This is where it all began. An email. I wasn’t looking for a new friend. I had finished graduate school a few months earlier and was focused on interviews, career goals, and getting my foot in the conflict resolution field. I didn’t want or need this diversion. I investigated and verified that Emeke was indeed part of the Nwabuzor family and that he knew my brother Obi before responding to his email. I told him, “I’ll definitely put you in contact with Obi. You’re right, your last name does sound familiar, but I can’t remember any faces. This is Obi’s email…and I’m sure he’d love to hear from you…”

I thought this email would end all correspondence between Emeke and me.

Of course, it didn’t! Emeke responded with longer emails. (I’m glad he persisted. He writes very well and I love to write and read, too.) I responded because I wanted to prove that he always wanted to be more than just friends. I also looked forward to receiving his emails. Emails were safe. I was in Hartford, Conn., and Emeke was in Tallahassee, Fla., at the time, so there really wasn’t any chance of us meeting.


Emeke wanted to meet during the Christmas holidays because from the emails he thought I was “an interesting person with a nice sense of humor and a lovely personality.” But I wasn’t ready; I used distance as an excuse.
The following year, I moved to the Dallas area and Emeke moved to Houston for a few months because of some coursework. I didn’t want him to visit in January because I still needed to settle in to my new surroundings. (In all honesty, I couldn’t get a hair appointment close to the time of his visit.). I wanted to meet in March, but again I’m glad Emeke persisted. We decided to meet for the first time on Valentine’s Day. We enjoyed a nice dinner, played games at Dave & Busters and ended the night talking into the wee hours. The next day we explored Dallas by hopping on and off the trolley. We ended our getting to-know-you hop day date at the Dallas Museum. We spent some more time together before Emeke left for Houston. We officially started dating about a week or two after his visit. (Emeke claims that we started dating on Valentine’s Day so now we celebrate both days—his date and the real date.) In essence, lengthy emails turned to lengthy phone calls which led to numerous visits. As time passed, we settled into new careers— me teaching and Emeke a residency program. Emeke moved to Nashville, Tenn. The distance was not easy on us and Emeke’s schedule wasn’t as flexible as mine, so we had to learn how to compromise and be creative with time and holidays. The distance has made us better friends first and absence does make the heart fonder!

As time passed, we fell deeper in love with each other.

In addition to my appearance, Emeke was drawn in by my personality and the fact that I took pride in maintaining and nurturing ties with my Nigerian roots and culture. “Her natural personality is what I love most about her. She’s so down-to-earth,” Emeke says. I admire and love Emeke’s sense of calm that he exudes before, during, and after a crisis. He’s my calm before the storm. His honesty is also refreshing, I can always count on him. In the summer of 2008 (without my knowledge), Emeke got permission from my parents to ask for my hand in marriage.
Emeke then went on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring. He visited several malls, was schooled and got a degree in Diamondology and searched my jewelry box in the hopes of getting it right, yet the perfect ring eluded him.

Fast forward to the last week of September 2008.

Emeke tried a different route to get the perfect ring. That week, Emeke repeatedly got home late. He was unusually tired on the phone and our phone calls were really brief. I definitely was irritated. He explained that the late nights were the result of his attempt to help his cousin buy a ring for his fiancée, so his mom’s sister could take it back to Nigeria soon. I definitely
wasn’t happy that he was spending that much time helping his cousin, ratherthan focusing his attention on me.

To make it worse, he told me to help him search for rings online when all I wanted to do was talk to him since we hadn’t had a decent conversation all week. I obliged grudgingly and sourly. I warmed up a little when Emeke told me to pick the three most beautiful rings from what we had seen. When I narrowed down the choices, I told Emeke to visit the malls again to make sure that the rings looked as beautiful in person as they did on the website. He refused, saying that he’d send our choices to his cousin. I got irritated with him again. That weekend, I went to see Emeke. Whenever I visit, Emeke always prepares a nice meal for me. That Friday was no exception, though I admit, the pasta he made had more love and care than his previous dishes.

Emeke proposed later that night with the sweetest words ever and I agreed to be his wife.

It was then that I learned Emeke’s quest to find an engagement ring had not been for his cousin after all. He didn’t choose any of the rings on the website. Instead, he picked a ring entirely different and stunning just for me.


The Wedding

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Wedding Details

Date: August 22, 2009
Colors: Fuchsia, Platinum and bling (crystals)!
Church Venue: St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Allen TX
Reception Venue: The Cotton Mill, McKinney TX
Theme:Traditional + Modern Glam (reflection of the groom and bride’s tastes).
The Traditional aspect was incorporated into the wedding through the traditions at a Catholic wedding and the traditions at the wedding reception such as the first dance, cutting of the cake, dj, etc.
The Modern Glam was incorporated through the use of the colors and the bling(crystal) elements. The couple opted out of a traditional hotel venue and instead chose a venue with a Loft ambiance/appeal. The reception took place at the historical Cotton Mill in McKinney Texas, a 99 year old building that used to be the largest denim manufacturer in the world. Guests were serenaded with live music throughout the reception. Musician serenaded bride and father to the song, “I Love You Daddy” by Ricardo and friends.


The couple changed 3 times.
Wedding gown
Ann wore a unique 2-piece ivory strapless satin A-line gown with an eye-catching detachable semi-cathedral train made of the softest ruffled tulle. Swarovski crystals highlighted the soft ruffled neckline and draped the super soft satin bodice with a corsetted back bodice.
Traditional outfit
Lilac & cream with crystals
The bride’s blouse was adorned with rows of swarovski crystals on the neckline and on the sequined blouse. The raw silk cream was embellished with swarovski crystals and hand-sewn gold leather leaves, in keeping with the theme of the day.

Emeke was outfitted in a Calvin Klein suit with ivory inserts to match his bride.
Traditional outfit
The groom complemented his bride by wearing a sequined lilac agbada with leaf patterns to match his bride

The colors for the bridal party were fuchsia, platinum and iris.
Ladies were outfitted in silk shantung fabric
Bridesmaids’ colours: Fuchsia and Platinum
Hostesses’ colours: Fuchsia and Iris
Groomsmen: Platinum vests to complement the ladies
Host: Iris vest to complement the hostesses
Flower Girl: Ivory dress with embroidered lace detail and ivory waist, tulle ball gown skirt

Accessories for Bride, Groom, and Bridal party
CAKE: The inspiration for the cake was the bride’s shoes. The cake canopy was draped in chiffon and fuchsia orchid blossoms floating in the air from the canopy.
BRIDE’S BOUQUET: Was designed to look like a super-sized version of a single rose bud adorned with Swarovski crystals. The leaves on the bouquet were spray-painted a platinum silver to reflect the color scheme for the day.
GROOM’S BOUTONNIERE: complements the bride’s bouquet. Ivory spray roses and bear grass with Swarovski crystals for accent and wrapped with a platinum-silver satin ribbon.
FLOWER GIRL BOUQUET- was made of 3 pomander carnation balls attached with crystal strings representing the past, present and future for the couple
BRIDESMAIDS BOUQUET-instead of the traditional bouquet, the ladies were adorned with an armband designed with fushia orchids attached with artfully created silver wire.
GROOMSMEN: Boutonniere made of fushia orchids and bear grass wrapped in platinum-silver satin ribbon.

Church and Reception Venue Aesthetics

– The Altar was adorned with a mixture of white carnations and hydrangeas flower bowls in plexi glass
– The pews were adorned with carnation balls accented with crystals on plexi glass stands.

– The reception venue was bathed in the colors for the day. The fuchsia lighting provided, also created the intimate ambiance the couple wanted. The columns in the hall were draped in white chiffon.
-There were 3 different designs of centerpieces.
One of the designs had tall glass vases wrapped in fuchsia ribbon with manzanita branches accented with hanging crystals and a pave of fuchsia carnations.
-For the afterparty, the hall was completely bathed in fuchsia lighting and there was an all white lounge area for guests to take a break from dancing.
-For all the candy enthusiasts, there was a candy table provided to keep the energy levels going!:)

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Event planner & design: Diice Events
Photography: Melanie Johnson Photography
Photo Montage: Unique Encounters
Floral design/Cake Canopy/Columns: Botanical Art
Entertainment: The Violin Guy
Makeup for Bride and Bridal train: Segun Gele/Infinite perfection.
Hair for the Bride and Bridal train: Tiffany Clarkson for Hair A.R.K salon
Videography: Eye Imagine Entertainment

Photo Credit: Melanie Johnson Photography
Special Thanks to Nkiru of Diice Events
Unauthorized use or duplication of all photography is strictly prohibited. Thanks.


  1. naijamodel

    October 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Her gele no get mate AT ALL.

  2. chayo

    October 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I absolutely love her gele

  3. Africanqueen

    October 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Damn!! screams of class! really nice wedding story & pictures..

  4. la

    October 6, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Wow, I wouldn’t not have believed it was in the US (ok, Houston. Kinda). Had a very classy Nigerian flavor, the trad wedding especially.

    The reception colors? the dress(es), the cake, the GELE and coral beads? Chei, I wanna get married.

    Bella, suggestion: please feature marriages as in successful ones, maybedoing vows renewing. Because at the end its the marriage not the wedding that counts. I need to be optimistic that my dream wedding is a worthwhile investment. Hehe!

  5. FirstiWantToDanceWithYouPere

    October 6, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    that looks like a ‘segun Gele” Gele!lol

  6. me.

    October 7, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I love the colours. Happy married life!!!

  7. Adee

    October 7, 2009 at 12:14 am

    This story is nice and the pictures are stunning. Beautiful!!

  8. Gold

    October 7, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Def…very chic. For this kind of event in Naija check out

  9. xoliquoricexo

    October 7, 2009 at 12:40 am

    lovely colors 🙂 the brooch on her gele is such a nice touch…never seen that done before.


  10. vivian o

    October 7, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Classy wedding. It is clear that the couple put time, effort, and a wedding planner into this. Simply classy.

  11. Ink

    October 7, 2009 at 2:00 am

    i want to get married. Now.

  12. Nice Anon

    October 7, 2009 at 2:04 am

    The wedding reception decor is elegant and on point! Levels dey sha

    The very best to the newly wed

  13. gbekun

    October 7, 2009 at 3:03 am

    mehn dis is wat u call NDI NWERE EGO! haba see shine shine evrywhere. God pls help us too to have such bewtiful weddings oh. Amen! chai! money talkn here 4 reala

  14. Omoge

    October 7, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Gosh…this is so beautiful.

  15. Tosin

    October 7, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Fantastic wedding – wish them a blessed marriage

  16. Nneka

    October 7, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Aww, my pipppps! Totally fab wedding and undoubtably the best I’ve attended this year! This is the ONLY wedding where I took off my heels to dance the evening away, no reservations! Mad fun! Ann has such a welcoming, fun aura about her and that was definitely present at her wedding. Our Dr. is also coool like that.

    BTW, Nkiru, the bride’s sister, did a fantastic job decorating the reception venue, planning the wedding et al. Soooooo much detail everywhere. You are going places girl. For the gazillionth time, good job!

  17. Elpee

    October 7, 2009 at 4:19 am

    This is class and style.. I’m really impressed

  18. sweetie

    October 7, 2009 at 5:00 am

    absolutely beautiful, the decor, the dresses, the traditional attire, the list goes on…..classy and outstanding, but the brides gele na wa sha!!!! ;), madam kofo will be jealous o!!

  19. Uzo Orimalade

    October 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Very elegant wedding. All the best to the newly weds

  20. Tell it Like It is

    October 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    My compliment:
    The wedding “reception” is beautiful

  21. glory edozien

    October 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I have never commented on a wedding piece before. This is absolutley exquisiteeeeeee…..perfect and wonderful. Infact i dont have anymore adjectives!!!!!…breathe taking!!!!

  22. Jade82

    October 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Love the whole detail of the wedding….
    love the Fuchsia, and lavender…..when my time comes i pray i organize these colors before any other…..
    Beautiful couple, lovely wedding………..extremely classy…..
    stay blessed Ann and Emeka!!!


    October 7, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    My fave colours! OMG! The decor , cake, I.V! Took my breath away! Oh my!

  24. Bebe

    October 7, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    exquisite! enchating!!…lovely!!!
    may your days together be beautiful.

  25. ms naija

    October 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Unique aso-ebi colors, I like the girl in the black dress’ combination.
    Congratulations Ann and Emeke.

  26. mayowalulu

    October 7, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    HOLY COWWW!!! that was beautiful!! wowwww!<3

  27. Tori

    October 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Loved it, totally fab, Diice Events rocks 🙂

  28. Jerry and Gwen Baskett

    October 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Ann and Emeke,
    Your wedding was “Fabulous!” Jerry and I were so blessed to be a part of such a glorious affair, where the Angels of the Lord took control!

    The two of you were absolutely stunning, and the presence of the Holy Spirit was all over the place.
    God bless this union. keep God first and each other close.
    Jerry & Gwen Baskett

  29. Anya

    October 8, 2009 at 2:21 am

    That’s the word – ENCHANTING!

  30. shineshine eye

    October 8, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Na wa o, this is very different from what i am used to. i must say, that it is refreshing to see a naija wedding that is elegant, and screams taste and style. kudos!!

  31. Tres

    October 8, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Fabulous wedding.

  32. tele

    October 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    beautifully enchanting…may the Lord bless you both with godly babies.amen

  33. Uncle Joe Joe

    October 8, 2009 at 10:42 am

    They’ve used up all the adjectives on your wedding. Hmmm…one more… SUPERLATIVE! Stay blessed and keep on loving.

  34. Tamira M. Moon

    October 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    The wedding appeared to be a blessed event. My dear friend Ann, may you experience many more blessed days together in holy matrimony!

  35. frances odion

    October 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    This is really lovely

  36. Emmanuel (Ighohwo) Efemuai

    October 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I’m glad I was a part of this event. It was amazing! Goodluck to both of you.

  37. Aunty Anne

    October 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    A Chinye the Lady, Emeke this has been her alias since a little girl for when she was born she had the cutest face with dreamy eyes ever imagined. I told her mother she had outdone herself with this baby. But watch out Emeke those captivating eyes can turn into teary tantrums 🙂 The Lady, that hair do is out of this planet. Trust you. Beautiful wedding. Pray together every day and make your bed together ha ha.

  38. Aisha

    October 8, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    This wedding looks beautifully orchestrated. May the Lord bless this union with happiness. Please live in Peace and put God first in everything you do. Thanks for sharing Bella.

  39. Naija Da Vixen

    October 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    This has to be one of the best weddings I’ve seen!!, color set up–> beautiful, wedding dress–> on point!!, traditional outfit–>splendid, wedding cake—> looks gorgeous!! I wish them a happy married life!!

  40. O.A.E

    October 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I loved her hair style for the white wedding

  41. GamGam

    October 11, 2009 at 8:25 am

    This is the kind of wedding that tries to convince me to have a large one, and what a cute couple, awwww :'(

  42. lee

    October 12, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    i thought i had seen weddings before, i was wrong tthis is the first real wedding i have ever seen, may you marrige be greafabulous as your wedding!!!!

  43. j3nif4

    October 14, 2009 at 8:22 am

    when there is money??? you can have everything!!!! congrats

  44. mj

    October 14, 2009 at 8:52 am

    BEA-U-TIFUL. simply gorgeous. i was soooo impressed by the story. any man who cooks for you deserves to be married 100 times over. good luck to u both

  45. maya

    October 15, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Everything in this wedding is exquisite and elegant.

  46. Suzanna Efiok

    October 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    The bride could be Kerry Washington’s sister!!! Very cute:)

  47. DG

    October 16, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Very cute! I love their story, and the wedding pictures are just gorgeous. All the best to them.

  48. Jeroy & Barbara Carroll

    October 18, 2009 at 2:36 am

    We were elated to attend your beautiful wedding and to share this special occasion with you and your family. May God Bless your marriage with love, joy, happiness, peace and good health.

  49. Bose

    November 17, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    uber chic! Loved the story abt how they met, gulped it all up lol! This was mad creative and dug the style of the whole event. I was truly inspired. From the bride to the details to the set up, it all looked effortless. Cute couple

  50. Soniya

    November 19, 2009 at 12:37 am

    What a beautiful wedding. Such pretty choices for colours & attention to detail. The husband looks like a hard worker & the wife looks like a lady who can handle her biz!!

  51. Qees

    November 22, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Later someone will come and criticize meeting someone online….Believe me it can be extremely beautiful like this

    May God bless this union…

  52. bridetobe

    November 23, 2009 at 8:06 am

    really nice. I would have liked to view some more pictures. very curious about the bridemaids dresses, sounds so interesting and my wedding is coming up, would like to see pictures of their dresses. Bella how can I contact the bride or who do i speak to?

  53. doyin

    January 11, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Great! Very romantic a story…

  54. Phabulous!

    January 23, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I secondus that!!

  55. Phabulous!

    January 23, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Meeeeeeeeeeee three!

  56. Anne Ada Ogbanje

    July 13, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Awesome n truly outstandingly the best. Wish they could plan something good for me! Good work! Wishin u a successful married life!

  57. loila

    January 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    hey gele is SUPER!!!

  58. chichi

    May 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    dis wedding looks timeless nd d bride is dazzling

  59. La Belle

    August 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Nice concept.

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