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Our Wedding Story…Fashion + Tech = ❤: Akpos Okudu & Owhonda Nwokekoro say “I Do” in Port Harcourt

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The Akpos Okudu label is a definite favourite on BellaNaija. Known for its effortlessly girly ready-to-wear pieces, the designer is always on our one-to-watch list! On the 19th and 20th of October 2012, designer Akpos Okudu and her beau Technology entrepreneur, Owhonda Nwokekoro celebrated their traditional and white wedding in Port Harcourt.
It was a gorgeous day and BN Weddings is glad to share all the beautiful details!

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How Akpos & Owhonda Met
by Akpos
We met in a friend’s room in university 7 years ago. I had just started learning to sew. So I went to sell chiffon tops to my friends in their room in school and he had come to see my friend who was his coursemate. As soon as he saw me, I think he got a little confused LOL…So we got talking, started out as friends and then love came knocking 3 months later…

The Proposal
In March 2012, it was his birthday, I had planned a surprise dinner party for him  with my friends, his friends and sisters. When we got to the restaurant, I thought my surprise was perfect and that he fell for it.

Little did I know, he knew all along and had a surprise waiting for me!

After cocktails, the waiter handed me a tray but instead of a menu, there was a scrapbook and the cover had – 15 REASONS WHY I LOVE AKPOS OKUDU – this scrapbook was filled with baby photos of me and him, photos of our first date – he even drew and he coloured…I mean with crayons!

I cried as I read it.

The 14th reason was “and one day, I WILL MARRY HER” and as I turned the page to read the 15th reason; it said “PLEASE SAY YES” and he was on his knees with the most beautiful ring! I don’t even remember saying yes, I just kept crying!

 

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Akpos Okudu and Owhonda Nwokekoro‘s wedding was so beautiful! Not just because of the gorgeous bride in her tulle wedding dress with a beautifully embellished neckline or the groom in his sleek black suit, yes, that was all very stunning but you could simply feel the love in the air and that made the day so magical! The festivities began with Akpos and Owhonda’s wedding ceremony where the couple said “I Do” and then moved to their reception at the Atrium Events Centre in Port Harcourt.

Guests described the ambience as celestial with rays of sunshine – flowers, feathers and candelabras in pristine white were accentuated by petals, ribbons and the happy bridesmaids dressed in yellow. Akpos and Owhonda’s first dance was surreal…for three minutes, the couple were wrapped up in the their own world as they danced to one of their favourite songs in each other’s arms. There was a major surprise cooked up for the bride by her groom as the maid of honour performed Akpos’ favourite song,  Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me“. After that, it was dance.dance.dance as family and friends enjoyed Akpos and Owhonda’s day.

Such a special day for a great couple!

BN wishes Akpos and Owhonda a blessed life together as one.

~ Photography by 7th April Photos

White Wedding

Traditional Wedding
~ Photography 7th April Photos | 07032110022 | [email protected]www.7thapril.com

Wedding Colours
Traditional Wedding: Baby pink and gold
White Wedding: Canary Yellow and Silver

Wedding Theme
Celestial with touches of sunshine – all white with yellow accents

Vendor List
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Akpos Okudu – www.akposokudu.com
Wedding Planner: The Bride
Wedding Day Coordinator: Tres Bien Events
White Wedding Reception Venue: Atrium Events Centre, Port Harcourt
Wedding Cake: Dripples
Food and Dessert: Cinnamon and Sauces
Cocktails: Cinnamon and Sauces
Drinks: Anderson & Co.
Decor: Dezua Events
Flowers: Dezua Events | Flowery
Small Chops: Cherry Chops
Ice Cream: Whitney’s Party Shop
Videography: EvE Entertainment
MC: Romeo Without Juliet | Dan D’Humourous | Michael Ogolo

86 Comments

  1. Onyinye

    November 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Absolutely wonderful, elegant and simple…Love d couple….Happy Married Life to u two and may ur love endure till the end

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  2. Anonymous

    November 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Such a lovely wedding. The bride did a good job as the Wedding planner…..1st to comment 🙂

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  3. deeee

    November 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    niceeee

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  4. Data Analyst Izzi says..

    November 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Where do I start from bikonuu……….?
    1. First may God bless ur union.
    2. Their smiles are just tooooo lovely
    3. Heavenly Father….you know im still on the waiting list. I and my friends that are still on the waiting list. Please do our own IJN. Amen

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    • nems

      November 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      AMEN O! Nice to see an Ijaw girl Repping! Doh o

      http://www.anemistyle.blogspot.com

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    • C S

      December 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      At God’s appointed time He will surely do it for u.

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  5. bubblybliss

    November 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    *sigh* So beautiful. Loooooove the ‘just married’ picture. Their love definitely shines through

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    • bubblybliss

      November 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      And how can I forget his proposal… heart melting. *sigh*. Such creative souls. When it is love, it is love.

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  6. Brandigest

    November 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Wow!!!!! Wow!!!!! That proposal was so on point. I just want to fall in love right now.
    http://www.brandigest.wordpress.com

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  7. alicia

    November 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    congrats dear, you both look fab, happy married life

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  8. Anonymissie

    November 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    wow!!! at last, d word is gorgeous all d way! HML guys

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  9. Joan

    November 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Awwwwwwww!
    Those Vivienne Westwood shoes are everything!!!!! 🙂
    Congratulations to the couple, God bless your marriage…

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    • Ada Owerri

      December 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

      I thought the same.

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  10. sammy

    November 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    jus too beautiful , loved the colours . HML

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  11. cathy

    November 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Elegance and simplicity love it.

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  12. X factor

    November 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Cute couple…Congrats

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  13. Idak

    November 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Lovely!!
    I love ND traditional weddings,very colourful.
    May god himself bless your home and grant you grace upon grace.

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  14. Chattyzee

    November 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Future Husband,

    I hope you are watching, reading and learning o. If you proposal is not up to par, yawa go gas o… As they say, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

    Yours Truly,
    http://dprodigalchild.wordpress.com/

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    • brittany

      November 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      LMAAOOOO u no wan marry na

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  15. Osezy

    November 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Wow romantic proposal and gorgeous wedding gown.
    http://www.osezy.blogspot.com

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  16. bonita

    November 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    So in love with the proposal…
    Congratulations to the couple, God bless your marriage…

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  17. choclate

    November 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

  18. truetalk

    November 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    beautiful wedding. God bless your union

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  19. e-bukun

    November 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Such a cute proposal….love it!. This is beautiful. I especially like the bridesmaids colors for the traditional wedding.

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  20. Bey

    November 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Awww I love dese,,Beauriful pipu …God bless their union

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  21. couture by makioba

    November 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    May God bless ur union…..

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  22. HRS

    November 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    The proposal had me in tears….. Very colourful and beautiful wedding!! I love what the bridesmaids are wearing!!!! God bless your union!

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  23. Wealthy one

    November 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    God bless our union dear! You deserve all the joy and love in the world! I don’t know you! But I could tell, you have a good heart and you are a nice person. Cheers.

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  24. God,hear my cry!

    November 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    ok…congrats and my the good Lord bless your Union. pls,is my bf a [email protected]’s been 6yrs and counting.pls o… i want to marry!all these yrs,hope ur proposal will be out of this world!6yrs and counting o.else i go leave u soon.smh.congrats again o…bella readers pray for a sister abeg!!

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  25. princess

    November 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    This decor is so classy and beautiful…All white…wow! I didn’t know there were good decorators in PH. I luv luv luv. The crystals hanging from the ceiling is just the height for me. Beautiful bride too. love her dress.

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  26. Adedoyin

    November 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Wow! i love this…most especially the cake and the bridemaids dresses….and to think it was the hubby that designed them…………..Wishing the couple a great life together….

    • anon

      November 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Akpos is the bride!
      Never look down at anyone, to think that Akpos was my Jnr in high school and now a household name. So happy for you dear, keep the Abu flag flying.
      See fyne Abu babes at the wedding!

  27. iamfascinating

    November 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    [email protected],hear my cry.Yours will come very soon. Akpos Okudu, HML.Your designs are lovely!

    http://www.thestunninglady.blogspot.com

  28. dee

    November 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    OMG! love love love the shoes…..and the proposal?!!!!! AMAZING! HML.

  29. Ada

    November 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    The colors, venues, decorations, and couple are all beautiful! Check out my post at my blog on being single, in my 20s, and still unmarried! http://www.adainprogress.blogspot.com

  30. Raychelle

    November 30, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Omg!!! The proposal is to die for!!! Beautiful wedding,gorgeous decor and cake.

  31. Eve

    November 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    @God hears my cry. ur turn will definatly come trust God even me. will be 29 nxt month not married. Let me. unvailing my little secrets lol. Hv opened my hands widly to young,hardworking guys who ask me out on “just friends sysmbol” my boo knows I hv guys as friends, he gets jeolous thou lol. I don’t object considering ur my spec BUT no sex with any of them so I don’t end being stupid. I don’t know when my boo will propose just incase.

    • Lola

      December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Excuse me, is this English?

    • Lammie

      December 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      lol!!! My thoughts too.. am like..what is she saying?! all over the darn place.. now to the beautiful couple, very beautiful I must say. Congrats on your union. May God Almighty bless you both!

  32. WC

    November 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    beautiful..beautiful…. beautiful , classy and elegant!!!
    God bless ur union dear!!!

  33. Lynn

    December 1, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Such a happy couple….their smile is very contagious. Had smiles on my face as i glanced thru these lovely pictures. May God bless your home and keep this love blossoming forever.

  34. NNENNE

    December 1, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Canary yellow and silver…Lovely.
    Wish you guys everlasting bliss.

  35. Ajoke

    December 1, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Ugh! BEAUTIFUL <333

  36. R

    December 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

    The proposal! My goodness, how sweeeeet is that? My gosh!

    Very interesting footwear choice, like it
    May God bless their union!

  37. revivedafrikana

    December 1, 2012 at 4:10 am

  38. Ib

    December 1, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Ahhh…Finally,Akpos’ wedding.Beautiful!!God bless your union Akpos.
    Hail Abuloma!!

  39. Tesonma

    December 1, 2012 at 4:25 am

    A most beautiful wedding. Genuine love. Genuine friends. Real family members.
    No artificialities! Thats what i love about being a PH girl. Congrats people.
    God bless you!

  40. Jaykay

    December 1, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Simple,Elegant,Exquisite.Words 2 describe dis wedding.God bless ur home 4eva.D bride is rily so beautiful and she didn’t over do het bridal accessories.

  41. purplepearl

    December 1, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Lovely wedding. God bless your marriage

  42. isabella

    December 1, 2012 at 6:07 am

    you can tell they are so in love and into each other which is what is important in a marriage + simplicity is key, which is the look the bride went for. God bless their union

  43. Neni

    December 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Such a lovely lovely wedding! FGGC Abuloma chics are always repping!

  44. Warri Girl

    December 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Lovely wedding. Am so tripping, can’t wait for my turn.

  45. Mssexy

    December 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

    will be d popular Akpos we read about?
    waoh nice to meet u finally HML

  46. of course

    December 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

    from the pic you would see clearly that they want to be together. they look really happy. i cant wait oo!Dear Lord, this almost the end of year, yet no relationship not to talk of engagement. i am counting on you and believeing you. i am positive!!!soon!!! i can feel it!!!!!!

  47. Mims

    December 1, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Most beautiful wedding done in Nigeria. Very nicely put together.
    I can tell the bride is a creative. Fabulous!

  48. makzy

    December 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    true elegance and style…me loveeee

  49. makzy

    December 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    true elegance and style amidst simplicity. i loveee

  50. Sunshine

    December 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely loved this wedding, not too over the top and everyone looked well and happy. Congrats to both the bride and groom and God bless!!!

  51. Aij

    December 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations Akpos. You are such a darling and you deserve all the happiness in the world. God bless your union.

  52. chynonyyy

    December 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Lovely!! GOd bless ur union..young, rich ,simple and classic wedding.

  53. Havilah

    December 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Loving all the colors.

  54. BukiOni

    December 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Wishing the gorgeous couple all the happiness in the world.
    http://www.emblemofbeauty.blogspot.com

  55. kiks

    December 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    pls can we have the photographers contact?

  56. kessy

    December 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Awwwwwww God bless u both!

  57. Mana

    December 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful Couple, Proposal, traditional wedding and white wedding!

    Wishing you all the best in your marriage!

    http://www.finest-in-internet.com/

  58. faith

    December 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Wow beautiful

  59. Omotalk

    December 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Congrats.

  60. ForestM

    December 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Congrats. May God bless your union. Simplicity is divine!

  61. chi chi

    December 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

    awww the proposal was really sweet. God bless their marriage. Fine couple.

    http://www.jewelzmag.com

  62. c's mum!

    December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    one word!! amazing!

  63. ayetoro kan

    December 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    god bless ur union akpos and mr wox

  64. oluchy

    December 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    l LOVE EVERYTHING, VERY LOVELY, COLORFUL N LOOKED LIKE FUN. HML.

  65. George Okwong

    December 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Congrats owhonda , happy married life.

  66. mercy

    December 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Congrats to the couple. God bless ur home. I jus love traditional marriages in nigerian. Its so colourful. God make my own happen ijn amen. And for every single lady who is trusting God, it ll happen for us all in his time.

  67. ME

    December 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    whoa!!! Congrats ooo…………..

  68. atutupoyoyo

    December 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    beautiful wedding…….tot the names apkos was a nickname sha….lol…..what does it mean?

  69. Bidi bang

    December 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

    O baby I don’t know u but may God bless your union….nice colors beautiful wedding

  70. her royalmajesty

    December 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    fantabulous

  71. diva

    December 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    awesome proposal

  72. debola

    December 6, 2012 at 3:03 am

    [email protected] lola its not english its swahil…. mchewww. u wuld have read n pass the babe’s comment not asking if that was english and if u wr going to has u have done, then follow it up by correcting her. ITK english professor.

  73. aty

    December 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    lovely

  74. onyinye

    December 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    wonderful smiles….., and the outta this world proposal,,,,? ”rolling my eyes” waoooo…
    wishing you guys all the best!!!

  75. hardey

    December 10, 2012 at 4:29 am

    this wedding got me thinkn. love the proposal. God pls do mine ooo. wen is love is love.

  76. vivienne

    December 11, 2012 at 4:39 am

    aww.. totally luvly..
    happy married life akpos and ohwona

  77. ufuoma

    December 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I’m so mesmerized.this is super classy.obviously less is more.wish u two a happy married life.history and diplomacy has birthed a very creative girl.love ya loads

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