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Munaluchi Bride Magazine: Gorgeous Igbo & Jewish Wedding in California! Chino & Craig’s Special Day



CHINOCRAIG-91Yay! It’s time for BellaNaija Weddings to join forces once again with our BFFs over at Munaluchi Bride Magazine.

We love Chino and Craig‘s wedding so much! From the modern way they met – and then the beautiful celebration of Igbo culture at their traditional wedding and then Jewish & Christian traditions at their interfaith wedding ceremony.

Chino and Craig’s marriage was blessed outdoors with the magnificent California scenery as a backdrop. We love the nature-themed elements such as the bride’s bouquet, groom’s boutonnière and their wedding cake.

Bride: Chino Okonkwo
Groom: Craig Selinger
Occupations: Speech Language Therapist & Social Worker & Psychotherapist
Wedding Date: July 1 2012
Location: Burbank & Los Angeles, CA
Photography: Michelle Logan

From the Bride:
We actually met on

The Proposal
In May of 2011, we spent an extended weekend vacation in the Grand Cayman Island, and I expected Craig to propose to me during this “special” trip. I was so confident, I told my best friends. As we were leaving our Brooklyn apartment to catch the airport car service, I thought Craig left the engagement ring (we picked it out together, a month prior) in the safe. The following day, in the Grand Cayman Island, I asked Craig if he planned on proposing to me during our “special” trip. He told me that he couldn’t because he did not have the right opportunity, before the trip, to ask my mom for permission, so he left the ring behind; my suspicion was confirmed: I was so devastated. That evening, we had dinner reservations at a nice restaurant, very close to the beach. After ordering, Craig asked me if I wanted to take a stroll along the beach and check out the sunset. Soon after, Craig kneeled down on one knee and opened up a box with the engagement ring inside! I was so surprised, I slapped Craig’s shoulder, like Elaine from Seinfeld, and I even forgot to say yes!

Wedding Planning / Culture:
We were involved in every detail, including creating the ceremony and reception music, choreographing dances for the wedding party and ourselves. To personalize the event further, our guests fingerprinted and signed their names on a family tree picture, and it is now framed and displayed in our home. While waiting in line at the dinner buffet, our guests were videotaped and asked to say their well wishes.

The Saturday Cultural Wedding took place on Saturday at Chino’s parents’ home in Los Angeles, and it was a theatrical rendition of what happens in the Nigerian villages, till this day. We both wore beautiful Nigerian garb and colorful accessories made in Nigeria.

On Sunday, in Burbank, we had an outdoor interfaith ceremony, surrounded by mountains. Green yarmulkes were offered (green represented the color of the Nigerian flag). The rabbi and the pastor together led the ceremony under the chuppah. During the breaking of the glass, Craig jumped as high as he could and he touched down to cheers of “Mazel Tov!” We also created a spiritual gesture: the groomsmen wrapped yarn around all of the guests, creating a togetherness circle. Chino’s godmother surprised us later by mailing us a scarf, woven from this yarn.

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  1. Nomy

    May 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    lol. You had to jump that high to break that thing you people normally break at Jewish weddings?

    • laolu

      May 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      I think the groom was just really excited lol. Most guys just lift one foot. I wonder if she’s really Igbo though. The beads seemed Esan and I’ve seen Esan + Jewish weddings before. ( But if she was igbo and some igbo people call themselves the Jews of Africa so it’s still a same culture wedding!)

    • ms lala

      May 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      yea the beads did…and am esan and i got lost for a moment….but was brought back by the beautiful wedding and scenery God bless their hearts and new found partners ….it was beautiful

    • okiame

      May 23, 2013 at 2:48 am

      Na wa for you…Bini, uses it, Delta igbos uses it, Onitsha does the same thing, I have seen urhobo weddings and itsekhiri weddings with similar beads….

    • amaka

      May 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      hahahahahah,,,nomy u got me laughing loud,,what is the name of the thing they break?

  2. dont mention

    May 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    interesting…….very interesting…….wishing them a blissful marriage….congrats

  3. k

    May 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Wow. Beautiful. True love knows no colour and boundaries

  4. LPS

    May 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm


  5. Aqua

    May 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Love the mountain view! Beautiful in every way

  6. fifi

    May 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm


  7. lovemi

    May 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    She’s beautiful and I love their favors in the first picture.

  8. Berry Dakara

    May 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Awwwww! I really like this! I love outdoor weddings!

  9. Rapu

    May 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    “…and I even forgot to say yes!” lol
    Congrats guys!!!

  10. Godslove22

    May 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    OMGGGG…Sooo beautiful, they both look happy together God bless there union 🙂

  11. Oaken

    May 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Beautiful wedding ….that’s my girl jare. Sharp babe. . She hit fast. Nigerians in america need to be more open to dating websites…instead of clogging nigerian churches and night vigil looking for useless NAija men who just either looking for papers, already have a wife in NAija, are already divorced twice and who have several kids.

    • Partyrider

      May 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm


    • laide

      May 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm


    • Aryah

      May 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm


    • Lin

      May 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      LMAO….my dear I totally understand what you mean. I live in LA and I so agree with you. A friend of mine told me about maybe I might just check it out when I’m really ready to start looking 😉

    • ms lala

      May 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      i live in LA too lol…try it…although i met my bf through a mututal friend..he’s Jewish omg …omg…he’s the sweetest , most understanding, loving, …girl i finna start crying lol….please be open…so many things a man from a different culture will expose you too and cherish your unique qualities. ie ability to whip up potatoes tomatoes habenero pepper ,beef into a spicy porridge (lol)

    • Lin

      May 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      @ms lala please hook your sister up sharp sharp 😀

    • Miss K

      May 23, 2013 at 5:22 am

      Hmm, i’m starting to feel like there is a scarcity or something, i live in LA too 🙁

    • iCrossMyHeart

      May 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      ABI O……but na only

    • Iris

      May 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Can’t stop laughing!

    • dj

      May 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      lmaooo! thank you jare

    • Fyi

      May 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      True talk dear, Naija girls in America waiting for the mythical “Nigerian Boy” to fall from heaven while their time is ticking on by. Women pray to God to open up your eyes so that you may be able to see other alternatives and opportunities

    • Ngum

      May 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm


    • Cynthia

      May 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Lmao. Hmmm maybe I shud try it, I’m usually sceptical about Internet dating, really really scared. U said is wat?

    • Pd

      May 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm


    • Didi

      May 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Lmaoooooo.. #icantttttttttt

    • Ola Brown

      May 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      abi o, you are so right

    • bee

      May 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      ha ha ha! 2013, time to hit up eharmony or as my people call it me-harmony!

    • Yinka Ogunbajo

      May 24, 2013 at 5:35 am

      True to that! Nigerian women here are so closed minded to dating out of their race / using dating websites. I sometimes wonder if they are seeking someone from their village back home! LOL!

    • Toyin

      May 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Chai!. You just put me on the spot. I do all these things and came out with the same results you mentioned., here I come. Nothing against dating outside, but I still want a responsible correct naija guy. I wonder if naija guys will be on the website looking at how prideful our men are. Anyway, beautiful wedding. I love how Nigerians are NOT afraid to display our culture regardless of who they marry.

    • a

      May 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Lmao. Applies to the UK too. Open mindedness goes a long way. Times are hard friends:D

    • omodada

      June 18, 2013 at 4:48 am

      looooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!LWKMD hmmm I think I will soon enlist the help of…

  12. HRS

    May 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I absolutely love this wedding!!! Look at that gele!!!

    Nice to see them enjoying our culture

  13. Cee

    May 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Ohhwww, so beautiful…. Salut’

  14. pearl

    May 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    aww!!!!!!the groom and his family really look so good in the native wears!!!…..CONGRATS!!!!…..May your love continue to grow forever and nothing shall quench it in jesus name!!!!….

  15. uju

    May 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Intimate and nice! Am glad she didn’t forget her roots..God bless ur Union

  16. Morning dew

    May 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!! The first picture sold it for me oh, too fine!!! God will bless me with my own soon. I can’t shout!!!

  17. The Fairy GodSister

    May 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Awwwww, congratulations to them!!!!!

  18. Fashionbabe

    May 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm


  19. loveth O.

    May 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Oh Lord Bless this Union AMEN

  20. Teris

    May 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm


  21. Cello

    May 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Ehen! When 2 cultures collide this is what we like to see. Then we know that it is a real union. Bless!

  22. happy

    May 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Happy married life. I like this. 🙂

  23. Feyi

    May 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Sooo lovely HML to them. D dude looks so nice in native

  24. Dlapikin

    May 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Nice, Simple and chic!!

  25. gaskinachi

    May 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Mazel Tov

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  27. her royalmajesty

    May 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm


  28. vhee

    May 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    after this wedding post website will be crowded with naija babes and guys…haHAHAHAHA

  29. Mma

    May 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Aww So Beautiful. Congratulations to the couiple!

  30. Uche

    May 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Lovely wedding.God bless the couple.May they receive all the blessings of a happy marriage.

  31. A

    May 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Homeboy looks too cute in native kilode? 🙂 Anyway, lemme stop ‘perving’ on someone else’s husband lol…. Gorgeous couple! GOD bless their union. AMEN!
    P.S: Love how there’s a double C in their initials like Cute Couple and….Chanel 😉

  32. Nkechi

    May 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    lovely HML to them


  34. Sarah Adebayo

    May 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    So beautiful it brought tears to my eyes! reminds of my sister’s wedding too, married to a Jewish man and they also met in Los Angeles through! wishing you the best of luck in your couple.

  35. Mae Lee

    May 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    That;s nice for them…dating websites do work! I wonder how well it works in naija?

  36. Faith Kel

    May 23, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Wow, Lovely
    Wishing them a happy married life

  37. NNENNE

    May 23, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Wishing you both everlasting bliss.

  38. Aduke

    May 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I luv this union! Soo sweet! :)…Very very beautiful and classy white wedding! HAPPY MARRIED life to u guys!! Wishing u both everlasting love and happiness in this beautiful union!! GOD BLESS!

  39. junx

    May 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I wish them happy Marriage life

  40. whocares

    May 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Ibo and Jewish! woooow! I LOVE IT! lately I have been seeing interesting intermingling of cultures and it makes me very happy.

  41. tctoch

    May 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    cute.. cute … cute.. need i say more.. tears to my eyes.. laughter and smiles unending… jewsish guys seems to be the in thing now. Hmmm….hmmm….

  42. impervious

    May 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Now my question is that is there a for us girls who have been repatriated to the father land? It seems the LA babes are sorted now! And my job does not allow me to go for night vigil!

    • silas

      May 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      night vigil?… lmao.. this is the funniest stuff I’ve heard all year… u dey go night vigil go find man… i’m laughing really hard…neways, u can add me on facebook: owoyemi babajide silas , we can go to night vigil together when i’m not on call.. lmao

  43. ms o

    May 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Met my fiance on facebook in 2008….we are geting married in september.Internet dating works sometimes.

  44. ms o

    May 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I love her sincerity jare….lol

  45. bibi

    May 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I am soooo happy for them! An incredible match and lovely proposal story…

  46. Vyvyka

    May 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    This is lovely! Wish them the best

  47. Wonders

    May 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm here I come! Thank God for their union and may God continue to bless their union! I love that both cultures are represented as it shows there is mutual respect for the other’s background. We thank God for culture and diversity. Daddy in heaven please give me my own where we will create a happy home full of love and laughter.

  48. Sylvia

    May 23, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Awwww, happy married life to the couple

  49. nikky

    May 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

    mazel tov. Happy married life

  50. obitalk

    May 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I really love this wedding and its such a symbolism of a united world. It reminds me of my friend’s and I wish them a blessed marriage.

  51. oju

    May 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    @Oaken ! so true.

  52. BimOgs

    May 25, 2013 at 12:58 am

    the first thing that caught my eye was their occupations “Speech Language Therapist & Social Worker & Psychotherapist” Yay for us SLTs!!! its amazing to see a black SLT(i just know its the girl)!! its a rarity!! God bless their home

  53. atinuke

    May 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Cute…goose pimple all over me.

  54. ella

    May 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Tres bien!

  55. Miss T

    May 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Lovely weeding …….abeg this na for only L.A. e dey work?
    Naija nko?

  56. Edna

    May 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    wow wow nice God bless u, mmhhh am alwaya in love with Nigeria culture especially this thing tradition wedding

  57. meme

    May 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    awww, see how pretty chino looked. yhhh dats my cousin…lool

  58. ginna

    May 30, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Absolutely love this AND chaiiiiii see fine men! :

  59. Afam

    May 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Nice and colorful wedding ceremony that brings together two different cultures.

  60. Ebony

    July 13, 2013 at 3:09 am

    So beautiful!!!! I’m still waiting 🙁

  61. teni

    September 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    this is the cutest thing i’ve EVER seen!!!!!!!!!

  62. Bostongurl72

    February 18, 2017 at 1:17 am

    I have been on and so far I’ve come across some really strange men. I would love to marry outside my race. I have always been open to Interracial dating and praying for even better. I’ve always registered for dating site. Here’s HOPING !!! God Bless their marriage

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