Munaluchi Bride Magazine: A Colourful Kenyan & Nigerian Wedding in California! All About Mima & Blessing’s Splendid Day


BellaNaija Weddings is back with more beautiful loveliness! Today in collaboration with Munaluchi Bride Magazine, we present the romantic ceremony of a Kenyan accountant Mima Ndonye and a Nigerian business analyst Blessing Ugbo in California.

Mima and Blessing met through a mutual friend and instantly got comfortable with each other. In February, Blessing proposed to Mima and the journey to organizing their intimate day begun.

On the wedding day, Mima was a picture perfect bride in a strapless lace dress by Allure Bridals. Opting for curly locks, she styled her wedding frock with a statement neck piece, a pearl bracelet and gold Jimmy Choo sandals. Her bridesmaids wore one shoulder purple dresses.

Blessing was dapper in his black tuxedo, a black bow tie, black shoes and purple boutonniere.

With shades of purple, gold and ivory incorporated throughout the wedding, the ceremony blended their east and west African cultures.

Bride: Mima Ndonye – Kenyan – Accountant
Groom: Blessing Ugbo – Nigerian – Business Analyst
Wedding Date: April 20, 2013
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana, California, USA
Photography: D Park Photography

The Wedding Details
From the bride;
We first met at a social event in the fall of 2011 and were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. That night we chatted for a while and knew that we would like to see each other, and perhaps get to know each other some more. So before we parted ways, we exchanged phone numbers and agreed to keep in touch.

He proposed in February in 2012. I was busy in the kitchen on one of his visits to my place. He sneaked behind me and said my name and when I turned he was on bended knee…with a ring in his hand.

Shades of purple, gold, and ivory were my theme colours and were incorporated throughout the wedding. From the bridal gown, to the bridesmaid dresses, to the table linens and the centerpieces my sister designed, it all came together to give an elegant and classy style.

The ceremony was a culmination of East and West African culture, the traditional song and dance by women ushering in the bride and groom to the reception and presenting the new couple to the community

For more on the ceremony, click here


Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals at Bella Bridal Boutique
Make-up: Style by Maiya Ashley
Bride’s Hair: Chikodi’s World
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana
Reception: Double Tree by Hilton
Chairs: Allure Events
Lightning: Lifetime Weddings and Events
Flowers: Sensation Flowers
Photography: D Park Photography
Videography: Watertree Events
DJ: DJ Slim
Cake: Cinderella Cakes

54 Comments on Munaluchi Bride Magazine: A Colourful Kenyan & Nigerian Wedding in California! All About Mima & Blessing’s Splendid Day
  • Ebun June 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Simple & Elegant! God bless their union.

  • Eugenia June 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm


  • Rex June 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    this is nice,,,,,,,, very exclusive

  • Alero June 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm


  • vpi June 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    God bless your marriage

  • Chizzy June 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    May God bless their union…

  • Positive June 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Lovely couple. You can feel the love in the air!
    Beatiful wedding.

  • slice June 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm


  • Lucylink June 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

  • DEEVAH June 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Aww! Cute. Who ever said only flamboyant weddings are beautiful?? The essence of the union is captured…..They look happy, are married and in love.. full stop……Congrats 🙂

  • Mama mia!!! June 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hahaha, @ amy please say something!!! Congrats people!!!

  • Chic June 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I love multicultural weddings! More people should intermarry outside their tribe, race, country etc the world will be a much happier place full off mixed breed children:)

  • @chocgirl_vivi June 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    so cute!

  • sandra June 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Cute couple

  • me2 June 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Nice! The bride has this sweet face and love the purple bridesmaids and d cake. Am seeing allure gowns everywhere, Lord is that a sign?God bless your home

  • X-factor June 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm


  • me2 June 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Btw bella pls is the bella bridals part of yours? And I can’t see pictures of gowns or are they not displayed on the site?

  • Joan June 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Met in the Fall and he proposed in the Spring of 2012!!! Father Lord, do it for Your daughters oooooo!!!!! Every time-waster trying to cut short my expectation of a quick proposal, disappear by fire!!
    Congratulations guys, God bless your union. 🙂

    • miss Anon June 26, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Amen. May God send our prince charming ( yours, mine and all the singletons seeking marriage) quick quickly.

    • nino June 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

      My sister na wetin i wan talk too….Under six months…Jehovah…EVACUATE every time waster from our lives in the name of Jesus…

      • darl June 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm


    • YEYEN July 3, 2013 at 3:40 am


    • Lerato July 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      @Joan you are hilarious! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous wedding!

  • love June 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    lol@at Amy
    Hmmm, nice wedding. The groom is handsome.

  • Nkem June 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    i love the bridesmaids dresses, color and design, lovely, her wedding gown is so chic, beautiful couple, wishing you the very best

  • loveth .O June 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm


  • billionaire in grace June 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Bella naija,what happened to those wedding where we can also have traditional pictures?

  • Kiki June 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    God bless and keep them

  • Me June 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    awwwww..cute couple

  • NNENNE June 27, 2013 at 1:10 am


  • obitalk June 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

    really simple and cute, Godbless their union

  • Fashionbabe June 27, 2013 at 10:05 am


  • Ochuko June 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    i love simple weddings!! nice

  • Grace Tsumbu June 27, 2013 at 11:06 am


  • Jewelz June 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Aww Lovely couple, am Kenyan too and i do love this intermarriage stuff especially with the West Africans e.g Nigerians! The groom is fine!!

    • colourfulbutterfly June 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Only Nigerians ehn kwa?
      What happened to other West Africans? GH, CI, ML, SG?
      Face your front ojare!
      nice wedding!

  • Her Excellency June 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    *a very good character

  • Ona June 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Very handsome Igbo groom! How come i never see correct igbo guys like this till their wedding pics are posted online?? Hisssss…

    Congrats sha!

  • amaka ajah June 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    God bless this union oo! i love them

  • D.J. June 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Congrat, beautiful couple!

  • hehe June 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Nice n lovely….but bellanaija…pls n pls more of Nigerian wedding abeg..thanks ma

  • Moyo June 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Finally eh Blessing! A big congratulations all the way from your hometown and best of luck as you begin the journey into marriage. BTW, She’s beautiful…

  • Naija Expat Wife June 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Lovely! …Beautiful Couple.

  • Babious June 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Aww,God bless your union! love when bridesmaids were purple dresses. so cool. the groom cute.

  • janet murikira June 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    #team kenya
    #team nigeria

  • kenny July 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    they are so in love…you will know cos they close their eyes most of the time(well that’s how i know when I’m in love)

  • Joanna July 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Amen!!!! God send my prince to me oooo!!!! Congratulations to the couple!!!! Every time waister vamooze from my life , IJN, Amen!!!

  • Lanre July 2, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Yummy! The groom is handsome. HML!

  • Sleek-lady July 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm


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  • Anifera July 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

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  • Zandie July 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    OH WOW!!! GORGEOUS Groom! BEAUTIFUL Bride… what more do you want… I LOVE IT 🙂

  • Melo July 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Where did they get the suits for the men? I am looking for something for my fiance

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