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Munaluchi Bride Magazine: A Freshman Love Story! Adebola & Thomas’ Romantic Wedding



falae0452Yay! It’s time to showcase another sweet celebration of love with Munaluchi Bride Magazine. BellaNaija Weddings has been collaborating with the luxe wedding publication to present some of the best weddings.

Today we have the uber intimate ceremony between Freshman sweethearts – Adebola and Thomas in North Carolina, USA. Adebola, a Nigerian OB/GYN resident physician and Thomas, an African-American oil and gas project manager met when they enrolled into Duke University and instantly hit it off.

For their wedding day, it was all about blending the Nigerian and American wedding traditions. Adebola dazzled all as she glided down the aisle with her father in a gorgeous wedding creation by Canadian based bridal designer Lis Simon. With her hair swept up into a chic chignon, she styled her stylishly artistic dress with drop earrings and sparkly sliver Jimmy Choo stilettos. She was surrounded by bridesmaids in pretty coral dresses.

Her beau Thomas complemented her in a sharp dark navy suit, light orange tie, a white shirt and black shoes.

We love the amazing attention-to-detail and cute yet significant elements of Adebola and Thomas’ day, including flag pins for guests stating where they were from and taking photos at their college.

Bride: Adebola Falae
Groom: Thomas Stratton
Occupations: Bride – OB/GYN Resident Physician | Groom – Oil & Gas Project Manager
Wedding Date: Saturday 20th April 2013
Location: Duke University, North Carolina, USA
Photography: Jameka Autry at Paper Heart Weddings

The Wedding Details
From the bride:
The wedding day was a bit of a blur but it was truly the best day of our lives. There were so many great memories on the day from the impromptu dance battle at the reception, to signing the wedding registry witnessed by two of our closest friends; but the most memorable part of our day was visiting the dorm where our relationship began.

Thomas and I hadn’t been to the Pegram Residence Hall together since we graduated college, so when we headed to Duke’s East Campus following our wedding ceremony to take pictures at the dorm where we spent our formative first year of friendship together, it was always going to be memorable.

The campus was low key and serene with a few students studying on the quad. There is a tradition at Duke in which each year, the residents of each dorm will build a bench and paint the name of the dorm on it along with an indicative design. These designs range from clever and witty to downright lewd, so when we headed to Pegram not having seen the bench yet, we were a bit trepidatious.

When we arrived, however, the Pegram bench was perfectly painted in Blue and White with “Pegram” emblazoned on the bottom and a picture of the basketball court from Duke’s famous Cameron Indoor Stadium painted on the top. Taking pictures there was definitely memorable and took us back to the genesis of our relationship as 17 year old freshmen.

As we were taking pictures on the bench, a couple of Duke freshmen girls walked by and asked “Did you guys go to Duke?“. After hearing our response that we had and we’d actually both been residents of Pegram freshman year, the girl gave an us an “awwww” and exclaimed to her friend “See! there is hope!“. I know the odds of meeting your future husband in your freshmen dorm are slim so perhaps her hope was a bit optimistic, but it was really cool to reflect on how lucky we both are to have found each other that way.

All things told, our wedding turned out more amazing than we could have ever anticipated. During the planning process, the conventional point of view is that a wedding is a celebration of the love between two people. What we found through this journey and our wedding day was that the celebration extended beyond the love between Thomas and I. Our wedding was truly a testament to and celebration of the love and effort that our families and friends have heaped onto us. We thank God daily for bringing the two of us together and we feel so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.

Thomas is African American and I am Nigerian, so we definitely had a mix of cultures throughout our wedding. Thomas and I ended up having a traditional Yoruba ceremony the night before our wedding. There was Nigerian food, music, and attire on full display.

That colour and spirit carried over into our wedding day as all of the members of my family showed up in full Nigerian attire. Aso-Ebi (cloth of the family) was donned by majority of the Nigerian guests. Husbands and wives and sometimes sons and daughters wore these traditional Nigerian outfits with matching fabrics.

My father sported the Aso Oke consisting of an Agbada (a large flowing gown that covers from the neck to ankle and from the left wrist to the right wrist), a Buba (a loose and roomy top that is shorter and smaller than the agbada and falls to the knees. It has long sleeves extending to the wrists), Sokoto (roomy garment like a pair of pants with an elastic band or string to tie it at the waist) and of course his Fila (traditional hat).

Outside of the natural infusion of culture, we also wanted to make sure our guest book captured the diversity of friends and family in attendance, so instead of a traditional guest book, Thomas and I made a few canvas world maps and staged them with some writable flag pins so guests could write their name on a flag and pin it on the board indicating where they were from.

For more on the beautiful ceremony, click here –


Wedding Dress Designer: Lis Simon
Wedding Dress Salon: La Raine’s Bridal Boutique – Atlanta, GA
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group
Hair: Lavish Hair Spa – Durham, NC
Make-up: Tiwa Lawrence
Shoes: Jimmy Choo at Saks Fifth Avenue
Wedding Ceremony: Duke Chapel
Wedding Reception: The Cotton Room
Planner: Ad Bernstein
Photography: Paper Heart Weddings by Jameka Autry
Assistant Photographer: DaJuan Jones
Florist: Tre Bella Flowers
Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
D.J: Dare Kumolu-Johnson


  1. Amazeballs!

    June 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

    OMG!!!!!!! Her dress and that cake just made me drool! Kai, if i had the chance to redo my wedding, id change so many things. Love the choice of hairstyle too!!! Lovely wedding.

  2. loveth .O

    June 20, 2013 at 9:13 am

    God Bless ur union AMEN


    June 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I love the simplicity of it all. GOD bless your union greatly

  4. veev

    June 20, 2013 at 9:34 am


  5. aleesha

    June 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    everything was soo tasteful and elegant. Have an awesome life together guys!

  6. MDE

    June 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Her dress is divine!

  7. HRS

    June 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful couple…. Cake and gown on point! Happy married life, God bless your union!

  8. eloho

    June 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Her dress is so gorgeous! And the simplicity and elegance of that CAKE! I had to hold my breath! I love it!

  9. Amaka

    June 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

    simple and beautiful

  10. me2

    June 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Cake and gown I want! Very classy and elegant. Hml ppl.

  11. Eugenia

    June 20, 2013 at 11:15 am


  12. Nike

    June 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Her dress!! Her dress!!! Her dress!!!!

  13. rosa

    June 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    i agree with u Amezebells.if i have a chance to do my wedding again i will change a lot of things.

  14. Gina

    June 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

    luvly cake! so simple n cute. wudnt mind such for my day too. God bless ur union n make it fruitful.

  15. Kiky

    June 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I love the simplicity, very classy…the cake and the gown I want

  16. Mimz

    June 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Exactly my kind of wedding. Wish them are blessed marriage!

  17. When you marry a yoruba babe, you will not not forget the Father of the Bride’s agbada and the owambe, WE ROCK!

  18. Mz Socially Awkward...

    June 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    They went for simple elegance and I love it (love the bride’s entire look as well). Very cosy, no wonder they were able to soak in & appreciate the memorable parts of their day. May The Lord draw you both closer to Him and to each other, more and more each day.

  19. spicy

    June 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    awww very lovely and simple. God bless their marriage…

  20. nino

    June 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Father in heaven., hear the cry of your maiden….see this wedding up there, with the simplicity and intimacy….This is my dream wedding…Lord do it for me….Above all, help me marry my best friend so the rest of our lives will be lived helping each other be the best of us…amen

    • Toto

      June 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Amen Sister! in his own time he would make us Smile!

  21. Lola

    June 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Simple and nice, One Q though is it a custom to wear Jimmy Choo on your wedding day

    • BB

      June 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Hahahahahah… I tire oh. It seems to be the custom now. Uncle Jimmy has made tons of $$ from Naija brides 🙂

    • lolo

      June 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      u mean aunty…its owned by a woman

  22. Jade

    June 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    o maiden Nino, Father is in heaven not on BN

  23. Lizzy

    June 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The dress and the cake……simply fab!

  24. BB

    June 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    That cake is just beautiful!!! Simple and very elegant!

  25. Bevshine events

    June 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    The dress…………über fab, tres chic…… words

  26. Esi

    June 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I love the wedding cake, its simple and nice

  27. Gertrude

    June 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Yes, love it! Simple and gorgeous!

  28. Foluke

    June 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Simple and classy!

  29. giftie ade

    June 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    ………Simple and Classy…love, love, love….

  30. Sleek-lady

    June 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Simplicity at its peak. Happy married life to them

  31. ao

    June 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Very nice. Love the attention to detail and simplicity. Nice dress too. HML.

  32. Shanday

    June 20, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    The bride looks so much like Nia Long. Beautiful dress

  33. Princess E Mimi

    June 21, 2013 at 2:05 am

    May God bless their union. The bride’s dress is beautiful.

  34. nna

    June 21, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Haba Jade a beg leave my sister Nino make she pour her heart out to God. Beautiful wedding though.

  35. Dee

    June 21, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww My Duke Family!!! I love it all!!! And they got married at the Chapel. Go Blue Devils!!!

  36. Miss Mo

    June 21, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Love her choice of colors. Tiwa did the makeup. Go Pink Diamonds…. 🙂

  37. Princess Dee

    June 21, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Lovely! HML guys…..

  38. D.J.

    June 21, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Simple but elegant.

  39. Nollychic

    June 21, 2013 at 6:32 am

    My blue devils!! go duke!!!, i see you representin’ naija to North Carolina, HML and all the best!

  40. Stella Kashmoney

    June 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Now that is a wedding dress. Beautiful.

  41. Fashionbabe

    June 21, 2013 at 9:48 am


  42. Kristin of byPetronella Photography

    June 21, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Lovely couple with a beautiful story! The detail and color of the invitation was exquisite … and I definitely have a weakness for her Jimmy Choo stilettos!

  43. Life is a tree

    June 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Just love D CAKE!!!!!! Awesome tinz

  44. Ladi shuaibu

    June 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    waoo oo. lovely wedding gown.

  45. honeymix...

    June 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    OMG!!! Lord God,hear the prayers of my heart,i really want that wedding gown and i want you to give me a best friend who would hold me down that aisle soonest.IJN have i prayed AMEN. May the Lord bless this union in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. AMEN.

  46. kenora

    June 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    l love her wedding gown

  47. demi

    June 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    random comment alert!!!
    she’s got a lovely nose

  48. lolo

    June 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    love to see very educated people marry…my kind of wedding. sad people are still spreading stereotypes that career women dont marry

  49. Priscy

    June 24, 2013 at 9:33 am


  50. litracy

    June 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

    the best wedding dress, nice cake and simlicity of the reception made it great. good one. HML.

  51. Hurperyermie

    June 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    i love the simplicity of the wedding and the cake i so love it

  52. Molly

    June 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Bride’s dress is so beautiful

  53. Yemzy

    June 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Awwwwwww! Bouquet got me melted. Me likey. HML to the couple

  54. virginia Tunde

    June 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    The Cake is so beautiful

  55. Ebun

    June 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I love how they went back to their alma mata. Too cute. God bless them. Gorg dress.

  56. bukola faseyitan

    July 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    am so happy for you………….god bless you and ur family

  57. Julia Burchell-Smith

    January 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I absolutely love your colors! Would you be able to let me know the color and style of your bridesmaids dresses? I would really appreciate it!

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