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BN Spectacular Weddings: Japari & Zachary

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Beautiful day, beautiful couple! This colourful BN Spectacular Wedding is sure to brighten your week. Japari and Zachary are a cute couple and we’re elated to share their wedding with you.

How They Met
We’ve known each other since 2007, always playing cat and mouse games and making excuses for why we couldn’t be together. Last year, we decided to give it a serious shot. Our only regret is that we should have gotten together sooner!

The Proposal
He proposed on New Year’s Day 2013, in Orlando. I was just bawling my eyes out, he had to remind me to say “Yes!”

Advice for Other Couples
Don’t sweat the small stuff. You’re marrying the love of your life, every other wedding detail pales in comparison.

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The white wedding was a bright and beautiful affair – yellow and tangerine were the colours of the day. The bride looked so elegant in her ball gown with an embellished sash and cap sleeves. The groom was oh so dapper by her side in a grey and black suit. The couple grooved along with their friends to a surprise live performance by KCee, which the bride says was one of the highlights of her day.

For the Rakiya, the bride looked stunning in her two stunning outfits – the first royal blue and red, with her groom also in blue, while her sisters and friends also shone in their star print ankara.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Japari and Zachary a wonderful life together – filled with joy and blessings.

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Pre-Wedding Photos
~ Photography by Ashley McCormick
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White Wedding

~ Photography: Atunbi

~ Additional Photography: Amina Jibrin

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These staffs the bride and groom are holding represent Zachary being the defender/protector of the family while Japari’s represents her being a caretaker, feeding/nourishing their new home.

Rakiya Celebration
~ Photography: Amina Jibrin

Hear from the bride Japari about the Rakiya – a Michika/Madagali tradition from Adamawa State

“This was conducted the day after the white wedding. I was blessed by my parents and escorted to the groom’s home. My friends assisted me in cooking my first traditional meal and drink for my new family. I served my father-in-law who blessed me and welcomed me to the family with a monetary token. I served my mother-in-law who gave me a new name signifying I was now her daughter. Lastly, but not the least, I served my husband and his friends. My family and friends helped me prepare my home, setting up the kitchen, bedroom, unpacking etc. before they bid their final farewells. It is mostly a women affair. This custom is from the Michika/Madagali area of Adamawa state where my husband and I hail from. We were not as a faithful to the way it should be done traditionally, we took liberties with certain things, for instance, what I wore on the Rakiya day :)”

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Wedding Details
White Wedding Date: 22nd June 2013
Rakiya Date: 23rd June 2013

Photography
Pre-Wedding Photos: Ashley McCormick Photography – ashleymccormick.com
White Wedding Photos: Atunbi Photography | Email: support (at) theatunbiexperience.com | Phone Number: +442030868151, +2348155559000 | www.theatunbiexperience.com
Rakiya Photos: Amina Jibrin – Instagram

Wedding Attire
Bride and Bridesmaids Makeup: Mamza Beauty – (+234) 8035051501 – instagram.com/mamzabeauty
Hair: Hair by Emeka – (+234) 8034239851
Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang
Bouquet: Arranged by Bride & Maid of Honor
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: D’Moore Bespoke Apparel – (+234) 8022497511
Bridesmaids Dresses: Karen Mila – (+234) 8091668671
Bride’s Rakiya Dress: Debbie’s Couture – (+234) 8036468924

Wedding Vendors
Invitations: The Couple
Wedding Programme:
Datmaz Press
Decor, Lighting & Flowers:
Simply Events et al – (+234) 8033288841
MC: 
Larrie Peniel

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66 Comments

  1. Zeltern Fiornkan

    November 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

    wow!

    • ruth

      November 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      JAPARI ! SO HAPPY FOR HER.. ONE THING THAT YALL MIGHT NOT KNOW IS THAT THIS GIRL IS FREAKING SMART!!!!!!! WOW BEAUTY AND BRAINS. GOD BLESS YOU

  2. lilz

    November 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

    theres this calmness about both of them..nice

  3. Kay

    November 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Beautiful couple, may God bless your union. I like the concept of the traditional wedding. Thanks for sharing your culture with us.

  4. Chidinma

    November 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Just lovely! And the Rakiya ceremony is culture rich

  5. ade

    November 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

    this bride is all sorts of pretty

  6. chydee

    November 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

    This is so beautiful! My best part is the Rakiya 🙂

  7. Mercee

    November 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Spectacular is the word!

  8. BUKKY

    November 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

    spectacular indeed! beautiful family, God bless the union

  9. Mariaah

    November 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Aww.. Jap’s wedding is here… Yup! True! I agree with the calmness. Japari is a CALM person naturally.

  10. Fashionbabe

    November 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Congrat

  11. buks

    November 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    beautiful………

  12. sharon

    November 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Northern ladies we too fine gaskiya…meanwhile the marghi special in those rakiya pics has got me salivating this early morning..Allah ya ba da zaman lahiya

  13. Chic

    November 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Gorgeous wedding and a very smart bride for wearing flats no time to worry about aching feet when saying your vows. Lovely Rakiya tradition I know a few African cultures with a similar tradition only theirs happen a few weeks after the wedding not the next day very lovely tradition of ensuring the bride is settled comfortably into her new home.

  14. Jade

    November 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Congratulations on your new home Japari! carpe diem!

  15. Light Angel

    November 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Beautiful wedding, Beautiful bride, God bless thier union

  16. eesha

    November 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Never knew Orange and yellow combo could be this lovely. Rich display of culture. Congratulations to the couple

  17. M

    November 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    aww the bride looks so beautiful… As does the wedding.
    Such beautiful colors and fabrics

  18. Berry Dakara

    November 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I like the inclusion and explanation of their culture. I’ve heard of the bride being taken to her marital home by the groom and his family, but not this.

    Congratulations to the couple.

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  19. sade A

    November 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    orange and yellow.. wow i dint know those colours together could look so good!! filing it into my style dictionary for future ref

  20. Tokunbo

    November 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    she wore flats on her big day?cool

  21. Ifeoma Nwawe

    November 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Who says u have to wear highs for the big day lol.. The bride is so pretty… And the groom looks very calm. Never tot orange and yellow would look good together. HML..
    Ifeomanwawe.blogspot.com

  22. Lynn

    November 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Make I just. Add some jara,her papa is the deputy governor
    of adamawa state.she’s a genius that graduated from abti american
    uni in adamawa,so smart that she was retained as a lecturer in the
    school. Beauty plus brains!

  23. Let it flow...

    November 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Lovely Wedding and I Love the display of their culture. I think she wore flats because she didn’t want to be taller than her husband. She is quite tall – Like Model’s kinda tall. Very beautiful too. Her Mum is tall too – I dare say taller than her Dad. But who cares?! As long as there is love… nothing else matters. Happy Married Life. Love your name too – Japari.

  24. http://africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/

    November 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Such a beautiful couple! A very happy married life to you both!

    africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/

  25. Nike

    November 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    WOW. Beautiful couple. Look very peaceful with themselves
    LOVED the Rakiya ceremony and my gosh, am hungry looking at all that food.
    Happy Married Life and may God bless your home

  26. Amaka

    November 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Such a calm wedding… I love this!

  27. Chioma Anadozie

    November 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful beginning. May God bless your home.

  28. Mz Socially Awkward...

    November 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    She comes from a family of beauties, love that picture with
    her mum. May the couple enjoy a happy and content union. That
    photograph where all the food was being displayed at the
    traditional wedding, though… *gulps saliva and makes mental note
    to cook okro soup, with Dooney’s recipe for Ottong*

  29. ady

    November 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    am proud to be a northerner….we r so beautiful with a very rich culture…may Christ be the head of ur home amen….congrats dear

  30. Agidi_jollof

    November 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Beautiful

  31. Adaeze

    November 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Beautiful bride, mature and composed husband. That’s what I love! Big ups

  32. Nneks

    November 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Happy married Life…

  33. Em

    November 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Awwww… Japari’s wedding is here finally! The wedding was colorful nd beautiful

  34. Hausa Girl in Texas

    November 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    AlhamduliAllah….
    Congrats.

  35. merci

    November 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    wow!the bride was on flats!!! (very commendable) the bride is so stunning she looks like her mum. mild but gorgeous makeup. The colour combination is really creative. God bless their union.

  36. lola

    November 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Awww. Zachary!! COngratulations!! LUcky girl! hAPPY MARRIED LIFE.!

    i spot my ex boyfriend. Fidel i see ya. Nice to see you all!!

  37. Hello kitty

    November 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    FINALLY!! another traditional wedding apart from the usual Yoruba, Igbo and occasional hausa weddings! in a country blessed with over 350 different tribes its so easy to forget other cultures exist when all you see and hear is yoruba this, igbo that and hausa this. so refreshing to read up about the marriage rites of another culture.

    • Leah

      November 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hello kitty! I agree with you, but BN post pictures that
      are sent to them. I hope this encourages others to send
      theirs/their family’ so people can appreciate out differents
      cultures. This is a good one!

  38. i no send

    November 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    the couple look so calm and happy..very pretty bride
    …nice to see a totally different type of trad wedding

  39. Lamlam

    November 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Congratulations my dear Zack. What a lovely wedding. Allah
    ya Baku zaman lafiya. Sai mun zo chin tuwon amarya. Allah ya Kawo
    ciki da goyo . Amin!

  40. true_talk

    November 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Beautiful wedding and beautiful couple. The bridemaids are
    gorgeous. We need more of this bella naija. lets showcase the
    beauty of the various nigerian culture. Never heard of this
    tradition before; lovely to know there are several other cultures
    in nigeria besides the yoruba, igbo and hausa culture. Happy
    marital bliss to the couple and the bride is a beauty. Lovely
    facial structure and beautiful skin. Black is beautiful!

  41. adelegirl

    November 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Beautiful! Just Beautiful! The bride is a true natural stunner! Ahn Han! And her bridesmaids too. Love the colours – the orange and the yellow and the bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories were really lovely. Loved seeing a different aspect of Northern wedding culture which I haven’t seen here before and thanks BellaNaija and Japari for providing the explanation to the wedding culture and traditions displayed here. Also interesting to see that people still use ankara as aso-ebi though I have noticed that it seems to be more of a Northern thing. Northern weddings still have ankara aso-ebi as opposed to all the george, lace, sequins and velvets in the South. God bless the new couple. This really made my day. 🙂

  42. Choice

    November 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    The bride is so beautiful, young couple may God bless your union . Nice concept

  43. Stella Kashmoney

    November 5, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Congrats to them. Beautiful wedding.

  44. koksie

    November 5, 2013 at 3:55 am

    i love! she has a simple, calm beauty, love the colours
    too.. and we got married on the same day 🙂

  45. koksie

    November 5, 2013 at 3:57 am

    she definitely strikes me as a calm, simple beauty,
    beautiful wedding! and we got married on the same day 🙂

  46. Faith Kel.

    November 5, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Lovely! wishing them a HML -faithkel.com

  47. NNENNE

    November 5, 2013 at 4:50 am

    They suit each other…beautiful,calm, young and in
    love.

  48. simi

    November 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

    beautiful culture, wish i could adopt it (my parents taking me to my new home)… Beautiful Bride, Handsome Husband …. Calmness emanates from them both. I love

  49. Anon

    November 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Congrats. Her Mum is a stunner. She’s a chip off the old block.

  50. Abby

    November 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    HML to them,such a hot couple!!

  51. kunbi

    November 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Did anyone notice how all the guest were all dressed well and no unneccesary showing of skin ,boobs etc

  52. mulikat

    November 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Beautifull Northern Nigeria Christian Marriage, happy married life with healthly good beautifull children.and like ur dresse of all Nigeria Culture in ur marriage, S.west,S.East,S.South and North East culture very nice.

  53. Wale

    November 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    BN thanks for introducing us to this new wedding tradition, the Rakiya. It will be an added touch if in future unique weddings are explained to us. Friends setting up her home and cooking for her new family is really cool. Also…why don’t you include the last names of your profiled wedding couples. It gives us some perspectives. It is all for the enjoyment of the gist, abi?

    • BellaNaija Weddings

      November 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Happy you enjoyed & learned from the wedding feature.
      We will continue to provide additional information when available.
      Inclusion of last names is the couple’s or editors’ decision.
      Thank you.

  54. Ada

    November 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    COngratulations Zac & Japari! It was a beutiful wedding and I wish you both the best things in life and soo much more

  55. Opeyemi

    November 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I loved every bit of this… and the bride is such a stunner!!!

  56. ms sexy

    November 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Bella Naija do u charge for wedding albums?
    pls let me know
    thanks

    • BellaNaija Weddings

      November 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Hi, it’s completely free. Kindly e-mail weddings (at) bellanaija.com for next steps. Thanks

  57. Hurpeyeahmie

    November 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

    beautiful

  58. saphyah

    November 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Lovely bride. The rakiya tradition is similar to that of the Igala people in Kogi State. Its called “budankai” done a day after the wedding/nikkah, until this is done, the bride is not allowed to eat from her husband’s family pot. BTW, mitchika ladies are very pretty.

  59. JEWELZ

    November 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Am Kenyan and i gotta admit that western Africa traditional culture always get me in the ‘awww’ mood. Damn! This is such a beautiful wedding with beautiful people. The bride is so so pretty can’t get my eyes off her no-homo. She has this smile that lights up a room. I totaly enjoyed looking at the pics

  60. Kels....

    November 17, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I see Karen representing WT…and Samaila too

  61. Loveth .O

    December 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    i like. Wishing them all the Best

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