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You know when you meet someone and connect instantly? When you don’t see that person for a while but they linger in your mind?

Chiamaka & Ikenna‘s wedding story is one of those – they met once and connected, the feelings lingered and when they started talking years later, there was no question it was simply meant to be…Chiamaka & Ikenna White Igbo Wedding - Igba Nkwu in Anambra State, Nigeria. BellaNaija Weddings - Gazmadu Photography 0

Chiamaka met Ikenna at his sister’s wedding in 2008. They talked all night about Obama-mania before going their separate ways. 4 years later Chiamaka was praying for the right kind of man she could have and hold – The One ordained for her. At the same time, Ikenna was looking through his sister’s wedding album then he saw the woman who captivated him that day. Ikenna sent Chiamaka a Facebook message. And the rest, as they say is history.

The beautiful faith-filled couple tied the knot in December. Here’s their wedding story …

How We Met
Ikenna’s Version
I first met Chiamaka in September 2008 at my sister’s wedding. We happened to be sitting on the same table. Her smiles and beauty immediately caught my attention. We started chatting immediately and talked for hours about everything from love, politics, sports to Obama’s election. It was love at first sight. The chemistry was instant. But for some reason, I didn’t get her number and travelled back almost immediately.

Four years later, I was going through my sister’s wedding album and saw Chiamaka’s picture. I asked my sister for her contact info and buzzed her immediately. From then onwards, we talked and chatted everyday for hours. Our love blossomed from there and we dated for a little while before I asked her to marry me.

From Chiamaka’s eyes …
I first met Ikenna in 2008 in his sister’s wedding. We were seated on the same table, and we had a long conversation with me dominating the talk. It was the first about Obama election and I had the Obama bug then. Here I was with a potential voter and he tells me he is voting Republican. I campaigned and campaigned. I left the event feeling like I wasn’t just an Obama TV fan, I just got him a vote. Meanwhile in school, I kept on telling my friends on how I met one really smart guy. By the end of the week, they were teasing me that this was turning to a crush. Actually it wasn’t then, I just had a good impression. Fast forward to 2012 – I was 25 and in my book of goals, I’m supposed to be engaged at 25, yet I was single and meeting men who didn’t appeal to me at all. I had to start praying to Jesus Christ for my own husband, I had this long list of qualities that I prayed to God about. One day Ikenna sends me a Facebook message out of the blues. We went back and forth on Facebook messenger for two days, then I gave him my number after a brief shakara.We hit it off like the four years never happened and continued our banter. We were glued to the phone all night, everyday. We were like two intellectual kindred spirits. Before the month was over I just knew I had to marry Ikenna. You might Ask why?;I know a woman is supposed to submit to her man and I knew that was a part that will be tough for me. Ikenna was it; Wise, gentle and smart, all these made it easier for me to be submissive. He loves me in ways I never knew I should be loved, he was exactly what I needed but I never knew. He visited a couple of times and those visits were simply sweet. The rest is history !

The Proposal
By Chiamaka 
Ikenna had been in town for one week. I had just concluded NYSC a few days before and came home to Onitsha to rest. Every morning, I would meet him up at his hotel and we will spend the whole day together. On April 4th 2013 morning, I came in and Ikenna was fully dressed up like he was going out (normally, I always meet him still sleeping). He was fidgeting, pacing up and down the room, I was wondering why he seemed so tense.
Then we had breakfast and once the meal was over, Ikenna got down on both knees and asked me to please marry him, I said Yes without any hesitation. He was soooooo emotional but I was laughing mischievously in my head because I had made peace with the fact long ago that we would be married. He gave me a ring made of paper and ducttape, it was actually cute.

December 27th 2013 – I went to pick Ikenna at the airport and he asked me again to marry him, this time with The Perfect Ring.

By Ikenna, the groom
I always wanted a quiet proposal. We spent a week in the East together and I proposed to her towards the end of our stay. It was the best day of my life and easily the best decision I’ve ever made.

Love from the bride and groomAdvice for the Big Day!

Set your mind out to enjoy every minute of the day because this is done once in a life time!

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At the igba nkwu (wine carrying), the bride wore three outfits for the roles she had to play in the traditional wedding. The first was to greet and welcome the guests, the second was to look for the one she loves and offer him palm wine, where acceptance of the drink means they have both consented to the marriage, before asking for blessings from her father. The last outfit the bride and groom wore matched, signifying to everyone that the lovebirds are now Man and Wife.

The white wedding was a dreamy affair in the bride’s home state of Anambra. Chiamaka bought a dress online that she chose with her best friend.

Hear from the bride about her unforgettable moments –

1.Walking down the aisle with my father AND REALIZING HE MADE ME WHO I AM.

2. I always wanted a particular Priest to officiate my church wedding ceremony but by my wedding, he had retired about 3 years before. Also my wedding wasn’t in my home church where I grew up, so I was just going with the flow. On walking down the aisle, up at the vestry was our retired bishop – Bishop Ken Okeke, my parents had invited him for the wedding and being the topmost in the hierarchy present, he was asked to officiate. I was so moved, I kept pinching Ikenna and telling him “that’s the priest I keep telling you about”. He gave our vows a whole new meaning and when he blessed us, it felt special.

3. Marrying Ikenna 🙂

Both weddings were planned by the bride and beautifully captured by Yagazie Madu of Gazmadu Photography.

BellaNaija Weddings prays Chiamaka & Ikenna have a blessed and beautiful home.

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~ Photography: GazMadu Photography

White Wedding

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Traditional Wedding

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Wedding Details

Wedding Dates
Traditional: 28 December 2013
White:
2nd January 2014

Wedding Venues
Traditional: Bride”s Family Home, Uke, Anambra State.
Church: Church of Pentecost Anglican Church, Awka. Reception: The Events Centre, Marble Arch, Awka

Wedding Colours
Traditional: Light Pink and Purple
White Wedding: Jade, Sunflower Yellow and Turquoise Blue

Wedding Attire
Make Up and Hair Styling: Dave Sucre

Traditional
Fabrics for Traditional wedding: Mrs Ejeson

Gold Jewelry for Traditional Wedding: Vintage, gift from Bride’s mum
Traditional Wedding Shoes and Purse: Verde Acqua, Italy

White
Wedding Dress: Tenille by Sottero and Midgley
Reception Dress: Jd7 Designs by Data Okorodudu
Jewelry for White Wedding: Porsche Designs by Epolulot
Bouquet: Dr Mrs Njeze in Enugu – [email protected]
White Wedding shoes: Vera Pelle, Italy
Groom’s Wedding Suit: Ludlow Tuxedo Jacket in Italian Wool
Groom’s Shoes: Melan Concerto Oxford
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Anne Michelle
Groomsmen Ties: Dessy Group

Vendors
Wedding Cake: Splendid Place Enugu
Traditional Wedding Decor: Azory Cynosure – azorycynosure (at) yahoo.com
Invitations: Deluxe Media – hankyjay (at) gmail.com
MC: Dr Dan Gbujie
Catering: Madam Ezue’s

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82 Comments

  1. www.LapesBeautifulCreature.blogspot.com

    February 4, 2014 at 7:06 am

    whoever did the deco for both events really went all out. love it. Her 2nd dress (pink) is so beautiful. Her happiness is just too obvious. I love it!

    • ZEE

      February 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

      BEAUTIFUL COUPLE HAPPY BRIDE, LOVELY DECOR I WISH THEM WELL

  2. Bubblyhead

    February 4, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Beautiful thinz

  3. Amh

    February 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Congrats

  4. Funmi

    February 4, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Loves it!

  5. Oluwatoni

    February 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

    He went to Jared!

    • Ib

      February 5, 2014 at 4:22 am

      He sure did!

    • Hmmmn

      February 5, 2014 at 5:31 am

      lol…

    • Sandi

      February 11, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Lol that’s what I said too.

  6. jennie

    February 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Congrats chi,nwanne i c u

  7. Divada

    February 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Beautiful nd Congrats dear

  8. honeymix

    February 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I love her wedding dress. And her reception dress. God bless you both. HML.

  9. missappleberry

    February 4, 2014 at 8:29 am

    bride has a nice smile…

    • Purpleicious Babe

      February 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      In fact her smile is one of the most beautiful have seen. She has such a beautiful smile.
      I pray that God will perfect all that concerns them. They will both be happy, fulfilled and blessed in their own home. I pray that when its time her body will retain seed and both will enjoy the fruits of their labour.

      I enjoyed it and yes she was undoubtedly happy so was the dude but he is more on the chilled out side. lol.

      xxx

      http://lifeinstagesdoz.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Royalty

      February 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      That is ehn? Very beautiful gurl with such a LOVELY smile..wow!! congrats to the cute couple!

  10. Zayt

    February 4, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Beautiful wedding, beautiful people!

  11. Fashionbabe

    February 4, 2014 at 8:37 am

    HML

  12. Chee

    February 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Beuatiful Chiamaka, how amazing that we are all grown up! I laugh when I remember our “fierce competition” in Nursery School. You look stunning darling! I see Judith as well. I pray you enjoy true happiness in your home and you have children as intelligent as you.
    I spy mum looking fab as usual 😉 Chioma too!

  13. 'Lapeju

    February 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Bride’s smile is infectious, Groom looks collected…..I looove calm guys. Let me face my work n not eye another woman’s horseband

  14. Grown Woman

    February 4, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Aww what a lovely couple….bride’s smile is everything HML to them.

  15. Ibinabo

    February 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

    wow! she’s sooooo happy. God bless their union.

  16. Vanessa

    February 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

    you can see why it is good to attend weddings and sit/gist with strangers.

  17. truth diva

    February 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I had long given up on praying for hubby…but wiv dis post am encouraged!…HML dear

  18. DAMMY

    February 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Congratulations….the trad deco is sooooo beautiful.

  19. Tee

    February 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

    So there is a place in Awka called Marble Arch? Interesting. Plus i love the brides smile you could tell that she did not let anything get in the way of her happiness that day

  20. atrue

    February 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

    May God Almighty bless you both and your home in Jesus name. I just love it when people get it right in the Lord from the beginning, it helps them to set their priorities and fight for what they rightfully believes in! At 25years, you knew you were meant o be engaged. God You are awesome?

  21. atrue

    February 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

    May God Almighty bless you both and your home in Jesus name. I just love it when people get it right in the Lord from the beginning, it helps them to set their priorities and fight for what they rightfully believes in! At 25years, you knew you were meant o be engaged. God You are awesome!

  22. uju

    February 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    *tears*….she reminds me of the many things i would be on my day,besides my hubby…happy,joyful,thankful…God bless your union my dear sister

  23. princess

    February 4, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Awwwwww! Happy married life to you both! Prayers never ever failed anyone.. this actually tallies with a portion I read this morning in my devotion. ‘the God of surprises, the God of in-between times. He is indeed faithful and we need to open up to him in total faith and trust. Have a good day guys. 🙂

  24. SOOZIE

    February 4, 2014 at 10:53 am

    the bride’s smile mehnnn… Uche Ilonzo, i see u! looking nice

  25. bluejeans

    February 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Bride’s smile is infectious! Oh yes I know ad adore Bishop Ken Okeke it wud be a blessing to have him officiate ad my wedding too! #DearGod

  26. Priscy

    February 4, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Bride can smile for Africa…May she neva see a reason to frown.

  27. ty

    February 4, 2014 at 11:18 am

    nice 1

  28. mirabel said

    February 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    them say love is blind but i dey see am for ur eyes oooo.. my sweety porero… jaming to davido Ayeeee.. and watching dis fotos love is indeed a beautiful thing

  29. no heart to hate

    February 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Beautiful Gown she had on. Congrats

  30. LamLam

    February 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Beautiful wedding dress, beautiful bride black is sure beautiful

  31. Berry Dakara

    February 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    OMG, the shot of her second dress!!!

    Loves it all. Congrats to them 🙂

    http://berrydakara.blogspot.com

  32. Olori

    February 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Beautiful wedding, beautiful bride!
    Is it just me or does the house in their traditional wedding look like the one in “Ada Ada”?

    • OmoNaijaNimi

      February 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      I knew I wouldn’t be the only one who noticed that! It looks too much like the house in the video.

    • Nominee

      February 5, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Nope. Igbos just build their house in the village to beautiful taste. I can tell you for free and authoritatively that it is NOT the same house!

      Ehm… if helps, I do know the bride.

  33. ij

    February 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    honestly the bride’s smile made me blush

  34. X- Factor

    February 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats!

  35. aunty

    February 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    but her smile tho…. correct babe! she is very very beautiful!
    ndi igbo kwenu!

  36. Adaeze Ibechukwu

    February 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I love the story from ‘how they met’ to the ‘proposal’. I was laughing at the paper and tape ring part. I think the girl is very expressive and she’ll make a beautiful wife. And I see love in her hubby’s eyes. God bless your union dears.

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      February 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Had me a paper ring once. In fact, it was orbit chewing gum paper complete with the solitaire/paper stone. We used small chewed gum to hold it together. It beat the real deal by far.

      I’m grateful to God for you both.

  37. Moinmoin

    February 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hmnnn story looks like me nd crush a lot but we r still on the *not talking* part. Hopefully it gets beautiful one day 2 :-). Beautiful couple

  38. MAVIC

    February 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    lovely wedding, her smile is contagious. A girl that has plans for her life n backed up wit prayer will always get there. Love d part about d wedding ring,shows a lot of humility. Babes take note. HML

  39. MAVIC

    February 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    sorry <i meant the engagement ring not d wedding ring

  40. Mama G

    February 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, the bride is absolutely beautiful.

  41. Larrypat

    February 4, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Beautiful!!!!!!! this traditional setting makes me remember Flavour’s Ada Ada Video……so rich.May God uphold your marriage.

  42. Joan85

    February 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    That babe must be an FGGC Osha babe, with Uc Ilonzo and those 2002/2003 set chics on her train lol.
    Have a blessed marriage, guys. God bless…
    Oh and I see my Bishop Okeke…awwww I miss my Diocese on the Niger 🙂 #HomeSickness

    • camo

      February 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Then u too ,ust be an FGGC Osha Babe to recognise the set of those girls in the pix…Looool! Feddy Babes we dey represent shaa

    • flimzo

      February 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

      no she was in FGGC Owerri 2003/2004 set and her sister chioma was 2005 set…i bet the feddy Osha babes are just her close friends from home

  43. oyin

    February 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Pretty girl, with a great smile. I pray, she will forever have that smile on. Nice weddi g.

  44. judy

    February 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    it is the same house used in the Ada Ada video. Even where the bride and groom sat has the same concept. I love the wedding all the same. God bless ur union.

  45. AAsh

    February 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    OMGoodness! She wore exactly the same style of wedding gown that I used for my wedding and she looks just like me…….I also picked my gown online with my best-friend !!!!
    HML Chiamaka & Ikenna…………may GOD bless your union with everlasting happiness and favour in Jesus Name.Amen

  46. AAsh

    February 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    OMGoodness! She wore exactly the same style of wedding gown that I used for my wedding and she looks just like me…….I also picked my gown online with my best-friend !!!!
    HML Chiamaka & Ikenna…………may GOD bless your union with everlasting happiness and favour in Jesus Name.Amen

  47. Chigbo

    February 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    What a wonderful woman……the power of a praying wife.

    Prayer is the master key o. Take it or leave it.
    For me, after I had gone through so many useless relationships, registered on all the dating sites in town , gone to some unwholesome places all in hopes of being spotted and suffered some needless disgrace I realised that its only God who can give me the one who He made for me after I settled down to pray to Him and stopped running from pillar to post.

    Be still and know that I am God.

    The pressure of approaching the big old THIRTY didnt help but God is so good. I have a man that loves me and we re doing our introduction next month Thank God.

    • Uc

      February 5, 2014 at 8:35 am

      I thank God for you and pray he answers my prayer too.Congrats to the couple.

  48. tokunbo

    February 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Bella Naija please provide contacts and numbers for the following vendors:
    Splendid Place, Enugu for the Cake
    Deluxe Media for the IVs
    Dave Sucre for Makeup
    And finally Madam Ezue’s contact for catering. Thank you so much!!

  49. Sunshine

    February 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    So cute******

  50. pineapple

    February 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    God’s time is really the best,may God bless your union chiamaka & Ikenna

  51. Babe

    February 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Bella Naija pleas no info on who did the wedding decor and planning for boithe the trad and white because I am amaezed that this beautiful wedding could be done in Anambra state.

    • Chigbo

      February 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Me too…….I always thought everything had to be in Lagos for it to work

    • Uc

      February 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

      To think that i told my sister the red sand in anambra can spoil a presidents visit not to talk of a traditional wedding…..i am honestly awwed by the beauty of the traditional wedding

  52. Awww, cute

    February 5, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Aww, her smile is priceless
    Love her 2nd dress. May God bless your union in Jesus name

  53. ijeoma

    February 5, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Wonder who the event decorator was

  54. jannelle

    February 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Beautiful

  55. Simsi

    February 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

    She’s so pretty. God bless your marriage. She looks like Lala Anthony tho. A darker version

  56. ng

    February 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This is d real definition of a wedding. U 2 are so cute together. Very lovely smiles and pictures. congrats again dear.

  57. Nkem Uwaezuoke

    February 6, 2014 at 8:37 am

    We are truly doing fabulous things all over the east. Contact us today at Splendid Place, 66A Chime avenue, New haven, Enugu or call 08051238910 or 08162579819. Congratulations again to one of our favorite clients, Chiamaka, beautiful spirit!

  58. Ella

    February 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Awwww…. I love all her traditional wears, tres magnificent!!! Wish you both a happy home and cute babies :).

  59. Gema

    February 6, 2014 at 11:42 am

    She went to FGGC OWERRI. And so did 3 of d bridesmaids. Feddy gals always representing. Happy married life senior chiamaka

  60. oma

    February 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

    The wedding was lovely. uke chics are really repping full time!!!I was at the traditional wedding and I can say it was breathtaking indeed! May God bless your marriage hun.

  61. Linda

    February 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    i cried while readin her story at work, im 25 in a draining relationship(that im obsessed with you until you catch feelings type) so confused but praying to God. he will answer my prayer in Jesus name. AMEN!!God bless your union Dear.

  62. Louda

    February 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    All I see is Nkilinka ego. Chiamaka’s smile has got a lot of charm in it. Wish them a happy married life. My Anambra babes representing.

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