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Ugochi Onwuegbu and Nnamdi Idika share a love for adventure, fitness and all things fab!

The couple had an underwater pre-wedding shoot that was equal parts beautiful and brave – click here if you missed it, and now we are elated to share their special day with you!Ugochi & Nnamdi - Igbo Nigerian American | BellaNaija Wedding 063

Pre-Wedding Photos – Zorz Studios
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How We Met
by the bride, Ugochi
I was having my 23rd birthday party in a boutique I worked at. I had the event posted on Facebook. Nnamdi clicked on “Attending”, and I sent him a friend request which he accepted. Beyond that, there was no further communication between him and myself. On the evening of the event, he arrived very late with his friend. The event was virtually over and I was doing my final meet and greet rounds. Nnamdi and his friend both walked over to me and Nnamdi asked to take a picture. I looked at both of their faces and I asked if they were Nigerian, and they replied “Yes”. Honestly I did not believe them, so I asked to see their licenses to verify this. They were good sports and showed me their IDs. After my birthday party had ended there was an after party at a lounge in Bethesda, Maryland. I drove with my friends and met up with Nnamdi and his friends. I danced and talked with him the whole night. We exchanged numbers and kept in contact.

Nnamdi at that time stated he was not ready for a serious relationship because just got out of a previous long term relationship. However, we remained friends, and spoke on the phone with each other every day.

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A few months later Nnamdi and some friends were hosting a charity cook out. At this event there literally were 6 different girls in attendance that were “interested” in Nnamdi at that time. While I was at the cookout he didn’t seem interested in talking to me for an extended period of time so I began to feel like he was playing “games”. I got frustrated and told my friend I didn’t want anything to do with him. At a party later that night, Nnamdi was there and I ignored him the whole night. I decided to talk to another guy who was at the party that evening, but truthfully my mind was on Nnamdi the whole time.

After that night I decided that it would be best to just stop talking to him completely.

About a month later I got an honesty box message that read “You don’t love me anymore?” I automatically knew it was him and I replied “I never stopped loving you”. He called me later that day and explained to me that after I stopped talking to him, he really missed me. He told me that he tried to get involved with another girl, but he found himself always talking to her about me. Also, he said that I was the only girl that he had ever introduced to his mother that she really liked. Most important he shared that more than anything he missed my friendship and I was someone that he could talk to about anything.

After that we grew closer and talked to each other like before – every day. Later that Fall I organized a surprise 29th birthday party for him. After his party he told me he had never met someone as caring as me and that we were an official couple 100%.

Since then we’ve been inseparable.

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The Proposal
August 19th 2011 I was at work and had went on my lunch break. I had looked on my phone and saw a lot of comments under something on my wall, but I hadn’t hadthe chance to see it yet. Nnamdi then called me and told me to check my Facebook. I got back in the office and check my Facebook, to my surprise Nnamdi had posted a video proposal. He had a car pick me up from my house which took me to the Omni Shoreham Hotel where he was waiting for me on one knee with the ring! An emerald cut diamond on a gold band. We had dinner and a wonderful evening.

Advice from The Bride
My only advice is to pray and commit every decision you make about your wedding day into God’s hands. Wedding planning can be a time of a lot of stress and frustration but cover that day in the blood of Jesus and thy Lord and Saviour will personally come down and coordinate that day for you Himself.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Ugochi and Nnamdi a blessed and beautiful life together.

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Wedding Video by Shaina Koren Cinematography

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The couple also performed their traditional rites at the reception.

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Zorz Studios | zorzstudios.com
The Art Hype | facebook.com/TheArtHype
Kanayo Adibe Photography | www.kanayoadibe.com

Videography: Shaina Koren Videography – YouTube | shainakoren.com

Wedding Info
Wedding Date: May 24th 2014
Wedding Venues
Ceremony: Trinity 7005 Piney Branch Road, NW, Washington, DC 20012
Reception: Fillmore Silver Spring 8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Wedding Colours: White, gold, black and red

Wedding Attire
Ceremony Dress: Custom made by (Brian) Brillant Designs
Shoes: Rene Caovilla (Ceremony)
Reception Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Earrings/Bracelet: Alexis Bittar
Groom’s suit: Oscar de la Renta
Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt
Shoes: Tom Ford
Cuff Links: Ferragamo
Watch: Rolex
Bow Tie: Tom Ford
Groom’s Barber: Eric (Ebony Barbers)
Bridesmaids dresses: Custom made by Brian Brillant Designs
Groom’s Traditional: Edwin Olebara

Vendors
Wedding Planner: Jacquiline Lewis
Food: Dorthy
Cake: Kake Korner
Rentals: Dayo (Soft Touch Rental)
Limo: Lasting Impressions – www.lastingimpressions1.com

48 Comments

  1. viva

    September 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    no b small thing ooo fine guy

    • Busola

      September 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Providing info on the groom’s barber is actually very funny

    • o

      September 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      I was gonna say same

  2. LadyRocks

    September 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Gorgeous!!! Love her short hair do and the trad attire….Nice!

  3. Onye

    September 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I love the reception deco. Although, I wouldn’t tink of using black at a wedding but it looks so chic here! #lovesit

  4. Bellemoizelle

    September 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Love is a beautiful thing ……………………. Frosh couple La vie est belle…..

  5. Olajumoke Okedairo

    September 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    beautifull

  6. AA

    September 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Congrats!!!..May the love you both share never cease!!….HML…love the bride’s hairstyle, short nd simple…..

  7. sum1special

    September 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    A bride on short hair, i like.

    • adeanon

      September 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      with… not on…

  8. Cece

    September 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Congrats to them. Very sweet!

  9. ugochi cynthia

    September 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    You guy look happy together and that’s all that matters.congrats,I tap from my sake’s blessing #cheers#

  10. ttttem

    September 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Aww cute couple . God bless ur home

  11. Igbeyinadun

    September 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Wow the bride is sooo fit, I need to hit the gym ooo!

  12. Lady D

    September 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I like it, its something new and different and it suits her. 🙂

  13. @edDREAMZ

    September 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
    .
    Love is one beautifull thing and i pray i ecounter one….. Long and lasting marriage is all i wish them….
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • kATE

      September 13, 2014 at 4:58 am

      @ edDreamz its nice to see how your comments has evolved on this blog. Before peeps were on u like Bruno. Hopefully Bruno learns

  14. SASSY

    September 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I see fine Igbo men and women everywhere

  15. Opsy

    September 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Nice… Unique, different, classy and looks like a lotta fun!

  16. Ify Ada | ChiefWedsLolo.com

    September 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Yes Igbo bride representing from my neck of the woods…. DC. I love her traditional Igbo outfit. Very unique. I’m gonna go to the gym tonight so I can do an engagement photo shoot like them! Lol Congrats to rhe couple.

  17. Mercy

    September 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    That guy with the red bow tie in the third to the last picture tho!!!Haha….#someGALALAthings!

  18. X-factor

    September 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Congrats!

  19. wow

    September 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    omg! So beautiful I wish you a happy married life. I know you guys saw her amazing abs. God help me to get there.

  20. loverofGod

    September 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Congratulations Ugochi and Nnamdi. Beautiful pictures.

  21. linda

    September 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    all i see is absssss!!!!:))

  22. luch

    September 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Stunning…

  23. lilian

    September 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Congrats to the beautiful couple.

  24. koin

    September 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    This Bride works out!!!!!! Gorgeous!!

  25. ao

    September 13, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Love this. Different from what we normally see and classy. Congrats to the couple.

  26. memebaby

    September 13, 2014 at 1:27 am

    beautiful wedding, I follow the bride on IG..she’s into fitness and her body is the business!

  27. Beeeee

    September 13, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Guy has some resemblance with Cobhams

    • Tade

      September 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I was waiting for someone to voice out….the resemblance is striking even to the head shape. it’s in occasions like this that I start to ponder on the popular saying that God created everyone in ‘twos’

    • dmz

      September 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Woooow too much

  28. BlueEyed

    September 13, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Her short hair! , looking at it was a breath of fresh air, lovely dress but I couldn’t stop looking at the hair. Well done bold bride! HML to the couple

  29. Dee

    September 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Really love her short hair, very different

  30. 1love

    September 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I was honored to be a guest at this wedding. It was indeed a lovely ceremony and the couple looked so happily in love with each other. Wishing the very best in you wedlock.
    Yeeeh! I see myself. Yellow headtie and beads, and sky blue lace. http://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Ugochi-Nnamdi-Igbo-Nigerian-American-BellaNaija-Wedding-0062-600×400.jpg

    • Princess

      October 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Please what was the timeline like, as in was it an all day affair? I love the fact that they did both ceremonies on the same day…

    • Princess

      October 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      btw even before you pointed out who you were, I kinda figured it was you 🙂

  31. Queen Spicey

    September 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Thought this wedding had happened since o!… Well, congratulations and may God bless your home lucky girl with your fine-ass husband *grins*

  32. jhennique

    September 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love the short hair. shez really pretty

  33. oluwastosin Adeleye

    September 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    lovely decor for d reception….love d hairdo.bold stand on this one….

  34. Berry Dakara

    September 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Awwww, this is lovely. I think the bridesmaids dresses are FIRE!! And I like the bride’s short hair.

    Congrats!!

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  35. Maxime

    September 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Really beautiful bride. Lovely wedding.

  36. Nikky

    September 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Lovely bride

  37. Grown Woman

    September 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

    HML to The,

  38. ade

    September 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I was thinking they met at the gym because boi, they are so hot. her body is beautiful. beautiful couple. wishing them a happy life together

  39. kumalo

    September 24, 2014 at 1:10 am

    congratulation to the luckly one mr & mrs ugochi
    the lord ve put u all togeda.. sotherfor’
    i pray tht nothin shall put Asunder…

  40. Lady gaby

    September 30, 2014 at 4:42 am

    He red sare dress was so beautiful!

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