Lerato Umah is a journalist (she was editor of Essentials Magazine, an entertainment and lifestyle insert in Leadership Newspaper, she writes for Guardian Life, amongst others), TV presenter on Good Morning Nigeria Show on Cool TV, restaurateur and food writer, who celebrated her traditional wedding to British insurance broker Thurston Shaylor on 8th of October 2015.
Thurston is an insurance broker in the UK. He is originally from Eastbourne in East Sussex. Lerato met Thurston in London as through one of Lerato’s dear friends who thought they would make the perfect match.
The traditional wedding ceremony celebrated blended cultures from Nigeria, England, Italy and Germany. The bride and groom dressed in Akwa Ibom outfits before changing into their Delta white outfits.
The wedding took place in the bride’s father’s home in Lagos. The couple wore two different outfits; The bride in the regal ‘Oyonyo’ to represent the bride’s father’s Akwa Ibom heritage and groom wearing a traditional Akwa Ibom outfit with the wrapper tied at the waist, a walking stick, hat and white long shirt.
The second outfits represent the Bride’s mother’s Delta Ibo heritage with the ‘Akwa ocha’ meaning (white cloth) a traditional white fabric which the bride tied alongside her mother and aunties, while the groom was adorned in all white.
The couple will have their white wedding in the summer of 2016! Congrats to the Shaylors!
~ Photography: Ritchie & Lex Ash