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Love in Your Eyes: Ntuthu & Akan’s Efik and Xhosa Wedding in Port Elizabeth, SA

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Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_319-CC0T3781We’re so happy about today’s wedding!

Ntuthu is Xhosa & Akan is Efik. The bride is South African while the Groom is Nigerian. The couple had their traditional wedding at the bride’s family home, and their white wedding at a beautiful boutique hotel in Port Elizabeth in the province of Eastern Cape, South Africa.

You can’t help but feel the love between these two, especially with how they into each other’s eyes. This gold and blush pink wedding is the definition of intimate and classic.

The bride walks us through some of the wedding moments and choices, look out for her quotes!

Here’s Ntuthu and Akan’s love story and wedding – be inspired.

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Pre-Wedding Photos and Video: FullCircle PhotographyNtuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-65How We Met
by the bride, Ntuthu
Akan and his friends were acquainted with my younger sister. We met on a night out with my sister, where we bumped into him and his friends and hung out. He decided not to leave when his friends did, and he ended up taking us home. I couldn’t get rid of him after that 🙂Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-82 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-70

How He Asked
He proposed on my second visit to Lagos in March last year. We were just sitting watching Telemundo. Soon the family dispersed and we were alone. He disappeared to get my spectacles but was taking forever so I went into the bedroom. My spectacles were on the bed but it didn’t seem like he was ready to bring them. I thought it was strange, but I grabbed them and left the room, confused as to what he was up to. I was certain he was planning to prank me. He returned a few minutes later disturbing my viewing by throwing things at me. He finally threw a box at me – I opened it expecting to find chocolate or something.Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-104 To my surprise there was a red velvet ring box. I threw it back in shock. That’s when he removed the ring box and went on his knees, saying he keeps planning for perfect timing but it just wasn’t happening (as we never kept to our itinerary during my visit) he said this is as perfect as any time to ask me to be his wife…and I said yes after he said, “answer me babe” because I just sat there crying.Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-113

Wedding Advice from the Bride – save money and stress, ditch a planner!

Wedding planners don’t fit all our budgets and sometimes you may get a planner who stresses you more than helps…my best advice is pick a venue that does the coordination of the wedding in-house at no additional charge. That way you only deal with your personal details like outfits and photography, while the venue deals with catering and decor for you…of course you need to be specific in your requirements.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Ntuthu and Akan a lifetime of happiness.Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-19 (1)

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“A big highlight for me was seeing my hubby’s excitement when he was told to kiss the bride. And when my best friends performed a song I’d always thought would best describe my feelings on my wedding after we were announced husband and wife – Mariah Carey‘s Lead the Way, I couldn’t hold back my tears.”

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He couldn’t hold back tears even though he kept it together all day.”Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_523-CC0T4412 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_528-CC0T4421 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_531-CC0T4429 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_538-CC0T4339 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_541-CC0T4357

Traditional Wedding Video – watch the traditional wedding highlights below! by FullCircle Photography

Akan and Ntuthu traditional wedding – 9 Aug 2015 from Marius Janse van Rensburg on Vimeo.

~ Traditional Wedding – FullCircle Photography
“For the traditional wedding I wore umbaco with a twist. Umbaco is Xhosa traditional attire that has evolved with fashion trends, hence the twist and my groom matched with black wrapper and white shirt Akwa Ibom style…we later changed into matching red and gold George and gold lace blouse. Red is my favourite colour and our Xhosa beaded accessories have a lot of red in them, so I could keep my red lipstick for the day.”Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-16 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-148 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-155 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-165 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-167 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-192 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA Wedding_fcp-9 Ntuthu & Akan's Efik and Xhosa Wedding in South Africa_BellaNaija Weddings 2015_Nigerian & SA 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White Wedding Photography: Christiaan David Photography | email: [email protected] | www.christiaandavid.com

Pre-Wedding, Traditional Wedding Photos and Video: FullCircle Photography | email: [email protected] | www.fullcirclephoto.co.za

Wedding Info – Dates, Venues, Colours
White Wedding: 8th August, 2015 | Georgiou Boutique Hotel and Spa | Gold with a touch of Blush Pink
Traditional Wedding: 9th August, 2015 | Bride’s Family Home | Cream, Gold and Chocolate

Wedding Attire
White Wedding Bridal Party Hair & Makeup: Marike of Marike de Groot Hair, Makeup and Photography
Traditional Wedding Makeup: Bride, assisted by friend Olasunkanmi
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sotterro strapless ballgown with Swarovski details from Olivelli Bridal Boutique in Port Elizabeth
Reception Dress & Mother of the Bride Dress: Chumisa Creations
Groom’s Tuxedo: Delbros Premium Menswear
Shirt: Carducci
Shoes: Billionaire Italian Couture
Groomsmen: Peri’s Suits
Bridesmaids Dresses: Young Designers Emporium
Bride’s Jewelry: Forever New
Bouquet, Boutonnière: Fayette Scherwinski Floral Designs
Bride’s Review: “My favourite flower is the peony, even though I knew they wouldn’t be in season, Fayette assured me that she’d make it happen and she did. She also did groom’s boutonnière and mothers’ corsages – they were works of art. I love her work because it’s so much more than just flowers. She’s truly a floral architect.”
Bride’s Nigerian Jewelry: Lola’s Salon and Boutique in Govan Mbeki Port Elizabeth

Vendors
Traditional & White Wedding Cakes: House of Bakes – HOB Cake Studio
White Wedding Co-ordinator: Jean-Paul of Georgiou Boutique Hotel and Spa
Traditional Wedding Decor & Draping: Thokrish Events/Entertainment | email: thokrishmcopela (at) gmail.com
White Wedding Decor and Flowers: Georgiou Boutique Hotel and Spa
Sound, Lighting and DJ Services: Kyle from ProSoundz PE | email: prosoundzpe (at) gmail.com
Tiffany Chairs: Designer Decor | email: info (at) designerdecorpe.co.za
Tent and Tables: Ezamantlane Hiring Services
Traditional Invitations: Bibi Invitations | email: info (at) bibiinvitations.com

 

36 Comments

  1. mama ovie

    December 7, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Refreshing

  2. Calabar Hottie

    December 7, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Correction: Efik is Cross River State and not Akwa Ibom State.

    • Fiona

      December 7, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      There are also Efik speaking people in Akwa Ibom. I happen to be one of them.

    • Bae

      December 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      If you speak the “efik” language in Akwa-Ibom state, you are an Ibibio. The language is called Efik in Cross-River and Ibibio in Akwa-Ibom.
      Cheers.

    • CLEOBRIGGS

      December 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      actually there are people that understand and speak efik in akwaibom just like there are people who speak french in Nigeria. Ibibio and Efik are not the same language, there are similarities but its not the same. Im Efik and Efik is only Cross River Ibibio is only Akwaibom. Very similar but not the same. . xoxo

    • Eddy

      December 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      There are no efik speaking people in Akwa Ibom. The Orons who share sea boundary with the Efiks have similar cultural practices but not the language, even if the language is mostly assimilated from the bigger and older efik ethnic group. Folks from Uruan also share some cultural practices with the Efiks as I would imagine those in Itu, who share land boundary with Cross River. But none of these groups speak Efik. Maybe you speak efik because you grew up in Calabar or have or are of efik and ibibio lineage but Akwa Ibom has no efik-speaking ethnic group.

  3. Californiabawlar

    December 7, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Wow!! I enjoyed this! The two cultures marry so well (pun intended). Beautiful bride too. Welcome to Nigeria missy. God bless you and your husband!

    P.s. You’re strong o….I’ll know I’ve found the one before I can attempt to say that Ruth’s vow to a man! In fact e go pass faith or is it guess work sef….I must have had a revelation where angel Gabriel confirmed the gist…odikwa very risky…
    Your God my God? What if he low key has oro idile (idols) and they now ask somebody to come and be pouring palm oil on esu’s forehead evety fortnight….na which ledger I go put that one? ?

    Sorry to derail jere my beautiful couple… The Lord will forever be on your side for such a huge step of faith. ?

    • Tosin

      December 7, 2015 at 11:21 am

      because of you i quickly searched. beautiful vows, started well, my people are your people etc I love all that, but I say NO to the last sentence on her behalf. Amen. It is never that serious.

    • Amaa

      December 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Lol chai you got me in stitches with the idol thing . It takes a lot of guts and knowing some one to say the words she said . She obviously knows the dude well. It’s a beutiful marriage Africa unites. Ps Efik men and their love for plump women . I once had a skinny friend that was dating this Efik guy and he would in directly try to get her fat when she confronted him he said he was trying to put some flesh on her Omoooooo that is how the relationship ended oh like that . Her reason being that if doesn’t accept her like this what will happen after I do

    • Damseldam1

      December 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Abi o when I saw it I was like enh!! That some serious oath chai she must have really trusted and love him like that. I pray their marriage will be forever if not ah! Human being you cannot predict their behaviour.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      December 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Nne I had to read that vow twice, Nna men Chai! fear catch me o, that one na serious vow. Haaa! May God be with this marriage IJN.

    • annoyed

      December 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      lol like seriously i can never say that part of her vow to any MAN….God forbid…..when he starts cheating on me i will now be there suffering…….ruth abokoku thingz…..tufiakwa………happy married lives guys, wish u the best…..

  4. Manto

    December 7, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Wowww, very classical and beauiful indeed. Happy married life to both of you. Nigcinane de nikhokhobe! Ntuthu, uzumphathe kakuhle umntu wemzini sisi.

    Much Love
    Manto eKapa

  5. Queen of Everything

    December 7, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Love love love it!
    The fusion of cultures is the way forward…

  6. Tea

    December 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Beautiful wedding. Refreshing to see BN feature a plus-size bride. BTW why must everyone wear a sweet heart neckline with no sleeves though. If you are plus-size and have ample bosoms they just don’t work. She looks lovely though.

    • Iris

      December 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I actually think the sweetheart neckline works better without the sleeves.

  7. Justsaying

    December 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Sho tan? Some ladies will think they must starve their lives to a size 2 before convincing some loser to love them.

  8. mg

    December 7, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    the bride id beautiful

  9. Grown Woman

    December 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    awww beautiful bride and her smile is really affectionate.May God bless their home.:)

  10. Ok naaaa

    December 7, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    My babe no dey come BN. “Lose weight! Lose weight!” That is all I hear. Love no suppose dey see those things o. E be like say Babe no serious o! Because my weight no suppose matter!

  11. Bigboldbeautiful

    December 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Some guys love us big!!!
    They can’t but have some flesh to hold.
    HML.

    • Tari

      December 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      God bless you.

  12. Nahum

    December 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Efik men….yum! Beautiful bride, I am so happy.

  13. mulikat

    December 7, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Efik and calabar men love woman with more flesh,she beautifull woman, forget about her big,clean ,baby face .1 love keep u together

    • Le coco

      December 7, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Well that aside.. majority of nigerian men in Sa marry big women.. I don’t know what it is… I guess it’s because the skinny ones are too busy forming BAE..hehe

  14. Cher

    December 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    She is beautiful. They look nice together .

    Seeing her trad wedding im in awe . I love being African , no better culture!!!

  15. Manny

    December 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I love this so much. God bless their marriage and keep them friends forever.
    This is the way to go. Any SA lady reading this and a naija guy is humming in your ears, ask to visit his family in Nigeria oh and make sure family members are present at your wedding. Confirm that they are not rented family members sha

    • Le coco

      December 7, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      @Manny… you are so right… It is the right thing to do.. A lot of south african women just do not care… They will marry a man nd not bother to meet the family.. They cn be married for 10 yrs oo.. but still have never met their inlaws… igbo nd yoruba guys( these are the majority of nigerians here) will be telling their women “you knw it’s not safe to go and visit now because of boko haram” IN IGBO LAND?.. LOLS… Nd these women will just believe.. Nigerian guys will be deceiving these women only because they know they r gullible.. Nd its sad… sometimes I ask myself.. would a nigerian man marry a nigerian woman without doing the proper introductions ?.. wld he marry a woman without having the lady meet his family? Then why do it to a woman of a different culture? she deserves respect as muh as any other woman
      This lady is clearly cultured.. she has met the family on multiple occasions… Nd the fact tht this man saw it fit to take her there shows how much he cares.
      GOD BLESS THEM

    • Meely

      December 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Why? Could they be rented family. Hmmmm I no feel shout ooo.wettin.well I guess we trust too much abi.so I guess you are saying that some naija guys could be lying about their family maybe he’s married.surely this happens in every culture.or does it mean naija men are worse?

  16. jb

    December 7, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    beautiful….

  17. Idomagirl

    December 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Lovely…. 🙂

  18. Naveah

    December 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I LOVE that we are opening up more and more to considering life partners in other African regions not just marrying westerners (some of that is out of necessity sha). I do wish she had been dressed as a proper Efik bride with Oyoyo, the bridal hair braid decorated with Edisat Ukwak, accessorized with Ekpat and Ikpa Ukot Nkwa but BEAUTIFUL nevertheless. Congratulations lovely bride and groom.

  19. Sadia

    December 8, 2015 at 6:48 am

    This is the best wedding I’ve seen in a while.Amazing photography and BEAUTIFUL bride!!!! I loveeee it when women look well fed not as if they’re malnourished children, We are Africans, we are curvy and thick,STOP IMPOSING SKINNY BODIES ON US!!!!

  20. [email protected]

    December 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Beautiful bride. Their traditionnal wedding was so cute and they look so fresh. Love the outfits. Wish you a HML may God bless you

  21. tina Agbonlahor

    December 15, 2015 at 11:10 am

    This is the best combination of tribes i have ever seen with so much joy on the couple faces.

    What a decision taken by both party May God fortified your union IJN

  22. DD

    December 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    So beautiful! The bride’s smile is everything, so warm and natural. Happy married life to them.

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