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JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU53_lowUchenna JoAnn Nwafili & Ikechukwu Mark Onyia are a physical therapist and clinical research associate who live in New Jersey, USA. After crossing paths a few times, he decided to drop a pick up line via Facebook, horrible pick up line aside, she overlooked it (thankfully!) and now here they are.

They are getting married on July 30, 2016 in New Jersey, USA, and had a pre-wedding shoot at McCloone’s Boathouse, West Orange, NJ that reflects their vibe as a couple.

They said about their pre-wedding shoot,

“we like to laugh and have a good time with each other and we wanted that to exude from our pictures. We had a blast during our photo session mainly because Rando of @weddingpix allowed us to be us and we took full advantage of that.”

JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU106_lowHow We Met
by the groom, Ikechukwu
The first time I heard about her it was from a friend who said she had asked about me. After the second time I heard about her, being that I was not sure if our paths had crossed in the past, I decided to find out who this mystery girl was. One day I mustered up some courage to talk to her on Facebook, I initiated the conversation with the greatest pick up line ever,

“Do I know you?”

JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU102_lowI would learn later that my first comment made me seem like a weirdo to her. After our first few chats I found out she was pursuing an advanced degree out of state and that we had mutual acquaintances, so I decided to stay in touch with her. As time went I wanted to get to know her more, so when she eventually gave me permission to call her on the phone I was excited.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU9_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU7_lowWe talked once, twice, and then almost every other day. I liked the fact that she was focused on succeeding in her educational endeavor, she seemed to be a go-getter and knew what she wanted in life. Our conversations went smooth as we would talk for long periods of time. I was very intrigued.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU3_lowI took the opportunity to meet her during a cultural event in Nevada which she was attending, it was worth every mile traveled. She was definitely a sight for sore eyes, I particularly was enchanted by the glint in her eyes when she smiled. We spent very little time together during those few days, but I returned home vowing to myself to get some more face to face time with her.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU44_lowWe went on a few dates, and started to get to know each other some more. She tried to play hard to get at first but obviously that did not workout so well, my “game” was too strong. I liked the qualities I saw in her; she spoke her mind, sought a relationship with God, was understanding of others, caring, placed emphasis on family, loved music and dancing among other things. I remained persistent and we eventually took it to the next level.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU39_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU49_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU56_lowAfter several years of knowing, and growing with each other, I am overjoyed that the same mystery girl is about to be my Wife! I would not have it any other way!JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU82_lowFrom the bride, Uchenna
When certain things occur in your life, you have no choice but to acknowledge it is God’s hand work. Picture this, you’re hanging with your girlfriend at a party and you see a random attractive guy. You’re not the type to talk to a guy first, so you go about your way. After doing the usual picture review of the night, you realize you have a few mutual friends in common. You innocently inquire about the mystery man to try and see if you have met him before.

Fast forward a few weeks, you receive a message from “mystery man” saying “Do I know you?”. The nerve!!!!! Despite his horrible first line, you continue chatting with him. Messages, turned to text messages, and then turned to phone calls.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU92_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU95_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU89_low (1)Fast forward a few more weeks, you are at a Nigerian reunion where he Wows you with his chivalrous acts and consistent attention despite the small time spent together. After the initial meeting, there was small interest on your end, however you opt to ignore his passes at you, stay single, and focus on your school work. After 6 months of him toasting (wooing) you, you decide to see why God has kept this guy around steadily for so long.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU97_low

This was by far one of the best decisions I made in my life. I have a man who understands me, adores me, accepts my flaws, and highlights my strengths. A God fearing man who is caring, selfless, understanding, and humble. Through the years he has assisted me with becoming a better me, and I am thankful. From January 1st 2010, when I decided to take that leap towards becoming his girlfriend, my life has become more whole and changed for the better.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU110_low5+ years later, that mystery man is now going to be referred to as my husband. God is good!

The ProposalJoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU29_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU34_lowTHE GRAND PLAN by the groom
The plan was to slip the the ring onto her finger while she was asleep and at some point after she awoke she’d notice the foreign object on her finger, approach me, and I would propose.

The plan was working until I realized the ring was a bit small for her finger. I tried to push it in as gently as I could without waking her up. I was almost past her knuckles when she raised her head in the darkness. I stopped and quickly faked being asleep hoping she’d go right back to sleep. Instead, her left fingers wandered over each other in her sleep, searching until she confirmed there was something there. Stunned, she turned the lights on and saw it, her hand over her mouth and eyes bulging at me in shock.

Then I asked: “Be my wife?”JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU2_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU10_lowMore about the couple!
What’s your favorite thing to do together?
We like to experience new things together. We enjoy all things adventurous, learning new things, or going to a place we have never visited.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU22_low JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU16_lowHow has wedding planning been so far?
Wedding planning has been fun thus far. We make a very good team, which really helps make the process of planning a wedding somewhat smooth. It helps that we both look at it as a celebration of our love and nothing more than that. That helps us keep things in perspective and keeps us focused on enjoying these moments.
Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day.JoAnn and Ikechukwu_Pre-Wedding Photos_BellaNaija Weddings 2016_Nwafili_Onyia_WeddingPix_MU108_low
We are looking forward to the official commencement of our lives as Mr. and Mrs. The moment those vows are exchanged and we are pronounced Mr. & Mrs. Onyia will be a moment that can never be forgotten. The added cherry on top is being able to celebrate that moment with our family and friends both near and far.


Photography: Rando Lawrence of @weddingpix
Makeup Artists: Cindy Bonema


  1. Emmanuel

    May 24, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I have no plans of getting married but your love story got me believing I’m missing out on a lot…

    • Neme

      May 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Whaaaaaaaaaat!!!! That’s one eligible bachelor wasted. ?

    • Jade

      May 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Cute couple. Pretenders has come again. All of a sudden, they haven’t slept over at their bf’s place or he slept over at their place. They mentioned their own, that’s why you are judging. Honestly, I don’t see the point of all this pre wedding photos especially the overtly done one. It’s getting irritating.

  2. Miwa

    May 24, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I think that’s the best proposal ever, slip the ring inside my finger while am sleeping and if possible go home let me wake up and see it…..very nice.

  3. Sharon Ifeoma

    May 24, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Awwww beautiful! Congratulations guys and happy married life.

  4. iyke

    May 24, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Happy for and Good luck to the couple.??
    Not taking anything away from their joy but I don’t like pre wedding pictures of any kind.??
    What’s exactly the purpose of this trend other than the glorification and obsession with marriage?….Can someone educate me pls?

    • Ujay

      May 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Dude they obviously don’t look under 30 maybe you do if you are when you get older you’ll understand. Party pooper #killjoy

  5. Sai sai

    May 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

    What is a sleep over between a couple dating?
    Congratulations both ya, you look good together

    • Sugar

      May 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Exactly the same thing that crossed my mind. sleepover!!!! hian

  6. babygiwa

    May 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Awww. So beautiful, I love their story. God bless your home. Amen.

  7. Zeeebby

    May 24, 2016 at 8:58 am

    That was the way I wanted to be proposed to. I got an equally romantic one tho

    • Ujay

      May 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Final point is you’re married… Give us a break

  8. Oma

    May 24, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Awww, lovely couple, sweet story. God bless your home!

  9. damoye4

    May 24, 2016 at 9:33 am

    God bless ur new it

  10. King Bey

    May 24, 2016 at 10:02 am

    You guys are not married and you’re already sleeping together on the same bed,I mean spending the night together lol…congrats and love your story on how u guys met,very Intresting read!

    • Ujay

      May 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      You have a nasty curious mind… I like it but I bet you do more than they did… Nigerians must note even the unnecessary part smh

    • Sky

      May 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Lol.. I hope you are joking sha. Because i sincerely hope that people are not actually getting married without having spent a good number of nights with their partners…

  11. Queen of Everything

    May 24, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Having watched Dairy of a Mad Black woman, I wanted the same! – a ring slipped on whilst I’m sleeping.
    However, le boo did not want to be presumptuous so he actually asked lol
    just as well, because the ring he got was too big so it probably would have slipped off before I woke up!

  12. Rose

    May 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    So when I heard abt a horrible pick up line I dint know it will be that bad.. Lmaooo…anyway you guys sure cracked me up….that shows concentrating on petty things can make u loose a diamond while searching for stones…that being said…you guys are so in sync with each other….may you continue to love and cherish each other….Happy married life….

  13. Adaeze Writes

    May 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Awwww…the story is beautiful and they look so happy together. May God bless your union.

  14. Naijatalk

    May 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    You lot are funny. All the others that did destination proposals – Toolz and co, what do you think they got, separate bedrooms? I married my husband a virgin (personal not necessarily religious conviction) but I did have occasion to sleep over at his place for several reasons. You don’t know the circumstance so do NOT judge.

    • Ujay

      May 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      True words and nice write up… But I bet when a woman and man are alone they’re not planning on gossiping about the neighbours or sipping tea and listening to Adele all night.. So *smiles *

  15. ANNOH353

    May 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    i really like the harmony in your union. lovely couple

  16. chichi .o

    May 24, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    You guys are Cute for days!!!!he kinda looks like dr.tone -. Oluwa be a boo provider bikonu, ok I’ll wait. God bless your union exceedingly, may you grow on all sides.

  17. chichi .o

    May 24, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    P.s that last pose is the truth!! talk ’bout balance!

  18. jay

    May 25, 2016 at 2:18 am

    nice one, beautiful shots

  19. wendypearl

    May 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    really beautiful, aweeee oluwa please provide a boo. HML

  20. ogeAdiro

    May 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    …she too package…

  21. shine

    June 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’m really happy for them but is it that people don’t break up and makeup in relationships. Do you date for 5yrs without tough issues..

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