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Kristen_Chiemezie_White Wedding_American Wedding_JideKola Photography_BN Weddings_2016_ 35American Bride Kristen and her loving Igbo groom Chimezie began their happily ever after began when they met in a coffee shop in Norcross, Georgia USA at a time when they were both looking for love the most, they clicked and stuck together like a King would to his Queen.

~ Photography by JideKola
How We Met
from the Bride, Kristen
After some hectic shopping on a rainy day, I wearily sat down to have some coffee and relax all by myself. Out of the blue, Chimezie popped up and said, “Hello, can I sit with you?” I was screaming “NO!” inside of me but I gave him the go-ahead. I’m glad I did because it happened to be the best decision ever. A few hours later when we finally stood up to leave, I realized I didn’t want him out of my sight for too long. We have been inseparable since then.Kristen_Chiemezie_Pre Wedding_American Wedding_JideKola Photography_BN Weddings_2016_ 7

from the Groom, Chimezie
I was a little bored so I went to the mall to catch a movie – yes, I go to the movies alone sometimes. The movie I wanted to see was sold out, so I aimlessly wandered into a coffee shop to get some coffee, a beverage I do not even like. Destiny, I guess. While looking for a seat, this pretty lady winked at me and I winked back – just kidding.

I spotted her and instinctively walked up to her and asked to sit, and we started talking. We talked until it was midnight. I finally asked for her number expecting the normal American “ela”” I have a boyfriend” but instead, she replied “okay, here is my number.” Since then, we haven’t spent a day apart, either in person or on phone.Kristen_Chiemezie_Pre Wedding_American Wedding_JideKola Photography_BN Weddings_2016_ 4The Proposal
from the Bride, Kristen
Fast-forward to the Christmas holidays which we spent together. Everything was going on as usual until Chi suddenly started making plans for a special dinner date at Top of the Rocks at Rockefeller Plaza, a popular tourist attraction with a beautiful view. I found this odd because he is a very spontaneous person and had often surprised me with spur-of-the-moment dates and gifts. So, when he told me, “We are going to Rockefeller Plaza tonight“, I rang up my cousin Akeia and told her I knew Chi was planning to propose to me. I could barely contain my excitement. Kristen_Chiemezie_Pre Wedding_American Wedding_JideKola Photography_BN Weddings_2016_ 2As we arrived the venue of our date, I was quite unsure at what exact time he would make the move but I waited patiently till he got down on his knees right before dinner. In a heartbeat, I accepted to marry him because I knew from the day I met him that I could not leave his side. Till today, I am unable to remember what we had for dinner.Kristen_Chiemezie_Pre Wedding_American Wedding_JideKola Photography_BN Weddings_2016_ 5from the Groom, Chimezie
Proposing to her happened in the blink of an eye. I rang up my uncle to tell him my plans and he gave me his blessings; then, I told my two friends Chidi and James about my decisions and they also had positive contributions because the name Kristen was already a household name for them. Shopping for a ring was quite difficult because Kristen is a very simple lady and would not have liked something too luxurious, yet I wanted to get a befitting piece of jewelry.
When I was getting dizzy with indecision, I told myself  “all these engagement rings are luxurious, just pick one already” – I think she loves the ring, phew!
Kristen_Chiemezie_Pre Wedding_American Wedding_JideKola Photography_BN Weddings_2016_ 1Another difficult decision was a romantic proposal location. After considering renting a yacht or helicopter and quickly discarding the ideas because Kristen would frown at the extravagance, I eventually settled for the classy Top of the Rocks. D-day would be New Year’s Eve. It was a beautiful evening and, as we set out for the location, my heart was racing. When I finally popped the question, it was like I had dropped a heavy burden off my heart. Love is a very beautiful.Kristen_Chiemezie_Pre Wedding_American Wedding_JideKola Photography_BN Weddings_2016_ 8
Kristen is everything I was looking for in a woman and that’s why I gave her my lengthy last name (lol). I thank God for such an amazing life partner.
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Photographer: JideKola | @jidekola
Tuxedos: Eljargo Couture | @eljargocouture

28 Comments

  1. boluji O

    July 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

    shes very pretty, wishing them a very happy marriage full of love and fulfillment

  2. Kike

    July 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Kristen is effortlessly beautiful. No gragra….lol….Congratulations to u both….God bless ur union.

  3. Que

    July 16, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Sweet story

  4. Mother's Daughter

    July 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Lovely story.I love igbo men hope I end up with one lol

  5. Iris

    July 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Haha I go to the movies alone too. Most times I even prefer it. I like going at random times, like in the middle of the day when it isn’t crowded. That way I can also decide to buy hot dog, fries, and frozen yogurt to really enjoy it without my #fitfam friends judging me or the very sensible ones asking why I’m spending money on stupid overpriced cinema food.

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      July 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      I find it rather queer when people say they can’t go to the movies alone. I guess we are all different, but it’s still quite queer.

  6. Iris

    July 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Ooo congratulations to the couple lol

    • D Main Man

      July 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      The first sentence you have written

  7. ATL's finest

    July 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I LOVE it 🙂 BN bride more pix abeg .. She’s too cute & so is her bridesmaids & groomsmen.

  8. D Main Man

    July 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    outdoor wedding, when is it fully coming to nigeria?

    • Ewa

      July 16, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Been here since time immemorial

  9. kemi

    July 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    “After considering renting a yacht or helicopter and quickly discarding the ideas because Kristen would frown at the extravagance”
    exactly if u can very well afford it go ahead if not why the extravagance

  10. X-Factor

    July 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful!
    Congrats!

  11. Realchild

    July 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Congratulations to the couple!

  12. Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

    July 16, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Awww enjoyed reading this
    Groom seems to have a good sense of humour and the bride is quite sharp, already saw the proposal coming lol. Wishing you both marital bliss ?

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      July 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Not that the “I never hexperrerit” brides are any less truthful, but I quite agree that it’s refreshing to meet a sharp bride who saw her proposal coming.

  13. Esther

    July 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Chimezie!!!…. my senior from Saint Michael’s College. HML

  14. ACE

    July 16, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Wow! Pretty bride, lovely love story! HML

  15. Jem

    July 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Grab her oh and keep her. Its hard to find a lady that frowns at extravagance..! She’s very beautiful BTW.

  16. Maguim

    July 16, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    There is something refreshing about the simplicity of this wedding….. Happy married life to them

  17. Maguim

    July 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Also…shoutout to the makeup artist!!!!! The make up is there without being over the top….. (I like full makeovers too…but this is really fresh and clean)

    • ADAUGO

      July 18, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Fresh and clean is the new cool.

  18. Ada

    July 18, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Dear Future Groom,

    Do not try this https://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Kristen_Chiemezie_White-Wedding_American-Wedding_JideKola-Photography_BN-Weddings_2016_-28.jpg.

    If you do, I will kill you myself when you come down and be sure say na me do am!

  19. Ify

    July 19, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Wow very refreshing, beautiful bride with flawless simple makeup. Hmm I love everything about these wedding. I wish them a blissful married life

  20. D

    July 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Beautiful and elegant. Love their story too. God bless their marriage.

  21. princess

    July 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Photographer on point. ? captured beautifully.

  22. ME

    August 5, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Kai babe ooo are you very sure that you saw this fine guy and shouted an inward ‘NO’ when he asked to sit with you? Because God is watching ooo. Abeg father send my own oooo. I will shout an inward ‘YES’ lol

  23. shield

    August 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Aww. Congrats to the couple. I worked with Chimezie for a bit in VI (off Adeola Odeku). He’s a very funny guy. Friendly too. Wish them all the best.

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