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Judith and Kingsley Igbo Nigerian_Abuja White Wedding Photos_August 2016_BellaNaija Weddings_ROP (60)Judith and Kingsley met one fateful day 5 years ago, at the groom’s cousin’s wedding.

A simple compliment, “I like your shoes” gave Kingsley the green light to start a conversation with Judith, and they haven’t looked back since.

Through long distance (with Judith in Los Angeles, California, USA) and lots of love, they built a relationship based on friendship and trust, and here they are today.

The couple tied the knot this August in Abuja on a stunning day they planned themselves, preceded by a traditional Igbo wedding in Anambra.

See their beautiful wedding!

~ Pre-Wedding | Photos by Roqan Ojomo

How We Met
by the bride, Judith
Judith and Kingsley Pre-Wedding Photos_August 2016_BellaNaija Weddings_DSC_9532-32We met 5 years ago at his cousin’s traditional wedding. I was visiting Nigeria for the holidays. The bride asked him to bring me and some other folks to the venue as I didn’t know my way around. I remember vividly a simple compliment from me to him “nice shoes,” sparked a friendship which later turned into romance and despite the odds that were stacked against us (distance et al) here we are today. By the way I genuinely liked his shoe s, and honestly had nothing else in mind, Lol but I guess Kingsley saw it as his green light.Judith and Kingsley Pre-Wedding Photos_August 2016_BellaNaija Weddings_DSC_9636-82

The Proposal
by the groom, KingsleyJudith and Kingsley Pre-Wedding Photos_August 2016_BellaNaija Weddings_DSC_9562-2I initially had plans of proposing to her on a boat cruise I was organizing for her birthday with some friends but that plan went kaput due to bad weather or something (can’t remember), nonetheless I’m glad it happened because according to her she always wanted an intimate proposal.Judith and Kingsley Pre-Wedding Photos_August 2016_BellaNaija Weddings_DSC_9635-81by the bride, Judith
He proposed to me 2 years ago in Lagos at exactly midnight on my birthday. Just the two of us, him on both knees, a heartfelt speech and him asking me to be his wife. I said yes! (obviously) and with tears in our eyes, we both got on our knees & prayed to God to guide and protect us through this journey.Judith and Kingsley Pre-Wedding Photos_August 2016_BellaNaija Weddings_DSC_9497-13 Judith and Kingsley Pre-Wedding Photos_August 2016_BellaNaija Weddings_DSC_9536-34

Advice for Other Couples – they planned their wedding themselves!

1. It might sound Cliche’ but pray! pray!! pray together!!! It truly works!

2. Attend pre-marital counseling together if possible. I came back to Nigeria solely for it and many thought I was being ridiculous but in the end I’m glad I did.

3. People will have opinions about this or that but at the end of the day, the only person you really should be listening to is your partner. Block out any negative energy.

4. Talk about everything: budget, likes, dislikes, necessary, unnecessary, what you’re willing to spend on and what not. Ladies! bear in mind that men tend not to see the importance of most things, Fellas! It may be useless to you but if it’s important to her, try to be considerate as long as it’s nothing super outrageous.

5. The wedding planning process can be a pain in the neck especially because we planned our wedding ourselves, so try not to let it put a strain on your relationship. Be careful about each other’s feelings and always remember “if in the end, you are married, then it was a success!”

6. Get a day-of-coordinator, especially if you don’t have a planner! Although we planned our wedding ourselves, I always knew the importance of having a professional on ground to make sure everything we planned was in place. All that planning would be useless without a co-ordinator really.

Wedding Highlights

  • When we read our vows to each other.
  • Our first dance! We danced to Brandy‘s version of Bryan Adams(Everything I do) I do It For You. We both love Brandy’s voice and her rendition of that song, so it was a no brainer selecting it for our first dance.
  • The wedding shoe game! Our MC Benny Ark was a riot. He was absolutely hilarious and did not hold back on the questions!
  • We had so many highlights, so it’s hard to select really. Our day was truly a dream.

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Traditional WeddingWatch the Highlights here!

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White Wedding Photography: Roqan Ojomo | @roqan_ojomo | Assisted by: @Joeali007
Additional White Wedding Photography: Diko Photography | @dikophotography

Wedding Info: Dates | Venues | Colours
Traditional Wedding: January 3, 2015 | Bride’s Family Home in Anambra | Peach, Gold and Royal blue
White Wedding: August 6, 2016 | Church: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Maitama | Reception: Blue Velvet Marquee | Black, White & Silver

Wedding Attire
Bride’s Wedding Dress: April by Kunbi | @AprilByKunbi | Bride’s Review: I took forever to get my wedding dress (true story: I can never make up my mind) and literally every store I walked into in Los Angeles (where I reside) gave me the ‘Are you kidding?’ look especially as I wanted it custom, but then I would randomly always come across April by Kunbi’s Instagram page and my sister always gushed about her designs, so I took it as a sign and got in contact with her and I’m glad I did. Everyone loved the dress and pictures do no justice really as to its beauty.
Bride’s 2nd Dress: La Charis Nigeria | @LaCharisNigeria | Bride’s Review: My second dress was from La Charis Nigeria who is also phenomenal at what she does. I told her what I wanted, sent it my measurements and she delivered.
Bride’s 3rd Dress: Youdii | @youdii | Bride’s Review: My 3rd dress was from Youdiii. She made some of my traditional wedding attire which I loved and so I knew she would be the designer for my 3rd dress. It’s funny! she took one look at the fabric and had the exact design I had in mind for the dress. That was when I knew I was making the right choice.
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses: EsOsa Stores
Groom’s Suit: Em-o Bespoke
Makeup: Topnotch Makeovers
Hair: Solange Hair & Beauty Shop
Bouquet: The Quail Event

Vendors
Planner: Bride & Groom
Day-of-coordinator: Marnennie Events
Decor: Blue Velvet
Cake: Spanset Cakes and Events
Lights & Sound: Option A
Food: Nikky’s Catering
Drinks: 365 Butlerz
MC: Benny Ark
DJ: DJ TTB

25 Comments

  1. ElessarisElendil

    August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Igbo kwenu!!

    • Damilola

      August 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Congratulations Judith. You look beautiful and your husband is handsome. My Cali/LA folks in the building. We see now why you went MIA. I miss your blog. We forget men love compliments too just like how we women love to receive it. You see that fine brotha, give him a nice compliment next time.

  2. Shey

    August 16, 2016 at 6:24 am

    They look so elegant. Just a little compliment brought them together, wow! Some of us girls are so timid, we cannot freely compliment what looks nice on a fellow woman talk less of complimenting a man, lol I myself only compliment men who are my friends or church members lol.

    • nene+

      August 16, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Nwanne congrats!
      Compliments works! Trust me on Igbo boyxxxx!
      Ada no kwue na States! My wife no na States lol.

      Happy married life!
      Compliments working wonders since mankind!

    • iyke

      August 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      True talk – Make an Igbo man feel/think that he is in control and watch him dazzle you.
      Sharp girl …..threw up the compliment card (meant it or not) and watched bobo heed your call..
      Happy Married life my dear.
      You want something, go for it.

    • Iris

      August 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      That thing fascinates me. I tell a girl I love her dress or hair or lip colour and she looks confused then masks it with her ‘Thank you’…or the person next to me thinks I’m gay lol.

  3. Big Tee

    August 16, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Just a compliment o…..I hope that pretty sister in my church tells me my glasses looks nice again, I’ll make my move immediately…..or I will go and compliment her dressing sef…..fingers crossed.

    • Pretty-lady-in-church

      August 16, 2016 at 7:22 am

      i think your glasses are cute.

    • Usher-in-church

      August 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Please can you focus on the sermon!!!

    • Parish-pastor

      August 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      All you parishioners eyeing each other instead of paying attention to the word!

    • Pastor-in-church

      August 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      REPENT!!!!!!! ……for the kingdom of God is at hand!

    • *curious*

      August 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Haha! this comment section cracks me up!

      Congrats Judith & Kingsley 🙂

  4. Oma

    August 16, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Elegant and class define this wedding. I love the bride’s traditional wedding outfit. Happy married life sisi.

    • Oma

      August 16, 2016 at 8:03 am

      Pele o… ‘elegance

  5. micorazon

    August 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful

  6. Tee

    August 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

    The bride even looked more glorious in reality… Beautiful people.?

  7. truthservedhot

    August 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I know her. She used to run a blog (dithshautespot) in those early days of blogging. Pretty girl (excuse me, lady) who has an eye for fashion.
    Happy married life girl.

  8. Deemah

    August 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Beautiful. There’s something so sweet and warm about the bride. God bless their marriage.

  9. Jyeezee

    August 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    It is what it is when two beautiful people come together as one.

  10. Ikido

    August 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    https://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Judith-and-Kingsley-Igbo-Nigerian_Abuja-White-Wedding-Photos_August-2016_BellaNaija-Weddings_ROP-73.jpg

    Dude-in-red-blazzers:
    “Omo, I WAKA PASS this bouquet, before Nkechi go start to de select Aseobi design”

  11. me

    August 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Congrate my namesake.Everything about you is great and lovely.Happi married life,Cheers

  12. teekay

    August 16, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    see fine boys.mern this is suppose to be the kind of wedding i am suppose to attend. is it just me or did someone see ”ghost of power?? LOL

  13. Veraine

    August 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Hmm! Beautiful people, God bless your marriage .

  14. Kkay

    August 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats. Super-duper couple! She looks like Steph-Nora Okere facially….
    @ Deemah , I agree with you…..There’s certainly something sweet and warm about the bride …plus I love her full figure. Miss Curvaceous! Sorry ,”Mrs” Lol.
    That’s one of the things I love about my being of African descent…..and our naturally resilient skin. Curves are good on women of all sizes including my size 8.

  15. Omaoma

    August 26, 2016 at 12:23 am

    chei!!!! Association umuoma!! Fine people oh!

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