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Parents as Cupid but Love at First Sight! Read Adaora & Tochukwu’s Love Story & See their Glam Chicago Wedding

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Meet Dr. Adaora and Tochukwu from Chicago. Their beautiful union was orchestrated by both their parents, who apparently knew what was best for their kids. Their parents set up a blind meet that worked in their favour, as their love bloomed at first sight! Cliche yeah? Well, we love this cliche kind-of-love.

For the couple, the big reveal before the ceremony was such a beautiful highlight. Adaora’s sister had an emergency surgery the day before the traditional wedding. Luckily it wasn’t trauma related but definitely sad because it meant she would not be there for the weekend’s events. However, when they got to the reception on the day of the white wedding, she was there in her wheelchair to welcome them. Tochukwu’s reaction was priceless!

Comedian and MC Chief Obi definitely entertained the guests as the overall turn-up for the both ceremonies for the two-day event were lit!

Congratulations and love from BellaNaija Weddings!

∼Pre-wedding Photography: Vito Rade

How we met:
How the bride, Adora says it happened;
I was finishing my anaesthesiology residency at Harvard in Boston and went home for Thanksgiving for the first time in years. As usual, I piled my schedule with plans to see friends and family but like it always goes, my parents had their own plans. My dad, the master planner, wanted me to meet his friends in a bid to finally get his “Ada” hitched. I obliged but made it clear that I would leave early because I had plans of my own. My expectations were quite low. Honestly.

Time to meet the family came, the very stylish mother, her two older sons, and her daughter. They were such a lovely family I must say. Anyways, they were all my parents’ peers so after a few pleasantries I was ready to leave. In my mind, they had sufficiently seen my face, my height, skin color lol etc… Mission accomplished.

But little did I know, and also surprising to my dad there were many more members of this family. The daughter, Adaobi, was quietly texting one of her baby brothers and telling him to come to our house ASAP.

Well, she must have done some great convincing because not long afterward just as I was ready to leave, a tall, handsome, milk chocolate skinned man named Tochukwu rang our doorbell and walked in and in that same instance, people! I literally forgot about all my plans *sigh*

He was so polite, such a true gentleman. He introduced himself to my sisters and I and began to tell us a bit about himself but I told him to first relax and eat something. I directed him to the food and he went to the living room with his siblings and my parents. My sisters and I were very pleasantly surprised by our new guest and could not stop giggling and whispering to each other (I love having sisters btw!).

After about an hour I asked him about himself again. At that point, his eyes lit up and he directed me to the family room area (in my own house… He’s a take charge kinda guy) and from there we talked about what we did, what schools we attended, our families and so on. We talked the entire night nonstop. Half way through we figured out we were also wearing similar outfits. Blue and white checkered shirt and jeans. Fate? I think so.

As he was leaving he asked for my number and the next day, when I was scheduled to fly back to Boston, he asked if I could squeeze out time for a date and of course I made it happen. It was another session of just nonstop conversation and it continued when I returned to Boston.

About a week after we met, he booked a flight to see me. Prior to him coming something told me to fast and pray about this, he seemed so special and I wanted God to really open my eyes. So I fasted for 3 days. I asked God, Lord if this is my husband make it obvious to me. That weekend he kept making insinuations about marriage and me being wifey material, then a month into us dating, he revealed to me that he wanted to marry me, that I was the one. I felt the same way. Look at God! In that short time, Tochukwu had become my backbone and best friend, a prayer partner and a source of joy, a perfect partner.

How we met:
the groom Tochukwu’s version

Before meeting my wife to be, Adaora, marriage was not on my mind. When I did think of it, it was usually when my family brought it up. I was sure that at some point in the distant future, I would meet the right woman at a social gathering, school, work or a place of worship. So needless to say, I was taken aback when I met Adaora.

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon on November 29, 2014. My recollection of it was that it started like all the other Saturdays except, as we know now, it had a beautiful ending. Around 4 pm my eldest sister, Adaobi, sent me a text message. It was a “gentle” nudge that said “Please join Oranu, Mom and me ASAP. We are visiting a family close to you.” At first, I ignored it because I had other plans for the evening and had not been warned of this event. Then the text messages continued and transformed from a request to more of an order. That was when I called her.

My sister did not allow me to speak but asked if I were at the door of the said home. I said “No”. She then told me to be there in 30 minutes or I will have to meet them back in NW Indiana within two hours. In my head I knew right away what I needed to do, she’s my oldest sister so I did not want to upset her. Luckily, I was already dressed so I made the 20-minute drive to the address hoping to appease them and then continue with my plans.

When I got to the house, I rang the doorbell, opened it and strolled in. Inside I saw my Mom, brothers and sister Adaobi sitting with a man, Adaora’s parents, the host. I greeted them and continued to the kitchen where I noticed some young ladies talking. That was when I saw her, I noticed her right away. I introduced myself and realized they were sisters. I did not expect the excitement I felt at the time, so to compose myself, I lingered longer with her sisters. Then finally, I got the courage to talk to her directly.

Our conversation was easy and nonstop that night. We both seemed eager to get to know each other. We talked about any and everything. I can’t remember much from the evening but I do remember every detail of that very beautiful young woman I spent hours on end talking to. Our conversation was interrupted when my family told me they were leaving. So to not overstay my welcome, I decided to leave with them but made sure that I had Adaora’s phone number and itinerary for the next day. She told me she would be leaving for Boston the next day so I called her in the morning and invited her out for coffee. Our coffee date morphed into a very long dinner filled with even more conversation and eventually trips back and forth. Beginning The Ibekie Love Story.

The proposal
By Adora

We officially met each other’s family and had our introduction in August. We went on to have our Ime ego (dowry) in September as well at the CountrySide Banquets and Conference Center– La Grange, IL. Please bear in mind that all this time, I had no ring yet o! He kept saying that he wanted to take me to Europe for a trip before my birthday and he booked it for two weeks before.

I had a feeling the proposal would be then, so I got my nails done, picked out a nice dress and was mentally prepared. I knew exactly how it would happen, at least in my head I did. We went to London first for a few days then took the train through the English Channel to Paris.

Before getting on the train he managed to have us wear the same shirts we wore when we met, it didn’t even click to me. Anyways, when the train got into Paris, Tochukwu casually asked me if I would marry him and I smiled and said “of course, duh!” and I turned away.

Then the train attendant brought a bottle of champagne, stood there taking pictures and recording the magical moment. Tochukwu then went down on one knee with Tiffany’s box in hand and asked me again if I would marry him. I was so surprised and ecstatic. Again the answer was, “of course, I’ll marry you!”

I spent the rest of our trip on cloud 9. We spent days in Paris, then Germany and then ended in Switzerland. This turned out to be the most amazing engagement ever, better than I imagined. I felt like a princess the entire time. We already were traditionally engaged but he still went out of his way to make this moment so special. He’s truly the man of my dreams, my Prince Charming, the one God blessed me with.

Advice for Couples
Attend Spiritual Counseling: We definitely wanted God as the foundation of our marriage

Get a Wedding Planner: Adaora was in her last year of residency in Boston, so it was great to have someone in Chicago to help keep things on track.

Delegate Tasks: Family and close friends who were willing to help were utilised, we could not have been more blessed for their help.

Enjoy your Big Day and Don’t Stress: We had a few mishaps here and there but at the end of the day you can’t change anything. Don’t sweat the small stuff, just party and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience

White Wedding

∼ Photography: Jide Alakija | Alakija Studios

Traditional Wedding

∼ Photography: Jide Alakija | Alakija Studios

Credits
Photography: Jide Alakija of Alakija Studios | @alakijastudios, Vito Rade
Makeup & Hair: Bisi Essien of Crystal Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge| @bisicrystaleyez, @crystaleyezbeautylounge

White Wedding
Dress: Lazaro Bridal | @lazarobridal
Bouquet: Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Designs | @keshevents
Groom’s Tux: Eaden Myles | @eadenmyles
Shoes: Gucci | @gucci
Bridesmaids: Toju Foyeh | @Tojufoyeh
Groomsmen Tux: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse | @calvinklein
Planner: Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Events |@keshevents
MC: Chief Obi | @chief_obi
Wedding Dj: Dj Diesel | @dieseladekunle
Cake: Delish Cakes | @delish630
Catering: Kreative Xpressions
Limo Bus: W-Limo
Favor Bags: HAC Media Services

Traditional wedding
Bride’s Outfit Fabrics: Nakenoh Asoebi fabrics
Ase Oke: Nma Asonye | @Panachlyhomes
Bride’s Fan, Jewelry, and Purse: Olorie Bose Trendy Beads | @iambosetrendy
Groom’s Fabric & Tailoring: Ayobami Emmanuel of Ayo Fashions Chicago | @ayofashionofficial
Planner: Jody Okeke of KrunkENT | @jkrunk
Cake: Cakes by Nerisa
Catering: Julian Ayeni phon
Wedding Dj: DJ Emma Onua aka DJ Alacrity of Chicago

27 Comments

  1. Las

    February 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Simply beautiful! Congratulations!

  2. Fabulous

    February 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful.

  3. Nike

    February 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Beautuful!!!! Congratulations..God bless your home forever!

  4. B.E

    February 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Brains!!!!! Love seeing beautiful and brainy women!!!! Congrats on your union

  5. Victor Adegoke

    February 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Congrats to the couples.

  6. Cocolette

    February 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    All I see is “Anesthesiology residency at Harvard”. My Lawd!

    • Stella

      February 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      I’m telling you!!

  7. Yellow

    February 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Asin eeh,all I see “anesthesiology residency at Harvard”. My lawd

  8. Anon

    February 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Best wishes. Ivy League! Well done.

  9. Rubby

    February 20, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    ….Ring Security,I like dat….Gorgeous wedding gown,Reception dress boring why do brides bother with that expense if the dress is not stunning….beautiful couple….HML

    • Chinny

      February 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

      Rubby,thanks for ur compliments.The reception dress was stunning and she had an attachment to it which she removed later.It was more stunning in person than the pictures.
      While I respect your opinion,I don’t think it is fair to put a damper on a gorgeous wedding.
      The wedding was super fun and we all had a swell time.
      Once again do not put a damper on someone else’s choice.

    • Okokoioko

      March 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      I am not Rubby’s PA but she is entitled to her opinion. If you don’t want anyone’s comment then don’t post your pictures on a public forum. Obviously,no one gives a rats ass about her comment because the wedding came and went happily so abeg take a chill pill.

  10. Mimi

    February 21, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Wow…Igbo’s just have such a rich culture that you can’t help but admire, the people are beautiful and sophisticated. I’m from the same tribe but I’ve never really had any luck meeting with my people like this neither have I had luck with matchmaking even with my education **Sighs** or is it this UK that’s been a barrier enh? Good lawd have mercy on your daughter ??

    • Aku

      February 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Mimi have you seen your Igbo Angel below? He has dropped digits for you…no time to waste! lol

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Mimi nwa nne m, I was reading this and laughing (in a good way) because mumsie and her friend tried to pull the same stunt on me and the little sis just last Thanksgiving. I’ve never met this other lady but her husband and herself have now become quite good friends with my parents and apparently, have two single sons…

      …. so as I prepared to head stateside around the Thanksgiving holiday, my mother kept singing in my ear, “You must make sure that you go and see aunty and uncle oh, I’ve told them you’re having thanksgiving dinner at theirs”. Of course, in her excitement, she eventually spilled the real reason for this rather “impromptu” invitation to my sister, who sharply nacked me the real tori as I landed. EL Oh EL … but we sha went (toting a friend who was also in town for Thanksgiving… after all, there may be a love match for her too, okwa ya?).

      It was one of the most awkward visits I’ve ever been a part of and that’s because EVERYBODY IN THE ROOM knew exactly what was happening. So bad that their dad kept calling the older son out of wherever he was hiding in the apartment so he could come make conversation. Bless the parents though, you could see they tried…. and the younger son, bless him too, he knew what was up but he was super friendly and very charming.

      Lovely sisters as well (and they cooked up a storm…. kai, food was on point!) but nne, you see these lovematches? No be as e happen for A wey e go similarly happen for B.

      Don’t worry, your own might be the man who shares his umbrella with you during a winter storm. And Obi below seems keen as well…. 😀 😉

      Congratulations to the lovely couple.

  11. Oh baby

    February 21, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Wow. The picture quality is great!!!

  12. Obi

    February 21, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Hello Mimi… Here’s my number…081..ato,isii,abuo,ano,ano,asaa, isii, and zero. We can text on whatsapp.

  13. aj

    February 21, 2017 at 5:05 am

    awww @M.C chief obi! God bless your hustle bro! Congrats to the couple

  14. Rosey

    February 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Am usually not a fan of destination weddings..but this was beautiful or maybe cus am a Doctor too?..beauty and brains always?

    • Gg

      February 24, 2017 at 1:07 am

      The wedding was not a destination wedding. Both the bride and groom live and work in the US…

  15. Aku

    February 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Go bestfran!!! That’s my bestfran!! We had so much fun!

  16. Teekay

    February 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    WEhdone mummy and daddy??
    Make i go find the loml

  17. viv

    February 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    …and to think i just returned from the conference at HBS in Boston with hopes of meeting a potential. I think that generally living outside Nigeria makes it a tad bit difficult to meet good ibo men. Yorubas are everywhere! Where are the good ibo men on the east coast biko?

  18. Omalicha Ngozi

    February 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Best wedding of the year. Love the traditional and white wedding . We had a blast. Happy couple too!!!.

  19. Uzoamaka

    February 25, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Mz Socially Awkward, truer words have never been said. E get as e be. Jisi ike. Uzoamaka.

  20. Kendall

    February 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I never thought I would love a wedding story. I loved this one sooo much. Full of surprises, pleasant intrigues that gave me butterflies. The couple seem really down to earth and well-grounded. I pray I meet my own Prince Charming soon this year in Jesus Name Amen. God bless your home guys!

  21. Siri

    February 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    i love this wedding, loved their meet up. heavenly father bring my own husband biko.
    Obi, i love ur style of communication. make i copy you. i will write mine in yoruba 080 eta erin okan eji eje eji ejo eje. chat me up i am female o

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