It’s the #CCForever couple and these love birds will definitely fill your day with all the love you need. It started with Chidera going through a wedding hashtag in 2019 and she somehow found Chibueze‘s photo from the wedding, liked it, and then one thing led to another. Here we are, relishing all the beautiful moments from their white wedding. Every moment with these two was indeed special from the gifts exchange to the first look and to the joining in Church.
After tying the knot, the couple went on to have their reception + traditional wedding. Since both the bride and groom are Igbo, it was a full display of the culture and beauty of Igbo traditional weddings.
Let’s get into Chidera and Chibueze’s wedding photos
How We Met
By the bride, Chidera
I was going through a wedding hashtag in January 2019 when I stumbled on his page. It was his best friend’s wedding and he had posted some still images of the church which I thought was really good. So I liked it. A couple of hours later, he followed me and when I looked at the new follower’s page, I realized it was the same person. This prompted me to look at his pictures and I was really impressed with what I saw haha. We liked each other’s pictures for a bit before he finally sent a message and then we texted for a bit. He called me that same day and we talked for a while. He was really easy to talk to and the sparks flew almost immediately.
The first time I saw him, I was surprised a bit because I knew he was tall but I didn’t think he was that tall. I am a really shy person but with him, it was easy to loosen up. He held conversations and I kept opening up new layers of him every time we interacted. I knew he was special from the first date but we didn’t transition to dating immediately. In fact, we fell out for the most part of 2019. January 2020, we started speaking again but it wasn’t anything serious till the pandemic began. I’d like to say I’m one of those that benefited from the pandemic because it made us closer and allowed us to share parts of ourselves we weren’t able to share before. Things got pretty serious from then and in mid-2020, we started dating
The proposal wasn’t a shock to me because we already knew we wanted to spend our lives together. The sequence in which it occurred wasn’t the normal way. Our families had met and plans were set to get married before the proposal happened. However, I was so curious about how he planned to do it and a little excited to know the ring he will get. Our pre-wedding shoot was planned for a later date was moved to an earlier date. According to him “the photographer wanted to try some ideas with us while the sun sets”. Whilst the shoot was going on, I got distracted for a bit and at that moment, he proposed to me with fresh flowers and a handwritten note. I really can’t remember half the things he was saying because I was so taken back by the ring. I always wanted that ring and his attention to detail was 100% because he went a step further to have it customized with our initials. I had my sister and best friend with me and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Traditional Wedding & Reception
How We Met
By the groom, Chibueze
When I met Chidera I wasn’t very open to connecting with a lady over social media simply because I considered face-to-face interactions a preferred medium to access if I vibed with a person. Chidera was an exception and one I’m glad I made. She was the first to like my picture and that was all the cue I needed to text her and get talking. I knew she was petite from her pictures but when I met her for the first time at a movie date, she was smaller than I had imagined. We didn’t transition quickly to officially dating but when we made that decision, I knew I wanted more than just a relationship from her, and the rest they say is history.
I sought approval from Chidera’s family before proposing to her and prior to that, we had discussed our future plans and agreed that we wanted to get married, so we didn’t follow the sequence that involved a proposal preceding any other process of getting married. The ring took a while to arrive because it was custom-made for her but it also gave me an opportunity to think of how I wanted to officially pop the question.
So I put together a pre-wedding photoshoot and made plans with the photographer to distract her at some point during the shoot for me to go down on one knee to present the ring and a bouquet of fresh flowers. I guess she didn’t see it happening that way which was a pleasant surprise and she had her best friend and sister to share in the moment.
Photography & Videography: @kamaniphotography | @kamaniweddings
Groom’s Outfits: @panucciclothing
Beads & Accessories: @patricias_marquebeadedartistry
Groom’s Isiagu suede wrap: @maiatafo
Groom’s Shoes: @aristocrats_luxury
Stylist: @derr.e (Bride)
Bridal Robe: @eventstarters
Bouquet & Hair piece: @bridallounge.ng