Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wedding Series: My sister's traditional Nigerian wedding (PICTURE HEAVY!!!)

WARNING: This is a very picture heavy post so relax, and enjoy!

The day after the bridal shower, my sister and her now husband had their traditional Nigerian wedding. Her husband put it best when he said "on Saturday, the Scots went Nigerian and on Sunday, the Nigerians went Scot." The celebrations were big, beautiful and BLESSED!


The menu

Table setting. My sister's vision brought to life. Thanks to the staff at the Beacon Street Marriott in Boston. They did GREAT!

Favors. Each basket was wrapped by yours truly :-). They each contained fruits to symbolize health and prosperity.

Some of the dowry brought by the bride's husband's family.

Awesome idea for wedding cakes. She runs, he bikes, he proposed, and so begins their journey together!
My sister thought of every detail. Including the uplighting. It turned out great!

Me. Getting my gele (headtie) done. Turned out nice but OUCHIE!!!

My 3 BEAUTIFUL sisters. Just one more to go and we'll all be married women. Where have all the years gone? 

Me and my awesome sister in law. We make the geles look good! :-).

And so the festivities begin. The groom dancing in with his groomsmen.

He got down! He really had a great time with it.

The men about to pay their respects to my family.

Doing it Nigerian style. 

Answering questions of why he was there. I mean, we all knew why already :-).

The groom was officially accepted into our family. Yay!!! I have a new brother.

Groom's mom, sister and Aunts were there too and they got into it as well. 

And then it was the bride's turn to dance her way in. And dance she did!

Check her out. She had a great time! 

The bride first going to my parents to get their blessings.

My parents praying for my sister. 

Here she is. Being introduced to her husband. He actually carried her to her seat but I don't have a picture of that.

And of all the goodies, she was asked to choose one. She rightfully chose the bible!

The groom putting the ring on her.

The cake was DELICIOUS!!!

She fed him.

He fed her.

My handsome dad and beautiful mom. 39-years and going strong! They celebrate 40-years of marriage next year!

My hearts! I love these kids so much! The older nieces and nephews. The next generation. A constant reminder of God's goodness. Watch out for those faces world! They are going to do something awesome! Mark my words!

And of course, my daughter on the dance floor. First making friends.

Couldn't get this kid off the dance floor all evening!

The kids really got into it. They picked the money and gathered them into bags.

And then it became a competition.

JOE had danced so much, she needed to wear more comfortable shoes. Thankfully, mom thought of that too :-).

The hubby and I. We clean up good :-D.

Our family.

My beautiful niece. Love her dress. That girl can dance!!! She STAYED dancing on the dance floor. 

Parents dancing.

Yes. My sister had a change of outfit. Check out her second outfit of the evening. She was definitely the golden girl that night.

I love this picture because it showed how truly happy she was. 

The husband and wife dancing. I love how his mom can be seen right behind my sister smiling. Love it!

My youngest sister "Attorney T" or "aunt J J" as JOE likes to call her. 

The bride and her mother in law dancing.

More dancing.

And more dancing.

And more dancing...

JOE and her dad.
 It was an absolutely lovely event! Next stop, The Wedding!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wedding Series: Bridal shower fun (picture heavy!!!)

I mentioned in a previous post, my sister got married a couple of weekends ago. It was an ABSOLUTELY fabulous time.

Because her friends are all over the world, we decided to have her bridal shower the Friday before her wedding weekend. It was definitely a fun event and the hall location which was on the 6th floor of the church wedding ceremony was just amazing!

Here are some pictures from the bridal shower.

Here's the bridal shower invitation that was sent out.

Some pictures of the centerpieces and favor bags as we set up. Check out the doorway. How cool is that?

A close up of the door.

The main cake. A picture of my sister and her husband.

No post will be complete without one of my little munchkin :-D.

Aunty and her niece. Too cute!

And there's the diva herself. My beautiful niece striking a pose!

And of course we had some cupcakes as well. 

Cousins bonding. I really enjoyed seeing them all get along so well this weekend.

My oldest niece and my youngest niece. My oldest niece is the coolest and oh so beautiful inside and out. She really is a blessing to our family and she definitely acts the part. I love her soooooo much. She is also my God-daughter so she has an extra special place in my heart :-D.
My youngest niece is just so cute and full of surprises. I love when I catch her and she gives me a smile. It completely melts my heart. She is also the closest to JOE. They are only 4-months apart. Future BFFs I tell ya!

The bride herself and the daughter of a friend of hers who flew in for her wedding.

And there are those cake pops. YUM!!!

Setting up.

Food food food. YUM YUM YUM!!!

Some of the crew. From the left: My sister in law, my sister (the bride), my immediate younger sister and my youngest sister.

From the left: My sister in law, me and her sister.

The "story book" I made for my sister and her husband. Folks enjoyed reading it.

It was an event filled with laughter.

Even JOE had a fabulous time!

The bride thanking her guests.

My GORGEOUS niece!

The groom's family was also there. His mom, sister, grand parents and aunties made the trek from Scotland. It was such a big family event.

JOE and her grandma (my mom). Wonder who JOE looks like? Well, there she is!

I mean, doesn't she look like a beauty queen? Also very smart and has the most generous heart! Love her!

It was an event to remember. We really had a great time celebrating her bridal shower. 
Up next, the Nigerian ceremony! Another day of fun festivities. Until next time...