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!


  1. Love the pictures. You guys make-up was beautiful.

  2. I may be developing a mild obsession with Nigerian traditional weddings and I'm dying to go to one. They always look like so much fun, the outfits are always nothing short of stunning. Seriously enjoyed this post! And congrats to your sister and brother in law again.

  3. What a wonderful wedding and you and your sisters all look so pretty... :)

  4. this ceremony looks beyond beautiful!!

  5. Fun, fun, fun! I love your sister's makeup! I love the color choice for the trad wear. Everyone looks so happy and it looks like everything turned out beautifully. I also have a wedding pic showing my hubby's dad looking at me with a big smile and his mom excitedly looking at my hubby for his happy expression. These types of pics are priceless! I didn't get to do a traditional wedding, but we were definitely "dashed" with the $$$ - heehee. So much fun! I too now feel like finding a traditional wedding to crash, just so I can dress up fancy and eat yummy food! Very cute pics of you and the whole family!

  6. Oh- I also love the pic where it looks like your brother-in-law has a bill throw in his face! Lol! One of my favorite memories is one of my aunties tossing money at us saying "It's a good omen!" over and over, I guess maybe to explain it to my hubby's side. It was just too funny.

  7. SO beautiful! I love the pic heavy posts! Your sister looked gorgeous! You and your hubby DO clean up well! Really, everyone looked fantastic. May God bless your sister & husband as they begin their married life together. Can't wait for the next post!
    p.s. I'm craving meat pie now. lol


  8. J, this is such a beautiful recap of your sister's celebration. Now I wish I did a traditional ceremony because that was a beautiful way to celebrate.

    All the colors and the details were so carefully crafted. Everything came together so nicely and it looks like such an amazing celebration of two people in love.

    Your parents looked so happy and content. They did good for sure. You and hubby cleaned up good :)

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Can't wait for the wedding recap.

  9. What a beautiful ceremony n' blending of cultures!
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  10. Awesome pics! No one can say it’s a traditional Nigerian wedding. I think I am going to forward this blog post to my friend who is planning to tie the knot this summer and currently busy in shortlisting banquet halls in Miami without making any headway.


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