Nigerian Wedding from Sweet Pea + Branching Out
April 25, 2011

You've been asking for it, and we've heard you. We love, love, love to feature culturally gorgeous weddings. And today, we have a stunning Nigerian Wedding from Sweet Pea Events. We're totally obsessed with the Nigerian fashion, dancing, and traditions, captured perfectly by Lindsey Shea Photography. And I'm convinced this was one of those had-to-be-there, fun as could be weddings the guests are all still raving about. The amazing team at Sweet Pea, along with the talented group at Branching Out Floral and Event Design totally signed, sealed, and delivered one for the books. Click here for even more!

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The talented team at Elle Films shared some amazing video of the day - check it out!

Our wedding was a beautiful mixture of culture and elegance. My husband is from Nigeria and we knew we wanted his family’s traditions to play a part in our wedding. The day before our wedding we held a traditional Nigerian Engagement Ceremony. Nigerian culture focuses on not only bringing the man and woman together, but uniting two families. This is celebrated by lots of food, prayers, singing, and dancing, all while wearing authentic Nigerian clothes.

My mother-in-law was so gracious to fly to Nigeria to have clothing made for our entire wedding party. I loved the bold, bright colors of all the clothing; she handpicked all the fabrics herself. According to tradition, the two families are assigned a color to wear to designate them apart. Headwraps are very customary in Nigeria and we were fortunate enough to get an internationally-known headwrap artist to tie our headwraps, or geles. Wearing these geles was a new and fun experience for me and all the girls in my wedding. We held this lively event at the Hilton Anatole.

I fell in love with a green bridesmaid dress at a local boutique and decided then that I wanted the colors to be green and purple, with white accents. My husband and I both come from large families, so keeping the guest list small was out of the question. A friend of ours recommended our florist and Branching Out Floral & Event Design was terrific at working with us to create what we wanted. I told her I wanted simple, but elegant and she knew exactly what to do.

We love to dance, so we really wanted to find a great live band for the reception. We spent hours and hours searching and listening to different bands online, and then finally came across a band called Icehouse. They were incredible! We also wanted our guests to enjoy some great food, so we worked with the hotel to create a great spread, including a sushi bar, potato bar, and stir-fry! We were so fortunate to have a great team of people help us plan our big day. It was truly unforgettable!

Event Planning: Kelly Simants at Sweet Pea Events / Floral: Branching Out Floral and Event Design / Cake: Delicious Cakes / Hair & Makeup: Smoking Hot / Band: Icehouse / Nigerian Hair Wraps & Makeup: Segun Gele / Ceremony Venue: The Village Church / Reception Venue: Hilton Anatole / Photography: Lindsey Shea Photography / Cinematography: Elle Films