One radiant bride, an excited groom and a super-relatable love story... Ope & Chigozie's nuptials is everything sweet & spesh!
Glowing in an amazing, long-sleeved lily-white bridal gown by JB Living [@jbliving] at the church ceremony, the bride, a stunning model, absolutely melted hearts just as she did at the traditional ceremony.
About three years to their big day, though, she was turning down her groom's offer for a date on a South African beach, feeling pissed at "the gut" he had to ask her out after a just few car rides.
The pretty, radiant bride shares with us below where their story began from, and what their journey to this happy place felt like...
We met in 2014 at a church in Cape Town, South Africa.
I was walking to catch a taxi and he offered me a lift, at first I said no, but he insisted. We chatted all through, although I saw him as a clown because he was so funny that night.
He offered me a lift again and it was same experience. Then he asked for my number for something that I can't remember.
Then one Sunday he called asked if I wanted to chill at the beach.
It was quite annoying and I wondered where he got the gut. Anyway I said no. So he kept looking out for me at church and then I started noticing.
He asked to know me better so we went on a date and talked for a while and after that day he fell totally in love. He actually loved me like a sister and everyone thought we were siblings.
I still didn't want a relationship for career reasons but I liked his company. But I noticed that he liked my career and supported it. He took me to castings and whenever he took me to any casting I got the job.
This was creepy. I told my mum after a while and she said i could give him a try. So I gave him a try and as time went on i admired his maturity, intelligence, and sense of humor. I started praying about it and I had peace to go on.
I forgot to add that from the first day we hung out he told me his intentions to marry me. So he came to take me out on February 14.
He made me so angry that day on purpose so I wouldn't suspect his proposal because I'm not that smart. He took me to lunch. He wanted to propose before lunch but I was too hungry and angry cause of the quarrel earlier, so I wanted to get it over with.
Anyway I ate and we started talking and I saw him on his knees and it felt so good and I was really surprised.
Afterwards we started planning to come down for our introduction. We did that and started planning our marriage.
Wedding planner/Coordinator: @arommievents
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Igbo trad: @jbliving
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