Tolulope and Opeyemi's love story began by introduction through a mutual church friend. After finding out they had the same aspirations of continuing their education into graduate school, Opeyemi suggested they studied together for the admissions exam. From that point on their love would blossom as they spent more and more time together. Leading to a surprise proposal and beautiful silver & white wedding with elements of Nigerian culture.
Bride & Groom: Tolulope & Opeyemi
Wedding date: 09-04-16
Wedding location: New Wine Church and Muse Event Center in Minneapolis, MN
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We were introduced to each other through a mutual friend. We all attended the same Church at the time. Shortly after the initial introduction, we both discovered that we were seriously considering going back to school to get our MBA’s. Opeyemi suggested we study together for the GMAT exams and I graciously agreed because I needed all the motivation I could get. Plus, he is very smart. The rest is history.
Proposal: Opeyemi proposed to me in a setting that suits him best and that was the comfort of his own home. There were no bells, no whistles, just the two of us in his cozy kitchen. In my mind, we were going to have a discussion on where to have dinner within the hour but apparently, he had a different plan...
What was wedding shopping like for you? I wanted two wedding dresses. My vision was to have a ball gown for the Church Ceremony and a form fitting mermaid style gown for the reception. What made my shopping experience exceptional was the opportunity I had to be featured on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress TV show (season 14 finale). My entire shopping experience with my sisters was documented and the episode aired last summer. I eventually said “yes to the dress” and purchased my reception gown at Kleinfeld in NYC. It was an unforgettable experience.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Yes, both my husband and I are Nigerian. Our wedding spanned two days. Day one was our traditional Nigerian (Yoruba) wedding. Day two was the typical Church wedding with a formal reception that followed. Our Nigerian culture was infused in the attire, food, music, and dance for both weddings.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids - Robes, Earrings, and Shoes/Groomsmen - Suits.
Favorite item on the menu: Spicy Beef
First dance song: “Thinking out loud” by Ed Sheeran
What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory from my wedding was the first look. It was an intimate moment with my husband-to-be in such a peaceful atmosphere. It set the tone for the rest of the wedding day for me.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? If you have a large family but desire to elope or host a small/intimate wedding, do so and apologize later. Invest funds in the foundation of the marriage- a new home or an amazing honeymoon. Brides, don’t spend too much money on your dress, instead splurge a little on your accessories, i.e. shoes and jewelry because you can wear those time and again.
Planning & Design: Faith Folayan of This Love Weddings
Photography: Fola Lawal Photography
Cinematography: Delawiz Studios
Floral Design & Decor: Mani Mela
Hair: Hair By Gradieh
Bride's makeup: Banke Meshida Lawal with Bmpro Makeup
Bridesmaids makeup: Faced by Fanci
Bouquets: Broquets by MMK
Invitation suite: Ijorere, Inc.
Day of stationery: Gretchen Berry Design Co
Calligraphy: Hooked Calligraphy
Catering service: Jokky Catering Services
DJ: DJ GQ Mike
MC: Wale Fapohunda
Photo booth: Slow Motion Booth
Decor: WeddingStar, Apres Party Rental
Valet: Unparalled Parking
Wedding ceremony: New Wine Church
Wedding reception: Muse Event Center