Sometimes in finding love it begins with an inexplicable allure…a certain magnetism that you just can’t put into words – drawing your gaze to another’s, guiding your step in their direction. For Adeola this inexplicable feeling initially took hold and as she recalls that day at work,”for some reason when I saw him, I made an extra effort to help him even though as a manager, I had other associates that could help him.” Numbers were exchanged but ultimately, regardless of that initial magnetism, Adeola “was not very interested in getting into a relationship.” John’s persistence would pay off as he continued to send her text messages of well wishes every morning, a casual conversation ensuing here and there. It would be at John’s birthday party that the initial magnetism would finally become the spark of love…
Read all about Adeola and John’s love story, romantic proposal, and wedding experiences below, in this stunning Atlanta mansion wedding, beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Fotos by Fola photography, and with stationary by Sandi Spells. See the complete gallery here!
Bride & Groom: Adeola & John
Wedding Date: 03/04/2016
Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA
Occupation: Adeola works in banking and John in Real Estate property management.
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: I met John when he walked into my job to conduct business. At that point in my life, I was not very interested in getting into a relationship but for some reason when I saw him, I made an extra effort to help him even though as a manager, I had other associates that could help him.
While conducting the business he came for, he asked me where I was from and I told him. He proceeded to tell me that he was also Nigerian. I smiled in disbelief and said “yeah right”, shrugging off the joke. He kept a straight face and said no really, then I asked to see his drivers license and after carefully reviewing it, I determined he was lying.
He explained further to me and I finally believed that he may be telling the truth. After the exchange, he boldly asked for my number. Before I could say no, I found myself writing down my number. In my mind, I was only giving him my information so I could expose him to a beautiful side of himself and a culture that he did not know (as most Nigerian’s do)
The very next day, he texted “Good morning” and I responded dryly since I was not really interested. Clearly I had been overly spontaneous the previous day and now have to deal with this stranger. Anyone that knows me well, knows I’m not really interested in getting to know new people (#nonewfriends…lol). For the next few weeks he continued to text me every morning and we managed to have a couple of short conversations.
It was his birthday at the end of the month and he had invited me to his birthday party that was being held at a lounge. I decided to go with a friend after he asked for the umpteenth time. I remember not really joining him where all his friends were, but we shared a dance that was simply put…magnetic. It was then that I started to feel something different. It was almost like we were communicating in silence, and everything felt safe and familiar.
Shortly thereafter, I travelled across the world and he called me everyday. I started to look forward to his voice, laughter and humor and before you know it, I was in love with him.
After a few weeks, months and year, the rest as they say is history as we take the next step into our journey of forever.
Honestly, a few months into our relationship, I knew Adeola was THE ONE. She was the smartest, most intelligent, beautiful, kind hearted person I met. Believe it or not, I picked out her ring about this time but it did take a few more months for me to ask her “The Question”. There has never been any doubt in my mind but she had always mentioned that she wanted to wait till a certain amount of time to consider taking the next step, so I anxiously waited.
Now anyone that knows Adeola, knows that she is a very smart and resourceful woman just like I mentioned earlier. So popping the question was a very hard task to keep secret. In March of 2015, I got a chance to meet her mom when she visited Atlanta. I had a very great conversation with her mom and made my intentions known to her. I got her blessings along with that of the rest of her family.
The next Saturday after receiving the family’s blessing, I set the plan in motion knowing I had to plan intimate proposal like she always wanted. Ady had gone to work and I knew this would be the perfect time to go undetected. I honestly had a few errands to run and was racing to get home before she got back from work. I had picked up some rose petals, candles and wine and I also made sure to get the ring cleaned and shiny.
Luckily I made it back home in time and I put rose petals from the bottom of the stairs all the way upstairs and into the bedroom. I also made a heart shape with the rose petals with the ring in the middle. Once she got home, she was looking for me and I told her to come upstairs. As she walked up the stairs, I could hear her smile and laughter which made me a little bit at ease knowing that today will be the day that I would get the woman of my dreams to take the journey to eternity with me by saying “Yes”. I am so excited that she said “yes”.
Wedding Style: Overall wedding style was simple but elegant.
Describe your wedding dress: my wedding dress was an Allure mermaid style gown with sweetheart neckline. Heavily beaded at the body with a tulle bottom.
What was wedding shopping like for you? Some aspects of wedding shopping was stressful like finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses as only one of my bridesmaids was local. Most other aspects were moderately easy thanks to my planner who had recommendations for everything I needed.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We incorporated Nigerian culture through the music choices, second attire and entertainment (Nigerian MC). We also incorporated a little bit of my husbands Caribbean culture through the food and some of the music choices.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids – Silk robes and jewelry set Groomsmen – Customized Pilsner Beer Glass.
Favorite item on the menu: Whole Red Snapper with Rice and peas and plantains.
First dance song: John Legend: Made to Love
Favorite item on the menu: Nigerian jollof rice, of course!
First dance song: Maxwell- Stop the World
What is your best memory from your wedding? The best memory was just having everyone we love in one place celebrating with us. We had another wedding in Nigeria earlier in the year and a lot of the people we cared about were not able to make it. Also some of our family members got to meet each other for the first time. It was truly awesome how everyone just meshed together.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples. Personally I would say try not to stress out too much about all the details. Regardless of any disappointments that may come up, your day will still be perfect for you. Also, I can’t stress enough the need to invest in a planner who shares your vision for your big day.
Wedding dress designer: Allure Bridals
Wedding dress salon: Anya Bridal, Atlanta GA
Bridesmaids dresses: Macy’s
Hair: Deedy Hair
Makeup: Nalani /BeautyBott
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony location and reception location: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Photography: Fotos by Fola
Videography: Imagine Video Productions
Wedding planner: Niq Williams Events
Florist: Niq Williams Events
Cake: Cakes by La’Meeka
Stationery: Sandi Spells
Event designer: Niq Williams Events
Food: Phenomenal foods by Chef Holly
Bartending: Tioke Staffing