Talk about a whirlwind romance. Nwabueze and Ogechi were introduced by family friends! Emails turned to phone calls, which led to Skype video chats. Finally, the couple decided to have their first date in Dubai, UAE. It just happened that Nwabueze was there for a business meeting; Ogechi happily obliged to meet him out there and they hit it off. During their entire courtship, they lived in two different countries and flew every 2 months to visit each other! On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012 in the Murtala Muhammad International airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Nwabueze placed a jewel on Ogechi’s finger, which has changed their lives forever.
Since they had a love affair that spanned continents, the jet setting couple decided with their wedding planner Darryl Wilson of D’Concierge Events that an aviation inspired, travel themed wedding would be perfect. Everything about their nuptials was spectacular starting with the couple’s entrance. Ogechi shares, “we rented a private plane to fly us in and land at the doorway of the reception venue. My husband exited the plane first, guided me down the wing of the plane, and proceeded to help with placement of my shoes as he knelt on bended knee on the red carpet. The guests were wowed and we were beyond full with excitement with the entire experience!”
For their reception the couple went with opulent, all white décor. Their families dressed in traditional Nigerian formalwear, while their bridesmaids stunned in elegant white tea-length dresses, and the groomsmen donned navy and red. The bride carried a bouquet of ivory and white roses, orchids, and dusty millers, and white hangings decked the reception hall, illuminated with candles and crystal. The wedding menu epitomized their ocean-spanning relationship, with beef, fish, jellof rice, coconut rice, spinach, and plantain balancing favorites from both sides of the Atlantic.
After years of travel, long distance planning, and time apart, Nwabueze and Ogechi danced, posed with their Cessna, and enjoyed being together, surrounded by friends and family—finally home as husband and wife. Tomayia Colvin Photography captured every high flying moment!Ogechi Chukwunyere – Optometrist Groom’s Name: Nwabueze Chukwunyere- Business Owner/IT Specialist Wedding Date: 12/07/2014 Wedding Location: 1940 Air Terminal Museum-Hobby Airport (Houston, TX)
Incorporation of Culture
In the Nigerian culture, the bride and groom’s closest family and friends wear uniformed colors to distinguish them from the guests. Different shades of gold were worn by the women while the men wore maroon. This group totaled more than 50 people and made the wedding very colorful. We also incorporated the culture in the food. Dinner ranged from Nigerian meat pies with plantain, to fried fish and beef, with different assortments of rice, including jollof rice and coconut rice. At the end of the reception, my husband and I changed into our native attires and danced the night away.Tomayia Colvin Videography: George Drake Wedding Planner: Darryl Wilson of D’Concierge Wedding Events Cake: Rick Ballard of For Heaven’s Cake Stationery: Papered Wonders Wedding Dress Salon: Weddings by Debbie Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Nikki’s Bridal of Greenbelt, MD Hair: Bridgette Nwaogu Makeup: Joanne Nwaogu of J’Spice Beauty and Fashion Ceremony location: A.D. Bruce Chapel (University of Houston) Reception location: 1940 Air Terminal Museum-Hobby Airport (Houston, TX) DJ: DJ Obiepro Food: Kingsway Bakery, United Sisters Restaurant, CJ’s Masterpiece Floral: 19Eleven by Dextor Rogers
Pipe & Drape and Chandelier: Décor 2 Remember
Chairs/Tables: Another Memorable Events
Linens and napkins: What’s the Occasion Linens
Dancer: Urban Souls Dance Company (Stacey Allen)
Live Saxophonist -Shola Iyiola
Custom Dance Floor/Lighting: LG Entertainment
Luxury Portable Restrooms: Texas Waste Company
LED Bars: UNIK Lounge