“CJ grabs my arm, pulls me out of my chair and says to me ‘Come do that on me,'” Meagan recalls of her first interaction with Chibueze, as she danced in her chair at the club.
What began as an evening out with her sisters would become one of the most important nights of her life, as two souls became one. The club was beginning to wind-down when Chibueze (“CJ”) first approached Meagan, striking up a conversation over champagne. “The music was so loud causing us to have to be in each other’s faces,” Meagan fondly remembers, “our chemistry was undeniable…” Exchanging numbers, Meagan knew she had just found her husband. Chibueze and Meagan have remained inseparable ever since and will be pronounced husband and wife this summer in Houston in a ballroom wedding on their 5th year relationship anniversary.
Read all about Meagan & Chibueze’s love story, proposal, and wedding plans – featuring work by MunaLuchi Coterie member Dure Events.
Bride & Groom-to-be: Meagan & Chibueze
Occupations: Boutique Owner/Professional MakeUp Artist & Entrepreneur
Wedding Date: June 6, 2020
Wedding Location: Houston Texas
Location of Engagement Session: The Creative Chateau & Herman Park
Tell us how you met! We met on June 6th of 2015, I was 24 yrs old and still in college. I went to dinner with my sisters that night and after that, we decided to go hang out at a Nigerian bar named “Zanzibar” which is now renamed “Post lounge.” That night was a hilarious night for my sisters and me and it got more interesting once I met CJ. The club was ending and the lights came on, by this time they were playing hip hop music. So me being me I was dancing and shaking my rump all while sitting down. CJ grabs my arm, pulls me out of my chair and says to me “Come do that on me”. My response to him was “the lights are on why would I do that?” We immediately both started laughing and that’s when I saw his beautiful smile, it took my breath away. I told him his smile was beautiful (straight teeth with a beautiful smile just does something to me). He offered me a glass of champagne and through our conversation over the loud music he found out I was Nigerian (Igbo at that) and his antennas went up from there. The music was so loud causing us to have to be in each other’s faces (my sisters were at the bar looking at us saying “I thought you both were going to kiss the way he was all in your face”). Our chemistry was undeniable and we ended up exchanging numbers. I walked out of the bar telling all my sisters “I think I found my husband” and the rest was history. We have been dating for four years and will be getting married on our 5th year anniversary.
Tell us all about the proposal! CJ and I, along with his best friend Jasper and Jasper’s girlfriend Stacy (which is now my close friend), the four of us, always go on double dates together. So the Monday before the proposal Stacy texted me saying “let’s double date this Friday, I made reservations at ‘the Spindle’ top for 8 pm, be ready at 7, dinner is on us.” We had never been to the spindle top and have been wanting to go there for years. I ran in the room and read CJ the text message (of course he knew already, he was the one planning it behind my back). He acted all excited like he didn’t know what was going on. Me being me, I immediately ordered a nice dress on fashion Nova and started putting my outfit together in my head. Friday, June 21st was here and we got up that morning and went and did our normal stuff (haircut, got my hair done, went to the mall, etc.). At this time I was letting my nails breath so I didn’t have my nails done. CJ insisted around four-ish that day that I go get my nails done (still not thinking anything of it), and of course since it’s on his expense and he is so adamant, I went and got my nails done. Everything was working in my favor that day; at my hair appointment I was a walk-in and at my nail appointment I was a walk-in, and I didn’t have to wait for either appointment. So boom, I got my nails done, went home, showered, did my own makeup (I’m a professional makeup artist by the way), and headed out with CJ, Jasper, and Stacy.
We get to the Spindle Top, which has an outside view from the elevator so going up to the 33rd floor was pretty nerve-wracking. We ate, drank, and shared plenty of laughs. The night was coming to an end and CJ kept panting around the restaurant. I seriously thought nothing of it because he is afraid of heights and I thought maybe he was just nervous about being that high up for so long. I excused myself from the table and went to the restroom (where I took a bunch of selfies in the mirror).
After coming back from the restroom, Jasper comes to the table and says “we need to go I have a family emergency.” So immediately we get up and start walking towards the restaurant exit. Once I turned the corner to go towards the elevator a bright light from a camera started flashing in my face, confusing me, and I’m looking at this guy with this bright light from his camera flashing directly at me and I turn around thinking maybe it’s for the people behind us, and there CJ was with his big beautiful smile, down on one knee. My legs immediately got weak and I dropped my head down and started crying (a great trick to use when you don’t want to mess up your makeup is to cry with your head down – thank me later).
I stayed down there for a while just soaking in what happened. I finally got up and started hugging him, he put the ring on me and instead of saying “yes” I said “Duh!” That moment was just to perfect and completely took me by surprise. Not once did CJ allow me to find out the smallest to the biggest detail about that night. He knew exactly what restaurant to take me to. He knew exactly what photographer I wanted (which he booked the day-of, thank God he was available!). He knew to make sure my nails were done, and he knew that if it would’ve just been him and I that I would’ve suspected something so he made it a double date. June 21st is unforgettable, it was one of the best moments of our life and I cry every time I watch the video, look at the pictures, and just imagine how everything came together. CJ completely outdid himself!
Describe your engagement session. When Beyoncé and Jay Z posted their picture from the 2019 NAACP Image Awards, I immediately took that look and said this was going to be our engagement shoot inspiration (of course with my own twist). I knew I always wanted to work with Marcus Owens and he captures some of the best photos, telling stories through his work. For our traditional look, I didn’t much want to go on and being that we are Igbo, our traditional clothing can be a lot at times. CJ threw a fit onset of our engagement shoot because he felt as though our culture wasn’t being brought out enough, but boom, the pictures, and outfits came out amazing! I wanted my dresses to get everyone excited and in anticipation of our wedding day, and it did just that. I wore a yellow dress in our photos for one of the looks because the day I met CJ I had on a yellow dress. Our pictures expressed our personalities as a boss couple, King & Queen, and how every detail in our relationship matters to us.
What did you do on your first date? On our first date, we went and got massages (which we still get couples massages together), we went out to eat at Razoos and then we went to the movies (which we have a movie night at least once a month now).
What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Our favorite thing to do as a couple is spending quality one-on-one time together. I know it may sound so cliche, but this is our favorite thing to do. We love to sit in the restroom with each other and gossip for hours. We even wait to tell each other things until it’s time for our restroom gossip. We have learned so much about each other because of our one-on-one time.
How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been great, being that I went full-on wedding planning at exactly six months until the day, it makes it a tad bit more stressful. My sisters call me the “last-minute Queen” (I get it for my mama literally), so working under pressure like this is pretty normal for me. My planner has been amazing and has been on me about sticking to my word, deadlines and being professional. My mom and bridesmaids are so involved the only thing I do is answer yes or no to things and they start and finish it for me. I am not a bridezilla or stressed-out in a bad way. Wedding planning is interesting and our goal is to stick to our budget and execute the vision I have for that day.
What are you looking forward to most on your wedding day? What I am looking forward to on my wedding day is to see my family and CJ’s family all together celebrating because of us. We both have very big families and we are planning to make this day as meaningful to our families here and the ones traveling from all over the world.
Photographer: Marcus Owens of Mo Storyteller
Planner: Chioma of Dureevents
Dress: Chasity Sereal
Traditional Dress: Monie by Monieberta
Makeup: Joelle of Beauty Marked By Joelle
Yellow Dress: Casanav Simmons “Art of Luxury”
Traditional Gele: BeautyRosvic
Location: The Creative Chateau