“Each moment of every day is an opportunity to start a new path. The choices we make and the steps we take echo throughout time, constantly reshaping our future. For Ifeoma, her weekly running routine would prove to be regularly predictable in its eventfulness, with the exception of August 26, 2009. A day in which she almost decided not to run, a decision that would’ve greatly affected the rest of her life – the day she would meet Massimiliano…”
Featured in the Summer 2017 Issue of MunaLuchi Bride Magazine, Ifeoma and Massimiliano’s beautiful beach wedding in Thailand was an intimate destination ceremony incorporating elements of both Western and Nigerian wedding tradition. Read all about their love story and romantic surprise proposal in Cambodia!
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Bride & Groom: Ifeoma & Massimiliano
Location of wedding: Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Wedding date: 06 August 2016
Each moment of every day is an opportunity to start a new path. The choices we make and the steps we take echo throughout time, constantly reshaping our future. For Ifeoma, her weekly running routine would prove to be regularly predictable in its eventfulness, with the exception of August 26, 2009. A day in which she almost decided not to run, a decision that would’ve greatly affected the rest of her life – the day she would meet Massimiliano.
“It was the end of the summer 2009,” she recalls, “I used to run every week at Barcola of Trieste, Italy and I remember that day was just not my day. Everything was going wrong. I almost didn’t go, but I finally convinced myself to do a short run with a friend. I used to go to Barcola by car, but instead I decide to take the bus. We saw each other for the first time on the 26th of August 2009 on bus number 6 going towards the seaside in Trieste. We met again on the beach the same day, I started smiling “hi” to him, and he’d say “hi” back with the cutest funny and shy smile. I was waiting for him to do the first move, but the amazing sunset had ended and I became a bit upset, deciding to turn around and go home. Then, who was there out of nowhere right in front of me handing me his mobile number? He was so cute, although I could tell he was nervous and really shy as he handed me the piece of paper with his number. But that made everything so lovely. We started talking then and just totally hit it off. He asked me to meet him the next day in Barcola. We spent the whole afternoon and night at the beach talking for hours. We met the next day, and the next, and the next…”
The surprise proposal would even be somewhat unexpected for Massimiliano, acting on an impulse inspired in part by Cambodian weather and a moment of love in an atmosphere of pure romantic bliss. “It happened in our hotel room in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on August 10th 2015,” Massimiliano recalls, “Not that I wanted it to happen in the room. I was waiting for the perfect sunrise or sunset over Angkor Temples to give her the ring in a romantic moment, but the daily sunrise and sunset heavy rains made me opt for the proposal in the room when she came out of the shower…”
Their wedding took place on August 6th, 2016 on Phi Phi Island in Thailand surrounded by loving family members and close friends. Theme colors of classic white, tones of leafy greens and deep viridian mixed beautifully with the tropical asiatic florals and ethereal beach setting. Under a lightly draped trellis, near the water’s edge, the couple were joined as husband and wife by an officiant in traditional Nigerian attire; Ifeoma in a custom white gown of simplicity and elegance, Massimiliano looking dapper in classy tan slacks and matching vest with bowtie.
Following the wedding, the newlyweds changed from western outfits to their traditional Nigerian attire, “all the ladies of my family had on the colorful and coordinated clothing of the wedding party,” Ifeoma fondly recalls, “the energy, the love, the simplicity and the colors of my lovely family helped a lot to create a perfect multicultural fusion…all our friends dancing with us to African music.”
For engaged couples everywhere, Ifeoma offers this advice, “try to enjoy all the moments as much as you can because the day literally flies!”
Bride’s dress: Blessed Brides, Singapore
Bride’s shoes: barefoot crochet sandals
Bridesmaids dresses: The Dessy Group
Cakes/desserts: Phi Phi island Village beach resort, Thailand
Ceremony venue: Phi Phi island Village beach resort, Thailand
Event decor/design: Phi Phi island Village beach resort, Thailand
Event planner: Phi Phi island Village beach resort, Thailand
Florals: Phi Phi island Village beach resort, Thailand
Groom’s attire: Q Menswear, Singapore
Photography: Jay Emme Photography
Reception venue: Phi Phi island Village beach resort, Thailand