The path of a relationship is never a completely linear journey; their may be speed-bumps, road-blocks, and detours along the way. Regardless of your journey’s path, if all is meant to be, the destination remains the same – your own piece of happily-ever-after together. Katelyn and Chibundu’s love story began on the campus of Ohio State University, maturing over time into the foundation of love, trust and support it is today. Journey back in time with this visual love story, celebrating their engagement, and read all about Katelyn & Chibundu’s love story, surprise proposal, and wedding aspirations.
Bride & Groom-to-be: Katelyn & Chibundu
Occupations: Public Affairs Director & Education Advocate
Wedding date: June 23, 2018 + December 1, 2018
Wedding location: Houston, TX + Atlanta, GA
Location of Engagement shoot: National Harbor, Maryland (The DMV)
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: We met in the fall of 2002 as students at Ohio State University! We’ve had an interesting acquaintanceship, friendship and relationship journey since our first meeting!
Chibundu and I flew to Cincinnati (my hometown) in January 2017, since we both had plans in Ohio that weekend –his good friend Jonathan was receiving an award the same weekend as my Mom and Aunt’s birthday. He left my parents’ home earlier that day to ride to Columbus with Jonathan. That night, I took my parents and Aunt to their birthday dinner that my little brother planned. Well, it turns out that the award was a farce and the birthday dinner was actually a set-up for a surprise proposal! I’m convinced that Chibundu, my family and friends are all interning at the CIA – because it was flawless!
Describe your engagement session. We shared our relationship journey (our love story!) and let our photographer and stylist really take the lead. Our photos demonstrate different parts of our lives and journey together.
What did you do on your first date? Technically, our first date was back in 2004. Chibundu brought Chinese food to my dorm room to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Fast forward almost a decade, once we “reconnected” in 2013, one of our first dates was to The Breakfast Klub and a gun range.
What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple? One of our favorite things to do is karaoke! We’re kicking off our Nigerian wedding weekend with a karaoke night for guests. We both have unofficial set-lists that include Aerosmith, Beyonce, Oasis, Gladys Knight, and Jay-Z.
How has wedding planning been so far? It’s been an exciting experience so far. We’ve taken on the task of planning both a traditional Nigerian ceremony AND a formal wedding. We’re learning as we go and keeping it stress-free (as possible, with TWO long-distance weddings) and fun!
Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day. Being fabulously dressed while celebrating our God-ordained union in front of family and friends – with banging music!