Some people feel that finding love is an elusive quest. However, many of our couples find love when they are not looking for it. When Elizabeth (Liz) and Tolulope Adeyemo (Tolu) met during a play at church, they just happened to be at the right place, at the right time. Liz recalls, “Tolu was visiting a mutual friend of ours, and when I walked over to exchange pleasantries, he introduced us.” Tolu was instantly captivated by Liz, and after another chance meeting, he decided to take a risk and pursue her via Facebook. It took some encouraging from a friend, but Liz decided to give Tolu a chance. They had their first date at a bowling alley, so when Tolu was ready to propose, he decided to invoke a little nostalgia and pop the question while bowling. He invited all of their friends and family for what Liz thought was a friendly outing. Liz shares, “At one point I ran towards a guest photographer to assist him in adjusting the camera and to my surprise when I turned around, Tolu was on his knees with a beautiful ring in his hands.”
Adonye Jaja beautifully photographed all of their wedding festivities, which was a two day celebration of love and tradition. Liz shares, “We are both Nigerian so everything we did from the food to our attire was a reflection of our culture. Our traditional engagement ceremony took place the night before. The engagement was filled with lots of traditional attire, food, rituals, and music.” Their church ceremony served as their most memorable moment. Liz reminiscences, “My best memory from the wedding was the praise and worship during the ceremony. It was at that moment that I stopped thinking and just started enjoying my wedding day. I danced and I gave glory to God for my blessing.” Liz and Tolu carried this spirit of heavenly contentment into their reception, which was full of lavish décor in various shades of pink, with purple accents. Their love for each other is abundant in every picture, and we wish them all of the best.
- Wedding Date: 07/13/2013
- Wedding Location: The Temple, Atlanta, Georgia
- Wedding Theme: Clean and elegant
- First Dance Song: “Endless Love,” by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey
- Wedding Cake Flavors: Red Velvet
- Wedding Menu Favorite: Rice
- Bridesmaids Gifts: A gift bag with assorted gifts which included a shirt with their name on the back, flip flops, water tumbler, and earrings to wear on the wedding day.
- Groomsmen Gifts: A traditional attire for our traditional engagement, button up shirts from express, and socks from express.
We had our first date at a bowling alley. So for the proposal, Tolu planned a trip to Tampa, Florida and contacted my brother who lived there. Tolu made a reservation at Splitsville, an upscale bowling alley in Tampa. My brother had contacted our friends who lived in the area and invited them to the planned surprise. All I remember my brother saying was that we were going to have a gathering of friends during our trip to Tampa. My sister in-law actually took me to the nail shop earlier that morning so we can have so bonding time…I thought at the time. We arrived at the bowling alley, where we met many guests and friends. We enjoyed several rounds of bowling, ate, and socialized. I should have known something was wrong because he kept asking the same questions he asked me on our first date. Towards the end of the night, we decided to take a group picture. At one point I ran towards a guest photographer to assist him in adjusting the camera and to my surprise when I turned around, Tolu was on his knees with a beautiful ring in his hands. I did not even hear anything that was coming out of his mouth. The only thing I was trying to figure out was whether the event was actually real or not. Once I came to myself and realized what was going on, I happily said yes.
The best advice I can give to engaged couples on their wedding day is to take 10-20 minutes to be alone and to bask in the moment. And also to let things fall where they may. Things might not always go the way you planned, but you have to learn to let go and have fun with what comes during that day. On my wedding day, the limo was late and it rained, but I continued to smile because I was choosing to have a great day no matter what.
- Florist & Coordinator- Tavia Forbes
- Caterer- Rea Kitchen Rentals
- MC- MC Milorito
- Videographer- Michael Dontigney (D&R films)
- DJ- King Ola
- Photographer- Adonye Jaja
- Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals