You’re such a shining example of what a couple should be, how a marriage should be…
Hello my darling!
I have yet another delicious wedding showcasing London in its finest and regal form, to share with you today! This beautiful wedding is filled with love, elegance, giddy excitement and features some serious dance moves!
Captured by HD Moments and Sottu Photography, Deborah and Bode both of British-Nigerian heritage married on 15th August 2015. They held their beautiful ceremony at St. Mary-Le-Bow Church, Cheapside, followed by a luxurious London reception at the very grand Plaisterer’s Hall.
Over to the happy newlywed Debs who gave me a rundown of their beautiful day.
Bode had organised for six of us to do the Clue Quest activity, a secret service mission where we had a maximum of 60 minutes to complete a live escape and save the whole planet… (Nu Bride: As you do. lol!) As you can imagine, high stakes and high pressure!!!
I should mention that we had played a similar game with a different layout a few months before and so, I pretty much knew how it worked. Unknown to me, Bode had collaborated with the organisers and tweaked the game so that only two ‘randomly selected’ agents would make it to the end. Turns out it wasn’t so random. The last clue we found revealed that the chosen agents were Bode (code name STAR) and me (code name NINJA) but still, I suspected nothing and was just excited to be the last one standing along with my baby. What were the odds of this happening? And so it began….
Agent Ninja and Star united in love and battle set off to make the final escape!
I was totally engrossed in the game and working on one of the puzzles on the floor with my back to Bode when he exclaimed “look I found something!” So I turned towards him, hoping that he had found the clue that would set us free… And then I saw he had a box (that looked suspiciously like a ring-box but could potentially be part of the game) in his hand!
At that very moment, my favourite song ‘Nothing Even Matters’ started playing through the speaker, but I still didn’t understand what was going on. I was so confused, it took a few moments to click what was about to happen. Mr B (a.k.a My SUPERSTAR) proceeded to walk towards me, and had to hold me as at this point, I couldn’t even stand up myself. He began to say some beautiful things (half of which I cannot even remember because I was still in shock!!!) and then he got down on one knee. (Nu Bride: Brilliant!)
He had also organised for my darling friends and family to watch on a screen in the other room and when I said YES! I could hear them screaming! (Nu Bride; OH WOW!!)
It was such a beautiful, emotional and original proposal.
HD Moments filmed our day, we fell in love with the team, especially Justina. The video went beyond our expectations and they were such a wonderful, easy team to work with. We would recommend them to any and everyone in a heartbeat.
We chose to have Sottu Photography capture our day, and we would absolutely recommend him. He is exceptionally talented, a dream to work with and a wonderful chap.
We wanted our wedding to represent us both. We love luxury, personalisation, originality and clean lines.
We did not struggle to incorporate our Nigerian heritage on our special day at all, as it is embedded in our everyday life. The traditional, regal outfits our parents and families wore, Nigerian wedding customs during the reception party and the wedding breakfast cuisine married both our western and African cultures beautifully.
The luxurious clean line and originality were represented from start to finish and could be seen from our décor selection and colour theme to our personalised champagne and sleek wedding party outfits.
The funniest moment was definitely when our fabulous MC played a great game, blindfolded the groom and made him try to identify his bride’s hands from a selection of bridesmaids (and a cunning male guest!).
Whilst he chose the correct set of hands – mine, what he didn’t know was before the blindfold was removed, I was swapped out with one of the bridesmaids. The watching guests immediately erupted with laughter, getting fully involved and assuring the groom that a trick had just been played on him. It was wonderful to see everyone so invested and involved in making sure the new groom was correctly joined with his new bride and you cannot help but laugh when Nigerian aunties and uncles are wailing and shouting in disbelief! The ‘Ah’Ahs!’, ‘Oh-Ohs!’ and ‘My friend, you got it right! He just swapped them!’ commentary was hilarious!
Our first dance was to Thinking Out Loud covered by Dann-I Cover
We enjoyed every moment of the day!
From getting ready in the morning with our nearest and dearest, to exchanging holy vows, seeing all of our guests during the reception and the all-night dancing, we loved it all! If we had to choose one, singular moment, it would have to be the after-party dancing, where ties were loosened, heels were swapped to flats and traditional head ties were whipped off. Our DJ absolutely killed it, we danced all night long!
Challenges and Triumphs
As I didn’t use a planner, the biggest challenge was making sure that all moving parts came together on the big day. I was very fortunate to have a wonderful sister-come-chief bridesmaid and bridesmaids rally around me to ensure everything got done.
The day wouldn’t have come together without the support of my good friend Tolu who picked up the baton a few weeks before the wedding and executed the coordination exceptionally on the day. We were extremely blessed with our vendors who also worked really hard to make sure our vision became a reality and a lot of them have now become friends. We were very lucky!
Tip for Other Couples
I have two tips, but they’re linked…
1. Enjoy your day! It goes so quickly, you don’t want to miss a thing! Take a moment to soak it all in.
2. Invest in your photographer and videographer! The day will come and go and be brilliant, but it’s the photos and videos captured that will bring those memories to life for years to come. (Nu Bride: FANTASTIC tip!)
Such a pleasure to share you beautiful celebration on Nu Bride today, thank you for being kind enough to share such a precious day with us!
Photographer: Sottu Photography,
Cinematographer: HD Moments
Dress: La Sposa from Bridal Rogue Gallery, London | Second dress custom made by Otega UK, London | Shoes: Day – Jimmy Choo | Second outfit – Guiseppe Zanotti | Jewellery & Accessories: bride’s own | Hair – Deborah Lola | Make up: OTS Beauty
Suit: Daytime Suit Supply Evening Indivisual by Keye | Shoes: Russell & Bromley | Jewellery & Accessories: Hawes & Curtis cufflinks | shirt pins and pocket scarf – Suit Supply | Bowtie – Mrs Bowtie