Prior to marriage, Bunmi and Seun shared a strong spiritual connection. In fact, the pair met in church thanks to Bunmi's uncle who innocently sent Seun to give her a book. After this innocent meeting, the pair begin talking and later dating. But on January 8th 2014, which is coincidently Bunmi's birthday, everything changed.
"We were supposed to go out and eat for my birthday, I was standing by the kitchen and he gave me a card. As I was opening the card, I noticed he was kneeling and I was like mmhh wassup" says Bunmi. As she continued to open the card, while affectionately giving him the side eye, she saw the ring. But instead of crying, she began laughing with excitement! "Of course I said yes! He was like babe you didn't cry and I was like nope" laughs Bunmi.
In addition to this couple beautifully paying homage to their Nigerian heritage, throughout their ceremony, this was also Christian wedding, featuring various Christian elements and music. The couple's overall goal was to display that you can be saved and still have a good time!
Scroll on for more of Bunmi and Seun's cobalt blue and yellow Nigerian wedding in Maryland, and view their wedding photos flawlessly captured by coterie member, Nafa Adadevoh of Judah Avenue Photography.
Bride: Olubunmi (Bunmi) Akinadewo
Groom: OluwaSeun (Seun) Omoniyi-Mafa
Wedding date: 3/27/2016
Wedding location: Newton White Mansion, Mitchellville, MD
Describe your wedding dress!
The initial wedding dress I fell in love with is also a cathedral-like style, it had lots of crystals in front and an envious train-detail. A week to my wedding I was notified that it got lost while being designed...so I settled for the one I wore on the actual day which was simple with a cathedral-like train too but yet still beautiful. And I loved the fact that the dress was not sleeveless like the initial dress I was going to wear. I was not as self-conscious like I would have been if I had wore the initial dress, so I guess all things worked out!
Did you incorporate culture into your ceremony?
Both Seun and I are Yoruba, and are born again Christians. The goal for our wedding was to celebrate our traditional culture, while also showing the world that you can be saved and still have fun. One of the major ways that we accomplished both was through our music. Our DJ is also a Christian and played strictly gospel music. The music from the ceremony was mostly contemporary, but for the reception we played a lot of Nigerian and Yoruba gospel songs. In Nigeria, we celebrate our faith largely through song, so there really was a lot of music to choose from. We showcased this with upbeat music throughout the reception and all of our friends danced to it!
In our culture, we also place a lot of value in celebrating our parents, and as such both parents danced into the reception. Our fathers are late, but according to tradition, we were able to have another father figure stand in for both of them. I chose to only put my sisters in the bridal party, but I also asked my closest friends to wear silver 'aso ebi' to my wedding, and they danced ahead of the bridal party to usher us into the wedding, similar to the way friends usher in the bride at a traditional Nigerian engagement. Our goal was to incorporate many traditional elements, while keeping a contemporary feel to the overall event.
Bride and Groom gifts: We did not exchange a particular gift that day as we believe we are God's gifts to each other (how sweet!)
First dance song: "Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran
What is your best memory from your wedding?
The whole wedding was a beautiful memory to me but I guess I can say one of the best memories was when the pastor pronounced us as husband and wife, I was like this is it!
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Put God first and be patient with each other. Please pray together, attend pre-marriage counseling. Please get a planner, our planner (Feyi) was the absolute best, she made the planning much easier.
Photography: Judah Avenue Photography
Sweets Table: Sugartables
Makeup: FabLab Glam
Hair: Unique Berry Hairs
Planning + Decor: Statuesque Events
MC: Tunde Duduskii
DJ: The Covenant Child
Photobooth: Tickled Photobooth
Catering: Shiloh Catering
Favor Boxes: Dee Soy Designs