While planning her wedding, Kemi had mixed emotions - sometimes it was stressful and other times things went well. She recalls, "we started planning by having no clue on what to do and where to start." After searching for the perfect wedding gown and venue and with the help of BCG Events, they were able to create exactly what they wanted. Read on to see how they incorporated their Yoruba culture and how they describe their most memorable moment. You can also find more coverage of this fabulous wedding on our partner site, BellaNaija Weddings + more gorgeous images in the full gallery here.
Their beautiful wedding was photographed by Dotun Ayodeji.Bride: Kemi Momoh - Physician Service Specialist Groom: Yinka Momoh - Electrical Engineer Wedding date: August 18, 2012
How They Met & The Proposal
From bride... In 2005, a friend of mine wanted to hang out, so I ended up going to his place. We sat down and began to chit-chat not knowing he was sharing an apartment with a roommate. Yinka came out of his room and introduced himself, then joined us in the living room. As my friend and I went on, I soon realized there wasn’t much to talk about, while Yinka sat across and sparked a conversation that caught my attention. Yinka and I began talking for the rest of the evening; I mean we were talking as if we had known each other for a long time. About a year later, I ran into Yinka at a Nigerian Independence Day party. In my mind I’m thinking “oh shoot! This guy again.” He spotted me from afar and came up to me, and blurted “Hi! Do you remember me?” I kindly said, “Yes I do. You were the guy I met at my friend’s place.” So we began talking while he secretly asked for my number. From that point on, Yinka and I became really close friends. Even so, Yinka and I had not seen each other for years, but on this fateful Saturday; one of my girlfriends called and invited me to a house party in Laurel, Maryland. I told her I couldn’t make it. Couple of minutes later, my phone rings again. It was a guy’s voice on her phone and I’m like hmm…. Who is this? It was the same Yinka guy from the Nigerian Independence Day party. He persuaded me to come out, which I did. I got there, and it was like heaven for him (lol). I personally think I was being stalked all night. We talked all night. We exchanged numbers AGAIN and agreed to hang out the following weekend. Hanging out the following weekend led to many more weekends. Yinka and I have been inseparable since that night.
From groom...I proposed to Kemi at Sequoia in Georgetown DC. We also dined at Sequoia on our first date. I called Sequoia a month prior to ask questions and inform them of my plans and thoughts. On this beautiful Saturday evening, I picked up Kemi for this dinner that would change our lives forever. 30mins after we arrived at Sequoia, I lied I had to use the restroom. Not too long after I lied about going to the restroom, I show up dressed in a black tux with a bottle of wine and 2 engraved glasses. She was still playing a game on her phone while I was standing looking down at her. I don’t even think she knew who I was till I started talking. To be honest, I don’t know how and what I said because I was so nervous. All she kept saying was, “are you kidding me,” which she repeated several times. I got on my knees and asked if she would do me the honor of spending the rest of her life with me. She said, “Are you serious?” Now I’m getting nervous because everyone in the restaurant was staring at me. I was giving her the, are you gonna please say yes look, so at last I said, “Are you going to give me an answer?” With tears in her eyes, she screamed, “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! I love you and I definitely want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Everything about our wedding day was memorable. The reception venue was beautiful and breathtaking, thanks to our friends from BCG. The MC, Wamilele, was on point; He definitely made the reception with his jokes. We’ve been to quite a few weddings and we didn’t want a disorganized event or a wedding where everyone is standing around doing their own thing. We wanted an elegant, intimate, organized and classy wedding. We also wanted our guests to eat, drink, laugh, dance and have a blast. Yinka dancing, trying to get the garter, everyone laughing and wondering what he was looking for; that is definitely a memorable moment.
Incorporating our Yoruba culture was a big part of our wedding. There were reception venues in the area that insisted on catering and we couldn’t compromise on the Caterer; we wanted our traditional food. We wanted the jollof rice, assorted meat, iyan (pounded yam), efo-riro (spinach, spices and assorted meat). We also had a Yoruba band. We wanted this band to play till at least 3am; this also played a major role in the reception venue selection. I can’t forget about the 2 traditional outfits we wore during the reception. We took our time looking for traditional outfits. The traditional wedding (engagement) was 2 days before the wedding.
You Make Loving You So Easy
From him... Kemi is beautiful in and out. One out of the many things I love about her is her big heart. She would go out of her way to make sure you’re okay; even before she thinks about herself.
From her... Yinka has to be the most determined, motivated and organized person I’ve ever met in my life. He doesn’t procrastinate; he’s a go-getter.
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VendorsWedding Dress: Allure Bridal http://www.allurebridals.com Photography: Dotun Ayodeji http://www.dotunsblog.com/ Bride’s Hair: Luv & Locs by Amber, MD Bridesmaids Hair: Evelyn Mann, MD Makeup: Tolu Kara, MD Wedding Planner: BCG Events http://www.bcgevents.com Floral, Décor and Lighting: BCG Events http://www.bcgevents.com Wedding Cake: http://www.sweetthingblackorchid.com Videographer: Event Media Production http://www.eventmediaproduction.com Stationery: Skratchaus Studios http://www.skratchaus.com Ceremony Location: University of Maryland Memorial Chapel http://weddings.umd.edu Reception Venue: The Ballroom http://www.theballroom.org [divider]