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The Modern Love Letter. – Rock My Wedding


emmaandmark The Modern Love Letter.

You may remember this gorgeous pair from their rather special engagement shoot. If you missed it, please go and have a read – their story is such a lovely one & Emma’s words about her love for Mark are so heartfelt and moving.

‘We were so entwined that I knew I’d found my forever.’ I’m sure that’s a feeling which will resonate with all of you.

So it really is lovely to be able to share their wedding too…and believe me when I say Emma & Mark’s wedding is beautiful.

The flowers are out of this world. The Bridesmaids are sporting the most magnificent floral crowns I’ve ever seen and Emma’s bouquet is divine – oversized and full of beautiful roses and foliage. An excellent job done by Angel Like Flowers.

There is also some fabulous fashion to lust over – I’m loving Emma’s sequinned Malene Birger jacket for the evening and her Gillian Million headpiece is so pretty.

And as if the images from Horseshoe Photography weren’t enough, the wedding highlights film from MY FILM is a wonderful sneak peak into Emma & Mark’s big day.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…


Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 1 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 2 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 3 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 4 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 5 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 6 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 7 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 8 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 9 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 10 The Modern Love Letter.



Stylish Wedding At The Walled Garden Cowdray With Bride In San Patrick Dress And Jimmy Choo Shoes And A Malene Birger Sequinned Jacket And Groom In Navy Suit From Topman 11 The Modern Love Letter.


Emma The Bride: My dress was a San Patrick sweetheart strapless beauty, with a fitted fishtail underskirt, beaded appliqué at the waist and a sheer tulle overlay with spidery lace crawling down a cathedral length train.

Alongside some beautiful shimmering Jimmy Choos, I had a beautiful headpiece made by the talented Gillian Million – all peachy pearls clusters and encrusted jewels. For the day I also wore a simple rose gold bangle from Whistles to match my rose gold and diamond wedding band, and I wore a tulle cathedral length veil with raw edges.

I am a magpie, so for the evening I wanted to glitter. I found a beautiful second-hand golden sequinned jacket by Malene Birger, which I wore to the Wedding Breakfast and then for the evening I had a beautiful statement necklace of pearls and stones found in Jaeger.

On the morning of the wedding my Mum surprised me with a beautiful gift of a 1950’s vintage sparkly bracelet. It was a perfect match with my necklace and is now one of my most treasured pieces.

Mark kept things simple and chose a navy skinny 3 piece suit from Topman. With this he wore a crisp cotton shirt from Hugo Boss and a gorgeous knitted navy tie with white polka dots from Zara.

Andy, a Groomsmen, gave Mark a little gift on the morning of the wedding – a small swallow badge. The swallow is a symbol of loyalty – a fitting gift in so many ways.

We started the venue search pretty much straight away and discovered The Walled Garden at Cowdray – a stunning English garden in the middle of the Sussex countryside. Think wooden floors, bare brick walls with farrow & ball hues and the most beautiful garden – even in the midst of winter!

I pretty much made all aspects of the Wedding. From the programs to the menus to the table plan to the garden signs to the wrapping paper to the hand stamped name tags. I loved it.

To add a bit of detail I hired 6 table runners from Sama of Utterly Wow fame – 3 black and white striped runners and 3 golden hued sequinned numbers. They were the perfect addition!

All of my handmade elements were nothing in comparison to the sheer gorgeousness that was brought by the wonderful Kate Fletcher of Vintage Style Hire. I loved Kate’s styling and it was just a pleasure to work with her from start to finish!

Angel Skillman of Angel Like Flowers is a genius and created all floral elements after just one meeting. We chose White Piaget, Quicksand and Majolica roses, lots of Gypsophelia, astrantia and Bells of Ireland, Populus, Eucalyptus, Olive and Rosemary.

For my bouquet I wanted something a little wild with roses in the creamiest ivory and blush tones, with lashings of foliage, all hand-tied with gold and bronze ribbons. I didn’t want traditional bouquets for the Bridesmaids instead opting for oversized floral headbands and corsages for their wrists – they were dreamy.

Words are important to us and the readings we had chosen were actually love letters, written by Victor Hugo and the American artist Rockwell Kent. Considering we met via the modern day love letter it seemed a fitting tribute. Lolly’s wedding inspired me to have bells for the guests to ring as we had our first kiss as husband and wife. It was a bit magical and our guests loved this little touch!

For the garden reception we had the Leeds City Stompers providing the entertainment and as one guest put it they were “quietly brilliant”. For the evening we wanted something slightly different and so enlisted the help of Brighton DJ’s Stick It On – the idea being your guests take turns on the decks! My favourite bit was seeing my Father-in-law aka Daddy Cool spinning Metallica. Epic.

Cheryl from Passion Cuisine created a beautiful wedding feast of gorgeous canapés, anti-pasti sharing platters, chicken with pancetta and sherry sauce and delicious apple tart with blackberry sorbet and clotted cream! We served Pimms, champagne and homemade lemonade for our reception. Our cake was made by the doll that is Mary-anne from Jam & Tea.

Jo of Horseshoe Photography is responsible for these gorgeous images and she’s an absolute delight to have around. Jo really loves to see the story in people and these images have captured some of the most precious moments of my life.

Natasha of MYFILM was another find from the Rock My Wedding archives. I loved her from the moment we met and I knew she would create an epic wedding film for us. Natasha has captured so many amazing details and really caught the atmosphere of the day. Oh and the music for the edit – her choice – and it’s bloody great.

Meeting Mark has changed my life in so many ways… I’m now a wife, I have seen a little bit more of the world on our travels, I’ve made some brave decisions including starting my own business – Coco Wedding Venues, and I’m ridiculously excited about our future…

As a wedding gift Mark gave me a beautiful copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and inside he wrote, “ We’ll go through the rabbit hole together and our adventure starts today…”


Photography by Horseshoe Photography
Dress San Patrick | Boutique Isabella Grace Bridal | Hairpiece Gillian Million | Hair & Beauty Jeni Dodson | Venue The Walled Garden Cowdray| Stylist Vintage Style Hire | Florist Angel Like Flowers | Bridesmaids Emma Louise Design | Catering Passion Cuisine | Videography My Film | Cake Jam & Tea

Tips For Planning A Wonderful Wedding | Show Bride

Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but it’s very easy to go overboard, and in no time, your expenses could start spiraling out of control. A number of steps exist that you can take in order to manage your wedding within a reasonable budget. Use the information and tips in this article to plan a wedding that fulfills your dreams and doesn’t start your married life in debt.

As you plan your wedding, you must consider the type and amount of alcohol you wish to serve, especially if you’re working with a budget. Just letting people drink all they want can really add up, especially if the reception lasts a long time. Inquire with your wedding venue as to what their alcohol options available are.

Order small individual portions of cake from a local bakery if the thought of spending the equivalent of your honeymoon on your cake does not appeal to you. Many bakeries offer small tarts or mini-cakes that come in healthier options, like fresh fruit-filled, gluten-free or vegan options.

Don’t use an overabundance of flowers as table centerpieces for your reception. A lot of the time flowers in the middle of the table are an annoyance. Plus, a few of your guests could have flower allergies that you were not aware of. Opt for using non-scented candles instead of flower arrangements for a romantic and luxurious look.

Be sure that any reception venue you select has enough space for you to dance. If you want to dance at your wedding, make sure you have the room to do so, and if you do not, simply move some of the furniture out of the way and shake your tail feather!

Fashionable brides can add a touch of luxury to their bouquet by applying some sparkle through the use of Swarovski crystals, diamonds or rhinestones. You can achieve this look by using heat-fixed or adhesive crystals or small pieces of costume jewelry. Make sure that it will match everything else in your wedding outfit by remaining consistent with the colors you choose, the cut, and also the size of your stones.

You could get help from someone else who is attending the wedding. They could help you carry your gear. They can also help you track down family members, and get them together for group photographs.

Find out if the lights at your reception venue are the type that can be dimmed. You will probably want to lower the lights for your first dance, but have brighter lights during most of the reception. Discuss this with the venues you’re considering before making your final choice.

Despite what you might have been told, you can put on a excellent wedding without spending six figures. Use the information you just learned to make your wedding unforgettable while saving some money for your honeymoon.

Emerald Green Wedding at William Aiken House – Style Me Pretty

Every wedding has its “thing.” You know – that one special detail that sort of steals the show. And for this William Aiken House beauty, it came in the form of an emerald green color palette. It’s the force that drives the design of this Southern love affair, and you can see every stunning bloom by Ooh! Events plus ah-mazing captures from the lens of Virgil Bunao sitting pretty right here.

When walking into the William Aiken House, guests were greeted with a specialty cocktail and asked to take their photo in the vintage inspired photo booth with ornate gold frames as the backdrop in the pergola. Guests grabbed their escort card from a vintage card catalog provided by the bride. Upstairs, the dinner tables were full of lush ranunculus, dahlias, and dusty millers in various shades of blush and ivory. A vanity mirror listed the table number and a thank you card from the bride and groom welcomed each guest to their seat.

To utilize the metallic elements on the tablescape, we used gold silverware from Polished Tabletop Rentals to create a romantic feel. The bride and groom’s chairs were marked with a beautiful ivory fabric which was braided through the chair and cascaded down to the floor below. With Emily being from Florida, their wedding just so happened to also fall on biggest game of the season for this Florida Gators fan – the Georgia game. We had one of our assistant coordinators update the score in order to let guests know via chalkboard! This encouraged guests to stay off their phones and focus on the beautiful couple!

We had a custom moss monogram hanging in the carriage house lot along with custom lighting to match their invitation. Being the 2013 Pantone color of the year, emerald green was incorporated through the bridesmaid’s dresses, custom fabric pieces and table linens. The emerald green was the perfect accompaniment to the soft color palette. For a classic look, the bride selected white tufted leather couches and antique gold end tables. The event was truly classic and elegant. After a night of dancing under the stars, the bride and groom were wished farewell with sparklers and the bride donned a fur stole.

Photography: Virgil Bunao Fine Arts Photography | Videography: Life In Rewind | Floral Design: Ooh! Events | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Event Planning: Haley Kelly With A Charleston Bride | Make-Up: Elina Mille | Hair: Charlotte Belk | Lighting: Technical Event Company | Entertainment: Plain Jane | Officiant: Greg Mason | Ceremony Musicians: Palmetto Strings | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Rentals: Connie Duglin | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Rentals : Polished | Wedding Venue: William Aiken House

Visiting a blogger friend | Wedding Photography for Inspired Brides …

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to get someone special in front of my lense! Susanne is the woman behind Hochzeitsguide, a wonderful wedding blog that has grown to inspire brides way beyond the borders of Austria!

Susanne has an amazing talent and eye for aesthetics, her blogposts are beautifully curated and it’s always such a pleasure to see your work presented the way she does it on her blog! Lisa (the talented girl who did Susanne’s hair and make-up and one of the faces of Your Choice) & I had a lovely time shooting and chatting with Susanne. She really is one of the most heartfelt people I’ve met and I feel very, very blessed that we struck up such a wonderful friendship over the past years!

Visiting Susanne Schuhmann the blogger behind Hochzeitsguide.com portraits peaches & mint by Pia ClodiMixed bottles with greens home decoration

 

Hair & Makeup: Lisa Maria Matzner / Your Choice Events + Styling; Scanning & Processing by my dear Carmencita Film Lab. Shot on Fuji400H.

 




Nora | 26. March 2014 18:21

Entzückend! Und eine wundervolle Zusammenstellung!! :)

GlG Nora




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“Love's Testimony!” BellaNaija Weddings presents Paul Okoye of P …

“What a Beautiful Onyinye!”

Port Harcourt stood up as Paul Okoye of P-Square married Anita Isama. BellaNaija Weddings was on the spectacular scene providing live coverage through photos, and now here’s the full fabulous feature in all its glory.

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Anita and Paul’s joy knew no bounds – it was so infectious. People couldn’t help but to stop, stare and smile at the beautiful bride.

The wedding was planned and coordinated by Omu Obilor ~ Luxury Event Planner, who did an amazing job ensuring all the elements were seamless.

Guests included celebrities – from Nollywood, musicans, media personalities, politicians and of course family and friends. Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, D’Banj, Naeto C, Ikechukwu – Killz, Iyanya, Ubi Franklin, Ini Edo, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Susan Peters, “Mr Ibu” – John Okafor, Olisa Adibua, Mike Ezuruonye, Majid Michel, AY, Chinedu Ikedieze, Ify Ighodalo, M.I., Monalisa Chinda, Uti Nwachukwu, Pasuma Wonder, Funke Akindele, Ebube Nwagbo, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Uche Jombo-R amongst many others.

Julius Agwu kept everyone thoroughly entertained from start to finish, as the MC.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Paul and Anita a happy home, more blessings and beautiful chlidren.

Photography by AkinTayoTimi exclusively for BellaNaija Weddings

Enjoy!

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When we walked in, the decor took our breath away. Guests were transported into a fantasy wedding wonderland that was every bit as tasteful and romantic as the couple.

Peach, cream, silver and gold were the colours of the day and The Wedding Guru did a fantastic job with the decor. The design company also decorated the groom’s twin – Peter’s traditional engagement in November last year.BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 01 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 03 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 02 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 04 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 08 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 00 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 07 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 09 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 05 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 011 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 012 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 013

While the traditional rites were being performed, cameras were excluded from the venue, so we caught celebs and stunning guests arriving and being interviewed by Hip TV - they broadcast the wedding live online and on DSTV.

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Banky W talked about how supportive P-Square was when he moved back to Nigeria to pursue a singing career, as well as his favourite P-Square love song – “No One Like You” – where bride Anita starred in the video!

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Anita’s makeup was done by Banke-Meshida Lawal of BM|Pro. She did an amazing job, but she also had a fantastic canvas to work with. For the first look, Anita opted for pink ombre lips and eyeshadow to match her glistening pink and silver wrapper.

The bride wore a jaw-dropping chunky beaded necklace and headpiece which represented her Oguta traditions and culture.

Isn’t she a Beautiful Onyinye?!

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“Park, baby o pullover!” Limpopo crooner K-Cee had everyone on their feet.BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 040 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 039 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 038 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 06Lola Okoye – groom Paul’s twin’s wife gave a beautiful speech.
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Eloquent First Lady of Cross River state - Obioma Liyel-Imoke also witnessed the cake cutting.
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It’s Peter! 2nd half of P-Square and the groom’s twin. And his mini-me Cameron. Peter gave a fun speech about the couple!  He mentioned that his son Cameron’s middle name is also Paul’s middle name – Nonso, yet, when Paul and Anita had their son Andre, they didn’t name him after him.

So he made the couple promise that their next child’s name would be Peter Peter Okoye after him! lolBellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 016

Hey Jude! The twins’ older brother and video director posed it up with other celebs for our cameras.

The stars really came out in their best to support Anita and Paul.
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Julius was on a roll! No one was immune to his rib-cracking jokes.BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 049 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 051 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 055 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 056 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 057 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 058 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 085

*Kiss kiss*! 
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The second outfit in the traditional wedding symbolized the Igbo culture. To celebrate, the bride wore a red ichafu with traditional coral beads flecked with gold, and a gold embroidered blouse & wrapper. Her red heels? To die for!

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It’s cool DJ Jimmy Jatt!

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The groom’s nephew Cameron was a star on the day with his great dance moves, energy and contagious smile all through the day.

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The koko master himself D’Banj performed over 10 songs! He ‘killed it’!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 016 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 038 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 018 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 021 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 019 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 020 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 022 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 023 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 039

Bracket, Phyno, J.Martins and more hit the stage. At this point it was a party!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 031 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 032 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 033BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 037 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 041 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 040

Chop my money!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 044 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 045 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 043 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 055 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 052

Banky & Muna were definitely feeling the love!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 056 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 035 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 036 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 057 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 058

Omoge Jasi!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 063 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 051 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 065 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 066 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 072 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 060 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 059

For the bride’s third and final look, she wore a shimmery royal blue dress with a feathered tail by Frank Osodi. The fabric was from Yinka Fowora of Foradora Fabrics, who also provided the wedding’s aso-ebi. She kept the accessories simple with dangling diamond earrings and her engagement ring.

Anita’s lips were sumptuous in BM|Pro Redd, by the makeup artist’s cosmetic and beauty company – BM|Pro.

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Little Andre was matching with his dad. Aww!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - BM|Pro Banke Meshida Lawal - March 2014 - 01 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 01BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 07BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 00 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 012

Anita and her new sister – Lola. Welcome to the family!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 014BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 09

The groom and his twin sang to their wives. How sweet!BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 015 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 06 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 023 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 017 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 04 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 020 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 021 BellaNaija Weddings - Paul Okoye P-Square & Anita Isama Traditional Wedding in Port Harcourt - AkinTayoTimi - March 2014 - 022

BellaNaija Weddings had a fun time with the couple and we’re so grateful to everyone involved including Bayo Adetu (PR for P-Square), Banke Meshida-Lawal of BM|Pro and last but certainly not the least – Tayo & Pascal for AkinTayoTimi.

We’re so happy for Anita & Paul, may their joy be never ending. Amen!

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Wedding Details
Traditional Engagement Date: Saturday March 22 2014
Venue: Aztech Arcum | Facebook | 98 Stadium Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Wedding Attire
Bride’s Makeup: Banke Meshida-Lawal for BM|Pro - instagram.com/banksbmpro
Bride’s Hair Stylist: Josh
Bride’s Hair: www.kukushair.com | instagram.com/kukushair
Aso Ebi & Fabrics: Yinka Fowora for Foradora Fabrics – instagram.com/yinkafowora
Bride’s 3rd Outfit: Designed by Frank Osodi
Bride’s 2nd Outfit Fabric: Dzyn Couture in Abuja
Bride’s Silver Shoes: Kate Spade Charm Slingback Pump

Vendors
Wedding Planner: Omu Obilor ~ Luxury Event Planner | instagram.com/omuobilor | www.omuobilor.com
Wedding Decor: The Wedding Guru – instagram/com/theweddingguruu
DJ: DJ Jimmy Jatt
Wedding Favours from Peter & Lola: Swish Ideas | www.swishideas.com

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Things You Can Do To Have A Wonderful Wedding | Show Bride

The day you wed will be one of the highlights of your life. It’s the kind of day that sticks in your memory for a lifetime. Since this is such an important occasion, planning a wedding can be both difficult and stressful. The following article offers you some great advice that will help you through the planning process, so you have an enjoyable and memorable wedding.

You will need to make a choice about how much alcohol you want to pay for, and which type of serving will be most cost efficient. An open bar is very costly and can become extremely expensive if open for long periods of time. Ask the venue about their various alcohol service options.

Buying your wedding dress may be expensive. To save money, consider looking at dresses that have the same appeal as a wedding gown, but aren’t categorized as such. You should check out the selection of bridesmaid dresses at the bridal store. One could fit your style at only a fraction of the cost. Many times, you can alter the dress to make it look like a wedding dress for a fraction of the cost of an actual wedding dress.

Ask anyone who is giving a toast to share his speech with you ahead of time to ensure that the comments are appropriate. Some material, especially jokes, may fall flat or offend some of your guests, so you want to correct these problems ahead of time. There will be a lot of different generations at your wedding, and a joke that young people can relate to might not be good for elders to hear.

Your wedding photos are important as they will be the memories you carry with you for the years to come. Hire a professional to take your photographs even if it costs a little more as you’ll be able to rely on the fact that your entire day will be captured properly.

Of course, the most important aspect of getting married is choosing the right intended! Don’t rush into this decision. Give careful thought to that person, what you absolutely must have in your life, and what might irritate you.

If you are hoping to wear some special jewelry of your wedding day but only have a limited amount of money left in your budget, consider renting some diamond pieces. This can help you to look more stunning while not breaking the bank so you can stick to the budget you have created.

Don’t overcrowd your wedding reception tables with excessive flowers. A lot of the time flowers in the middle of the table are an annoyance. Not only that, but you may have some guests who are allergic to flowers. One classy alternative to flowers is unscented candles.

Make sure that the venue you choose for your reception has adequate space for dancing. You want to have ample room for everyone to get down, so if the dance floor of your favorite venue is lacking at least make sure that you can add some size by moving nearby tables and chairs.

You can embellish your bouquet with tiny crystals, rhinestones or perhaps diamonds if you can afford to. You can achieve this look by using heat-fixed or adhesive crystals or small pieces of costume jewelry. Make sure that the stones of your choice coordinate well with your ensemble; have consistency in your arrangement of colors, size and cut.

If you are hosting a destination wedding, your guests may appreciate receiving a basket of vacation goodies in their room on their arrival. Fill the basket with useful, fun items like a map, camera, sunblock and brochures from local attractions. To make it easier for them to find good dining, a local restaurant guide is certainly helpful.

When making table assignments for your reception, ensure that even numbers of guests will be at each table. If you group your guests together by age, they will have more in common in terms of conversation topics.

As stated initially in this guide, your wedding is a very important day in your life. Organizing the wedding of your dreams can easily become a nightmare if it gets out of control. When you follow the advice presented here, you can be fairly certain of having the wedding of your dreams.

Michigan gay marriage ban struck down. 14th court victory in a row

UPDATE: The gay marriages have begun in Michigan! (Saturday March 22, 2014)

A federal judge today, nominated by Ronald Reagan, just struck down Michigan’s ban on gay marriages.

This is the 14th consecutive victory marriage equality advocates have had since last summer’s game-changing Supreme Court decision in US v. Windsor, striking down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowze react to the decision:

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Plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowze react to the Michigan federal court’s decision striking down the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The state of Michigan has filed an appeal, and asked the court to stay the decision until the appeal is concluded.  In the meantime, it appears gay marriage might begin immediately if the stay doesn’t come soon:

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You can find the complete decision below. Here’s the best part:

In attempting to define this case as a challenge to “the will of the people,” Tr. 2/25/14 p. 40, state defendants lost sight of what this case is truly about: people. No court record of this proceeding could ever fully convey the personal sacrifice of these two plaintiffs who seek to ensure that the state may no longer impair the rights of their children and the thousands of others now being raised by same-sex couples. It is the Court’s fervent hope that these children will grow up “to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives.” Windsor, 133 S. Ct. at 2694. Today’s decision is a step in that direction, and affirms the enduring principle that regardless of whoever finds favor in the eyes of the most recent majority, the guarantee of equal protection must prevail.

Mark Regnerus, authored of now-debunked anti-gay study.

Mark Regnerus, authored of now-debunked anti-gay study.

In addition to find the Michigan ban unconstitutional, the court took a special swipe at the anti-gays’ star witness, Mark Regnerus, who recently authored a debunked “study” claiming that gay parents turn kids gay and make them want to kill themselves.  The study was conceived at the Republican party’s leading think-tank, the Heritage Foundation.

One of the main problems with Regnerus’ “study” is that it wasn’t terribly clear that any of the children he examined actually grew up with gay parents.

The court had this to say about Regnerus:

The Court finds Regnerus’s testimony entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration.

Utah saw a large number of weddings during the brief period that gay nuptials were legal in that state in December, 2013, pending appeal of a court case.

Utah saw a large number of weddings during the brief period that gay nuptials were legal in that state in December, 2013, pending appeal of a court case.

This is a big deal since Regnerus faux-study is being used the Russians, other eastern European governments, and anti-gay governments in Africa to justify a draconian crackdown on gay rights in those regions. The judge also noted that Regnerus study was not “impartial,” as he claimed:

While Regnerus maintained that the funding source did not affect his impartiality as a researcher, the Court finds this testimony unbelievable. The funder clearly wanted a certain result, and Regnerus obliged.

The judge even put the word “study” in scare-quotes.:

Whatever Regnerus may have found in this “study,” he certainly cannot purport to have undertaken a scholarly research effort to compare the outcomes of children raised by same-sex couples with those of children raised by heterosexual couples. It is no wonder that the NFSS has been widely and severely criticized by other scholars, and that Regnerus’s own sociology department at the University of Texas has distanced itself from the NFSS in particular and Dr. Regnerus’s views in general and reaffirmed the aforementioned APA position statement….

They, along with Regnerus, clearly represent a fringe viewpoint that is rejected by the vast majority of their colleagues across a variety of social science fields.

Another great quote from the decision:

Fourth, the state defendants’ position suffers from a glaring inconsistency. Even assuming that children raised by same-sex couples fare worse than children raised by heterosexual married couples, the state defendants fail to explain why Michigan law does not similarly exclude certain classes of heterosexual couples from marrying whose children persistently have had “sub-optimal” developmental outcomes. According to Rosenfeld’s study, children raised by suburban residents academically outperformed those children raised by rural and urban residents. Likewise, “middle class and poor families are ‘sub-optimal’ compared to well-off families, and couples with less formal education are ‘sub-optimal’ compared to couples with more formal education.” Pls.’ Ex. 31 at 5. A child’s racial background is another predictive indicator of future success, as the study showed that “the probability of making good progress through school is greater in the U.S. for children of Asian descent than for children of all other racial groups.” Id. Taking the state defendants’ position to its logical conclusion, the empirical evidence at hand should require that only rich, educated, suburban-dwelling, married Asians may marry, to the exclusion of all other heterosexual couples. Obviously the state has not adopted this policy and with good reason. The absurdity of such a requirement is self-evident. Optimal academic outcomes for children cannot logically dictate which groups may marry.


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Brides The Show. This Weekend. | Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

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Ohh it’s nearly here, the wedding event of the year. Brides The Show. Are you going along?

There is so much to see and do over the weekend, from catwalk shows to fabulous exhibitors and On The Sofa sessions with wedding experts. Whether you are newly engaged or just about to get hitched there will be so much information and advice available. It’s not to late to buy your tickets here.

 

How about starting with a show tour with wedding planner Bruce Russell? It is the perfect chance to get familiar with the layout of the show and a great opportunity to be introduced to some of the brilliant exhibitors.

If you are still unsure on your bridal beauty look then be sure to make an appointment with Bobbi Brown for fabulous make up lessons, perfect for getting the right look for your big day or any occasion in the run up to your wedding.

Head on down to the Catwalk to see a show and get some must see inspirational fashion ideas.

Have a wander after a spot of lunch at The Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar by Social Pantry and meet some of the wonderful wedding suppliers on hand to help you. Don’t forget a notepad and pen to jot down all the essentials. To be uber organised go along with a list of everything you need to check off so you don’t forget a single thing.

There are some fantastic workshops and tutorials from the best in the business in the Imagination Room. Have fun and try a spot of crafting.

Before you catch the train home, you just have to visit The Sommelier’s Table in Partnership with Virgin Wines to taster luxury wedding wines to help you decide on the perfect beverage for your guests.

Wow what an amazing array of events and treats on offer, and there is so much more… go to the Brides The Show website to see even more and to plan out your perfect day in style.

I hope you have a wonderful time at the show this weekend XOXO Lou

*Brides The Show is a Whimsical Wonderland Weddings sponsor.

Outdoor Wedding at Merion Tribute House – Style Me Pretty

Give me an ultra-romantic, impeccably styled outdoor “I do,” and I’ll be one happy blogger. But take that same affair and add top-notch vendors like Kay English and Reverie Events, and it’s sure to go down as an all-time fave. With cascading bouquets and a million steal-worthy details, the full gallery plus video from Willow Tree Films are two pretty things you just mustn’t miss. 

From the Bride… The day I started to date my husband, is the day I started to daydream about my future wedding. Seven years later when we got engaged I was beyond ready to plan the wedding of my dreams. Our wedding day exceeded all of my biggest dreams and expectations. I wasn’t going for a specific theme, I just wanted my wedding to feel and look romantic and beautiful.

The first step was to find my venue, our neighbor told us about a wedding she was invited too at the Merion Tribute House in Merion Station, PA. The moment we stepped foot on the property I knew this was exactly what I wanted. A beautiful old castle that had so much charm, It was love at first sight. Next, I found the perfect florist to create the exact look I wanted at Reverie Events with natural flowers and cascading greenery accompanied by candles to add a romantic feel.

My photographer Kay English Photography was a must book since she has been a wonderful mentor in my life and her work is absolutely amazing! I also wanted to find a videographer that could capture our day as well, Willow Tree Films was a no brainer, their work is so unique and beautiful.

Last but not least, my dress! It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was the one! It is a Marisa wedding gown. Bridesmaids dresses were Jim Hjelm in a light blush color. Our day couldn’t have been any more perfect then it could have been, I am so thankful for everyone that made our day possible!

Photography: Kay English | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Floral Design: Reverie Events | Reception Venue: Merion Tribute House | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Doorknob Table Numbers: Framed In Love | Venue: Merion Tribute House | Video: Willow Tree Films