Ijeoma is a super organised lady. She has a successful career, and you could be sure that her Wedding was going to be fully arranged to the minute. Udu, is a perfectly complimentary husband to her. He is laid back, low-key, but has a wicked sense of humour.
We got to know each other during their Engagement Session, at one of my favourite Newcastle city spots – Jesmond Dene.
We then finalised arrangements and timings together during the couples engagement viewing session. Here they also opted to pick out some images from the shoot to use on their specially dedicated Wedding Website. This is such a clever way for guests to find all the information they might need for the Wedding, but also contribute to memories themselves. They’ve been doing this overseas for a long time, its something I hope to see more of on my Wedding adventures here in the UK.
Saturday 26th July was a gloriously beautiful day. The sun was out and Ijeoma’s girls were all getting ready together at the Staybridge Suites on Newcastle’s Quayside when I arrived.
With the clocks ticking, I joined Ijeoma, and her sister Ugochi on the journey to the Church. The sisters were determined to be making the journey up the aisle on time. When we arrived at the church, we were greeted by a Pastor, and ushered into a waiting room. The church was in full celebration mode, with song and dancing. In a short while, we had all of the bridesmaids ready to go.
Then we all realised: Where was Ijeoma’s dad? No one knew where he had gotten to! A few frantic phone calls were made and we learned that he was still back in the hotel, and unsure of where to get to for the ceremony. So we were torn between a church of people ready to see a wedding, and on one hand Ijeoma who wanted her wedding to run to time, and then on the other hand, she also wanted to have her Dad walk her up the aisle to her husband-to-be. So we all waited, and in a short space of time, he arrived.
With the full party together, Florence made her grand entrance (to plan) and joined a patient, excited and nervous Udu.
With the first reception concluded, we all headed to Kingston Park, to begin the second reception. It was time to catch some official photographs.
The wedding party all then made their entrance to guests. I loved seeing them do this by dancing their way in. Pastors and relatives then compared events that followed. We had impromptu speeches and blessings from guests, one of the pastors got the room to bond together by getting us all to learn the many ways we could say “Welcome” to each other in their different languages across the room. I counted 10 different words we shared for “welcome”, a truely international event!
While guests were ushered to the delicious buffet in turn, Ijeoma and Udu were entertained by dances from different youth groups from their church, and then they danced for the rest of the room. We saw funny “wedding assignments” given to the couple, the funniest I thought was a slo-mo dash across the dancefloor to each other.
More speeches, and dancing continued, and guests began a procession of gift giving, and well wishing to the couple on their regal throne.
I’m still to show Ijeoma and Udu their full wedding viewing, and cant wait to see their reaction to the work. I hope you two have had a wonderful honeymoon. Cant wait to catch up about it all soon.
May I wish you both luck, health and happiness in your marriage.
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