May 11, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Traditional Wedding Recap 1

I posted the link to view pictures from our traditional wedding earlier this week. Over the next few weeks, I'll be doing a recap of the events of the day.  

Today, I'll start with the first outfit I wore. First off, I did not see the outfit until the morning of the event. Among the Yoruba people, apparently, the grooms family is responsible for providing all that the bride wears that day. I use the word apparently because during the course of our traditional wedding coming together, there were many different opinions and some of my family felt it was their responsibility to dress me as I should come out in my own clothes as I was not married yet. The issues were resolved, and I wore the clothes provided by the K's family.
Since I hadn't seen the outfit, I had to rely on my sis-in-laws to describe the colours to me so I could pick the shoes and bag I would carry.  

Jewellery - Coral beads known as Iyun Yoruba. The jewellery was custom made by Cephas Jewelers in LagosTouche Plaza, 25B Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos - 08029050775, 0818216655. My mom together with the owner of the store came up with the design and I didn't see until the week of the ceremony when I arrived in Lagos. 

My make-up was done by the fabulous Banke Meshida Lawal; This was one of non-negotiable's. She also tied my head-tie and iro as well. I always knew I wanted her to do my make-up so when the traditional wedding was being planned, I left everything to my mom except make-up and my photographer. She did ask for my input on other stuff but I did not actively make the decisions. 


My outfit was made up of a yellowish-cream aso-oke buba (the top of the outfit) , a fuschia pink gele (my head-tie) hand designed with touches of coral coloured designs and the iro (wrapper around my waist) is actually a single piece, the same fabric used in the buba was sewn on to the bottom of the alaari.The alaari cloth is mostly worn by the Ondo people in Nigeria (where K is from) and so it came into play in my outfit. For some reason, I do not have a close up of my shoes or clutch;  will add when I get the CD of pictures from Enimien - our photographer. 

Kola and I got our shoes from a shop in London called Ivory, they are located on Bond Street down the street from Pronovias shop there, and my clutch was from a friend - Yuwa who sells accessories - Sorrela

complete outfit

another view of our outfits

 Kola's outfit was sort of a tribute to his dad. His father passed away in January of 2006 and to honour him, Kola wore his fathers own clothes and the alaari cloth I had was actually custom designed to match. The only new items Kola wore was the white buba (his top) and his shoes. He also wore coral beads as well... 
I love this picture of KOK

Complete Attire
All the photographs are by Enimien Etomi Inegbedion, our fantastic photographer. My other non-negotiable vendor for my wedding. She was amazing !! She will be doing a photo-booth  at the wedding in Malta - I can't wait :)  She was assisted by Lanre Balogun of Libran Eye

All photographs by Enimien Etomi Photography


  1. The pictures are great. You looked gorgeous, and I love the outfit!

  2. Yay Myne !! Thanks for the compliments :)
    I finally downloaded your book on my kindle reader - the one about Kevwe and Efe - Awesome so far... I love the back and forth between the flashbacks and present time...

  3. I think the idea of the groom's family providing your outfit is Ondo tradition. Im yoruba too and where I'm from, the bride's family buys the clothes for them both. Infact the bride and her mum are expected to shop for the clothes together.

    I think its significant that KOK wore his pop's clothes, thats a remarkable way to honour him - very thoughtful

  4. beautiful pictures. wow!congrats

    Pls how much does Banke's services cost

  5. Stunning! U looked so wonderful!

    About who makes the engagement attires, there seems to be lots of opinions on this issue. My husband's family provided what we both wore. Although the idea was for my family to pay my share but MIL refused to collect it. Theres lots of confusion on whose family does what but i think if both family have a cordial rel, it makes it easy.