We Love This Micro Nigerian Wedding With EVERYTHING DIY
We love this traditional Nigerian wedding for many reasons, but mainly because EVERYTHING is DIY, even the dress is from Etsy! How cool is that?!
Aschia Samuel and Favour had their micro Nigerian wedding back in July 2021, at the Newcastle Golf and Country Club in Newcastle, Ontario.
To get a better picture of why we love this wedding so much, this is how the wedding was produced:
Florist: “We did everything ourselves!”, said the happy couple.
Decoration: “We did everything ourselves!”
Hair & Makeup: “We used a local hairstylist! And no makeup!!”
Musicians: “My Dad!”, says the bride.
Event planner: “We did everything ourselves!”
Dress Store: “Etsy!”
Dj: “We did everything ourselves!”
Check out some of the amazing wedding photos, taken at this Nigerian wedding by Focus Photography:
We asked the lovely couple a few more questions about their special day. Here’s what they said…
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?
“We had a very simple traditional Christian marriage! It was very modest and with all the pandemic restrictions, so very few people were gathered together. It was an outdoor wedding as well with lots of greens and gold!”, says the couple.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?
“There were lots of florals, whites, and greenery. We wanted it to be fresh and breathtaking. There weren’t that many DIY things except for putting together bouquets and whatnot.”
What were the florals like at your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop?
“There were lots and lots of flowers! They played a huge part in our wedding.”
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
“Nope! Due to the pandemic, we were having a shorter and more modest wedding.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look?
“I wore a white tulle and satin ball gown with sleeves for my ceremony and then for the reception I wore a traditional Nigerian wedding gown!”. The groom was wearing an emerald green suit for the ceremony and for the reception a traditional Nigerian outfit!
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
“Favour and I initially met online. After talking for a few weeks he asked me on a date and the rest is history! We were truly inseparable. After having a baby together, we knew that marriage was definitely the next step.”
“Unaware and off the scent, I was completely surprised when he finally did propose! For some reason, I thought I would know the day he would pop the question but I had no idea!”.
“There were candles and flowers everywhere and even huge ‘Marry Me’ marquee letters. It was truly a dream!! When I walked into the room full of decorations and music, there he was in the middle kneeling down on one knee. It was the most beautiful day of my life”.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
“I would just say that something I’ve learned is to stay true to yourselves as a couple! Don’t let anyone push their ideas on you because you’ll look back and regretfully see choices you made that had nothing to do with your vision.”, said Aschia.
“Everyone has their own chance to have the wedding of their dreams and this is a time when it’s about you and your significant other celebrating the next chapter of your life. Weddings are an emotional time and the whole planning process should be completely and authentically about you and yours.”
What’s the exact location of this traditional Nigerian wedding?
Newcastle Golf and Country Club in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada.
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