If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you'll know I've been on wedding overload for about 2 weeks now. My bestie of 17 years got married last weekend and it was a throw down of epic proportions, from the traditional wedding to the bridal shower, to the hen do, to the rehearsal dinner and finally D-Day......the wedding. It was a party from start to finish
Its been frankly surreal watching it all happen, from the day she got engaged up until the wedding day I still couldn't believe Nneka was getting married. The same girl I met in Jss1 in Queens College, that I shared boarding house woes with, studied for exams with, partied with, traveled with, got shattered with, had sleepovers with....became a wife on Saturday.
She basically transformed from being my friend to being someones wife and I was so proud of how she embarked on and ended her journey, with extreme maturity and grace. Nne was not a bridezilla at all thank God, which made my job as a bridesmaid and friend-in-need so much easier.
I've had the same core group of friends from JSS1 and all of us were in full effect for TNA2012 ensuring that Nneka had all the support she needed.
We drove down to Nnewi for the traditional wedding, let me re-phrase that, we were driven down to Nnewi, Lord knows I could never make that journey. Anyhoo the road trip was so much fun, I hadn't done that in a while and I'd been looking forward to it for weeks. Basically the entire wedding party; bride and grooms side; drove in a convoy from Lagos to the East and it was so much fun.
In this photo we had stopped at Ondo State to get fuel and somehow managed to get entangled in a mad womans rant. This was taken before the woman revved up properly so we were still all smiles thinking she was harmless.
Hairnets and scarves are the only way to survive a road trip, none of that hair flying around and getting into crevices thanks very much.
Was sooo excited when we crossed the Niger bridge, I love me some Biafra.
Our beautiful Nnewi/Item bride
*I did her make-up!*
In her 2nd outfit after she had found her husband.
Bridal Shower and Hen Night
The next event on the agenda was the bridal shower which had been a great source of stress for my fellow planners and I for the past 2 months. The theme was an English tea party as a nod to Nneka's British ancestry and everybody had to come in shift dresses, twinsets, fascinators, hats, pearls....the works. We had the whole room tricked out in Union Jack bunting, flags, plates, cups etc and despite all the planning brouhaha we had endured it turned out fantastic. The guests were amazing and everybody dressed the part beautifully.
Our crowning moment was when the bride declared it the happiest day of her life.....so far.
You cannot imagine our relief.
After the bridal shower was the hen night and the theme was loosely pegged as Playboy Bunnies in Sin City, hence the black dresses and bunny ears.
A beyond epic night which took a turn for the hilarious when the groom and his groomsmen crashed our party.
The Rehearsal Dinner
We had dinner at Marco Polo and my Nne turnt it up in another fab outfit.
The official happiest day of Nneka's life....so far.
I'm in bed on a Sunday night tapping away on my computer so I can finish all my draft posts and go to sleep, I've had a fantastic week and I can't believe that there's no more planning, no more dress fitting, nothing else to do. My Neks is now married, she has assumed one of the several roles she was born for and I am so happy I got to share every moment with her.
I love you Mrs. Nneka Osoka and I wish you all the very best in your new life.
Love and light xx