“I didn’t have a hair and makeup trial because I was just too busy with my training program and didn’t live in the same city as the wedding was taking place in,” shares the bride. “The day of the wedding, I knew that I didn’t want my hair down and so I left it up to my stylist, and she did a phenomenal job.”
“I went with an assortment of dark red orchids, mini calla lillies and pink roses and the florist, added some bling with jewel encrusted mini brooches for my bouquet,” says Christiana. “The handle was wrapped in satin and accented with some more jewels.”
“My bridesmaids varied and height and shape and I didn’t have the time or patience to find a dress that would definitely look good on everyone,” says Christiana. “My wedding planner put me in touch with a dressmaker in Houston who designed and fit the dresses to each girl’s body. She also designed and created the traditional Nigerian attire that I wore.”
“It was a beautiful experience,” says Christiana. “I owe it to all my bridesmaids, friends, family, makeup artist and wedding planner for making me look and feel special. My wedding day was better than anything I had dreamed in the past.”
“At the time we met, I was knee-deep in my residency training and didn’t think I had time to devote to building and nurturing a relationship,” says the bride. “And, if you told me that I would be introduced to a guy on Facebook (which I rarely used) by a girl I met once at a lounge and willingly enter a long distance relationship, I would tell you your dreaming.”
Christiana got lucky and found her stunning wedding dress right on the rack. “I moved from the metropolis of fashion, New York City, to Texas a few months after our engagement to start my training program and didn’t have time to shop for a dress,” she says. “I was referred to the boutique in Houston by a patient of mine.”
“The year prior on 11/12/13, we talked about how cool of a wedding date it was, and joked that we would get married on 12/13/14,” says the bride. “After we got engaged, we realized that we could actually have this as our wedding date and began planning. We called around and learned that just about every wedding venue in Houston had been booked for that date, some over a year prior. After many hours and online searches, we found our venues.”
“The other fun part of the wedding was when we changed into our twist on traditional Nigerian attire,” says the bride. “We were re-introduced to the party and danced, danced, danced. It’s customary in our culture to shower people we care about with money at ceremonious events like a wedding. Our guests literally drowned us in money.