Dolapo’s bridal party contained 28 of her closest friends, family members and even a few of Dane’s cousins. The bridal train of this wedding extravaganza consisted of five maids of honor, 12 bridesmaids, nine junior bridesmaids and two flower girls.
Dolapo decided to take beauty matters into her own hands on her big day.
“It wasn’t even about saving money. She’s very particular. I knew exactly want I wanted and I didn’t want someone else to do something I would be upset with,” says Dolapo about her wedding-day hair and makeup.
The newlyweds pose for the camera with the bride’s parents.
“My parents loved Dane from the get. Most Nigerian parents would object to their daughter or son marrying someone who isn’t Nigerian but my parents never put those restrictions on me. They are very modern—what mattered to them is that Dane treated me well and that we shared the same beliefs,” explains Dolapo.
Dane proposed to Dolapo a few times before his hesitant girlfriend said yes.
“I felt like I was too young. It was my first real relationship and I didn’t want the pressure of just saying yes because we had been together for so long. But, he’s very persistent and proposed for the final time in November 2007, on our anniversary,” explains Dolapo.
Dolapo and Dane relied on a wedding planner to help them create the gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception. Guests dined on a hybrid of traditional American, Caribbean and Nigerian cuisine that evening.