Soul mates Deborah, 24, and Chidi, 29, were introduced by a mutual friend. Although she lived in Texas and he called California home, they found a way to keep the sparks between them flying. On August 27, 2011, they were married in a church ceremony followed by a lavish sit-down reception in Dallas.
Deborah fell in love with this gorgeous multi-tiered La Sposa gown the minute she slipped into it, but was crushed to learn that it was discontinued, according to a sales woman. She returned to the store days later to find it was on the wrong rack before, and was actually still available; only it was way out of her budget. With a little internet searching she found it for less at another boutique. This time, both her fiance and her mother insisted that she splurge on the gown she loved.
Even though she tried to be diplomatic when it was time to pick the bridesmaid dresses, in the end, Deborah realized it’s impossible to get nine women to agree. Instead she made the final call on these lovely blue Alfred Angelo gowns. (Smart choice, Deborah!) They look amazing on all the ladies.
“My husband is of Catholic faith, so having a mass during our wedding was very important to him,” Deborah tells us. “Since he doesn’t live locally, and I am not Catholic, it wasn’t easy finding a local church to accommodate us as non-members.”
Want to cut decor costs? Pick a church with a beauty all its own. Deborah and Chidi didn’t have decorate for their ceremony because they found a location too beautiful to touch. “The architecture of the church, both internally and externally, was so beautiful, we didn’t have to add any decorations to it.”
“The decor we chose was an incorporation of things that my husband and I liked,” Deborah tells us. “We love the look of elegance the color ivory evokes, so my husband decided to stray away from the traditional black tux.”
We can see the couple spared no expense when it came to perfecting their dream wedding style. “We love bling, so we found ways to incorporate that throughout the wedding; from the crystals in my bouquet and adding a crystal sash to my dress to my shoes adorned with Swarvoski crystals and crystals hanging from the centerpieces,” gushes Deborah.
“We were on a tight budget,” says Deborah, who admits they wound up going over it big time. “Especially since we’d already planned one wedding before in Nigeria. It was very difficult sticking to it. We found it difficult to compromise on a lot of things we wanted but knew were way over budget.”
During their engagement, Deborah and Chidi set up a section where guests could submit their favorite songs on their wedding website. They used them to create a must-play list for the deejay during their reception. It was a real crowd pleaser.
“Being Nigerian, it was very important that we serve both Nigerian and American cuisine at the wedding,” says Deborah. “The Old Red Courthouse was the perfect fit. It’s a historic location in the heart of downtown Dallas.” The couple raved about the staff, who let them serve drinks and traditional foods with zero hassle.
Deborah and Chidi make silly faces for the camera while inside their photo booth. “We chose a photo booth as our wedding favors,” Deborah tells us. “Aside from the fact that we both love taking photographs, we wanted it to be fun and enjoyable for guests and a wonderful keepsake.”
“Somewhere in the middle of the reception, my husband and I changed into traditional Nigerian attire,” explains Deborah. “Friends and well-wishers joined us in dancing and ‘made it rain’ on us. This is something typically done in Nigerian weddings. Guests do this to support the couple as they start their new lives together.”