Demi and Ife met in college in Nigeria and knew right away that they were blessed with a unique and lasting love. Today they’re best friends, confidants and husband and wife. See their romantic “I dos!”
“I knew Ife was the one from the very first day I met him,” Demi confesses of her college-sweetheart-turned-husband. “I had met a lot of guys before him, but with him, it was just different. I heard about him from a close friend and when we met I found out more about his ideals, what drives him, and that we had a lot of common ground. I knew then that we would make a perfect match.” Her instincts were spot on!
“Being a bride was as perfect as I dreamed it would be,” says Demi. “Planning the little details to the final execution was just as exciting as dreaming about it. I would admit that it was stressful along the way, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.”
“My bouquet consisted a stunning petite and round floral composition of ivory hydrangeas, cream vendela roses, white lisianthus, snowy jewel princess roses and white freesia fashionably wrapped with an ivory French ribbon to complement my gown,” says Demi.
“To me almost every dress was beautiful and gorgeous, you just need to decide on which one,” says Demi of her bridal dress shopping mission. “When I needed to find my dress, I went to the bridal store alone so I would not be unduly influenced by my friends’ opinions and spend forever trying to find a dress. I found my dress at the first store I went to and by the time I had tried on the second gown in the store myself, I knew I had found The One and my decision was made.”
The groom was responsible for choosing the looks for himself and his groomsmen. “All I wanted was for them to look amazing which they did,” says Demi. “My husband also ordered the ties, all I did was make sure they matched the bridesmaid dresses.”
“I had initially wanted a wedding planner so I could relax and feel like a princess bride, but my husband motivated me to take on this challenge based on my exceptional planning skills, which he praised time and time again so I decided to take this on full throttle,” says Demi. “In retrospect, I think he just used his project management skills on me and helped us save money we might have spent on a wedding planner.”
“Demi is very practical, candid and realistic,” says Ife. “She genuinely cares and loves sacrificially. She’s almost always right about everything so I take her opinions and suggestions very seriously. It’s cliché, I know, but she’s a real God-send.”
“My wedding stick on shoe accessory was my something blue, my custom-made belt was made out of old classic satin and lace and my gown was my something new,” says Demi. “I don’t believe I had something borrowed.” That’s okay, you looked perfect just the same.
“Our parents participated in the ceremony by lighting separate candles, and later, we lit a single unity candle and blew out the separate candles,” says Demi. “We also read bible passages coordinated by our pastor.”
“Looking into his eyes at the altar it felt surreal,” says Demi. “I could not believe that we were actually getting married. I felt like I was experiencing my wedding and not actually in it until it was over and I saw the videos.”
There were lots of people there to witness Demi and Ife make it official. “We had close to a 100 guests at the church ceremony and a little over 300 guests at the wedding reception,” the bride tells us.