Doctors Mary Ndidi Egbuniwe, 30, and Akin Ojo-Carons, 31, met in medical school during a shared rotation and found out they’d both come down with a case of true love. On September 24, 2011, they were married in an outdoor ceremony at The Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carolina. Share their love!
“The search for my gown was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever been through,” admits Mary. “Before settling on my dress, I halfheartedly purchased another dress. I was never truly in love with it, and it was my older sister who helped me see the light, and loaned me the money, to say yes to my dress.”
Mary looked absolutely stunning in her fall ball gown-style Lazaro wedding dress with a fresh water pearl belt, wave skirt and chapel train. “It was the complete opposite of what I wanted and everything that I needed,” she admits.
“We planned the wedding day together,” says Mary. “It is amazing to know that with a lot of trust and faith, a large event like that could be pulled off. Together we decided on just about everything, although, of course, absolute final decisions rested with me.”
The bridesmaid’s bouquets were made of white carnations, white mums and white babies breaths, and wrapped in double faced satin ribbon and finished with pearl pins. “I didn’t want to spend a big part of my budget on flowers and thought that if I kept it one color, we could use less expensive blooms,” says Mary.
“Our wedding ceremony was held outside in front of the Aisle of Oaks at the Legare Waring House,” Mary tells us. “It rained the entire day. I prayed to God and thanked Him for the day and bringing all of the people we loved together. One hour later, the down pour stopped.”
“Our mothers and Akin walked down the aisle to ‘Violin Romance No. 2’ by Ludwig Van Beethoven,” says Mary. “Our wedding party walked down to ‘Whatever, Whenever, Whatever’ by Maxwell, and my father and I walked down the aisle to ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree. All of the music was played by a harpist.”
Mary and Akin’s cherished guests gathered beneath the beautiful hanging oak trees to watch the bride and groom come down the aisle, lined with white rose petals, and meet at the altar, which was decorated with two large Kimberly queen ferns.
“I wanted the feel of the day to be relaxed, yet elegant,” says Mary. “I wanted everything to be beautiful and seem effortless. It was important for things to be a bit couture and avant garde but not over the top.”
Mary and Akin, who live in New York City, put a lot of thought into choosing their wedding venue. “We wanted something that would be unique to our friends in NY and D.C. but close to home for my family in South Carolina,” she says. “It was also important that our venue be close to water and allow everyone who attended to enjoy the entire weekend.”
“Our cake was a three tiered lemon cake with vanilla butter cream,” Mary tells us. “It was decorated with a replica of the pearl belt on my wedding dress. We had a grooms’ cake that was red velvet also. It was decorated to look like one half of a Chelsea soccer team Jersey and one half of a Akin’s white lab coat.”
Mary’s bridesmaids were ready to battle it out for a chance to catch her lovely bouquet. As favors, the couple gave their guests wine bottle stoppers decorated with hearts on top. “We picked them because we love wine, they’re useful to have and they seemed to fit the feel of the wedding,” she tells us.
“We took so many beautiful photos the day of the wedding,” says Mary. “Our photographer was gracious enough to also offer us a post-wedding day shoot. We returned the following morning, dressed in our wedding attire, and leisurely strolled around the grounds for our couple portraits.” Now that’s genius.
Join us in congratulation Mary and Akin on their beautiful wedding story. See more photos from their wedding day over at The Bride’s Cafe. Want to see your wedding featured on Bridal Bliss? Email us now!