Memi and Dapo met in their freshman math class at Morgan State University and began dating. After splitting for two years in favor of being “best friends,” something told them to give love one more try. It was the best decision they ever made!
Worth the Wait
Cost Analyst Memi, 26, and her love Dapo, 26, a systems engineer, found each other and true love when they met their freshman year at Morgan State University. Unsure of a full-on commitment at 18, the couple partied ways and decided to stay the best of friends. But, by their senior year of college, they were back together again—and this time, for good. Three years later, Dapo surprised Memi with a romantic proposal on the campus where it all began. They tied the knot on August 4, 2012. Share their love!
For her wedding day makeup, Memi put her trust in her dear friend from college Deyanira Montgomery, who owns her own makeup company. “She was amazing!” exclaims Memi. “She did my makeup for my graduation pictures a few years ago an for some of my engagement photos, so she was familiar with my skin type, my complexion and my style.”
Hairdresser Lakiesha Jernagin of Take Tyme Salon styled Memi for her big day. “She’s such a good friend to me and I was so happy to have her with me the morning of my wedding because she is such a calming force,” the beaming bride tells us. “She also did my hair for both my proms, so it was like coming full circle. She is so familiar with what I like and what I’m comfortable with.”
For her big day, Memi wore this breathtaking wedding gown from Winnie Couture. “I tried on probably about 40 dresses,” she tells us. “I was very particular about what I wanted and with me being a thicker woman, I refused to buy a dress I couldn’t try on.”
“I wasn’t searching high and low for true love,” Memi insists. “Many people think we’re too young to be married and starting a family, but I always tell them that when you find someone who fills your heart up and strives every day to make you happy, why pass that up?”
“After trying on so many dresses, I felt like the dress I chose was made just for me,” says Memi. “It had bling. It had ruffles. It had organza. And, it was very slimming. It just had my name all over it. It was ridiculously over budget but I just could not turn away from it.”
Memi sneaks up on her groom as he prepared to see her in her wedding gown for the first time on their wedding day. The "first look" ceremony has become a very popular choice with many of today's brides and grooms.
Memi says her relationship with Dapo was really a natural progression. “Everything just flowed so smoothly, and it just felt so perfect,” she says. “I always had this feeling that he was meant to be in my life for good.”
Memi’s beautiful bridesmaids donned these peach, chiffon evening gowns from Bari Jay. “I let them try on many different dresses that met my color and fabric requirements, and my maid of honor finally selected one that everyone loved,” the bride tells us.
“My hubby had full reign over what his friends wore and he did an amazing job,” says Memi. “I was worried at first because we didn’t agree on the shades of grey, but at the end of the day, it turned out beautifully.” They fellas wound up wearing these sharp suits from the Alfani line at Macy's. Memi says the quality was amazing.
Memi and Dapo held a traditional Nigerian ceremony. Memi’s childhood pastors officiated the ceremonies. “Nigerian ceremonies do things a little differently,” she says. “Our ceremony was two and half hours long, as opposed to the more traditional American one hour format.”
Initially, style-minded bride Memi wasn’t sold on her wedding and reception venue. She felt her design aesthetic would be overwhelmed by the existing décor there but couldn’t find another venue that would fit her guest size and careering needs. Luckily, the wedding décor firm she blogged for, BCG Events, promised to transform the space to her liking, and they totally delivered.
“I wanted our wedding to be glamorous and ethereal," Memi exclaims. “All I had to do was drape the walls of my venue because that was the main thing that caused the strife between my mom and I. I just could not have seen my vision happening in a place with wooden panels. The transformation really took place.”
Large, romantic floral vases placed atop peach colored shadow boxes and mirrors decorated the rectangular tables. This tablescape has just the right touch of bling—a perfect touch for glamorous bride Memi.
For their first official dance as husband and wife, Memi and Dapo glided across the dance floor to the sweet sounds of Corrine Bailey Rae’s rendition of “Is This Love.” And, from the looks of it, it sure is!
"Our cake was stunning," says Memi. "I saw a picture online and requested a variation of it. It was made of four delicious tiers with edible candy pearls sprinkled all over it." The team over at Icing for Joy is responsible for this delicious creation!
"I think a lot of people were surprised that we partied so hard," says Memi, who along with her hubby Dapo, hired Djuniverse Lanidas. "We hired a DJ who specializes in young, fun, vibrant wedding music," she says. "We did a lot of research because the DJ is such an important part of a wedding. We had a full consultation with him and kind of created a musical theme for our day."
After a spectacular wedding weekend, Memi and Dapo headed off for a romantic honeymoon in Aruba. Did you enjoy their big day? Share the love with the newlyweds below. See more photos over at The Brides Cafe. Want to see your wedding featured in Bridal Bliss? Email us now.