Nigerian Oludolapo “Dolapo” Olomo, 26, and Trinidadian Dane-Brandon Sookram, 28, became husband and wife at the Rose Castle in Brooklyn, New York, on November 28, 2008, after dating for eight years.
By: Bridgette Bartlett
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.
Dane had a total of 19 fellas in his party including 17 groomsmen and two best men. Both of Dolapo’s brothers participated in the wedding.
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.
“Dane loves me like no one else can love me. He’s everything I prayed for growing up. He’s funny, he’s handsome; plus, we’re both hardworking and both Christian,” shares Dolapo.
Dane and Dolapo welcomed more than 800 guests for their wedding ceremony and reception. Loved ones traveled from all over the country, Trinidad, England, Nigeria and Switzerland.
“I always wanted a big wedding and that is exactly what I got,” shares Dolapo, who is shown here with her entire bridal party.
Dolapo carefully places a wedding band on Dane’s finger.
“Dane is a really kind soul. He is the ying to my yang,” reveals Dolapo.
Newlyweds Dane and Dolapo exchange a loving kiss before their guests after being pronounced husband and wife.
The New York-based Art Strings Ensemble performed during the wedding ceremony.
“I have always liked classical music, so I knew that when I got married I was going to have a string quartet,” explains Dolapo.
The Divine Destiny Dancers from Dolapo and Dane’s church, Christ Life Ministries, in Brooklyn, performed during the wedding reception.
More dancers perform before a packed hall at the wedding reception.
“The entire day was great but the best part of our wedding day was the first dance. It was just me and Dane; a private moment even though it was in front of a room full of people,” reveals Dolapo.
Dolapo’s bridal color of choice, pink, was incorporated into the seven-tier wedding cake.
The bride is flanked by her two younger brothers Opeyemi, 16, left, and Olakunle, 23.
“I am my parent’s first child and only daughter so they spared no expense for my wedding,” shares the bride.
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.
The bride changed gowns four times on her wedding day, while the groom changed a total of three times.
Spraying is a popular Nigerian custom in which guests pin money on the bride and groom during the reception. A couple can receive thousands of dollars in cash.
“It’s like a blessing. You’re starting off on a good foot. It symbolizes good fortune and that your marriage won’t suffer any financial hardships,” explains Dolapo.
A dance floor full of single ladies eagerly await the tossing of Dolapo’s bouquet.
The Brooklyn natives met as college freshman at the State University of New York at Old Westbury in the fall of 2000. The pair started as friends and eventually started dating.
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.
Some of Dolapo’s best-dressed guests pose for the camera during her wedding reception.
Yet another outfit change for the newlyweds on their wedding day.
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.
The spraying continued well into the night during Dane and Dolapo’s reception. Some guests did not leave until nearly 5 A.M. the next day!
“Nigerians like to party!” explains Dolapo with a laugh.
“Weddings are a big family thing in Nigeria. It’s insulting to have a wedding and not invite your entire family,” explains Dolapo.
The bride headed to Manhasset in Long Island, New York, to have her first (and traditional American) bridal gown design brought to life by Demetrios Couture.
A decked out Dolapo and her mother share camera time.
The bride and groom cut a rug in their traditional Nigerian wedding attire.
“Dane is so emotional. Sometimes I tell him he’s more emotional than me!” shares the bride with a laugh.