We love a good love story with a happy ending, but it was a special treat to have Ikem and Enoho share theirs with us. This is real life, yet there were a few plot twists that need to be in the next big romantic comedy. Remember you read it here first.
Enoho Mariam Paul-Ebiai and Ikem Emelieze met four and half years ago at a kid's birthday party- that of a mutual friend's son; (proving that you can meet the love of your life at unlikely events so go out more!) and that led to the beginning of something awesome.
They dated for almost four years, yet the proposal came as a total surprise to her. Yep, that's very possible in the hands of an artful man.
Ikem and Enoho travelled to Rwanda for Christmas in 2016. On the 27th, they went Gorilla Mountain hiking which apparently is quite difficult but beautiful. Now imagine a man with a real phobia for heights braving a 6-hour climb up a mountain. That should give you a clue what Ikem is capable of doing for his lady. On the way down, with both of them more than a little worse for wear; Ikem hands the native guide his phone to take a video and goes down on his knees to propose to his dishevelled but radiant and quite speechless girlfriend!
The couple had a beautiful white wedding in New York City four months later on April 12th, 2017. Their traditional wedding, however, was in Nigeria on June 3rd, 2017 at The Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Lagos. Theirs was a simple, classy affair featuring timeless ivory, whites and creams.
Ikem and Enoho share a favourite colour: blue and they chose that for their asoebi. To add a little glamour, the women had champagne headgear; while the man had blue caps on pristine white native attire.
Here’s another twist: they had to plan their wedding in just four weeks! The wedding date had to be moved forward because the bride’s grandma’s funeral came up and they didn't want relatives abroad to have to go back and forth.
You can tell by their exquisite taste from their choice of vendors. There was no compromise on quality:
The bride’s first two outfits were crafted by Collection R, and the Akwa-oche was a bespoke creation, specially woven by the groom’s family. She wore a final beaded dress by Monique L’hullier and shoes from Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Rene Caovilla. The wedding jewellery was no exception: the bespoke engagement ring from Graff Diamonds and wedding rings for the couple from Tiffany & Co. A full list of vendors is below this post.
Advice to Future Brides
Enoho would like to advise that you roll with the punches when planning a wedding. “It never always never goes as precisely planned so take it all in your stride and enjoy yourself regardless.” Take it from a bride who was very hands-on in planning her own wedding in four weeks; along with a wedding planner, she's very close to Ese Uzoh of 3rd Avenue Events.
On choosing vendors she says, “Always get a good photographer and makeup artist that reflect your personal style. A good band and/or DJ is essential too if you like to dance.”
We couldn't agree more. We wish Ikem and Enoho a blissful life together.
Vendor List (Traditional Wedding)
Wedding planner – 3rd Avenue Events
Cake – cakes by Tosan
Make-up –Eeeswat Makeovers
Bridal hair: AmuzatFatimah
Dresses – Brides first two outfits by Collection R (The George and akwo-ocha styles. The akwo-ocha was bespoke and specially woven by grooms family)
Final silver/white beaded dress by Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Rene Caovilla
Engagement ring –bespoke by Graff diamonds
Wedding rings for both bride and groom – Tiffany and co
Coral beads: Family heirloom
Catering: Small chops – Acme
Food: - Culinary Wok and Kemabom
Dessert – Hans n Rene Gelato and
A thousand reasons confectionery
Photographer – Wani Olatunde
Décor by: Yvent Kouture
Band: Project Fame Band
DJ: Crowd Kontroller
MC: Larry Foreman