It was love at first sight for Chiddy and Chima! The duo met at Chiddy’s house; when Chima walked into Chiddy’s apartment in Maryland, their souls leaped and the sweet serendipity began right in there. It took just a couple of hours after they had been introduced by Chiddy’s cousin, for Chiddy and Chima to connect. They both attended a house party together and when Chima asked Chiddy to dance with him, she was literally swept away in his arms and they ended up dancing into the night. ” I was pleasantly surprised to find that he was a great dancer, as we danced the night away”, says Chiddy excitedly.
Because they have so many things in common, they had loads to say on their first night together and it was just like they had known each other for ages.
For their vintage-inspired shoot, choosing a location was easy for them because Chiddy and Chima wanted to incorporate where their love spark all began. The couple with the help of their photographer and friend, Funmi, created memories that last a lifetime.
The Beautiful Beginning
Chima and I dated long distance through most of our relationship, with me being in law school at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law in Ohio and Chima working in New York, so I wanted our engagement photo-shoot to incorporate our love story, hence the birth of a 1960’s vintage travel shoot. Vintage to take us back in time, so to speak. When I first told Chima about this idea, he looked at me like babe, your doing too much 🙂 me being the detailed person that I am. Thankfully, he quickly got on board and was a great sport and team player at the photoshoot. My first outfit was a1960s Mod Style Black & White Trim Short Sleeve Fitted Wiggle Dress that I found online from a store called Unique Vintage. Maryland holds a significant place in our hearts because we first met in Maryland, on July 7, 2012, and because it’s home in the U.S for me.
Our Love Story
Chima and I met on July 7, 2012 in Silverspring Maryland. Memories of that day stay imprinted on my mind because it was one of the most significant days of my life. I had just finished my second year of law school and was interning at the Office of Attorney General in Washington D.C. One of my good friends- Sonume was visiting Maryland from Texas for a wedding with her then boyfriend now Obi. Unknown to me, Obi had invited his cousin (Chima) to join them in their weekend festivities. After the wedding, all roads led to my apartment for refreshments.
At some point during the evening, a tall, fine man walked into my apartment and Obi introduced him to me as his cousin. I didn’t make much of it then, as I was busy getting ready for the house party we were all to attend later that evening. I ended up riding in Chima’s car to the house party, and discovered on our ride that he was close friends with one of my close friends, and that served as an ice breaker and got us talking about many other things on our way to the party.
Soon the ride ended and we made our way into the house party. I rattled in my mind how I would manage to take the steep flight of stairs since I was wearing my shakara 5 inch heels. As I proceeded to take the first step, I saw Chima stretch out his hand to offer some stability. I thought that was very gentlemanly of him (of course he was scoring major points …ok ok).
For the rest of the evening, Chima and I were engrossed in deep conversations about Nigeria. I was particularly impressed by the fact that this man who was born and raised in the U.S knew so much about Nigeria. As we talked into the night, it became evident that we shared a lot in common. We both had a flair for music, dancing, and photography, we both came from big families and though I was raised in Nigeria and he in the US, we shared very similar family values and upbringing. Most importantly, we shared similar faith and spirituality in God.
When the house party ended, our group headed back to my apartment to continue hanging out. While at my apartment, Chima asked me to dance with him and I agreed. I was pleasantly surprised to find that he was a great dancer, as we danced the night away.
As a sure boy, Chima asked for my number before leaving that night, and I gave it to him :)…still mesmerized by the magic that had happened that night.
Vendors & locations
Baltimore Washington International Airport
Marriot Airport by BWI
Bride’s First outfit: 1960s Mod Style Black & White Trim Short Sleeve Fitted Wiggle Dress by Unique Vintage Online Store
Bride’s Second outfit: Shadow Room NYC
Hair: Hair by Abi
Makeup: By Bride-to-be
Photographer: Olufunmi Ogundeyin
Photographer’s business name: OmoJesus67
Photographer’s email: [email protected]
Background music- My dreams come true – Glenna
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