When I first met Ijay and her mom Florence and we began discussing the wedding details, I was so excited for the unique opportunity to document a Nigerian wedding. Florence kept saying, “Just wait until you see the hats. You are gonna love the hats!” We had so much fun planning for the wedding and just couldn’t wait for the big day to finally arrive.
Ijay and Emeka were married on July 2, 2011 at the Somerset Christian Church. It was a lovely ceremony highlighted with very spirited and soulful song and dance. With many guests dressed in native attire, and everyone singing and dancing, it was the most joyful celebration of Ijay and Emeka’s union.
The reception was held at the Embassy Suites in Washington Square. Once guests were seated, the grand entrance began…and in Nigerian weddings, the grand entrance is unlike anything else. Traditional Nigerian music is played as the family members dance their way to their seats. First Ijay’s family danced their way into the room and then Emeka’s family. And then finally, in came the newlyweds. Guests cheered upon their entrance into the room and then began a very revered part of Nigerian celebrations – money spraying. Close friends and family delicately place individual bills on the head of the bride and groom. The volume of money that is sprayed is typically quite overwhelming, so much so that a family member is usually required to be on standby with a box into which the sprayed money will be collected. The idea is to shower the couple in riches and good fortune.
Following toasts and the cake cutting, Ijay and Emeka and their entire wedding party transitioned into ethnic attire. Then, to announce this transition, another grand entrance occurred with additional money spraying. Once the couple made it out onto the dance floor, they were surrounded by all their guests as the dancing and celebrations continued on well into the evening.
Congratulations Ijay and Emeka and thank you so much for the opportunity to document your wedding celebration.