When Maxwell Herbert Peile and Omotuvie Alexia Ibru were introduced
by a mutual friend at Bristol University, England, little did they know it would lead to
something more permanent.
The pair who
interestingly resided in the same Hall of Residence, Wills Hall soon became friends, and was so inseparable that
eleven years later, they decided to spend their lives together as husband and
wife at ceremonies in Lagos, Nigeria and London, England.
Uvie, a member of
the respected Ibru Dynasty and daughter of former Minister and Publisher of Guardian Newspapers in Nigeria, Mr. Alex Ibru
and the delectable, Lady Maiden Ibru told OVATION
that the couple were very delighted to have the traditional ceremony in Lagos
where the Ibru family live and in London, where Max’s family live. Indeed many
of the couple’s English friends were very keen to attend the Lagos event which
they truly enjoyed.
The exciting love
story of the couple who both cherish traveling and adventurous holidays swung
into full gear on Saturday, May 4th, 2013 when Max proposed.
exciting moment, the beautiful bride with a smile on her face said “We went to
a pretty sea-side town in Dorset, England for the May bank holiday weekend. Max
had been to this place before and there is a massive rock there called Pulpit Rock, very dramatically placed by the edge of the
sea. It was a beautiful sunny spring day. We climbed to the top and we were
looking out at the sea. It was perfect. Suddenly he got down on one knee and
proposed. We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating before returning to
London to celebrate with our family and friends.
With that major
step, their journey to matrimony began in earnest. To honour her late dad, Uvie
and Max decided to hold one of the ceremonies on his birthday, March 1st. Since
it was going to be too cold in London at that time of the year, the date was
booked for their traditional ceremony in Lagos. The church solemnization was
then fixed for Saturday May 3rd, which was exactly a year after the dramatic
The Lagos ceremony was
colourful and glamorous, and in true Lagos style, due to the clout and
connection of the bride’s family, it was attended by the cream of the
Nigerian society. In London, the couple chose to tie the nuptial knots inside
the scenic St. Batholomew The Great Church in the heart of the
City of London. This was the same
church that Max’s parents had their own wedding years back.The
London ceremony was more intimate as it was attended
by very close friends of both
families-and everything was bright and beautiful.
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