The colours, the ambience and the general feelings were highly turbocharged when West Africa crossed paths with South America at the highly rated wedding ceremonies of Tayo Aderibigbe from Nigeria and his adorable sweetheart, Gabriella De Oliveria from Brazil at the cozy city of Surrey, United Kingdom.
The moments were nothing short of magical, breathtaking and magnificent, with four classy outings in a space of one weekend: African and Brazilian traditions were at their best, exuding pomp, glamour and love.
The elegant mother of the groom, Mrs. Patricia Aderibigbe, set the stage for what was going to be the wedding of the year when a private dinner bash was hosted by her close friends and associates, Maureen Bond and Temi Awofala, at the GA Grill Restaurant in the heart of London.
The informal get together, which had members of Beacon Club International, which the mother of the groom co-founded, featured “get to know you” games, music and high-octane networking. The meeting also witnessed exchange of gifts and goodies, as the mother of the groom and her friends went home with bags of Zaron cosmetics.
Other attendees were Sarah-Jane Abraham, Adesuwa Uzamere, Rosemary Grotenberk and Candance Catalano from the United States and Canada. There were also Eniola Oyekanmi, Abieyuwa Erediauwa, Boma Alabi, Judith Eweka, Kemi Rockson, Simbo Ukiri, Uzo Oshogwe and Yemi Obileye, who came from Nigeria. Representing residents of the UK at the event were Maureen Bond, Temi Awofala, Eziunor Moemeke, Bose Oluwadare, Vivienne Ajeh, Abiola Fabusiwa, Iyore Eweka, Veronica Eweka, Helyn Woghiren and Flora Edoja
All roads later led to St. Margaret’s Chipstead Church in Surrey the following weekend for the upscale wedding. The venue was literarily transformed into a compound of colours as radiantly attired guests filled the length and breadth of the venue awaiting the arrival of the bride and her heartthrob.
St Margaret’s, an exciting and flourishing church with an 800-year-old tradition, was just an ideal setting for the fairytale nuptial. And everyone who sensed there was something extra special in the offing was not disappointed.
It was not long before the beautiful Gaby, as she was fondly called, made her grandiose entry, riding in a chauffeur-driven, open-top Cream vintage Rolls Royce. She looked stunning in her breathtaking wedding dress.
Accompanied by her doting father, she gracefully made her way into the packed church to where her husband to be, Tayo Aderibigbe and guests waited.
Every aspect of the ceremony that followed was beautiful and radiated love, passion, warmth and adoration. The love in the eyes of the young couple spoke volumes. The international audience of guests present beamed with delight at the excitement of the occasion. The parents and families of bride and groom, all beautifully festooned in stunning attires, looked on proudly as the ceremony, which was presided over by a lady vicar, progressed.
The official joining of the couple was itself topnotch and as the newly-weds and their parents were led into the vestry for the official signing of the wedding register, the guests were treated to some captivating love songs by a trio of angelic singers.
The couple was later whisked away in their stately carriage as the crowd applauded and waved cheerfully at the departing newlyweds.