A beautiful inter-racial couple, Sarah & Babatunde!
How they met– “In everyone’s life, I believe there are a handful of moments that alter the course of events and completely change you forever. I can think of only two in my life. Opening my front door to meet Sarah is one of them.”
Sarah grew up in a multicultural neighborhood in Chicago and lived and studied all over the world before meeting her love, Baba. He was her first kiss and her first love. Baba is first generation Nigerian and the self-proclaimed “only Stanford electrical engineer to play in the NFL then move into web design”. He literally opened his door one day and there she was. He fell in love.
Their wedding was a two-day affair. The first day was a traditional Nigerian Engagement ceremony and the second day, a morning Wedding, followed by an afternoon lunch reception and an evening lakefront send-off.
They blended cultures during the Nigerian Engagement ceremony by incorporating traditional aspects as prayers, blessings, and songs in Yoruba and English, their families exchanged dowry-type gifts and enjoyed Nigerian food and music. At both the engagement and wedding, Baba’s Nigerian family members all wore the “family cloth”, a hat or headdress/shawl woven in Nigeria and sent especially for the weekend.
Traditions were celebrated when prayers of blessing and counsel were given by family elders. Prayer over the phone by Baba’s maternal grandmother along with words of blessing and counsel by Sarah’s great aunt, paternal grandfather (who died 3 weeks after the wedding), and maternal grandfather who were unable to attend brought tears to everyone watching.
He said: “My super smooth plan that evening was to always be in the same room as she was, no matter what. If she got up and went to the kitchen, a moment later, I’d be in the kitchen as well. Don’t judge me! It worked, we’re married now!”
She said: “When the evening ended, Baba saw my friend and I to the door, and said, ‘Bye’ to her and then gently stroked my upper arm, he said, ‘So we’ll see you around?’ Hot chills raced through my body as I desperately tried to maintain my composure (i.e. not blushing!) and thought, ‘He did NOT just touch my arm! No man touches me like that!’ ”
He said: “I had to work myself up to do that. Again, I am not smooth (nor do I claim to be ever) especially in the company of Sarah that night (because I already liked her so much).”
Photo by Njeri Photography