When did you and your hus­band meet?
We met in Nige­ria at an engage­ment din­ner dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day sea­son 2008, though he lived in Lon­don and I in the States. I actu­al­ly had a ter­ri­ble stom­ach bug and was not going to attend… I also wasn’t *TECHNICALLY* orig­i­nal­ly invit­ed since it was a more small inti­mate set­ting (con­trary to most oth­er Niger­ian wed­ding-relat­ed events) but my cousin (a close friend of the bride) was able to pull some strings. And I had pre­vi­ous­ly met the bride a few times before this event through my cousin so I wasn’t a com­plete stranger. So that’s my dis­claimer say­ing that I don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly endorse “crash­ing” engage­ment din­ners to meet a man… it just hap­pened that way! :)

When did you get mar­ried?
Hus­band and I had our “white wed­ding” cer­e­mo­ny in a sub­urb of Chica­go in May. I say that because we also had our tra­di­tion­al wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny in Nige­ria 6 months pri­or (which involves native attire, not the white– or in my case ivory- wed­ding dress).

How was your big day?
Umm­mm… it was KINDA AMAZING!! It def­i­nite­ly had “yep knew some­thing would go wrong” moments, includ­ing being in the wrong bridal suite and my brides­maids get­ting into a near argu­ment with an uncom­pro­mis­ing moth­er [of anoth­er bride’s wed­ding bring held in the base­ment lev­el recep­tion hall of the coun­try club] *rolls eyes*. Also, our wed­ding was meant to be out­doors at this beau­ti­ful gaze­bo by a pond with a foun­tain and all that piz­zazz only to have had sud­den rain­fall and a severe tem­per­a­ture drop just 30 MINUTES before the ceremony…so had to move every­thing inside. The Windy City stays true to its rep­u­ta­tion– AND it was SO gor­geous at the rehearsal the day before! Go fig­ure. *rolls eyes again*. We still end­ed up tak­ing pic­tures out­side after the cer­e­mo­ny though. No regrets though, because in the end I mar­ried the most amaz­ing man!!

How did you wear your hair?
I wore my hair in a Janelle Mon­ae-like updo. I had gone through sev­er­al debates in my head dur­ing the months lead­ing up to the big day and con­sult­ed my sis­ter, cousin and friends. Inter­est­ing­ly enough, my hus­band was TOTALLY averse to me hav­ing weave. So that option end­ed up fly­ing out the win­dow… though I real­ly am not a weave per­son at all. Even the con­sid­er­a­tion of it had me panicked–to the point of almost going against his wish­es. He was actu­al­ly okay with me hav­ing a fro, but I knew I was up against moth­ers and aun­ties that would have staunch­ly opposed such things– at least for the wed­ding.

Also, I knew I didn’t want to get micro-braids and I DEFINITELY wasn’t creamy-crack­ing my hair. I was then referred to Aeleise of HairLoveArt (http://www.hairloveart.com/) by my friend Ren­isha of Renewed­Fit­ness (http://www.renewedfitness.org/) and QUICKLY sched­uled a con­sul­ta­tion and appoint­ment with her for when I flew back to Chica­go. I had also scoured the inter­net for nat­ur­al hair styles that I might have been able to pull off and found a SWEET nat­ur­al bridal style thanks to anoth­er friend of mine. Thus with Aeleise’s incred­i­ble expertise/finesse and inspi­ra­tion from the pic­ture, she was able to cre­ate a new, improved and FABULOUS ver­sion of the hair­style.

How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wed­ding?
Haha­ha­ha­ha­ha! My fam­i­ly– well parents/in-laws/some old­er relatives–were most­ly in shock… at first. I had to debut the ‘do the night before actu­al­ly, since I had got­ten the style done a cou­ple days before the wed­ding. But once they saw the entire wed­ding look, they all def­i­nite­ly received it well! And oth­er fam­i­ly that were our age-mates, friends and guests loved it. Most impor­tant­ly, hub­by REALLY loved it. :)

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I’m just a Tweet­er of my ran­dom thoughts so https://twitter.com/#!/Ayodeli. But feel free to check out blog.alakija.com which is my husband’s blog :)

Also thanks SO much to Marc Climie for his amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­phy for our wed­ding (most of the pho­tos shown here are his), and to Enimien Eto­mi Inegbe­dion, Ade Oke­lar­in, Abi Yeni Roti­mi (their image[s] also here) and the oth­er awe­some pho­tog­ra­ph­er friends/guests who attend­ed and took images! ”

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Beau­ti­ful, Beau­ti­ful!!!


is to write high qual­i­ty con­tent. this…

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Hel­lo Ayo,

This is so nice and fan­tas­tic.
I love it and will like to know more about the hair­style and ask some ques­tions.
Can you send me your email please?




Thank you every­one! :) :) :)


Just beau­ti­ful! Con­grats and many bless­ings to you both!


Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful cou­ple, the two of you should be in some wed­ding mag­a­zine or some­thing! Gor­geous

Annie L.

Okay…that dress is just, extraordinary..my Ga!

Beau­ti­ful hair and hus­band and pho­tos, just an entire amaz­ing pack­age, much hap­pi­ness to the two of you!


Ayo­dele You Look Absolute­ly Stun­ning. Beau­ti­ful Pic­tures. Your Day Looked So Much Fun and I Loved The Niger­ian Head-Wraps I Saw In Up In There. Con­grat­u­la­tions x


Con­grats on the beau­ti­ful wed­ding and your hair looked Gor­geous. The pho­tog­ra­ph­er did a ter­rif­ic job on the pho­tos.

Wanda Renee

Beau­ti­ful! Con­grats!


I love it..I’m also Niger­ian and it’s not often I get to see a nat­ur­al Niger­ian bride! That hair­style, the dress, the pic­tures — they are DIVINE. =) Con­grat­u­la­tions, Ayo — bless­ings to you & your hub­by!

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I can’t get over how hap­py she looks in every pic­ture. You can tell they are superbly in love, and the pic where she is wear­ing his jack­et awwwwwww
She looks beau­ti­ful and they pics are fab, looked like a fun wed­ding


Beau­ti­ful cou­ple, the bride is gor­geous, love the hair.
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Beau­ti­ful cou­ple! Your hair is fly and so is the dress! Many bless­ings to you and your fam­i­ly!


Con­grat­u­la­tions Ayo, you look beau­ti­ful in the pho­tos. I real­ly like your dress and your hair is fab.


Con­grat­u­la­tions Ayo­dele! You and your hus­band make a hand­some cou­ple and the joy of your day just shines through! All the best to you both.


This is classy and ele­gant. Not to men­tion your pho­tog­ra­ph­er was the absolute bomb.com! I love these nat­ur­al brides sec­tions. I am nowhere near mar­riage but for my moth­er, the thought of me walk­ing down the aisle with my afro in all her glo­ry is the most hor­ri­fy­ing pic­ture! I love show­ing her all these beau­ti­ful women who stay true to them­selves and just say no to the hot combs, wigs, weaves, and creamy crack on their spe­cial day! Many bless­ings and much hap­pi­ness to the cou­ple. Black love tru­ly is beau­ti­ful!

Annie L.

“for my moth­er, the thought of me walk­ing down the aisle with my afro in all her glo­ry is the most hor­ri­fy­ing pic­ture!”

I almost peed laugh­ing so hard! BTW, same with my mom, Lol!


She looks absolute­ly amaz­ing! And these pho­tos are inspir­ing! So glad to see this. I’ve missed the Nat­ur­al Brides updates!


May God Bless your union, Ayo­dele.

Beau­ti­ful cer­e­mo­ny and bang­ing hair. You all make gor­geous cou­ple.


Sim­ply beau­ti­ful! Wish you a very long and hap­py mar­riage.


Love Nai­ja wed­dings! Con­grat­u­la­tions! You all looked amaz­ing!

Miss Dee

Beau­ti­ful pic­tures, beau­ti­ful hair, beau­ti­ful cou­ple, beau­ti­ful wed­ding. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! Many bless­ings to you and hub­by on this mar­riage jour­ney :-)


my dear, noth­ing do you, sha! fine girl. and i see you picked a fine igbo boy for your­self. wel­come to the tribe.


Actu­al­ly, he’s Yoru­ba as well lol


Actu­al­ly he’s Yoru­ba too lol


I am pret­ty speech­less. You are already absolute­ly beau­ti­ful and your hair, dress, & ambiance are just devine. I can feel the love and ener­gy of you and your hus­band through the pics. Con­grat­u­la­tions!


Con­grats! Would love to see the tuto­r­i­al for that hair­style!! Your pics were fab­u­lous! Bless­ings.

Lacoya S. (thesupercoya)

Every­thing about this wed­ding was.….magnificent. The pic­tures, the dress­es (your dress is just.…hmmm lol). The make­up, the MEN! And most importantly…the hair. Your styl­ist put her foot in that hair­style and you wore it to per­fec­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions and many bless­ings to your mar­riage! :)


Very cute wed­ding! The hair is amaz­ing.


Beau­ti­ful! The pic­tures, the dress and of course the hair!


Your hair is beau­ti­ful! and all those beau­ti­ful pic­tures! Look at my Nai­ja peo­ple shin­ing as ever. CONGRATULATIONS AYO!!