A Texas Church Wedding with a Nigerian Blessing Ceremony

With a killer dance party, obviously

Alex, medical student & Rotimi, pediatrician

SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: A small-town, large family gathering full of love, laughter, and dancing!

SOUNDTRACK FOR READING: “Best of My Love” by The Emotions

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Our first selfie after the ceremony, greeting every guest with hugs, and epic dancing!


From the beginning, our wedding was an affair that brought together family, old friends, and new friends in a unique, small-town kinda way. Our officiant, wedding coordinator, florist, and caterer are old family friends and Ro’s godmother made our cake. Each was just as excited as we were about our special day, and everything they did had an extra dose of love! We were fortunate to be surrounded by loved ones for our Nigerian Blessing Ceremony, which was in lieu of a rehearsal dinner and our chance to wear traditional Nigerian attire. Our parents as well as friends who’d been married for over fifty years gave us marital advice and showered us with love and well wishes. The love and emotion that evening was truly palpable. Our wedding day delivered even more togetherness. Some of our best memories were greeting each of our guests in a receiving line during the reception before dancing the night away!

And if all that love and connectedness wasn’t enough to satisfy all of our wedding dreams, we had a dual-culture buffet: Nigerian nosh and southern comfort BBQ (delish!). All topped off with some seasonal apple cider margaritas!

The Info:

Photographer: Zachary Hunt | Location: Waco, TX | Ceremony Venue: Seventh and James Baptist Church | Reception Venue: The Phoenix Ballroom | Dress: Demetrios | Rings: James Allen |
Veil: Occansay Designs | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Food: Blanek’s Custom Catering, and Africa Ranch Restaurant (Houston, TX) | Music: Texas Variety Entertainment | Nigerian Attire: Custom made in Nigeria

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  • KM

    I didn’t stop smiling through this entire set of photos – so sweet and fun and obviously full of love! What a beautiful day.

  • AP

    Beautiful!! I especially love the one of the two of you alone on the altar, and the one where you’re ecstatically showing off your rings. So much happiness!

  • Kayjayoh

    Sign of a good wedding: in almost every photo, there is at least one person smiling ear to ear.

  • Kelly

    Gorgeous!! These photos are radiating with joy! Love all of the big, big smiles.

  • Alison M

    Wow, this looks like a killer party.

  • jubeee

    Everyone looks like they are having such an incredible time! Gorgeous photos, thank you for sharing your day with us!

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  • Sheila

    Love how happy you all look in these photos. Beautiful.

  • Couture Boudoir | Chicago Phot

    Gorgeous! This looks like everyone had a fantastic time!


  • Elizabeth




    brb I’m crying.

  • Green

    These pictures are magical – so much joy! What a gorgeous couple, what a beautiful day! Congratulations!!

  • Maureen

    Alex, imagine my surprise to open up APW for a study break (who am I kidding, this is way more fun) to see your smiling face on the home page! So many congratulations to you and Ro, here’s to (future) doctors knowing how to party :)

  • This is so lovely and fun! I especially love the pics with the bridal parties; it looks like everyone is so happy and having such an awesome time.

  • Michelle

    Can we turn back time so that I can become great friends with you then get invited to your wedding?

  • So much love. The expressions on each face speak volumes! Thank you for sharing. Does the blessing service include vows and gift exchange as well?

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  • Emma Klues

    so many amazing things to love in this post! the smiling, the dancing, the beautiful deep blue in that church!

  • Nell

    Your wedding looks so joyful and fun! And THAT DRESS! Gorgeous.

  • eating words

    So much joy! I’m happy just from looking at your photos. The loving atmosphere and warm community just shine through.

  • Sandra Zevor

    thats looks like so much fun!! thats what i want for my wedding.

    great job!

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