Get inspired by this #MarriedinModCloth true love story. Bride, Ejiro, shares how she met her beau, Kerry, and dishes all about their big day.
Tell us how you met.
Kerry and I met using a dating app called OkCupid in November 2014. He says he was just about to delete the app when he and I started talking, and I was getting pretty frustrated as well. We had been on and off the dating app circuit for a while, and we were just ready to find someone that was real and ready for a relationship. Our official first date was at Panera (my fave). We met on a Sunday evening and had an easy time chatting each other up. Panera unexpectedly closed early that night though, so we moved out to the patio area and kept chatting until pretty late. At the end of the first date, Kerry says that I told him something to the effect of, “Well, this was nice. Hope you actually call me again.” LOL! I was trying to be funny though! I had been through a lot of nice first dates that went nowhere fast.
Was wedding planning stressful or a piece of cake?
Wedding planning was stressful for sure but we gave ourselves a year to plan it and also to save up enough money to pay for it. I had the help of some really awesome friends in the planning process. They kept me on task and helped me every step of the way, even though they had their own busy lives going on. One friend even made my wedding invitations, which were one of a kind and amazing. It saved us so much time and money and stress.
And Kerry, God bless him!! He worked a second job for six months before the wedding to be able to, in his words, “Give me the wedding I deserve, no matter what.” It wasn’t uncommon for him to work an 80 hour work week between the two jobs. Sometimes he would have to start one job as early as 3am, then go to the other job and work until 11:30pm!! He was physically exhausted! And he did that all for me and didn’t give up until the wedding was paid off.
Then I had some last minute changing of a bridesmaid four weeks before the wedding. I had eight bridesmaids, and one of them couldn’t make it. Kerry was insistent that we needed to have eight bridesmaids though since we had eight groomsmen. One of his sisters happily volunteered to fill the spot. Little did I know, she really wanted to be in the wedding and was so excited when I asked even though it was only four weeks away.
What were you looking for in a wedding dress?
I was a mess when it came to looking for a dress. I was the girl that watched “Say Yes to the Dress” and every other bridal dress shopping show under the sun. I thought I would know for sure what kind of dress I wanted when the time came.
I ended up purchasing five dresses by the end of it all. Mostly because I was solely shopping online, without trying anything on and then either sending it back or getting stuck with the dress because I got a great deal on it and it couldn’t be returned. I even went into a well known bridal store to try on dresses which was a huge eye opener because I did not look like I thought I would look in wedding dresses. It’s funny because even then, I was trying to describe to them the kind of dress I was looking for, and they didn’t have anything close. Once I finally had the opportunity to really give it some thought, I knew I definitely wanted something vintage and classic. Enter the Gilded Grace Dress in Champagne by Chi Chi London, Fancy the Entrancing Belt (sold out), A Hug and a Kick Flat (for the reception, of course!), and the Ruby Shoo Chimerical Caper Mary Jane Heel in Champagne (sold out). I tried everything on and immediately knew this was the wedding look I wanted!
Any fun, spontaneous, or crazy moments on the big day?
Well about halfway through the reception, Kerry and I did a wardrobe change. My family is Nigerian and so to honor that tradition, we quickly ran upstairs, changed out of our ceremony garb and donned colorful Nigerian outfits for the rest of the reception. Then we were re-introduced by the emcee and started our money dance, complete with great Nigerian music and lots of dollar bills flying everywhere!
Describe the best part about married life.
Knowing that you will always have someone who is on your side, no matter what! And having someone to rub your cold feet at night.
Any bits of wisdom to share with other brides-to-be?
Don’t forget to eat, pack a comfy/cute pair of shoes for the reception, pick bridesmaids that are going to focus on you for the big day, and bring tampons/pads (because periods, right?)
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