Calabash_Issue 9 Apr. 2014 - Page 91

celebration from the pattern which this magazine has underscored in virtually every number when it comes where men from a particular country turn when it comes to looking for eligible brides. It never seems to be the other way round ;why? But let’s not digress. The St John the Evangelist Church at Crawford Avenue in North London was packed to the rafters with sponsors, friends, relations, all gaily adorned in colourful western and traditional attires. The bride, dressed in white embroidered wedding gown and white veil secured elegantly on her stylish hairdo by a lovely tiara. She held a delicate bouquet of white, pink and purple flowers against a background of green foliage; while her bridesmaids and others in her entourage wore dark purple and pink, each carrying a posie of purple and white flowers. The bridegroom, best-man and grooms -man opted for dark grey suits, pale contrasting waistcoats and sporting the traditional carnation on their lapels. The ladies in attendance were, of course, determined not to be outdone: The Nigerian women were striking in their Ero and Buba were mostly in silver, grey and pink while their Sierra Leonean counterparts were resplendent in their gara, brocade, delicate lace materials adorned with imitation precious stones. It was really a sight for tired eyes as all rubbed shoulders together with other nationals, all dressed to kill. There was great suspense as the bridal procession entered into the church to the tune of the beautiful song ‘Morning has broken’. Before the ceremony proper, the Bride, Asie, Groom Olu and family Bride Asie Akani Asieatu and Olu Akani issue nine | Calabash Magazine | 89