Comfort & Victor Irorere Wedding - Washington Dulles Marriott Suites
Mel & I could not be more excited to share Comfort & Victor's beautiful wedding day on the blog.
We were referred to Comfort by our good friend, Henry with Piximpress Videography, and we were so excited to make the trip out to Dulles for their big day. Speaking to the couple on the phone, I knew right away that Comfort was an absolute ray of sunshine. Her bubbly personality and excitement was almost tangible! Comfort is a pastor, and her love for the Lord is apparent in all that she does. She is enthusiastic to share the good news to all who will listen! Victor is a brilliant doctor who graduated with his PhD from Ulster University and is currently a research associate at the University of Nottingham. Together, they are quite the dynamic duo, & their wedding day was one we will never forget.
When the big day finally arrived, we finally got to meet the couple in person. Comfort's smile was absolutely contagious! She looked radiant surrounded by her bridesmaids and family as her makeup and hair were prepared for the day. Her mother prayed blessings over Comfort and the events of the day and then helped her into her stunning, sleek white gown so that we could take a trip to the Algonkian Park for the couple's first look.
At the park, Mel & the groomsmen were with a very excited Victor, waiting to see his beautiful bride for the first time. His best man, Temilola, covered Victor's eyes as Comfort made her way across the green. When Victor opened his eyes and saw his wife-to-be, he literally leaped for joy! You could not help but be filled with happiness from being in this couples' presence.
Victor and his groomsmen all sang praise songs and danced while we took photos of Comfort and the bridesmaids, and then the whole bridal party rallied around and kept the couple smiling and laughing as we shot through Comfort's gorgeous two-tier veil for their couples' portraits
For the ceremony, Victor could not hold back the tears as Comfort walked down the aisle arm in arm with her father. The ceremony was performed eloquently by Reverend Patrick Ruffin, and then Comfort's father came forward to say a prayer over the newly weds. After the ceremony, the wedding team transformed the space for the reception while we went outside for group photos. Comfort & Victor's parents wore traditional Nigerian Aso Ebi dress, in beautiful aquamarine and accented with vivid orange and white beads, stunning gold headdresses, and jewel encrusted clutches. They all wore the same material to demonstrate the coming together of the two families, and to symbolize how all are cut from the same cloth!
The reception began with an introduction of the family as they danced into the room with big, beautiful Nigerian fans called abebe. After the family's introduction dance, the bridal party took turns entering the reception space with a dance off! Each couple that walked down the aisle together, entered the room and had an epic dance battle. Everyone cheered as the bridal party busted some serious moves, and then everyone went wild as the bride and groom were finally introduced!
Comfort and Victor's first dance is one we will never forget. They completely shredded the dance floor, and everyone had a blast watching them laugh and dance together to their favorite songs. Guests and family members soon joined the couple, and showered the newly weds with money. This cultural practice symbolizes blessing the couple with good fortune!
After the dance, Comfort's uncle gave a heartfelt speech full of wonderful advice for the couple. He advised them to not only be passionately in love, but to also be best friends and to always be there for one another emotionally. He also advised them to never stop learning and growing, which we all agreed was excellent advice! Toasts were given by maid of honor, Gloria, & best man, Temi, and then the cake cutting was introduced and blessed by Comfort's aunt. The couple shared cake and champagne, and then everyone enjoyed a delicious Nigerian dinner, catered by Sunbim Cuisine.
After dinner, the couple exited for a moment while guests enjoyed games and had dancing competitions. Soon, the couple returned in their traditional Nigerian wedding attire! Comfort and Victor looked radiant in their deep red dress with regal gold accents. The couple entered with a traditional dance and the family joined them, again showered them with fortune and warm embraces!
Afterwards, the couple took time to thank everyone who came to celebrate their marriage, including all of their guests who traveled from Africa, Northern Ireland, England, Canada, and all across the United States for their special day! They also took time to thank all of their vendors, and the sincerity in their thanks and well wishes will stay with us for a lifetime.
We can honestly say we were sad to leave at the end of such an exciting day. We are grateful to have met such a sincere and beautiful couple and their family, and we wish them all the best in their life together as husband and wife.
Congratulations, Comfort and Victor! We are so happy for you, and are blessed to have made so many new friends in you, your friends, and family. Wishing you a lifetime of victory in Jesus and comfort in your new lives together! We know you both live up to your names well!
Love, Mel & Olivia C.
Bridal Party Portraits Location: Algonkian Regional Park Ceremony/Reception Venue: Washington Dulles Marriott Suites Catering: Sunbim African Carribean & American Cuisine Videographer: Piximpress DJ: Kayloong Cake: Jane Conwell Hair: Comfort Udofia Makeup: Jennifer Serwaa Wedding Dress: Ellie's Bridal Boutique Traditional Dress & Beads: House of Danyssa Impression Bridesmaid Dresses: Fashionova Rings: Midtown Jewelers Officiant: Rev Patrick Ruffin Wedding Coordinator: Marie Hayden #mrandmrsirorere #uduebholo #tradition #africanwedding#destinationwedding #nigerianwedding #comfortandvictor#comfortandvictor #nigerianwedding #washingtondullesmariottsuites #traditionalafricanwedding