Lem’s suggestion to Annie was perfect, even though Annie had a cereal bar in her mouth.
See Lem proposed during a hike with friends and completely caught Annie off guard. She recalls, ” I had eaten a granola bar, so I quickly tried to swallow all the food in my mouth, holding the crumpled package in my right hand while Lem put the ring on my left. I will never forget all the little details that day, especially when I stare at the beautiful ring while trying to swallow this Dang cereal bar so I can say yes!”
Their spring wedding was equally charming and full of unforgettable moments. “There are so many! From our groomsmen and bridesmaids walking down the aisle to Star Wars and Game of Thrones themed music, to the hilarious but touching words of our officiant (Lem’s sister) to watch our guests devour the food to the point where we ran out of desserts at our dessert bar,” Annie shares.
Facts at a glance
What gifts did you give your bridesmaids and groomsmen: Ooh it’s difficult as we set up gift boxes and bags with random gifts.
The groomsmen received a shaving kit and a box of goodies consisting of a chocolate bar Compartments, socks, a bow tie, a leather bound notebook and a chewing gum
The bridesmaids received an Austin shopping bag filled with a matching Pretty Sugar Plum pajama set, a Compartments chocolate bar, a custom cosmetic bag, dry shampoo, hand lotion, a stick, a bandage, Smartwater and Tylenol
Song Entrance Ceremony:” Welcome to the Party ” by Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump ft. Zhavia District
First song dance: “Electric Love of borns admitted
Tell us about the proposal.
It was April 2018 and we were spending an annual weekend with friends in Carmel, California. On Saturday morning we decided to hike to Point Lobos State nature Reserve and found ourselves on a small, quiet beach. I didn’t know Lem had planned the proposal with our friends. They took me for a walk to distract me while Lem secretly changed into buttoned pants (I was vehemently against packing this outfit because I found it ridiculous to pack such a nice outfit for a casual weekend with friends).
When I came back from the hike I was very confused as to why Lem was dressed so well, then he got down on his knees and proposed. I was completely surprised and speechless. I had eaten a granola bar, so I quickly tried to swallow all the food in my mouth, holding the crumpled package in my right hand, while Lem put the ring on my left. I will never forget all the little details that day, especially when I stare at the beautiful ring while trying to swallow this Dang cereal bar so I can say yes!
Describe your wedding style.
Lem wore traditional black Nigerian ceremonial clothing embroidered with gold. The senator-style outfit is often worn by the Igbo tribe. It was made in Lagos, Nigeria and delivered to Austin a few days before the wedding. He has complemented it with Gucci tiger cufflinks and Calvin Klein shoes.
I wore a daalarna lace mermaid dress with beaded details along the neckline and back. I decided to buy wedding dresses on my own (except for a trip to California, where I took my mother, sister and close family members so that they could experience them with me). I went to about 4 different stores in Austin and I probably tried 6-8 dresses in each place. It was easy for me to know what I liked and what I didn’t like fast enough. I reduced it to some dresses from Daalarna to serendipity Bridal and returned during the daalarna tribe show with a close friend. I didn’t have a “this is the one” moment and there were no tears, but I loved the unique lace and fit on my booty (ha!) so that the agreement is sealed.
Have you integrated a culture into your marriage?
The guest outfit for our wedding was cultural formalwear or cocktail outfit. We had many guests coming into their cultural formalwear which was so beautiful to see. Our groomsmen had the opportunity to wear tuxedos or cultural ceremonial clothing, most of which represented their culture. A best man wore a barong tagalog, a formal embroidered shirt and a National Dress of the Philippines. Another best man wore a Greek tsolia, a traditional uniform worn by historical Greek soldiers. There was a best man who wore an Indian sherwani with a kurta and one who wore a kurta with a nehru jacket.
We had a second wedding reception in Taipei, Taiwan seven months after our wedding for a more traditional Chinese celebration that included lots of food and lots of barbecues.
What is your best memory of your wedding?
There are so many! From our groomsmen and bridesmaids walking down the aisle to Star Wars and Game of Thrones themed music, to the hilarious but touching words of our officiant (Lem’s sister) to watch our guests devour the food to the point where we ran out of desserts at our dessert bar. Lem’s favorite memory was our entrance to the reception, where we danced up to the front of the room to sing “Welcome to the Party” while his family sang his name to the rhythm. My favorite was the dance moves of Lem all night, from our entrance at the reception until the end of the night. It was like watching a live hip hop dance video where the star of the show is your new man and you can dance happily by his side.
What is the best wedding tip you can give to engaged couples?
If you can, plan early so you can just enjoy being engaged. We were busy in April and had finished planning in July. We thought about the details of the wedding only in February-this is six months of carefree happiness! On the wedding day, you do not worry about anything. Someone will take care of it, and if he is not taken care of, who cares – you will not even notice that something is wrong. Just be present and enjoy it all in.