Jumoke & Nzube
The Haley Mansion, Joliet, Il
This wedding combined luxurious details and Nigerian traditions effortlessly, all within a posh purple theme.
Jumoke and Nzube started talking at a party not knowing that later, on their wedding day, they would be greeting each of their 150 guests side by side. After a late August ceremony framed by a pergola amongst classic gardens, a violinist played Viva la Vida by Coldplay to walk the newly married couple out. The families wore traditional Nigerian Yoruba and Igbo outfits, the groom a blue tuxedo, the groomsmen black tuxes and the bridesmaids flowing chiffon and tulle dresses in ombre shades of lavender. The bride’s Sottero and Midgley A-line wedding dress stunned in ivory, while her reception dress from Nigerian designer April by Kunbi was radiant in gold.
The cocktail hour impressed with a variety of hors d’oeuvres and unlimited cocktails at the elegant Haley Mansion, which not only offered a labyrinth of rooms for guests to explore, but also provided an expert staff that created seamless transitions from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner to dancing. The centerpieces were a dazzling mixture of floating candles paired with white and amethyst flowers. The food was memorable, from lobster served with a creamy potato base in a martini glass to chicken saltimbocca, all finished off with a purple ombre cake. The DJ matched the energy on the dance floor. Needless to say, the reception was a constant dance party until the last guest left.
From the couple:
“It is easy to get stressed out during wedding planning. You can’t please everyone. Be realistic about your plans and be organized; it makes a difference in the end. Self-care is a priority, too, because it is easy to put all your energy toward your day. Enjoy your day because it goes by so fast.”
Venue/Catering: The Haley Mansion
Day Of Coordination: Sarah Kathleen Events
Photography: WS Photography
Videography: Yomi Films
Floral/Design: Soirée Style Weddings & Events
Cake: Calumet Bakery
Entertainment: DJ DIESEL
Hair: Hair By Theresa
Makeup: Crystal Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge
Bridal Gown: Michelle’s Bridal And Tuxedo
Reception Dress: April By Kunbi
Menswear: Formally Modern Tuxedo