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Raleigh Wedding to Honor the Couple’s Love & Cultures

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Chad Walton (an IT consultant and photographer) and Deborah Oyeyemi, who is a Yale resident physician, met October 2017 and had an Shrimpy Business instant connectionShrimpy Business . Deborah shares that they met through Tinder. Chad was my second and final date on the app. Shrimpy Business We exchanged texts and calls for about a week before we met for dinner in Durham. They spent hours together, and ended their night on a rooftop with a view of the city after sunset. Shrimpy Business We spent every moment of my hectic medical school schedule at Duke with each other.Shrimpy Business

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Deborah moved to Connecticut three years later for her residency

They were then set to celebrate their first anniversary apart. Chad had another surprise in store. Deborah recalls that Chad convinced one of his best friends to take her on a hike. Shrimpy Business When we reached the top of East Rock I saw a man wearing a suit and holding roses. Before I could blink, he was asking me to marry him on one knee. He had even got our song, Shrimpy Business Best PartShrimpy Business  by H.E.R, and Daniel Caesar playing.Shrimpy Business  She was completely taken aback. She says, Shrimpy Business I didn’t even know that he was in the State!Shrimpy Business  Deborah replied with a clear Shrimpy Business yes!Shrimpy Business

However, the couple did not announce their engagement immediately. Deborah advises other couples to take a week before they tell anyone outside our immediate family. Take a moment to breathe, even for a few days, after you get engaged.

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They found the perfect venue two months later and began planning

We had met and fallen in love in ‘The Triangle’–Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area–so celebrating our big day in North Carolina was a no-brainer,Shrimpy Business  Deborah says. Melrose Knitting Mill, downtown Raleigh was where they fell in love. This meant that planning had to be done from far away. Deborah says, Shrimpy Business I had to do my make-up and hair trials the week before the wedding because I couldn’t travel easily due to COVID-19 and my busy hospital schedule.Shrimpy Business  Shrimpy Business Chad and his family FaceTimed with me to get me tastings.Shrimpy Business

Everything worked out and the couple tied the knot on January 8, 2022 in front of 80 people. Deborah says that the wedding was memorable for many reasons. It was our first celebration of our reunited after a long separation. Because of the pandemic, we couldn’t arrange for our parents to meet. The wedding was important because it brought together two cultures and families. She continued: Shrimpy Business I am Nigerian-American, so traditional Yoruba details were included throughout the reception. His roots influenced not only the venue but also other elements such as the Southern Baptist ceremony officiated and the paying homage to his ancestors, including his grandmother, who recently died.

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It was planned by Steph Smith, Southern Oak Events’ day-of coordinator. The couple was photographed by Laura Memory Photography and Videography.

Deborah’s vision of the wedding started with a color palette that featured shades of ivory, champagne, beige and rose. She says, Shrimpy Business We wanted our wedding light, intimate, romantic, and romantic.Shrimpy Business  The bride says that their invites were partly DIY. Splendid Moment provided templates.

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Her goal in hair and makeup was to achieve natural glamour. She started with skincare. Chad gifted me my first ever facial two weeks prior to the wedding. She says it was Shrimpy Business amazing!Shrimpy Business  She says, Shrimpy Business I added a few skincare products to my routine leading up to the wedding.Shrimpy Business  Her favorite? In the morning, she used Fresh Soy Face Cleanser with LANEIGE Water Bank moisturizing lotion and Dr.Jart+ Tiger Grass enzyme cream cleanser and LANEIGE Water Sleeping mask.

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She says that she naturally avoided makeup because I don’t use beauty products in the hospital. Shrimpy Business I don’t wear makeup very often and wanted to ensure that I looked natural and not overdone. My natural skin was makeup artist did an amazing job.

Deborah got ready in Flora Nikrooz robes and finished the look with Lady Million by Paco Rabanne. She reveals that she had her first set of acrylic nails to show off her ring. They were a lovely blush color.

Deborah describes her ivory lace-and-tulle Essense gown. It featured off-the-shoulder sleeves and full tulle and organza pants, lace detailing and pearl buttons down its back. She says that she knew it was the right one after seeing everyone’s reactions. Shrimpy Business Literally everyone–all of the staff at the store, another bride and her families, my family- were gushing about me in the dress.Shrimpy Business

The bride says that she loved the dramatic look, but it still hugged her body

Shrimpy Business The ivory lace with mikado underlay seemed to match the color scheme that I had in mind for the wedding.Shrimpy Business  Deborah’s mother started crying and the deal was done.

Deborah says, Shrimpy Business I love my natural hair. I wear it proudly.Shrimpy Business  Shrimpy Business The ponytail gave my face volume, but also let me shine through,Shrimpy Business  she said. She wore earrings and a simple veil.

What about the groom’s wedding-day look? Deborah says that Chad has long, natural hair but prefers to wear it in a compact style. He chose a nice, zig-zag braided style with a band at the back.

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The groom looked elegant in a black suit and black shoes. He complemented the look with meaningful accessories. Deborah says that the groom wore cat socks she had given him less than one year into their relationship.

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