Wedding Celebration & Ritual

Wedding Celebration & Ritual

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Weddings are happy occasions to celebrate a meeting of hearts between two people; between two families; and between friends.  Every country has its own celebration and ritual to do with marriage and family. In Nigeria the families choose a colour to wear to celebrate the occasion.  The colour lets you know who the family members and friends of the family are.

Here I share an event I went to with the energy of the Super Full Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. This wedding filled my heart with joy and made me smile from deep within me. 

The couple are young and beautiful. They are rich in character and blooming with hope.  I am sharing this sacred event because it is a reminder of your possibilities and your potential. Never give up on your dreams.

The pictures are in the order I saw everything happen.  May these pictures heal you and give you hope and enable you to take action to achieve your happiness.  Note which pictures move you the most. 

Love Toks xxx

Groom Waiting for Bride

The young man waits patiently for his young lady he has chosen to be his wife. 

waiting waiting waitingGroom waiting for his bride

Dancing Ladies arrive

The music and line of dancing ladies announcing the arrival of the beautiful Bride,  hidden behind them.

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Veiled Bride arrives

The young lady has said ‘Yes’ to her life and to her handsome young man.  She arrives dancing – a spectacular splendour – in gold, yellow and blue – with a soft gentle veil over her face.  She is dressed in the traditional Nigerian outfit.  She is just simply stunning.

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Money is showered on her as she dances.  As she passes where are parents are sitting, she lowers her head sadly, as she is leaving her parents home and is moving in with her husband. A family member smiles at her. 

dancing bride spayed with moneyVeiled Goddess of LightBride is greeted by her dancing ladies

Father Prays for his Daughter

The daughter kneels before her father to receive a blessing from him.  He starts to cry.

kneeling before fatherFather crying tears of joy

Father hugs his daughter and blesses her silently.

Father whispers blessing to his daughterFather hugs daughter

There is silence in the room as father blesses his daughter.

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Blessing from Mother of the Bride

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Bride’s Family Blesses Beautiful Bride

Members hold their hands out sending blessings and prayers to the bride.

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Blessing from Bride’s Family is Over

Once the blessings are over from the Bride’s family, the Bride sits between her mother and father.

blessing from family completeBlessed by Father

Groom’s Mother Prays for Bride

The beautiful bride kneels before her future Mother in Law, who blesses her with joy.  She then removes her veil and welcomes her.

kneeling in front of grooms familymother of groom blessing bride

Groom’s Family Prays for Bride

With arm outstretched prayers are poured on the Bride for a happy life and marriage.

Groom's Family praying for Bride

Blessing from Groom’s Family Over

Once the blessings are over from the Groom’s family, the Bride sits with her  new family. 

Groom's mother hugs Bride

Blessing – Meeting of Minds

Guided by the MC, the Bride kneels in front of her Groom.  They look into each other’s eyes and smile.  He removes his cap and brings his face close to her face. They bless each other.

Bride kneels in front of GroomBless Each OtherLinking Minds

Groom invites Bride to sit on his lap

Groom lifts Bride and sits her on his lap. She takes his cap and puts it on his head.

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Groom Lifts Bride Up and Kisses her

Time to lift your lovely lady and give her a kiss, then put her down gracefully.

liftinglifting his womancarrying with joy

carrycarryingputting wife down

The Ring

The young wife-to-be goes to the gift table and picks one gift from the table.

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She gives it to her husband to be.  He unwraps the gift and in it is the ring he has bought for her. He puts the ring on her finger. He kisses the ring on her finger. 

husband opens giftRing ready for Fingerring on fingerman kisses ring

She dances around the room showing off her lovely new ring to everyone. 

showing off the ringshowing ringshowing her ring off

The Cap

She takes his cap and swings it in her hands as she dances round the room. Then she puts the cap back on the head of her husband.

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Thank You: Groom’s Family thanks Bride’s

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Thank You: Bride’s Family thanks Groom’s

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After thanking and greeting the family, money is placed into three bowls to say thank you to the MC.

Brides family greets Groomsgifting of money for MC

Ending Prayer

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Relaxing

The Groom takes a relaxing picture with his new in-laws.

groom with new inlaws

Dancing Wife and Husband

One of the wonderful things about Nigerian weddings and engagements is the spraying (gifting) of dollars on the couple while they are dancing.

spraying money on married couple as they dancewife and husband dancingnew husband and wife dance

Celebrating Lifecelebrating full happinessdancing with husband

Nigerian Drummer

The drummer is an integral part of African life.

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After the ceremony there was eating of wonderful delicious food. 

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