know calabar, life, marriage

Efik wedding, happy married life makamba.

My friend got married yesterday and I thought to share the rich memories of the day with you all.
Joy N Iya weds Samuel Benson.
Both doctors aye..
Really happy for her, Shea a lovely person.

Efik culture is so amazing.
A lot of colour and glamour.
It feels so nice to have and enjoy something so beautiful.

Here’s a picture of the brides first look.


Considering the colonial masters of Nigeria were the English and calabar is a coastal area, the culture became heavily influenced by them.
You can see the gown and the parasol.
Love that parasol.
Tres chic
The difference here Being the combs on her hair and the length of the hair behind which is used to signify her position of female birth in the family.
So beautiful!


Second look is another ball gown which we call onyonyo.
She carries a staff of honour. This is after they have been joined in marriage and her husband has done all the marriage rites required including the dowry fees,  drinks and a big box full of new clothing for the bride called ekebe ndo- marriage box.


Third look features the coming of age where she’s dressed as a maiden and is flanked by ladies who are like her maids in waiting.
She is gifted new household items while her husband sits and looks on.

Her fourth look was a lose and double wrapper. Don’t have a picture of that now but will update when I do.
It was a beautiful outing.

And here’s my humble self,  makeup by asari of zaron makeup calabar.
The certified zaron mogul.



Dress fabric provided by the bride for her friends and made by chinella.
I posted these pictures on instagram first (as usual) check here for more updates instagram

White wedding, Georgeous boo
bride’s makeup Rita’s beauty calabar

Love and shopping


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