Pre-weddings: 12 Years In The Making -Adaobi & Ikechukuwu's Love Story

Groom's story
I still remember how it all began, the fist time I saw her. Thinking about how it all happened puts a smile on my face. Who knew that we would be here today?

Certainly not me. It was on December 2004 at Ogidi town in Anambra state that we met. I had just gotten into the university and had returned to the East to attend my uncle's traditional marriage. While the ceremony was going on, I noticed 4 ladies
and a little girl walk into the compound. 2 of them I already knew as they attended the same university with me, the 3rd person was a matured woman (my mother-in-law to be), the 4th was Mi Corazon (My Heart) and the little girl was her younger sister.

I could not help but notice her beauty; the way she walked, her skin colour, hips, clothes, and so on. I immediately crushed on her. Imagine my joy when I learned they where going to stay at my parents house for some few days. In my head it was as if the Orchestra in Heaven was playing Hallelujah! I made my move and we began to talk. She told me how old she was and what class in secondary school she was in. Little did I know she bumped up her age by 4 years and her class by 3. I was so glad to hear this as I thought to myself we are close in age and she will soon be in university, therefore something good can come out of this. Imagine how heart broken I was when her mum revealed the truth one morning at the dinning table while we all ate breakfast.

It was only a simple question her mum asked her that made me suspicious. Her mum asked if she had finished preparing for a certain exam. That exam did not align with the class Mi corazon told me she was in. So, right there, I asked her mum what class she was in and how old she was. Mi corazon ran away from the dinning table as her mum revealed the truth. I remember walking to the kitchen heart broken with my plate and cup in my hands repeating the age and class her mum just told me in my head. Shoot! I was 5 years older than her and 4 classes ahead. "How on earth is this suppose to work?" I asked myself. Although my mind told me it won't work out, my heart refused to let go. I tried so hard to convince myself that it could work, but she was a whole lot younger than me and would not advice anyone in her age then to be in a relationship. You see, I had never been in a relationship before and I always told God that the first lady I will get into a relationship with is who I will get married to.

I never believed in going from one relationship to another, so I kept  myself and built myself for the right woman. I was determined to keep my word to God, so I had to let her go. We kept in touch on phone as the years went by until she finally entered the same university I was in. Even then, we did not get into a relationship as I thought she had no feelings for me because she kept introducing me to her friends as her brother. Little did I know that she actually thought I had no feelings for her and that's why she did that. Hmmm...I wonder why she thought so.

She even went as far as trying to hook me up with one of her friends, but I refused as I knew who I wanted. Anyway, to cut the long story short, we finally got into a relationship on July 25th, 2011 by 1:20 am. It's amazing how that date and time stock to my head. Our relationship has been mostly long distance as we have only seen each other for about 5 months in 5 years. God has been our strength and help all these while, and today I can finally say, I am about to get married to the one who is DEFINITELY worth the wait and the chase.

Photography by @happybensonpixels.
Makeup by @toni.esu.



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