Destination Wedding

Maryam & Ridwan Take Their Love To Como

When it comes to destination weddings, there are so many beautiful things to look forward to and enjoy. If like us, all the beauty and sweetness of destination weddings get you excited, then here’s your first-class ticket to Como, Italy with lovebirds, Maryam and Ridwan!

The two who met for the first time at a family friend’s Thanksgiving dinner, have set out to make a family of their own. Taking their love to the picturesque city of Como in Italy, the sweethearts had their Nikkah wedding with friends and family present to share in their joy. This was after a grand Met Gala-themed wedding dinner.

With a total of 250 beautiful people in attendance, Maryam and Ridwan had the wedding of their dreams. Maryam was such an exquisite bride in her different looks and Ridwan came through dapper as well. The reception party came with all the fun and excitement – ​​you can literally feel the vibe from their wedding photos. From the ambience to the gentle touch of nature and the evident joy, we can’t help drooling over all the feelings of the #letsgetMarRid destination Nikkah wedding.

Take in all the thrill with their beautiful photos below and see Maryam’s insight into how this came to be.

That morning prep glow…

The bride and her best girls…

Maryam’s insight into planning the big day:

We picked the destination for no reason other than it was pretty! We also wanted somewhere that wasn’t too far away by flight from Nigeria and from the US, so Europe was a happy medium.

Vendors came from referrals, we knew we wanted a team that was primarily Black/Nigerian. If we were going to be in a foreign land, we were going to be loud and proud. 😅 We found most of our vendors via Instagram and word of mouth! We had an amazing team mixed with locals and foreigners. Our family and friends ultimately helped pull it all together with planning and execution. Shoutout to Titi of Sapphire Events! I also worked with an event stylist who helped bring ideas to life—with event themes and small event detailing.

We wanted intimate vibes but as the Nigerian firstborn children we both are, it wasn’t possible. Our wedding was 250 of our closest family and friends and it was a beautiful culmination of the shoulders of giants we stand on.

Let’s check out Ridwan and his squad as well…


Now, let’s talk about this dreamy decor…


The groom is here for his sweet bride…

Here comes the bride!


Time to exchange vows…

…and it’s sealed with a kiss!

An ode to love that never ends!

Now it’s time for the reception…

Let the celebration begin!

Lit squad coming through…

Make way for the lovebirds!

Ridwan and his mom savoring this beautiful moment…

…And she’ll always be daddy’s little girl!

Now it’s time for that magical first dance…

What’s a wedding without cake!

Maryam’s second look of the day is giving everything it’s supposed to give!

Let’s get this groove on, shall we?

Wedding games are definitely a top favorite!

It’s forever from here on!

Credits

Bride: @maryamalausa
Groom: @riddrose
Planner:
@zapphaire_events
Photography
: @timioshinstudios
Videography: @wrgoimagery
Wedding Dress: @garimonroferos
Reception Dress: @lenaberishaofficial
Bridal stylist: @lavish_bridal
Groom’s Tux: @lookslikeagoodman
Florist: @lakecomoflorist
Makeup: @zainabazeez
Hijab styling: @humairawaza
Bridesmaid makeup: @zakiyahshani
Bridesmaid dresses: @goddess_exclusive
DJ: @dj_baj
MC: @dayoice
Groomsmen Suits: @lookslikeagoodman
Invitations/Stationery: @sophscriptco
Welcome gala dress: @afrikcouture
Bridal Robe: @brideandmaidsfactory