The couple donned traditional Nigerian wedding attire for part of the celebration. Photographed by REEM Photography
ISIMEME EDEKO’S BIRTHDAY PHOTO SHOOT in a Chicago penthouse turned into an unforgettable evening with her now-husband Joshua Woodard. Surrounded by friends and family, Joshua asked: “Will you be my best friend for life?” The couple, both content creators with a combined nearly 400,000 Instagram followers, shared the moment in a YouTube video that has since gained a half million views. As influencers who share relationship advice (and playfully challenge each other) in a joint account at @qualittybucketlist and on YouTube at @joshandisi, Isimeme and Joshua curated a big day that was a luxurious celebration of their undying love.
“We immediately fell in love with the open space and soaring ceilings throughout The Geraghty,” Isimeme says of their venue selection. “We knew we could host both the ceremony and reception comfortably, and allow our creativity to flow because the capabilities of the space allowed for endless customization.”
The phone-free ceremony showcased Isimeme’s Nigerian roots and allowed the couple and their 150 guests to remain fully present in the moment. “We wanted everything about our wedding to be untraditional, so, instead of a flower girl, we had a flower man,” the bride shares. Also untraditional? No wedding party (“If you were there, you are special to us, and that was all that mattered”), and the food. “It was undoubtedly the star of the show,” Isimeme says. “We made a conscious decision to showcase my cultural heritage through the food we served.” Instead of a catering service, food trucks dished out bold, colorful plates of jollof rice and plantains.
“Protect your peace, unapologetically center the day around what you want and don’t be afraid to be selfish about your decisions,” Isimeme advises to-be-wed couples. “The day is not supposed to be about anyone else except the two of you.