ACE COMEDIAN BASKETMOUTH WEDS IN GRANDSTYLE
On Saturday, 6th of November 2010,the much anticipated marriage rites between top comedian Bright Onyekwere okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth and his age long lover Elsie Uzoma, was rounded off with a white wedding ceremony which took place at Giwa Barracks,Falomo Ikoyi.The church service kicked off at 2pm while the cocktail/reception party followed at the same venue.The celebration 0f the union between the duo commenced earlier in the week with a traditional marriage which held on Nov !st at the bride’s Festac ,Lagos home, a court marriage at Ikoyi Registry on Wednesday Nov. 3rd and a bachelorette party on Thursday Nov. 4, 2010.As expected, the white wedding lived up to billing with its posh decor,, classy ambience and upscale vendors.City Peoples Vivian Onuorah brings you gist from the elaborate event.
The couple’s Interesting love story
The story of basketmouth and his beautiful bride Elsie is quite an intriguing one,owing to the fact that Elsie made the first move although not knowing it would finally turn out the way it did.they met at the University of Lagos where Elsie was an undergraduate of Creative Arts.Basketmouth had finished a performance at the school and being Elsies favourite comedian,the young girl boldly walked up to him to tell him so not knowing she held the comedian spell bound with her beauty and simplicity while she was busy excitedly telling him how much she loves and enjoys his jokes.When the talented comedian got himself , they exchanged numbers and the rest became history.They have been together for over 8years despite all the controversies that rocked the affair.However,their romance was unofficially sealed two years ago with the arrival of their first son Jason as , they became an item together since then.
@ The Church Service
The church service took place in a small tent richly decorated with flowers and in the theme colour f black and fuscia pink.,The service which held in the same venue had very few guests in attendance mainly the couples family and relatives.this is because the black and fuscia oink invites distributed for the event had the venue and time for the cocktail/reception,not church service since the couple wanted a very private and low key service.The service scheduled for 2pm didnt start until some minutes later as the couple arrived few minutes late to the event.the groom came in a top of the range dark colour lexus jeep, while the bride was chauffeured into the venue in an exotic benz suv.The service was presided by
The bridal train and comedians
the train was made up of 8 comedians who were the groomsmen and eight pretty ladies, including tuface Idibia’s baby mama Annie Maucaulay and Sylvia Edem of soul sistas.the men were clad in black suits with striped black and pink tie, while the ladies looked delectable in strapless short silver gown jazzed up with pink bands.they accentuated the look with pink flower hairpin neatly placed on their hair and high-heeled pink pumps.the maid of honour looked elegant in an all pink monostrap short gown .
The couples outfit
The excited bride who wore a smile all through the event looked gorgeous in an elegant strapless white wedding gown designed by pronovia, her hair was neatly wrapped with a crystal studded hair piece.she accentuated the look with a diamond drop earrings and bracelette.She was stunning in her ensemble.The groom ,Bright Okpocha was dressed in three piece long tail suit and his son Jason also looked dashing in the same regalia.
The couple’s western entry
Unlike most wedding receptions where the couple are ushered into the hall in a high tune music,while they dance their way in, Elsie and Bright had a different idea for their arrival. as they gave theirs a western touch.The train came in one after the other, accompanied by their groomsmen ,they catwalk into the hall at the mention of the pair’s name, hands interloicked.Brigth andf Elsie were the last pair that stepped into the hall, they walked gracefully to the unique special stage special designed and decorated for them,.They were ushered in by Ego who sang a romantic and low tone key that kept the atmosphere serene.
A fabulous decor by Newton & Davis
A glimpsE of the decor leaves one amazed as the atmosphere spelt of class and glamour.The newton and davis crew displayed a very captivating decor that didnt really deviate from the demure colour code of the event.The marquee tent used for the reception was transformed into a glamorous sight to behold with drappings in black and fuscia pink,hanging from the roof of tent, a very beautiful floral arrangement at every corner of the hall and tall vases with crystals on the walk way.The conference seating arrangement also added to the glamour as all the tables and seats were wrapped with black coverings and each seat had a bold pink sash that formed a bow at the rear.Placed at the center of each table is a floral cen.tre piece and number card holder as there was an assigned seating arrangement.the spherical stage where the couple sat was a sight to behold .it was richly decorated delicate tall vases filled with crystals and beautiful flower stands were strategically positioned on the walkway.the stage had a good lighting unlike other parts of the hall.
Gov.Fashola was Father of the Day
The Executive Governor Of Lagos State was the father of the day at the event but his excellency couldnt make it as he had other important state functions to attend but he was ably represented by a commissioner, mr Ope Jugde.The commissioner spent a god time at the event but took his leave shortly before the party ended.
Bright and Elsie’s first dance
The couple took to the dance floor when the melodious voice of Ego, lagbaja’s Former back up singer filled the air.the couple were in a world of their own as they slowly danced to the rhythm of the soullifting song.After that spectacular performance,God Bless band took charge and the real swagger began. Elsie who is a great dancer posed a very stiff competition for her hubby as he tried his best to catch up with her energetic moves.Ovation publisher Dele Momodu opened the floor with clean crisp naira notes which he showered endlessly on the couple, after which others followed suit.
A water tight security
Event secure outfit officials were on hand and gave a tremendous account of themselves.They followed the security proceedings to the latter and ensured no uninvited guest got into the hall.Gate crasherds simply made a u turn while guests with invite but couldnt find their names on the guest list were made to wait till the event was almost over before they were allowed in.th hefty looking men paid no recognition to stars too as they were all made to go through the same proceeding,some who couldnt stand the embarrassment simply walked away.A lot guests who arrived at the venue in cheerful mood finally got into the hall wearing long faces due to the hassle they had to go at the entrance,.guests were not only screened but also made to stand for several minutes to confirm if their names were on the guest list.Even the grooms mum had it rough with the security personnel as they refused her friends and their kids into the hall, insisting they were not on the guest, despite several explanations and pleas from basketmouths mum,the security men paid deaf ears to her.it took the intervention of one of the organisers before the poor woman who was utterly embarrassed and dismayed to take her friends into the hall.
Bob Dee broke protocols
presidential aspirant Delle Momodu was the only VIP who breached security proceedings.immediately the security men sighted the , they simply cleared the road to give him easy access .they all halted their activity until he had been ushered into the hall.
Showbiz Stars shunned the event
when the news of basketmouths wedding filtered the air, it was touted to be the showbiz wedding of the year as a lot of top music stars were expected to storm the wedding,However, only a handful of them came for the event,except for the comedians who ball came in droves to support their own.It was rumoured that Nigeria’s famous singer dBANJ,BANKY W AND THE LIKES WILL be PERFORMING AT THE SHOW BUT TO the disappointment of guests ,none of these stars from the movie and music circle came for the event except for Genevieve who came when the party was almost over and stayed briefly, sound sultan , Tosin Martins and terryg who came when half of the guests were already gone.
BRide’s Single ladies dance
Elsie danced her heart out at her wedding, it was her day and she didnt even trade anything for her joy,even when she was sweating profusely as the cooling system packed up, she continued digging and twisting non stop.The excityed bride danced to the delight of guests before she finally threw her bouquet to her single friend s who patiently waited for her to have her fun.they waited patiently for the dancing bride to let go of her bouquet and she was splashed with pink roses the moment she threw the beautiful bouquet.
The groom tossed his wristwatch
Little did Baskemouth know his own time would come while he sat and admired his wife dancing in front of her single friends.immediatedlt after she tossed her bouquet, the groomsmen demanded that the groom should toss his own too.but basketmouth laughed it off saying he has got no bouquet to throw but they asked him to throw his designer wristwatch.After hesitating for some minutes and when he saw they guys who had clamoured round the stage wouldnt leave until they have had their desire,he reluctantly tossed his designer wristwatch and his best man wa the lucky guy who got hold of it.
God bless band on band stand
Godbless band owned by is one of the wave making bands at the moment,the band entertained guests with different tunes from oldies , hip hop,fuji to gospel
.they were at their best as they ensured the party was devoid of dull moments.
DJ Jimmy Jatt stole the show
Nigeria’s no 1 DJ Jimmy jatt kept the tempo high with his unequalled mastery of disc jockey.He was the Dj at the event he made the occasion worth its while. He was the reason guests remained at the venue 4 hrs after the event had ended and the wedding reception was transformed into a party ground.Guest still kept asking for more after he had serenaded them for 6hrs non stop.Guests partied with the couple and jimmy jatt till midnight.
Genevieve Nnaji came
Delectable actress Genny strode into the venue looking simple but classy in a flowing Black dress.She came at the latter part of the event and spent few minutes before she quickly left with her friends.She is a good friend of the groom and that might explain why she took time out to celebrate with him.She was also at the bachelor’s eve which took place two days before the wedding.
Ali Baba and Wife too
Nigeria’s top comedian Ali Baba was one of the comedians who came to celebrate with Basketmouth.He arrived came with his beautiful wife.He was clad in a black suit while his wife looked gorgeous in flowing tgown.He was one of the early arrivals and he spent a good time at the event before he took his leave.
An array of comedians
Basketmouth’s wedding recorded a huge turn out of comedians, although very few music and movie stars came, virtually all the comedians in Nigerian converged at Giwa Barracks to support one of their own.Some of them were part of the groomsmen while the others had other different roles they played at the event.They were a fulcrum of support as most of them rallied round to ensure guests lacked nothing.they include, Bovi, Tee A, Teju Babyface, Basorge, Gordons, Buchi, Gbenga Adeyinka,
Who Did What
Bright’s wedding paraded a good number of high-class wedding vendors who brought their professionalism to fore.The wedding company planned the grand event, Newton $ Davis did the Decor, House of Nubia Supplied the beautiful ushers, Event Secure provided security, Bonix took charge of drinks,posh potties were on hand to cater for guests convenience,Balmoral supplied the Marquee,Tosan made the beautiful multi tier cake, total consult did the stage,God bless band was on band stand,, while DJ Jimmy Jat serenaded guests.