Shhhh! It's a SURPRISE!!!
We had the pleasure of photographing three surprise events in one! the surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for Mr. and Mrs Obadare, the 60th surprise birthday and retirement party for Mrs.Obadare. and yes you read it right, I said 60TH. It was an honor to be a part of such a beautiful event, and seeing the amount of thought their family put into making this surprise event one to remember!
Mr and Mrs. Obadare's Son, daughter in-law and their daughter in-law's sister were the brains behind this event. From choosing the location of the event, the table setting, cooking of the food, to the baking of the cake was all done by them. when asked how they were able to know what their parents would like, Mr. and Mrs. Obadare's son and daughter in-law replied " we just kept asking them alot of questions like what are your favorite colors, what is your favorite flavor of cake. etc". It was truly amazing to see how they so elegantly brought together the information they obtained.
Decorations were done by Pidmar Events (Follow/Like them on Facebook to view more of their work!)
The food was that perfect Nigerian party cuisine. From tastefully seasoned Jollof rice, to succulent mouth-watering baked chicken, to extra crispy fried fish, the perfectly fried plantain, to the ever so delicious Nigerian salad, just to name a few.
These beautiful and delicious cakes were all made by Mr. and Mrs. Obadare's Daughter in-law who owns a bakery (Cake Satisfaction) in which she bakes elegant wedding cakes and extravagant themed birthday cakes. When asked how she knew what style of cake they would like she replied with a chuckle "Its kind of a funny story actually, Mrs. Obadare helped in the making of the purse cake. she thought the cake was for a friend who's birthday is today. Infact that is how my husband and I were able to keep this event a surprise, because they(My husbands parents) thought they were accompanying us to a friends surprise birthday party. which in a way they did" (she chuckled).
Cakes were made by Cake Satisfaction. (Follow/Like them on Facebook to view more of their work!)
The moment we've all been waiting for is here! The guest have arrived, now everyone sits quietly waiting. Our camera is up and we are eagerly and ever so ready to capture this priceless moment filled with looks of surprise and confusion on the celebrants faces. Finally! all the hard work will all be worth it!
Pictured above are guests waiting in excitement for the arrival of the celebrants!
Shhhh! They're Here!
We are over joyed to have captured this priceless moment on video. get your tissues out!
RIght after getting over the shock of being surprised. Mr. and Mrs. Obadare were lead to a room in which they were surprised again by the matching outfits ready for them to wear and re-enter the hall.
In between the event we decided to steal away this lovely couple and their family for an outdoor 10 minutes mini session.
Mr. and Mrs. Obadare pictured above with their first and only son.
Every mother and daughter in-law should have a bond like these two!
Mr. and Mrs. Obadare pictured above with their son, daughter in-law and grandchildren.
Food, Speeches & Laughter
Mr & Mrs.Obadare were surprised yet again when they found out their children and loved ones in Nigeria taped a Happy anniversary, birthday and retirement video. (video can be seen in picture below)
Pictured above are guest enjoying the laughter of the night!
It's finally that time to cut and eat the delicious cakes! Mrs. Obadare pictured below cuts into her 60th birthday purse cake first. and underneath, her and Mr. Obadare cut into their wedding anniversary cake.
Thank You For Coming!
As you can see it was a beautiful night filled with laughter and lots of love! Mr. and Mrs. Obadare are so blessed to be surrounded by so much love! The night was ended with prayers and pictures with guest.
pictures above: closing prayers led by Pastor Ainerua (in black suit).