Photograph by couples friend: Taylor Jewell
First Names: Nji and Russell
Current City: New York
Occupations: Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Global Credit and Special Situations Group (Nji); and MBA student at Columbia Business School and Summer Associate at McKinsey & Company (Russell)
Wedding Date: 8/15/2015
Location: Hanover, NH
Colors: Grayed jade, ivory, blush and gold
Vibe you are going for:Â softÂ elegance
Let’s hear your love story!Â
We met 12 years ago at Stanford. We lived in freshman dorms across from each other. Nji was in the âmore social dormâ and Russell was in the not so social dorm. We crossed paths many times within the first few weeks of school but never stopped to talk or introduce ourselves. A mutual friend introduced us one day at lunch. Njiâs first impression of Russell was that âhe looked like Clark Kentâs younger, skinnier brotherâ and Russellâs first impression of Nji was âI didnât know a girl like that existed.â After the lunch, we started to say hi when we saw each other.
Over the next few months, we had brunch together almost every Sunday withÂ our friends.Â We both majored in Political Science and took many of the same classes and formed a study group that met many times a week.
The last day of freshman year Nji wrote Russell a letter telling him how wonderful it was to get to know him over the year and how she hoped to keep in touch over the summer. Russell was confused by the letter â was it a love letter or a friend letter? Russell thought the letter was ambiguous and Nji thought she was being crystal clear â sounds like we were already married! The rest is history and we are here today.
Whatâs your favorite thing to do on any given Saturday together?
We love lazy Saturdays – sleeping in, walking around NYC (when weather permits) and meeting up with friends.
What is one trait that you love about in your fiance?
Russell: I love how Nji has so much love for everyone – especially her family and friends.
Nji: I love how Russell sees the best in every person and situation.
How did you/he pop the question?
Russell: Nji and I spent a weekend at the Eagle Rock Lodge in Vida, Oregon in front of the McKinzie River.Â Before we left, I asked Nji to take a walk with me. Towards the end of the walk, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.
Who was the first person you told about your engagement?
We each called our parents at the same time and then switched phones. After that we called the rest of our immediate family and close friends.
How did you decide where you wanted to get married?
We are planning to have two ceremonies – one in the U.S. and one in Nigeria. Russell grew up in Hanover, N.H. and his family lives there. We absolutely love Hanover. A lot of Nji’s extended family lives in Nigeria – and we can’t wait to celebrate and have our traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony.
What has been your favorite part of wedding planning?
Our favorite part has been having the opportunity to connect with so many family members and friends. Our wedding will be an amazing reunion of all the people in our lives that we love…all under one roof.
What do you look forward to the most about being married?
We look forward to knowing that we have each other to share the future with.