It was a joyful and blissful day on July 1, 2017, as friends and family witnessed all smiles on Victor Adeniran, as he tied the knot with his beautiful bride, Victoria Gbenjo in a classy and elegant style in Houston, Texas.
The ceremony took place at Braeswood Church, and the reception was at the classy Sans Souci venue in Tomball, Texas. The way Victoria and Victor exemplified and showed their love for one another was just simply amazing and beautiful; and it was obvious that they both sincerely love and respect each other.
HOW THEY MET – THE BRIDE’s VERSION
According to Victoria, their story is “a story of counsel… Victor knows this story better than I do! We met at Tomorrow Calls, a young adult leadership conference back in December 2013 I believe. He later admitted that he was scoping me out that whole trip! Whereas I didn’t even notice him. I saw him, but I thought he was somebody’s uncle or something…like a chaperone… I did vaguely remember playing with him, my brother, and Oghenero in scrabble, and whooping both the latter, but not much about Victor then.
We ran into each other again at a poetry night/mixer the following March. He was cracking jokes throughout the program (making me laugh ;)) and afterwards asked for my number and said ‘maybe we can grab lunch sometime…’. That lunch turned into a dinner and I was totally oblivious of his whole plot…he was the first and only person I ever “dated,” and I didn’t even get the clue that we were “dating.” (New to all this! Hehehe). I always thought my husband would approach my parents or pastor for my hand and the whole process would be really clear. (Nope!) And Victor just came out of nowhere. I thought I knew all the Nigerian young adults in Houston and major metropolitan areas, but I never had any idea of who he was or that his family even existed. Victor eventually made his intentions known that he wanted “more than a girlfriend,” and that he wanted to move towards marriage. I politely asked for him to consult the powers that be lol (parents, Pastor Ade Okonrende). I was meanwhile praying and fasting concerning him, which wasn’t as simple as I wanted, seeing as we had already become friends and I felt biased. I sought a good deal of godly counsel throughout the whole process, most of which pointed back to how I shouldn’t overthink things (I think about EVERYTHING) and should just follow God’s leading. We started courtship in the beginning of 2015. We had a fallout later that year, which we tried to prevent through different talks, and counsel from Pastor Grace Okonrende…but we both (though at different times) legit got to the point of thinking about “who else God might have in store” for us… Where we thought it was absolutely over with any “us.”. During that “out time” though I got confirmation that I was actually where the Lord wanted me to be. The counsel of my newly married friend, Shope Oyewole really encouraged me to walk in that confirmation. Victor and I got to a point where we wanted to come together again but couldn’t find resolution to our issues within ourselves, and I’m so grateful that Victor advised we get counsel. Pastor Tunde Badru was instrumental to our rejoining- Now, I’m so thankful (Modúpé! Bí orúko mi se jé!) That we have gone through all we have before marriage, to make the road easier to adjust to. Victor would agree in giving thanks to God (Olúwaseun! Bí orúko Victor se jé!) that we are together, though neither of us would have thought to marry someone like the other. This is truly a story of good counsel; I’m especially fortunate for the role that has played in getting us where we are. Did I mention that Victor is also a counselor?
HOW THEY MET – THE GROOM’s VERSION
According to the Victor, “Although we both lived in Houston we met in Dallas; On December 27, 2013; After a four plus hours on the road I got off the bus at a La Quinta in Dallas, Texas. I was off loading bags and getting things going for all the people at the conference. I remember the moment:
I am standing on the left side of entrance talking to Oghnero. I look up and Joseph Gbenjo walks in with a tall gorgeous woman and I remember saying, “Wow, Joe’s girlfriend is pretty.”
Later when I saw Joseph and told him,
Victor: Man, I didn’t know we were bringing girlfriends on this trip?
Joe: What you are talking about? I don’t have a girlfriend.
Victor: Who was the girl you walked in with?
Joe: What girl? Oh, that’s my sister.
Victor: (Mentally, oh is she now…) I probably something like oh ok that’s cool didn’t know you had a sister.
I later spoke to her and we played scrabble and I “let” her win and in honor of our love, I have “let” her win ever since maybe one of these days I will change that lol.
Photo – Golden Icons 👀
Groom Suit – peculiar Royalty
Brides Outfit – peculiar Royalty
Event Manager/Coordinator – @divineworks_events
Hair by @hairbykemz
Makeup by @gfaydesigns
Venue – San Souci ballroom
Dj – sm95
MC – Seyi Brown
Band – Melloh Rhythms