Video Footage From Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia’s Wedding Leaked!
Porsha Williams tied the knot to Nigerian-born businessman, Simon Guobadia, on Friday, in Atlanta.
The couple wed in a Nigerian traditional native law and custom ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta in front of 250 guests. The couple will tie the knot again in an American ceremony on Saturday.
“I am ridiculously excited,” Williams told PEOPLE ahead of the nuptials. “I am just so ready. I’m not even nervous. I mean, I know I’m marrying the love of my life, and it’s just going to solidify our relationship and our family bond. I’m calm and excited.”
Simon Guobadia, 58, meanwhile, said he’s a “little nervous,” but not for the reason one may think.
“When you say you’re a little nervous, and you’re about to walk down the aisle, people are thinking, ‘Uh-oh,'” he said. “But my nervousness comes from the family members and friends who I haven’t seen in a long time coming into Atlanta!”
Porsha Williams, 41, said she’s “anxious” about when it comes to their wedding is the seven wardrobe changes she’ll be making over the course of the two days.
“It’s going to be a true fashion extravaganza,” she said with a laugh. “I just couldn’t turn any dresses down! If a wedding dress came my way, and I loved it, I got it.”
Porsha Williams had three outfit changes for her Nigerian ceremony. As All About The Tea readers know, she wore a red gown by designer Lakimmy customary for an Edo bride (Guobadia is from Benin City in the Edo State of Nigeria). She also wore an okuku, a headpiece with Benin coral beads.
Later, she changed into two gowns by the designer Tabik: one in royal blue and one in gold.
Guests were also asked to follow suit by wearing traditional or formal Nigerian-inspired attire in the colors of the day: purple and teal.
Typically traditional Yoruba weddings, the women usually wear an iro and buba, a vibrant wrapper and top outfit that is usually heavily beaded, along with a veil and an ipele shoulder scarf. They also carry a fan and tie a gele (an ornate head wrap). Men, meanwhile, wear an agbada, an oversized kaftan designed from guinea or lace, and a hat made of asoke fabric.
The couple provided the cultural fabric to make their family members’ clothing for the day. With the fabric, each family member could choose how they wanted to design it.
“It was a huge undertaking,” Porsha admitted. “I personally chose the fabrics that they’re going to be wearing, including their head wrap, their gele. I chose all of the colors, everything. I should be a stylist after this!”
“It’s going to be interesting to see people’s take on the fabric,” she added. “It’s going to be a beautiful expression of fashion, love and family.”
“I want them to feel like they have taken a flight and landed in Benin,” Porsha said. “The whole room should be transformed with beautiful colors of browns and rose golds and tans and creams. It should be really, really beautiful and give you that authentic African feel.”
“The other thing I wanted was trees in the room,” Porsha told the outlet. “I want it to feel like an inside/outside space, but luxurious.”
The wedding guest feasted on traditional Benin foods like snails, egusi, meat pies and okra stew from the local restaurant Little Lagos. To represent Porsha’s southern roots, they also had fried lobster, steak and cornbread. Their wedding cake was traditional Benin cake.
Porsha was focused on honoring Simon’s culture at their wedding.
“I looked up different things about an Edo bride, about the Benin culture, about their ceremonies, just so that I would not be totally green,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that I was as respectful as possible because I didn’t want to not do anything that wasn’t within tradition, within their culture. So I had to be very, very serious, and I was very adamant that each detail was going to be authentic to their culture. I learned a lot.”
“For starters, I was so excited and, quite frankly, surprised that she wanted to do the traditional way, because it’s not something you hear every day,” Simon told the outlet. “To embrace my culture and want to be married in that fashion is something that blows my mind. I think some of the folks we brought on to help us go through the whole ceremony and that whole process were surprised that she knew so much already about the outfits, the clothing, the names and all of that. She’s immersed herself in the culture, I’d say in the last year.”
The guest list consisted of who’s who of Atlanta, Rickey Smiley, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’s Karlie Redd, Married to Medicine’s Quad Webb, Basketball Wives’ Jennifer Williams, and musician T.I. and wife Tiny Harris. Fellow Housewives stars including Monique Samuels, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, Monyetta Shaw, Kandi Burruss, Drew Sidora and Cynthia Bailey were also invited.
Simon has people coming in for the wedding from “London, Nigeria, South America … everywhere!”
The couple’s American wedding ceremony will be held at a church in Atlanta with 350 guests. Afterwards, they’ll celebrate with a ball and after party.
“On Thursday night, I’ll be going to the Four Seasons to the penthouse suite to prepare for the next day since it’s a morning wedding,” she said. “But on Friday night, I’m going to be back at our home because I’m going to be getting ready here for the American wedding that day. He’s like, ‘Wait a minute, you’re going to tell me I can’t be in the bed?’ I’m going to have to try to make him sleep on the sofa.”
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Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.