Tasha Okpoko & Olayinka Oladipo's Wedding in Houston 2011-CLASSmagazine May 2012 special feature. selected pixs

Our Story: Tasha Okpoko & Olayinka Oladipo

Special to CLASSmagazine Houston and www.PhotoWorks.TV

The wedding took place on August 20, 2011 at the Word In Action church in Houston, Texas; the colorful reception was held at the Phoenix Hall, also in Houston. Chief Roland & Minister Linda Okpoko are the parents of the bride while Mr. Taiwo & Mrs. Desola Oladipo are the parents of the groom. Yinka's uncle Mr. Fatai Laja represented his father.

(As told by Tasha) I want to start off by saying “There is a God, Prayers do get answered, and Miracles happen.” In January of 2010, I asked God for a series of things. Part of that list was that God should send me the man that he has chosen to be my mate, I fasted and prayed seriously about these series of requests… and to his testimony, EVERYTHING I asked for he granted in the Exact order I requested.How we met-On July 4th Weekend of 2010, a friend of mine from Dallas Sam was in town with his girlfriend, and he asked me to meet him in a popular African Lounge in Houston “Cloud 9”.

My friend Unyime and I decided to meet up with them after attending a wedding. When we got there Sam wasn’t just with his girlfriend, but he also brought a friend along. As he did the introductions, the way this friend looked at me gave me goose bumps, he was so handsome… he introduced himself as Yinka. He kept saying “I feel like I know you, or I’ve seen you somewhere before”, but I knew i had never met him before, I would have definitely remembered.

He asked me to dance, but for some reason, this guy made me sooo shy, and anyone who knows me, knows that the last thing I am is shy. I refused, but he pulled me closer to him anyway. After a while, the girls and I decided to go and dance, when we were tired , we were about to step off the dance floor, when somebody grabbed my hand, when I turned around it was the handsome guy Yinka, he said to me “ I thought you said you don’t dance but i've been watching u dance”, before I could utter a word once again he pulled me closer and said “ Dance with me” and of course I couldn’t say no, there was something different about this guy. As we danced you could feel the chemistry, it was as if we had a magnetic force pulling us together… as the night came to an end we exchanged numbers and said our goodbyes.Our first date-The next morning i woke up to a text message from Yinka, saying "Happy July 4th Tasha, this is Yinka."

The next day being a public holiday, he called me saying he was going back to Colorado, but wanted to see me before he left. We went out to P.F Changs where we talked and laughed, he even started tickling me while we were in the restaurant…I enjoyed his company and his conversation. Once again we bid our goodbyes as he dropped me off at home and headed to the airport. Before he boarded he called me to say what a wonderful time he had, and when he landed he called me again. As we talked on the phone, it soon became a regular routine, where we couldn’t go a couple of hours without calling each other. A month later after I passed my Nursing Nclex Exam, he came down that weekend and we had a wonderful time.

As I dropped him off at the airport, he asked me to be his girlfriend.The Proposal-3 months later, a week after I returned from visiting him in Colorado, he flew down to Houston. He took me to meet his mother, and told me he wanted to fly me to Colorado the next weekend. On October 2nd, I arrived in Colorado excited to see him again three weekends in a row. The next day we decided to go to a place called The Garden of the Gods. We walked around, took pictures and enjoyed the scenery. As we came up on a big rock, Yinka insisted on us climbing it, so he gave a guy the camera and asked him to take pictures of us at the top. As we took the pictures, Yinka said to me “Babe let’s try this pose” so he got down on one knee. So I asked "okay…should I sit on your lap?" Next thing he brings out a box from his pocket and opens it…And said “Tasha will you Marry me?”…. Of course, I screamed YES!

About the Bride:
Tasha Okpoko was born on the 25th of February to Chief Roland and Minister Linda Okpoko. She migrated to the US with her mom when she was 9 years old. Although she grew up here, she still managed to keep a strong nigerian heritage. She is very respectful and well mannered. All praises to her parents for doing such a wonderful job. Tasha graduated from Prairie View A&M University, with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She is a very beautiful, caring and loving woman. She is an optimist, who seems to see the best in everyone. Tasha is my other half, my best friend, my sister, my confidant, my gossip partner (lol), my queen, the woman of my dreams. I cant imagine not having Tasha in my life, she completes me. She is the icing on my cake, the sun that lightens up my world. I will forever be thankful to God for bringing this wonderful woman into my life.

About the Groom:
Olayinka was born on the 9th day of May. He attended his primary and partial secondary education in Lagos state, Nigeria. At age 15 he came to the United States, where he completed his remaining years at Willowridge high school. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering.I truly believe it was part of God's perfect plan that brought Yinka and I together. It was not just a coincidence... it was preordained, it is our destiny. My heart blesses and thanks his mother for going through the pains of bringing my superman into the world, for without her I would have been so incomplete and lost.Yinka is the Rock that keeps me from drifting away, he is one of the most patient, honest, and kindest people I have ever met… he is God fearing, considerate, sensitive, funny and easy going but he can be more stubborn than a mule… and if you are looking for the perfect example of someone who never gives up, it is Yinka. He is like a father, a brother, a best friend, and husband all in one.I find him insightful, eager to learn, happy to teach… a natural leader…my backbone and encourager… in many ways Yinka is the calm to my storm….the ying to my yang… the other half that makes me whole…..
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