Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia Tie the Knot in an Exclusive Nigerian Wedding Ceremony

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Former RHOA star Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia tie the knot in a private Nigerian wedding ceremony with only close friends and family in attendance.

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On Friday, November 25, 2022, the Real Housewives of Atlanta former star and the Nigerian-born businessman exchanged vows 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, November 26, 2022.

“I am ridiculously excited,” Porsha 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.”

Guobadia, meanwhile, said he was 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!

Over the course of the 2-day wedding extravaganza, Porsha will be making seven wardrobe changes!

“It’s going to be a true fashion extravaganza,” she told PEOPLE. “I just couldn’t turn any dresses down! If a wedding dress came my way, and I loved it, I got it.”

On the day of the Nigerian wedding, Porsha had three outfit changes. For the ceremony, 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, Nigerian Yoruba and Edo cultural attire for women includes iro and buba, a vibrant skirt and top that is usually heavily beaded. Women often accessorize with a gele (an ornate head wrap) and by carrying a fan. Men, meanwhile, wear an agbada, an oversized kaftan designed from guinea or lace, and a hat made of asoke fabric.

Following tradition, 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 said. “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.”

Throughout the native law and custom ceremony, which was led by a spokesperson from each side of the couple’s family, traditional Benin singers and dancers performed. Then, at the reception, Porsha said she wanted her guests to feel like they were in Nigeria.

“I want them to feel like they have taken a flight and landed in Benin,” she 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 entree was catered 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. As for the cake, it was a traditional Benin cake.

Ever since they announced their engagement in May of 2021, after one month of dating, Williams said she “knew” she wanted “to honor” Guobadia’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.”

During a trip to his hometown of Benin in October, Porsha and Simon really “embraced” Nigeria. “If you didn’t know any better, you could’ve sworn she’d been to Nigeria a few times,” Simon told PEOPLE.

When the couple returned home from the trip, Porsha did an ancestry DNA test and was surprised to discover that she’s 44 percent Nigerian, specifically from the western part of the country, where Simon’s mom is from.

“The journey has been phenomenal,” Simon said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better future wife.”

Congratulations to the beautiful couple Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia on their wedding nuptials!

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