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Read all about Bola & Seun love story and enjoy their beautiful pre-wedding, traditional and white wedding pictures captured by Diko Photography.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. I found that in Seun (a.k.a Mr Yuppie). It wasn’t really love at first sight, it was love that grew in friendship. We met in ICAN class, very randomly.
We became good friends due to study sessions we had together. I was the “book smart” while he was “street smart” and my mini encyclopedia (I ask him for all the history and current updates).
Read all about Bamise & Ayoola’s love story, proposal, and wedding planning experience. Their beautiful photographs were captured byKunmi Owopetu & Adeola Orebiyi.
“Ours wasn’t ‘love at first sight’ like it is for a lot of people”
We met as undergraduates at the University. We were both members of a student entrepreneurship organization call SIFE, now ENACTUS. As executive members responsible for the delivery of different projects, we had to work together. She was the secretary so I relied on her for reports. It was all business at first until we change the story.
Ours wasn’t ‘love at first sight’ like it is for a lot of people. We were two different people and one would wonder how we will ever keep up anything intimate. I could make do with crazy jeans and dreadlocks but she was the homely church girl. She is smart and would always wear a beautiful smile whenever we hang out. I found that attractive.
Our first date was on Valentine’s day 2011 and it was the first time her dad won’t be her date. I had it planned out but it turned out my perfect spot for a table for two had been booked for a party organized by our mutual friends in school.
We joined the party and that saved my money. It was my lucky day. We were both in different disciplines but we spent some times studying for exams together. Had lots of late night walks and I asked her to be my girl one of those nights. She pulled the usual girls’ stunt and didn’t say YES immediately. She eventually did after about four weeks and that was the beginning of our beautiful love story.
Seven years later on her way back from a trip to the Netherlands where she represented her firm at the One Young World Summit, I was to pick her up from the airport and straight to a restaurant to get a proper Naija food with pepper (as a confirm Yoruba woman) after being fed with only oyinbo vegetables. It was routine, after every trip back home, the first stop is to a restaurant and so was my best shot for a quite proposal.
I made an arrangement for a table for four at one of the quite restaurants at GRA, Ikeja. I got my friend to invite one of her friends for a date at the same restaurant. It was a set-up, she had no idea what was going down. They were both surprised to be at the same place for dinner but she had lots to share about her trip so it was food and gist. She was sharing her flight experience when I went on my knee to ask her to Marry Me.
They both screamed out of excitement and I got my YES right there!
Tell us the one thing you wish you knew before starting your wedding plans
Since the wedding ceremony was to hold in Ibadan, We wish we had considered Redemption Camp Holy Service that usually holds at the first week of every month while picking the wedding date. A lot of wedding guests from Lagos spent long hours in traffic and some had to turn back home. We wish they did not have to go through the troubles.
From the guests arrival to the first dance, trying to figure out the perfect songs for weddings can be daunting. We have compiled a list of the must-have songs on your Nigerian wedding playlist to keep you and your guests dancing!
“Sweet Love” By Wizkid
“Ayo” By Simi
“Uyo” Meyo By Teni
“Tender” Heart By Lionel Richie
“Sweet Boy” By Falz
“When Somebody Loves You Back” By Teddy Pendegrass
“Fever” By Wizkid
“Lova Lova” By Tiwa Ft Duncan Mighty
“Joromi” By Simi
“Green” Light By DJcuppy Ft Tekno
“Case” By Teni
“Stainless” By Zoro Ft Simi
“Yeba” By Kizz Daniel
“Soco” By Wizkid
“Madu” By Kizz Daniel
“Dumebi” By Rema
“Sensima” By Skiibi
“Killin’ Dem” By Zlatan Ft Burna Boy
“Zanku Leg Work” By Zlatan
“Tiff” By Demmie Vee
“Able God” By Chinko Ekun
Our latest couple Florah and Gbenga share with us how they got here.
P.S I’m sure some of us can relate. Enjoy the read.
It began 2015 precisely in Ibadan Nigeria.
After my redeployment from Mangu camp Jos, posting started and I was taken to Ibadan north LGA (SUBEB). I was new to the lifestyle and culture of the land. Luckily, I got a place to stay with a friend in Ibadan Grammar School (which happens to be the secondary school he finished from). The corpers lodge was another life experience entirely, thanks to Moremi and MTH experience so nothing was new.
We have a mutual connection (our parents), who helped to be my care taker during my stay. So fast forward after 3 months I visited his family house and that was where the first conversation started. A lanky tall guy on a blue pair of pants and Panama face cap stood in front of me. We gisted precisely for 2 hours. It was pretty much about music, school and fellowship experience back in Uni.
From our conversation I could tell he is friendly and loves God. His wooing style wasn’t direct, as he stylishly asked if I would love to see a movie. I accepted as I was bored at that moment.
The movie ended with me almost freezing out but was saved by Mr Gentleman who gave me his jacket (like jack in titanic nigga was shaking but holding back🤣🤣lol). He offered to buy me dinner and I obliged (being that hunger couldn’t let me be), I said no outrightly but yes in my head lol.
We gisted through the food and next thing I said was “I’m in a relationship although we’re not in a good place at the moment but I can’t cheat” he said okay like I never said anything.
Fast forward he got home by 11:30pm because we stood under the Molete bridge waiting for a bike but found none and he ended up walking me home before he went home.
Fast forward same year he travelled for his course in India but kept in touch. Always in my business, kept asking all that went on during the day. I was addicted to skype because of him. I wasn’t in India but pretty much have a picture of how India looks from all the gists. No dull or dry gist we just kept talking.
After he got back, at the point I was passing out too from NYSC, everything began to sync We never rushed things we just allowed everything play out itself. From our plenty fights that always brought us back it was really love unplanned. I never knew I can love again after some not so nice experiences.
Now I’m getting married to my friend. One who set high unimaginable standards for me, who wants me to face life anytime whether he’s there or not. The most intelligent hacker alive.
I like her patience, I like her resilience and I like her spirit to hustle. She was right to say it wasn’t planned but as a sharp guy I knew what I wanted.
We broke up 100 times and got back 100 times, for me Christ taught us to forgive ahead before a sin is even committed. That had kept us. I told you I’d stick to you like a bamboo and now we’re counting down to forever!
Saving up for your wedding cuts the cost and the stress. Here are easy steps that can help you save towards your big day easily.
Step 1 – Work out the cost of your wedding and set a budget
Set a budget and stick to it so that your expenses don’t get out of control. You need to be precise with your wedding budget. For example: “ I want to have a N1,000,000 wedding….My cake should cost around N50k-60k” and so on. Make a list of everything you need to spend money on as a couple and shop around for the best deal. However, make sure to ask around first and get a fair idea of what a realistic budget for you should be, so, you don’t find yourself in a fix.
Step 2 – Work out how much to save each month and start early
Once you’ve set your wedding budget and worked out the cost of each item, work out how much you’ll need to save to meet this target or how long it will take if you have a monthly sum in mind. You need to be real about what you can achieve and how much you can afford every month.
For example, if you both plan to have N1,000,000 wedding in one year’s time, each of you would need to save around N42,000 a month. However, if you start saving two years before the wedding, you’d only need to save N21,000 individually each month.
Step 3 – Get started
The sooner you start to save, the more manageable the cost will be. Decide where to stash your savings and create a separate account for the wedding or other goals. Make sure its an account where your savings grows.
The honeymoon period is a favorite for many couples and they look forward to the seclusion and some alone time, after the flurry of wedding activities.
We know how important it is to gain a most memorable experience and it can be difficult to keep up with trends. This is why we’ve brought you the latest honeymoon trends for 2019 to keep you abreast of the latest.
Honeymoon has got a new name: “Achievement moon”.
You’ve heard the saying “kill two birds with a stone”? Seems couples are giving it a new meaning as they try to implement it in their honeymoon experience. I mean, why only achieve a honeymoon when you can also learn that skill you’ve been talking about, or tick that adventure off your bucket list. Whether it’s surmounting the Kilimanjaro or learning to dive, 2019 will see many more couples achieving more from their honeymoon than just sitting by the beach and taking pictures.
Destinations to Visit: Try Laikipia in Kenya, or the Kalamu walking safari in Zambia.
2. Eco Friendly Holidays
Seeing as the world is all about eco-friendliness and environmental sustainability these days, it should come as no surprise that honeymooners are incorporating this into their experience. If you want to join in this trend, you may choose to stay in hotels that give back to the local community around them, or join in on beach clean up activities as part of your romantic getaway. Very romantic, isn’t it?
Destination to try: The Thai island of Kho Phi Phi is home to an eco friendly resort that has won an award for World’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel – Zeavola resort. This would be a great place if this were your sort of thing: mixing pleasure with a little CSR.
3. Out of the way Destinations
As the numbers rise on couples tired of recycling the usual honeymoon destinations and seeking to explore fresh places and have new adventure stories to tell, going off to secluded and unexplored destinations is beginning to trend. Interesting accommodation choices are also making the list as couples take to tree houses, or accommodations under the sea or on hilltops.
Destinations to try:
– Manta Resort on Pemba Island, Zanzibar (A private floating island with underwater accommodation from which you can observe the aquatic life)
– Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica (You get to stay in an actual airplane transformed to a living space overlooking amazing views. Seems like a perfect tree house.)
– The Skylodge Adventure Suites, Urubamba Valley, Peru (if you fancy hiking and adventure and sleeping in a pod off the side of a cliff – The ultimate spaceship experience)
4. Road Trips or Cross-countries
Yes, you read right, road trips. Interestingly, more couples are opting for the road-trip option for their honeymoon as it allows them more flexibility of movement, and puts more destinations at their doorsteps. And who says you can’t make the best memories while on the move; after all, the honeymoon is as much about the journey as it is the destination. It’s also a great way to work with your budget while still making the most of your time. So, get your backpacks ready, it’s road trip time.
Destinations to try: Nigeria westward to Cote D’Ivoire (About a week)
– The Garden Route from Durban to Cape Town in South Africa (About 2 weeks)
– A Californian road-trip starting in LA and ending in Santa Barbara, stopping in Palm Springs, Yosemite National Park, the Napa Valley, San Francisco and Big Sur, amongst others (About 2 weeks)
– The East Coast of Africa all the way from Cairo to Cape Town (About 4 months)
5. Surprise Surprise
It seems that in addition to not having to deal with the stress of planning honeymoons and holidays, many couples don’t want to think about where to go either while some prefer to be surprised. Well, surprise honeymoon destinations are set to trend this year. If you are a couple looking to be surprised, try reaching out to “Pack UP + GO”, they’ll make all the plans and all you need to do is show up. The wait to find out your destination is part of the perks.
6. Mix and match
Can’t choose between an adventure honeymoon and a luxury one? Who says you have to! And guess what, you are not alone. This is another trend to be seen this year, as couples combine the niceties of luxury with the adrenaline rush of adventure.
Destinations to try:
– The hilltop palaces, historic temples, tea plantations and wildlife-packed national parks of Sri Lanka and the beautiful secluded islands of the Maldives.
– The fabled casinos, clubs, pool parties and shows of Vegas – including a visit to the Grand Canyon close by– before hitting the bliss islands of Hawaii, renowned for their plush forests and perfect beaches.
This has taken a while to catch on but it appears as though couples are finally seeing its benefits. So, as opposed to having a long stretch of honeymoon, couples are choosing to go on many different shorter holidays over a longer period of time. If you don’t have the luxury of a long stretch of time or you’d like to get so much more in, this would be an obvious choice.
There you have it, now go make yourself some beautiful memories.
Bridal hairstyles in Nigeria has evolved over the years and indeed continues to evolve. There was a time when braids was the ‘in thing’ for brides, and then the pin-up curls, followed by variations of chignons, to be replaced by long layered hairs with soft beach curls. Then came natural hairstyles with kinky extensions.
Human hairs with the versatility it affords has taken bridal hair dos to a new level – lace frontal and closures have replaced traditional leave outs and is presently one of the trends in the Nigerian bridal hair industry. Many brides like the different looks frontal hairs afford – snatched edges, baby hairs and the likes.
Updos appear to be currently in vogue, and they can be achieved with either the lace frontals, or natural hair styles, depending on preference .
However, current trends may not apply to every bride as each bride is unique. There are many different styles to suit different bridal preferences and so 2019 brides should not feel restricted in their choices just to keep up with trends.
As any other part of your wedding detail, pick a style that defines you, and helps you achieve your perfect look, one you’d look back on, years later, and still be happy you chose, and then hire a hairstylist to execute it just perfectly!