Before the main event on the 24th of April, the couple formally began their journey towards their formal union during an introduction of their families on the 5th of April 2010. On the 10th of April 2010, their traditional engagement took place at the British International School grounds in Lekki, Lagos. It was a beautifully festive day, the hall was lushly decorated with pink flowers and swaths. Bella & Jameel were both dressed in gold iro buba and agbada respectively. Bella’s traditional look was accentuated with gold and coral accessories. Culture was celebrated as the couple went through the formal Yoruba engagement rites. After the event, they along with their families and friends enjoyed a party with performances from musical legends King Sunny Ade & Sir Shina Peters.
Up next was the pre-wedding dinner, a soiree for the couple and their close friends. There were performances from all over the world including musical performances by Banky W, ChiDynma, 9ice, PSquare and then various unique acts from Las Vegas & India.
Bella & Jameel’s white wedding was gorgeous! The bride was breathtakingly beautiful in her exquisite wedding gown. With its jewel encrusted sweetheart neckline, lace inserts, rosette hip details, corseted bodice and full skirt, the dress was beautiful and even more breathtaking on the bride. Bella’s dress was perfectly accessorized by her upswept hair with a diamond & pearl hairpiece, earrings and bracelets. Finally, her crystal embellished cathedral length veil truly transformed her into a princess. The groom, Jameel was dressed in a modern blue suit paired with a white shirt, white tie and an elegant boutonniere. Yellow and gold were the colours of the day so the bridesmaids were in flowy yellow dresses with a single rosette strap while the maid of honour was in a pale gold dress. The groomsmen matched them with yellow ties and pocked squares while the best man wore a pale gold tie. The reception was held at the Landmark Centre, it was an exquisite vision with twinkling lights, gold swaths and luscious yellow & ivory flowers all around the venue.
The couple embraced their special day and thoroughly enjoyed it with their friends and family as they smiled and posed for photos stunningly captured by photographer, Jide Alakija. Musician Darey Art Alade and his band entertained as did the Shuga Band. There were also musical performances from the Mo Hits Crew including Dr Sid & D’Banj and a special musical rendition by the couple’s friend, musician – ChiDynma who dedicated her song “Obimmo” to the couple along with all the traditional wedding reception milestones such as the romantic ‘first dance’, bouquet toss which Bella acrobatically performed, the cutting of the cake and the groom’s eloquent speech. After the ceremony, it was not over as the couple and their friends proceeded to dance the night away at the wedding afterparty.
An absolutely showstopping wedding for a beautiful couple.
BellaNaija wishes Bella and Jameel a blessed, happy, fruitful and fulfilled marriage filled with love, laughter and joy.
Photography: Jide Alakija
Event Decor & Flowers: Newton & David
Event Managers: No Surprises Events/The Wedding Company
Makeup: Banke Meshida-Lawal
Additional Photography: Jeffrey Photography
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