Our Wedding Story…7 Years After: Olatokunbo & Saheed Muhammed

As the first month of 2011 draws to a close, we hope that your year has started with lots of positive action and blessings. Over the Christmas holiday, there were lots of weddings – we all danced, ate and celebrated. But what happens after that festive day… This is what inspired this very special edition of BN Our Wedding Story.

This blessed couple, Olatokunbo Morin-Muhammed & Saheed Muhammed have been married for over 7 years and recently celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary with a beautiful ceremony and event. Olatokunbo and Saheed’s story illustrates that there is so much to look forward to after you say “I Do”.

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I Do! – Olatokunbo & Saheed’s Love Story
by Olatokunbo

The Call
I was introduced to my beau through my cousin’s husband. He told me of Saheed and I didn’t pay him any mind. A couple of weeks later I received a call from Saheed…I was extremely infuriated that my cousin’s husband would pass my number to a guy without my consent, luckily it worked out for the best!

Then…
I was living in Detroit, Michigan; my beau was a soldier living in Killeen, Texas. I was with someone else at the time and not remotely interested in the prospects of being with Saheed, but he was rather persistent…and I happen to find ‘men that know exactly what they want’ appealing. After numerous calls, rudeness on my part, an air ticket purchased to come visit him but never used, I met him for the first time almost a year later, decided to be nice for a change and we hit it off from then on.

The Proposal
My birthday was approaching – my birthday is the 29th of February, it wasn’t a leap year so no 29th was coming this time around. I told him this birthday year will not be special because my actual birth date wasn’t coming till the following year, I always have to wait 4 years. He said “it will be special” and I was like “Sure” (sarcasm). I flew in from Michigan to Texas to see him and on my alternative birthday (the 28th), I was getting ready to where he was going to take me to make my day special. He stepped out of his apartment briefly while I ironed my pants, came back in and got on one knee, pulled out the magnificent ring and said
I want to marry you” ,
Me: “Okay” (grinning)
Him: “…like right now!…
Me: “huh??
We went to court that same day and got married! Yes, he made my day special alright!.

The Wedding…After the Wedding

We secretly got married on the 28th of February 2003. Made announcements that we were engaged and openly celebrated our union to about 250 something guests in a traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony.
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Marriage Q & A with BN

BN: Advice for young couples who just got married?
Olatokunbo: I am not into giving advice because the reality of it all is that relationships are not “one size fits all”. What might work for me, will not necessarily work for another. For Saheed and I, Love is a choice. And that means; a continuous conscientious effort to love each other regardless of our “pros and cons”, it’s our choice.

BN: How did you transition from dating to marriage, adjusting to children etc…?
Olatokunbo: We actually didn’t date long, it really was one of those stories when you just know he or she is the one. We meet for the first time in December and two months later we were married. The ‘great transition’ began when we lived together. I will not sugar coat anything, if one survives the first two years of marital life, they might be together for a long time. Living together as newlyweds was our greatest challenge. Like most couples; we needed to figure each other out. We both had difference experiences, upbringings, personalities and also different religions. We have 2 adorable girls now and Saheed is such a great dad to his girls. It’s such a delight to watch an “All-around-Nigerian” guy love is children and not be afraid to show it.

BN: Advice for the single ladies and gentlemen?
Olatokunbo: Just a favorite quote: “the virtue of true love is not to find the perfect person but to love the imperfect person perfectly” – Facebook quote written by a guy with introspective sense!

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The 7th Year Anniversary Celebration
Inspired by the number 7 which is a number of perfection referenced in both the Bible and the Koran; Olatokunbo who is Christian and Saheed who is Muslim wanted to do something that was not cliché. The couple did not want to follow the trend of a “5, 10, 15 or 25 year anniversary” celebration, instead they wanted to create their own tradition with a number that is universally acknowledged and unique – 7! Olatokunbo and Saheed’s 7th anniversary happened to fall exactly on 10.10.10 – that was the perfect sign that this was the perfect day for them!
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Date: 10/10/10
Venue: A New Leaf, Lincoln Park Chicago, Illinois, USA
Style: Individualist/Afrik-Contemporary Vintage
Inspiration: Romance and Royalty
Colours: Plum-berry, tea rose, champagne, lavender & gold leaf
Custom-made jewelry: Yemisii – www.yemisii.com
Gown: Rosa Barrito inspired by House of Wu
Couture Invitations and papery: IJORERE – www.Ijorere.com
Singer/guitarist/saxist/keyboardist: Annie Bridges and the band
Photographer: Raheem of Rhphotoarts – www.Rhphotoarts.com
Cinematographer: Ope of AdsMedia

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Surrounded by their family, friends and their beautiful children, Olatokunbo & Saheed rededicated their love and commitment to each other in exquisite style. The ceremony was set up with an individualistic “Afrik-Contemporary Vintage” theme with unique touches such as their “magic briefcase” couture invitations which were crafted by Olatokunbo’s company – Ijorere.

Guests could feel the aura of romance and royalty as they stepped into the “A New Leaf” event venue in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Olatokunbo was simply radiant as she was dressed in a custom designed champagne-gold dress accentuated by Fulani inspired jewelry and she had the perfect partner in life and in style by her side – Saheed who was dapper in his grey suit.
As this was all about creating their own traditions – Olatokunbo and Saheed exchanged the “gift of time” as they gifted each other watches. After that, it was about enjoying great music, food and company. The band delivered the couple’s favourite songs, as the couple, their family and friends danced and enjoyed this wonderful occasion.

BN is so thankful to Olatokunbo & Saheed for sharing their story. We pray that they will be blessed and enjoy each and everyday together as one.
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Special Thanks to Yetunde @ Icy PR – www.icypr.com
Experience IJORERE – www.Ijorere.com

102 Comments on Our Wedding Story…7 Years After: Olatokunbo & Saheed Muhammed
  • Iya2 January 27, 2011 at 1:06 am

    This is RIDICULOUSLY beautiful OMG!!

    • pearl February 4, 2011 at 3:47 am

      You took the words out of my mouth, This wedding has just made me speechless

    • andie April 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      YOUR SO RIGHT SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!!!

  • GT January 27, 2011 at 1:09 am

    dis absolute beautiful, my gracious god very colourful indeed

  • Brittle Paper January 27, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I’ve met Ola. She’s such a lovely person and deserves all the joy and happiness that comes her way. This is such a beautiful wedding.

  • Jonzing World January 27, 2011 at 1:14 am

    A lot of symbolism here.love the ambience and overall the couple..wish you more wedded bliss Amen…Am I the first to comment?

  • Kemi January 27, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Thank God for u both. With the rise n rise of broken marriages, we can only thank God for marriages that keep keeping it strong. May God continually bless your marriage.

  • Sia January 27, 2011 at 1:29 am

    She is so beautiful. Beautiful wedding. I love that she got cornrows on. HOTTT

  • damola January 27, 2011 at 1:44 am

    God, I say a prayer to you tonight, Please let me be able to enjoy my marriage, and afford such beautiful marriages in my marriage. I love this marriage in a marriage, I just LOVE IT!

  • Gbemi January 27, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Beautifull!!
    I love how they ‘owned’ the day. That’s the way it should be. Inspiring story. May God keep you.
    I had cornrows for my wedding too :-D

    http://www.gbemisoke.com

  • Queen Sheba Cisse January 27, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Al Hamdulilah GOD Is Great!!

  • Teebaby January 27, 2011 at 2:19 am

    i love the boli and epa concept

    • Ready January 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

      Oh what I would give for some boli and epa right now. Loves the concept!

  • Kemchi January 27, 2011 at 2:27 am

    My Naija peeps nor dey ever carry last at all sha! Lovely ceremony.
    Me likes the roasted plantain and groundnut bit, that was pretty cool :)

  • Olubee January 27, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I was at this wedding,everything about that day, 10.10.10 was perfect. I have known OlaTee most of my life, abt 30yrs and even I was pleasant shocked at everything from the stationary to ceremony cos she had designed it all herself.check out Ijorere.com
    Marriage is hard work but it is truly worth it ;)

  • Lolly-Dee January 27, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I absolutely love, love, the uniqueness of wedding. It was apparent that the couple did things their own way and owned their day.

  • Corve DaCosta January 27, 2011 at 4:11 am

    So beautiful….love the photos. Thanks

  • shade January 27, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Amazing..

  • The Truth January 27, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Love it! congrats to the couple. Its less fuss about the “wedding” and more about the couple, future brides take a cue

  • NakedSha January 27, 2011 at 4:34 am

    The class is just oozing out of their pictures. Beautiful.

  • Ujubaby January 27, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Lol, komole daaa daaaa!

  • Dj_grassroot January 27, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Men!!!!!! look @ the Sophisticated Boli(plantain) & Epa(peanut)…….

  • Ada January 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Possibly the best wedding feature i have seen on this site.Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! So much class and great attention to detail.I had browsed the Ijorere site before and thought their designs were amazing.
    May God grant them many more beautiful years together.

  • commentator January 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

    absolutely beautiful…want my wedding to be as simple and classy as this. More bliss to their marriage

  • Zannie January 27, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Beautiful and exquisite! you are in my city.

  • sandra January 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Congrat to couples it is glad to know there are still marriages with much love like dis after seven years

  • sola January 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Wow! Simplicity well portrayed. Congrats to you both. And truly, the ‘epa and boli’ concept is simply madt! lol…. couple toh badt

  • Kemi Adeleke January 27, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Absolutely stunning pictures i must. Love the concept… I wish you the couple the very best..

    Kemi

  • moi January 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    this is the kind wedding I want, no extravagant fuss. Just simple oyinbo wedding, chairs set the garden style, small chops and few people there. And as for the venue, concept tubahd…Love the antiquity feel to the place….Chei this weeding gives me hope, or rather my parent since, I am already considering not eloping if I could av dis kind bt once again I am considering

  • CC January 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Their renewal of vows is so beautiful, I’m awed. I love love love their story too.

  • butterfly January 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    i’m hopelessly in love with this story, really really touching and the beauty of it all….amazing. truly amazing.

  • oma January 27, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Love is a beautiful thing. wish them God’s blessing. http:/lifethroughomaseyes.blogspot.com

  • Kem.I January 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Without a doubt the best wedding ceremony i have ever attended.
    The ambiance was of such rare and appealing excellence. Amazing!

  • Hali January 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    wow…

  • oda girl January 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    lovely lovely story, brought tears 2 my eyes. wish them all the best!

    ps. actually very curious as to how muslim/ christian weddings+ marriages work out. would how their’s has been ;)

    • oda girl January 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      *would love to know how their’s has been

    • partyrider January 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      its just understanding esp from the man.i have 2 family friends like that..the kids go to church with their mothers and the man is on his own..during fasting, they are always on the run to cook for their husbands :D and they have stayed married for 20yrs and i think 8yrs respectively.
      so it works and of course love is a strong factor :)

  • Lil miss sunshine January 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    This brings tears to my eyes,you can almost feel the love radiating between these two. I love the antique, design, colors and simplicity of the wedding. Less is more!! happy married life to the couple.

  • ChiChi January 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I love this. I like the fact that it is divergent!! Its not what you’d expect a wedding to look like. I love the concept of tradition meets western!! Its beautiful!!!

  • Q January 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Lovely story n wedding….loving the Boli n Groundnut pieces as part of the canapes……xoxoxo!

  • NneSomebody January 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Gorgeous ceremony. Absolutely gorgeous! God bless them both

  • OLAW January 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Beautiful! Congratulations again! Here’s to celebrating many more joyous milestones…Cheers!

  • Yuds January 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Different! Nice!

  • Yemisi January 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    i love the love story..meeting a guy and marrying him in 2 months is such a risk, i never expect from a nigerian…God bless the union

  • NNENNE January 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    May our good lord continue to bless your marriage. May you guys live to see your children’s children. Amen!!! This is great considering the rate of divorce among Nigerians in diaspora.

  • KIFY January 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Its truly an eye opener to see that people are brave enough and truly their own selfs, choosing happiness and love over other peoples belief on who is right/wrong for them. I dont know you two but whereever you are may God continue to bless you and your family for sharing your life with us and showing the heights of love above religion, upbringing, character and location.

  • Aibee January 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Uniquely beautifull. Did she say they got married 2months after they met? Maybe I should just say yes to that Toaster and not wait to get to ‘know’ him.

  • adelegirl January 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    so beautiful… wonder if one can have such a classy uncrowded uncarnival-like wedding in naija.
    I’ve got eyebrow envy…love the iyawo’s eyebrows
    Wish the couple many more blissful years

  • Julie Adepoju January 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    This is very unique, I love this toks, U are very creative. I wish u both all the best in ur marriage life with many more children in Jesus Name. Amen!!!!

  • honey January 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    lovely isnt? classy, exquisite and gorgeous!

  • Temiloluwa Adebayo January 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    SWEET! God bless their home.

    http://temiville.wordpress.com/

  • Ncyluv January 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Breathtaking…….this is a good def of less is more. Exquisite decor by the way.

  • partyrider January 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    so different and oozes class..may God continue to bless ur union.amen

  • Nneka January 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I’s still thinking of a suitable word to describe this wedding….”lovely”, “unique”, “beautiful”….those words are insufficient. The stationary is so on point and the boli and epa concept is out of this world. It all boils done to presentation.
    All the best to the couple! God bless you and yours.

  • Summer January 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    WOW!!!After 7 years of marriage and you two still look this good. I say congratulations…you are a beautiful couple indeed.

  • Uchechi January 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Like the bride’s hairstyle…

  • Pizzazz January 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Is this my Kemi? UI Kemi? anyways..these pictures make me want to get married right now! they make marriage look extra beautiful

    Kemi Adeleke
    Absolutely stunning pictures i must. Love the concept… I wish you the couple the very best..Kemi

  • teeno January 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Very beautiful concept. May God continue to bless and sustain ur marriage.

  • Tutu January 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    to say i love the wedding would be an understatment. From the concepts, to the to the decor, to the inspiration, to…gosh everything.It takes guts tto pull off braids during ones wedding and boy did she look lovely in them.
    God bless your marriage guys…all the best

  • sam January 28, 2011 at 12:05 am

    ..Been thinking about how to have my wedding when the time comes as sooo bored with the typical ´big, flash and expensive´ thing. The whole walking in dancing is soo yesterday but this concept has totally opened a whole new dimension!! Thank you and may your union be eternally blessed. x

  • kumzy January 28, 2011 at 12:51 am

    think for me the ceremony is beautiful and agree with most people’s comments

    BUT wat inspires me is that then, they had a quiet wedding..most of us girls now will struggle to have a quiet wedding if finances was not enough for a big one…really admire that they did what they could and then did a bigger ceremony when they could afford it..we should learn from that

  • Loud Mouth Critique January 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Beauty with class,attention to detail and so much personality….a breath of fresh air!

  • Nikki January 28, 2011 at 1:35 am

    creative, beautiful and splendid!!! congratulations and God bless you!

  • BC January 28, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Raheem of Rhphotoarts is just a genius.He captures the intimacy between couples always.

  • Libran Eye January 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Lovely and unique. I love the mood

  • partyrider January 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    and dat shoe?..sigh
    love it

  • Patience I January 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This is so beautiful; i wish them all the best.
    coincidentally, my twin sisters were also born on the 29th of feb on a leap year!

  • Chibaby January 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    beautiful!!!

  • Girl January 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

    My dad and mom are xtian and muslim respectively. There was no overt religiousness in our house growing up- but we ended up xtian cos mum could take us with her to church- dad didn’t mind. It all worked out. And the tradition is continuing …

  • Girl January 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Sorry, muslim and xtian respectively :)

  • mary007 January 29, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I Love her advice more

  • ayobami January 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Great! Nothin ll take away your happiness in jesus name! I pray 4 such a great weddin!

  • Toun January 30, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Absolutely inspiring!!

  • rozie January 31, 2011 at 9:43 am

    SWEET…may God continue to bless ur union and may u have more beautiful stories to tell.

  • tee January 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Im definitely stealing the boli and epa concept.

  • UA January 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    There is something very simple yet very classy about this couple. I like them. Wish them may more years of a blissful marriage. It iss also refreshing to see a love story going on in this day of widespread divorces

  • Jade82 January 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    God bless them and i love everything about the anniversary….Beautiful pictures…

  • waffles January 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I love this couple!!!amazing concept and pictures.
    God-please bless and keep this marriage forever.
    10 10 10 is signficant for me too as that was the day both our ‘parents’ met.

  • Obitalker January 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    this is really beautiful and unique! I really love everything about this wedding. the venue and concept, in fact words can’t describe my awe.

  • Pearrl January 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Lovely. In fact, I feel like crying!!! I love love stories

  • Oluwaseun January 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Beautiful, 7years and 2 kids, she looks fabulous, God will continue to bless their Marriage, Amen

  • Stuart @ Anniversary Ideas February 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    This looks like it was an amazing day! What a fabulous way to make the 7th anniversary a truly memorable celebration.

  • Mimsy February 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Fab! I totally LOVE everything about this post

  • sexy February 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    hmmm…this is beautiful..i like her hair do

  • ijubreel February 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    awww…teared me up. a true love story.boli and groundnut-lmao

  • Fairy Godsister February 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    It all looks beautiful; they look like a couple that are not bound by the sometimes stiff norms we have. And I’m loving her shoes, such a rich purple!!!
    It’s also exciting to see boli was on the menu, bottom line this couple rocks jor!!! Single guys and girls (moi included), take note!
    http://www.fairygodsister.wordpress.com

  • Ashley February 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    wow…simple!classy!beautiful!……i love the concept….Boli and epa at a wedding trust naija people to always stand out we no dey carry last ooo dats why we are one of the world’s 5 happiest people

  • klady February 25, 2011 at 12:39 am

    fantaaaaasttttttttttttttticcccccccccccccc

  • lis February 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Dis is adorable, its different nd unique….congrats ppl!

  • confidence March 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Toks is a sweetheart and i think she got what all sweethearts ask for – the very best.Congratulations dear and God’s blessings as you continue in marriage.

  • NeeNee March 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    in a way i cant explain the wife is so so beautiful

  • Much March 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    He is Muslim, she is Christian… They both put their love into it, made it work and made it look unbelievably beautiful. What an amazing couple. An example to the world.

  • Bombchell in Atl March 24, 2011 at 8:19 am

    lovely colors.

  • Steak April 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    i love ur concepy. its so traditional. congrats n keep d love alive

  • andie April 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!!!

  • imohazel May 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    This is so beautiful,there are tears in my eyes

  • La Belle August 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Wow! this is beautiful.

  • nike bello November 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    i used to wonder if the muslim/christian thing really works but this is a great example.many don’t have the courage.May Allah bless the union

  • olamide February 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

    wow Toks!
    i have known the bride for 30yrs (primary 2) Imola day School!
    sweets i am so proud of you.
    you still look the same – beautiful n bubbly
    wish u all the best in your marriage and please keep in touch!
    wow!

  • Teablinks January 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Just BEAUTIFUL

  • Transport Lv for being Better July 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Its mature and sober vibe must can make every lady look elegant, with good tastes and great wealth! They are great gifts, too

  • justtomian July 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    im from the virgin islands(th.thomas) and she is one of the most beautiful brides ive ever seen….congrats and God bless you and your family with many many blassings and many many many more years of happiness.

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