Love is in The Air! Idara and Ini’s Beautiful Akwa Ibom Wedding

Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings__DSC0061Ibibio couple Idara and Ini returned to their beautiful city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in Febuary, 2016 to receive marital blessings from their family.

The heart felt ceremony, reception and traditional wedding were planned by the couple themselves – amazing!

The groom says,

Baba God no ni! My wife and I planned every detail of the wedding from the traditional wedding to the wedding reception! It was stressful cos we are both based in Lagos and the ceremonies were in Akwa Ibom! We thank God for everything!

And showcased with the Instagram hashtag #Inidara2016.

The young couple expressed love through a richly cultured, traditional display honouring their mutually diverse outlook on life – I mean it’s not everyday you find a business woman looking up to the skies to find her pilot husband.

Their love story is young love personified – they met on Instagram and haven’t looked back since.

~ Pre-Wedding Photos: Obi Somto Photography

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How We Met
from the groom, Ini
Our mutual friend Catherine had posted a yummy picture of me at a wedding in a white agbada on her Instagram page. My wife saw it and sent her a DM asking who I was and I replied to Catherine sarcastically saying I was her husband!

A few days later Catherine told me that a good friend of hers was asking questions about me. I asked who it was and for their IG handle. I saw a few pictures, liked them (of course) asked more questions, sent a couple of DMs…and abracadabra “we don marry”!

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The Proposal
from the groom, Ini
I proposed in my best man’s house on the 11th of August 2015, soon as I got back from a training trip I had been on. During my free moments I made a scrap-book filled with tons of selfies my wife and I taken together during random moments. On each page after every picture I would write a little note reminding her of where we were and how the picture came about. The last four pictures in the book were ones of me holding signs asking her to marry me. Anyway…back to the question! I got back from my trip and told her I made her something to prove I do miss her whenever I am away.Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Ibibio Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idara_and_Ini_Pre_Wedding_Obisomto_photography0001She asked what it was, and I showed her the book. We went through it together and when she got to last page, I looked at her and smiled, got down on one knee and asked her if she would marry me! She burst into tears as she said yes!

It was a real quiet atmosphere – we were the only ones home! I did not tell anyone what was happening or what I had done. I quietly posted a picture on Instagram and let them figure it out. LOL! The ring was what I had envisioned. It had to be a vintage style, white gold or platinum, and diamond encrusted no CZs (cubic zirconia).

I checked a few websites and finally found what I wanted on www.zales.com. Luckily for me they had a branch in Florida where my brother and sister-in-law live, they were able to help me out with that, and make my dream come true.

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Advice from the Newlyweds

  • BE PATIENT with one another during the planning phase. Its so easy to get into random arguments over differences of interest etc during this time.
  • Take frequent time outs to do stuff you both enjoy as a couple; movie dates, dinners, clubbing whatever it is. Going out and having fun will keep you as friends and also help alleviate stress.
  • Lastly keep praying. Let God perfect what He started.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes that love always stays at the center of Ini and Idara’s marriage.

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A mutual highlight was definitely the prayers by both our parents. Such a great feeling to kneel before our parents and have them bless us as we go forth into this life long journey! It was the only thing which brought tears to our eyes.

I still laugh at myself for the way I teared up; but no jokes it was a very emotional moment for us.”Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 343 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 264 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 282 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 356 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 397 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 306 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 404 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 488 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 491 Ini and Dara Febuary 2016 Efik Nigerian wedding_BellaNaija weddings_Idy and Iniobong traditional Marriage 4.2.2016 494

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Photography by: Digital Suite – @digital_suite | Lekan Aderonmu – @olalexyphotography | Obi Somto – @obisomtophoto

Wedding Info | Dates, Venues, Colours

Traditional Wedding: Febuary 4th 2016 | Bride’s Compound Uyo, Akwa Ibom State | Bride and Groom: beige over burgundy, Family: white/silver over purple

White Wedding: Febuary 6th 2016 |Church Service held at Ngongesit Nkanga Secretariat, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State | A touch of purple

Wedding Attire

Wedding Dress: Jaybecks Bridal | @jbecksbridals
Reception Dress: Renee Couture |@reneecouture
Traditional Attire: Haniels Collection, Uyo
Bridal Makeup: @stephannbeauty
Head-tie/Fan: @Bimmms24
Shoes/Purse: Lucia Fabiani 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lamanda Designs | @ememnyoh
Groom’s Ceremony Suit & Groomsmen: Nuovo Vintage Clothing
Traditional Attire: Udeme Hand Crafted Shoes – 08136728733

Vendors
White wedding Decor/Flowers: Flair Decor
Traditional & White Wedding Cake: Aunty Eno – 08037756090
Traditional Wedding Decor: Flair Decor
Traditional & White Wedding Catering: Ka- Andy’s Kitchen – 08080296701
Wedding Invitations: CLIMARAC Global Ltd.
DJ:  Dj Snipz | @djsnipz

59 Comments on Love is in The Air! Idara and Ini’s Beautiful Akwa Ibom Wedding
  • Tosin March 14, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Lovely!

  • Rosey March 14, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Beautiful couple..I see cute babies?

  • Toes March 14, 2016 at 7:19 am

    The trad wear for the guys are really cute…with the lil waistcoat and the head gear. Beautiful couple. Best wishes

  • fancynancy March 14, 2016 at 7:42 am

    awwwwww love is truly beautiful >..God bless your home. The photo of the brides mum feeding her dad warms my heart. *hurriedly posts numerous selfies on instagram *

  • Jill March 14, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Lovely couple.. They look so much in love. The wife is so pretty. God bless your home. May God answer my prayers for a partner and a beautiful wedding too . Amen.

  • Adesua March 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Very beautiful love our [nigerian]culture .

    The bride favors Zendaya . Also her and Anna share some resemblance. Looking at this a while ago I thought they were in Igboland .

  • keke driver March 14, 2016 at 9:00 am

    The bride is such a vision.

  • beauty March 14, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Beautifulllll…

  • nTH Person March 14, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Hmmmmmm…..NICE!!!…

  • xyno March 14, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Very beautiful couple. Groom looks a bit like Phyno

  • NIRA March 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Awwww….. You see some couples and you can sense good chemistry between them. This is one of such couples. May this groom always find cause to smile this widely always! God be with them.

  • Ms Lily March 14, 2016 at 9:28 am

    AWWW! I practically stalked the two of them the first time i saw their prewedding photo on IG. they look so damn good together. I had to comment on her wedding photo. May God bless their marriage. To think they met on Ig. I need to start looking for cute guys on ig o. lol.

    • Somiii March 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Ms Lily, stalk with wisdom ohhh. There are angels and demons on IG ohhh. But who knows where one will find their soul mate. God guide you.

  • Sapiosexual March 14, 2016 at 9:34 am

    It goes down in the DM….. Lovely couple.

  • “changing moniker” March 14, 2016 at 9:53 am

    there’s hope for us o… instagram love is real…
    i like their chemistry, they look like they’ve known each other forever.
    beautiful couple!

  • Bukky March 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

    She’s really pretty mhen! So pretty! Never bn lucky with this Instagram love fingy . Met some guy there and thought we were really good together . He was everything and more and gbam we broke up after 9 months.

  • Blessed March 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Lovely! Beautiful bride, I see love everywhere! Wish them all the best!

  • Mrs Marriage March 14, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Flawless bride meets Prince Charming! Wish u the best of marital life.

  • Shade March 14, 2016 at 10:59 am

    So beautiful this made my day

  • Ife March 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I’m sorry but all I see is the grooms mum ! Like what sort of hawtness is this ????? She’s too beautiful

  • Niyoola March 14, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The bride’s Reception Dress is everything!
    She’s so svelte in it.

  • Angiee March 14, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Lovely couple, beautiful children on the way, simple but colourful wedding. I wish you guys all the blessings of marriage in abundance. think i will have to be serious now with my instagram account.

  • Beeeee March 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful couple…I need this bride’s hairline in my life…..my goodness…..Gorgerous!

  • Beeeee March 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Gorgeous

  • Bey March 14, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Awwww I luv LOVE……….

  • Zayt March 14, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful couple. The guy looks like phyno.

    • Corolla March 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      He does look a lot like Phyno. The bride’s reception dress was fire!

  • Ethel March 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Buriful people

  • Ejiro March 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Awww….Phyno and Zendaya! 🙂
    They look lovely together.

  • Lola March 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    The groom looks like Phyno,abi na my eyes?May God bless their marriage.

  • Eileen March 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    The finer version of phyno..they will have beautiful kids.

  • Beautcute March 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Ini the pilot ! So humble you’d not know. God bless your marriage ?

  • sonique March 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    So you guys are saying there is no hope for the non-instagram users??? My heart is bleeding. …beautiful bride, cupcake groom.

  • Sheun March 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    What a beautiful couple!

  • Jennyokris March 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    This is absolutely breathtaking and a breath of fresh air. The true meaning of chemistry, their body language says it all. Happy married life to the stunning couple! May your marriage be filled with a lifetime off happiness!!

  • Miss Anoni Moss March 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    What a stunning couple!!! I loved his proposal. its totally my style, very private and intimate. I wish you guys a happy married life.

  • aja March 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    my ibibio people making me proud since the beginning of time, the bride is stunning

  • Radiant March 14, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Lovely. Made me smile.

  • DehLanks. March 14, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful couple Smart bride, she made the first move. She didn’t allow the normal mentality of “Guys making the first move on a lady” stop her from seizing the bae.? God bless their home. BTW, those twins are soo frigging cute?

  • Genie March 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    How can two people be so beautiful?? Fine couples

  • Jude March 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Beautiful couple, the photography is amazing!

  • nnenne March 15, 2016 at 1:00 am

    HML!
    BTW, the groom looks like Phyno.

  • Miss Mo March 15, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Awwww, beautiful couple. Love the bride’s reception dress and trad outfit. Both gave me life.

    They’ll make some cute yellow babies too. HML to them.

    Might be time to get on instagram. 😀

  • Somiii March 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

    They look so good together. Simplicity is truly the key. Plus its evident they had fun. God bless your union Ini and Idara. You guys are soo beautiful

  • Mercygal March 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    LOVELY COUPLE…..WISHING THEM SUCCESS FILLED MARRIAGE

  • Emie March 18, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Please where do they get or buy cute husbands from ?
    I’ve checked shoprite and Spar ooooooo.
    PLIX EPP !!

  • Molei March 18, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I love the simplicity

  • Vivian March 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Wow…loved d fact dat dey planned their wedding themselves,weren’t extravagant or flashy with their attires or using those expensive designers we know and dey both look simple and down to earth n free. And to top it all,Bella naija also featured them… Thot dey featured only dem big boys n gals…dats so cool.

  • treasure April 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Wow!! So its ini. My pilot frnd. Funny guy. His driving is fast and furious lol. Arik has got cute pilots. Pls come back quick u need to gist me about it all.

  • Ethy May 4, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Lovely couple. These pics soothes my heart. Love the all of the prides outfit. Money speaking!

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