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A Lifetime of Love: Mayowa Akintobi & Lekan Fabode Wed



From a short holiday to a lifetime romance. Mayowa Akintobi was on holiday in Nigeria and she met Lekan Fabode, almost immediately, they both knew that they were fated for each other. The couple had multiple connections but somehow they had never met before that time. Indeed, it was simply meant to be. After dating for a year, the groom moved to the US and their beautiful relationship blossomed even more. After an utterly romantic proposal, Mayowa and Lekan began planning their wedding.

On the 17th of December 2009, they celebrated their traditional engagement in the midst of family and friends. The colours of the day were rich and earthy – Chocolate Brown, Ivory and Sage Green. Mayowa simply glowed in her ivory and brown iro and buba with matching gele. Her diamond accessorizes were given a traditional accent with a coral bead necklace. Lekan matched his bride as he was dressed in a regal brown and ivory agbada with matching fila.

Mayowa and Lekan’s white wedding held on the 19th of December 2009 was a classic and stunning event with glamorous vintage elements. The church blessing was held at Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral and the reception was at All Season’s Plaza in Ikeja , Lagos.

The beautiful bride, Mayowa was so stunning in her Renella De Fina wedding dress. With its asymmetrical neckline and  scooped back with a dramatic bow, the dress was classic yet modern. Mayowa added special elements to create a gorgeous and unique look. A crystal brooch was added to the front of the dress and a lace insert was added to the back. The result was showstopping. Her hair was styled in romantic curls embellished with a crystal hairpiece while her bouquet of red roses completed the look. The groom, Lekan kept the classic theme in a dapper grey suit paired with a cream tie and pocket square. The colours of the day were Red, Burnt Orange and Cream with Gold accents. Mayowa’s bridesmaids perfectly showcased the colours in knee-length red and burnt orange dresses.

Mayowa and Lekan’s reception was fab and fun. They danced and enjoyed the day with their family and close friends. As the day transitioned to evening, they changed into their reception outfits and proceeded to enjoy a fun wedding party.

An absolutely beautiful, fairytale romance and wedding!
Wishing Mayowa and Lekan a blessed, happy, fruitful,  joyful and FAB life together.


Traditional Engagement

Wedding Dress: Renella De Fina (from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture in Chicago)
Reception Dress: Peridot & Ruby
Jewellery: Priscilla of Boston
Hairpiece: Vintage
Photography by Atunbi


  1. Blossom

    May 24, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Gorgeous! First!

  2. DU

    May 24, 2010 at 8:17 am


  3. my2cents

    May 24, 2010 at 8:21 am

    beautiful couple! God bless their union and give then joy to the fullest!

  4. Sandy

    May 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

    The bride is beautiful i celebrate with dem

  5. ink

    May 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

    LOVE her dress. its not strapless, that’s nice and different. i also LOVE the gray suits. I can tell me and the bride r on the same style page.

  6. notaplayahater

    May 24, 2010 at 9:38 am

    very happy bride… i like

  7. Passerby

    May 24, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I like that type of wedding kiss, the couple comported themselves and didn’t suck face like hungry leeches! Bride looks gorgeous too and the back of the dress (without the netting) is nice 🙂

  8. Lamide aka Mayowa's sister!

    May 24, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Yayyyy!! My gorge sister 🙂
    Love it, Mrs. Fab!! Muah!

  9. Miss Lawunmi

    May 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

    fab Fab FAB Wedding Dress!

  10. vanessa

    May 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

    me likey

  11. BellaDuchess

    May 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Loving the white dress, classy. The bride is full of love in her eyes! Wishing you both a blessed and lifelong union, and a fruitful womb, AMEN!

  12. OlucciArmani

    May 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    i see yam…i want yam now, its been 3 yrs 🙁

  13. Elle W

    May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Very Very beautiful bride…
    Hot couple…
    I love love love her dress…make up…infact everything flawlessss
    God bless your union amen

  14. 5 star

    May 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    the dress is soooooo GORGEOUS very different frm the regular strapless
    marital bliss 🙂

  15. Uzo

    May 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    My darling Mrs Fab…Absolutely classy gig….Love u hon…

  16. Dami Ogunmola

    May 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Beautiful and classy wedding! Gorgeous wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses…
    Love the head pieces too. :0)

  17. Doll

    May 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I like the picture pose with the veil stretched out

  18. Chiangel

    May 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful bride. Love the photo shots. Very different.

  19. newyork

    May 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    dress is tres chic.God bless ur union

  20. teablinks

    May 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Awwww Bless them

  21. silva

    May 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    i looooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeee her dressss!!!!!!! i don’t want a tube dress, dis is exactly the kind of dress i want! her sister looks very familiar. the bridesmaid that did ghana weaving…hm…
    beautiful wedding! God bless your union!

  22. silva

    May 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    i just love the simplicity and classiness of it all… esp the cakes!

  23. ennie

    May 24, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    in luv wiv dat bride already. she’s beautiful. cute dress. be blessed in ur union.

  24. Temmie

    May 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Yoyo, beautiful-hav union blissful.

  25. Bux

    May 24, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    one of the best days of my life….. absolutely wonderful from start to finish !!!! God bless you both and fill you with luv always

  26. Jade82

    May 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Love it ….very classy
    Congrats to the bride and groom…
    May God continue to bless ur union

  27. Yetty

    May 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Mayowa was an absolutely gorg bride. Loveeeee the feel or everything.
    You can taste and feel the love from just about anywhere. You two will
    be happy and remain happy together. AMMMEEN!

  28. DG

    May 26, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Wow… lovely couple and beautiful wedding. I really love the bride’s look, very classy and individual, she looks so happy and just has that ‘inner glow’ thing going on. Gorgeous.

  29. Adaobi

    May 26, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Fabulous wedding!!!!!!! So glad I was able to witness this union among this wonderful couple.
    So happy for you Mayowa and Lekan, and I wish you a happy and blissful married life.

  30. Renie

    May 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Very nice! God bless them both.

    Please anyone get the name of the venues used? im trying to narrow down a couple.



    May 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    This is the Lord’s doing and is mervelous in his sight.God has gvn both victories and sorrow will nvr come yr ways in Jesus Name.amen Mum Fabode U will nevr weep over the couple in Jesus name.amen.

  32. Bux

    May 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    God Bless ya both for all time… amen

  33. Jide Akin-Williams

    May 28, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I tink I had d most fun @ dis weddin.twaz rili rili 9nice.God bless u guyz.

  34. Dee

    May 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    What a beautiful bride! God bless their union.

  35. Boye Onalaja

    May 30, 2010 at 3:08 am

    The pictures are soooooo beautiful! May God bless the union, Amen.

  36. funtizzy

    June 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    congrats! wish you both the very best in yur union

  37. d1

    June 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    aww suprisingg.. my cousin geeting mattried to my class mates sister!!

  38. graceworth

    June 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Unique and classy wedding!

  39. funmi

    June 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    beautiful bride…hp ore wld get a bride as beautiful as she is

  40. dee

    June 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    love d gown, d traditional attire especially the gele and the make-up.
    classy and moderate. wish u happy married life

  41. missy_spectacular

    June 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    kai! that dress is lovely!!!

  42. the oduyales

    June 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Lovely Bride!!
    Goodlooking Groom!!
    God Bless Your Marriage..

  43. nk

    July 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    wat a lovely bride. May God bless ur union;-)

  44. keke

    July 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    lovely wedding. wedding dress simple, nice and classy. bride sooo beautiful. congrats

  45. "mi"

    July 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm


  46. soon2b

    August 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    lovely couple! please, does anyone know who did the bride’s makeup?!! (especially for the traditional) effortlessly beautiful!

  47. Chica

    August 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    BM Pro did the makeup for engagement and wedding.

  48. tamesere

    August 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    yes of a truth this is love……..congratulations and i wish u all the best in life…….wife love ur husband and husband love ur wife……..hoping to have a marriage ceremony just like u…….love u guys

  49. adedeji adeola

    November 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    this is sexy cute lovely in short name it,may God bless ur union the more……………….

  50. Annandra

    June 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    i love it. is classy, gorgeous, lovely,simple and nice. may your love never ends, may God that giveth love bless your union with children am happy for you.

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