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Our Wedding Story: Enitan Animashaun & Rua Orbih

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BN’s Our Wedding Story will always be so special to us…why? Because it offers a glimpse behind the big day. How did they meet? How did he propose? and all those endearing details.
With all the tales of love woes we hear, it always puts a smile on our faces when we see the beauty on the other side of the spectrum.
Our featured couple, Enitan & Rua‘s story is so romantic and beautiful…
We are wishing them a very happy, blessed, joyous and fruitful life together.

The Couple
Enitan Animashaun & Rua Orbih

Enitan & Rua’s Love Story by the bride, Enitan
We met for the first time on the 30th of May 2002 at his cousin’s house who was celebrating her birthday and happens to be my very good friend. We hit it off real good on that day but unfortunately we were both in a relationship at the time but became really good friends. Two years later, we started dating although he left for school abroad while I was in ABU Zaria. We maintained the long distance bi-continental relationship by constantly making efforts to travel to see each other as often as possible and we spoke basically every day until 2008 when I went to do my masters at Loughborough University.

Engaged in Paris
We went on a trip to Paris in April of 2009, unknown to me, he had planned with my roommates to get my ring size. The morning of the proposal, we were meant to go sightseeing and he was all dressed up while I was dressed casually and I was mad at him for being over dressed. He said he had made plans for us to see Paris on a boat. While on the boat I was telling him how happy I was and that I wouldn’t trade him for anything and all the mushy mushy things girls say when they are excited and he just asked me ‘hope u like it’  as he presented the ring. I was shocked and screaming (trust me I’m a bit dramatic) and the crew started clapping before he went on his knees to propose and we had a private dinner afterwards.

Planning The Wedding
After getting engaged in July, we decided to get married in September because that was the only convenient time for our parents. Of course this did not give me anytime to plan a wedding! Therefore, left all the wedding planning to my mum since I wasn’t finishing school until the 12th of September. Trust me I didn’t do anything for the wedding just attended as a guest, I think that’s why I had so much fun despite the rain.

Traditional Wedding
Enitan & Rua’s traditional wedding was held on the 24th of September 2009 at the bride’s house in Abuja. It was a delightful and colourful blend of cultures as the couple went through the traditional Yoruba and Calabar wedding rites. It was truly spectacular to see the various outfits and rich cultures being celebrated as Enitan & Rua were joined as husband and wife.

White Wedding
Enitan & Rua’s white wedding took place on the 26th of September 2009 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Maitama, Abuja. The bride, Enitan was dressed in an elegant Caroline Castigliano strapless ballgown wedding dress with a chapel train, the embellished bust of her dress perfectly complemented her striking crystal hairpiece. Rua, the dapper groom was in a tailcoat tuxedo paired with a cravat and purple & white boutonniere. The bride took the unique step of not having any bridesmaids, instead, all her friends wore the same colour – purple. The reception took place at the NAOWA Hall in Asokoro, Abuja. The venue was decorated in the colours of the day – purple, green and cream. The reception was absolutely fun and both Enitan & Rua agree that it was the happiest day of their lives.

61 Comments

  1. Girl

    May 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    She has really striking features!

  2. Ik

    May 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    My darlin Eni….Wonderful wedding u had….i really missed out.

  3. dabusta

    May 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    love d brides traditional attire (both)…nice pictures.happy married life to d couple!

  4. mariaah

    May 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    shet mehn dis bbe is a beauty!! wit her cheek bones…and d groom ko bad @ all…
    God bless their union!!

  5. fre

    May 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    She looks like a south african actress a bit. queen moroka 4rm generations.(oh, hw i miss generations).
    that was ebuka right?

  6. ladyTee

    May 13, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Wow the bride is very striking! Quite unique looking! Congrats

  7. i-said

    May 14, 2010 at 12:10 am

    awwwwwwww! iv never awwwwed so much at any bella wedding story like this one!!
    goshhhh tooo beauty-ful! d best part is that they luk so fun-loving. he he he

  8. Abby

    May 14, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Is she a supermodel – she looks very familiar. She has to be a supermodel
    She got those esquisite features. Gorgeous wedding sha

  9. burramint

    May 14, 2010 at 1:50 am

    lovely story!! they are a gorgeous couple…
    that was really brave of her to leave all the planning to her mum!
    happy married life!

  10. gbekun

    May 14, 2010 at 4:46 am

    what a wonderful combo “yoruba and calabar’. nice one, dont think i’ve seen that before. God bless them ooooo

  11. Bola #1

    May 14, 2010 at 4:52 am

    gorgeous bride
    wish the couple a blessed marriage

  12. Sonny

    May 14, 2010 at 6:10 am

    congratulations!! till death do u part.

  13. fokasibe

    May 14, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Different cultures…one people….United cultures of Nigeria!!! God bless them real good!!

  14. DU

    May 14, 2010 at 7:52 am

    gorgeous,love the traditional wears.Blessed marriage

  15. yuki

    May 14, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Beautiful bride.. very striking features!
    all the best in their marriage ….

  16. Blossom

    May 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

    That groom is the business mayyyn! Dayuumm!

  17. Nazor

    May 14, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I think that was Ebuka jumping up. Funny!
    i loved the bride’s gown and the cake was fab.
    Wishing them a great life together!

  18. reen

    May 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    O da happiness n radiance dat exudes from within wen u marry one u truly lov is woy I see on d couple`s face. Not dat forced or stage managed smile I c in som couples. They feel so at home. Miss Lawunmi if ur readin dis,wen is urs?

  19. Debo Ade

    May 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    yep…dat was Ebuka

  20. joke

    May 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    The bride is really so pretty and has striking features ….Nice eyes too.God bless

  21. BUMATA

    May 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful couple, love the traditional outfits. I love how you all embrace your culture, God’s richest blessings.

  22. Evelyn

    May 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    just adore the couple.wish them the very best

  23. a mon avis

    May 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    she looks like Iman, I love the 19th picture(white wedding) wonder what was so funny………wish the couple a blissful life.

  24. Sammy

    May 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Wonderful Pics……But we thank God for makeup Sha……She looks really diff from the pic in paris…All d same….Happy married life Girl.

  25. 5 star

    May 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    the groom kinda looks like ebuka….siblings?

  26. Oremi

    May 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    This bride is reaaaaaaaaly striking. her features are unique…Rua if u ever read this pls make sure u go and sign up for a modelling agency abeg. What a beauty

  27. layo

    May 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    wow, mehnnnn I love being Nigerian, look at the bride shes too beautiful and the groom is cute,their wedding story is too cute! esp. how he proposed!!! yoruba & calabar, is a such a unique combo, nice sha!!

  28. cufflinks canada

    May 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Enitan & Rua’s wedding is just lovely. It invites everyone to see their culture. The bride is very pretty. Thanks for sharing your wedding pics. The Eiffel tower is a perfect background. fo

  29. teablinks

    May 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    so lovely…wishing them a happy married life together..AMEN

  30. JesulayomiBella

    May 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    awwwww verry verry cutee<3

  31. Foxtrot ©

    May 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    She is sooooooooo pretty.

  32. Toba

    May 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Beautiful!…..

  33. Dee

    May 14, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely couple and they seem quite unconventional which is great… always nice to see people do things differently. The bride has a beautiful face, love the bone structure and eyes… I think the eyeshadow was a bit too dramatic at the white wedding since her eyes are already very striking, but of course that’s just my personal opinion. The important thing is that she loved her look and had a wonderful, beautiful wedding day. God bless them.

  34. anon

    May 15, 2010 at 1:19 am

    She looks east african, like Tanzanian, but she’s nigerian. She has a unique
    face, very beautiful.I like how it looks like they were focused on making it
    the best day for them,not too focused on what others think. The groom is
    handsome, looks like he had too much fun.

  35. jessy

    May 15, 2010 at 2:00 am

    dis is lovely

  36. leyla

    May 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    These two are going to make some very beautiful babies…awwww

  37. Qees

    May 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Awwwww…lovely lovely lovely

  38. holyman

    May 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    awww…cute story. lovely couple.

  39. betty boo

    May 16, 2010 at 1:04 am

    enitan dear, i wd never forget ur wedding day……u looked so charming.wish u all the best…..

  40. Toyin

    May 16, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Awwwww so beautiful. I wish them a blissful marriage.

  41. Abi

    May 16, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Erm.. gorgeous!!! Did the bride by any chance go to Queen’s College? She looks familiar.

  42. susan

    May 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    the most beautiful wedding I attended

  43. Julez

    May 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    These are by far some of the most genuwine wedding photo’s i have seen to date. the couple look so deeply in love and show it through their pictures! its not just the typical stand and pose type pictures. the last two pictures are my favourite! Very natural and very beautiful!!!

  44. dj cassidy

    May 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    this is a challenge for people like us that are ugly and everything but handsome
    happy married life

  45. Sheikh

    May 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I really do hope i can have a love story and wedding as great as this.
    I love you guys!!! Can’t wait for the babies

  46. Anne

    May 17, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Darling Eni, ur wedding was a day to remember… wishn u all the joy and happiness u deserve. Say hi to Rua, love ya

  47. ofem

    May 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

  48. Toks

    May 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    They look so happy!! Love the picture where she’s giving him a big smackaroo on the cheek. Haha!

  49. shawn

    May 19, 2010 at 10:28 am

    beautiful pics. lovly couple

  50. gbekun

    May 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    ey-gbukah! please come to the diary room. LMAO. good old days…
    big brother na puwan mehnnn

  51. abby

    May 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    i love the paris bit……weldone Rua pls continue being romantic and u too Eni. God bless u both

  52. THE AMAKA

    May 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

    too beatiful.

  53. ODI

    May 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    She went to my uni – Loughborough University – and I never saw her once. Wow.

  54. gladys

    May 26, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Beauriful couple, God bless ya!
    i missed the wedding…xxx

  55. Amaka chika

    May 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    wishing them the best of marriage.

  56. Gam

    May 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I was like, i know this girl and i know when she got married..so surprised it is just getting here

    Lovely, i wish i had gone, lazy me..

  57. Tee

    May 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Awwww Bless! By far one of the most “happy-looking” pictures ive seen.. they reflect the true friendship that this couple share….with Rua’s infectious laughter you know they are having a ball!! Wish i got the chance to share in your day.. congrats again to one of my best friends and HER best friend! Love u both.. Thelma

  58. gracious

    June 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Hmmmmmmmm its really a wonderful one,may God bless ur new home

  59. beebee

    July 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Cuteeeee! d bride is fab, d groom is cute and in all they look very much in love which is the most admirable part. happy married life.

  60. Osayi

    July 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

    omg!!!! i love this couple… may God continue to bless your marriage.

  61. fikayo

    March 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    yes, may God bless this union abundantly, she has a striking eyes, she is indeed a beautiful bride.

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