Our Wedding Story: Riyike Johnson & Tolu Ariyo

We can never stop believing in love.
In the world we live in, it is so easy to become jaded. However, there is something about true love that is so pure, so beautiful and always so inspiring.
BN Our Wedding Story is our cherished wedding feature and it’s all about celebrating love and the blessed institution that is marriage.
Riyike Johnson and Tolu Ariyo celebrated their wedding in August 2010. Their love story is so beautiful and their wedding was a joyous and festive occasion. We absolutely adore the blessed simplicity of their love story and the timeless elegance of their wedding.

How Riyike & Tolu Met

Riyike & Tolu’s families have been long-time family friends and no it is not what you are thinking! It was not a family ‘hookup’. Instead, Riyike & Tolu who had been childhood friends all those years ago ‘met’ at the RCCG Festival of Life in London a few years ago. They kept in touch, became friends, grew closer together and their friendship blossomed into a loving relationship which led them to the altar.

The Proposal
by Riyike
It was the day of my works’ annual Christmas party and we were due to go there later that evening on 11th of December 2009 but Tolu was insisting that we go to dinner first – I couldn’t understand that for two reasons – firstly we were running late for the Christmas party and secondly there was a 3 course meal waiting for us at the party. I decided to go along with it anyway because he had been raving about this amazing restaurant in Canary Wharf – Collin Brown.

We had a very lovely meal and then it was time to leave for the Christmas party, when the waiter came holding a dish and said he had a special on the house from the chef, I kindly told the waiter that we had just finished our meal and all we needed to do was pay our bill and leave. He insisted (and so did Tolu!) and said it was a new menu, after much persistence he left to get some plates and cutlery to serve ‘the dish’ when Tolu got on his knees and the rest is history!
The Wedding
Date: 27th August 2010
Wedding Ceremony – St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London
Reception – The Decorium, Wood Green, London
Colours: Red and Gold
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Photography: Jide Alakija for Alakija & Co Photography – http://alakija.com/blog/

Breathtaking and simply stunning are words that would have crossed Tolu‘s mind as his bride, Riyike joined him at the altar. For her special day, Riyike was dressed in a stunning lace bridal gown. Her delicate lace dress had an elegant bateau neckline and a beautiful chapel length train. Riyike’s ornately styled hair was swept up and accessorized with a crystal hairpiece while her ruby and diamond earrings added a touch of colour to her beautiful bridal look. The groom, Tolu was dapper in his bespoke 2-piece blue suit complemented with a white shirt, red tie and pocket square.

In the presence of their family and friends, Tolu and Riyike joyously said their vows and were pronounced husband and wife. Their reception was filled with romance, joy and laughter. They danced and enjoyed the experience along with their loved ones. Such an absolutely beautiful wedding!

BN wishes Riyike and Tolu a blessed life together. May each day be filled with love, laughter and God’s blessings.

87 Comments on Our Wedding Story: Riyike Johnson & Tolu Ariyo
  • Brittle Paper November 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    The bride and groom both look strikingly happy. Beautiful wedding too.

  • busola November 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    All i can say is bless them….Beautiful people!

  • Karen November 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    we had so much fun at your wedding Riri and mr Tols xx

    • kumzy December 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      PLs could you get the make-up artist/hairdresser and bouquet details from the bride for me pls.absolutely love their work..

  • aduks November 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    OmGoodness my ABSOLUTE fav was the 2 step pic of the bride and her dad, PRICELESS!

  • above and beyond November 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    lovely! please what does riyike mean?

    • tai November 20, 2010 at 12:58 am

      It means seen to care for

    • Ola November 20, 2010 at 5:11 am

      Riyike means I have found this one to care for. The full name Olariyike means wealth has found this one to care for.

    • above and beyond November 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      thanks guys

  • lizzy November 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    WOOW! Amazing wedding. May God bless this union. Amen

  • mariaah November 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Aww they re so cute.. Wish you lot all the best!Weird I was in Stokey today, went past Jury inn yesterday…

  • Cherie November 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    This is the truest expressions of happiness I’ve seen on a bride and groom’s faces in a long time. Everything, all the emotions just seem so sincerely true 🙂
    God bless them

  • YEOAL November 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Lmao……..What’s up with the sisi that wore black in the picture that captured the bouquet toss? Was she scared to catch it? All in all everything about the bride was simple but very beautiful from the hair, the veil, the gown and the bouquet. Simply stunning. The cake is equally beautiful. They really represented with the Yoruba traditional outfit and they looked regal in it, but most importantly they wore the best accessory…..…..A LOVELY SMILE.
    Wishing them peace, joy and love and may God bless this union.


    • Ada November 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm

      LOL..i noticed that too,funny!
      Very beautiful couple and i love the whole red theme they have going on.I had never thought of red as a great wedding colour but after this i am sold!
      May God bless their union abundantly!

  • sassycassie November 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    loving the pic with the dad pointing to his cheek.too cuuuuuutttttttteeeeeeeeeee!!!

  • LaJ November 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Naija no dey carry last!

    • praiseee November 20, 2010 at 6:13 am

      I know rite…na double first…lol

  • jess November 19, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I am in love with the bride’s dress and the reception hall. *sigh*
    Wishing them all the best.

  • afrianchikito no.1 November 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Hearty congrtas Tolu Ariyo..God bless your union to a classy and stunning bride.

  • Q November 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Riyike(short form of Ariyike) is a Yoruba Name that means ‘WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THIS CHILD TO NURTURE & CARE FOR’.
    Riyike & Tolu,your pictures make me want to renew my vows.Wish You God’s best with Loads of Beautiful Children Round Your Table!!

  • jess November 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    my wedding color is definitely going to be red!
    I love the simplicity of her dress!

  • Y November 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Oh wow! H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S!

  • Temiloluwa Adebayo November 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    They look like such a fun couple who really enjoyed their wedding day. Even her popsy looks like a ‘happening’ man. See him demanding a peck. Loves it!

    … Wishing them a lovely marriage…


  • bob-ij November 20, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I love that she changed a million times. It’s your day babe… rock it! haha!
    The pictures are lovely and they look extremely happy. Here’s to many more years.

  • ot November 20, 2010 at 1:47 am

    yall look like a fun loving couple luv ittt

  • me November 20, 2010 at 2:05 am

    dey look so happy.. happy people .. nice 🙂

  • jessy November 20, 2010 at 2:48 am

    nice weddin >>>>dey really look happy ………GOD BLESS DEM

  • mary007 November 20, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Looks like a fun filled wedding

  • Ready November 20, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Her cake, bridesmaid dresses and shoes are beautiful. Omo mehn, see dollars flowing! Wish I was there to make some of that tax-free money.

  • Bea November 20, 2010 at 4:42 am

    The photography is amazing! Do you have details of the photographer?

  • nevergrowup November 20, 2010 at 5:10 am


  • the Chuckster November 20, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Beautiful pictures and congrats to my man Creme T, Lag representa!

  • Glossy November 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Wow, it is all about the photographer and capturing a beautiful event. Some photographers would have made a mess of things. Congrats to the bride and groom. I need the photographers – number

  • tos! November 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Beautifulllll!!!!!!may God bless this union…

  • Ms. Jayee November 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    U’ll know they are friends and that they had fun!!! This wedding broke all the traditional rules! I mean? A blue suit! Thumbs up!!! I wish them the very best!!!!

  • OMOZY November 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I adore the wedding dress, very vintage chic. Wishing you both the very best in your marital life, may almighty continue to hover you in your new lives together.

    Ps: The bride’s maids do look lovely, pretty smiles.

    Omozy x x x

  • WaleAdeniji November 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    This is so wonderful. I love everything about this wedding. Just perfect.

  • HoneyDame November 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I love the unconventionality of the colors!!!! It makes mad sense….Wishing them the wonderful fruits and blessings of marriage

  • miss November 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    is it true that you can find someone in RCCG

    • Karimah November 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      u didn’t just ask that did u???? lol… sure u can…

      • Karen November 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm

        omgg gg i don die lol
        Photogragher was alakija

  • omada November 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    lovely!!! i love the bride’s shoe. lol.
    is it just me or most of the weddings featured here have RCCG connections? hmm… i think its time to start attending RCCG… 😉

    • mariaah November 21, 2010 at 12:25 am

      lol..You are welcome in the name of the lord Omaye 🙂 … Remember church is church and as long as 2 or more are gathered he’s there in their midst.. Goodluck..

  • jolie November 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    simple classy and filled with happy people not like this our nigerian wedding…. bless the couple and their families

  • kumzy November 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I absolutely love this couple…saw them on alakija.com a few weeks ago, love her bouquet so much & her hair accessory..everything is just beautiful and everyone looks like they had a blast

  • kenora November 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    when u see 2 couple inlove u knw the moment u see the pics this guys are really inlove may God bless ur marriage

  • D.O.T.M.H. November 21, 2010 at 3:03 am

    awww… cute. God please bless them. Amen.

  • myne Whitman November 21, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Simply beautiful! love the colors. All the best of marriage to them

  • Aba, Accra November 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

    im having my wedding next 5 weeks n im mos def copying this cake n coincidentally my maids dresses r just like these maids 2. praying dat d photographer wont mess up my effort. wish u d very best of marriage life.

  • Ronnie November 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    My good friends, Riyike & Tolu.Can’t believe I missed this wedding!!All my favorite people are in the pictures. I see best man Chuks Mgbatogu and Dami Wilfred, Mrs Wedding planner…Pastor Ade!!!!!.Awww this pictures make me remember all the great times we had at Trinity Chapel London.Wish you guys all the best.xoxo

    • Karen November 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm

      aww Ronnie G u missed :p …we had fun …. LL’s sister

  • Q November 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Gr8 story that led to a wonderful destination. Awww…. wat a beautiful day that was and the rest of ur lives together will continue to be beautiful and beyond. Congratulations once again to Arikimama and too much. 😉 Nuff luv – u kno who 🙂

  • mbabazi November 22, 2010 at 8:27 am

    i love the brides dress ,veil and hair plus she smiles amazingly. happy marriage.

  • Tostos November 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    i love this wedding, the simplicity of everything, from the bride to the maids and all. Wish u guys all the best, and please never stop smiling. Am so gonna add this simplicity to mine.

  • Katherine November 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    The photos are beautiful. Jide’s skillz really rock. Now this is a classy bride and these are some classy looking bridesmaids and it’s clear that the bride trully likes her friends; unlike some evil brides that deliberately choose ugly dresses for their bridesmaids in a concerted bid to make them look unattractive for fear of outshining her.

    • fabetbeau November 23, 2010 at 2:40 am

      seems like you have been a victim to ugly bridesmaids’ dress disease…pele!

    • partyrider November 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm


  • aisha November 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    loook at creme-t looking good man. congratulations dear, may God bless your union. Cool pictures,lovely wedding.

  • fokasibe November 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I seeso much joy on their faces!!! May the joyy never depary from their lives IJN!!! Style oozes out of these pictures….awesome delivery by the photographer as well…Bless…

  • Libran Eye November 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I can bet this is Jide Alakija’s work….. Lovely as usual. Bella Naija you didnt say who handled photography

  • BN FAN November 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I love the simplicity of the wedding. Happy Married Life!!!

  • deee November 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    i want to get married too jor. this couple looks really happy and content. when will this my boyfriend propose now? i have everything planned in my head o. lol. congrats to Riyike and Tolu. God’s blessings will forever remain in your marriage.

  • Winner November 23, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Very cute, I love this, congrats to the couple

  • bimpe November 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Whao! nice, well planned wedding. I just couldn’t help but smile throughout my viewing the pics. The proud dad looks very happy, so does the mum.
    This is the result of money and PROPER PLANNING! God bless your union, A M E N!

  • tee November 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    loving the pre-wedding nerd/superman pix….awwwww.
    couple were effortlessly having a blast on their special day, i covet(-;

  • Yemi Osunkoya November 25, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Jide Alakija has done it again. He just keeps raising the bar with his amazing photography. Beautiful wedding.

  • asia November 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Amazing, i love the red theme, way to go guys, wishing you the best. Mwah

  • Nneka November 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Tolu is such a C.R.E.A.M dude! 😉
    Good luck! I really wish you two the very best in life and from eachother.

  • chiangel November 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Aaaawwwwww, what a sweet Dad!!! He’s too cute. Nice wedding n couple!

  • LeighJoy November 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm


  • UchUch November 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

    This is simply lovely. Love the pics, and the couple looks beautiful

  • Mrs2cute November 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I love Simple weddings….
    Happy married life

  • oluwaseun Ola December 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Really happy couple, bubbling friends and family. Lovely color scheme, tasteful outfits, decor, accessories….tasteful and blessed. Congrats Tolu and Riyike

  • tops December 14, 2010 at 2:14 am

    awww, i actually used to see d groom on d bus in barking and on d throne and used to scope him, lol, didnt knw he was hooked, am happy 4 dem and want to say congrats to dem and to d bride’you are a lucky babe’ congrats sweets

  • ‘teefah December 17, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Me like…Oh GOD, pls I want this.

  • taiwo December 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    True love is so powerful.. awesome…

  • swete January 10, 2011 at 5:52 am

    hi please who did the photography the pictures are so nice

  • exschoolnerd January 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Amazing pictures!!! fun wedding… i love! Congrats to the couple

  • Mimsy February 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    These are some great photos

  • Rolly April 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Congrats Riyike!

  • Ifeoluwa May 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    God bless you both, kindly help me get the contact of the person dt made their aso oke, thanks and waiting….

  • Ifeoluwa May 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    The wedding gown also, thanks…

  • hicksybbe June 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    dis is wondaful,am xo lovin
    dis.baba God abeg provide ma
    own bobo o

  • Crystal July 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Does anyone have any idea who made the bridesmaids’ dresses

  • Gyann December 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    And tied that gele? Lovely wedding put together

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