Love to Love You: Bolarin Biobaku & Olushile Okunowo Wed

A mutual friend who had known both Bolarin Biobaku and Olushile Okunowo for several years thought they “might get along” so she introduced them…she was so right! From that simple connection, their relationship progressed as they developed a loving bond. After a fabulously romantic proposal, Bolarin and Shile were blessed as they solemnized their love during their wedding at the Cathedral Church of Christ in Marina, Lagos on Saturday 11th June 2011.

You could feel the love in the air as Bolarin walked down the aisle accompanied by her father. In her exquisitely beaded ivory wedding dress with a cathedral length train and intricately embellished veil, Bolarin looked breathtaking! Shile was dapper in his blue 3-piece suit while their bridesmaids and groomsmen complemented the couple in royal blue dresses and grey suits respectively.

As they said their vows, Bolarin & Shile pledged their love, support and commitment to each other as their family and friends supported them with songs of joy and prayer. Their inspiring church ceremony was followed by a glamorous reception in a beautiful marquee at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.

Bolarin and Shile rocked the day with their close friends and family as everyone present enjoyed lots of treats and drinks plus the amazing performances from stars including Dr. SID and D’Prince. There were so many special moments at Bolarin and Shile’s reception including Shile’s cake surprise orchestrated by Bolarin and the moment when the mutual friend who introduced the newlyweds gave the toast at the reception.  The highlight was definitely the bond between the couple as they danced and smiled brightly all night.

BN wishes Bolarin and Olushile a blessed and happy life together. May each day bring new divine blessings and joy!
White Wedding

Traditional Engagement

Photography by MBK Photography | Yemi Royal Photography | Shollots Studios | PhotoNews

Bride’s Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier – Giada – Website
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Phunk Afrique – Website
Traditional Wedding Venue: Lagoon Banquet Hall
White Wedding Reception Venue: Main Bowl, Tafawa Balewa Square
Traditional Wedding Cake: Cakes by Tosan – Website
White Wedding Cake: Flest Celebration Cakes
White Wedding Decor: Yvent Couture
Traditional Wedding Makeup: Banke Meshida-Lawal for BMPro – Website
White Wedding Makeup: Funmi Irantiola for Abeke Makeovers – Website
Traditional Wedding Coordinator: Funke Bucknor-Obruthe for Zapphaire Events – Website
White Wedding Coordinator: Yewande Zaccheaus for Eventful – Website
MBK Photography
Yemi Royal Photography
Shollots Studios – Website

129 Comments on Love to Love You: Bolarin Biobaku & Olushile Okunowo Wed
  • T.Y October 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

    this is an absolutely beautiful wedding bella naija. i love the father daughter dance scene…really adorable. I love when a wife and the husband can dance very well equally. the 2nd to the last pic =EPIC!!!

  • miii October 22, 2011 at 10:40 am


  • Tuxedo October 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Is it me or d groom looks a tad bit like Tyrese Gibson the singer/ actor? Yummy! Brides looking lawvly head to toe, both look too cute, brings a tad bit of tear to my eye! Xxxx

    • Violet October 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      It is you lol

    • anonymous December 6, 2011 at 3:29 am

      I know! I agree….at first that was what I thought as well 🙂

  • justsayin October 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

    wonderful wedding! am short of word…what money can do ehn!!!

  • e-bukun October 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I have got to move back to Naija…even if it’s just to attend these weddings. These are the perfect places to meet your forever…plus as big as they are one can do “mogbo moya” 🙂

    • Risikatu October 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Gwan Gurl love that!!! U re a friend in my head already.. And the guys- Revelation

  • engy October 22, 2011 at 10:49 am


  • Chinazar October 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Oh! I’m first *winks* happy married life to them.

  • BE October 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Gorge. Love the lace detail on the bottom cake.

  • NIRA October 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Banke Meshida will not kill me with flawless mkup o!! Beautiful wedding,seems everyone had loads of fun. God bless their union.

  • Lady G October 22, 2011 at 11:20 am


  • Pretty smile October 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

    The bride looks gorgeous! I heart!!! Lovely wedding. God bless their union

  • winch October 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    The couple look alike in a way.

  • Bisi BusyBee! October 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    splendid wedding! love the couples dance especially the ‘komole’. trad pix… and they sure got loads of professionals, na wa trad vendors different from white wedding providers. too much money. me likey!!! cheers,

  • gyann October 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm


  • Oliver Twist October 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Wow!!! Amazing wedding and photography. Banke and Abeke’s makeup seems similar- big ups to you two… I’m wondering why the bride used different vendors for both days I.e different makeup artists, different wedding planners e.t.c

    Everything was on point though, as in on point.

    • smalltintin October 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      love dat she used different vendors tho, everybody must chop abeg….lol with all things fashion and event n catering popping up here n there she did well as the vendors she used r of the best quality too. big ups to them

    • Straight4ward October 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Abeke learnt to do make up from Banke…she trained her.

    • sett October 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      i so love that she used different vendors…there are sooooo many talented makeup artist, decorators, etc its only fair that others get a chance. i am thrilled and impressed that she was so open minded to spread out. kudos to you Bolarinwa.

  • tin tin October 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    The bride is so beautiful, she looked amazing!!!! Everyone looks happy, wonderful wedding!!!

  • mimi October 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    omg da best wedding on BN til date…white wedding oozing of simplicity and sophistication..da groom looks like a big time baller dat sure knows how 2 have fine..grooms men and friends on point…bride flawless cant fault anyfin..on point love her dress and da accessories just about enuf..chai!!!…and dey whole lavishment started and ended at trad wow dats all i can say…beautiful bride. her skin is flawless ..both on point…all da best well spent

  • Mems October 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Beautiful wedding…so beautiful…

  • Ms sexy October 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    lolls @ e-bukun
    OLiver twist u wanna know?….too much money – ego ne…makachukwu…kudi na…hiya
    money well spent….nd BM’s make up…on point

  • mimi g October 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    @ Tuxedo my thoughts exactly, the groom does look like Tyrese Gibson.
    Lovely wedding. Happy married life

  • abz October 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    love it!!

  • BukiOni October 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Very classy wedding. Radiant bride, beautiful dress, fine groom. Wishing them a happy married life.

  • deeba October 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    The Engagement is THE BOMB-ding bom-bom-ding-dinggggg…Congrats

  • Ejikunle femi October 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Dis powerful

  • Teablinks October 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    wow… so Beautiful.. I pray God blesses their union with all their positive heart desire

  • Mosunmola October 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    *sigh* *drool* lovely, beautiful. Love in their eyes…

  • msphareedah October 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful bride, lovely hair do, nice colors

    • Salama October 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Meeehhhnnn! I feel you on dat. The dude is just exquisite…

    • Pinkus October 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      LOOL thought exactly the same thing 😐
      not killing.. but i sha like (a lot!)

    • Invincible October 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      I have concluded my investigation and his name is UGO IROMANTU..Dude..I dont know where you are but just so u know IM COMING FOR YOU. You must marry me by force by fire…lol.

      • yve October 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        dude has a fiance ooo. u guys are LATE!

      • Invincible October 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        Are u serious? Now I feel silly 🙁

    • x October 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      COMPLETELY! I want his number! *SWOOOOOOOOOON!

  • adelegirl October 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Lovely pictures. Loved all the bride’s outfits – her white wedding attire (I actually preferred the dress with the sleeves) and the trad attires too. The wedding also looked like a lot of fun. With a proper yoruba owambe throwdown. Wish the couple all the best in their marriage

    • laoja October 24, 2011 at 4:13 am

      i agree! it looked nicer with sleeves. either way sha. she’s the prettiest bride i’ve seen on Bella Naija this year. hands down

  • toriola October 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    happy married life…lovely wedding. Well if you wedding has no budget , yeah its got to be lovely. i am soooo feeling the brides dress

  • tori October 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Fantastic wedding, great looking couple in fact everything looks on point!
    @ Oliver twist, though Abeke and Banke’s makeup may look similar, Abeke’s just has this thing i cant explain, i have friends who have used them both and ill just have to give it to Abeke. Dont get me wrong Banke is very good and more popular, but Abeke’s makeovers are exceptional and for the discerning mind. For me o i would rather look stunning than go about mentioning names. The pictures speak for themselves – I can go on an on………… b4 una go abuse me, make i commot but im sure ull thank me for the information later.

    Congrats to this beautiful couple 1ce again.
    Bella post my comment o.

  • Sassy October 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I want the wedding gown badly, Tradition meets stylish and class . . . love! love!! love!!!

  • keri October 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    banke meshida lawal!!! dt woman’s work is just so good. lovely wedding. i see true love:)

  • Mandy October 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Happy married life! Beautiful all around.

  • dee October 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    beautiful, even from behind

  • Jess October 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I stan for bellanaija weddings feature sha. Always so much fabness going on. The bride’s dress is all types of fabulous, and she has a lovely smile. The traditional wedding gift wrappings ehn, Nigerians love effizy!!

  • nama October 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Whoooaaaa ! her dress is flawless omg!the Groom looks on point. am in aweeee

  • ooolalala October 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Very Beautiful wedding…that dress…to die for…Wishing the couple a Happy Happy married life…

  • fashionconscious October 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm


  • cece October 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Naija weddings are too fabulous, every one of the weddings on BN leave me speechless. The outfits, culture, are always perfect. Not to talk of too many fineboys and finebabes.
    The bride is a natural beauty, the groom(the darker the berry the sweeter the juice).
    This wedding shows elegance, beauty, and sophistication in a whole new level.
    I can go on and on. God bless their marriage.

  • ufuoma October 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    i love her gown ooooooooo…and make up…simple and on point………………i loveeeeeeeee everiiifin…

  • proudly fun October 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOSSSSSSSSSSSH SOOOOO GORGEOUS. from the dress, to the decor. i feel like crying. tooooo classy. where can i find out where she got her dress from. best wedding on bellanaija ive ever seen

  • Iyosi October 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Simple, elegant wedding!

  • laremmy October 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    This is so splendid…i swear no visible flaws!i wish them an everlasting union

  • Melissa October 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Gorgeous couple, happy married life.i love everything about their wedding.They seem so much in love,God please let me one day be the featured bride on bella naija.Amen

  • mola October 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Fedin Congrats bro!

  • mosun October 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    this wedding is on point! i luv this 🙂

  • shanday October 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Gorgeous wedding dress, d detailing was fantastic. The bride looked so happy

  • Wale October 23, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Okunowo Praise The Lord!!!!

  • Joy October 23, 2011 at 5:26 am

    This is an authentic yoruba wedding to the core. Omg, I don’t know where to begin.
    The bride’s dress is simple and beautiful(my style).
    The groom is very handsome.
    The decor, all the outfits, everything is on point.
    Black is beautiful.

  • Mr. Blanco October 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Okunowo Praise The Lord!!!! and Ik,DP88,big bro, juba, you guys are looking on point….and Mr. and Mrs Okunowo Happy married life

  • aisha October 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Very colorful, classy and fun. Best wishes to the new couple.

  • Olivia October 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Lovely wedding!
    The bride’s dress is stunning; suits her to a ‘T’ !
    Money+good taste = Fabulosity!!
    Wishing the couple wedded bliss.

  • Sweetness October 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Beeyutifull wedding all the many lovely faces..has anyone noticed that more ladies are going natural with their make-up?? And they still look so gorgeous. That gown! That gown! That gown! That’s really all I can say about it..

  • alexy October 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    wishing them the very best

  • kemi October 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Nice wedding, decor, couple, guest on point…na wa o, where in Nigeria can I meet this type of people.

  • lollipopps October 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm


  • Drpeperempe October 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    what i like about this wedding doe’snt seem to have got anyones attention! for me, its the decency of dressing! Not the usual “sluttiness” u see with boobs, cleavage, thighs etc on display!
    absolute class!

  • segzy October 24, 2011 at 12:51 am

    the phunk afrique wedding dresses are beautiful… nice job.

  • lari October 24, 2011 at 1:33 am

    The colors are soooooo fab and vibrant. Now want to get married:-).

  • kay October 24, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Lovely wedding. Please who knows how much banke meshida lawal charges for wedding make up

  • mary007 October 24, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Love her hair on her white wedding day! Lovely
    Wish them the very best
    Yorubas know how to make a party WAO!

    • mary007 October 24, 2011 at 4:10 am

      PS aint no parry like a Lagos parry

  • Mabel October 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Her husband is one lucky guy, she is gorgeous! I absolutely love her father, he is so small and I wish them all the best in wedded bliss.

  • Ice October 24, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Double wooza!! this is a whole package, beautiful wedding.. amazing decor, especially the trad. Big ups to the couple.

  • AJCiti October 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

    This was a beautiful wedding, thank you for sharing. BN you guys should consider doing multipage posts/ slideshows for entries that have this many photos… it’s was quite a lot to scroll through.

  • miss October 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

    funmi once worked with banke maybe thats y it looks similar the makeup beautyful pixes though

  • mizz October 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Bella, Who did the traditional wedding decor pls?

  • jaybee1luv October 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

    her hair is on point,m so doing that on my wedding day by the grace of God
    very nice wedding

  • Haddy October 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Congrats Bolarin repping ARM in a mega way 🙂 … very pretty babe with amazing brains. chai! Simplicity and sophistication all the way… All the best to you and boo xoxo

  • Lady G October 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    OMG, this is nice

  • Sirimena October 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

    the traditional wedding makeup is to die for…..waaaaoooooooooooohhhhhhhh, i feel like rewinding my wedding day, this is so nice

  • HAPPINES October 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

    u too mout

  • pwettyolly October 24, 2011 at 11:20 am

    beautiful weddin

  • kenny October 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    beautiful couple, lovely pix, outstanding decor, lots of smiles, gorgeous ring, well designed outfits…etc big ups to this wedding its the best so far. my wedding is gonna be something similar to that(AMENNNNNNNNNNN). I wish them a blissful marriage.

  • Lue October 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm
  • absilicious abiola October 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    cool wedding,banke meshidat u are always on points.keep it up madam

  • adeolapo October 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    i love the bride hairdo ….gbam….

  • BrownSugah October 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Is there another word besides breathtaking speechless that i could use from the dictionary? This is too nice, too fab, mennnn…. wishing the two of you the best married life could bring. Happy married life to the Okunowos!!!!

  • Ndidi October 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    She is breathtaking. The pictures of the father and daughter dance made me cry. Congrats!

  • Twix October 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    The Grooms Men are tooo much

  • Dolly P October 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Beautiful, love the couple. Wish them all the best.

  • kay October 25, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Lovely wedding. abeg who knows how much banke charges for wedding make up and hair

  • HephzibahBride October 25, 2011 at 4:03 am

    This is just beautiful!

  • t October 25, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I wonder how Nigerian men cope…Nigerian girls are too beautiful (btw, I am a girl oh)..gosh!….I am so proud of we naija girls and this wedding just has it alllll….color choice, bride and groom demeanor? They didn’t force anything..looked all natural and they are damn both gorgeous!

  • Priscy October 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

    everything is on point…so beautiful. may God bless their union

  • MissBusyBody October 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    These days, weddings depress me (because I still never marry), but I just can’t help admiring this beautiful couple. I wish them every blessing marriage has to offer… Amen

  • Disbabe October 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    This is sooo nice the guys definately had fun popping champagne. The Bride looked stunning gosh

  • JoyGirl October 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Glad this wedding finally made Bella Naija or I would have protested! Congrats to the bride and groom, and my friend Groom’s sister looked amazing 😉

  • cleo October 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Lovely….classy and it was obvious that everyone had fun….i would love my wedding to be like this…pepper rested and all….wink..wink

  • y evils October 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    wow beautiful beautiful wedding! d love is even contagious! best wishes for 50 happy years and much more! xx

  • adebimpe October 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    as in!!!…lovely wedding…very lovely one..

  • Dee October 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Toooo much money…………………..beautiful wedding!! Wishing the Okunowo’s a beautiful married life filled with God’s blessings!

  • janet October 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    too much money no doubt,but not wasted.WOW

  • Sarah October 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    veeeeery colourful wedding wish them great time of their life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Unique Christmas Gifts October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, that dress is too die for. Too fab

  • bisi October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    @ mizz the engagement decor was done by oaken events. do visit their site for more info

  • nessssssssssssssssssssssssa October 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    this wedddddddiiiinnnnggggg is beautiful

  • doll October 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    i love the sleeves.

  • doll October 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    and God bless the marriage. congrats

  • jt October 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    sooooo perfect.

  • prasioe October 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Awww, this is so beautiful. Money dey speak o. This wedding actually made my night cus I was bored before & BN never disappoint me. May God bless their union in Jesus name.

  • pj October 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    class….lovely wedding gown

  • jokay October 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    ……i pray dat their martial life remains forever colourful as above…..

  • molarah October 28, 2011 at 4:52 am

    What I love the most about this wedding is that the bride obviously has a unique sense of style and does not hesitate to show it – the non-matching-but-highly-complementing trad outfits she and her husband wear, the unique take on the gold buba (i see ribbons) and her choice of Monique Lhuillier (who..i…LOVE!). I doff my hat, and I’m taking a lot of notes. Happy Married Life to you both!

  • naijahomie October 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    stunning dress !! fab wedding ! beautiful bride !

  • Highbrow October 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I am one person who doesn’t care about who is getting married. But, one word “stunning.”

  • jess October 31, 2011 at 11:02 am

    that dress!wow!

  • Ako October 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Her wedding gown is out-of-this-world! I want!!!! Everything about this wedding is on point. Definitely money meets classy meets stylish meets unique!!! Happy married life. May you always have a reason to smile

  • Yvonee November 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    that wedding gown!!! whoa!!! it’s like WHOA! Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple! Bliss 🙂

  • EVE November 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    wow, is just the rite word to use. I love everything abt the wedding, its almost perfect cos nothing is 100% perfect. May the smiles that radiates from ur hearts neva fade even after eternity. Amen. Love

  • ruby February 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    can somebody please tell me where and how to get this type of aso oke. i dont live in nigeria. please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Tumi March 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Yemi Royal, Mubarak, Abayomi Siffre. Three top photographer in one event…

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