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11.11.11 Ways to Love You: Dami Ayuba & Sotayo Sosan Wed

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After meeting at a mutual family friend’s wedding, it was only natural that when Sotayo Sosan proposed to Dami Ayuba, there was a “wedding story” infused into their special moment.

The bride’s nickname is Pinkie and on the day that Sotayo proposed, he asked Dami what she would be doing on 11.11.11 as there was a wedding scheduled to take place on that monumental day which he wanted to attend with her by his side.

Sotayo surprised Dami when asked if she would wear a ring he had placed on his pinkie finger to the wedding because “the bride needs to have her ring on her wedding day“, she glanced at his finger and indeed that fabulous ring was her engagement ring! On the 11th Day of the 11th Month in 2011, Dami and Sotayo said “I Do”.

It was a day that can be described as heavenly. Dami and Sotayo were joined as husband and wife at the Yaba Baptist Church amidst prayers and songs of joy sung by their family and friends. The bride, Dami was the cynosure of all eyes as she dazzled in her beautiful princess gown lushly adorned with crystals paired with a cathedral length veil and accessorized with a sparkling hairpiece and earrings. Dami’s beautiful coral and ivory bouquet and megawatt smile completed her bridal look. The groom, Sotayo was a perfect handsome companion in his tailored blue suit paired with a white tie and pocket square.

After their church ceremony, the wedding moved to the next stage, the “heaven on earth” themed reception! The venue was transformed into love’s haven just for Dami and Sotayo. Dazzling lights, amber hues, coral, white and ivory swaths and so many stunning elements. Love was the key focus of the day as all guests experienced a fabulous day of fun and excitement.

BN wishes Dami and Sotayo all the joy, happiness and fruitfulness in marriage. May each day be divinely blessed and each step filled with God’s grace.
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White Wedding

Traditional Engagement

Photography: Kenny Songonuga for Dudu Guy Photography – Website | Facebook | Email – duduguyphotography (at) yahoo.com

Colours
Traditional Engagement: Teal & Magenta (Bride) | Navy Blue and Turquoise (Groom)
White Wedding: Coral & White

Vendors
Bride’s Makeup: Lolade Ogunjimi for Dainty Affairs – www.daintyaffairs.com
Wedding Dress: Demetrios – www.demetriosbride.com
Bride’s Aso Oke: Elfrida – 08023030707 | 08023407617
Event Planners: Ngozi Akintujoye & Omorinsola Arogundade for Perfect Coordinators – 08033009376 | 07066444940 – perfectcoordinators (at) gmail.com
Event Coordinators: Spectacular Events – 08035509273, 08173162440
Venues:
Traditional Engagement Venue – Lagos Lawn Tennis Club
White Wedding Reception – Pine Park
Cakes: Audrey Cakes
Food: Kemabom | Samalek | Folweiler
Aso Ebi Coordination: La Boudoir – 08081246667
Bridesmaids Gifts & Accessories: All Things Girlie – 018970502 | 018970503

114 Comments

  1. CK

    December 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Woow, beautiful!

  2. sucker4love

    December 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Something about these wedding pics bellanaija puts up….they just make u wanna get married asap! damn u bellanaija…damn u! 😀

    • jumree

      December 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      lol!!!i feel you…lol!!!

    • MyView

      December 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      I hear you.

    • angelsbeauty

      December 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      LOL I agree

  3. @_Iyore

    December 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    LOVE THE COLORS ! PRETTY!

  4. DivaliciousFlo

    December 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Fabulous! Very well put togeda…

  5. Ginika

    December 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    excited *rubbing hands together*….
    really beautiful…. I’m gerrin ideas.

  6. Stella

    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Whaoooooooo! beatiful wedding I must say and colours are just perfect.

  7. ty

    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Fabulousity!!!

  8. tama

    December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    i love everything about the wedding, the unique colours especially… i need to get married ASAP, everyone seems to be doing wat i want to do for my wedding, make e no be like say na me copy

    but the weddin is really lovely sha

  9. StephanieIj

    December 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    The bride’s smile can light up Nigeria. 🙂

    • Nneka

      December 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Infact my dear i was thinking AFRICA actually. Love the upper part of her dress, that back plunge is heavenly!

  10. just me

    December 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    i likey. Bride was smiling all thru. God give me a reason to smile like dis oh.

  11. NaijaMinaj

    December 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    What a pretty wedding! Especially the engagement part, the bride looks absolutely gorgeous with that beaded gele (her first outfit). And the friends look amazing too. Love!

  12. sophie

    December 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I agree! Very well put together..d bride and groom cute couple!

  13. abimbola.adekoya

    December 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Nice weeding. may the Lord bless the union. Amen.

  14. Biodun

    December 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Very nice……Happy people . God bless your union. I’m 1st!

  15. afolabi olabisi

    December 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    wow…..lovely wedding.she got a beautiful smile.wish they well in all they do.

  16. moi!

    December 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Definitely one of the best dressed brides I’ve seen on bellajaija! Happy married life to the couple.

  17. ella

    December 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Very nice! God do mine in 2012 IJN Amen.

  18. Dami O

    December 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Beautiful occasion….i’m in love with her SMILE! Wish you a blessed and love filled life ahead!

  19. MyView

    December 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Absolutely Fabulous! Did anyone else notice what they did with the bride’s maids dresses for the church ceremony and after? Very nice.

    • praseio

      December 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      I noticed that too, I love that concept

    • Lizzy O

      December 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      It’s so nice. Absolutely better than tying scarf around your neck. Creativity is key mehn!

      This is one gorgeous bride. She can smile!! The white wedding was beautiful, but I’m absolutely digging the trad more! Hanhan.. Look at her nails! I love that she did color for trad and white tip for her white wedding. 🙂

      SO On point. Lovely wedding and may God bless their marriage and home.

    • Lola

      December 15, 2011 at 1:20 am

      yeah i noticed… love it!!

  20. Duvy

    December 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Pinkie!!!! * Smilling and waving * Beautiful dearie really beautiful… 11.11.11 sigh what memories

  21. BukiOni

    December 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Fabulous wedding, gorgeous, gorgeous bride and perfect date. I especially love her dress and how she wore her hair and all the beautiful pink accents.; she looks ravishing in red. Wishing the happy couple all the joys that marriage brings, may their love continue to be celebrated and their home be filled with laughter and peace.
    http://www.emblemofbeauty.blogspot.com/

  22. spicy

    December 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Mayne i love being yoruba..beautiful traditional engagement pictures..and this husband is what u call “dark and lovely”..all in all beautiful couple, beautiful wedding

  23. isi

    December 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    awww this is soooooooo beautiful and the bride looked so radiant…she was literally glowing
    may God bless this union coz this couple look so perfect together

  24. bunmi

    December 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    her smile makes d day perfect. d bride looks fabulous. and d designer for those bride maids did a great job. kudos girl

  25. missy

    December 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    black and yellow!! lol congrats guys 🙂 happy married life

  26. ladybird

    December 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    @ myview, I certainly did! A fabulous concept! So sick of the scarf & bolero ideas! Love the pics really colourful! Wedding was dope! Nneka Mbonu! I see u! Kudos people!

  27. pynk

    December 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    loving the brides aso ebi. gonna steal it.

  28. mee yay

    December 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    wow

  29. madman

    December 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    very lovely.

  30. kenora

    December 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    they all luk beautiful…..happy married life

  31. funmi

    December 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Whao, need to go do my wedding asap.I wish them a successful marriage.

  32. dewowo

    December 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    EVERY thing…on point! congrats. May your home be this perfect too.

  33. k

    December 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    such an amazing bride .. cute couple and nice wedding . God bless this union

  34. Kesco

    December 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Very nice. The bride is beautiful and her the groom is one handsome dude.May God bless their union.The light skinned lady in the picture of three rocking her natural hair….way to go..

  35. Lagos Boy

    December 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    There were some fine girls at this wedding….

  36. BC

    December 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    The asoebi colors look amazing, especially the gele. Light blue and purple/mauve. Hmmmm…..her makeup is on point too.

  37. princesszee

    December 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I loveeee her smile…she smiled all 2ru n dats exactly what brides should do on their wedding day…cant wait 4mine*wink*

  38. djinnbeaux

    December 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    So far……best wedding on BELLA ! everything on point! love the colorrrrssssss….. Gorg couple and gorg BMs…….#elegance. May God bless this union forever- Amen. xoxo

  39. Blossom

    December 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Couldn’t help smiling at all the pics… Absolutely lovely

  40. kd

    December 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    magnificent!!! best wedding feature here!

  41. Zara

    December 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Nothing beats a Nigerian wedding! This wedding is the epitome of class! It’s a fashion galore; guests look on point! Loving the wedding colors! The bride is gorgeous and her hair and makeup are flawless!

  42. Dee

    December 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Best part of it all is the bride. She’s so beautiful and her smile is so contagious. She never stopped smiling throughout 🙂

  43. Yours Truly

    December 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    ogogome, I see you

    • beau

      December 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      LOL, I wasn’t sure if it was him. Thanks 4 clarifying!

  44. ngosi

    December 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    mehnnnnnnnnnnnn me i fit marry o
    this is just beautiful

  45. pendo

    December 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    beautiful!!! makes me want to put a gun to my boyfriends head and make him propose LOL!!!

  46. FunkeT

    December 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Lovely wedding! The pictures are gorgeous! Love the picture of the Bride with her Dad in the car! Classic! Her smile is so lovely! Her dress is also beautiful! Love the bridesmaid’s dresses as well! In fact the whole bridal party was on point! The Wedding cake was nice and unique! Her Traditional outfits were the best!! Totally gorgeous! Congrats to the couple! Lovely Wedding! Very Well Styled!

  47. Somy

    December 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Lovely wedding. Please I will like to know where the reception was. It was not mentioned in the write up. Thanks

  48. tos

    December 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    lovely lovely lovely…the brides makeup/hair oh my GOD…SO BEAUTIFUL..

  49. jayne

    December 15, 2011 at 12:05 am

    That’s the kind of love I pray for…A man who’ll kiss my forehead and call me Nkem(My Own)….*sigh* If wishes were horses tho…Anyway i guess my husband is on his way!!…lol
    Nice wedding…they look soooo happy!!!

  50. Lar

    December 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

    This Pinkie too fine:-). Congratulations to them both.

  51. Mariaah

    December 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Ahh the bride’s smile is beautiful.. Yaba Baptist church!! Memories of 9yr old me singing “All hail the power of Jesus Name” on chapel day while I was at Reagan came back.. Wowser!! The church has changed since then..

    I swear when “Mr” proposes I will make a collage of all the weddings on Bella Naija.. Inspiration over flow!! 🙂

    • essay

      December 17, 2011 at 1:32 am

      i totally agree seeing this bride walk down that aisle jst brings back soo much memories. ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS NAME. sniifffff im so home sick

  52. Tolu

    December 15, 2011 at 3:01 am

    SOMY, IT WAS IN PINE PARK!

    LOVELY WEDDING! SPOTTED MANY BN BRIDES!

  53. 9jaFOODie

    December 15, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Very beautiful wedding, God bless their union.

  54. Naomi

    December 15, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Her smile is soooo contagious!!! 😀

  55. Nitty

    December 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

    The bride has a beautiful smile and the way the groom looks at her.. That’s how I want my man to look at me

  56. Lovinit

    December 15, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I’m so in love…Beautiful people. Handsome groom and beautiful bride. Loved d bridesmaid dresses and BTW, all d guys @ d wedding r all handsome. Whr do u meet dz handsome dudes cuz i definitely don’t see dem on d street…lolz. So on point! I wish d couple a blissful and fruitful marriage.

  57. Nk

    December 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

    woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!
    Happy Married Life… God! she has beautiful *LIPS*

  58. sofy

    December 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

    woooooooow,this is so magnificent…Gooooooooooosh

  59. LadyLuck

    December 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Gorgeous Gorgeous wedding. May the Lord perfect your union Dami and Sotayo ….

    I def see Nneka M too .. Naij looks great on you babe!

  60. Hannah

    December 15, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I Love the wedding and engagement cakes.

  61. Purpleicious Babe

    December 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Nice wedding….. I pray God will continue to bless their marriage….

    Beautiful People…

    BN I want to ask a question: Do you target a particular type of wedding? I ask because I have noticed a trends on the type of wedding that is featured on BN… It is usually HIGHER END if u know what I mean…

    Well done for sharing…

    • BellaNaija.com

      BellaNaija.com

      December 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      It’s quite simple, we choose weddings we love.

      It is definitely not about the budget, yes, we have featured super expensive weddings but also lots of well planned weddings without mega budgets.
      If the couple is all smiles and in love and have also planned their wedding well with attention paid to the details plus great photography (very important!), believe us, the wedding will look as though a million dollars was spent to make it happen.

      Thanks for your comment! If you are interested in having your wedding on BN or if anyone has any additional questions on this topic, please email weddings (at) bellanaija.com

  62. paparika

    December 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    love love love the brides gele amazing and can i just say @ wonu odunsi keeps blossoming into such a beautiful woman .. kudos to perfecto as well.. i am really loving this wedding and the way it came out in the pictures… and the brides make up for a minute i thought it was by bm pro i absolutely love.. may Jehovah keep and bless your union…

  63. adewumi olubukola

    December 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    evrything abt d weddin is jst tooooooooooo gud.pretty wifey handsome hubby,dey match joooooo,i feel u bellanaija.

  64. T-i-t-i

    December 16, 2011 at 2:18 am

    The bride looks familiar….beautiful couple. Keep smiling Dami, wishing u both a blessed marriage. I also like mix trend of colors and it turned out elegant.

  65. mimsie

    December 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This is soooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!! I wanna get married :'(

  66. Funalibi

    December 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    The colours are on point. Absolutely Fabulous!!!!!! I loves. HML to the couple.

  67. aduku clem

    December 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    i love everything about the wedding, the unique colours especially.am happy for you both.

  68. aduku clem

    December 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    i love everything about the wedding, the unique colours especially. am happy for you both.

  69. Sunny

    December 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    BEAUTIFUL couple, BEAUTIFUL wedding and BEAUTIFUL pictures! My God!

  70. Ela

    December 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-L!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and for all those wishing to get married soon and hav somtin this beautiful, God will make it happen dis 2012 IJN, AMEN! i wish them a wonderful marriage!

  71. Sweetness

    December 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Can I just say this bride has the Brightest, Whitest, Widest, Most-genuine-looking smile I’ve seen all year..WOW! I pray she ALWAYS has reasons to keep smiling… Congrats and a happy married life to the beautiful couple.

  72. temmie

    December 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

    this wedding is really beautiful… lovely color combo

  73. abimbola dare

    December 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    aww, Dami, u looked stunning. congrats again sweetie!

  74. Benedicta

    December 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Happy married Life.I love everything about the wedding, the unique colours especially. am happy for you both.

  75. funtizzy

    December 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

    congrats

  76. Happy Umoh

    December 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

    u guys look wondaful. happy married life!

  77. chychy

    December 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    the wedding is simply beautiful, its well organised,wishing them a very happy married life.

  78. prettyeinstein

    December 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! The colours for the trad wedding are the best i’ve seen in a while! Very different! Beautiful wedding! wish them a happy life together!

  79. xxx

    December 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    God bless their union

  80. Nikki

    December 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Beautiful and very colourful as well…love it! God bless their marriage!

  81. tenionabanjo

    December 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    love love the bride,one word ***GLAM***

  82. mola

    December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Fine gal Dami… Wish I was there.

  83. Joy

    December 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I love, love, love the traditional wedding. She looks gorgeous, her smile is just priceless.
    I want my trad outfit like that. I might have to marry a yoruba guy because their trad wedding is too exquisite.

  84. na me

    December 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    this is how our so called celebrity weddin suppose be,,,,,,,,this weddin is so waoooooooooooo

  85. lovefromATL

    December 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Aww Dami, you look so pretty congrats!!!

  86. cathy

    December 31, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    exotic

  87. Miss BusyBody

    January 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I absolutely luuuurve this couple, they look so good together!!

  88. nukebridal.com

    January 4, 2012 at 5:31 am

  89. Tubaba

    January 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Nice

  90. boo

    January 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    i luv duduguy. His takes amazing pics.

  91. LollyDee

    January 6, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Absolutely Beautiful wedding! Kudos to the photographer as well, as he was able to document the important aspects of the wedding

  92. toyin

    January 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    nice wedding Good bless the union

  93. Chybouze

    January 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hmm… Bella, u make me fall in love with photography. though am into it buh i want to soar higher in it. I want to learn more to add up to the knowlege i already have. I love marvelous and spectacular pix. how can i get u?

  94. Bolo

    January 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    This was a totally beautiful wedding, the bride was so radiant her smile can melt a heart of stone.. This dudu guy photos is one of the best i have seen here!!!! Well done bella..

  95. Miss Louisa

    February 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Cant fault a thing, from the colors to the venues to the decor the whole set up was just beautiful and elegant and just lovely. I wish them happy married life.

  96. noperfectrule

    February 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    One of the best weddings I’ve seen so far. The bride’s smile says it all. I attended a wedding over the weekend, one of my good friend got married. Beautiful wedding. I was sitting down, enjoying myself and this guy sat next to me. I forgot to wear my ring, so he thought I was single but had to tell him I’m engaged. Anyway, he asked my name, I told him. He then asked what part of Nigeria? Yoruba. He had this confused look on his face. I asked, What? it’s because you don’t look yoruba. My parent told me yoruba people are………
    I ended up laughing about it because I didn’t want to come off too serious at a beautiful occasion. He’s Nigerian American, so I also let him slide.
    That was not the first time of igbos implying they are the only fine girls/boys because they have a false stereotype about yorubas. I just hate the fact that they are instilling that in the younger generation.
    Let’s stop it, we are all Nigerians. Nigeria has so many beautiful people from different ethnic groups.

  97. ruby

    February 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    i want her aso oke. omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. Bianca

    February 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    This wedding is simply exquisite. I love her traditional outfit, it’s too perfect. The bridemaid dresses is a beautiful color and style. This man is a lucky man to wake up every morning to that beautiful smile. May God continue to put a smile on her face, and bless their marriage.
    Do I see the little bride and groom holding hands too? lol, they are cute.

  99. jennifer

    February 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    they are cute….

  100. DAMILOLA GOLD ONASILE

    March 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

    PLEASE TELL ME TO STOP LOVING!!!..LOLZ…THIS WEDDING IS DA BOMB!!!…XPECIALLY THE FANTABULOUS SMILE OF MY NAMESAKE,SHE TAKE AM RESEMBLE ME…ANYWAYZ,HAPPY MARRIED LIFE….

  101. Merciful

    March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    2 Things i knw 4 sure is that this wedding was superb, d couple were happy n dey had fun. 2ndly 9ja pple( guyz n ladies) r FINE!!!!!

  102. NEW CHAPTER BOUTIQUE CEO

    September 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Dis wedding is still the best on this bella9ja….d groom n his men are sick…..i mean dey are very hot guys wit class…do u know wot it takes to b wearing Vivienne westwood suit ?wot a very expensive dude….i feel u guys …d groom looks is nt bad at on on d National dress…. 100 tumb up for u .

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