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Love, love, love this edition of BN Our Wedding Story
Adaora Osakwe and Chinedu Abanobi‘s love story began in Minna, from the moment they met, he knew he had met his queen…he proposed in scenic Great Yarmouth and they tied the knot in Abuja. Such an epic journey, such a beautiful wedding and a blessed union!

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From Minna to Liverpool – How Adaora & Chinedu Met
By Chinedu
From the first day I saw Adaora in Minna, I knew she was special.
During my third year in FUT Minna, a student association I was a member of paid her dad a visit in Minna. While we sat in the living room, I noticed Adaora standing in front of their house oblivious of the fact that my attention was fixed on her.
Staring at her, it felt like I could feel the sort of person she is. I knew right there that there was definitely something special about her. It felt like a mixture of her down-to-earth attitude, serene innocence, warm glow of happiness and an unmistakable genuineness.

I left her house on that day and that memory of her has stayed vivid in my mind until this day.

In my final year, Adaora eventually got admitted into my University. She was shy and I was too afraid of
blowing it that I didn’t ask her out. I however tried to get her attention through friends we had in common. We spoke a few times and I eventually summoned up some courage to tell her I liked her. I eventually graduated from Minna and we briefly went our separate ways. I kept making brief visits to Minna to see her until I eventually left Nigeria for the UK.

Just like Minna,in 2008,Adaora came to study for her masters in Liverpool. We got back in touch and spoke more often. We were both quite stubborn and she refused to let me visit her for most of her study time in Liverpool. One gracious day, on my way back from an office trip, I insisted on coming to visit her in school. I wasn’t looking my best and turned up in a transit van after doing some shipyard work but she didn’t care and we went out and had lunch. We got closer and after months of trying to persuade her to date me, she eventually said YES!

The Proposal – Setting the Scene – Shopping & A Sunset Stroll on the Beach…
We lived about 7 hours apart but we tried to visit each other. I was living in a very serene, isolated but sometimes lovely coastal town called Great Yarmouth and she lived in Liverpool which was much livelier.
We made out time to eat out once in a while and she would sometimes try to pay but as a gentleman, I always insisted on taking the bill. She would always insist and say, “Next time I’ll take the bill”.

Adaora came to visit me in on a weekend toward the end of June 2010. On weekends, we would usually go to see a movie, cook together or just talk but I decided we should make the 26th of June 2010 a more eventful Saturday. We woke up, went shopping in a nearby shopping complex and I made her try out an endless number of clothes. We tried to pick out something for every occasion.

After a long day shopping, we came home and I asked that we go to the beach. We walked to the beach and took a long stroll in the sand across the entire Yarmouth seafront. We talked about what we wanted and our perspectives towards different salient but important topics.

After a long day, at about 6pm when the sun was beginning to set over the beautiful view of the sea, we decided to walk back home. On our way home, I decided to take the route through the high street where most of the restaurants in Yarmouth where located.

The Proposal – The Main Event
I suggested we eat out and Adaora immediately jumped into volunteering to pay as I expected she would. We got to a restaurant and I (seemingly) casually suggested that we try that one. We got to the door and the lady at the reception greeted Adaora by her name. She was surprised and asked how the lady knew her name but she eventually concluded that I might have mentioned it to the receptionist without her noticing.

The restaurant was full as there was another older lady having a birthday dinner that same evening. We had dinner and at the end, I asked to go to the restroom and Adaora asked for the bill. When I came back and sat down, the girl that served us brought a lovely looking desert, decorated with small beautiful candles. She had a bill wallet and concealed inside it was a small box. Adaora got her purse to pay, opened the wallet and saw the box. I could tell she froze!

She looked shocked and very confused. When she eventually looked up, I was on my knees and asked her to marry me. Tears rolled down her eyes and for a few seconds…and then she smiled joyfully and said YES. The people around us by then had got the swing of what was happening and when Adaora said yes, everyone started clapping. It looked like it was orchestrated but no one in the restaurant knew who we were. We struggled to finish dinner as we were both overjoyed and everyone in the restaurant took turns to hug and congratulate us. We eventually walked back home with Adaora calling all her friends on the way.

The Proposal – The Hidden Scenes
What Adaora didn’t know was that after several futile attempts by one of our close friends to cajole her into giving out her ring size, during one of her visits, I took one of her cocktail rings, slipped out with the excuse of having to dash to the office quickly and had it measured by the jeweller. I had chosen a ring and all they had to do was fit it to size. I also called the restaurant and asked them to reserve a table for two. I told them that I’ll slip them a ring when I excuse myself to go to the restroom knowing that she’ll jump at paying for our dinner once I suggest we eat out. I also gave her name and the receptionist called out her name to check that we were the right couple.

It all worked out perfectly!

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He smiled, she smiled back, they kissed and said “I Do”…On the 7th of May 2011, Adaora Osakwe and Chinedu Abanobi sealed their love as they solemnized their union at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church in Abuja.

Friends and family all gathered to witness and enjoy Adaora and Chinedu’s special day. Chinedu still vividly remembers the moment he first saw his wife years ago in Minna, now Adaora has her own vivid memory to add, the moment she walked down the aisle in her grand white ballgown to meet her love – her husband, Chinedu.

After the ceremony, the couple and their friends enjoyed a fabulously colourful reception with bright and beautiful shades of fuchsia pink and orange all around. It was a truly delightful occasion!

BN wishes Adaora and Chinedu all the best in life and love. May each day be blessed, joyful and filled with divine favour.
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White Wedding

Traditional Wedding

Photography: Lanre Balogun for Libran Eye Photography – http://libraneye.com/blog/contact-me/

Vendors
Wedding Dress: Jenna by Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids Dresses: WEGO Clothings Abuja
Groomsmen Attire: TM Lewin
Hair and Makeup: BM|Pro
Cake: Mrs Arah
Food: Cabana Chef
MC: Triple White
Creatives: Triokreations Limited
Flowers & Decor: Perfect Integrated Decor Service
Venues:
Traditional Wedding – Nelson Nuel Park, Garki, Abuja
Reception – Thisday Dome, Central Business District, Abuja

92 Comments

  1. feyikemmie

    December 9, 2011 at 1:42 am

    simply beautiful..:)

  2. Chinazar

    December 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Lovely. Happy married life.

  3. partyrider

    December 9, 2011 at 1:52 am

    congrats..the bride is really beautiful..
    may God bless their union

  4. obi-talk

    December 9, 2011 at 1:56 am

    adaro, adaro, nice name, lovely couple, congrats to you. It’s good to see an igbo trad wedding on bella, very nice indeed!

    • Chi-ka

      December 9, 2011 at 3:30 am

      her name is Adaora o lol!

    • EJ

      December 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

      I think she means on the bellanaija website 🙂

    • Purpleicious Babe

      December 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      looool @ name… funny

  5. Myne Whitman

    December 9, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Beautiful couple, may they have lots of love together.

  6. Cleo

    December 9, 2011 at 2:34 am

    So beautiful and touching. When a man finds a wife he finds a good thing, you’ve found a good thing. May your union always be as blissful as it is today. Congratulations.

  7. diva

    December 9, 2011 at 2:48 am

    lovely! Adaora’s younger sister was my classmate in secondary school. their family is blessed with 3 beautiful dark girls. i think this wedding was colourful and well done. i Love it!

  8. Chi-ka

    December 9, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Nice Igbo wedding. One word: gorgeous! love the bridesmaids dresses too. God bless your union!!!

  9. Mariaah

    December 9, 2011 at 4:24 am

    The bride is a beauty. Chocolatey yummyness!! She reminds me of my lil sis..
    7hrs apart… Wow love makes us do the craziest things! I know how LDA works and I pray “WE” can tell our beautiful story soon…

    Wish the couple a happy marriage!

  10. Ugbo

    December 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Simply lovely, wonderful!!!

  11. brianna

    December 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

    she is dark and beautiful

  12. Nikki

    December 9, 2011 at 6:02 am

    love it! really beautiful couple….God bless their marriage!

  13. k.jay

    December 9, 2011 at 6:18 am

    da story, da photo.. just beautiful!!

  14. uju

    December 9, 2011 at 6:28 am

    For all the ladies who prior to their wedding buy all sorts of bleaching, whitening, toning and lightening cream. take note!!! Black is beautiful! Adora is black and beautiful

  15. Naomi

    December 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

    She’s so beautiful…Reminds me of a black barbie

    • Nneka

      December 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      my exact thoughts.

  16. triangle

    December 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Since May? The bride should be expecting by now. LOL. The cake is in a word ‘Beautiful’. Mrs Arah, whoever u are, u’re talented… God bless your home.

  17. Ataemem Uchenna

    December 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    CONGRAT,I WISH U A BLISSFUL MARRIED LIFE

  18. coolcat

    December 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

    all these romance stories are gettin to me o, ahn ahnnnn. mranwhile, the women tryna catch teh bouquet, they r mama’s o.

  19. missy

    December 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    the bride is so beautiful, i wish them a happy married life.

  20. uzo

    December 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    One word , adorable!!!!!!!!!

  21. Enyinna

    December 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Igbo kwenu! Hei!

  22. Wizzzzzzzzyyyy

    December 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Beautiful bride.. Now BN i hv to vex my anger, i hate it wen u show us the picture of d bride throwing the bouquet and d next tin is for me to scroll down hoping to see d lady that catch the bouquet bt behold, i find none. u show me food mk i come chop, u com go hide am again. Haba!!!, i won’t take dis next time oooo….Love the cake so much…God bless ur marriage.

  23. Domina

    December 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Lovely… May God bless their union.

  24. Nino

    December 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    BELLA….I THOUGHT TIS WAS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY……all these weddings are stunning by making me depressed that another year is coming and i don’t know when i will be a bride ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo……and there are tons of wedding this Christmas like all Christmas…chai..Jehovah do for me too ooooo

  25. mercy

    December 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    The love in his eyes made me tear up. God bless their union with everything a marriage requires to make it work and last!

  26. Ruth

    December 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    @Nino God will do it, keep believing. Lovely couple

  27. funmi

    December 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    The bride is simply beautiful. HML

  28. Maureen Opara

    December 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Congrats……. wish u guys the best

  29. Beauty

    December 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Beautiful wedding. The bride’s outfits are beautiful, I love the colours she wore and her amazing wedding gown!!!

  30. shydiva

    December 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Aha! an igbo wedding for a change 🙂 Nice one

  31. Tosin

    December 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    O dikwa romantic. So there are still romantic brothas in this our country? I’m moving to Minna!

    • Ogo

      December 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Are u there already Tosin? I no fit laff ooooo

  32. Anon

    December 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I noticed the man had a smile throughout the ceremony. Now that is a man who appreciates his wife. Congrats.

  33. afolabi olabisi

    December 9, 2011 at 11:31 am

    wow.am so happy,love the proposal.

  34. Tobechidaniel

    December 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    The man is truly IN love with his wife. Who wouldn’t be? Like her name, she looks adorable.

  35. ma Cherie

    December 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    all of u looking for husbands, he’s probably staring at you, but you’re looking elsewhere. If u noticed, they met yrs ago, in School. so many chics dont wanna date university guys, thinking instead of going for working class guys. These same uni guys , eventually graduate, get good jobs and then u see girls running to reap where they didnt sow! By the way, I’m not a guy o. Growing with ur future spouse is a beautiful thing. The wedding i’m to attend tomorrow, the couple met 15 yrs ago…. go figure1

    • udsparkles

      December 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

      yes ooo…………i tottally agree with u.

  36. ifyoma

    December 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I CANT BELIVE TEARS ROL DONW MA EYES………..AMAZING BELLA ME I HAFF BEEN LOOKING OUT FOR igbo trad wedding LIKE SINCE…………………..MA BOSS CATCH ME EVERYDAY GOING THUR DIS SITE……………GOD PLS TAK AWAY D HABIT FRM ME……….LOL

  37. lola

    December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    ^^^
    Yes, they met in school but never dated. They dated years later when she was ready. Not dating in school doesn’t mean a girl is looking for a ready made guy. It might also mean she’s not ready for a relationship (as happened in my case because I never dated in Uni).

  38. chinny

    December 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    At nino!God will perfect his words in our lives o,can’t wait to become a bride too

  39. izzy pizzy

    December 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Dis site…hmmh. Infact I aff taya for dis marriage of a thing. For we igbo’s I think its a lil bit more difficult especially wen there is an unwritten rule about him being igbo.
    I think i have seen my him ohhh, but he is like 8 years older….im still considering it, cz of the age. Im only 24 and still plan on doin Msc next year. Dont know if oga can wait oh.
    MAY GOD BLESS THEIR UNION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. OyinD

    December 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Really beautiful wedding. Exquisite bride and the husband was just too happy!! Awwwww, may their union be blessed. The wedding looks very nice by not being OTT.

  41. sylvia

    December 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    @ Nino…..its well, God will definitely do it 4 u , 4 me nd 4 every1 who desire it..

  42. Cypriana

    December 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Now this is a classic example of ‘black is beautifulllll’. Lovely one! congratulations to the couple and God’s blessings!

  43. BukiOni

    December 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Congrats to the happy couple and may I say what a gorgeous bride. They had a beautiful wedding and I wish them an even more beautiful marriage filled with joy, love, peace and happiness
    http://www.emblemofbeauty.blogspot.com/

  44. Jay

    December 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    The bride is so beautiful, black beauty. I wish them a happy married life.

  45. Toks

    December 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    beautiful babe.

  46. Aya

    December 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    plixxxxx…the ladies trying to catch the bouquet are mostly in their mid or late 20’s….none up t0 30 (dunno the one on grey so i cant say). congrats Adaora!!! long live FUT minna students

  47. lizzie

    December 9, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    @ lola, same here oh. didn’t date in uni and people thought that was weird but i wasn’t ready. in Other news, congratulations cuties. God Bless your union.

  48. ify

    December 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    beautiful bride

  49. true_talk

    December 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Stunning bride. Very beautiful and regal..her beauty is so natural and you can tell it comes from the inside.

  50. hotdame

    December 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Simply adorable. May God bless dis home

  51. mimi

    December 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    team #carolite plz loook black is indeed beautiful oooo…chai!!!! dat skin colour chases…beautiful…

  52. Abanonu

    December 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I can feel Whizzzzzy…same wt me BN…i’ll like to see who got the flowers..lol…very flamboyant beautiful colours… be blessed 4 life..Ada and Chinedu!!!

  53. Obi

    December 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Simply beautiful. Black beauty. Adamma.

  54. Moh'd

    December 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    aawwww… Congratz to the couple… God bless their union, btwn! the bride is my frnd’s sister!!

  55. dorothy

    December 10, 2011 at 12:13 am

    the bride is sooo pretty, classic black….n e one noticed that almost all dark skinned igbo girls are pretty, no offense to the light skinned ones. famous examples are genevieve nnaji, stepahnie okereke and chika ike….

  56. udsparkles

    December 10, 2011 at 1:11 am

    IGBO galz….dey represent dieeeeeeeeeeee…………

  57. Joy

    December 10, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Gorgeous bride. She has a very beautiful complexion, wish I have that color.
    The wedding is beautiful. They seem happy. I wish them the best. May God bless their union.

  58. NNENNE

    December 10, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Mr Chinedu, may your love for Adaora continue to shine as bright as it is shinning now. Amen. What God has put together, let no man put asunder.Congratulations!

  59. Nkay

    December 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

    lovely couple, God bless deir union!!

  60. Uchechi

    December 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    HML…have a blissful union IJN!

  61. Asia

    December 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    happy married life…
    http://www.assys.com.ng

  62. ayo

    December 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    dats what i sed tew..mad combo of colours den her black and radiant beauty just perfected errthn..n yeah her younger sis is my classmate :p …ICT!!! hehhehe….

  63. ao

    December 11, 2011 at 1:44 am

    The texture of the bride’s skin looks so velvety. Nice radiant glow.

  64. Ike

    December 11, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Chai, see beauty queen. This one na correct fine girl with no pimples.

  65. Omob

    December 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    FGGC Bwari girls always represent…Congratulations Ada! pls who has Mrs Arah’s contact?cos that cake is something else….

  66. Jordan Gafaru

    December 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Cute cute cute… Awww..I love this.Very natural. God bless them and me too with a good looking husband. Amen o

  67. Purpleicious Babe

    December 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    She is Beautiful….

    I dont know why pple are like when is it my turn each time they see a wedding?or anything that seems to be celebrating something?

    I guess that what their heart desires….

    Anywoo its a wedding every culture has it..but the marriage is the d koko of the matter…

    God will continue to bless their union…

  68. Jovita

    December 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Please how do I put up my wedding photos on your website?

  69. Azam

    December 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    phew!!!! finally an igbo trad wedding! it has really been a while! and i must say it was worth the wait. Both ceremonies are lovely and not too over the top! just the way I like it! Congrats the couple and wishing you many more blissful years ahead!

  70. tore

    December 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

    go girl maggie sottero is the way

  71. Igbofille

    December 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    HAHHA Its only on marriage page that blog readers sound nice. I jess lav the combination between the two of them, real husband and wife look. I wish them the very best.

  72. Jummy

    December 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    ok so when derz an igbo wedding why do u igbo folks make a big deal outta of it by emphasising on d words “aaw beautiful igbo wedding ” and stuff like that i mean letz all just enjoy d beauty of all the nigerian wedding on BN and dnt make it sound like a competition. Lovely couples tho. wish them a FAB married life.

  73. Fashion Police

    December 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

    okay this is what i call love!! i can see it in their eyes. Lovely couple.

  74. girl1da

    December 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    lovelyyyy!

  75. FunkeT

    December 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Beautiful Wedding! Gorgeous Bride! Lovely dark chocolate skin! This is an example of the real beauty of Black African skin that the world doesn’t always understand or accept! The Caramels, the Milk Chocolates…all are beautiful but this is black beauty is in its rawest form!! Love her dress, especially the layered train! Love her earrings too! Congrats to the couple!

  76. Tolu

    December 15, 2011 at 2:50 am

    NICE WEDDING! PRETTY BRIDE!

  77. ruzy

    December 15, 2011 at 8:32 am

    This is simply nice………..

  78. Lilian

    December 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful Bride…Luvli Cake…Handsome Groom…Blessed Union, Amen!!! wish y’all lots n lots of love….

  79. Caleb Egbita

    December 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    gosh i’m so hapi 4 ha…she ws ma senior @ fgc minna n ha lil sis uju ws my classmate @ mypa *blushin*

  80. funtizzy

    December 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

    congrats

  81. silvia

    December 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    wow beautiful wedding, i must confess the bride is strikingly beautiful. black is beautiful this is beauty some light skinned babe no reach her self nwa na mma so you dnt have to bleach to be beautiful oooo congrats to both couple i see very cute babies on the way may the good lord bless your home amen.

  82. Dee

    December 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Aww, this is soooo romantic. What a lovely, happy looking couple!! Gorgeous wedding pictures. Adaora and Chinedu, God bless your home!!

  83. Miss BusyBody

    January 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Awwww, congrats Ada, so pweety, God bless you both…Muuaaahhh

  84. nukebridal.com

    January 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Gorgeous photos.

  85. majo

    June 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Nice wedding and pretty bride. but FELLAS, enough with the restaurant proposals! Its been OVER done o!

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