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BN Wedding Belles! 10 BN Brides Tell Us All About Why They Said Yes to Their Dream Dresses



Happy New Year!
BN Weddings is back with lots of goodies for 2012.
We kick things off by chatting with 10 gorgeous BN Weddings Belles as they tell us all about their dream dresses which they wore on their big day!


BN Wedding Belle: Susan Onianwa
Wedding Date: 6th August 2011
Wedding Venue: W Hotel, Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
All About the Dress! – Lazaro Dress – Off white, sleeveless, simply elegant, flared mermaid dress.

I went dress shopping with my friends at 3 different bridal shops. I’ve always heard brides say, “oh you will know when you wear it.” I was getting frustrated with my search. Then one morning, I went dress shopping with my mother.

We went to Bridal by Lori, famous for the bridal show called “Say Yes to the Dress.” I tried on 4 dresses, and felt lukewarm about all of them. Then, the attendant told me that she had the perfect dress for me. When I put it on, I didn’t want to take it off. I smiled and cried. I was soo happy. I knew I had found my dress!

BN Wedding Belle: Opeyemi Anipole
Wedding Date: 2nd July 2011
Wedding Venue: Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church, Ikeja, Lagos | Anchor Event Center, Ikeja, Lagos
All About the Dress! – I had a picture of my wedding gown already in my head. I was online for weeks trying to get an exact fit. And I found it! The Bridal Gallery made the picture in my head come alive!

BN Wedding Belle: Alimatu Sedenu
Wedding Date: 18th December 2010
All About the Dress! – Monique Lhuillier ball gown.
Alimatu credits her bridal consultant Diara at Bel Fiore for helping her achieve her dream wedding look.
I cant thank Diara enough for all of your hardwork, patience and honest, professional opinion. Look at the gown she picked for me. It looked FABULOUS! I am so grateful to Diara because of her, my wedding dreams became a reality.

BN Wedding Belle – Odion Oluwatowo Laura Gesinde
Wedding Date: Saturday July 16 2011
Wedding Venue: Immanuel Fellowship Church, Winnipeg, Canada | Reception – Jean-Paulaurry Hall, Franco Manitobain Cultural Center, Winnipeg MB, Canada
All About the Dress! I wore three wedding dresses.
Dress 1
From Pronovias and I chose to wear this dress for our formal bridal photos with the bridal train because of its elegant look.

Dress 2
From Maggie Soterro, I wore this dress for the wedding ceremony because of the ball gown nature of the dress – the Cinderella concept.

Dress 3
This dress is also from Pronovias and I liked this dress because of its classy and elegant look which rhymed with the theme of our wedding reception.

BN Wedding Belle: Uleyi Sandra Itu
Wedding Date: 19th November 2011
Wedding Venue: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Calabar | Reception – Monty Suites, Calabar
All About the Dress! – White Wedding dress designed by the bride, made by Rose Blossom Bridal. I wore a mono-strap mermaid tail dress with silver embellishments and lace trimmings

BN Wedding Belle: Busayo Bakre
Wedding Date: 3rd September 2011
Wedding Venue: Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, Atlanta, Georgia
All About the Dress – I pretty much visited almost all the bridal stores in Atlanta. I saw a couple of pretty dresses but I was not wowed about it. When I finally found “the dress,” I knew that was it because I never felt any adrenaline rush or excitement when I tried the other dresses. They took my measurements and it took about 6 months for them to sew the dress and get it back to me.

BN Wedding Belle: Ify Ikogho-Ovu
Wedding Date: 24th February 2011
Wedding Venue: Dominion City Church, Ogudu, GRA | Ogra Hall, Ogudu GRA, Lagos
All About the Dress! – Dress by MAI Atafo Inspired. It was a white monostrap fitted dress, the strap had roses on them and the body of the dress was ruched.

When I saw the dress I couldn’t stop dreaming about it because it was the perfect style for me and so I knew it had to be that one!

BN Wedding Belle: Stephanie Kalu-Uche
Wedding Date: 18th June 2011
Wedding Location: Port Harcourt
All About the Dress – Grecian Goddess! Perfectly executed by Mimi Lee London

BN Wedding Belle: Amoge Nwajide
Wedding Date: May 2011
Wedding Location: The Event Centre, Independence Layout, Enugu
All About the Dress – My wedding dress criteria was classy, elegant, curve flattering! Dress by Mori Lee, Reconstructed by Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah.

BN Wedding Belle: Lola Ekugo
Wedding Date: 23rd April 2011
Wedding Venue: St Margaret’s Church, Lothbury Church, London | Reception – Moorgate Place, London, EC2R 6EA
All About the Dress! – My dress was designed by Madeline Garner of New York. It is a Beaded lace on organza dress with a stunning ruffled Skirt detail. I had been looking around for the perfect dress for a while until I found it. The moment I tried on the dress it just felt perfect. I loved everything about the dress and I absolutely loved the ‘Ruffles’! Swarovski Crystal Earrings, Diamond bow hairpieces and Lola by Marc Jacobs perfume. Second Dress – Embellished Asymmetric Silver Dress.


Photography: fotosbyfola | Michael Imomoh Studio | Raheem Osanyin for Rhphotoarts | Frank Yong Photography | Fotostudio Industries Ltd | A & O photography | Fotolighthouse | Alakija & Co | Dimeji for Modii Studios (Replica Digital Studios)


  1. ejogene

    January 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    All of them are cute

  2. lola

    January 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    beautiful wedding dresses.

  3. Aibee

    January 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Nice dresses one and all.

  4. dyn

    January 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    3 dresses for one wedding…mi likey

  5. bb

    January 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    inspiring…can’t wait for mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Purpleicious Babe

    January 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I love the last pic of the bride and groom.. it looks cute..

    • dmz

      January 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      I love the last one too….. subtle and nice (beta still fine groom)

  7. Ginika

    January 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    j’adore dress no.3

  8. pynk

    January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    the babe with three dresses tried, i would have been frustrated out my loving mind. My fave is still the Uleyi Sandra Etu one sha.

  9. Mee

    January 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    BN please give us well-researched article on choosing the right wedding gown and fabrics for the different body types. It will help alot

  10. okin

    January 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    beautifulnubian absolutely loves number 3.

  11. faith

    January 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    J̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊t̲̥̅̊ got married n I so agree with d saying dat”if U̶̲̥̅̊ see d ryt wedding dress U̶̲̥̅̊ will def know!”

  12. majo

    January 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Uleyi Sandra Itu killed it! she looked the best

    • Salama

      January 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      I totally co-sign. And to think she designed the dress herself? The girl’s got mad skills. Her entire outfit is gorg from the fascinator to the dress to the bright red bouquet that makes for a really nice contrast…I love it all! Plus, she has a really nice figure that wears the dress well.

  13. Blossom

    January 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    BN! I wish we could’ve heard more from the brides like tips on shopping, being comfortable in the dress on the day, how to avoid stains (on the day as well), etc. Not happy about the content of the article (it’s not enough 🙁 ) but I love the concept.

  14. triangle

    January 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Busayo bakre’s dress does it for me. That’s my dream wedding dress. I’m slim but very curvy, and I’ll like to flaunt it… Hehe. TMI. I knw

  15. pendo

    January 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    i love the last bride Lola Ekugo’s second dress the silver one thats my kind of dress i am not really into traditional bridal gowns and would love to wear a colour other than white. Ivory is great but i love silver too kinda like what Cynthia of RHOA season 3 wore to her wedding that was gorgeous i want to stand out probably figure hugging silhoutte with a mermaid like bottom and train just perfect!! And no trad veil or birdcage veil either maybe a flower or cute hairpin. my location ? why the beach of course:) *smiles and continues dreaming*
    guest list 80-100 *african parents laugh in the background*

    • Adebisii

      January 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Had a good laugh pendo @ *african parents laugh in the background*!!!!.

  16. Adaku Oraime

    January 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I like dress number 6, busaro Bakare. I wish she said where she got it from so i can go there and do copy copy. hehehe. All the dresses are nice sha.

  17. Myne Whitman

    January 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Their dresses are all lovely, it can be a lot of stress finding the right dress for the big day.

  18. tatafo

    January 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    love Amugo, Uleyi and Lola’s dresses the best.

  19. trickalist

    January 19, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Alimatu Sedenu’s dress killed it. dizzzamn!

  20. diva

    January 19, 2012 at 12:53 am

    didnt see any gown that ade me go ‘wow’! however if i had to pick one out of the list. i wud go for #3

  21. Temiloluwa

    January 19, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Pronovias make some of the best wedding dresses I have seen. Really elegant.

  22. dorothy

    January 19, 2012 at 2:38 am

    for me d first dress is to die for…

  23. brendz

    January 19, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Sandra’s Fascinator looks like Dolly Philips work “Embellish me” . She does a-may-zing stuff. I used her for my wedding!

    • Ayoola

      January 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Yes, her stuff is amazing.

  24. Ontariochick

    January 19, 2012 at 4:17 am

    The dresses i like most are bride’s 2, 6 and 8.

  25. chi chi

    January 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    @Pendo, hahaha * African parents laughing in the background*. weddings are special but i’ve never really wanted to do a ‘white wedding’ and all. when i get married, i’ll like my hubby 2 jst go and pay my B.Price @ my villa, and then we’ll jst do a church blessing in d church…and dats it. don’t know if it’ll work out dat way sha, cos most ppl dat hear me say it think i’m crazy, bt i really dont ‘send’ having a white wedding *shrug*

  26. Lady B

    January 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Awwwww very nice dresses… Sandra wears the dress very well but the part of her designing it herself???? not to be a hater but its a mono-strap fitting gown that can be found on/in every bridal site/shop given that mono-strap dresses are in vogue, so when she says she designed it herself and Salama agrees, saying she has “mad skills” i’m alil lost. Besides wearing that into a catholic church? Oh well! Congratulations to all the pretty brides, May God bless your homes.

  27. onyx

    January 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, Amoge got hitched! *squeal* That dress truly is curve flattering…

    All the brides looked gorg and my fave look is Sandra Uleyi’s.

  28. Berry Choco-Latte

    January 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Absolutely love the last dress! Simple, yet elegant.

    Uleyi’s dress is lovely too.

    I wish there were more pictures, showing the details of the dresses.

  29. kd

    January 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    loved alimatu’s!!!! elegant.

  30. hotdame

    January 20, 2012 at 7:33 am

    All d dresses are nice

  31. Rhaalu

    January 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Oh Amoge!!!! This is awesome!!! Wow!!! mi like

  32. lovely

    January 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

    i actually know 2 of the brodes – susan and lola – lovely pics and dresses all round – Jah bless

  33. Onyejiuwa ndidiamaka

    January 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I love d last bride gown d simplicity is jst my type of choice i wish i can get her contact i dnt mind d gown on my wedding hahahahaha jst joking

  34. jessica

    January 21, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Uleyi and Busayo’s dress does it for me. They would both look great on my physique. I am slim and got nice hips.

  35. m

    January 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Pls bellanaija, I need info about dresses by MAI

  36. Ester

    January 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

    i love naija weddings

  37. adewale odebiyi

    January 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    my name is wale i love you all

  38. 9jaFOODie

    January 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    The last Dress is stunning

  39. tomi

    January 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Beautiful dresses, and beautiful brides, thanks BN!

  40. somewhereinmoscow

    January 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Beautiful pictures…check out Governor TA Orji’s daughter’s fabulous traditional wedding

  41. Omooba Bridal

    January 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Nice Job BellaNaija!
    Hope we can work with some of your brides in the future

  42. Tosin

    January 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    a few of them look yummy. all of them look white lol. My favourites are Ify monostrap by Mai, and the following two Stephanie Port Harcourt Greek Goddess, and Amoge Enugu. It’s all about the dress + bride, not just the dress.

  43. Nuke Bridal USA

    February 4, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Beautiful pictures!

  44. Atty

    February 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

    lovely dresses and lovely pictures. i love them all. can’t wait to see my self in one.

  45. Afya Adjepong

    February 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    All the dresses are cute, but am in louve with the first one…

  46. Nonny

    February 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Wow! i love the last pic.

  47. Glory Ekanem

    March 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Uley’s dress is lovely, Amoge’s killed it for me. Jst my kinda dress: claSsy and sophisticated! Love d drama d low V-cut back adds to d dress wen u least expect it. FABULOUS!

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