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Our Wedding Story: Uleyi Sandra Ushie & Charles Itu



Today is the very last day of January 2012 and we have the first BN Our Wedding Story of 2012!
Last year, BN Weddings took you from our base in Lagos to weddings all around the country. This year, we are at it again.
We kick things off with Uleyi Sandra Ushie & Charles Itu‘s beautiful wedding in Calabar.

It began with a “long chase” and then a happy five year relationship, a romantic proposal and then a beautiful wedding. You know what comes next, right? A Blessed Marriage!
Read all about their love story and experience their special day on BN Our Wedding Story.

How Uleyi & Itu Met
by Uleyi
Itu and I met in Calabar. We had mutual friends and occasionally bumped into each other at events. At times, he would say hi to me. I wasn’t particularly amused by his attempts to be friendly…but being the smart guy that he is, he took my aloofness in stride and waited for the perfect opportunity to make his move. It came when he needed a model for his business calendar. He got my number from a friend and called to set up a meeting during which I turned down his request.

I remember warning him never to call me again and walking away in a dramatic huff. He conceded for six months and then…

One night, he called me with a hidden Caller ID. I thought it was someone else, a ‘toaster’ who had a penchant for calling at that time. I was ill so I didn’t notice that the caller’s voice was different. We talked for a long time. It seemed very normal and familiar, and while this might sound like a cliché, it truly felt as if I was talking to someone I had known all my life. Funnily enough, it didn’t dawn that there was something odd about the conversation. He called at the same time the next day, this time with a visible Caller ID, and I was furious that he had the nerve to call at such an ‘inappropriate’ hour. I complained to my sister but answered the phone anyway, and after a string of increasingly embarrassing follow-up questions, I realized that he was the person I had spoken to the previous night. One phone call led to another, then to our first date.

Our relationship evolved naturally, with support and encouragement from our friends and families. Itu is a wonderful person (he says I’m more wonderful than he is and who am I to argue!) and I’m a better person for having him in my life.

The Proposal!
It was December 2010, a day of blue skies and sunlight on a beach in Cape Coast, Ghana. Itu and I were on holiday with my sister. We had dated for five years at the time. We were by the shore, soaking in the tide..or rather our clothes were. He asked me to help him remove something from his pocket as his hands were sandy.

I reached in and pulled out a little black box.

As soon as I realized what it was, I ran. I’ve never run so fast in my life.

My sister – who wasn’t part of the plan but quickly caught on – proved that an athletic gene runs in our family by chasing me. It was all so melodramatic – me running and yelling, my sister running after me and yelling, Itu running after both of us and yelling – to the delight and amusement of some tourists who clicked away at their cameras gleefully. I suspect that we became the subject of several blog posts like Three People You Should Avoid While On Holiday and Tropical Proposal Gone Wild.

Anyway, she caught up with me and got me to calm down. When Itu was sure that I wouldn’t pull a Florence Griffith-Joyner on him again, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shy. I couldn’t say yes until he got up. By then people had gathered to say congrats and take more pictures of the runaway bride and her steadfast groom. Later, we shared the happy news with our family and friends and our journey to the altar began.

Love was all around on the 19th of November 2011 as Uleyi Sandra Ushie prepared to walk down the aisle to meet her beau Charles Itu. The model bride looked exquisite in the mermaid silhouette wedding dress. The lace trimmings of her dress was the perfect complement to her feathered birdcage veil and lush red rose bouquet. Her handsome groom Itu complemented her in his 3-piece black suit paired with a tie in his bride’s favourite colour – red. Itu and Uleyi were joined together as husband and wife at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the presence of their family and close friends.

After the wedding, everyone proceeded to the “rouge paradise” themed reception at Monty Suites in Calabar. As expected, there were touches of hot red and silver all around the venue. Uleyi and Itu thoroughly savoured their special day while guests enjoyed a thrilling day filled with great food, laughter and most importantly, love!

BN wishes Uleyi and Itu a blessed life together filled with love and happiness.

Traditional Wedding

Photography: Fotostudio Industries – | Exposure

Details & Vendors
White Wedding Theme: Rouge Paradise
Wedding Colours: “Hot” Red & Peach
Traditional Wedding Venue: Brides Family Residence
White Wedding Venue:
Church – Sacred Heart Cathedral, Calabar
Reception – Monty Suites, Calabar
Wedding Dress: Rose Blossom Bridal – Designed by the Bride
Wedding Planner: Bride & Groom
Wedding Décor: Total Satisfaction
Traditional Wedding Make-up: Rita’s Beauty Solutions
White Wedding Make-up: House of Tara
Cakes – White and Traditional Wedding: Peaches
Lighting & Sound: Sound Construction


  1. Cho22

    January 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Rose Blossom ABSOLUTELY GREAT WORK!!!! Made in Naija all the way!!!

  2. tobi

    January 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Love this post. Long Awaited. Love the Bride’s dress and the bride is such a beautiful woman.

    • Temiloluwa

      February 1, 2012 at 1:43 am

      Really beautiful and she knows it. Love her poses. She’s clearly being herself not being overly bridey instead she still pulls off her normal everyday poses (not like I know what those are sef but I can imagine).

      Lovely story. I pray God upholds them.

  3. Stella

    January 31, 2012 at 10:50 am


  4. Meee

    January 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Yippppeee 1st to comment….more weddgs pls!

  5. sweetie

    January 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

    aww. beautiful bride , congrats , May God Bless your marriage …but girls too dey form sha…wait what am i saying, i am a girl too :)..and i dey form die!!

  6. Lady G

    January 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Cool, Congrats. First

  7. tama

    January 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    aww.. really Nice
    i have missed BN weddings

  8. Stella

    January 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Lovely couple……congrats.

  9. msphareedah

    January 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Congrats Uleyi darling, may your marriage be filled with love and laughter xoxox!!

  10. ebere

    January 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Congrats sandra…so u eventually found dat special dress and wedded already. Congrats my dear. wish u all d good tins of life

  11. hauwa b.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:16 am


  12. elohelahe

    January 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

    lovely pics…..congrats

  13. triangle

    January 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Tara’s still got the groove. LOL. Okay they dated for five years, there’s hope. 🙂

    • Zavilli

      February 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Lol…my thots exactly. Bin together with my boo for 2yrs + now and its beginning to seem like 4eva but seeing dat dey dated for 5yrs and still got married eventually rily is comforting. Lol

  14. Suzanne

    January 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

    What can I say again Honey Bee? Congrats sis. Proud of you and Itu as always. Here’s to many more happy years ahead.

  15. libra

    January 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

    love the traditional wedding make up,so sweet.

  16. Jen

    January 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Yessssssss so pretty nd flawless…beautiful couple

  17. D Pretty

    January 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Her makeup for d trad is flawless. Loved all the outfits on d trad day n her weding dress is beautiful. Happy Married life to u guys.

    • ij

      January 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      in fact it is so flawless that it is almost unjust , ah ah!! on point with a capital P

  18. shydiva

    January 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Running like she did when I’m surprised looks like something I’ll do …lol

  19. GGGG

    January 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Oh…cute story, cute couple, relatively simple but beautiful wedding, Amazing dress designed by bride with the right shape to flaunt it…I love!!!

  20. Ester

    January 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  21. Funmi

    January 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    So beautiful. I wish them all the best. The husband definitely knew what he wanted. I guess sometimes persistence pays off. I bet the bride did not know 5 years down the line the “annoying” toaster would become her husband.

  22. pynk

    January 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    very lovely. the bride clearly has her own style. Love it.

  23. BukiOni

    January 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    The bride! She’s gorgeous. Her dress is gorgeous! Her veil is gorgeous. It’s all so… gorgeous! Wishing them a happy married life filled with love, joy, peace and success x

  24. oghogho Natalie

    January 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Simply gorgeous!!! Just speechless

  25. Ruth

    January 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Beautiful, i like what i see. Mine is on the way, by GOD’s grace, amen.

  26. mide

    January 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    absolutely stunning!!!

  27. Bolanle

    January 31, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    That last pic is absolutely beautiful!!!

  28. Modupe

    January 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Finally! i ve waited so long for a wedding feature. i really love their story, its so sweet

  29. IQ

    January 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    match made in heaven, beautiful people. God bless your marriage

  30. Lara

    January 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Really cute story, with all the right trappings – no pretense there; beautiful bride, persistent groom, beautiful wedding. All the best people.

  31. as i see it

    January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    She designed her own dress.Kudos to her!!! Glad to see so many inter-tribal marriages these days. God bless the couple!!!!

  32. H.A.W

    January 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm


  33. Fashionista

    January 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    HOT bride!!!!

  34. Lolo

    January 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    TOO FUNNY. Where was she running to? lol! Her outfits are very nice o.

  35. Dorothy

    January 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The Bride! she is awasome in totality… Wish this couple all the best in their married life.

  36. adamma

    January 31, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    been havin difficulty deciding wat colors for ma wedding, av had yellow on ma mind all along, but seeing ds lovely lady in her red’s ,am surely goin for red and silver baby!

  37. swifty

    January 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    wow! So hapy 4 dem. She luks sweet i think she made d right choice. Nice pixs

  38. Chi-ka

    January 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Congrats to the couple, everything was on point.
    Rose Blossom Bridal is officially making my dress, I’ve seen their other gowns on Facebook and I’m really impressed sha!!!
    Dear future husband, hope you are reading this o, we need to make that trip to the altar soon! Someone shout Amen with me!!!!! 🙂

    • Onyx

      January 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      AMEN!! In the mouth of two witnesses, a thing shall be confirmed… 🙂

    • Geraldyn

      August 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm


  39. Chi-ka

    January 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Lol! BN, side talk! I love you guys o. Thanks for ex-ing that Moses dude, I was about to give him a piece of my mind lol.

  40. Ini

    January 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Congratulations u guys……..i expected nothing less than splendour..wishing u a blessed union.

  41. queenB

    January 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm


  42. Ndidi

    January 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I hereby declare this the most beautiful, most exemplary, most impressive display of our proud Nigerian culture for a wedding. I love, love, love the traditional outfits and the images of traditional dancers! Well done. If anyone wants to see how awesome NJA is, these pics should be included. Made my day all the way here in NY, USA.

  43. Ndidi

    January 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    By the way, where is hubby directing his eyes in this pic? LOL. He’s checking out his beautiful wife’s assets!!!

  44. ty

    January 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    she seems to like pink

  45. feliciaokeke

    January 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    girls 2 de formble sandra i lik ur style carry go wish u hapy married life

  46. Tinu Ade

    January 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm



  47. trich

    January 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    their adventure and love story is so exciting, they are both beautiful, what a lovely couple! best wishes……………………!

  48. Layo

    January 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Proposal story is hilarious! Such a beautiful bride!

  49. teeno

    January 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Efik culture on display.Beautiful,may God bless your home.

  50. QMB!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    finally bella…theres a wedding!!!excited !!!

  51. sassy diva

    January 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    lolllllllll I canpicture myself doing the exact same thing…this time probably running away so fast that he wont catch me till i re appear… lollll …oh sweet sis, an exceptional, favour filled married life..

  52. majo

    January 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    bout time a wedding came up! i had my eye on that bride’s dress ever since bella featured her in that dress special. no doubt she is really gorgeous! that her groom really lucked out lol

  53. XoXo

    January 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Her gown is splendid. It suited her figure perfectly

  54. pendo

    January 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    this is the best proposal story ever!!!!!!!!! i was laughing so hard people around me thought i was crazy. Totally pictured her running off at the beach hahahahaha too funny. That’s a great story for the grandkis may God grant them many many many happy years together…………………

  55. Twix

    January 31, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Runaway Bride and Steadfast Groom…..Lovely Line

  56. Tosin Michael Ogunmola

    January 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Waoooh.what a romantic wedding……so lovely.

  57. Tosin Michael Ogunmola

    January 31, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Waoooh!!”.what a romantic wedding……so lovely.

  58. Myne Whitman

    January 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I loved the traditional wedding pictures, the culture and all. All the best to them in their marriage.

  59. MrsD

    January 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    The bride’s reaction to his proposal was too cute.
    Such a beautiful pair! Wish you a happy married life.

  60. progdebig

    January 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    wer on earth waz she runin 2? Lol! I love d traditional outfits, dy’r xcptnaly beautiful. Wishn u a luv fild marriage…..njoy!

  61. progdebig

    January 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    wer on earth waz she runin 2? Lol! D traditional outfits are xcptnaly beautiful. Wish u a love fild marriage!

  62. Abs

    January 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Yayyyyyyy that my hometown repping…. Cape Coast, Gh!! nice wedding!

  63. babycute

    January 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    breath taking bride!! dude is also holding his own! congrats to you and a long happy married life

  64. doll

    January 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I absolutely love the bride’s outfits from the wedding gown(which I think loves divine on her)Τ̲̅☺ the ash colored one shoulder outfit…….absoluely fab!!!!!!!!

  65. doll

    January 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Sorry looks*

  66. Onyx

    January 31, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Awww, such a delightful story! I love all of it, the wedding, the back-story, how comfy they look together… *sniff-sniff* I pray God turns this marriage into something beautiful! x

  67. Kenny

    February 1, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Beatiful!!!! May God in his mercy bless this union.Dude, go ahead and enjoyed a blessed marriage life

  68. Nneka

    February 1, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Model bride.

  69. ekere

    February 1, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Lovely story..Happy married life eva!

  70. diva

    February 1, 2012 at 5:49 am

    very nice. simple wedding

  71. ify

    February 1, 2012 at 6:08 am

    i love the story.It’s like a chapter of a novel and you are a funny character.lovely pics too

  72. shola

    February 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

    please, how do i get my wedding featured here?

  73. okoye uche

    February 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Love you guys! Great wedding!! Wonderful union I have sooooo looked forward to! God bless your union!

  74. Lue

    February 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    i love the story…….was smiling all through.
    wish them the very best

  75. Nino

    February 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

    WITHOUT A DOUBT….the most interesting wedding proposal ive read here…know why….because me sef i think i will run first….hahahahahha…..
    stunning girl, wonderful groom, beautiful wedding….blesss

  76. xposure

    February 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    i’m glad most of my photos came this far. You guys were my couple of the. I wish u d best of luck. Stevedavid

  77. Xposure

    February 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I’m glad most of my pictures came this far. You guys made my couple of the year.Stevedaid

  78. Xposure

    February 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I’m glad my photos made it this far. You guys made my couple of the year. Stevedavid

  79. Ginika

    February 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hey! Abasi Mbok! This girl is fine sha… and she sounds as dramatic as me.

    Beautiful gown, I’ve found the style of gown I would like for my wedding

  80. Purpleicious Babe

    February 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww @ the story.. ilike its different everything about their meeting to getting married…

    She looks beautiful too.. I pray their marriage stands the test of time and they both work in partnership regardless… HAPPY MARRIED LIFE and JESUS BEST.

  81. Egor Efiok

    February 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    So sweet!!! lol @ “alan toaster” Itu!!! So na like dis wey Sandra bin suffer you? No worry, we go make am pay fine!!! Hehehe!!!

    Congrats to both of you and may God bless your union and fulfil all your hearts’ desires IJMN- AMEN.

    And Sandra, you have shown that you are a true stylist; your dress is breathtakingly beautiful!!! E4 PR is very proud of you and glad to have you as our stylist. You go girl!!! 🙂

  82. Ron

    February 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    She’s gorge and I like that she used the traditional fabric for a more conventional style/design. I’m certainly not going for the normal “iro and buba” either. Her wedding dress is exactly what I want as well except that I don’t like strapless. My kind of bride…Happy Married life

  83. Strawberry

    February 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Awwww see my S.p ohh..i rmbr those days in FGGC 🙂 she still looks beautiful as ever..lovely wedding,jst what i expected from our very fashionable Sp Απϑ your proposal story kaiii..can’t stop laughing looool..wish you a happy married life Απϑ beautiful kids jst like you:)

  84. Hilda

    February 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Beautiful dress, beautiful bride. Nice to see that the dress is made in Nigeria as well. Kudos to Rose blossom bridal.

  85. Ann

    February 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Nicely written and the proposal story was hilarious!!!lol! I dey jealous, the bride’s shape na die! Wetin! Made stunning outfit choices. Always nice to see weddings from different parts of the country. All God’s blessings and success to this union!

  86. Miriam

    February 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Uleyi, i’m not surprised, girl you totally rocked on this special day. You both looked absolutely gorgeous. i pray you have a very fulfilling married life.. i definitely missed this wedding.

  87. finemocha

    February 2, 2012 at 8:40 am


  88. toyosi

    February 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    my gosh! such a beautiful couple

  89. Mius

    February 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Sandra prettyyy…congrats my darling!!! Ntami am waiting 4 urs oh… U girls are jst wonderful… HUGS N KISSES!!! Sandra may ur union be filled with God’s blessings all the way IJN…Amen

  90. cynthia

    February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    couldnt stop laffing when she started running, y was she running?!!

  91. Alorye

    February 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Uleyi and Charles, good to see the both of you I know married together and you guys rock big time. Charles take care of her o, she’s my sister. Mum and dad still look good. Looked out for your siblings though.

  92. snowpal

    February 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    wishing you both the best in life and it was a wonderful reunion too.As for the bride once a diva always a diva.”WINKS”

  93. Oma

    February 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Ah! PLease who can hook a sister up with the person in charge of her trad wedding make-up (Rita’s beauty solutions). Phone number, address, email…??? PLeeeasse…

  94. ritorah

    February 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm


  95. dami

    February 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I lovee how she said she ran why she gt d ring out from hisss pockett. soo cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.. Wish a fruitful life together xx

  96. RB

    February 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    …very beautiful and sophisticated the gown, the make up and especially the hair..everything so on point.
    Very humurous proposal there too…:-)

  97. WOW

    February 4, 2012 at 12:43 am


  98. ruzy

    February 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

    congrats….sandra miss u already………

  99. honeymix

    February 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    wow.lovely wedding.d bride is hot,she was still behaving like a model even on her wedding days and her skin is fresh.i want dat type of skin or abi is it d camera dat edited.i loved d wedding and she rily luks like a tough gal even 4m d toasting all d way. God bless their marriage with children and all d gud things of life.

  100. Lola

    February 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Yay beautifulll couple 🙂 Keep em coming Bella! great job!

  101. Ade

    February 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Uleyi and Itu, lovely wedding and am wishing you guys the very best, see my friend looking ”WOW” on her day, trust me even if people had tried, they wouldn’t have been able to take away ur shine that day.God will bless this union

  102. K!

    February 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Awww… I remember Sandra Ushie from CLTC, Aluu, PH. Nice one gurl! May God bless your union. Amen!!!

  103. Atty

    February 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This is lovely. i wish the couples happy married life. Bella naija, great job, keep it up

  104. fauzzy Rex

    February 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    every thing is just in love them couple and d whole arrangement.HML.

  105. Dipuo

    February 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    oh my word, so beautiful

  106. lahips

    February 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hummmmmmmmm, that’s a product from Cally town, the town that breeds pretty ladies. proud of my culture, we rock, Congrats to the couple, Uleyi has always been glamourous, not sure she is about to change. time to start my weekend.5pm do naaa, let me leave this place.

  107. Tosbebe

    March 2, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Absolutely lovely dress Rose blossom!!

  108. YourEliteShoppers

    March 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

    This bride is stylish!!! loved her outfits… lovely! or follow @YEShoppers~~
    personal shoppers toh bahd 😉

  109. tem'tope

    April 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I ♥ efik weddings……almost like a carnival, they exude abasi..I’m still a proud yoruba girl though!!

  110. Miemie

    April 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Omg the bride is stunning and so elegant plus I’m so loving the decor I wouldn’t mind a wedding like this Sha the Hausa version I wish the bride and groom many years of togetherness and love

  111. Pam

    August 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    This is so lovely. I’m also planning my wedding but need vendors contacts . Who did the photography?? and who also did the catering? it’s very difficult finding wedding vendors and planners in calabar.

  112. xposure

    January 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Its 2014 and I’m still admiring my work.

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