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Our Wedding Story…Forever Love: Ada Ananenu & Adedapo Jabaru

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One of the greatest challenges that many brides and grooms face is not getting caught up in “wedding fever” and keeping the focus on building a happy marriage. BN Our Wedding Story today is refreshing and oh-so-sweet!

Ada Ananenu & Adedapo Jabaru solemnized their union with a registry ceremony. Six years later, with their two beautiful children by their side, they had the intimate wedding of their dreams!
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How Ade & Ada Met
by Ada
Ade and I met 19 years ago at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. We became friends and had a chat very now and then though nothing transpired between us.

11 years later, we saw each other again at a church programme in London. A few months after we reconnected, we started dating…

The Proposal – Simple, Sweet & Sincere
Ade is a no frills person, he had planned a romantic dinner and proposal at a nice West End location with an amazing diamond clutter ring! Unfortunately he got held up at work and that almost ruined it all. The proposal was a simple on bended knee “Ada, you light up my life and I will like to spend the rest of it with you, will you marry me“.?

Of course I said “yes” even though I was disappointed at the fact that he did not make an effort to make the proposal more special as I had heard so many stories including that of a friend that was proposed to on the Eiffel tower…

Guess the best things are simple as six years later, he is still the most wonderful person I have ever met.

Love & Life Begins
We had a small registry wedding 6 years ago and started a family afterwards…Six years on and two children later we decided on having a proper engagement (traditional wedding) ceremony, wedding blessing and reception. We agreed on a date with our families…and here we are!
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Ada Ananenu and Adedapo Jabaru‘s blessed day started with a special walk down the aisle. With the soothing breeze flowing all around, Ada held her son and daughter and she walked to her smiling husband. The beautiful bride looked chic in her fluid chiffon dress while the groom looked handsome in his suit. As their marriage and family was blessed, there were lots of smiles and whoops of joy from happy friends and family who were there to witness the wonderful occasion.

After the blessing, the bride and groom changed into glamorous traditional Nigerian clothing as they celebrated their wedding in style. The gold and red decor of the reception venue was a perfect backdrop for this special occasion. The couple infused traditional and contemporary elements to create this unique event which was a perfect way to celebrate their love and commitment.

BN wishes Ada and Ade renewed blessings and continuous joy in their marriage, family, love and life.

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Photography by Atunbi – www.atunbi.net/photographer

White Wedding & Reception

Traditional Wedding

Wedding Photography: Atunbi – www.atunbi.net/photographer/ www.weddingphotographylondon.net
Wedding Planning: Just Weddings – www.jwevents.net
Wedding Venues:
Traditional Wedding – Bride’s Family House
White Wedding & Reception – Civic Centre, Lagos
Wedding Dress: Monsoon
Makeup:
Traditional Wedding – Unveil
White Wedding – Banke Meshida-Lawal for BM|Pro
Wedding Decor: Just Weddings
Bouquet: Newton & David
Cake: Deli Bakery
Food: Budikam
Flowers: Newton & David – www.newtonanddavid.com

97 Comments

  1. joinmecelebrate

    February 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    What a happy family! wishing them endless joy and laughter. Congrats!

  2. Oma

    February 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Beautiful celebration of a beautiful marriage.
    May they continue to find happiness in their home
    http://lifethroughomaseyes.blogspot.com

  3. Abs

    February 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    wow! beautiful, absolutely!

    http://www.missdeeclothing.com

  4. Nma

    February 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Going by how long ago they met, i am guessing they are probably in their 40s or atleast late 30s yet they look like they are in their 20s.

    Ada look, it should be an utter crime to be this beautiful!!! Chei! anh anh! Hubby is gorgeous too….just a beautiful couple!

    May God continue to uphold u both in love and peace. Amen!

  5. diamond

    February 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    There’s something about the red colour. You can’t beat it. Congratulations to the couple.

  6. Personal Shopper

    February 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Awwwwww…Ada you rocked this look girl..Congrats hun. Mide Mane I see you ooo

    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com/

  7. Azam

    February 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    lovely

  8. Asake

    February 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    beautiful……

  9. Nonnie

    February 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful couple, Beautiful kids, very Beautiful celebration of marriage, More beautiful years ahead…..

  10. annoni

    February 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I know Ada!! and she really is beautiful!!! very very pretyy girl, okay Dapo is not bad too!

  11. kehinde

    February 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    its only the atunbi experience that can pull off such a photography!mine is coming soon and i’ll have the atunbi experience! *wink*

  12. Editorix

    February 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    The bride is fine o! See the pointed nose. Kai!

    May God bless this union. I cover your marriage with peace, grace, favour, mercy and blessings of God. Amen.

  13. I talk am

    February 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I’m just imagining how young and very beautiful they look when they met and 1st got married. They look stunning even now.

  14. Oropo

    February 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    beautiful

  15. coco

    February 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    she is absolutely beautiful, speechless.. happy married life to them both. blessings

  16. Missy K

    February 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Lovely wedding. The bride is so beautiful.

  17. Kayode

    February 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Best of Luck Guys….I am happy for you…This is a “Classic” and “typical” NIGERIAN wedding……….a model indeed!!!!!

  18. justsayin

    February 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    just too beautiful

  19. ama

    February 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    First…..Their kids r sooo cute….this is really nyc….can hardly wait to get married

  20. Tomisin

    February 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The bride is beautiful. I wish them many more happy years.

  21. D Pretty

    February 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Beautiful… Will be right back.

  22. Brittle Paper

    February 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Those are what you call authentic coral beads not all those plastic I see people wearing these days. Stunningly beautiful wedding!

    • Joey

      February 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      If you know authentic coral beads, you should also know that they don’t come cheap at all and not everybody has the money to get them. Just the way Lace that people wear for their wedding get different levels according to your pocket. Its tradition and they have to wear whether plastic or not it just goes to show wear they are from. So when you go to a wedding and you see the bride wearing plastic bead don’t critise just enjoy the occassion with them. *wink*

  23. Alexa

    February 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Beautiful couple, God bless their marriage

  24. Beckay

    February 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Awwwww! the last 3pix got me.. wishing them God’s blessings always. Amen

  25. Francesca

    February 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Gorgeous couple. I love the quality of the photography.

    http://www.stylebycesca.blogspot.com

    • Personal tuvs

      February 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog!:)

  26. NIno

    February 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I like…a mature intimate event…and dear Ada, you are so gorgeous….God bless you guys

  27. Ice queen

    February 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    That’s some super hawt mama there,After two kids and still looking this radiant?? am totally loving this. May your love continue to grow and may the blessings of the most high never leave your home

  28. Lagos Babe

    February 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Wow! Love the red and gold combination! would never have known how beautiful those colours blend. Beautiful couple, awesome pics…. So many familiar faces too, Shade, Molly(i can bet she did the decorations), Mary and Mide’s Mane.

    I wish the couple many more years of bliss.

  29. omalicha

    February 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Atunbi, God bless your lens.

  30. Bolanle

    February 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Beautiful wedding and pics! i like the fact the wedding looked nice and simple.so many people use their wedding as a platform to outdo others, whos can be the biggest and the most expensive when it should be all about the person in front of you who you want to spend the rest of your life with, your vows and the presence of loved ones.

    I wish them all happiness and favour in their marriage! 😀 God bless

  31. T.S.

    February 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

  32. joinmecelebrate

    February 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    and the lil girl looks sooooo much like her dad! nice!

  33. cynthy

    February 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    awwwww,beautiful dats d only word dat can describe this

  34. madman

    February 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    love this. the bride is beautiful.

  35. Madun

    February 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    her trad was a killer…whew! i can imagine that 6 yrs later, it just has a whole new meaning and depth. Congrats dear!

  36. bunmi

    February 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    what a way to celebrate love, congrats, may d love continue to bless d union. dis celebrations should serve as lesson to single out there dat is not a must to hav a big wedding b4 beginning ur union, u can hav a small wedding celeb first n do d big ones when is convince so dat to avoid unpleasant stuff. kudo to ade n ada

  37. amy

    February 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    beautiful

  38. Ibinike

    February 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Theresa Ananenu I see you oooo! Congrats to the couple

  39. iwalewa

    February 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    i love it.simply beautiful

  40. bukioni

    February 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    This is beautiful. It’s a perfect way for them to celebrate their marriage and love for each other. That they shared the experience with their gorgeous children is the icing on the cake. Wishing them many more years of happiness, joy and love.
    http://www.emblemofbeauty.blogspot.com/

  41. MyView

    February 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    What a Beautiful Family.

  42. konnie

    February 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    beautiful woman. beautiful couple, beautiful children. God bless

  43. jennietobbie

    February 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    wow!!! Beautiful family.

  44. B

    February 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Can i just say that the husband is a REAL Man! he didnt settle with the registry wedding (not saying its bad to settle with that) but he did things the RIGHT WAY! Also, just goes to show theres no set time to have a dream wedding!!! fab wedding! fab family! God bless y’all

  45. Victor

    February 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I don’t know this family, but I wish ya all the best marriage can offer

  46. D Darling

    February 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    @ B just to let u know some people do all three wedding ceremonies, registry , traditional and white or church wedding. This is so beautiful. what everyone should pray for is to keep appreciating in life and not depreciating. More blessings to this lovely family. http://www.naijaimpressions.com

  47. NUBIANWATERS

    February 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  48. chinco

    February 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Hey! I know ds. Couple’s story#surprised#. The groom’s mum is my neighbour, my dad went 4 d wedding. Cool couple, cool story too

  49. hotdame

    February 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Beautiful people

  50. anon

    February 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    The wife looked gorgeous and stunning and after 2 kids banging, wish them more years of marital bliss.
    The lady in the gold headtie with that hot neckpiece whatt she is fiyah *wink*

  51. Pendo

    February 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    very beautiful ceremony and the bride is gorgeous!

  52. @_Iyore

    February 21, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Beautiful family!

  53. Naz

    February 21, 2012 at 2:47 am

    abeg! who did her costume and makeup for the traditional wedding ?? iLike

  54. Ndidi

    February 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Beautiful. It is obvious that they are still very much in love. I wish them continued love, peace, happiness and blessings. And I agree, it should be a crime to be so beautiful. Ada is gorgeous.

  55. Chi-ka

    February 21, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I had to comment pleaseeeee! Lovely wedding. After six years + two kids, they got to the traditional and white weddings. I have said this on previous Yoruba guy-Igbo chic wedding posts: they are giving me hope big time. I’m right in the middle of such a relationship right now, and my parents are not greeing. But I know he’s the one….Pray for me y’all! 🙂

    • Joey

      February 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Our prays are with you dear.

  56. wendu

    February 21, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Matured couple ……Ada and Ade wishing you guys more of Gods blessings and protection. A very classic wedding I must say

  57. Africhic

    February 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Wow these pictures remind me of Ife again and the dates make me feel so old. I never marry oh.

    Congratulations to the couple they look lovely.

  58. meeee

    February 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I nned to knw who d decorator is, cos dts concept looks so original. Vee nt seen non like dt. Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, cute kids and so much luv in d air, I pray all this and more will stay with u.

    • BellaNaija.com

      BellaNaija.com

      February 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Just Weddings – their website link is in the vendor credit list

  59. blgtrl

    February 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    the young have grown

  60. Nkechi (Enk)

    February 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Such a joy to see my beautiful friend Ada and her charming husband Dapo celebrate their special bond in the most classy way anyone could imagine. I wish you both long life happiness ! May your love grow from strength to strength .Your two beautiful kids reinforce and represent your great love and bond for each other. God’s divine blessings upon you two always ! -from your dear friend Enk !

  61. sandra

    February 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    whao Beautiful couple so happy for them may God continue to keep thier union

  62. Rasheedah

    February 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Splendid!who did d make up???

  63. joinmecelebrate

    February 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    check vendor list na

  64. August

    February 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    beautiful wedding and beautiful family
    may the joy of the Lord continue to bring peace, love, joy and happiness in your family

  65. Adejoke

    February 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This is very beautiful,God bless their union in Jesus name. beautiful kids too……..

  66. aijay

    February 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Waooooo! Everything and everyone is sooo on point and beautiful, and bride fine gannnn! I wish them many more wonderful yrs of laughter,peace, unending grace and blessings

  67. Ib

    February 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Bella leave me alone ooo…u pple wont coerce me to drag d nearest eligible man to walk down d aisle cos all dese ur fine fine wedding pics….yes I am taking it personal….

  68. Zainab

    February 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Lovely! the wedding dress was really graceful!

  69. Jade82

    February 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Beautiful couple God bless

  70. diva

    February 22, 2012 at 5:28 am

    the bride is beautiful. lovely wedding. bless them

  71. Nikki

    February 22, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Congratulations…very beautiful family..God bless their home!

  72. ij

    February 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

    this is the best i did ever see

  73. its moi

    February 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Grand very lovely indeed. Something about still having ur traditional marriage no matter how long. lovely children and i must add this bride nor gree hear o. looking like sweet sixteen with these two children. i likeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

  74. bindiddy

    February 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    God bless ur union

  75. pynk

    February 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    This is a celebration of love and life at its best please. Its very tastefully done. I think i have concluded for me the color has to be red for trad.

  76. Minni

    February 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    She looks soooo good. The Bridal dress is from Monsoon. Understated but gorgeous

  77. mimi

    February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    congrats i am happy for you guys.

  78. NNENNE

    February 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Nice wedding.Beautiful,yet down to earth…

  79. shanday

    February 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    The bride is beautiful

  80. Biola

    February 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    oh my!!! i am looking at this now and can see how much i missed! Ada you looked so so pretty as usual, wow! Dab and Tof look Fab too, and of course dad as well. Wish you guys many more years ahead. Kiss to the beautiful kids. xx aunty B (manchy)

  81. obi-talk

    February 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    the groom is so handsome, the bride is so pwetty. How cute!

  82. Mzjarola

    February 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

    D pix of Ada on coral beads, carrying her daughter is sooo cuteee!

  83. sisiekomi

    February 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    May God continue to bless your union!Absolutely beautiful.

    http://www.sisiekomi.blogspot.com

  84. Babe

    March 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    simplicity is class, see how beautiful see looks in her wedding dress #nodrama

  85. Sewa

    March 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Congratulations, love the simplicity of the wedding.
    http://embraceurcurves.blogspot.com/

  86. prasio

    March 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    those coral beads are really nice…love it
    beautiful children, beautiful, beautiful family

  87. Adaugo

    March 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Congratulations & lost of joy & endless happiness………….

  88. Miss Mo

    March 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Awwwww, knew they are an older couple. The bride is such a natural beauty. God continue to bless their union

  89. adibeli

    July 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    lovely pictures. The union will continue to bless this union

  90. Wunmi O

    July 28, 2012 at 7:13 am

    My bros, this is so wonderful. You lucky man with such beautiful wife and children. Surely you’re blessed and this makes it more sweetier. Have a blessed married and keep faith. Cheers man.

  91. HOPE

    November 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    HML.after giving birth to kids the bride still looks gorgeous.she is blessed.nice looking hubby too.CONGRATS

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