The BellaNaija Weddings team has something really special planned for you this week!
All through the week, we will be celebrating BN at 6 (It’s our sixth anniversary this month, but you should know that!).
We have delved into our BN Weddings vault and scooped out 6 fabulous proposal stories. From simple romantic proposals to dramatic productions, you’ll love it.
Banker Adetoun Nelson and Logistics executive Oluwole Popoola were introduced by a mutual friend in 2003. The couple didnt start dating until 2005 and it was sweet love all the way to January 2011 when Wole proposed to Toun…Find out all about his perfect proposal then fast forward 12 months and check out photos from their vintage glam wedding which took place in February 2012.
Toun “said yes” to Wole – “The Perfect Proposal”
We have this long-running “inside joke” where we are constantly trying to out-do each other with the “perfect proposal”, so we sometimes would act out and imitate funny, silly and sometimes downright cheesy proposal scenes from movies and stuff we’ve seen in real life or just imagined.
One day in January 2011, Wole called me and said we were going on a boat ride the next day, because he wanted to help me cross off one of my wishes from my list of “things to do before I turn 30“
He picked me up in the morning from my house, I never would have guessed that he had a ring burning a hole through his trouser pocket…
When we got on the boat, I was scared of the water at first because I cannot swim, but after a while I calmed down and started to enjoy the ride…
Then I had a “lightbulb moment”…
This was the perfect setting to finally win the “cheesiest proposal award” so I got down on one knee, held Wole’s left hand and started a very silly, funny, disjointed speech…
Next thing I knew, I saw Wole also down on one knee…thinking he was just playing along, trying to steal my shine, I burst into a fit of laughter…
Then I noticed, I was the only one laughing, Wole had this mean-mugg’n serious look on his face…then it clicked when he brought out the most beautiful ring!
This time was for real…I started screaming and running around the small boat…there was nowhere to run, I almost dived into the water to get away! How embarrassing! 🙂
On the 15th of January, 2011, Oluwole asked me to be his wife…I said YES! I have never been happier.
Wow! How many couples can say they got to “practice” proposals before the BIG one, Adetoun and Oluwole can! We love that fact that Wole remembered one of Toun’s dream experiences (going on a boat ride) and incorporated that into the proposal day…Lovely and very sweet!
Photography: Kenny Songonuga for DuduGuy Photography – www.duduguy.shutterchance.com/contact
Wedding Dress: Shermin Ibrahim of Arushi Bridal Couture, Dubai
Bridal Hairpiece: John Boyd Milliners, Knightbridge London
Groom’s Suit: Okunoren Twins Bespoke
Best Man’s Suit: Okunoren Twins Bespoke
Groomsmen’s Suits: House of Deshina
Chief Bridesmaid’s Dress: Ade Bakare
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Toke of House of Divas
Fascinators: Fascination Bespoke Accessories
Event Planners: Bioye Davies of Senantra Events
Cakes – Traditional Engagement & White Wedding: Cakes by Tosan
Traditional Engagement – The Haven, GRA Ikeja
White Wedding Ceremony – Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, GRA Ikeja
White Wedding Reception – The Haven, GRA Ikeja
Traditional Wedding Aso Oke: Iya Beta @ Super Q
Decorations and Flowers: SaraO Events
Food: Mallas | Kafi
Drinks: Bonix | Exclusive
Chocolate Fountain: Le Maison Chocolate
Hair: Abbey at Bobby’s
Makeup: Funmi Irantiola of Abeke Makeovers
Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Olamide Amole of L’amole Faces
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