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A Dreamy Day, A Joyful Union: Yemi Shittu-Balogun & Goke Phillips Wed



One thing we are constantly on the lookout for on BN Weddings is weddings that push the envelope. Forget cookie cutter, we love weddings that are unique and represent the individuality of the happy couple. Yemi Shittu-Balogun and Goke Phillips‘ wedding was so dreamy! The festivities started with their Moroccan-themed traditional engagement. Yemi and Goke stood out in their red Aso-Oke, we love the pairing of the bride’s modern jewellery with traditional aso-oke. There was bold use of red and gold all around the venue with the infusion of rich green and burnt orange tones from the aso-ebi as well.

On the 12th of May 2012, Yemi and Goke’s day started with the Islamic joining of their marriage at their Nikkai ceremony and then the church blessing at the Cathedral Church of Christ in Marina, Lagos. Yemi’s dress was so beautiful with the clusters of over 3000 hand-stitched petals and crystals which shone in the light, Goke looked handsome in his grey suit paired with a white bow-tie. Surrounded by family and friends, Yemi and Goke were joined as husband and wife.

The reception venue was transformed into a “backyard dream“, a special garden just for Yemi & Goke. Ivory roses, Baby’s Breath, ivy and even grass created the perfect backdrop for their celebration.

The couple enjoyed their day thoroughly as they cut their cake, completed their first dance and all the other exciting wedding reception milestones. They danced the night away with friends as DJ Caise took the reign of the decks.

BN wishes Yemi & Goke a blessed life together as one.

Nikkai, Church Blessing & Wedding Reception

Traditional Engagement

Photography ~ Shollots StudiosFacebook Page

Wedding Details
Wedding Date: 12th May 2012

Traditional Engagement: Morocco
Wedding: “Backyard Dreams” – Garden inspired with lots of foliage

Traditional Engagement: Red
Wedding: Green, Ivory and Rustic Brown

Event Planner: Zapphaire Events –
Decor: Just Weddings –
Groom’s Suits: Okunoren Twins
Bride’s Wedding Dress: “Long Twinkle Dress” by Temperley London
Bride’s Reception Evening Dress: Christine & Christophe
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Christine & Christophe
Bouquet & Bridal Party Flowers: Florals & You


  1. tinnnu

    September 12, 2012 at 11:09 am


  2. maaay

    September 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

    simplicity speaks volume beautiful wedding…..

    • brittany

      September 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

      I concur

    • Ure

      September 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      so do i!

  3. Peaches

    September 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I mean……. am soo inspired by Nigerian wedding planners…… wow……This is soo elegant, beautiful, not overcrowded, not too in your face. This showcases a flip from American and High profile celebrity weddings. Our saving grace is our traditional engagement…..the bride and groom get to show the their heritage. Blessings of martial bliss to the couple.

  4. ToBechiDaniel

    September 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

    The bride’s got some figure to her plus some very nice tastes. A beautiful wedding. Best wishes to the couple.

  5. nikki

    September 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

    i absolutely adore all her outfits…gorgeous!

  6. laiyi

    September 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

    simply simple beautiful couple

  7. DR

    September 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

    1st 1st 1st 1st……..Gold medal (Im sure someone would have chanced be by the time I’m done typing) hehehehehehe!!!!!
    Quite Different but still lovely, Love the green dress on the bride (last couple pictures) and the wine traditional attire with no Gele, love the concept. Best of luck to the couple.

    • Me

      September 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Apparently you were uber chanced!!

  8. giggy

    September 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

    one word * GORGEOUS*

  9. simdamsel

    September 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Classic !!!!!!!

  10. Miss Pepeye

    September 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I love this.

  11. Hurpeyeahmie

    September 12, 2012 at 11:41 am


  12. preety

    September 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

    the bride realy have a nycie sense of dressing

  13. Zinnia

    September 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Simple and classy wedding. Tech groom & groom’s men, colourful bridesmaids and pretty bride.

    Love the choice of cake design and the decorations on it tallied with the petal designs on the bride’s dress.

    In the fifteenth picture, I can see Mr Olumide Ijogun, Tolu Odukoya’s fiance or am I wrong?

    In all, I enjoyed viewing the wedding pictures.

  14. Onyinye

    September 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Wonderful…..Happy Married life to u guyz

  15. sunshine

    September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

    God bless your union lovely people

  16. D Pretty

    September 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Simple yet so classy… Hml Yemi and Goke..May God bless your homes

  17. toyin

    September 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    very nice

  18. bonita

    September 12, 2012 at 11:57 am


  19. jennietobbie

    September 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful is not the right word, but the best I could come up with!!! God bless your union

  20. Laila Ikeji

    September 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Wowwww, these are beautifulicatedly bellanizyliciously enchanticulicously ravendeciousifically simple, yet cute wedding pics. What da heck did i just type? lol. #things wedding pics do to me.

  21. Eugenia

    September 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    beautiful and great

  22. Obialunanma

    September 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    The bride left no one in doubt of her love for petals and superior sense of style. Just when I thought all weddings were essentially same, I came across this. Beyond beautiful!

  23. what

    September 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Simple , elegant and so beautiful….so many fine peeps…….I hate when guy wear shades indoors, it spoils the outfit and makes them look like body guards…….but they are handsome all the same……..

  24. rosie

    September 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    awww..i see my boo.tunde adenuga.dont worry hun,for one day u and i wud have our lovely wedding photos here as well.and pictures of our lovely kids thereafter….then,my teddy bear,we shal live happily ever after in love and wealth!

    • thatGhgirl

      September 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      lol so of all the people all you saw was him, and if truly your dream is to be with him, babes his name no be tunde, na jide…unless he come change his name overnight. But above all loved the unique brides maids dresses.

    • name

      September 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      lool this chic is soo funny!who knows she might just be calling his middle name. wink*

    • Straight4ward

      September 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Lol!!!! see as you finish her…she doesn’t even know her dream husband’s name!…Hahahahah! Nigerian girls…..

  25. royal hottie

    September 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    very classy
    i like!

  26. cathy

    September 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Speechless!!! Elegance meet sophistication

  27. mimi said

    September 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    classy at its highest..plz 2 whom it may concern..if u have or know anybody dat has information on any of the grooms men..plz leave ur email add i shall get back 2 u..or just incase u dnt want to..commet and il send it 2 u asap..chai where r dis men now..y is my path nt crossing wit well created men like dis..chai chai chai

  28. BC

    September 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Wow. Such class. the bridesmaids dresses are the simplest i have seen. They flow softly and thats beautiful. The bride has an old school smoky quality to her.

  29. heeba

    September 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm


  30. i no send

    September 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    brides green dress @ the engagement… is really beautiful can some 1 tell me the designer asap

  31. isoken

    September 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Lovely, simple yet elegant wedding. I love the cake simple yet stunning. Beautiful couple and people everywhere. May God bless their marriage.

  32. MizV

    September 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Awww! bride is so elegant. Really tasteful wedding. I love the cake. Bella naija who is the cake maker PLEASE!!!

  33. ameenah

    September 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    the bride’s body is BANGIN’ my goodness, that’s what am aiming for come March.

  34. nnenne

    September 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Waooo! Simple yet elegant. A breath of fresh air to see ppl come up with their own unique sense of style and concept. God bless ur union!

  35. vikky

    September 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    wow…did they eat that cake? that cake is not to b eaten but looked goodness, wonderful wedding with stunning people. just spotted my husband to be, the teddy bear with the see-tru glasses. u r hot n i am inlove already, find me please. n the guy who wore the ‘i’m so hot’ shirt, keep thinking love love it

  36. adelegirl

    September 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Lovely Lovely Lovely! So out of the box and so unexpected especially the mix of colours and the bridal train. The couple have obviously got style. The only unimportant and minute issue that I noticed is that I didn’t quite like the fit of the dress on some of the bridesmaids, otherwise it was all fab! God bless their union.

  37. Ekalor

    September 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Please can we have the names of the venues for the trad and the reception

  38. Chattyzee

    September 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Just when I thought I had seen it all, here comes another wedding that blows my mind away! Wow! The bar keeps getting raised higher and higher. What a beautiful wedding. Congrats to the couple!

    • ToBechiStyle

      September 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      LOL. There is no bar,let me rephrase that- there SHOULD be no bar. It’s your wedding day, keep it special as you want it to be.

  39. her royalmajesty

    September 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    so so simple but yet unique

  40. nino

    September 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    There are so many things i love about this wedding….

    The intimacy of the ceremony.
    the brides absolutely stunning outfits, all of her outfits, d wedding dresses were just gorgeous and simple…
    the bridesmaids dresses…i love so much i am goggling the designer right away…
    Did u guys see the simple pony tail the bride had as hair do? simple pulled back, not competing with her dress…

    I wish you guys a fruitful long lasting wedding…and Bella team, thanks again…

  41. brandigest

    September 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Now i am so immersed in my thoughts of when I will get married, with who and the bliss on that day. Congrats

  42. MOI

    September 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    @nino, the bride is the designer , she designed the bridesmaid’s dresses as well as her second dress for the wedding reception

  43. konnie

    September 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    nice nice

  44. Mma

    September 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  45. BeeT

    September 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm


  46. Tope Ajenifuja

    September 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Awww!Congrats to the couple….what a beautiful wedding!!I can c that W girls are soooo represented here! Up Queen’s college!!u guys look absolutely stunning…..tope Ajenifuja(née Ibaru)…welcome to the club Yemi!!!!!God bless!

    • Adrianse

      September 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      what qc set were you guys in, if you don’t mind

  47. Radiant

    September 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm


  48. Nikki

    September 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful and classy! Congratulations to Yemi and her hubby….God bless your marriage!

  49. chuchusweets

    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Yemi Shittu, I tot it was you, Ogunipe street in Santos Lay out…Childhood memories…Congrrats dear. how and where is Aramide…HML dear.

  50. Mavis Ewuradwoa Awotwi

    September 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Love love love her gown … Beautiful, simple n very classy …God bless your marriage!!!!

  51. Bianca

    September 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    The bride is simple, beautiful and elegant. Beautiful couple, she’s so petite. The color of the traditional outfits is so rich and regal, I love it. The Adenugas are one good looking, gorgeous looking family.

  52. woah

    September 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Tsaks baba…looking fresh as always. The Camera really loves this lad.

    Give them!!!

    • brandy

      September 13, 2012 at 1:43 am

      You read my mind about the camera loving him. Do you know him? All the groomsmen are well cute.

  53. shanday

    September 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Wedding dress style is very unique. Bride has a gorgeous figure

  54. Chikaka

    September 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

    So classy.

  55. lilly

    September 13, 2012 at 1:07 am

    • ibkololo

      September 19, 2012 at 2:26 am

      lilly meet cute guy…..cute guy meet lilly

  56. lilly

    September 13, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Lovely!!! very simple and classy. Happy married life to the couple.
    check them out (below)!! abegi i someone should hook us up biko…lol

  57. cato

    September 13, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Bride really looks like the singer Janelle Monae.

  58. R

    September 13, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Absolutely stunning! The bride’s second white dress is killer, gorgeous!!

  59. iamfascinating

    September 13, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I love the bride’s look, gown, everything! God bless your union!

  60. marvel

    September 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This was lovely to view. Islamic rites and Cathedrals? Fantastic!!

  61. Alma

    September 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Elegant, Stylish, Classy. God bless their union.

  62. doll

    September 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Ogundipe street really? i lived at Oyemade Street for 16 years and her face doesn’t ring a bell

    • chuchusweets

      April 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

      u def didnt live on ogundipe street, we lived in the same house ( Compound) Not that you need an explanation

  63. Marilyn

    September 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Simply stunning and classy!!! I love every bit of it.

  64. Oly

    September 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Dear Lord, please give me my own flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone, and will like to have my own dream wedding, all these l ask in Jesus name, AMEN. I love everything in ds wedding; decoration, wedding gown, oda dresses, cake n …………… Wishing them the very best that married life has 2 ofa.

  65. Mrs grey

    September 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Bride = stunning !! Kaiiiii.. Don’t even know where to start ! Cake ! Decor ! Her DRESSES !! Na wa ! Oluwa o !

  66. adelegirl

    September 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    So, was impressed by the designer of the bridesmaids dresses and the bride’s reception dress and did a quick google search for Christine and Christophe (the designer/dressmaker) but couldn’t find a website or any info for them? Does anyone have details for them.

  67. Bisi

    September 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Wow, very nice.

  68. moi

    September 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    @adelegirl , the bride is the designer

  69. NNENNE

    September 14, 2012 at 1:03 am


  70. ijey

    September 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I absolutely love the bridesmaids dresses. Simple exquisite

  71. Aduke

    September 16, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Super classy n tastefully done!! Very very beautiful wedding mehnnn!! Luv luv luv! What an elegant wedding gown?! Wow!…And that cake?! Waaay tooo beautiful n classy!! Luvvv this!!

    BLESSED union guyz!!

  72. Funke BUCKNOR obruthe

    September 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Engagement venue was grandeur event centre in ikeji
    Wedding reception venue was at harbour point.
    It was a lovely wedding to plan.

    • mama mi

      November 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      mummy marwa
      funke u a blessed for giving us a well planed wedding days

  73. omada

    September 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    her second dress is gorgeous! WOW! the bride is beautiful…

  74. D Fairy GodSister

    September 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Bride is beautifuuuuul!!!! And I totally loved the bridesmaids dresses, totally different! God bless your home!

  75. dreamergirl

    September 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Dear Bella naija
    if you must put the pictures of good looking men can you at least add thier twitter handles, facebook names, myspace address anything that would allow us to stalk them most especially if thier single.
    thank you bella!!
    your sincerely dreamer.

  76. chioma

    September 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Her dress is fabulous. Pretty bride. Her cake looks delicious, I wish I was there just to taste the cake.

  77. rew

    September 24, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Lovely, i didnt like the bridesmaids dresses but still, it sis very unique

  78. yetie

    September 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    this is wat i call classy,where on earth are the groomsmen from?i need 2 met one of them…….am tripping

  79. Tutu

    October 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Same thoughts @ yetie. saw the groomsmen on the wedding from my office window and couldn’t stop gaping!!!, i mean they looked absolutely gorgeous…me needs to meet 1 of ’em *winks*

  80. YS

    March 29, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Oh My! That wedding dress haff keel me! So so unique and quirky. Love the empire line and the beading and the train with the flowers. In fact everything she wore just rocked and ruled! Gorgeous wedding and happy married life to the couple. 🙂

  81. precious

    August 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    splendid. best wishes.

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