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Munaluchi Bride Magazine: 1 + 1 = Love So Sweet! Simi & Gbolahan’s Elegant Manor House Wedding in Essex



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If you ever thought love wasn’t sweet, then wait till you see and read about Simi and Gbolahan’s beautiful wedding ceremony.

Once again in partnership with Munaluchi Bride Magazine, BellaNaija Weddings presents the romantic ceremony between Simi Adedeji, a Nigerian doctor and Gbolahan Bakre, a Nigerian IT consultant in London, UK.

I guess cupid perfectly planned the day Simi and Gbolahan met. Here goes the story – once upon a time, a friend persuaded Simi to attend a party which she didn’t want to go, but she finally gave in. At the party, Simi and Gbolahan’s eyes clicked and as they say, the rest is history.

Gbolahan proposed to Simi on a surprise trip to Malta. On the wedding day, Simi dazzled in an artistic lace dress by Maggie Sottero. With her hair swept up into an elegant chignon, she styled the gown with silver drop earrings and blush satin Dune shoes.

Her beau looked dapper in a grey suit.

Although Simi didn’t have a wedding theme, she wanted a touch of vintage with a contemporary twist.

Bride: Simi Adedeji – Doctor
Groom: Gbolahan Bakre – IT Consultant
Wedding Date: September 22, 2012
Location: London, UK
Photography: Obi Nwokedi

The Wedding Details
From the bride;
We met at a mutual friend’s party in London. I owe a massive thanks to my friend Fiona who dragged me out to that party that night (against my wishes). Fast forward 7 years and he proposed on my 30th birthday on a surprise trip to Malta. I had always wanted to go to Malta.

He told me he was taking me away for my birthday and that I should turn up at the airport with my passport. He refused to give me any clues about where we were going, despite my not-so-subtle probing. All I knew was that we were going somewhere warm. When we got to the check in desk, he revealed the destination.

We stayed in the most beautiful room on the top floor of the Hilton Malta which had a spectacular sea view. The day after we arrived in Malta was my birthday and it was full of surprises. First of all a beautiful, large bouquet of flowers was delivered to me in the morning along with a bottle of champagne and a fresh fruit and cream birthday cake (complete with sparklers).

Next was a surprise “activity”. As he watched me get ready for the “activity” he tried to tell me that I really didn’t need to wear make-up or jewelry but I refused to listen; When we got downstairs to the foyer, a van with a Scuba Diving logo was waiting! So much for my make-up, jewelry and freshly straightened hair.

After scuba diving we got ready to go for dinner at De Mondion Restaurant at the Xara Palace. It was whilst we were getting ready that he got down on one knee and held out a white box with one of the most unique diamond engagement rings I have ever seen and asked me to do him the honor of being his wife.

The wedding took 10 months to plan; actually we had two weddings to plan in that time because we had a traditional Nigerian wedding two days before our white wedding. We could not have done it in that time without our Wedding Planner: Events by Emilia. She was an absolute Godsend and her attention to detail was fantastic.

Our white wedding was at a manor house at Braxted Park in Essex, which had a quaint little church within the grounds so it was very convenient for the guests to get from the church to the reception.

We didn’t have a theme per say, but I had in mind an overall look of “vintage with a modern twist” which was inspired by my beautiful engagement ring. The colours of the day were champagne, ivory and antique rose.

We honored our culture with our Traditional Nigerian Wedding which was 2 days before our white wedding. At the traditional wedding we wore traditional Yoruba attire (Aso Oke) and most of the guests also wore traditional Nigerian Attire. The wedding represented a formal introduction between the two families (although they had met before then) with Gbolahan and his family formally asking my family, for my hand in marriage. His family brought lots of gifts including food items, and a large suitcase full of clothes, luxury fabrics, jewelry and shoes for me.

At the white wedding, both our family members wore traditional Yoruba attire with headties in a particular colour, to allow the family members to be distinguished from other guests. There were also other cultural elements such as the wedding breakfast, which was Nigerian food.

For more on the beautiful ceremony, click here →

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Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Soterro at Brides by Losners
Make-up: Becks Buki
Hair: Dupe Oyeleke
Shoes: Dune
Ceremony and Reception Location: Braxted Park Estate
, Witham, 
, CM8 3EN
Photography: Photography by Obi
Florist: Michell Floral Designs
Cake: TY Couture Cakes | +447506430347
Wedding Planner/Event Designer: Events by Emilia – [email protected]


  1. Godslove22

    July 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Awww so sweet…..God bless there union

    • Al

      July 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Groom is foin!

    • Tudbee

      July 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      I swear! As in…….. I need my church fan.

  2. dgirl

    July 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    yayyyy…1st to comment #finally

    HML to the couple

  3. Dora the explorer

    July 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    woaw! lovelyyyyyy! and yes Malta is also on my bucket list..

    • dinky

      July 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

      hope u love cats……..

  4. Tim'tim

    July 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm



    July 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    this so beatiful, the bride is a beauty and the my perfect dream man, tall dark and handsome.

  6. lorenz

    July 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    chai!! Confirm setting.

  7. Olufunke

    July 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    beautiful couple. wish you guys the best.

  8. tessa

    July 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    beautiful bride

  9. Sleek-lady

    July 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Lovely Pics and Story. Happy Married life to them

  10. Adeola

    July 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Very simple and nice. I love her wedding dress and bridesmaids, conserved stylishly with no cleavages.

  11. Myne Whitman

    July 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    This is really beautiful. Happy married life to them.

  12. karashe

    July 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Cute wedding.

  13. Babym

    July 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful simple and classy, my kind of weddings 🙂 congrats, loved the brides purple eye look as well

  14. karashe

    July 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Happy married life !!

  15. HenorStag

    July 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    What a stunning couple! I love the brides dress.

  16. X- Factor

    July 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Congrats to them….

  17. Tutu

    July 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Jehovah!!! I looovvvveeee her dresss….
    I wish them all the best.

  18. pearl

    July 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm


  19. madman

    July 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    attention to detail. very nice.

  20. noni

    July 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Beautiful bride 🙂 HML

  21. GreenDiamond

    July 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    pure class!! very natural too d make up

  22. truetalk

    July 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Beautiful wedding! God bless…Bride’s name is beautiful…Simisade..

  23. Amaka

    July 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm


  24. Mma

    July 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Beautiful, classy and simple.
    Happy married life to them!

  25. ojeme patience odion

    July 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Enviable couples…lovely..

  26. Choice

    July 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Beautiful couple

  27. Chei

    July 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    The Last Time I saw such a goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorgeous and Beautiful couple (bride natural a dime piece and super gorgeous, groom super cute ) is in 2007 the wedding of Chioma and Akolisa Ufodike. I have never seen such since. But this couple are making it on that list. We need more gorgeous ppl like this to reproduce to weed out all the ugly ppl in the world and bring in more gorgeous people.

  28. Bevshine events

    July 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Loveeeeee the details ……the deco,guest book, etc
    tres fab
    [email protected]

  29. Princess Dee

    July 4, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Lovely couple,God bless their union.

  30. Fashionbabe

    July 4, 2013 at 8:56 am


  31. JADE

    July 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Loved her dress, so they dated for seven years? thats nice oh

  32. Priscy

    July 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Awwwwww…… beautiful.

  33. Beauty

    July 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Hmm all these love dating stories 7 years men!!! congrats HML!

  34. Beauty

    July 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    *long dating

  35. Anifera

    July 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I love everything about the outfit you can also take a look at my work. I Pls like and post on our fan page

  36. babe202

    July 4, 2013 at 11:34 am


  37. miss kristaal

    July 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

    happy married life

  38. Kristin of byPetronella Photography

    July 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Gorgeous couple! The bride’s bouquet was beautiful, and what cool centerpieces at the reception!

  39. Gone with The Wind Fabulous

    July 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Beautiful Elegant wedding, flawless photography

  40. Hurperyermie

    July 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm


  41. Florence

    July 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Wow……………..perfect. That’s the right word. God bless and keep this union. Amen

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    July 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm


  43. D.J.

    July 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Beautiful couple, go and make beautiful babies. Happy marry life!

  44. Ona

    July 5, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I like her dress….simple yet beaut….and the cake too.

    She looks alot like BeautybyJJ on youtube.

  45. temi

    July 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    whoa, I am so happy for you cousin mi!

  46. Toyin

    July 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Gorgeous couple. Groom is very handsome. Bride is pretty. Wow, beautiful children. Congrats to them, May God bless their marriage.

  47. Appreciate

    July 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Yes long dating as d babe was still improving herself 2 become a Doc. So if u dont improve urself while dating u become outdated & unsuitable, dts y heartbreaks.

  48. Sarah Adebayo

    July 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Good looking groom! dark and handsome.. God bless both of you with beautiful and healthy children…

  49. Miss Flygerian

    July 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The groom is one tall, dark and handsome brother. The bride’s dress is lovely. Happy married life to the couple.

  50. Zandie

    July 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Phew!!! Exquisite wedding… Love the brides make-up *she’s beautiful* like a Princess with her Knights in shining armor 🙂 *just LOVE weddings*

  51. Faith Kel

    July 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Wishing them a Happy Married Life

  52. adegbenro gbenga

    July 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm


  53. Yemy

    July 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Gorg couple ! God bless y’all plenty

  54. proverbs31

    July 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    The bride is beautiful!!!

  55. Yori B

    July 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm


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