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Distinctively Lovely! Annette and Gerald Pre-Wedding Shoot & Proposal Story on BellaNaija Weddings



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We are so proud of our BellaNaija readers! Each time we celebrate accomplishments and milestones, we are super excited because we are reminded that exceptional people visit BN.

BellaNaija Weddings is happy to kick off the week with Annette and Gerald‘s pre-wedding photoshoot feature. Beautiful bride Annette is a Medical Doctor while handsome groom Gerald is a Chartered Accountant. We totally loved their shoot. From the playful retro theme in the sunshine to the sleek black look later in the evening – all captured by Alero Marcel Photography – everything was so lovely!

Let’s not forget the couple’s totally amazing proposal story!

Check on it.

The Proposal
by Annette
So I was invited to speak on the panel at a conference in Deauville, France. It was the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and I was super excited to be representing the ExxonMobil Foundation at such a huge conference. Naturally I asked Gerald to accompany me but he explained he couldn’t get time off as it was a busy period at work but promised me a treat to France at a future date. I was gutted he couldn’t make it but I understood, so we drafted my speech together (he’s my public speaking coach) and off I went, alone.

On the penultimate day of the conference we had a dinner hosted by Cartier. I called him when I arrived at the venue, gushing about how lovely and grand it was, and how top female executives of Fortune 500 companies were in attendance. He was on his way to play football and said he had to rush off, but that he was very excited for me and wished me all the best.

It was a gala event so I was going about networking, exchanging business cards and socialising. Next thing, I heard a clink on a glass a few yards away from me and suddenly the whole room which was filled with about a thousand women just went dead silent.

In one nanosecond, the space around me had cleared and I saw a clean cut gentleman, down on one knee, holding a small box in his hand and making some incomprehensible sounds. It was all a haze! It’s funny how the brain works because it actually took me a while to recognise Gerald and to realise what this was all about.

I spoke to him only an hour ago and he was on his way to play footy, and now here he is, in a different country, looking resplendent in a dinner suit and on one knee saying some words in French. It was all too much for my brain to unravel at the time.

When I finally grasped the scenario I gave him my left hand and he slipped in the most dainty and most gorgeous piece of vanity I’d ever seen. I said YES (in English) and the relay of camera flashes that followed was blinding.
We were definitely the life of the party from that point onwards. Loads of people kept coming up to us, congratulating and cooing over us.
For the rest of the night I just kept staring into his eyes, speechless. I couldn’t stop smiling. It was so surreal, yet so real.

 Thanks so much to Annette and Gerald for sharing with us. We wish you a blessed and happy married life.

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Photo Credit: AMC – Alero Marcel Photography | Facebook Link | Website

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  1. Mwechi

    July 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Very very beautiful. What a nice looking couple. God bless their union.

    • Royalty

      July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      i know..too cute a Couple! adorable pictures.God will bless me too soon oh Amen. congrats to dem.

  2. Zama

    July 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful couple……

  3. Zero

    July 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    First to comment!!!!!…But be dat chic wey go uniben and oxford be dis? d babe na ace class sha…d bobo no 2 dey like dat.. Nice pics..

    • jayjay

      July 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      which one be say d bobo no too dey? Go find ur own

  4. Bimpe

    July 9, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I hope someone is learning how to propose to me

    • reallyyyyyy!!!

      July 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I hope you are showing someone all the proposal stories and videos on the internet,lol.

  5. ALEXA

    July 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hmmmmm what a beautiful couple!!!! May God bless their union

  6. Ned

    July 9, 2013 at 9:57 am


  7. Hurperyermie

    July 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

    wao!!!!!!!!!!!!!! beautiful couple

  8. Jules

    July 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

    lovely!!! @ zero, she is the one.

  9. the special one

    July 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

    omg this couple is amazing, wooow! speechless.

  10. he-ke

    July 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    … sooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful…….

  11. Efemena Tommy A.

    July 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Annie sweetie, im so proud of you and i must say the pics are all so gorgeous. you didnt send me these ones… I am in awe… May God bless ur union.

    • G

      July 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      OK… now we all know you know here. Yes she is your friend 😀

    • Akpeno

      July 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Lol abi o

    • well

      July 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      hahaha! i luv this comment…. nigerians can overdo!

  12. C.J.I

    July 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

    what a lovely and cute couple. With faith i que into this, i receive my own Husband and wedding before the end of this year. AMEN!!!

    • topsytops

      July 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

      and so shall it be IJN

  13. Florence

    July 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Wow, Adorable……………may God bless your union.

  14. Bimpe

    July 9, 2013 at 10:39 am


  15. jinkelele

    July 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

    how did he pull off a proposal at a conference?

    • Abana

      July 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Thats what I am wondering as well.

    • Bleed blue

      July 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Where there’s a will…

  16. Poshlady

    July 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Theres so much sex appeal…I loveee

  17. Lexy

    July 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Gennette 2013

  18. ooooh! i love this proposal story. is this same Annette from Uniben, Medicine? She is still hot

  19. Omo1

    July 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    So brilliant and so beautiful! The best in a very long while. Beautiful couple too!

  20. amarachi

    July 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Lovely lovely wish u 2 all d best

  21. overmass

    July 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Adorable…Make me want to fall in love again……lol

    • BC

      July 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Are U̶̲̥̅̊ out of luv?

  22. hmm

    July 9, 2013 at 11:14 am


  23. MDE

    July 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    yes! yes! yes!

  24. zeeeee

    July 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

    dear Lord pls observe me nd look upon me with mercy amen

  25. pynk

    July 9, 2013 at 11:35 am


  26. Otonye

    July 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    beautiful pictures…..amaze-balls proposal.

  27. Cutie

    July 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    awww,Adorable couple……..

  28. Yoruba Geh

    July 9, 2013 at 11:47 am


  29. Inebaby

    July 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

    mmmmmmmmmmm! me love this couple, So Beautiful!

  30. Lami

    July 9, 2013 at 11:48 am


  31. debutante

    July 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

    congratulations Annette!!! Presco gals in the building!

  32. ebby

    July 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    choiiiiiiii, im so in love ehhhhhh. this couple is wonderful. God bless ur union.

  33. tessy

    July 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    WOW! what a proposal. So Sweet!

  34. bev bev

    July 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I smiled all the way through,gorgeous couple,u two bring out the l in love mehn!!!

  35. mk

    July 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Soo sweet……Congrats Annette

  36. NekuH

    July 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Aaaaaaw, absolutely lovely. Sooooo there are some romantic men left. They are a very cute couple, I wish them the best.

  37. bukola faseyitan

    July 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Soo sweet………………………

  38. Doks

    July 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    This is the best pre-wedding photoshoot I’ve ever seen. LOvely!!!!

  39. anonymous

    July 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    she is beautiful

  40. Onyinye

    July 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    ok………………..I totalllllllllllllllllllllllly love romantic guys…..And lest i forget “Very cute guys” Very creative and excellent photos…..Wishing u guys so much love

  41. SFA

    July 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    How lovely… AMP photography dueces baybay

  42. ziki

    July 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    sighs, some seem to hav it all dnt they?hmm

  43. Dora the explorer

    July 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm


  44. lola

    July 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    alero you did a good job. congrats on the new biz! from your fellow corper member at NERC.

  45. Abeg let me shine!

    July 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Really beautiful

  46. Fashionbabe

    July 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    am right behind u guys!

  47. comment awaiting moderation

    July 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    We are created in the likeness and image of God,which one is “Exceptional BN reader again?? Congrat to the couple!

  48. chiamz

    July 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    fresh couple jawe…love them! from head to toe; esp that they’r both high flying corporate execs (i presume) . niwy, a quick question, wot if u no com get money reach their own nko? u go wait eva? HML annette and gerald; God bless ur sweet union 🙂

  49. EDO CHIC

    July 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Awwwww so cute
    Okpere’s rock 😉

  50. Bevshine

    July 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Cute couple …….i love the pictures


    July 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    mmmh Congrats

  52. Yeoal

    July 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Lovely couple. Beautiful pictures. I love her Marilyn Monroe moment. You did an amazing job Alero.#CreativityAndClass

  53. trouble

    July 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm


  54. Peaches

    July 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Congrats to Gerald and Annette…*love struck*.
    I need to meet someone that will change everything for good ooo Biko..

  55. #struck

    July 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    can’t stop smiling! i want this Boooooo!

  56. rolly

    July 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Such a GOREGEOUS COUPLE. Godbless their union immensely. Daddy lord do it for yo gurltoo oh>

    • Godslove22

      July 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Amen I second that…lol

  57. ushess

    July 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    i iuv!!! i like!!! exquisite!!!…dear future hubby…

  58. majo

    July 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    awesome! who says guys don’t like smart powerful women?

  59. Missy

    July 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwh!!! Can’t stop smiling…totally breath-taking!!!

  60. Fiyin

    July 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm


  61. iRepGBLOCK

    July 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Nice one G!

  62. Beauty

    July 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Chukwu nna biko nnu!!!!!!!!!

  63. dami

    July 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    This has to be the most romantic proposal I’ve ever heard of. I just couldn’t imagine how he pulled it off.

  64. ego

    July 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm


  65. preye

    July 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Love is a beautiful tin…lovely couple..wish u guys all d best..and I love d photograhper’s clean WOrk too..

  66. oyin

    July 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    just read the proposal story.
    oh my!!!
    oh my!!!


  67. Metrogypsie

    July 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm


  68. Once

    July 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    One day I I’ll find love …

  69. As myself

    July 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Oh vanity upon vanity! So personal affairs ve now turn to public affairs Oh . Wat next will d start sending in.

    • Priscy

      July 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

      pls be comprehensible….

  70. God dey sha

    July 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Doesn’t anyone propose in Nigeria anymore? Every BellaNaija proposal story is more magnificent than the last. Money good. God will find me my own sha. Besides my bad bele, I think this is a beautiful couple.

  71. larrypat

    July 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Awwwwww, So cute and nice.Wishing u all d best

  72. Mma

    July 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Cute couple! 🙂


    July 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    congrats Annette happy 4 u.may God Almighty bless ur union.AMEN

  74. gbemisola

    July 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Congrats…….very romantic proposal….dear future hubby, I hope u r learning.

  75. Helen Nji

    July 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Awwwwww look at my pretty Annette! All the best luv!!!

  76. Lucille Ossai

    July 10, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Again what a beautiful story and a truly gorgeous couple.

    Well done Annette and Gerald.

    Annette – We can’t wait to get you into the family before someone tries to steal you 🙂

    • hot mama

      July 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      aha!!!is she the one who wrote the article on sumthn abt women not giving up their last names? i remember u being the in-law if im right:)

  77. Nikki

    July 10, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Come on!!!!! This is too amazing and romantic…very beautiful story, very beautiful couple, it comes close to perfection! Congratulations to the couple:-D

  78. Beanie

    July 10, 2013 at 1:59 am

    There are some vintage bachelorettes on this bellanaija. Forever tapping and taking/giving cues…
    Neways me sef tap

  79. Chigbo

    July 10, 2013 at 2:53 am

    That’s Esosas sister if I m not mistaken. Pretty girl and handsome dude . God bless.

  80. Abeee

    July 10, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Very beautiful couple, your kids will be cute and smart!

  81. fifi

    July 10, 2013 at 7:41 am

    btful couple…..

  82. Priscy

    July 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I smiled all thru as well….such a romantic story. I could feel the love just looking @ the pics

  83. Angel

    July 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    God bless you guys, you look amazing together.xx

  84. sommy

    July 10, 2013 at 11:20 am


  85. Ow

    July 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    God Bless your union and bless me with mine, amen.

  86. ami

    July 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    sweeeetest couple!!!

  87. chinny

    July 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Its good to share so one can connect an tap to your testimonies. Thanks for sharing. HML.Lovely pics though.

  88. TA

    July 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Beautiful and fun! totally loved it.
    *Famzing time* he! he ! ha! ho! LoL! yeah,i know the bride to be too! Annette Bazuaye, one of the most intelligent persons I know…As in very intelligent and really pretty too. Yeah,some people are just the total package 🙂
    Congratulations to you and Gerald!!!
    Wishing you God’s blessings.

  89. loveth O.

    July 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    So Sweet
    So Sweet:;;;;

  90. Ayobami

    July 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Lovely pictures..God bless your union

  91. Tayo

    July 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm


  92. Faith O

    July 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    lovely pics, exciting story, may God bless their union.

  93. Ngozi

    July 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I love them!!!! ….and I’m a hopeless romantic

  94. Janie

    July 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Congrats… Lovely couple and beautiful story.God please bless me with a good man. I tap into this anointing. May God bless your home Anette and hubby. This is sooooo sweet!

  95. tatafo!

    July 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Wow I am blown away, this is absolutely stunning. Wishing the couple the best of the best forever.

  96. debbie

    July 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Lovely couple…Beautiful pics,God bless ur union.HML

  97. Anonymous

    July 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Annette Bazuaye.!!! Stunning as always. Beauty and brains. I have always admired her since b-side. Girl turned Lady!

  98. Shanday

    July 11, 2013 at 12:31 am

    They are such a cute couple. One can genuinely see the love. They are so into each other. All smiles. Loved the photography as well

  99. aj

    July 11, 2013 at 7:27 am


  100. mayree

    July 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

    splendid! its beautyful beyond words! wishing the couple a marriage that is more beautiful than the photos

    • charlotte

      July 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      That is such a nice thing to say! May God bless you accordingly 😉

  101. sleek

    July 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    annette bazuaye i c u, fine couple!

  102. onenaijagirl

    July 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm


  103. obitalk

    July 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I really love this, she s so beautiful and her front hair grows like mine

  104. Eseosa Bazuaye

    July 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Yes, that’s my astonishingly beautiful big sis and her amazing beau.
    Congratulations Annette and Gerald. Your marriage is blessed.

  105. Annette's cousin

    July 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

    They no dey fine pass dis I’ve shown us beautiful gals can have brains. We r proud of u gal.

  106. charlotte

    July 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!! lovely!!!!! May your marriage be filled with love, laughter, romance, peace, trust and happiness with God planted firmly in the middle!! May your smiles be never ending..

  107. Adenike

    July 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    As much as I appreciate the beauty of the couple, what caught my attention is the bride’s achievement.
    I know it’s not too late for me. I want to be invited to give a speech in such forums. Mehnnnnnnnnn, that would be an amazing opportunity. So help me God.

  108. bussy

    July 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    wow!!!!!!what a romantic and beautiful couple

  109. Ademoore

    July 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Yaaaaay Genette 2013… Can’t wait to be there.. Aso-ebi girls tins… Wishing u both the best of marital bliss.

  110. Abi

    July 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Im so jealous, it’s unbelievable. Shes stunning, smart, he’s good looking , charming. Arggghhh! I wannnnnt. Happy for u sweety

  111. Deinyifa

    July 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Wow so cute!!! @AMP: Kudos 4a great work done! Get ready for my pre wedding & wedding shots bcuz ul b incharge.

  112. Lani

    July 29, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Beautiful couple

  113. chituru

    August 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    simply breathtaking! I loooooooooooooooooove!:)

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