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

  • Zama July 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful couple……

  • Zero July 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    First to comment!!!!!…But hey..no 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

  • 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.

  • ALEXA July 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

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

  • Ned July 9, 2013 at 9:57 am


  • Hurperyermie July 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

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

  • Jules July 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

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

  • the special one July 9, 2013 at 10:07 am

    omg this couple is amazing, wooow! speechless.

  • he-ke July 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

    … sooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful…….

  • 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!

  • 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!!!

  • Florence July 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

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

  • Bimpe July 9, 2013 at 10:39 am


  • jinkelele July 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

    how did he pull off a proposal at a conference?

  • Poshlady July 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Theres so much sex appeal…I loveee

  • Lexy July 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Gennette 2013

  • MizVuitton – The Ultimate Wedding Blog www.cakesbymizvuitton.blogspot.com July 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

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

  • Omo1 July 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

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

  • amarachi July 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Lovely lovely wish u 2 all d best

  • overmass July 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

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

  • hmm July 9, 2013 at 11:14 am


  • MDE July 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    yes! yes! yes!

  • zeeeee July 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

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

  • pynk July 9, 2013 at 11:35 am


  • Otonye July 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    beautiful pictures…..amaze-balls proposal.

  • Cutie July 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    awww,Adorable couple……..

  • Yoruba Geh July 9, 2013 at 11:47 am


  • Inebaby July 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

    mmmmmmmmmmm! me love this couple, So Beautiful!

  • Lami July 9, 2013 at 11:48 am


  • debutante July 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

    congratulations Annette!!! Presco gals in the building!

  • ebby July 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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

  • tessy July 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    WOW! what a proposal. So Sweet!

  • 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!!!

  • mk July 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Soo sweet……Congrats Annette

  • 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.

  • bukola faseyitan July 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Soo sweet………………………

  • Doks July 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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

  • anonymous July 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    she is beautiful

  • 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

  • SFA July 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    How lovely… AMP photography dueces baybay

  • ziki July 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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

  • Dora the explorer July 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm


  • 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.

  • Abeg let me shine! July 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Really beautiful

  • Fashionbabe July 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    am right behind u guys!

  • 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!

  • http://mytestimonys.blogspot.com/2013/06/dr-mike-murdock-testifies.html July 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm


  • 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 🙂

  • EDO CHIC July 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Awwwww so cute
    Okpere’s rock 😉

  • Bevshine July 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Cute couple …….i love the pictures

  • http://Janetfashinandstyles.blogspot.com July 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    mmmh Congrats

  • 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

  • trouble July 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm


  • 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..

  • #struck July 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    can’t stop smiling! i want this Boooooo!

  • rolly July 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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

  • ushess July 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

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

  • majo July 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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

  • Missy July 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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

  • Fiyin July 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm


  • iRepGBLOCK July 9, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Nice one G!

  • Beauty July 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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

  • 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.

  • ego July 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm


  • 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..

  • oyin July 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

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


  • Metrogypsie July 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm


  • Once July 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    One day I I’ll find love …

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • larrypat July 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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

  • Mma July 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Cute couple! 🙂


  • JESSICA July 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

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

  • gbemisola July 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

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

  • Helen Nji July 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

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

  • 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:)

  • 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

  • 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

  • Chigbo July 10, 2013 at 2:53 am

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

  • Abeee July 10, 2013 at 5:30 am

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

  • fifi July 10, 2013 at 7:41 am

    btful couple…..

  • 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

  • Angel July 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    God bless you guys, you look amazing together.xx

  • sommy July 10, 2013 at 11:20 am


  • Ow July 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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

  • ami July 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    sweeeetest couple!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • loveth O. July 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    So Sweet
    So Sweet:;;;;

  • Ayobami July 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Lovely pictures..God bless your union

  • Tayo July 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm


  • Faith O July 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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

  • Ngozi July 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • debbie July 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • aj July 11, 2013 at 7:27 am


  • 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 😉

  • sleek July 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    annette bazuaye i c u, fine couple!

  • onenaijagirl July 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm


  • obitalk July 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • bussy July 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Lani July 29, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Beautiful couple

  • chituru August 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    simply breathtaking! I loooooooooooooooooove!:)

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