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Naomi Achu is a Cameroonian artiste and one fun BN bride! From her pre wedding to this shoot, she’s kept us entertained and inspired!

You saw her fun pre wedding video where her groom Dayo was trying to teach her Yoruba! HERE

You saw her creative wedding where an eagle flew in the wedding rings – HERE

Now – are you ready? – Naomi trashed the dress!

“Trashing The Dress” is a recent wedding tradition where the bride (and sometimes her groom) do something fun and outlandish with their wedding attire. We’ve seen couples jumping off cliffs, rolling on the beach and more! You Only Wed Once right?!

This doesn’t happen everyday, so we had to ask Naomi about her inspiration! –

BN Weddings: What was your inspiration to “trash” your wedding dress?
Naomi: I always like to try different things.  And “trash the dress” isn’t typically an African culture thing. Its more common in the States and in Europe. So I figured… just try it. Plus, after the wedding, I wasn’t psychologically done with it. I had an emotional attachment to it because it literally makes me feel like a barbie doll and I wanted to feel like a barbie for one more day. I wanted to do everything with it! I wanted to roll on the floor, get in the dirt and just enjoy it.

My wedding photographer Andre Kemayou had actually pushed the idea  to me shortly after the wedding and inspired me further. He wasn’t available to do the shoot but he was definitely an inspiration, then I riveted to Paul A Greene, a well known photographer based in Maryland, USA who  I’ve been blessed to work with on my music projects.

BNW: What did your friends say when you told them your idea?
N: The only people who knew about the shoot were my husband, Dayo and his mother. They thought it was an interesting concept but gave little opposition.

BNW: Is your dress really trashed? Where is it now?
N: The question that everybody asks me when I told them about “trash the dress” is what you just asked. Is it really trashed? Did you really trash it? Is it wearable?  
Well, the gown is in my closet in a garment bag. It got soaked up in chlorine from the pool water. But I don’t imagine literally throwing it away because of my emotional attachment to it.
No matter how damaged it is, my plan is to wear this gown every year on my wedding anniversary to make sure it can still fit me and that I’m maintaining my shape 🙂

We love it! Enjoy & be inspired, xoxo

The dress! Juliette by Maggie Sottero

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Naomi all glammed up and ready for the shoot!Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 0 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 1 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 2 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 3 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 4 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 5 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 11Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 10Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 6 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 7 Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 12Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 13Cameroonian Nigerian Bride Naomi Achu Trash The Dress Photoshoot BellaNaija Weddings 9

Get to know the bride! Instagram: naomi_achuTwitter: @naomiachu 

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Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist: Isoken Asemota at Pouksies Wardrobe – www.instagram.com/verygoodbadgurl
Photographer: Paul A Greene Photography
Location: The Gambrills Mansion – MD
Wedding Dress: Juliette by Maggie Soterro

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20 Comments

  1. Myne Whitman

    December 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

    She looks good in her gown

  2. Hadassah

    December 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Baforchu mafia!! #queenofbamenda. Beautiful!!

  3. Hian!

    December 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Frankly, enough about this girl. Happy Married Life

  4. Deevah

    December 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Ok……. Some re-sell at almost a quarter the original price, some let it turn butter yellow in the wardrobe, some store it for the vintage dream of their daughter making it her wedding dress ( like I said, dream), some “hand it down”, some cut it up and turn it into a mini party dress and some “trash it”……to each, her own

  5. [email protected]

    December 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Is oright

  6. Chic

    December 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    At least hers was trashed in a swimming pool there is this bride I saw who had planned to do the same then it rained later on in the day during her wedding that is how this babe went and rolled in the mud to trash her dress it was awesome! Feel sorry for the dry cleaners who had to deal with that mess lol but the photos came out lovely her in the rain with a mud stained dress

  7. Mz Socially Awkward...

    December 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

    She did what to her Maggie Sottero dress??? Shocking behaviour, young lady, tsk tsk… but you only have that dream wedding once. Hope the dress fits every year as planned 🙂

    • Ib

      December 5, 2013 at 6:07 am

      LMAO…I said the same thing.She did what to to Maggie Sotero? Hell naww…lol..but she is the bride.She calls the shots.
      Lovely

  8. Berry Dakara

    December 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

    That dress is beautiful! I don’t think I could ever trash my dress. I’d rather sell it.

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

    • whocares

      December 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      same here. I think I would buy a different dress to thrash. I ordinarily have problems even defacing one of my novels not to talk of a wedding dress.. id probably be in tears as I thrash t.

  9. adelegirl

    December 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I am not going to have the traditional wedding dress, as I do not plan on having a “church” wedding but if I were, this is such a great idea. You get lovely pictures and depending on the fabric, you can still have it laundered/dry-cleaned and give it away or sell it or something. Dayo is a lucky mine with his beautiful bride.

  10. cool cat

    December 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Going in the pool is not trashing,

    • Akpeno

      December 4, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Abi o

  11. nahmeoh

    December 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    this one isnt trashing nau…abeg go beach or do mud wrestling

  12. Nominee

    December 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    You never trash am yet! At all sef! Its still wearable and can be borrowed even!

  13. opuingo

    December 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Dreamy!, love

  14. NNENNE

    December 5, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Nice to know that you enjoyed your day. HML.

  15. BeagoldNG

    December 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    What a brave bride……..She seems to have chosen a “reasonable” interpetation for “thrashing”
    Look out for lovely bridal jewellery pieces on beagoldng.com in the nearest future.

  16. Abu

    December 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Na true-true “practical” bamenda pikin this. Just wet the dress small, we fit dry am out after..right!!. Loved it.

  17. armani

    December 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I love the idea…….. Wheew!!!! gotta start thinking of how imma trash my own dress too…. All the best dear

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