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Mariana and Abba are the sweetest!

Abubakar, the groom, is the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, while Mariana Saleeby-Velilla is a native of Hacienda in Colombia.

Their Dubai wedding last weekend was a grand outdoor soiree at the Purobeach Conrad in Dubai. The tables were set with the freshest flowers and the outdoor area adorned with the most glorious decor. The bride wore an embroidered blue and cream gown from Monique Lhuillier‘s Fall 2012 collection, before changing into a traditional outfit complete with gele, representing her becoming a Nigerian wife.

After the bride and groom shared their first kiss, cut and shared the first bite from their six-tier cake, the guests were entertained with a performance by Wizkid. The couple danced into the night with their loved ones.

Enjoy their lovely proposal, family’s 1st official meet, pre-wedding and wedding photos!

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How He Proposed 
from the bride, Mariana
He asked if I wanted to go on a boat ride. We were on vacation in Thailand in December 2013. The sensation of feeling the motion of the waves and the smell of the sea could only entice me to fully accept with a delightful pleasurable “Yes”. SONY DSC Walking on the traditional wooden long tail boat, rustic with chipped paint and a mound of ropes tangled up in the bow, I was thrilled, more so than him. Knowing his taste, he would have preferred a yacht. For me this was my yacht of choice. The three of us, including our captain sat in silence as the images of the mountains filled our eyes with colors of green and the sky of blue. SONY DSC He asked, “Do you like it?” How could I not, alone in the sea with the omission of frivolous disturbances, just him next to me. A stop, on an island with an old shipwreck washed on land. Climbing out, walking on the sand, distancing ourselves more and more from our boat and captain, heading towards the old wreck. A hermit crab bypassed us, as he looked at us with delight. Abba returned the glance. SONY DSC Eagerly looking through the wreck, he pointed to a small green box. He asked for me to open it, and at his request I did, imagining at once the thought process and maneuvering that he had had to assume to make all of this possible. He placed one knee on the sand and asked, “Will you be my wife?” SONY DSCHe had become my husband long before then, … now I just verbalized it with a “Yes”. SONY DSCThe couple’s families met officially in February 2014 at JW Marriott, Marquis in Dubai, where they gave their blessings for the marriage.

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~ First Meeting, Pre-Wedding & Wedding Photography: Udimee Photography

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The couple is now headed to Jada LGA in Adamawa State for the Budan Kai, which means unveiling of the bride. The Atiku-Abubakar family will shower their new bride Mariana with prayers and gifts both in cash and kind.

Heartfelt congratulations to the couple and gratitude for sharing their special moments with us!

Keep your eyes on BN Weddings for the photos.

xoxo

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First Meeting, Pre-Wedding & Wedding Photography: Udimee Photography | www.udimee.com | instagram.com/udimee | udimee (at) gmail.com

Additional Photography: Dimeji of Modii Stvdios – dimejiandmoyo.com | oladimeji25 (at) yahoo.com | +234 8022613111 | instagram.com/dimejiimages

Wedding Info
Venue: Purobeach Conrad, Dubai
Wedding Date: Saturday April 5, 2014

Bride’s Attire
Blue Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Earrings: Zameer Kassam Fine Jewelry

Wedding Organisers: Yewande Rwang-Dung and Maryam Abubakar

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53 Comments

  1. BA

    April 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    KEY: “He had become my husband long before then, … now I just verbalized it with a “Yes”.”
    The Groom is so fine too.
    The picture right after the groom’s cufflinks… bless you heart, Man for that Yoruba attire. The beautiful contrast.

    • Anon

      April 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Yoruba attire?

  2. @edDREAMZ

    April 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Wow, lovely pics BN… They are both so cute and why on earh will wizkid wore such an attire on a wedding day, abi he no get money for suit neh…
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  3. Troll

    April 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Awww…they look really happy together

  4. stefini

    April 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    All i can say is the babe is full of life,they both look so fun and in love,happy married life to them………the native attire looks really good on her,me likey *winks*.lol at their dancing am sure its skelewu or azonto things they’re doing……….swaggalicious made for eachother
    Plus atiku has a good smile o,nice

    Also IK don waka o,chei,hosting tins in dubai,damn!!!chopping political money.mehn now thats the kinda gig one needs to be all hands on…lol

  5. no heart to hate

    April 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    The Bride certainly love to laugh, Abba has a beautiful smile. May God bless their Home AMEN.

  6. Layo

    April 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    This is exceptionally beautiful…. Love really knows no bounds. …i wish them many more fruitful years together.

  7. Beautiful Nigerian ladies

    April 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Awww he is so handsome and the girls on stage are such beauties. The group picture, the girl bending over damn!!!! African beauties. Our AA looking young oo see smiles everywhere.

  8. Cool cat

    April 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Her smile is infectious. I imagine the Naija festivities will be more lavish.

  9. Warri Babe

    April 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    She bares a similar resemblance to someone I can’t seem to lay my thoughts on…Anyways, wishing them the very best in their marriage and I loooove the fact that it wasn’t the normal ‘carnival’ tagged as wedding in Nigeria. Looking forward to something that private, na how to talk am for my mama remain considering all the aso-ebi’s she’s bought from others “_”.

    • kiki

      April 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

      somehow she reminds my of Kate Middleton

  10. Rebecca sam

    April 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    great wedding,may God grant you peace in your home.

  11. Joan85

    April 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    BellaNaija…always classy! No backyard photos, no hidden cameras, just legit coverage of the wedding. Thumbs up!
    Lovely wedding…I love how they had eyes only for each other as they danced. Love tinz 🙂

  12. Di

    April 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Bride has a beautifulll smile !

  13. shannaro

    April 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    The bride’s eyes aieaieaie it’s a knockout Oga Abba! You are not bad at all either a shame the handsome mug is hidden behind those silly glasses =p Happy married life and plenty of fine Naija-Colombian pikin.

  14. chocolate

    April 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    OMGGG! Their kids are going to be the cutestttttttttttt 😀 Wishing them a happy married life!

  15. Warri Pickin

    April 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Happiness is what counts and the couple seem fullfilled being in each others arms as seem from the pictures and mode. From the depth of my heart i wish them a blissfull married life Amen

  16. Wale

    April 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I actually like this couple, even though I detest these politicians flaunting their wealth when people are suffering. But I dig this couple, they seem nice and well grounded. Atiku is looking more likely to be qualified for presidency, he is opened eyed and connected to the youths. God bless them. Where is his Dr. Jennifer?

  17. hot

    April 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful! Her ML dress is a stunner

  18. edna

    April 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Her dressssss, her smileeeee, Wishing you both the best

  19. ss

    April 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    they look so cute and they seems to be happy and so much in love, the groom looks like a down to earth person and humility oozing all over him

  20. NNENNE

    April 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    HML.

  21. Evilicious

    April 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    She looked so happy!!

  22. omalichaspeaks.blogspot.com

    April 11, 2014 at 12:13 am

    They are soooo in love, it’s glaring.

  23. Room-without-a-Roof

    April 11, 2014 at 4:05 am

    haha i see my “crush” from HBSABC2014 seni sulyman!
    Looks like it was a fun wedding 😀

    • liya

      April 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

      LOL maybe you guys’ wedding will be next

    • Room-without-a-roof

      April 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      maybe but I will have to find him first though :p

    • Anonymous Pesin

      April 13, 2014 at 4:50 am

      Sorry, His wedding was posted on BN last year. Very beautiful wedding too. Fine boi sha

    • Anonymous Pesin

      April 13, 2014 at 5:07 am

      Ooops, nevermind. I totally confused him for Hussein. Blonde moment. Carry go.

  24. liya

    April 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Congrats to the couple. Great to see more interracial marriages. We mixin it up yupppp

  25. Alero

    April 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

    There is something about the bride! She looks so down-to- earth, free spirited and extremely happy. HML to the couple.

  26. Racheal

    April 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I just love this Bride,I wish you a happy life together.

  27. Omo1

    April 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

    The bride can laugh! Doing the first things first..These are the kind of people I respect

  28. Ms_oyinkansola

    April 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I’m so in love with this couple.they look so happy.The groom is a hunk,handsome man and the bride is beautiful wt a beautiful smile.they sure compliment each other.+ ds whitey can rock.This wedding speak class,elegance and from what i can see it was fun filled.+ I like Atiku.Wishing them a very happy married life.God bless theit home.their kids go fine sha.

  29. adelegirl

    April 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Very heartwarming pictures. They both look so genuinely in love with each other. The bride is gorgeous and she looks so happy, cheerful and warm, like she genuinely loves everybody. Her smile, laughter just really says it all. Atiku’s kids all kinda look alike. I also noticed that they seem like one genuinely close-knit family. Kudos to them, especially the patriarch Atiku cos it takes a very strong and wise man to keep his family together like that. I have developed a new found respect and admiration for Atiku Abubakar especially through his interactions on twitter. I fear, I may have judged him wrongly when he was Vice President…

  30. bee

    April 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    i am indeed inlove with teh couple and i very specially love the bride. but i really hope she understands the culture she is marrying into. sincerely i fear for her. all the best anywayz

  31. OSYTA

    April 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Cheers to the young couple. wishing the best of marital life.

  32. Nelly A.

    April 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    She looks like Adama Indimi’s mom! Congrats Abba! Allah ya ba da sa’a

  33. Reine T

    April 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Aww cute couple. Most importantly they look happy :-)…*sigh* weddings…Wizkid is great but I might prefer a mid-tempo kinda song to set the mood…this new song my friend told me about is definitely going on my wedding playlist!!!! Dunno where this guy has been – Dimeji

  34. Princess Lu

    April 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    she looks sooo happy…blessings to them

  35. funmi

    April 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    beautiful couple. Can feel the genuine love between them. Happy married life

  36. Beecee

    April 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    She’s so pretty…fairytale maybe? Wishing them the best!

    @ReineT…do you mean Dimeji o ti joba? Been hearing a lot bout the song…listened to it…must say vocals were on point. Definitely nice for smooth/salsa moves 🙂

  37. AfroFab

    April 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I love the unconventional aspects of the wedding, from the ring to her wedding dress. They look very happy, HML

  38. Yours Truly

    April 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Love the bride’s second outfit, and her smile is infectious

    yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.com

  39. Gina

    April 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Bride looks like Sandra Bullock

  40. Feirooz

    April 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Beautiful people every where.Epic!

  41. MissBusyBody

    April 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    The bride is positively glowing and she pulled off the african attire effortlessly, HML to them

  42. miss god!

    April 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

    so so annoyn wen all dese rich men pikin marry! anha! its not fair na c as dis one fyne, nw e dne marry. i tot he ws waitn for meeeeee *wailing* baba God shey temi na!!!!

  43. uju

    April 24, 2014 at 9:57 am

    they look soo in love!!!!!!!!!….wish them all the best…hmmmm…IK is now a boss oo

  44. Eniola

    April 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I would laugh louder and be filled with 20 lifetime spirit plus 1 million down to earth thinz if I hook ATIKU son. It is effortless to love a generous man with owo aiye aka correct hard currency.

  45. Luz Elena

    April 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Que DIOS,bendiga siempre este hogar,haya paz,felicidad y comprension

  46. Dr Nooria Rahmanie

    July 11, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Mariana you are the most beautiful bride, and your husband is handsome and charming. Wishing you both eternal love and happiness !!

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