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Mr & Mrs T!Annie Otum & Tosin Ogunyinka met in Nigeria before she started university. They had no idea they would meet again, this time at the famous Notting Hill Carnival.

They soon became friends, and at her prompting, an official couple. Time spent together evolved into something special and the couple tied the knot this year.

Enjoy their lovely wedding story and pictures below – the bride planned their wedding with her mum!

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How We Met
by Annie
Tosin would say I jumped into his car…haha…which is not entirely false. We met through a mutual friend.

It was after secondary school and a friend invited me for his house party as he was leaving for the UK to study. He came by my house briefly to tell me about it and that’s when Tosin saw me. Tosin was driving while my friend was sitting at the back. I thought Tosin was the driver so I hopped into the back, hugged my friend and chatted for a little while. This only took about 5 mins so I didn’t really take a good look at Tosin’s face.

We eventually met at my friend’s house party. I remember going into the kitchen to get a drink and he followed me. I turned back and saw this tall guy with a fro looking all fishy and dodgy…but cute. Our mutual friend introduced us and we had a really good chat. He didn’t ask me for my number or anything so when I left I thought that was it.

A couple of months after I moved to the UK and went to the Notting Hill carnival with my cousin. We were looking for some of my friends when I bumped into him. I knew he looked familiar but I couldn’t remember. He said he knew me and that we’ve met before and I was like “no we haven’t” – my auto response to lines like that. Lol Then he mentioned our mutual friend and the house party and it all came back. It was like déjà vu we just picked up from where we left off. Neither of us knew we were coming to the UK or to Notting Hill carnival so it was really random. He finally asked me for my number and I gave with pleasure of course. He called my twice everyday for like a year before he asked me out after I told him to ask me out 😀 It’s been 7 years since and I am really glad I told him to.

The Proposal
It happened on the 15th of December 2012.

Tosin said he wanted to treat me that weekend which he usually does so I didn’t really think anything of it. He is always taking me to new places and restaurants because he knows I like to eat, lol He booked the Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf London for the weekend and booked my spa treatments. When we arrived at the hotel I noticed everyone was super nice from dropping off my car to showing us our room – which was absolutely beautiful. He got one of the executive suites with a view of the River Thames and London skyline. When we got into the room there was a special note from the manager a bottle of champagne and strawberry in chocolate. Tosin told me he had made reservations at the Waldorf Hilton and I needed to get ready so I did.

Again when we got to the restaurant everyone was so nice. I remember the manager looking very pleased almost like he wanted to cry which was weird to me. We were escorted to our seats and ordered our food. Throughout our meal Tosin got up like 5 times. He kept on saying he was going to the men’s room and he looked so uncomfortable. I thought it was the food and told him to try my food instead but of course that didn’t help. It was finally time for dessert and I didn’t know what to order. So Tosin said “don’t worry I’ll order you something special”. He got up and went to the manager whispered something and then came back.

Next thing I saw the manager with this plate of dessert. Something was written on it, and there was a little box in the middle. The manager began to walk towards me. When he got close to our table, Tosin got up and knelt down beside me and that was it – I was seeing colours! I heard Tosin start to speak but the only things I heard was “I can not imagine my life without you in it, would you be my wife” I replied “Yes of course”.

When we got back to hotel there were rose petals everywhere it was so romantic. He did well.

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Annie planned her gorgeous wedding with her mum, so she has great tips for intending couples!

Spiritual – Be very Prayerful. Planning is a wedding is a beautiful process but can be very straining especially in your relationship. Just know you’re not in it alone and prayer together always. It really helps.

Financial/Management Advice – It’s always a good idea to have a specific bank account where money gets paid in e.g. contribution from friends and family so you can manage your wedding payments etc easily. Also you can do Excel documents or in my case the “bride & groom app” to budget and for countdowns.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Mr & Mrs T a lovely home.

~ Photography: Jeff Langhorne Weddings

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The Dress! After 3 months of trying on so many bridal gowns and decided to go online and look at designer websites. I fell in love with Justin Alexander Signature dresses as they were simple and elegant. The first time I saw the dress was actually on the website and I called various bridal stockists to see if they had it. But none did because it was a 2014 design. I however got a call back from one the bridal shops and the lady I spoke to said she could call the designer and ask for it to be delivered. Which she did and once I tried it on I knew the search was over.

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Photography: Jeff Langhorne Weddings | enquires (at) jefflanghornephotography.com | (+44) 07970866134

Wedding Info
Wedding Date: 29th of March 2014

Church: The Leicester Cathedral
Reception: The Athena, Leicester, UK

Wedding Colours: Lilac, White, Silver, Black

Wedding Attire
Bridal Dress: Justin Alexander
Reception Dress: Jovani
Bride’s Shoes: Nicholas Kirk
Groom’s Attire – Suit, Tie, Shoes: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Suits: Next

Vendors
Planner: Bride & bride’s mother
Cake: Sharons Sugarcraft
Flowers: Flower Fusion
Stage: Moshaz Stages
Other Decor: Athena Services
Food: Precious Catering
Drinks: Free Bar at the Athena
Sweet Cart: One Stop Wedding Shop
Photobooth: Jackstar Photobooth
Cars: 2 Rolls Royce Phantoms: Elegance & Prestige | Limo: Starcity Limousines
Gift bags: Shopping Bags Direct
Couple’s Monogram: Samson Mshelia
DJ: DJ Excell
Wedding Band: Frog Island Band
MC: Laolu Osinbanjo – @kidlucomedian
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57 Comments

  1. adelegirl

    May 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful. The couple looks wellsuited to each other. Cute story too. Happy married life to them.

  2. ola

    May 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Hanhan she’s so cute! And d resemblance with her mum jeeezzzz

  3. Babym

    May 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Awwww the most beautiful bride ! Lovely classy wedding. God bless ur home

  4. Maguire

    May 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Beautiful couple. Btful weddn. Bella could u feature a low budget weddin plz? Not to b som killjoy bt wat if you could neva afford an xpensiv weddn? Tnx for ur understndn. Btw Annie dat dress is d truth!!!!

    • dee

      May 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      This wedding so doesn’t look expensive. It’s not the cash that makes your wedding nice. It’s your taste.

  5. @edDREAMZ

    May 24, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Husband fine, wife fine wetin go make the unborn children no fine….. They both look very happy and i pray this happiness will never seize in the lives…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  6. Thelma

    May 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

    very beautiful bride, lovely pictures…

  7. neddy

    May 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Her 2nd dress is the truth!

  8. Blessing

    May 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Wow! her wedding grown is beautiful.

  9. polished crown

    May 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    love everything I knew it was Leicester city everything looks beautiful

    • #justsaying

      May 27, 2014 at 1:02 am

      LOL …beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
      Is his hair indian or peruvian?…how much? lmao

  10. Amaka

    May 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Of course he has to “do well” money and rose petals cannot waste lol

    • deel

      May 24, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Lol….get thy mind out of the gutter.

  11. moonhi

    May 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Beautiful wedding…love the bride’s reception dress. So this lovely wedding happened in Leicester, under my very nose and I didn’t get someone to invite me or even hear about it so as to gate crash..loool

  12. [email protected]

    May 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Lovel…..y! Congrats to them

  13. Ginika

    May 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    She is gorgeous! HML

  14. deel

    May 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Love her shoes…love the couple…that last picture, hmmmmm…wedding night shan’t be easy 😀

  15. Jo!

    May 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Awww, her mom walked her down the aisle, so sweet

  16. GiddyPearl

    May 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This is highly gorgeous- and weddings always remind me of my wedding: simple and enchanting. I am simply loving the bride’s face,makes me think she’ll be a warm person. All in all, gorgeous couple, beautiful wedding, hml

  17. Dee one

    May 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Awww….see Annie, she was my junior in secondary school. She’s also got some beautiful pictures on Facebook. Happy married life Annie.

  18. D

    May 25, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Congrats ‘Bube. Mide Okusaga of life. Lovely wedding!

  19. memebaby

    May 25, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Aww i love that her mom walked her down the aisle. It’s either my mom walks me down or i walk alone. Cannot shout…love and piece to the new couple. God bless you guys.

    • x-factor

      May 26, 2014 at 12:04 am

      Pieces?????

      Congratulations to the couple

  20. D-soul

    May 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Happy for my people one love one family.

  21. mujer

    May 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Annie, you are cute but your mama is a vivacious bombshell. she is a beauty.

  22. Ola

    May 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Happy married life Bube and Tosin!!!!!!!!!!!!! May God bless your union!!!! <3

  23. Anita Nando

    May 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Happy married life Sister… beautiful pictures

  24. MLB

    May 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Lovely, God Bless their Home.

  25. Mia

    May 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    HML my dearest Bube&Tosin. You two have always been a lovely couple….Cheers to beautiful kids and a Godly home..love you both…Maamamia xxxx

  26. HRS_Cindy

    May 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    She’s so beautiful! love her wedding shoes

  27. bolatito

    May 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Am so much using the kinda bouquet this bride used.cant wait…yaaay,counting down already to my big day

  28. Ebony

    May 25, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Happy Married Life to my Beautiful Sister, I love You soo much, You Inspire me boo <3 <3

  29. joy

    May 26, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Congratulations and well done Annie you have mase yo mum proud. May your marriage be filled with joy love and happiness. You looked stunningly glamorous.

  30. Moving on Swiftly

    May 26, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Some guys are so painfully shy and scared of rejection that they require a push to make a move. lool. Love the fact that she pushed him to ask her out. Although sometimes it can backfire.

    Congrats Annie. Such a beautiful bride. I knew it was the Leicester Cathedral immediately I saw the Pics. My sis got married there and I can never forget how beautiful the church is.

  31. Noksis

    May 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Beautiful. Money is good. No extravagance. But very classy. Happy Married Life

  32. Demola Aderibigbe

    May 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Mr Johnny..Nice One fam. Beautiful Bride as well… U haff done well

  33. Sylvia Young

    May 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Immaculate! Wedding of the year (2014). Love you so much. I pray God’s blessing upon your lives now and forever more.

  34. Ada

    May 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Wishing you both so much love and happiness.

  35. Berry Dakara

    May 26, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Awww, this is lovely. She’s pretty and I like her bouquet.

    Congratulations to the couple!

    berrydakara.blogspot.com

  36. Akuu

    May 26, 2014 at 10:18 am

    @D Soul i see you, lovely performance keep representing all the best!!!

  37. nyechi

    May 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

    that last picture though…..my favorite …hml annie

  38. Grace Gondo

    May 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Yes what an amazing wedding Jesus showed up. Beautiful couple. What an awesome brides mother sis D well done. Many blessings for the journey

  39. desireA

    May 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful couple and beautiful classic wedding. Let my time turn up Lord.

  40. sum1special

    May 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

    One word- Beautiful

  41. Esther

    May 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    She FLAWLESS.
    I love her dress. Simple and ELEGANT.
    Thats the kinda dress I want.
    Looks effortless. Love it

  42. Sophie

    May 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Fantastic pictures love them all, great to have witnessed it. Congratulations and all the best.

  43. Yours Truly

    May 27, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Stunning bride, gorgeous gown and beautiful wedding!

    yourstrulyblogposts.blogspot.com

  44. Miss Mo

    May 27, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Love the bride’s dresses and shoe. HML to the couple.

  45. Omalicha

    May 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Beautiful wedding! Reception decor was extremely well done! Just looking at her reception dress I already knew it was frm jovani, they retail beautiful gowns, I already knw my reception gown will come frm jovani as well and my gown I already knw where it’s coming frm too but I shall not reveal

  46. viva

    May 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    luvly bride with fine leg

  47. Omo

    May 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Lovely pics, you guys are blessed & highly favoured.

  48. www.eclecticstyle.me

    June 1, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    awwww. toooo beautiful…

  49. Angela Hepplewhite

    June 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Amazing pictures of a beautiful couple. The bride is the image of her gorgeous mother.

  50. GreenDiamond

    June 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Awww soo beautifull!! happy married life

  51. Precious Catering and Events

    June 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    We are so pleased to be part of this beautiful journey of life.Every thing was well organised,beautiful couple’s and lovely family around them.Indeed was a blessed day to remember.Thank you for choosing us to be part of your memorable day.God bless the Union.xx

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