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Surprise Proposal in Atlanta | Fotos by Fola | BellaNaija | SB_BN_FBF_04747Bukky and Samuel‘s love story started when they were 16! – They met because her sister ‘hooked her up’ with him as her prom date.

The groom-to-be planned the perfect proposal with photog Fotos by Fola, after a fun ride on a Ferris wheel.

Be inspired!

Bride-to-be: Bukky
Groom-to-be: Samuel

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How We Met
“How God intertwined our paths”, by the bride Bukky
When I was a senior in high school my older sister asked me if I was going to prom and I said no because I had no date 🙁 lol. So she called her friend Joseph (Samuel’s older brother) and asked if his little brother was seeing anyone, and if he wasn’t would he ask me to prom. I was HORRIFIED! I didn’t want him thinking I was some loser who couldn’t get a prom date lol! So when he called and asked me I told him that I would think about it….I figured he would give up and not call again…but he did! So we talked almost every day until prom night. So he took me to prom and we danced the night away lol. Afterwards my sis said she was going to drop him and home and i was going to a friend’s house so we said our good-byes. I thought I wouldn’t hear from him or talk to him again because all he promised to do was take me to prom. But early the next morning he text me that he spent the night at my house because no one was home to open the door at his house lol. So I rushed home to see him again before he left (Drove on the highway for the first time for him, lol). So we said our good-byes (again)…..and he never stopped calling 🙂 Like any relationship, especially one started so young, we went through our growing pains but God ALWAYS brought us back together stronger and closer than before.

The Proposal!
Samuel: Planning this wonderful day all began when I approached Afolabi (Fotos by Fola) about my plans. Knowing he’s been doing this kind of stuff for a long time, he was the first person that came to mind. We sat down I told him I was going to propose soon, the ideas I had in mind and would like for him to be a part of it… I wanted something memorable, not too over the top but at the same time not a cliché type proposal.

Since my bride-to-be and I met in Atlanta and this has been our home for years, I thought I needed do something that ties in with the city we love so much. An idea finally stuck when she told me she found out that there’s a Ferris wheel downtown and she would love to go (keep in mind this was months ago). I didn’t want to take her on it and then use that that again for the proposal so I kept putting it off and coming up with excuse upon excuse every time she reminded me about it. What made it worse was we would drive through downtown and she’ll see it and be like, “you still haven’t taken me on the Ferris wheel but it’s cool” making me feel guilty each time. So after talking to Afolabi, we planned to go downtown a couple of days later to make sure everything worked out precisely. We get there and before we knew it rain started pouring, that’s all it took to start second guessing the entire thing. I said maybe it’s a sign that this proposal plan won’t work but Afolabi and my close friend (Tobi) convinced me it will work out perfectly. Next step was getting the ring. I knew exactly what she liked since we’ve been ring shopping for months. The following week I went with her older brother (Lekan) to go buy the ring. On our way there I told him what I was getting ready to do and how nervous I was… he could see it all over my face lol. The following day I told her I got some free tickets at work for the Ferris wheel and we can finally go… She was so excited! I was like hey we can go before we head to your friend’s (Kemi) birthday dinner since it’s close to downtown and she agreed to it (Kemi was already in on it too). I had to work some music into my plans so I called up my friend Ebi (DJ Ecool) and asked him if he was available on that day to play one of the songs we’ve loved since we started dating. A couple of days later it was time to have “The talk” with Bukky’s mom (Daddy is resting in peace). Scheduling that was already proving to be an issue with mommy being home and Bukky being at home as well. Finally, with Lekan’s help I got mommy to come over to my place. I explained to her my plans and asked for her blessing which she gladly gave along with some really important advice I took to heart.

August 15th, 2014 finally arrived. I get to work and ALL I could think about was the proposal that evening. For everything to work out perfectly as planned timing was really important. Earlier in the week Lekan sent out texts to friends and family I knew she would love to witness this day. After work I got home, she came over to pick me up and we headed to Skyview. The whole trip there I tried to remain as calm as possible reciting my speech in my head at the same time checking in with Tobi and Lekan to see if everyone had arrived. She could tell something was wrong but I played it off and said I had a long day at work and was tired. We finally get there and park the car. I immediately started looking around hoping not to run into anyone I invited. Thank God that didn’t happen. We got on the ride and it was really awesome!Surprise Proposal in Atlanta | Fotos by Fola | BellaNaija | SB_BN_FBF_00101

Bukky: So I have always loved Ferris wheels, so I had been bugging him for months to take me on the Atlanta Skyview (a Ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta). He finally agreed to take me on Friday and then we planned to head to a friend’s birthday dinner afterwards. On our way to Skyview I noticed that he was acting weird….quiet, not really paying attention, etc. I asked what was wrong and he said he was tired so I let it go. We went on the Ferris wheel as planned (LOVED IT! lol) …

Samuel: The view…seeing the whole of Atlanta…she loved it! I personally didn’t really get to enjoy much of it because I was so nervous. On the inside I was trying to recite my speech… thinking how long the ride was going to last for…thinking if everyone had arrived… just so many thoughts but I managed to keep cool. The ride finally ended. Since we still had some time before dinner, I suggested we walk across the street to Centennial Park.Surprise Proposal in Atlanta | Fotos by Fola | BellaNaija | SB_BN_FBF_00202Surprise Proposal in Atlanta | Fotos by Fola | BellaNaija | SB_BN_FBF_00303Samuel: As we were walking I was hoping she didn’t spot anyone and right before we get to where I planned on doing it, she tells me her feet hurt and we should sit down for a bit.

Bukky: …and after he suggested that we walk over to Centennial Park by the water fountains. When we got there I told him that we needed to take a break and sit by the benches (My feet hurt, lol).

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Samuel: Ebi right on cue starts playing “No One Else Comes Close – Joe”. I asked her that we should get closer to the water fountain and by the time we walked up she started to figure out what was happening. The tears started coming, she didn’t even waste time lol.Surprise Proposal in Atlanta | Fotos by Fola | BellaNaija | SB_BN_FBF_00909

Bukky: While we were sitting there I heard our song, Joe-No One Else Comes Close 🙂 And I looked at him and said it was odd because its a slow song and its an old song for them to be playing at the park. He suggested we go closer the fountain and when we got down there I saw one of his friends (DJ Ecool) standing behind a speaker.

Samuel: The speech I’d been working so hard to deliver perfectly…I didn’t have enough time to say everything. I hugged her and whispered in her ear that I would love to spend the rest of my life with her if she would have me. The tears really came rolling.

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Samuel: I got down on one knee and pulled out the ring box from my shoe and asked the woman I love more than anything in this world to marry me… she said YES! Our friends and family saw the whole thing and came running towards us and the rest is history… A wonderful day I will never forget!

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Bukky: By the time I turned to him and asked what was going on he had started his “proposal speech” and then the tears came! When he got on his knee, I saw Steve (Fotos by Fola) with a camera and then I heard screaming and shouting and looked up to see a huge crowd of our family and friends running towards us.

Surprise Proposal in Atlanta | Fotos by Fola | BellaNaija | SB_BN_FBF_01414Of course I said yes and he put the ring (AKA Rock) on my finger!Surprise Proposal in Atlanta | Fotos by Fola | BellaNaija | SB_BN_FBF_01313We have been dating since we were 16, so it was truly the best moment of my life as the man of my dreams asked me to become his queen just as the sun set in the background, the water fountain erupted, and family and friends cheered and supported us.

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~ Photography: Fotos by Fola

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73 Comments

  1. pretti

    September 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    CONGRATS. CUTE

  2. cee

    September 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    nice couple …I must admit that the guy is too too cute…best of luck guys xxx

  3. tomi

    September 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Awwww… tears tears tears. I love the fact that the pictures are real and not planned as a pre wedding shoot. That shouldnt be necessary again as the photographer already did a great job at capturing every single moment of it.. Wish them all the best. P.S i love her shoes.

  4. Miss Pee

    September 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    So emotional and lovely, congrats

  5. Mimi

    September 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Strange……but a tear almost dropped! Too sweet! Wish them the best!

    • Tumzzy

      September 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Me too

  6. Modella

    September 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Heheheh..what guys go through during proposing thou..Hope someone won’t breakdown some day..cute couple

  7. Orekelewa

    September 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    me too @mimi.. a tear actually dropped in my own case…God bless u guys

  8. Fisa

    September 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Now i wannna cryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

    • I'mJustSayn'

      September 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      I cried!

  9. AVID BLOG READER

    September 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    So sweet. Her body is banging!

  10. Loulou

    September 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Ca’t help but love a guy who is so thoughtful, and loves with his whole heart. I am so happy for you guys, and you have beautiful friends and family too. Congratulations……

  11. chinyere

    September 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    pls who is still single among those handsome am seeing right there! abeg i need my own ring o!!!!!

    • magh

      September 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

      lol..your comment made me laugh “i need my own ring o ” like it’s plate of food / candy or something.. in due time sis 😀

  12. yOMI bLACK

    September 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    love her sandal and d guy is cute

    • IsThatWhyWeAreHere?

      September 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      U know this…That was all i was looking at.

  13. temmie

    September 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Amazeballs! Beautiful couple.

  14. Noms

    September 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Cool stuff. Had to hold back the . . .tears. God bless your union.

  15. wemmy

    September 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    beautiful……… God i want a man who is thoughtful, romantic and spontaneous……

    May God bless your union forever.

  16. Oreoluwa

    September 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Omg.
    I could cry.

  17. divadivine

    September 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    this out a HUGE smile on my face!! Congrats and I wish them the very best in their life together

    • divadivine

      September 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      *put

  18. Tommy

    September 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    cute,mine is going to b like there’s.

  19. Titispassion

    September 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Congrats Sam and Bukky! I am so HAPPY for you guys and cant wait for the big day. It was a beautiful day and I am glad I was there, to witness the proposal:) Great job FBF:)

  20. bbbakre

    September 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Congrats Bukky! I Look forward to the big day!

  21. ebony87

    September 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Awwwwwwwww. I cried. He is so thoughtful and she must be one amazing woman. Wow!!!!!Since the age of 16………God will grant you both a wonderful and long marriage {forever}….Bless you both

  22. sum1special

    September 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Most beautiful proposal ever…well thought and planned..am sure the girl felt over the moon. I love guys like this who make an effort into making their woman feel special…a lot of guys could take cue from this.

  23. Jenni

    September 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Beautiful couple They sort of look alike as well.

    african-sweetheart.com

  24. x-factor

    September 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Wow! congrats

  25. bunmi akinde

    September 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    awwww i feel so emotional right now………

  26. nk

    September 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Lovely! wish them all the best!

  27. Asgrl

    September 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    These damn onions I’m cutting!

  28. Ty

    September 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    So lovely…..best of luck guys

  29. yvonne

    September 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Awww this is so cute… OT: When I peeped the B. Atwood Sandals she had on to go to a park, I was like damn her feet are gonna hurt like hell … then I read –> “When we got there I told him that we needed to take a break and sit by the benches (My feet hurt, lol).” That cracked me up …. Anyway, big congrats to the couple, wish them a blessed marital life!

  30. NNENNE

    September 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Congratulations guys. Big sisters indeed do know bette.r

  31. chibby

    September 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    My first comment on this platform……… the guy is lovely and thoughtful.

  32. didi

    September 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Such a romantic proposal, actually had tears while reading tru. Wish them a wonderful union.

  33. Fotos by fola

    September 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Love it. Thank you so much for featuring this beautiful couple. Really nice feature!

  34. Olori Tari

    September 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Awww she never hexpererit. How can you not LOVE love ? Love is a ‘beauriful’ thing.

  35. coniby

    September 8, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    How Sweet,handkerchief soaked!Just love the proposal trend these days,adding so much life,Congrats and Happy Marriage Life in advance

  36. nyinyes

    September 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    So romantic. Sobs

  37. Khaleesi

    September 9, 2014 at 1:15 am

    so lovely
    congrats!

  38. dapo

    September 9, 2014 at 4:41 am

    cuttteeee

  39. IFY

    September 9, 2014 at 5:40 am

    congrats to both of them and i want those sandals !!

  40. Feirooz

    September 9, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Tooooo cute *as tears roll down*

  41. HRS

    September 9, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Congrats Sam & Bukky, love love love their story, sweetest surprise proposal ever! Cute couple! Lovely shoes Bukky 😀 Wish you both happily ever after!

  42. Temi

    September 9, 2014 at 9:10 am

    i love happy endings
    congrat

  43. M a r i c h u i

    September 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

    wow!

  44. Bukola

    September 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I love love…….. Congrats to both of you… Lord bless me indeed in every aspect of my life ooo. Thank you Lord Jesus

  45. married2dabest

    September 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    lovely proposal, my proposal was inside d boutique with no ring my dear,fact say i guy ask sef i jump inside my tummy come form say no ring, with my hubby heading straight from d airport told him to go look for something to present, d guy buy fanta come back. after 2kids and 2 jeeps and 2013 avensis at my disposal he his forgiven, but i make he come check this sweet proposal oo, and redo his own jare on our 5th anniversary. I gbadun dis real unplanned surprise. sweetheart when u read my comment, come home and do d needful, promise that night we no go sleep till daybreak. lol

    • singlepweetylady

      September 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      my gal just take akamu and moi moi carry ur hubby go lagos beach, carry photographer and dj, put ur pikin for back and remix ur own proposal, buy Coke as he don buy fanta bfore. lol abeg i dey find better man who go just take me dwn d aisle and be happy with all of my days

  46. SA_chic

    September 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Congratulations! What a thoughtful proposal. All the best.

  47. Opeyemi

    September 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Beautiful story…congrats guys xoxo

  48. Dee

    September 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Lovely. Wot I love most about bellanaija, are comments. Lol

  49. aaaeventsanddesign.blogspot.com

    September 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    nice and touching
    aaaeventsanddesign.blogspot.com

  50. HRS_Cindy

    September 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I had tears in my eyes….awww
    Sighhhh

  51. cutee. mytestimonys.blogspot.com/2014/09/ronke-eliagwu-always-forever.html

  52. nonygold

    September 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

    omg i luv this.

  53. Alice

    September 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    So lovely, can’t stop d tears, God bless ur home.

  54. BrownSugah

    September 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    OMG! I just love to luurvvvvvvve! Love is a beautiful thing (In D’banj;s voice)

  55. Kayode

    September 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely. The pictures looked super lovely when I saw them last month, but reading the whole story of how everything went left me emotional…so sweet. I can remember vividly, bukky at 4 years old, so to see her all grown getting married means a lot to me…really touching.

    Sam and Bukky, I wish you all the best.

  56. Dotty

    September 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    the guy is still looking 16 bikonu! #toocutejor#

  57. Funtizzy

    September 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Congratulations 2 my darling aburos.

  58. Debbie

    September 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I must say am really inspired,this is a man that knows what he wants and goes for it since 16 WOW!!!!! , God bless your union.

  59. chinos

    September 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Lovely n she has cute pictures even wen she was crying.I spoilt all my pictures with tears.

  60. Jaennie_walker

    September 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Awwww… This is just sooo sweet! n Cute too… Wish you guys a HML!

  61. lola

    September 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    omG! this is one of the cutest couple & sweetest proposal I’ve see….aww they look so cute together!

  62. Excel

    September 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    sweeeeet……

  63. henrietta

    September 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    This is so touching and sweet, i shed a tear:
    Samuel: I got down on one knee and pulled out the ring box from my shoe and asked the woman I love more than anything in this world to marry me… she said YES!
    Wishing them a beautiful home.

  64. laviva

    September 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    SIMPLY EXCEPTIONAL. SOME PEOPLE DON’T BOTHER TRYING TO DO ANYTHING SPECIAL FOR THEIR GIRLS. HMMMM

  65. KAMA

    September 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    So sweet

  66. uju

    December 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Fola did an incredibly fantastic job capturing very moment of this and she didn’t even see him,…..choi!!!,,,ya a master!!!…congrats to this lovely pair

  67. BB

    January 23, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Congrats Sam & Bukky, unique couple indeed. God bless your union.

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