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Tari & Toyo’s Dubai Miracle Garden Pre-Wedding Shoot!| AkinTayoTimi

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Ahhhh! The Dubai Miracle Garden is one spectacular sight. It served as the breathtaking backdrop for Tari & Toyo‘s pre-wedding shoot captured by AkinTayoTimi, also known as “Ty Magic” 🙂

Their laughter, chemistry and the colour in this shoot is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Enjoy & be inspired!

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Bride-to-be: Tari Atte
Groom-to-be: Olatoyosi Awe

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How We Met
from Tari, the bride
We met during NYSC in 2008, he was two batches my senior, and we were both serving at Mobil Nigeria PLC. We had a mutual friend Bimpe. I was working in Drilling and he was working in the Reservoir Engineering department. I was on the 6th floor and he was on the 9th floor. Our friend Bimpe is an engineer and I’m an accountant, so naturally she got on pretty well with the other engineers including Toyo. Her work station was pretty close to the loo, so I was bound to see her everyday. Bimpe always had visitors at her desk including Toyo, but as the shy babe that I am, I usually greeted her only and overlooked the others.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 025 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 005Anyways I think Toyo had noticed my overlooking and complained, “this babe doesn’t say Hi to me o”, and Bimpe being the babe that she was, came and gave the ‘feedback’, as they say feedback is the food for champions.

Fast forward a couple of days later, I saw Toyo at the car park and I knocked on the window and said an exaggerated “HIIIIIIIII!”. He laughed and asked me to sit in the car and I think we gisted randomly and then I left, not sure when the phone number exchange happened but it did (No PIN, and What’s App then). Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 007 But I do remember that after that we were gisting all day everyday, I remember buying a Glo line just so our calls would be cheaper (those days of N50 per minute tins, Oh Lawd, how things have changed). Anyways 4 months of non-stop calls, texts, and hangouts …….. He officially asked me to be his girlfriend (Times have changed o) Lol.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 028from Toyo, the groom
We met during our NYSC at Mobil. I think she was 2 sets after me. Anyways here I was, a hard diligent worker fully focused on my duties in the office, then this new set of Corpers started work and they were just everywhere. I used to go visit a friend of mine, Bimpe, regularly on another floor, where Tari was based and I noticed everytime she walked by me, she made sure to avoid any eye contact whatsoever, which was weird lol.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 008Anyways, I mentioned it to Bimpe, who decided to mention it to Tari. The result was that a few days later, while driving out of the car park, she knocked on the window of my car to say hello, and I asked if she wanted a ride to the gate (which she did not need as her car was in the same car park loll… hey, but I did not know) and that was the beginning…

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The Proposal
from Tari, the bride

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 013 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 014Toyo and I had been dating for 5 years non-stop by 2014, and we discussed previously about when we would be ready to settle down, and of course we identified boxes we wanted to be ticked before settling, by 2013 by God’s grace, most boxes had been ticked and so the clock was ticking, he had asked what kind of ring I liked, on one of our trips to Yankee (the US), I had pointed out my preferences, so girls were getting excited.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 017 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 002 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 001Summer of 2013, he came to Naija for hols (After NYSC, we both relocated to the Uk for school and work, and I moved back to Naija late 2011 while he remained) as was the compromise we had to see each other at least every 3 months because of the Long Distance Relationship.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 003 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 020 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 021 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 023September 2013, he came around and babes were expecting things to happen, but nothing, December came, he came to town, ah ah, nothing, January 1 nothing, on January 10th, the last day, my mind had concluded that on the next holiday it would happen.

January 10th was my best friend, Ada‘s birthday and we were planning a surprise dinner for her at Radisson Blu, VI.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 037 Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 035 We went to the dinner and Ada was surprised of course, and we ate, had drinks, gisted and we were merry…. The bill came and the accountant in me began scrutinizing the bill to be sure (You know how this things are na).

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 036Anyways from the corner of my eyes, I saw a cake and I thought it was for Ada when suddenly the cake landed in front of me with words MARRY ME, I looked to Toyo’s side and he was on his knees. As usual, I don’t remember anything he said or didn’t say, but I do remember him slipping the ring on!

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 038from Toyo, the groom
Well, considering that we had been dating for over 5 years, I think if I decided to take her out for a romantic evening or anything special, she would have been expectant of a ring lol (she prefers to think she’s smarter than I am, so I let her). So I decided that I would do it on one of her best friend’s birthday, of course with her (the best friend, Ada’s) permission.

My fiancée, I think, decided to take the day off that day (or half day?), so it was almost impossible to go and make arrangements as she insisted on spending time with me, since I was going to head back to London. So I had to engage my beautiful sister to go make all of the arrangements for me.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 039The birthday dinner was hosted for Ada, and throughout the dinner, I could barely taste the food as I knew I was going to propose in public, which was not my first choice, but my sisters insisted. Anyways, we ate dinner, had cake, took ice cream, drank wine, and then the bill came.

Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 041 So while the accountant in her was scrutinizing the bill, I had them bring a tray with red petals arranged and the ring in the middle of it, while the conventional cake with “Will you marry me?” followed. All through this, she was still looking at the bill not knowing what was happening. Tari & Toyo | Dubai Miracle Garden Pre Wedding Shoot | AkinTayoTimi | BellaNaija 042She finally looked up and saw me kneeling down with everyone staring at her, and then I popped the question and the tears started pouring it out, not from my face of course. I figured that was a “YES!” to my question but I insisted she say the word, just in case the tears were for something else lol.

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40 Comments

  1. otutom

    October 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

    very colourful.I pray your marriage should forever remain colourful

  2. congrats

    October 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

    so,i woke up to another beautiful love story/engagement news. now i am convinced my bf is a woman.i have been dating him for more than 5yrs, hiss.
    congrats to the couple and may God bless your union.

    • Africhic

      October 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

      If you didn’t see this post would you be upset? Relax!

    • madam

      October 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

      sorry dear

    • abi

      October 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Lol mine na 10yrs,wetin make I do

    • Atl's finest

      October 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

      Don’t be upset boo!!! Your time will come. I applaud U to stAying this long because after 3yrs I was out & in the next lane! Hallelujah I did….#phew#

    • Atl's finest

      October 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

      *for*

    • A.

      October 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Awww don’t worry darling. Foe the fact you can still be kind enough to wish others well,it will be well with you. I will keep you in my prayers. Your own will come and it will be more than you ever wished for.

  3. Fre

    October 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Lol @ just incase the tears were for something else.
    God bless you guys 🙂

  4. Bellemoizelle

    October 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Very beautiful love story! I love to love!!La vie est belle………….

  5. jhennique

    October 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

    awwwww! Nice!. But all this fary tale stories sha…

  6. nk

    October 28, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Congrats Tari. U both look great together!!

  7. sparkle

    October 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Lovely, may their union be blessed

  8. www.thelmathinks.com

    October 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Oh Lord this couple makes me want to fall and be fallen in love with, like yesterday! Too beautiful. May your union be blessed and fruitful.

  9. gigi

    October 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

    awwwww….. congrats Tari… Cant stop smiling…

  10. lindo

    October 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful is an understatement , this is awe inspiring.

  11. desireayo

    October 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

    So beautiful. I wish you both a wonderful marriage.

  12. peace

    October 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

    congratulations Tari!!! Wish u color & happiness all your days together.

  13. Chibz

    October 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    oh…I love love!

  14. tots

    October 28, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Lovely,God bless u guys. #sounds lik rich kids,nysc in mobil, relocate to uk, holiday in yankeey (US).

  15. teekay

    October 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Awwwww this us so sweet

  16. ella

    October 28, 2014 at 11:17 am

    awwwwwwwwww beautiful

  17. Que

    October 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Lol @ wanting her to say d words, to be sure the tears weren’t for sth else… nice story, best wishes..

  18. kk

    October 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Aww…congrats Tari!!!!

  19. funke

    October 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Congrats darling! May your marriage be blessed, fun and colorful……looking foward 2 the wedding 🙂

  20. YEYEAREWA

    October 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    i soo remember this babe from CU. very funny girl. Congrats to her

  21. Chinny

    October 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Awwwww this made me happy. Wishing you a beautiful wedding and marriage.

  22. Opsy

    October 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Beautiful story, beautiful people!!!

  23. aduksy

    October 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Iyawo Yoruba! 🙂 Congrats dearie. God Bless your union

  24. Shaniqua

    October 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    God is able to do just what he says he will do,,,

  25. Tilz

    October 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Chei!! These are the moments……

  26. Ayaba

    October 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

    ihoooo!!! money fine oooh!!!!! Dubai na fine ctry ooooh!!!
    anoda thg added to ma wish list. But first let me say a prayer;
    ‘Oh Lord I wish to visit this place one day to celebrate an anniversary or sthg’ Amen!!
    ehe!! colourful shoots. pretty couple. I looovee their spirit
    Love na good thg ooooh!!!!

  27. Bolajoko

    October 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Loving this seriously………………

  28. x-factor

    October 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Beautiful….congratulations

  29. justme

    November 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Interesting story… God bless your union.

    All this Bella Wedding ehen, go dey make person believe in fairytale. i wish for a “happily ever after” story too. Someday.

  30. ktemi

    November 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    definitely a beautiful location…the flowers r amazing!! would luv to visit Dubai now

  31. ktemi

    November 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    & I also love her chilled outfits…very relaxed vibe

  32. ktemi

    November 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    girls were getting excited lol…..don’t know some guys like to wait so long though

  33. Ndali

    November 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Awwwww! This is too nice.

  34. Ochouba Chidinma

    March 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Happy People!!…. God Bless Your Home!!……

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