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BellaNaija Weddings presents “The Atilary Wedding”! Barbara Ejemhen Irianan & Alex Ogbe

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When Barbara Ejemhen Irianan met Alex Ogbe at his birthday party, he told her she was his “birthday gift from God” and would one day be his wife. Well … he was right!

“The Atilary Wedding” was a beautiful affair from Warri, Delta state to an intimate wedding dinner by Nigerian standards – less than 200 guests – in Abuja where the couple resides. The Atilary Wedding 2014 | Edo Nigerian Wedding | BellaNaija | 862C7873Atilary {click here for his BN Weddings features} is the name of the groom’s photography company, so fittingly, the couple envisaged the ceremony to highlight the photographer who is usually behind the lens, in front of the lens for his big day. He even took some of the shots of him and his beautiful bride by himself!

We’re honoured the couple shared their joyous moments with us.

BN Weddings wishes Barbara and Alex a lifetime of joy and love.

~ All Photos by Atilary.

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How Did You Meet?
by the bride, Barbara
We met on the night of the groom’s birthday at his surprise birthday party in 2010. Being the shy type it was a miracle he mustered up the courage to come say “hi”. His friend came over to say hello to my friend so I guess not to be left out as a wing man he walked up to me with his best “fine boy swag” on. And it worked because not only had I been checking him out all night (he was the tallest guy in sight) he was very charming! It was literally butterflies from then on. We talked for the rest of the night, it was like catching up with an old friend.

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The Proposal
We had just moved in to our new place and decided to throw a little housewarming. We had had the busiest week settling in and making arrangements for the party, so an engagement was definitely the last thing on my mind! I remember I was running around with no shoes on serving our guests and my friend kept banging on about me putting on my shoes. In retrospect I understood why she wanted me to look presentable lol.

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Advice from the Couple! (they planned their wedding themselves)

Don’t waste money trying to impress your followers or friends! Have a wedding that fits your pocket and makes YOU and YOUR partner happy! Your wedding isn’t about anyone else but BOTH of you so try and impress YOURSELVES and not anyone else. They will eat and go home and soon forget all about your wedding, so what’s the point? It’s a one day affair and life goes on after that so be wise financially.

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Most importantly God comes first, leave everything in Gods hands and he will come beyond and above for you and meet all your needs and exceed your expectations!

The Atilary Wedding 2014 | Edo Nigerian Wedding | BellaNaija | 862C0408Finally have fun planning! Make it draw you and your partner closer, heck, take him to your make up trial, aso ebi shopping and dress fittings with you, it worked for me! Find what suits you both. Planning and doing absolutely everything related to the wedding together made us best friends and further tailored our vision of our wedding most accurately to our dream wedding!

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~ All Photography: The Atilary Team | instagram.com/atilary_ & @nsoedondubuisi & @mofebamuyiwa| Email: atilarystudio (at) yahoo.com

Wedding Info – Date | Venue | Colours
Traditional Wedding: 15th November 2014 | Bride’s family house in Warri, Delta State | Blue and pink
White Wedding: 22nd November 2014 | Dunes Restaurant, Maitama, Abuja | Gold & pink

Wedding Attire
Wedding dress: Blu by Mori Lee 2015 collection. Bride’s note: I was the first bride in that dress!
Reception dress: Sherri Hill
Bride’s Trad Makeup: @Christine_Creations for MUD Nigeria
Bride’s White Makeup: @MamzaBeauty

Groom’s Suit: Tom Ford
Groomsmen Tuxedo Jackets: Brook Taverner
Groomsmen Pants: @KimonoKollection
Bridesmaids Dresses: @SommaPurple

Traditional Wedding
Blue Dress: @FalkebyAisha
Gold Dress: @StyleTemple

Vendors
Wedding Planner: Bride & Groom
Decor, flowers, table setting: @NorthernBelleNG
Passcard: @ifidon
DJ: @ukogabriel

59 Comments

  1. Ajiro

    January 13, 2015 at 6:30 am

    She is Gorgeous!! Kiss on the first day u all met? Lol I like sha. Great looking couple!

  2. lupi

    January 13, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Lovely. Nice and small wedding. Wishing them the best.

  3. Wabbit

    January 13, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Girl! am happy for you. Enjoy your marriage and happy new year.

  4. ATL's finest

    January 13, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Nice! I love to he blue and pink combo. It was nice running around for aso-ebi and dress fitting with him. However, I don’t think I want my man going dressing fitting with me. Asin I want him to be in shock when he sees me for the first time walking down d aisle infact, let him start weeping over how beautiful I look in my dress.

    • concerned

      January 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      You know?! Haba! Let him weep with sheer joy LOL. Love them though.

    • Elle

      January 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      real real love, love them!

  5. mrs chidukane

    January 13, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Her trad makeup is on point. I also love the venue and intimacy of her white wedding. All together, very lovely

    • blogaddict

      January 16, 2015 at 10:16 am

      I am with you on this @ intimacy of her white wedding. thank God its possible in Nigeria

  6. Nikky

    January 13, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Gorgeous smiling couple God bless y’al

  7. L

    January 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Wow. This is such a Beautiful wedding and this is what it should be about. though people are differnt and some will like extravagant celebrations I really love how they both made it personal. I love the henna on her hand. Taking inspiration from the northern culture. I wish them happiness, joy and love in their marraige

  8. uju

    January 13, 2015 at 7:56 am

    I love Love Love….looks like they had loads of fun and just close friends and family attended the event.i have always admired atilary’s Jobs,Really beautiful and professional and they don’t look like they have been overworked on,his bride is as pretty as they come.i wish them a blessed Marrraige!

  9. Eve82

    January 13, 2015 at 8:05 am

    For some reason, her eyes reminds me of Regina Askia.

    • Easy n Gentle

      January 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

      She reminds me of Shelby in Best man (1999) ☺️

  10. TheKenyan

    January 13, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Awesome

  11. juju

    January 13, 2015 at 8:35 am

    first! best advise ive ever heard from a couple, very real… and look at d pictures, she still had over 7 dresses oh!.. ive realized overtime dt is not how extravagant or one in town ur wedding is, just like they said, evryone wld go home and it wld b on to d next one, its having ppl around that make you happy and celebrate that matters. trust me when you have that in wedding it wld feel like the biggest wedding ever., cuz those that matters were present.

    just another quick point, some brides push deir family esp d young girls aside e.g. their cousins all in d name of proving to their friends! i pray To God that im not one of them, even if your friends are there to support you, family was and would always be there! peace…just saying

  12. Eileen

    January 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

    They r so in love..congrats alex.

  13. Miss_Flygerian

    January 13, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Classy classy classy. Barbara has always had taste, from way back in secondary school.

    • blessed

      January 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      hehehheh. i know right!! ST. PATRICKS repping always!!
      they both look amazing. i am always so happy to see our schoolmates doing so beautifully, i cant thank God enough everytime. God bless them extravagantly, Amen.

  14. Ada Nnewi

    January 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

    This is my best bella naija wedding ever!!! Happy Married Life to you both!

  15. God's favorite

    January 13, 2015 at 9:04 am

    congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! such a beautiful wedding.

  16. naana

    January 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

    just beautiful!!!!!! congrats to you guys and may God bless ur union..

  17. Fashionista

    January 13, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Love the size of the white wedding! Happy married life to you both.

  18. vivian

    January 13, 2015 at 9:18 am

    The groom looks so very hansome..and dapper,..the bride.,OMG!..those eyes are to die foe..her make up artistes sabi wetin dey,..
    i love the intimacy of the wedding..that is what it is about,..#JustFamilyAndFriends…
    I LOVE IT!!!
    I pray to meet my own husband this year..someone who will look at me with that sort of intensity..and just know right away that i am his ‘gift’ from God.
    *exhales deeply*….anyways,Happy married life to you both!..may the good Lord bless you both with marital bliss and fruitfulness,AMEN.

  19. Grown Woman

    January 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Wow beautiful and intimate wedding.HML to them

  20. Temilola

    January 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Lovely, congrats to them!

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  21. JULIE

    January 13, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Wow lovely wedding i like her smile may God continue to put a smile in ur face for rest of ur marriage Amen. God pls let me have a colorful wedding like this

  22. BubblyBliss

    January 13, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Love how precious and personal these gifts are. Clearly someone loves her Disney princesses http://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/The-Atilary-Wedding-2014-Edo-Nigerian-Wedding-BellaNaija-862C8969.jpg

    Such a beautiful wedding. And see, you can still pull off a small intimate wedding in Nigeria no matter how popular you are (the groom is a popular photographer and the bride has done some modelling for Dzyn)

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Disney Princesses!!!! The bride is my Kind!!!

  23. Priscy

    January 13, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Wow…beautiful intimate wedding
    Cute couple….una children go so fine ehn
    I love all the brides dresses

  24. Adwoa

    January 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Sometimes i come on here at Bellanaija and am amazed at how diverse we are as Africans. it’s such a sweet feeling. 200 people at a white wedding its so normal in Ghana, in some circles it will even be labelled a ‘large” wedding yet in Nigeria everyone is gushing about how small and intimate it is.
    Now, that is a second dress i will definitely rock! This is what i have always envisaged as a second dress. Short and totally cute. will be so much fun on the dance floor.
    Those eyes…………. lips sealed!

    • Ama

      January 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      I know right….in Ghana this wedding right here could pass for a ‘society wedding’. Our modesty and moderation is just so overwhelming.

    • oke

      January 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      So Nigerians are not modest?our population is almost 2wise Ghana’s + every country with their level of extravagance abeg we love it big liv us alone!

    • African Salon Dubai

      January 15, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Nigeria population is 5 times that of Ghana!

    • Abena

      January 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

      That was my thoughts too.. every Nigerian here says this wedding is intimate..hahahaha,In Ghana this wedding is BIG!
      But then i could understand them because the average has an attendance which is always in the 1000’s.. that one always beats me
      I think we Ghanaians define what intimate when it comes to wedding..
      Nigerians live large and are unapologetic about it (said with love oo)

  25. ruky

    January 13, 2015 at 11:41 am

    This is my kind of wedding. I am going to bookmark this to reference in the future. I am not a fan of huge weddings that you cannot even name half of the attendants.

  26. nino

    January 13, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Such a stunning girl. Wow
    wars can be waged and kingdoms pulled down by her looks and I’m a girl o

    Groom is equally a looker but the chemistry bte them ehn
    ..I can see how kiss on first meet up happened

  27. x-factor

    January 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Congrats!

  28. Oma Oma

    January 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I Loooooooove Artilary and his bride that’s why I stalk them on Instagram…..lol #GroupieAlert

  29. Chinny

    January 13, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for making me feel better. Planning a 150 guest wedding in lag and was emphasizing to mum how its strictly by invitation, she kept saying hmmm and gbam. Know im more certain that we can achieve it.
    Love love everything about your wedding.

    • Unknown

      January 14, 2015 at 12:15 am

      I hope you can pull it off… Me I planned my own strictly by IV , but trust my Mother in law and her family members, they came n brought people in multiples even arguing with guests that had assigned seating… smh… Its doable anywhere…. Best of luck…

  30. GORG

    January 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    PLEASE who knows what color her contact lens are? I want them, so pretty. Nice wedding btw. God bless your home.

  31. Bisi

    January 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    All manners of Gorgeous..*thumbs up*

  32. Nina

    January 13, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Barbara the Beauty Queen…very lovely bride.

  33. Falke by aisha

    January 13, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Oh babra and Alex. Beautiful couple. I did the blue dress. They brought the fabric together. They came for fitting together. I love their kind of love. He is actually her best friend. So happy for both of you.

  34. Janedoe

    January 14, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Very beautiful, down to earth couple, I love it

  35. Eloho

    January 14, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I am definately stealing this idea,small wedding it is for me. May God bless your marriage.

  36. IRA

    January 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    This is just stunning,, love love love!!! from makeup to concept, you can tell the guests enjoyed themselves and will remember every single aspect of the wedding an d reception, u can also bet the bride met every single friend that showed up!!! so quaint, beautiful and you actually will remember every moment. this is what i want but with His fam and mine, STORY 4D gODS

  37. ab

    January 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Ejemen, Omo Daddy!
    So nice, pls come bk n visit us in Canada oh, n bring ur handsome beau along too..

    Best of luck as u enjoy your journey of marriage!

  38. ayobami

    January 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Lovely couple, the bride is gorgeous and her man is hot ,wishing them a blissful marriage. Totally love the idea of a small wedding but I know it’s not possible cause my family alone has passed 200 my dad is the last in 31 children (my grandpa is a G lol 9 wives) my mum is the last of 8. The uncountable cousins and I can imagine telling my yoruba aunties that it’s strictly by I.V and they can’t bring their cliques if I hear . They ‘ll break me

  39. Nago

    January 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I absolutely love this wedding! I wanted to scroll past this post cos I had so much to catch up on (been off Internet). So much love was put into d planning. Its apparent their parents didn’t succeed in interfering with guest number. The bride fine well well. Her makeup artist did her right.
    @chinny, put ur feet down on what u want cos it’s ur wedding. But still have extra drinks and food on the side just for people who will be at family house and relatives who would help that day.
    I still dey try recover from my wedding, It wasn’t a BN wedding, lol…. but it was wonderful. No plenty hitches. I thank God immensely.

  40. mynigerianweddingdirectory

    January 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful Wedding, Happy Marriage. .

    mynigerianweddingdirectory.com.

  41. ktemi

    January 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Absolutely luv her 2nd dress for wedding: cute and flirty. Love the flowers- her bouquet and table flowers and the fact they really made it their wedding: no decorated table for bride and groom (though I like such)

    She defo likes her dresses! I counted 6 for the pre-wedding pixs and the 1st one looked like a wedding dress!

  42. Ohis Equilibrium

    January 17, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I’d gush but others have done a far better job as your love story is really worth celebrating. So I pray for a marriage that glows so bright it places your wedding firmly in the shade.
    Live a good life and stay BFF…

  43. Nikki

    January 18, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Congratulations Barbara and Alex…Beautiful!!!! God bless your marriage forever!

  44. Lana

    January 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

    wow, such a classy wedding! This is definitely my favorite wedding ever. I so love everything about it that I don’t know where to start. All I can say is that I feel the love between the bride & groom.. Side: Is the bride from VF? I see Uju and Winifred.

    Happy Married Life!!!

  45. PurpleiciousBabe

    January 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I LOVE THEIR HEIGHTS…
    Wow!! theirs kids would be gorgeessss…
    Love the look and thanks for sharing.
    No doubt your marriage will be filled with love and happiness.
    xoxoxo

  46. buzbuzmembu

    January 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I still cant believe its dsame Ejemhen in presco high, wif d glasses nd lowcut (we all had lowcuts lol) used to be my best buddy den. Really happy for you. God bless ur union babe.

  47. paula

    January 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    and ah love d cakes. . me want

  48. N.Uche

    January 31, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Absolutely loved this piece…I loved the engagement shoot the best especially the photo where the groom is “taking” a pic of the bride on the railroad tracks since he is a photographer, lol. Too cute! Lovely couple, all the best into your marriage-from Atlanta, GA
    N.Uche of Wed Becomes Her Wedding Planning & Coordination Co.

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