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AkinTayoTimi & BellaNaija Weddings 2015 - Temitope & Temitope Dubai Nigerian Wedding-Raffles Hotel-DSC_6502Last year, esteemed wedding photographer AkinTayoTimi teamed up with us at BellaNaija Weddings to gift a lucky couple getting married outside Nigeria with wedding photography.

We decided to reward over 10 couples instead!

For the first wedding in the series, we’re bringing you an intimate garden ceremony with 80 guests, followed by a glamorous ballroom reception designed by Olivier Dolz Wedding at the 5 star luxury Raffles Dubai – ranked top 5 hotels in Dubai, UAE.

Temitope and Temitope mingled, danced and even sang with their guests, which was their aim for their intimate celebration of love.

Here’s Wedding Advice from Bride & Groom, who Planned their Day Themselves!

  • Start planning early.
  • Pray and attend pre-marital classes.
  • Carry your family and friends along, though the final decisions are between you and your partner.
  • Most importantly don’t break the bank
  • … and make sure you eat that day!

The couple has a serendipitous love story – it all started as a joke, but led to true love, and now, marriage.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Temitope and Temitope a beautiful life as One!

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How We Met
From the Bride, Temitope
My first semester exams just ended and I was home on holiday, when I got this Facebook request from Tope, which at the time I thought was a coincidence. I went through his pictures, and I thought he was too much of a nerd – but just for the fun of it – (and the namesake thing), we talked online from February 2010 until March, before we eventually saw each other in school. From that moment we became annoyingly inseparable. He was in his final year and I was in 300 Level so the first 3 years was a long-distance relationship, but we did not miss any opportunity to see each other.

From the Groom, Temitope
I was at home for the holidays from school, when I got to hear that my younger brother had found himself a girlfriend named “Tope”. My elder sister and I joked about how odd it was for him to have a girlfriend who shared the same name with me.Temitope & Temitope - Nigerian Wedding in Dubai 3So I jokingly declared in their presence that I would find my own girlfriend named Tope. For some reason, I took this joke seriously and immediately went to Facebook to look for any girl living in Abuja named Tope that could be a potential girlfriend. Of course I found a lot, so I had to limit my search to girls named Tope, living in Abuja and attending my Uni.

Luckily I found this young lady who wasn’t really my type but I decided to have fun. We started chatting and before I knew it, I was beginning to like this “Tope”. I even spoke to a friend about her, who wrongly advised me to ask her out on Facebook (thank God I didn’t listen to you Kazeem Kuteyi).

When the school session resumed, I rushed to school to see this Tope properly (we all know Facebook photos can be different from reality at times). She was pretty and we got along very well. We saw everyday that week… and before I knew it, five years later, we are married!

All this started from a joke and today I’m married to my name sake, Temitope 😀

Temitope & Temitope - Nigerian Wedding in Dubai 2The Proposal
From the Bride
He proposed in April 2014. In December 2013 I traveled for his graduation which was same date as his birthday, so I expected a proposal but nothing happened during the trip. Not long after we got back, he started behaving weird and secretive, especially with his phone, iPad and laptop, which made me suspicious he probably met someone during his Masters in UK. I spoke to my mom, who assured me to be calm, that he was ordering my ring and making payments, so that’s why I couldn’t even play game on his gadgets without him acting funny. It turned out he had asked my mom’s permission, so she already knew.

On the ‘proposal day’ he was taking me for dinner. On our way to the restaurant, Police stopped us because of tint permit and stuff. I wasted the whole night (I was all dressed up to get his attention) and the restaurant was closed when we got there. I was pissed and blaming him because he came late. I was just going to lie down and rest before his sister’s traditional wedding that weekend, then have a big talk with him after the wedding.

But in the middle of the night he started this talk which was first annoying and sounded like a break up speech, before he said other things I did not hear again after I saw the ring (when I read about brides saying they did not hear anything again I didn’t believe, but then it happened to me). I said yes to my man after 4 years and the ring was perfect!

Temitope & Temitope - Nigerian Wedding in Dubai 1From the Groom
The proposal came as a surprise to me too. Though I planned it for months, the day I actually proposed wasn’t the day I intended to. But after having a hectic day, I spontaneously decided to propose. She was happy, I was happy and of course she said yes – I knew she would!

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Wedding Video

Destination Wedding in Dubai | Tope & Tope from Melrish Photos and Films on Vimeo.

Wedding Photography: AkinTayoTimi
Assisted by: Keziie
Video: Melrish Photos and Films
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Wedding Info – Date | Venue
White: March 21, 2015 | Raffles Hotel, Dubai

Wedding Attire
Wedding Dress: Hudayya
Makeup: Oshewa Beauty
Hair: Bride’s Friend, Tonia

Groom’s Attire
Blazer: Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Tie: Zara
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Chichi London

Vendors
Decor: Olivier Dolz
Cake & Food: Raffles Hotel, Dubai

32 Comments

  1. Lea

    June 12, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Beautiful!

    • IamwhoIam

      June 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Very Beautiful!!!!!

      Dear future daughter in law though, I love you already but i won’t be pressurized into wearing the same thing as your mum on your wedding day. My major aim is to recognise that day is your day but i must out do your mum.

      I won’t bother to warn my future son in law cos planning of that marriage is within my control. 🙂

    • newbie

      June 13, 2015 at 12:58 am

      As in enh! I don’t know from whence came this fad of parents of the bride and groom wearing uniform. Dear future in laws to my kids (if you are Nigerian), no offence but I will not be wearing identical outfits with you. Everybody please answer ya papa name- literally and figuratively.

    • Spirit

      June 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Definitely better to have different colours and styles…makes a wedding more well…colourful!

  2. Tiny colored miracle

    June 12, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Did u see d bridesmaids dresses?!!!…now those are wat I call baes…..if dere z anytin like dt *side eye…..NYC wedding nd wedding gown….hml…..

  3. Ada

    June 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Chief bridesmaid crying…. awwww…. Sweet, touching, very emotional

  4. dupsy

    June 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Beautifullllllllll……. Happy married life T&T

  5. chukwukadibia

    June 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

    My kind of wedding,i like how smal it was..

  6. teee

    June 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

    aww, they surely had fun. i love the fact it wasn’t overcrowded like your typical Nigerian wedding

  7. Grown Woman

    June 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Beautiful love story. HML to them

  8. Anon

    June 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Breathtaking. Congrats.

  9. Namesake

    June 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I see you oh, Deji Bamigbola??! Looking really good! Congratulations to the couple!

  10. tish

    June 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I love the bridesmaids dresses. Beautiful!

  11. fga

    June 12, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Lol. @ don’t break the bank as advice. The bride and groom clearly have a big bank. Raffles is not cheap.

  12. dobzi

    June 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful. Happy married life to them

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  13. Berry Dakara

    June 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Beautiful photos as usual, ATT!

    But I have to comment on the groom’s suit; LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! So crisp!

  14. Astica

    June 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Simple and classy wedding, wish the couple marital bliss.

  15. titolu

    June 12, 2015 at 10:52 am

    The bride has a beautiful smile.
    Those bridesmaid dresses mehnn……..on point!
    And the chief maid crying….that’s beautifully touching, she looks like the sister of the bride.
    If i hear that my own lil sister cries on my wedding ehn…..I pray oo……lolxz
    Beautiful couple. May your home be an haven IJN.

  16. oy

    June 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

    lovely. beautiful wedding dress. simple and elegant wedding. God bless your home. i like your story too

  17. bkoks

    June 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Haha at 1.13 the dude said “ebi n pami”. I am such a good lip reader for Yoruba only
    Love your wedding..I was cheesing all through.

  18. Hadassah

    June 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Akintayotimi is Bae!!!
    His Captions on instagram… Epic… “officially hitting on you” hahahaha
    So back to the wedding…. I love its simplicity…. My own kind of wedding
    …Father Lord grant my Nigerian Parents the heart for me to have something this small and initimate
    Can I get an “Amen” someone…..

    • Phoebe

      June 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Amen sista! same here, same here!
      *sigh*

  19. BEAUTIFULNBLESSED

    June 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I REALLY LOVE THIS WEDDING. ATTENDANCE = SMALL, INTIMACY = 100%, SIMPLICITY = 100%. JUST A CALM AND NO FUSS WEDDING. THIS IS A WEDDING. BEAUTIFUL…….

  20. Kiki

    June 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Tope Congratssss….You guys look lovely!!!1
    Wonderful wedding…[email protected]…looking super fabulous….

  21. Noms

    June 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Intimate and beautiful.
    The second dress was very lovely on her.
    May God bless your home.

  22. funmi

    June 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    This is a breath of fresh air. Simple and elegant to say the least. I absolutely loved it. It almost seems like the love the guests have for these two is radiating through the picture. No every time throw party to feed 500+ people for the sake of it (you know those were you don’t even know some of the people who attended) sometimes go with the small and intimate with those who have been there, who truly support and wish you the very best. Congratulations to these two and God bless your union..

    P.S Mr. Groom, you really just necking that chicken during your wife’s speech like there is no tomorrow, it must have been really good…. Lol

  23. deel

    June 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I love how small, intimate and beautiful this wedding is. These days I find myself dreaming of, and imagining myself having a destination wedding. On another note though, I wish the groom wasn’t munching on chicken and nodding like that when was pouring out her heart. Lol

  24. dapo

    June 13, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Yorubas, its been so long we have been living by example, that how show you are the leader.

  25. ACE

    June 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Very lovely wedding. I love the fact that is low key. Mum can I have a low key wedding pleaseeeeee… Love BN weddings

  26. Laura

    June 15, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Such beautiful wedding, love……but i feel really embarrassed when i hear people say ”’i expected a proposal’ gosh……dont say it.

  27. Ella

    June 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Nice and colourful….. if i hear that my younger sista cries on my wedding… she has been looking forward to me leaving the house for her…. lol

  28. Angiee

    June 23, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Was looking forward to hearing the husband pour out his heart in the video just like the wife did but my hope was dashed. All the same, such a lovely wedding & a very low key one at that not the one people will gather from all over the world as if they are coming for a conference. There is something beautiful about simple and low key weddings. Wishing them all the best in their marriage. The next one will be mine. Amen…

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