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White Hot with Passion! Loretta & Niyi’s Creative Pre-Wedding Shoot | George Okoro Photography



George Okoro-Pre Wedding Shoot on BellaNaija 2015-untitled-347Loretta and Niyi‘s passion radiates through the screen. But it was more than attraction that brought them together. A shared love for God and the groom’s serious intentions from the beginning, set it apart from a regular relationship.

George Okoro was delighted to work with the creative couple for three scenes – dressed in evening attire, in crisp white shirts and jeans in a beautiful convertible, to a Grecian inspired finale that struck up a flame – literally!

Here’s what the photographer had to say about working with the fun couple,

I have always wanted to work with an adventurous couple and Loretta and Niyi were just perfect.

My inspiration for this shoot came from the colour white!

I love white so much and I got caught up with this idea of shooting a couple in all white and instead of going with the normal regular all white outfit, I decided to talk them into this Greek god and goddess look wrapped in a fire ball of love and passion – we decided to go for a torch to represent that.”

Enjoy their love story and look out for more of this couple on BN!

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by Loretta
In my opinion, three years is a long time to get to know someone. Somehow Niyi made it seem a lot shorter. I met him towards the end of Uni and at a point when I had no plans to be in a relationship. My focus then was getting a degree and moving on to greater heights. BUT! We happened and everything in me felt at peace with him. Also being the spiritual type, I was more than certain he was the one.

A friend of mine and now one of my bridesmaids, Doreen, who happens to be the friend Niyi and I had in common, put up my picture on my birthday in 2012. Little did I know that the picture had earned me a secret admirer in Niyi. We soon became good friends and spent a lot of time sharing and debating our views on a wide variety of topics and life in general.

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Niyi’s Story
When I saw her for the first time, I kind of said to myself, “Wow!” At first I wanted a friend we had in common to play Cupid but then I thought nah… I can do this! We randomly started chatting and I instantly found myself captivated by her innocence. I went and stalked her social‎ media platforms and I saw pictures of her and a guy whom I at the time thought was her boyfriend and I was like ouch…with that sinking feeling hard on my knees… in my mind I was like, “that was over before it started!” George Okoro-Pre Wedding Shoot on BellaNaija 2015-untitled-124 George Okoro-Pre Wedding Shoot on BellaNaija 2015-untitled-133 George Okoro-Pre Wedding Shoot on BellaNaija 2015-untitled-89 George Okoro-Pre Wedding Shoot on BellaNaija 2015-untitled-93A short while later we randomly got chatting again and I asked, “so how’s your boyfriend?” I was hoping she’d say “oh he’s just a friend”. I got my Eureka moment as he thankfully turned out to be her only brother.

I straightaway told her that I will be the guy that’ll marry her. The statement was made with a combination of hope and a little bit of fear. Hope because I really wanted it to be so and fear because that could really be the initiator of my ‘best before’ stamp! Something in me was convinced though. That inner voice told me, “she really might be the one”. As the inner voice grew louder I had to dig deeper; what type of friends does she hang with? Who are her biggest influences? What was her mother like? Naturally by that point, her beauty had already captured my imagination but the more I got the answers and the more I got to know her, the easier it was for her personality to capture my heart!

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All this while, I had been away but immediately I returned, I scheduled our first date. I booked a table at a decent Chinese restaurant and drove to Euston in anticipation. There she was, just arrived from Manchester in all her glory #TheMissingRib.

We spent a splendid afternoon wining, dining and chatting away. The chemistry was obvious and more importantly I quickly established that her comfort around me was her way of sewing a seed of trust in me. Loving and respecting her was the easiest part and if the last three years is to go by, we’re in for an exciting marriage!

May God continue to bless our union and may honor never depart from our relationship.


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  1. Tee

    June 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Beautiful couple, God bless…

    • Awwww

      June 29, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      I am not one for lovey dovey stories but this one is so so real. Wish them well and a big amen to his prayer

    • Sugar

      June 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Dark skinned guys go for Light skinned ladies, while the Light skinned guys go for dark skinned ladies. This is how Jesus has ordained it since 103BC………….
      Its quiet intriguing how opposite attracts

  2. zirah

    June 29, 2015 at 4:58 pm


  3. smh

    June 29, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    them don come again o lol na Orisha/Shango una they sacrifice to?Nigerians like too much drama lol.
    lovely pics tho. wishing the couple a loving home with beautiful kids.

    • Royalty

      June 29, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Lmfao! That shango part was hella funny!
      anyways…Beautiful couple!! God bless them.

  4. polypoly

    June 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    these pics though….money ritual tinz…..hahhahahaa

    so wait the house and surrounds na inside our same naija???Jeesox!! see wealth oh….chai, well managed lawn and tins. chai see convertible…..Papa God do my own oh. point of contact to these Abuja politician childrens oh.

    I will not suffer in this America biko, ayam coming in august to bag me an Abuja based son of a politician…..BellaNaija will tremble when I marry oh…..cos I will snatch wigs left, right and center with the eleganza extravaganza of the wealth parade……hehhehehe

    • Ifeoma

      June 30, 2015 at 12:02 am

      @poly poly. That was funny. Just stay prayerful.. God can give you a great guy whose father is not a politician. What if he fears God, mover and shaker in Abuja and his father na professor. It is well o

    • Omo williams

      July 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Polypoly….let keep in touch via my e-mail [email protected]

  5. tee A

    June 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Nice pics (minus Grecian ones. I dint quite gerrit). God bless ur marriage.

    P.S: kini gbogbo senrenren Greek god/goddess though? Warrhapun to Yemoja or Sango/Oya .

  6. damilola

    June 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    beautiful couple….. but abeg this is too much

    • Asgrl

      June 29, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      go and do your own small nah…abi wetin?

  7. Delphino

    June 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Amazing couple! Looking forward to the wedding.

  8. shez d 1

    June 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Is this call adventurous? Pretty bride sha

  9. Anniepie

    June 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Amazing! May The Lord bless your union and make it a very fruitful one in Jesus’name

  10. Self-Sufficient

    June 29, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, lovely couple. The pictures look lovely indeed. Sending you well-wishes.

  11. lo

    June 29, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    like all the pics but first let me just say that the lady is pretty… you fine!!!

  12. Maggie

    June 29, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    God bless your proposed union.

  13. @edDREAMZ

    June 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
    Everything nice and beautiful…. God bless thier union….

  14. ACE

    June 29, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Nice pics. God bless them waiting for wedding pics

  15. Chinwe

    June 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful! You both look so amazing . I can’t wait for the union and look forward to seeing your lives together as a continuous testimony .!

  16. Angiee

    June 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    What a lovely couple. The guy is quite lucky shaa to have such a beauty to behold. May God bless your union, can’t wait for the wedding pix.

  17. Elizabeth

    June 29, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Aww, Loretta you look beautiful. May the both of you have a long, blissful marriage.

  18. sisi

    June 30, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Yeah… nahhhhh. Aseju ni baba asete.

  19. Nikki

    June 30, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Congratulations Niyi+Loretta! So excited and happy for you both..looking forward to celebrating with you on your big day.God bless your marriage forever!

  20. Niyi

    June 30, 2015 at 8:20 am

    See comments!

  21. Ebony

    June 30, 2015 at 8:53 am

    She looks like Mbong Amata

  22. Fashionbabe

    June 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    This is called, Milk and Oil. Like the combination. Congrats

  23. Teri

    July 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    lol……is it another new movie or pre-wedding shoot.Nigerians and drama ahh

  24. Lulu skyy

    July 3, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I tap into this blessing, Lord. I wish the couple a blissful marriage

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