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Dolly & Tolu recreated Their Fave TV Shows – from Game of Thrones to Friends, for their Pre-Wedding Shoot & we Love It!

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BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Friends coverEveryone who loves BN Weddings knows how much we adore creative pre-wedding shoots!

Demilade Roberts Photography has blown us away with this cute couple’s concept – from “How I Met My Other”, based on How I Met Your Mother, to Game of Thrones, and classic sitcom, Friends, they recreated their favourite TV show montages and posters for an unforgettable photo shoot!

Their love story is even more compelling – after knowing each other their whole lives, and a five year long distance relationship, he popped the question via a surprise solo lunch and an underwater diver.

Enjoy & be inspired!

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Groom-to-be: Tolu

How I Met My Other
by Dolly
I’ve sort of known Tolu my whole life. Growing up together in Ibadan, meant that one way or another we met at Christmas parties, BBQs etc. That being said, I had no real contact with him in all that time, except for one Christmas party at my house where he danced with me for a moment and fed me some corny line which suggested somewhat that my imminent return to the UK was the barrier to our love. I remember mentioning to my friend Motun later that night, that he was super corny and delusional… clearly…

Fast-forward to 2009, I came to Nigeria from the UK for about 2 months before taking up a new job. I was staying at my cousin’s house in Oniru, which is right by the Palms, Lekki – where, my friend, Akintunde (AKA Akso), and I agreed to meet. Akso and I ran into Tolu briefly whilst we were there, he said hello, had to run but said he’d be back. I eventually tried to leave, but Akso started stalling, it was all very weird. Even when we got outside, he kept trying to get me to wait and I didn’t know why. Eventually the reason presented itself in form of Tolu, he asked how long I’d be around for and took my number, and so it began…BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (10) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (12) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (8) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (6) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (5)

Now I like to think I’m this really-intelligent-hardcore-not-susceptible-to-‘game’ kind of girl. But Tolu totally had me. Looking back it was so classic, so simple… and yet… Anyway to summarise, he didn’t call as expected and then even when he did, he played it so cool, he could have melted ice. I remember genuinely thinking maybe he just wanted to be my friend.

The first time he stopped by after that day it was already quite late, my sister and I were in our PJs, and I was kind of pissed he had chosen to come in spite of my very subtle-but-direct-suggestion that it was quite late. I left my sister with clear instructions to call me in 10 minutes with an emergency. I remember the moment my phone rang, picking up and whispering cryptically – I’m OKAY, I’m OKAY, thanks! We spoke for hours that first night and I think that sort of captures the nature of my relationship with Tolu, in that ultimately he makes me feel like I’m home!

It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, on account of us being in different countries. But through it all, I had a strong conviction that Tolu was my safe place, (okay spoiler alert avert your eyes if necessary – mushy stuff coming)… that he was trustworthy, that he would truly cherish me above all else. Roughly 5 long-distance relationship years later, I know I was right about him. Beyond the love that we share, the friendship and foundation we have built give me that guarantee that I have found my home, and I absolutely cannot wait to start living together.BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (21) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.How I Met My Other - Cover BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (22) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (17) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (16) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (15) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (14) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (13)The Proposal
I met up with Tolu in Houston for his cousin’s wedding. Before I took off from Heathrow, I called my Dad to say goodbye and he mentioned repeatedly, ‘Tolu wa ri mi’ (Tolu came to see me). BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (20)At first it didn’t seem like a big deal, but because he kept saying it, my latent Nancy Drew detective mode kicked in and I started to get suspicious (Yeah those of you that know me have seen it :-)). I called my friend Efun before I flew to log my suspicion – I really hate to be caught out without being able to say – I knew it! *covers face*. I should also add that prior to that when I was speaking to Tolu the night before, I overheard someone saying in the background that he was all booked for some romance package – so of course 2+2 = 4, No? Anyways, I digress.BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (18)So I arrive in Houston. Tolu picks me up and I’m trying and failing epically at not having any expectations. We arrive at the hotel in the middle of the night and there’s a ‘Romance Package’ set up – the full works – so I’m thinking maybe this is it, finally happening! – But crap I’m not ready, I’ve just been on a plane for 8 hours, clothes rumpled, wonky makeup and probably some coffee-toothpaste breath, so many feelings rushing through me at the same time! But no, Tolu said he just wanted to appreciate me and do something special… In my head I’m like Aww baby, yeah, but arghhhhh!! (I later learn than Efun had called him to warn him, so he switched it up – my boy!)BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (26) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (28)

The next day, his cousin’s wife insisted we all go to the aquarium, she wants to do something ‘touristy’. As Tolu and I have travelled together quite a bit, aquariums have dropped very low on the list of things to do, so when Tolu played the I-don’t-want-to-go-there’s-nothing-new-to-see card, I totally ate it up. I found myself convincing him that we should do it for them, it would be rude not too – they totally played me! (Shout out to Femi and TosinLove you guys xx

We were driving behind his cousin and Tolu insisted Google Maps was giving him a different direction. We got caught in traffic and arrived much later than them. Femi and Tosin were waiting but Tolu insisted he was too hungry to go round the aquarium. He wanted to eat. I really was mortified, like Tolu come on, it won’t kill you to do what they want. They didn’t seem to mind too much though, so we split ways.BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (29) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (27)

We sat down for our ‘underwater dining experience’ and somehow started talking about how we met etc., which I assume was supposed to be the segue to the proposal. Halfway through a sentence, Tolu freezes up and looks panicked. I suddenly notice everyone around also seem to be looking in the same direction as him. So I turn around to see a diver floating down (apparently much earlier than his cue) with a sign in his hand that read ‘Dolly will you marry me’. And I’m pointing to myself like ‘oh I’m Dolly, I’m Dolly’. I finally wrap my head around what’s happening and turn back to see Tolu on his knees. He asks me to marry him and as they say the rest is history.BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Becoming The Roberts (31) BellaNaija Weddings pre-wedding shoot by Demilade Roberts.Winter is Coming - cover

But what really got me teary-eyed was when everything quietened down and Tolu started to give me the speech that had been interrupted. On the ring, he showed me he inscribed D&T, but also Ephesians 5: 25-31 and made me promises for our future together based on God’s word. What can I say – he knew exactly what level to pitch this at (once again- my boy!)

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Photography: Demilade Roberts | instagram.com/demilader | email: [email protected]

32 Comments

  1. jasmine

    September 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Na wa o. U guys should take it easy. Haba. So we that r booless will not commit suicide one day o. See description, see love??? Congrats to you guys. We too go love o. Waiting 4 my prince charming

  2. call me pretty

    September 29, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Wow! Rly nice proposal!

  3. debee

    September 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    wow!!! that’s all I can say.

  4. ms jayee

    September 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Na wa oo..So to take studio picture as pre-wedding photos no be am again!

    • Dr. N

      September 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Siddon dere

  5. Miss Pee

    September 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Never in a million years have I ever been touched by such a heartwarming story as this. Their love is a reminder that; in everything we do, God’s word should be the foundation. I wish the couple many years together in peace, joy and happiness!

  6. FUSION OAU

    September 29, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    This is really nice Dolly sounds very nice, cheerful and very smart……….. it is stories like this that make me think about proposing……………………………. beautiful stuff

    • Omolara

      October 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Do it, do it pls . God’s got ya back

  7. ATL's finest

    September 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Awwws what a nice concept & Congrats to y’both. Dolly is such a beautiful lady & her boy ( Tolu) is too handsome as well. God bless your Union IJN

  8. Suwa

    September 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I feel like getting married now

  9. similicious

    September 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    i was just oohing and aahing at this shoot! A couple that have similar interests stay together. They had me at ‘HOW I MET MY OTHER” and the groom wiping out ‘The playbook” is totally genius (i am a die hard fan of ‘How I met your mother and Barney Stinson in that order). Such a sweet concept

  10. kiki

    September 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I love the one for “How I met your mother”. The setting, yellow umbrella, the playbook book, duck tie, they paid attention.

  11. Bougie Chic

    September 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hands down the best pre-wedding photo shoot concept I’ve seen so far. Wish you a very happy life together.

  12. G!

    September 29, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    *now singing* Speechless! Speechless! That’s how this made me feel… tra la la la…

    • Pam

      September 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      lolllllllllllllllllll…..you’re too funny.

  13. BlueEyed

    September 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I love this….the friends themed shoot looks so fun, love how they involved other people!

  14. Kanyinsola

    September 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This is really nice…loved the friends concept…awesome awesome awesome

  15. happygogirl

    September 29, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Na wa ooo! Goose bumps abi na wetin even do me sef! Dat was one proposal! All along I was just remembering one over proud idiot who I Got hooked up with recently n said we must gget married ds december, yet he would call me fat @ any given opportunity n starts apologising dgt he ddnt mean it! I don give am red card sha! Big headed somborri feeling like he’s doing me a favour. And am jst 80kg o, yes ooo, I was thinking abt him while reading this piece,n I wonder y!

    • Omolara

      October 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Hey girl don’t you worry. The one who will love you more than you love yourself will God provide for you, don’t give up.

  16. Palmwinefortwo

    September 29, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Looooove the tv show themes. This is totally something I could do. And the proposal story ???. I’m so happy for them and I don’t even know them. Now I want to get married. *sigh*

    palmwinefortwo.wordpress.com

  17. Dp

    September 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    This is the first time am commenting here on this segment, I just felt like crying as I was reading the story. I really wish them all the very best and a beautiful home much more beautiful than the love story. @ happy girl you are really funny,

  18. Tickled.

    September 29, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I love it when Nigerians think outside the box. This is by far THE BEST engagement series/concept that I have seen on Bella Naija. Well done, guys.

  19. kumi

    September 29, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    wowwww!!!! amazing. God bless you both! definitely calling demilade for my wedding

  20. ACE

    September 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Lovely story , lovely couple.

  21. Seemee

    September 29, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    They have to invite their friends! Bloody sell-outs at every turn was all I could think as I read the story but all for a good cause. Great friends.

  22. mdevaan

    September 29, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Super cooool!!!!

  23. Weather

    September 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Lmao! Na really winter is coming… hahahahah. Nice one!

  24. x-factor

    October 2, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Fab..Congrats

  25. Mz Tititilitious

    October 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Love It! <3

  26. yemi

    October 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Lovely concept. Engagement photos is not a joking sturvs.

  27. jane

    October 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    *cleans tears* Lord God, na ds kyn hubby ur pikin dey dream off o

  28. Ahuose

    November 1, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Congrats Tolu and Dolly.
    So proud of my classmate. He did a great job 🙂 I loved the pre-wedding photo shoot. Priceless!
    nathaliacrescent,com

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