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Michael Unearthed a Rare Gem in Bami! See the Exciting Pre-Wedding Shoot & Hilarious Story



Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH300Bami and Michael‘s love story reveals unique ways of attracting your true love with determination, humility and confidence (in its sweetest form).

When two halves pair as One – it’s so beautiful!

~ Photography: Akintayotimi

How We Met
from Michael (groom-to-be)
They say in life, “you never know where you will find true love. So, be prepared”.
On the 1st of June 2013, I was invited to a wedding which I attended, I was enjoying the event and merry making when all of a sudden this girl walks in my line of sight. I lost my bearing; She looked beautiful. She wore a simple but classy free flowing dress. I tried to regain consciousness but I knew it was going to be a long night. I was completely oblivious to everything that was happening around me as it all seemed to be a blur.

I kept on staring at her hoping our eyes would meet, it just didn’t happen. I inquired about her from my friends on the table, but they all told me she was unavailable. I managed to say hello on the dance floor but she was too busy to give me any attention. People who know me well are aware that I am a confident lad and I am able to hold a conversation, but this time I couldn’t and it bothered me.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH289

I went home pretty sad about it and I must admit I looked her up on LinkedIn and was tempted to private message her but refrained because she was unavailable.

Fast forward to 16th August 2013, I went clubbing with my friends as we were celebrating a friend’s birthday. As the Bible says, “God works in mysterious ways”. My friend (same guy who invited me to the wedding) came up to me and said “that babe Bami, wey you like dey here o. U better go follow am talk sharply”. Instantly, my radar was on. I looked at her from across the room, eyes fixed on her like a lion about to pounce on its prey. I approached her with a simple smile, said hello and introduced myself. I could tell she knew about me already because she had a smile on her face. I didn’t want to ask her for her number in front of everyone so I asked her if she was on LinkedIn (even though I already knew and had stalked her like 10 million times). She said yes, so I told her I would be in touch.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH253

At that point, I knew the power was in my hands. I told my mate I will marry this girl, he told me I was mad. Actually, I think he said crazy and well, the rest is history.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH271

from Bami (bride-to-be)
Hmmm…How did I meet Michael!!
According to Michael “They say in life, you never know where you will find true love. So, be prepared”.

On the 1st of June 2013, I attended a friend’s wedding with my ex ( not as an item!!! but we were trying to get back together), sisters and friends. As usual I was running errands and playing the good friend to the couple, serving people and making sure everyone was okay so I didn’t even get the chance to see my “true love” standing opposite me. It was finally time for DANCE DANCE DANCE! we all ran to the dance-floor, whilst trying to dance someone said hi to me and I responded hello and walked off and went about my business.

I think it was around the end of June or so, I bumped into my sister’s friend Nancy at work and she said “There is this guy Michael disturbing me for you oh” I was like “I’m not interested jor, I’m still thinking about getting back with my ex” and that was the last I heard of him.

Fast forward to 16th August 2013, I went clubbing with my friends and work colleagues, the plan was to have FUN not find a man, which we DID!!! It was my first time out after over a month of finally saying goodbye to my EX! Now time to have fun, enjoy the single life and at the same time ask God to take over my life, direct and choose for me.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH316 I danced so hard that day, there was just this spirit of fun that descended on me from nowhere. We could see all the guys queuing to talk to us and dance with us but we spoke to NO ONE!

After dancing for so long, my feet got tired, so I decided to chill on the side (maybe a bit tipsy too). The next thing I know this brave guy approached me “Hi , my name is Michael do you remember me?  I said NO, then he mentioned I’m Nancy’s friend, then I smiled and said “Oh yes, she mentioned you”.

He asked if I was on LinkedIn, I said yes, he said he would be in touch and that was it! I forgot I had that convo with him till I got an email on Monday morning from Linkedin.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH332This guy messaged me “Morning Dami, hope u r well?
Here’s my number: ***
Holla at me when you can. Have a good one.”

Trust me! I replied 20 mins later “Morning,
You sure you didn’t mean to send this message to a “Dami, because my name is Bami”
I started complaining to Jen Cook (bridesmaid) I cannot believe this guy just called me Dami when my linkedin clearly says BAMI! I’m not sending him my number, I’m not even gonna reply him blah blah blah

He replied “Haha. Hands covering my face. I apologise. Just woke up when I sent it. Ma bi nu.
BAMI – pls send ur num.
I’m waiting……”

JEN saw his reply and was like “Aww Bami it was just a mistake just reply or you will die single!” that cracked me up so bad and she was on my neck till I sent my number to Michael

I finally sent my number 2 hours later and the rest is history! 🙂Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_Bammy_Michael_Part1

First Date
We started speaking and I asked if she’d like to go out on a date. As expected, she said Yes 🙂 We agreed to go on a date on a Friday (a week after speaking in the club)

There’s a saying that “On the first date men worry about what they’re going to say while woman worry about what they’re going to wear”. This saying was absolutely true. Turned out she had spent a huge part of the week looking for what to wear. 🙂

I picked her up from her house. I opened the door for her as every gentleman should do. She looked beautiful. Simple but classy. I looked back at her house and I could see people peeping through the curtain to see who had come to pick up Bami.

Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH228I was excited.

Throughout the drive, we kept on making small talk. She was shy, very shy. She could barely look at me. I didn’t like that. I loved it :).Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH225I took her to a nice restaurant. She sat opposite me. We ate and talked more, she barely looked at me. She maintained almost no eye contact. The food was good, I ate well. She ate a little.

We spent the ride back home talking and listening to Afrobeats. Prior to meeting up, she told me she had lost her voice. This was untrue as it turned out she naturally has a deep voice, and I spent a huge part of the journey taking the mick out of it.

Overall, it was a very pleasant night, I knew I had unearthed a rare gem.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH208

Our Relationship
Like every relationship we have had our ups and downs.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH083However, we are still standing. This relationship is solely based on Jesus Christ. He is the center of our home. Nothing comes easy. You have to work for it. What you put in is what you get out.

The best thing we have done so far is to go for marriage preparation classes. We acknowledge that not all marriages are the same, however there are set guidelines to help all marriages succeed. These we are prepared to follow.

“Selflessness – It should be the basis of every relationship. If a person truly cares about you, they’ll get more pleasure from the way they make you feel, rather than the way you make them feel”.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH151

The Proposal
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to persuade Bami to marry me.

Bami always spoke about all her likes and dislikes about proposals, she would say “I don’t like this and I don’t like that”. I remember saying to her “if you carry on like this, you will end up proposing to yourself”. I knew she was ready. I could tell. Our relationship had experienced ups and downs and we were still standing, the love was stronger and deeper. I was ready. We were both ready for a higher level of commitment. However, I put up a front like I wasn’t.

I would often make multiple trips to the ring maker and once it was done, I picked it up and started to plan in my head how I would propose. Toks (Bami’s sister) and Temi (Bami’s friend) were instrumental in the proposal, they organised a drink up / games night at mine. Lots of friends came and they all had no idea what I planned to do.

I was nervous, very nervous. I needed something to calm me down, so I turned to a bottle of Orijin. It didn’t work, I drank another and felt better.

The plan was simple. Whilst playing a game of charades, I would be asked to act out “Will You Marry Me”, I started acting with people trying to guess. She had no clue what was going on, she kept on shouting at the time keeper to stop me. As soon as my time was up, I turned to face her, brought out the ring from my back pocket and knelt down. I didn’t need to say anything, the noise was deafening.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH179

She couldn’t even look at me. She was laughing and crying all at the same time. I managed to calm everyone down and I asked the most difficult question in my life “Will You Marry Me?”. She said YES! and we all partied hard till the early hours of the morning.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH009
It’s very simple “The day I’ll go down on my knees for another girl is the day I’ll tie shoe lace for our daughter”, I could not be happier.Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH079Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH061Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH004Bamich16_BellaNaija Weddings_2016_AkinTayoTimi_IPC Events_BAMICH131


Photography: AkinTayoTimi | @AkinTayoTimi |

Wedding Planner: IPC Events | @IPCEvents


  1. Minka

    March 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Shit happens!

  2. kila

    March 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Absolutely stunning lady. Bless them

  3. funmi

    March 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    The guy is too funny

    • keke driver

      March 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm


    • AlllAboutIt

      March 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Asin, I was thinking the same thing. Genuinely confused

  4. Rhona O.

    March 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Im definitely a sucker for love. May you guys always be happy. Fine boi fine girl (Your kids will be so swagged up) Lol

  5. memebaby

    March 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

    i didn’t want this story to end! and that bathroom pic was a hit on IG at a time.. you guys are so blessed!

  6. mia

    March 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

    This guy is definitely a good story teller. i love the part where he said the day he does down on his knees for another girl is the day he ties their daughter’s shoe lace. may it be so for you.

  7. ajikoko

    March 15, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Bobo ur posing too much….kilode!……Beautiful lady tho……Congrats

  8. Niyoola

    March 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I love love!

  9. Apples

    March 15, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Cute couple!!! So now we do Toilet/Shit pre wedding pictures now????

  10. Okenegirl

    March 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Woow… “The day I’ll go down on my knees for another girl is the day I’ll tie shoe lace for our daughter”…lucky you Bami!

  11. Mo

    March 15, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Such a beautiful story. The fact that it’s told by the groom even makes it more beautiful.
    Almighty Allah, please provide MY OWN.

  12. Kelechi

    March 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    O boy nawa oo. That shit happen pic, have been circulating on the insta for a while now. This couple have reinstated the fact, that there is too much beauty in the world. beautiful lady + Froshman => cute kids, Why evils?

  13. Lovely

    March 15, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Fine girl
    Fine boy
    Nice story


    On the other hand, Bami you could have lost him cos of the small eish (Bami-Dami)

    Many girls have lost potential husbands all cos of insignificant things. Anyways dem no dey tell person…… the time……..

    • soes

      March 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      i think he liked the way she was forming small! sometimes make the guys work for it

    • Iris

      March 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      It’s not small o. The name was right there on LinkedIn. Sometimes that lack of attention to something as fundamental as your name may mean you are just one of the multiple girls they are trying to hook at the same time. She had the right to be a little indignant about it, but I am glad it worked out for them.

    • Ebony

      April 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      What’s yours is yours. If it wasn’t meant to work, it wouldn’t have even if she had to change her name to Dami

  14. Alale kehinde king

    March 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Beautiful love story. sound like how life and love should be really. happy for you guys. hope to find my love some day and be happy like you guys. cheers.

  15. keke

    March 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Fine story! A very sweet story… kept smilin

  16. Ima

    March 15, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Awww. this is so nice. The guy no send sha. God bless your marriage, with lots of fruitful years filled with joy, happiness, much love. and highly Intelligent kids. Cheers!

  17. mabel

    March 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

    The guy looks like Joe Thomas. Aww cute people. Wish you guys the best.

  18. Lola

    March 15, 2016 at 11:26 am

    May the Almighty Allah bless ur union. Too cuteeeeeeee

  19. Great Lady

    March 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Chai see beautiful love story, reminds me of the love that would have being. May your love never die.

  20. Gbenga

    March 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    lovely story…..God bless your Home guys…
    Can see a bright future ahead of u guys but Christ as the foundation…!!!!Bold Step!!*

  21. Eje

    March 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    These love stories on am tired oo. Baba God pick up the call. Lol

  22. ALex

    March 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Congrats guys.

  23. Ethel

    March 15, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Aww the Guy is cute…. babes hold ur man well oo. and this line of his… “The day I’ll go down on my knees for another girl is the day I’ll tie shoe lace for our daughter”, gave me teary eyes.

  24. Lope

    March 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Absolutely Beautiful! The guy is so funny! The proposal, very thougthful.

  25. Lara

    March 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    “if you carry on like this, you will end up proposing to yourself” lmao

  26. Ajay

    March 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    It’s very simple “The day I’ll go down on my knees for another girl is the day I’ll tie shoe lace for our daughter”, I could not be happier…….This brought tears to my eyes

  27. ATL's finest

    March 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I’m in my awwwwwwwwies moment I LOVE it all . Congrats you two

  28. Hanie

    March 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Can i just scream Beautiful!!!!!! choi, foine boy foine girl, Bella Naija wont give me heart attack o. Baba God pick up my call o, u know all i want is a fine boy. Congrats u two, may this smile never cease in ur lives.

  29. Pick up

    March 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Oluwa provide a Boo!

  30. maamek

    March 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    every good and perfect gift comes from above….love is beautiful when you find the right person…dear lord please bless me with my own man…a good one for that matter#lonelinessisevil#

  31. chi

    March 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Love is beautiful. Fine guy and stunning babe. Congratulations

  32. Deola

    March 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Dear ‘dulling’ Self,
    Better go and give your number to that guy who asked for it on Linkedin.
    Yours’ truly,

    Your ‘soji’ Self.

  33. Bellemoizelle

    March 16, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Sometimes am like,this marriage thing self (parents divorced).then Bellanaija gives me the vibes,that by God’s grace I will definitely grow old with my prince charming!
    Oya baba prince charming don’t waste time I want “my eggs cracked” ,”I want to be married”, Am not messing around!!!! Lol!!!

    La vie est belle….

  34. Modupe

    March 16, 2016 at 2:07 am


  35. Oby

    March 16, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Lovely story she couldn’t have lost him cos he and her were destined to be together. The day I will go down on my knee for another girl is to tie the shoe lace of our daughter. That is the best phrase I have heard in a long time. Cute.?

  36. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    March 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Lovely and witty story

  37. Adaugo

    March 16, 2016 at 11:52 am

    See love story…chai Jehovah! Baba God na beg i dey beg o, answer my call o. Wish you guys marital bliss IJN!!!

  38. Tubo

    March 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    This is such an inspiring story for many of us going through heart breaks and emotional traumas after every relationship. You make it seem so effortlessly beautiful. I wish you everything you wish yourselves and may God himself bless your union beyond your wildest imaginations. #ThereIsStillHopeForTheSingles.

  39. mz titilitious

    March 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Sweet love story… I love love

  40. Blessing

    March 19, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Lovely story though I wish to know what scripture that says that ‘God works in mysterious ways’.

  41. amy

    March 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Can’t wait for the wedding

  42. greenDiamond

    March 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Cogratulation!! God Bless ur union ..

  43. Opsy

    April 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Beautiful everything… Love how the groom told the story too.
    May God bless your home!

  44. Ebony

    April 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    “I looked her up on LinkedIn”… Such a man. vs Boys on Instagram, lol
    Ugh. Their story is too cute. And perfect proposal! So beautiful!!
    Bami is soooo lucky. Guys like this don’t just exist. I want mine!! Not a “short wearing” one though. Every other thing is perfect!
    Michael Soyebo (without wearing shorts) and Ori Ayonmike are few perfect men out though. No one’s perfect, but yh…

  45. nehita ikhine

    May 6, 2016 at 11:46 am

    thus pre wedding photo shoot is dope and thier story lovely… all the best guys

  46. jesusgirl

    January 30, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    “The day I’ll go down on my knees for another girl is the day I’ll tie shoe lace for our daughter”,

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