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When Texas Girl meets Yoruba Swag! Kimberly & Niyi’s Romantic Pre-Wedding Shoot

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Introducing Kimberly Veal from Houston, Texas and Adeniyi Olumide from Ibadan, Nigeria.

A romantic tale of two graduates from two different parts of the world, who fall in love unexpectedly. And even though time and distance proved to be a distracting barrier, the two reunited, holding onto the sweet connection they had on their first date. In the end they settled for nothing less than the ‘official’ title of a man his wife-to-be.

Their wedding will be planned by Shade of A Conceal Affair.

Enjoy!

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~ Photography by Keith Cephus
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How We Met

The first chapter of their story began back in 2010 at Texas A&M University. They were both in graduate school and as luck would have it one night they both attended a student social event on campus with their friends. After a night filled with laughter, fun, and introductions with friends Niyi asked Kimberly for her phone number at the end of the night and made it a point to drop a “one liner” in her ear in efforts to increase his probabilities.

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The couple shares –

“From our experience we believe that what God has for you is for you and in his time.”

“Our message to others is that when two people are meant for each other, it doesn’t mean they have to be together right now, but they will eventually.”

In our case, our “eventually” is finally here! We thank God and our friends and families who have been with us on this love journey.
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62 Comments

  1. smitha

    April 9, 2016 at 8:23 am

    ❤….sweet

    • Chioma

      April 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Pretty lady with a nice smile. She has great chic fashion style. I love how calm, elegant and sophisticated these pics are. The one where shes covering herself with the scarf is so beautiful. God bless this couple. I wish them the best.

    • Kimberly

      April 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you so much @Chioma!!!?

  2. Fola Coco

    April 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Congratulations Adeniyi,@UI,@Old Bodija Ibadan.. Really cool guy,my Tolu P’s friend(my younger bro)……He’s not a Yoruba-demon oooooooo. Lol

    • Jade

      April 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Congrats to this beautiful couple. She’s gorgeous, he’s handsome. I’m happy when I see American ladies with a good naija man bcos many have terrible experiences with the green card situation. Niyi, treat your Iyawo like a queen. If their pre wedding photos is this hot, can’t wait to see the wedding pics.

    • Kimberly

      April 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you so much @Jade!

    • Tomiola

      April 10, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      One of the best pre wedding photos I’ve seen here. Intimate, natural chemistry showing their subtle love. Most of the photos I’ve seen here is too much posing, showing off flashy things and trying hard to look “perfect”. It takes away from the couple.
      Niyi, cant get enough of his wife. I dont blame him, she’s stunning and seems to have a warm heart. Congratulations on your new journey, I pray God’s protection over you.

  3. Sugar

    April 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

    lifo fifo! class 2004 university of Ibadan. Niyi, I see you. A huge congrats bro

    • Damilola

      April 10, 2016 at 1:44 am

      Awww, Love is in the air. When two people are meant for each other, it will happen one way or the other. This Ibadan guy has eye for fine things. She’s a finebabe. He’s not bad looking himself.

      What!!! I’ve been hooked on Keith Cephas photography for a while. His photography comes out natural not too edited and photoshopped. I don’t know how to describe it but I love it. I first came across his work with ifeanyi and chi chi(I know her)engagement photos years ago.
      Keith, get ready I’m dialing your number when my time comes.

      P.S I need my discount though since I’ve referred two couples to you… Lol

  4. Rer

    April 9, 2016 at 9:04 am

    They look good together, she is one pretty lady. O lord grant me heart desires. I just want to be happy in the arms of my soul mate. So help me God, Amen

    • Uche

      April 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Amen

  5. Great Lady

    April 9, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Omo this bobo fineeeeeeeeeee.

  6. deel

    April 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Lovely couple. The way he loves her neck sha….vampire movie..hehehe

    • Chioma

      April 9, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      That could also be a sign she smells lovely. I find it sexy when hubby gives me kisses on the neck. No vampire tins but proper romance.

    • Kimberly

      April 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      ?? thanks @Chioma

  7. TK

    April 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Ayye my GIG ‘EM AGGIES!!!

  8. marlvina

    April 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Niceeee! the guy likes to kiss o!

    • Mazi Okafor in Baltimore

      April 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Kiss ke? e remain small for him to bite away her neck.

      Correct Najia guys in the US are like hot akara on the tray. We dey sell out fast fast

    • Iris

      April 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Lol see how you stylishly complimented yourself in the process.

    • Syon

      April 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      You, you don sell? Lol

    • Jade

      April 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      U dey sell for where? For Baltimore? U no see all the babes claiming future husband on wedding section here. Tell us where the market is. Honestly, some good naija boys in the U.S do too much forming plus shakara. They know many good, professional naija women are looking for the right one, so they become full of themselves

    • Joke

      April 10, 2016 at 2:43 am

      We know and not just in Yankee. We know babes are begging you world over to even bring them come Yankee… that’s why correct Naija babes too dey find other better options because na so you guys carry am for head.

  9. sisi Houston

    April 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Nice Nice Nice! Akata girls in Houston no dey waste time to seize our Naija guys. Abeg leave some for us oh! it is well! I’m just playing….you guys look happy.. Best wishes!

  10. Maybe Baby

    April 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Nice pictures.

    When reading stories like this, when significant time passes by between meeting and and then deciding to date which leads to marriage, then we know one or both parties were dating other people during the initial date/ hook up.
    Many congrats on their union.

  11. Rose

    April 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Awww met this beautiful couple at a mutual friends event….so happy for them…the girl is drop dead gorgeous and classy….and d boy is also an extremely gentle man…love them both and wishing y’all the veryyyy best in this new journey… Where my Aggie folks….#Howdy….

  12. Cheekie

    April 9, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Fine boy Adeniyi, #Engineering Dept(UI) #ISI #Texas…A gentle man of class,and very humble.. Congrats bro.

    • ISI Alum

      April 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      He went to ISI?? I had to scroll back up after i saw ur comment…lol!! Yankee was definitely good to him oh, looking fresh….
      I went to ISI also….but dont recognize his face. What set was he in?

  13. Rudor

    April 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Am inspired that true luv still exist and kindles in a stormy world, full of hate.Congrats to the wonderful couple. Some day I believe that we would all have a pleasant memories of happy beginings.

    • Kiiki

      April 9, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      I hear it exists….Hopefully, it will find us.??? PS; Anyone in NYC/ NewJersey ???, email me on [email protected]

  14. ayo adeniyi

    April 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    i am so happy for my guy. Wishing the best Married life can offer.

  15. Keith Cephus

    April 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you Bella Naija Weddings for featuring Kimberly and Niyi’s amazing engament session. Truly made my day!!

  16. Billy

    April 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Niyi, Niyi, congratulations! ‘Lifo’ ‘Fifo’ ( class 2004) UI.

  17. chi-e-z

    April 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    brah she gat same last name as bae… do she gat fam in georgia by chance….This pic sha….
    http://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Kimberly-and-Niyi_Keith-Cephus-Photography_BellaNaija-Weddings-2016_Chateau-Cocomar__106.jpg

    Slayage!!!!!

  18. Rebel

    April 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Congrats my man!

    Me too, I’m thinking of rekindling the flame with my yankee girlfriend. Visa is expiring soon.

  19. Tosin

    April 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Dis Chemistry pass Ababio, chai.

  20. Kimberly

    April 9, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    We thank you @bellanaija for the awesome feature! Of course thanks to Keith Cephus for the photos and A Conceal Affair ??.

  21. mom of 2

    April 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Congrats guys. You look so beautiful together. By the way, what does ‘lilo fifo’ means? Just curious.

    • Chrystheana

      April 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      LIFO-Last In First Out FIFO-First In First Out…. Accounting or business terminologies.

    • Californiabawlar

      April 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      In secondary school we had FILA for the grubidos/grubbers i.e. First into the dinning hall and last to leave ??. Never knew it was business terminology lol.

    • Minka

      April 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Terminologies also used in programming.

  22. Rotimi

    April 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Wondering why they didn’t have more pictures in trads. Best to them….

  23. *curious*

    April 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    You guys are BEA-U-TI-FUL together! Congratulations 🙂

  24. Ojet

    April 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Congrats Niyi. #civil 2014

  25. Daniel

    April 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    So romantic…Congrats

  26. osaretin

    April 9, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    So beautiful

  27. Californiabawlar

    April 9, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous couple. She’s so beautiful! And could easily pass for a hot naija babe ? And this their chemistry? Phewww??
    Sisi Kimberly let me welcome you by saying: Iyawo wa!!

    • Kimberly

      April 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you?? @Californiabawlar

  28. Top

    April 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Lovely…

  29. Daniel

    April 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Hahahahahah….Not far from the truth @ Californiabawlar

  30. BEVERLY J COLLINS

    April 10, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Congrats, Kimmie & Niyi & may GOD bless your union with the greatest love, understanding, trust, and respect that is and ever was. Also may you be blessed with many, many little ones to complete your wonderful lives…………..
    LOVE MS. BEVERLY(YOUR MOM’S FRIEND)
    P.S.:I HEARD YOU GOT TO GO TO AFRICA LIKE I TOLD YOU WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL THAT YOU WOULD………NOW YOU CAN LET YOUR FRIENDS AND OTHER YOUNG WOMEN LIKE YOU KNOW THAT PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED, MIRACLES HAPPEN, AND WISHES DO COME TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kimberly

      April 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Awww so nice thank you? @Beverly

  31. Aduroja Oluwatobi

    April 10, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Wow.. What a lovely couples…the Guy is Handsome and the Lady is Gorgeous and Beautiful…God bless your Union…..I Pray God will grant me my own desires…..Niyi pls Treat your wife as a Queen and dont break her heart…….

  32. Bolu

    April 11, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Oh my gosh! I know this guy when he used to attend ISI (secondary school days). He was a bit quite and cool headed. Congrats to him.

  33. Bellemoizelle

    April 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Look at them like fresh puff-puff!
    The chemistry is insanely crazily adorable!!
    Oluwa use GPS to push my future boo to me now by fire!!!
    La vie est belle….

  34. Lara

    April 11, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Congratulations Kim! I’m so very happy for you and Niyi. The pictures are stunning!!! Wish you both all the love and happiness in the world!!!

  35. Miltina

    April 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful couple and nice pictures too.

  36. AANUOLUWAPO OYEDELE

    April 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    beautiful couple, they look just perfect together

  37. Grace

    April 12, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Cute kids loading… 🙂

  38. black nubia

    April 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Beautiful couple. What/who is truly meant for you IS for you. I wish them all the happiness in the world.

    • Kimberly

      April 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      So nice…?Thank you so much @black nubia!

  39. Ndidiamaka

    April 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    congrats dear kimberly and niyi…you’re really meant for each other….best of luck.

  40. Ndidiamaka

    April 17, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    your pictures are nice and lovely…i like them a lot.

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