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Hafou & Khabane’s Gorgeous Côte d’Ivoire Wedding

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Hafou and Khabane Ivory Coast_BellaNaija Weddings_Aug302016_39Hafou and Khabane met in college at Stony Brook University, New York, USA in 2011. The college sweethearts got engaged 4 years later in the city.

She said, “he proposed in this really nice restaurant Ai Fiori in New York City on October 18 2015 – it was just the two on us. We had a private table and the entire restaurant was aware. It was a great surprise.”

The cute couple tied the knot in a multi-day ceremony in Côte d’Ivoire full of festivities and love.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Hafou and Khibane a joyous union.

~ Photography: Cisse Himaje

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Advice from the Couple

“Enjoy and smile throughout the entire wedding it will be a reflection of you marriage. No wedding is ever perfect!

Highlights from the Bride

“Walking down the aisle, first dance with my husband, sharing our vows during the dinner.”

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Wedding Info

Dates & Colours
Mosque Wedding: July 21
White Wedding Ceremony: July 22 | White & Silver
All White Dinner: July 23
Traditional Dance: July 24

Venues: Hotel Ivoire Sofitel & Heden Golf Club in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

1st Dress: Ball Gown from RK Bridal NY
2nd Dress: Custom made by Designer Lili Creation
3rd Dress: Custom made by Designer Gilles Toure

Groom’s Blue Suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s White Suit: Custom made by Ciss St Moise
Bridesmaids Dresses: Emy
Groomsmen Suits: Zara
Wedding Planner: The couple
Decor: Reda Fawaz
All Hair & Makeup: Spa, Plus All traditional engagements were custom made from several local Ivorian and Senegalese designers
Bouquet: Mme Cisse

26 Comments

  1. EbonyFre

    October 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Love the white wedding makeup. Clean and subtle

  2. DoroAnon

    October 6, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    AKKKKPPPPPAAAABBBBAAAANNNNNAAAAA (Thunder In Idoma language) My baby is Ivorien will I be dresssed like this on my trad? ???

    • Iris

      October 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Lol! I think the bride wears her traditional outfit. You should throw in one of his though.

    • Bee

      October 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Not necessarily. depends on tribe.
      I married an Akan of Ivory Coast. check out pictures on Instagram page of Nigerian weddingPlanner June 5 events.

      Peace and love.

    • Le coco

      October 6, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      luckily in Nigeria, you would be required to wear your own traditional attire, and not necessarily the grooms.. so u r safe.. lool

    • Nina Jaja

      October 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Lolll!! Maybe you can wear Akan traditional wear! Its very very lovely. Check out @bkmsang on IG, , she has very lovely Akan looks. && also remember this could also be the brides taste.

    • ATL's finest

      October 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Lol @ Thunder ?????. Well U pretty much can do both. The couple are too HOT. She’s got a pretty smile & I LoVe all her attires. Congrats to them

  3. ifeanyi

    October 6, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    so colourful. so beautiful. major congrats to them!

  4. DatEnuguChic

    October 6, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Thank God im Nigerian, and we tie the best geles in the world. Na cap gele be dis.( just clowning oooo before awon monitoring spirits will pounce on me) The couple are so beautiful and young. Nigerians we are very vain ooo, cos if na our wedding now ghen ghen all of us go dress to the teeth, these guys are very modest in dressing.

    Congrats to the couple and marital bliss to them

    • ATL's finest

      October 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Lmao @ the gele comment. I won’t lie, but we do good job on that tho. My Gambia friends/Mami, when they r done hmmmm I just laugh so hard but its good to see what others can do with their geles too.

  5. MercyI

    October 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    LOVELY COUPLE ALL SMILES AND VERY FRIENDLY…..ME LIKEY

    • Amaa

      October 7, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Time to start looking beyond Naija men that guy is fine choi

  6. James

    October 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    What a beautiful wedding. Everyone looks absolutely gorgeous. The bridesmaids are all beautiful. The grooms ain’t bad looking either. The traditional clothing worn by the couple is breathtaking.

    Is any one of the couple from Nigeria? Just wondering why it’s on Bella Naija. Doesn’t really matter, does it? I get to see another African wedding.

  7. I want her!

    October 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Congrats couple!
    Very cute groom

    All i see is this lady in glasses, I want her!
    https://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Hafou-and-Khabane-Ivory-Coast_BellaNaija-Weddings_Aug282016_19.jpg

    I want you love
    If you see this, do mail me at [email protected]. Thanks

  8. t-baby

    October 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I attend stony brook university, I hope I can find my boo here as well, but there more Ghanaian then Nigerian population

  9. Salama Afro Ladies Salon Dubai

    October 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    The bride’s smile could light a fire! Loving the bridesmaids dresses and everything about this wedding. Keeping it real! HML.

  10. nnenne

    October 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    A family member is there but all he’s tinkling about now is medical school not marriage
    Congratulations to the newly wedded couple

  11. Le coco

    October 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    welldone BN.. this is what we want to see. beautiful… although i think you shld have done more of an in depth feature on the wedding. the culture, etc etc.. so we can all learn something

  12. Tosin

    October 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    omg the bottom of the page! African clothing is sooooo gorgeous. It just is.

  13. Que

    October 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Love the make up, not all these heavy pancake Nigerian make up artiste are notorious for.

  14. _zuggy

    October 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    These people have money o. But how many clothes did she wear for the trad?

  15. Miss Mo

    October 7, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Love the simplicity and elegance.

    Cute couple. They look genuinely in love.

    Congratulations. God bless your union.

  16. mariam

    October 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

    so beautifu.congratulations

  17. bkoks

    October 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

    fam, these traditional outfits meh, how can 8 different outfits be so bleh

  18. Zee

    October 8, 2016 at 2:51 am

    God bless your marriage. I can feel the love

  19. bolu

    October 8, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    not going to lie not a fan of the trad outfits but the one in coweries was really nice.. she looked great regardless though

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