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#MeetTheRaiwes2017 – Jemima & Chris’ Love Story | BellaNaija Weddings x TAP Studios Pre-Wedding Giveaway Winners



You know we love all our BNers so it was our pleasure to collaborate with TAP Studios and a list of great vendors on this pre-wedding shoot giveaway.

We are so excited about Jemima and Chris‘ upcoming wedding and love how their pre-wedding shoot turned out.

From meeting in church and assuming Chris was weird, to saying of course to his proposal, this beautiful couple’s love story is so so sweet.

Counting down to #MeetTheRaiwes2017

BellaNaija Weddings wishes the couple lots of joy and happiness together!

How We Met
By the Bride, Jemima
In 2013, I met my fiancé, Chris, in church. He was this “bad ass” lead guitarist that looked like Nicolas Cage. For real, he rarely smiles. You hardly see him mingling with people. I thought he was weird and so cute. I remember mentioning to a mutual friend, “that guy is weird”.  A few weeks later, after church service, I went to greet our friend before leaving and Chris was sitting there. Next thing our friend goes “ehnehn she says you are a weird”.  I felt like the ground should open for me to enter (I almost died). Next thing I knew, Chris busted into laughter (that laughter did it for me). I had this shocked look and I was like “so you laugh?”. He just kept laughing.

Later that evening, he got my BBM pin and we got talking. Fast forward to the end of 2015, he started dropping subtle hints. The truth is, I have always had a mad crush on him way before we got talking and that crush never died. He asked me to date him consistently from January 2016 and my shakara was the highest.

At one point, I was seriously telling him off on my phone in my mother’s presence that she had to tell me to take it easy on the young man. We started dating in February 2016, precisely on my younger brother’s birthday.

The Proposal 
In March 2017, He traveled to Ughelli for his friend’s wedding and came back that Sunday. I was on leave from the office, so I decided to spend the night at his place catching up on all the gist from the wedding. The next day was my older brother’s birthday.

I was lying on the bed thinking about how I was yet to call my elder brother to wish him a happy birthday. Bae and I were gisting and I was telling him to get ready for work. While we were listening to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect on repeat, he goes, “So if I say let’s get married will you agree” and I go, “of course I will, why won’t I”. I was on my phone trying to call my brother and the next thing, he turns me around to face him and he goes, “I am going to put this ring on your finger now and I hope you will still want to marry me?” I did not see that coming!

At first, I was shocked. I could not fathom all the emotions but one thing was certain, I felt this surge of peace and gratitude. At that particular moment, I knew I had found my peace and happiness. I am getting married to my other half by God’s grace. I am getting married to the one who completes me. Bae and I will be saying I do forever!


Groom @chrisraiwe
Bride @jema_kozi
Photography @tapstudiosweddings
Bride’s Dress  @tessa.becca
Groom’s Suit  @bosiandcharles
Accessories  @mdp_accessories
Makeup @beautymatterz
Male Stylist @bosiandcharles
Hair Stylist @hairbysleame
Decor and Lighting @torgeevents
Female Stylist @theadetutu

Second Look (Casual)
Bride’s Dress @iconolabranded
Accessories  @mdp_accessories


  1. kenzi

    November 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I love this! God bless your union.

  2. A

    November 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    This is lovely.

  3. Tiramisu

    November 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    This is a legit question. Why do people share their love story/journey, pre-wedding photo session, wedding photos etc on blogs? Are they paid for it? What is the aim? Is it to give the single people hope? What to they actually hope to achieve? Can anyone share insight into this. Thanks!

    • BBB

      November 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Hello Tiramisu

      I really hope its a legit question and not sacarsm.

      Its not the couple sharing their pictures and stories (at least more than half of the time). Its the vendors but with permission of the couple.

      eg Photographer wants to “market” his services on one of the most read blogs in Nigeria without paying, he puts together the story of the couple along with their pictures (that he/she took) and sends to the blogs.

      Same thing for event planner, Make up Artist, Videographer etc.

      I hope this helps.

    • Lichie

      November 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Dear Tira, When you really fall in love , i guess you will understand why. Love is beautiful and you cannot contain it

  4. Jane

    November 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    They were my favorite couple from the beginning! I even searched them out on Instagram. They are always so cute and funny with each other. Love that the love evolution started in church too. Happy married life in advance! Am so glad you both won!

  5. Kay

    November 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Aww look at Tj, God bless this union

  6. bijouthisbijouthat

    November 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    BN!!!!! Your pictures take forever to load now..

    what is with that now?pssst

  7. Obruks

    November 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Congratz to u both. I sight u #chrisrider#..Lol

  8. Noni

    November 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I don’t know, but, as regards the above featured couple, there was a giveaway pre-wedding photoshoot session (or something like that) announced on BN a while ago & people were asked to share their love story in the comments section (I remember reading this particular couple’s story in the comments section) for a chance to win the prize of the free pre-wedding photoshoot session. My guess is they emerged the winners hence the sharing of the photos & love story publicly on BN.

  9. Noni

    November 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Also sometimes, there is this thing love does to you. It makes you want to shout it from the rooftop, not to necessarily to make anyone jealous or to give anyone hope; but just because you love the person so much & you feel blessed & so therefore want to share it with the whole world.?

  10. Okozi shedrack

    November 13, 2017 at 2:16 am

    What a wonderful story, Its indeed the lords doing.happy married life in advance.

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