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BellaNaija Weddings presents Yasmine & Mohamed’s Epic Celebration of Love & Heritage in Abidjan #Yamo17

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Yasmine and Mohamed‘s journey to forever was such a beautiful celebration of culture, heritage, and love.

Yesterday, we shared Yasmine’s fun bridal shower on BellaNaija Weddings – Click to View. Now, you get to see their glorious nuptials.

Yasmine and Mohamed celebrated their love with a four-part/four-day wedding ceremony in Abidjan. Since the couple’s heritage is a rich mix of African countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, and Mali, it was only apt that they infuse this into their special day. The ceremonies included a traditional Muslim wedding infused with Malian & Ivorian culture, white wedding, reception dinner and traditional day two (Ivorian, Togolese, Ghanaian).

The bride also let her love for Nigerian fashion shine by wearing Aso Oke.

From the white wedding to the engagement ceremony, each part of #Yamo17 wedding was super adorable.

Here is a little backstory of how they met.

BellaNaija Weddings wishes Yasmine and Yusuf lots of love and happiness together.

How We Met
by the bride, Yasmine
We met in summer 2014, in Paris. We were both scared to start a new relationship with our different origins, cultures, and backgrounds, but finally, we did it!

Everything is possible when true love exists.

The Proposal
The proposal was a total surprise at a beach called La Baie des Tortues in Libreville, Gabon. It was in April 2016.

He organized a blind parkour game on the beach with the complicity of the hotel employees. So, I thought that both of us were playing, but after several stops and mysteries to solve, the last step was on the beach where I was told to remove the scarf on my eyes and then I saw in the sand “Would you marry me?” I turned and saw my husband-to-be, kneeling, with a ring in his hand. OMG, the surprise was just amazing! All I could think was we are going to be married yay!

We took almost one year to prepare for our wedding. It was not easy at all but at the end, we regretted nothing and could not stop thanking God for this beautiful wedding He allowed us to have.

For Brides and Grooms
Enjoy every single moment of your day. You are King and Queen. Everybody is there for you, so do not be in a hurry or stressed 🙂 Just be happy and smile. Moreover, if you have a trusted team, your wedding will be just perfect. So, be surrounded by your best people.

White Wedding

Engagement Ceremony – Yasmine’s Nigerian Inspiration
I am not Nigerian but I totally do love how Naija people celebrate their wedding and how the industry is working with all these young entrepreneurs. I was just in total admiration.
Most of my wedding inspiration came from Nigerian Instagram pages and I was in love with bride’s makeup, the photographer’s style and even the wedding videos, the decoration style, the bride’s dresses, let’s just say…everything.

Then, I decided to book my Makeup artist and our official photographer from Nigeria. Shoutout to Ngozi from Beauty and the Beholder Makeovers and Tayo from Akintayotimi. They were just amazing from the beginning till the end. If I had to do this again, I will definitely choose them over and over.

Moreover, I was just in love with Tope from TopeFnR’s blinging dresses and was looking for a reception dress so I did not think twice. She put me in touch with Molbalks for my Aso Oke because I told her I was looking for Aso Oke for my mother, her sisters and I. Molbaks was great and she listened carefully to what we wanted.

My mother and I wore Aso Oke because we have the Togolese origin, the Togolese traditional outfit is very similar to Nigerian Aso Oke. My mother and her sisters wanted to wear it as a reminder of their culture and since I loved it I did not say no lol.


Muslim and Traditional Ceremony: Two Religions, One Love.
As regards our religion, my father is a Muslim and my mother is a Christian, who have been married for more than 20 years. I am a Christian. Mohamed is a Muslim. God led my path to Mohamed and We went through a lot to overcome this difference but finally, we did it. Since we both practice different religions, it was only apt for us to do the same at our wedding.

A beautiful Display of African Cultures
I was born and grew up in Côte d’Ivoire and my husband was born and grew up in Gabon. On my side, my paternal grandfather hails from Mali and my maternal grandfather hails from Togo. They both migrated to Côte d’Ivoire but my parents were able to mix the cultures and transferred it to us (the grandchildren). We eat different meals, we wore different cultural outfits, we celebrated different festivals and most of all, I think that helped us to be more open to other cultures and people around us.

Mohamed’s parents are both Malian and they migrated to Gabon before his birth. He is Gabonese but with a pure Malian soul. He went to Mali every holiday and spent time with the rest of his family there.
We both went to France to study, where we met. As a couple, we now live in Côte d’Ivoire.
Having multiple origins and cultures has allowed us to be tolerant and really open-minded. We are always excited to discover new things and cultures and increase our knowledge in Africa and other continents.

Church Wedding & Reception

Credits
Bride: @yass._t
Groom:
@t_mohams
Bride’s Dress : @maecollectionparis
Bride’s Reception Dress: @Topefnr
Groom’s Suit: www.joann.fr
Bride’s Hair (White Wedding) : @docteur_make_up
Bride’s Hair ( Traditional Wedding): @odydy_girl_power
Makeup (Traditional Wedding): @makeup_de_vi
Makeup (White Wedding) : @beautyandthebeholdermakeovers
Aso Oke: @molbaks_alasooke
Kente : @kentequeen
Outfit: @lilicreation
Decor : @myeventboutique
Video: @philippeloretstudios
Photographer : @akintayotimi
Wedding Planner: Bride, Groom and family

16 Comments

  1. naana

    November 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

    happy married life together and that was a WELL CRAFTED event oooooo la la

  2. Bee

    November 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

    wow such a beautiful wedding. the bride really tried she looked great in all pictures. me that did just trad and reception some of my pictures u see im stressed and faking my smile. God bless your home

  3. le

    November 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Wow!!!! BN this is stunning.. see richness in culture,, look at all this.. What a beauty.. culture, different clothes,, Aso oke, Kente,.. this is stunning.. happy married life.. God bless you both richely

  4. Abena

    November 16, 2017 at 10:11 am

    African culture on display, I like.

  5. bubu

    November 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

    multicultural peeps , we rock jo. beautiful and rich display of the african culture . #inspirationboardtins

  6. mouth mouth

    November 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    HMMMM AM OUT OF WORDS OOO . VERY VERY SHOCKED THO , THIS IS MORE THAT HEAVEN SENT WEDDING . GOD BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE . SEE HOW MONEY DEY TALK WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

  7. DoroAnon

    November 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Yasmine I think you should take event planning as a side hustle I mean part time job.you are great at it.You and your hubby planned a 4days event beautifully. God bless your union

  8. mulikat

    November 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Gpd bless your <union, muti Region and traditional marriage, things like this bring unity and pure love.and thanks for likeing naigeria culture marriage dress our yoruba Aso Oke.

  9. Warri Pickin

    November 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Absolutely Gorgeous. .
    If you plan well you will definitely get the best result. I love everything about the wedding and kudos dear photographer, your job is beautiful not fussy at all . You sabi work.

  10. John Matilda

    November 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Errm.. So there is a difference between white wedding and church wedding?????

    • Xoxo

      November 17, 2017 at 12:01 am

      A lady can wear a [white wedding] gown, and have the ceremony done in the garden of an event centre, or a ballroom of a hotel, or on the beach etc. A Church wedding is clearly done in a Church!!

  11. B

    November 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    WOW! beautiful wedding! Thank you Yasmine for appreciating Nigerian culture! All the various cultures were celebrated beautifully!

  12. Uwaneza Wamahoro

    November 17, 2017 at 4:25 am

    WOWO..God bless your marriage!!! This has to be in the top three of the best looking/best cultural celebrated/most expensive looking/Africa’s pride at best etc….. weddings on BellaNaija!!!!! ps. I thought white wedding was church wedding?????!!

  13. Tru

    November 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Lol, Naija, at least positive export! This is one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies I have seen.

  14. simisayo

    November 17, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    never awake naija o. cote d’ivoire ashanti tribe modern day was sent out of ghana ashanti tribe, so what is this pride patriotically trying to pape us with??? You wear dwamena from an insult to your motherland? mcheww. Should have worn aso-oke to tell us there is NO NAIJA GHANA CASE. The aso-oke is super GHANA. That’s my gal right there o. But check idiot. I have musllamah with kente winged around my bust area.Seems very disrespectful. And Musmallahs won’t be idiots to wear a parchworked attire. Purlease ske ye ske noono oh noooo.

  15. seriously

    November 20, 2017 at 1:14 am

    This bride is very beautiful and photogenic. She takes great pictures. She looks great in all her outfits. I like the cake, and the gold color. I would have been tired and my face will look stressed. The mix of different African cultures is incredible. It’s nothing compared to it. Wow, this woman took wedding celebration to another level.
    Congrats to them.

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