Hadiza Raisa Okoya and Olamijuwonlo Alao-Akala got married on Easter Sunday – April 20 2014 at the bride’s father’s Eleganza Estate in Lagos. The bride – Raisa is the daughter of esteemed entrepreneur Chief Razaq Okoya while the groom’s father is former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.
The couple met through the bride’s younger sister at a mutual friend’s party. After a beautiful courtship, the groom proposed at the cinemas! According to the bride,
We were there watching Best Man Holiday. Half way through the movie stopped and next thing I saw my picture on the screen, before I could say anything on that same screen was written *RAISA WILL MARRY ME?* Oh my God! I was shocked. As I turned to looked at him he was right in front of me on his knees holding a ring…I was soo excited I showed everyone at cinema.”
They had their introduction in January
For the traditional wedding, the bride – Raisa wore a stunning white aso oke iro and buba embellished with gold.
For the reception, Hadiza wore a strapless corseted mermaid gown by Kosibah – it took 25 meters of silk organza, 75 Swarovski diamante crystal appliques and hours of meticulous hand sewing by the couturier himself – Yemi Osunkoya.
For the after party, she sizzled in a gold sequin dress. The dapper groom was all smiles in his black suit with damask details.
The couple’s highlights from their special day are oh so evident in the photos – Olamiju couldn’t take his eyes off Hadiza, especially in her show-stopping gown. She also shares her best moments with us – “every moment my husband was beside me, looked at me and smiled at me. He makes me feel so special.”
LoveweddingsNG would like to wish LMJ and HRO all the best in their marriage.
- Picture Credit: Image Plus Fotography.
- Additional Pictures: Kosibah
Wedding Date: Sunday April 20 2014
Venue: Oluwalonsola Eleganza Estate
Traditional: Cream & Purple
White: Purple & White
Bride’s Makeup for (Traditional and White): Elaine Shobanjo of Shomya
Bride’s Attire: Bisbod
Bride’s Traditional Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Groom’s Traditional Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Aso Ebi: Olamide Alabi-Jacobs of Jane Jacobs | instagram.com/janejacob09 | 08027470000 | 11 Kayode Otitoju, Off Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Bride’s White Wedding Dress: Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: David Bowler
Bride’s White Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Groom’s White Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Little Bride Dresses: Olamide Alabi-Jacobs of Jane Jacobs | instagram.com/janejacob09 | 08027470000 | 11 Kayode Otitoju, Off Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Bouquet: Flower Angel
Wedding Planner and Decorator: Abimbola Oladiran of Subtle Elegance Events | 08096452851 | omothara (at) gmail.com | instagram.com/subtlelegancevents
Wedding Cakes: Cakes and Cream
Food: Astoria, Malas, Kaffy, Ever Best, Oval Tarf
Drinks: Exclusive, Bonix, Biobev
Dessert: Ooh la la, Sweet Cravings
Cocktails: Water 2 Wine, Mandies Cocktail
Small Chops: Lareedo, Tj., Demo