Dami Olaogun and Deji Taiwo are set to wed later this year in a ceremony planned by TrendyBE Events. The couple are also vendors in the Nigerian wedding industry; the bride, Dami runs bespoke personalised gift company, The Gift Fairy NG and the couple both run Access Cards NG.
Ahead of their wedding, we caught up with the bride, who shared the story of how they met and how he proposed. They also had a beautiful pre-wedding shoot at Lekki beach captured by Akintayotimi Photography and Cinematics NG.
How they met
Sometime in January 2012, a mutual friend of ours – Modele (who was trying to play Cupid) felt Deji and I would be great together.
She mentioned it to me casually and said she would give him my BBM Pin to which I reluctantly agreed… okay that is putting my initial reaction mildly. I blatantly refused because I had a preconceived notion of him. This was because we had attended the same high school and he was a few years ahead of me. Even though our paths had never crossed, I thought he was always forming ‘big boy’ back then, so I decided I would ‘show him’ a little.
We chatted in the evening and a few minutes later, I told him I was off to bed. I could tell that it ‘pained him’ a lot. Subsequently, we started chatting a lot and met for the first time at my pre-birthday dinner at Ember Creek and we’ve become inseparable since then.
Being a surprise expert, I was always confident that I would never be caught off guard whenever he would be proposing. Little did I know he had planned everything to a T.
A week before he proposed, he told me we had a client meeting to attend on Sunday afternoon after church at a restaurant. I was initially suspicious of the meeting because I was not aware of any email trail for those particular clients. I got to the venue at 1pm; he got there shortly after and the clients came (a bride, a planner and the groom). The meeting lasted for about two hours so I felt my suspicions were unfounded.
After the meeting, he said we would be having dinner with his sister and aunt in the evening. He mentioned that his sister was currently at the spa getting beauty treatments sso we went to the movies to while away time. I was already getting really tired at this point. I was so sure that I would fall asleep during the movie. We saw a comedy movie called “Why Him” at the cinema. I didn’t even sleep a wink; I found the movie really interesting and laughed so hard through out the movie. When the movie ended, he asked us to pick up his sister from the spa and head out for dinner together.
When we got to the spa reception, she didn’t come out on time so he said we should take a tour around the spa to while away time. Since I hadn’t been to that particular spa before, I got excited and tagged along. We walked through the garden pathway and I spotted a chalet that had pretty lights glowing around it. So I said to him “that looks like such a nice spot to take snaps, let’s go there.”
He walked with me towards the place and I saw petals on the floor and all the birthday and anniversary cards that I have ever given Him. It dawned on me that he was about to propose. I remembered every word I’d envisioned my proposal would entail, and it was just that… my dream came true. He said “my life would be infinitely better with you in it, and to be honest I can’t imagine a life without you. Please marry me” . It was such a wonderful moment. I was in a real life fairy tale.
- Photography: Akintayotimi | Website | Instagram
- Planner: TrendyBE Events | Website | Instagram
- Videography: Cinematics.NG
- Creative direction & Bridal styling: The Wardrobe Manager @thewardrobemanager
- Makeup: ULot Makeup Artistry
- Hair stylist: DMG Touch
- Hair accessories: Debenhams
- Playsuit: Ayaba Official
- White dress: Elizabeth and Lace Bridal