A True Love Story: The neighbours who fell in love when they were kids – Tope and Segun

Years ago as kids and Just before their wedding.

Our couple of the week, Tope and Segun are childhood sweethearts that reconnected years afterwards to get married. We brought you first photos from their wedding.

After growing up together as kids in Abeokuta, they lost themselves to the demands of life and separated.

Tope left the country and was away for close to two decades until one great afternoon.

That noon, a picture of this handsome dude caught her attention on her cousin’s whats-app.

An enquiry, a chat, a call and a date afterwards, here we are.

Top wedding photographer, Ogheneworo Akara covered the wedding, enjoy his narration below:

Segun and Tope are special. Why……For one, theirs is the first wedding I have shot that it was christian songs from beginning to end and not one minute did we think it was boring. It was groove all through.

Determined to create some art at this beautiful wedding, I set about ensuring my favourite part of the wedding, the first part, taking the detail,s was done beautifully well. That set the tone for the entire day.
Segun did not crimp on this stone at all! He got the best. Even I was stunned. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-003-(Side-3)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-004-(Side-4)
As the day progressed, if it felt like a rumour before, those rumours were dispelled because as time ticked on it became obvious that these two were about to be joined in holy matrimony after all these years of friendship.
Like I always have said, it is the friends that make the wedding what it is. Natalie was a stand out friend in Tope’s day. She was a photographer, a shoulder, a director, a listening ear and boy!!!!  She can pick sprayed monies.
Natalie is from Louisiana but before long we told her she was meant to be a Nigerian. She was duly named Chichi and adopted as an Ibo lady.
Tope finally got ready and we had to fly out as she was in a hurry to get married. She was not willing to spend one extra minute. She wanted her groom.
We settled for a few pictures while her make up was fresh and stepped out for the day’s event.
I present to you the ladies who made this day what it was. Wonu ( second on the row from the right) was an amazing planner. She obviously has it in her. It is a passion not a learnt trade and it showed.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-014-(Side-14)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-015-(Side-15)
Meanwhile at Segun’s place, Akan Emmanuel was piecing together the story from that end.
Segun was obviously overjoyed for the day had come when he was going to become the husband of the delectable Tope ,
Segun Oke in all his glory!
Ready for the mission, these guys stepped out looking dapper. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-022-(Side-22)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-023-(Side-23)
Meanwhile, at the hall the events of the day had begun with Segun’s parents dancing inTope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-024-(Side-24)
They proceeded to go kneel before the family of the bride to thank them for the opportunity given to them to “pluck the flower they had seen in their garden”.
The most significant act of the day was this……Segun and his guys took time out to pray before he came into the hall…..it was a moment……Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.
Sure he was alone now, Segun went into the hall to claim his bride, confidently. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-027-(Side-27)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-028-(Side-28)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-029-(Side-29)
After dancing in these next few moments told me how close knit his family was……that is an indication of how his is going to be…he hugged his mother affectionately. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-030-(Side-30)
and this look straight into his dads eye shows you the connection they have. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-031-(Side-31)
Finally, the moment of truth came…when he had to prove he was “capable”. Where he had to prove he was a man and he was not forced to come to take Tope as his.
Segun dished out the instructions to his lieutenants and laid the plans clearly before them. We are here to perform he seemed to say….If you are not ready, step back!
You dey laugh? This no be joke o! He said……
It was time to raise their hands, and bend their waists and tilt their bodies just to show he is a whole man.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-034-(Side-34)
That done, he had to prove his financial capability. Segun passed all his tests. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-035-(Side-35)
Next was the prostration……This act show you came of your own volition to beg for the hand of the bride.
Segun was flat on his face but still had time to show his light heartedness with this moment. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-037-(Side-37)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-038-(Side-38)
and a selfie
After all the photographs had been done with his parents, sisters and second mother, it was time for his bride to step in.
And Tope was eager to….she had waited long enoughTope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-044-(Side-44)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-045-(Side-45)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-046-(Side-46)and when she stepped into the fall, Tope searched out Segun first with her eyes and the subtle smile tells you all about her feelings.
She joyfully danced in to take her parents blessings as she went to her new family.
Finally, it was time to crown her husband and choose him as hers. Tope was focused on the task at hand. She didnt waver.
Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-052-(Side-52)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-053-(Side-53)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-054-(Side-54)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-055-(Side-55)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-056-(Side-56)Kisses and rings done. It was time for one major tradition. The groom is expected to write a proposal letter to the bride and her family requesting her hand in marriage and they in turn are supposed to respond with an acceptance letter. This was done with the entire family standing behind Tope and Segun.
There was a funny event here. Tope handed over her acceptance letter before Segun had given his proposal letter. Obviously, she was no longer interested in these lenghty traditions. Get it over with please, her action screamed.
Segun took his acceptance letter to his family gleefully. That done, Tope’s family handed her over to Segun’s dad who in turn handed her over to him.
This seemingly simple act suggests that the family is heavily invested in the continued success of a marriage.
All that done, Tope and Segun returned to their seats, all smile, Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-062-(Side-62)
As the acceptance letter was read to the people gathered together by Tobi.

Seguns family came out joyfully to thank the family of Tope for giving them a gem. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-064-(Side-64)
Photographs done
It was time for dancing and boy the dancing was fierce.
We had fun at Segun and Tope’s wedding but that was not to end there. Fun for us is beautiful pictures. So with everyone happy and on their way to their houses, we stole away to take these beautiful photographs of these couple for your eyes and for their children. We wanted to capture the love we had witnessed between this two. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-074-(Side-74)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-075-(Side-75)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-076-(Side-76)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-077-(Side-77)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-078-(Side-78)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-079-(Side-79)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-080-(Side-80)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-081-(Side-81)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-082-(Side-82)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-083-(Side-83)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-084-(Side-84)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-085-(Side-85)Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-086-(Side-86)
KFB wishes Tope and Segun a happy married life…we can’t wait to feature their ah-mazing white wedding!
Meanwhile, if you are getting married soon, send Akara a mail at info@ogheneworoakara.com to discuss and book your day, or call on +2348025019121, +2348183557625 and +23412957641.

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Updated: July 21, 2015 — 2:29 am