It’s no news that we are so super excited about the WED Dream Wedding 2017!
Just in case you didn’t know, WED Dream Wedding is an initiative of WED Expo, where one lucky couple wins the wedding of their dreams. This year, Toyosi Illupeju and Wole Makinwa are our lucky winners. They will be tying the knot on Valentine’s Day – 14th February 2017 – at the prestigious Balmoral Convention Center, Federal Palace Hotel, VI, Lagos.
As we count down to this epic wedding, we know you’d want to learn more about the couple so we have their beautiful love story just for you. Find out how they met, how he proposed, and more about them.
How They Met
Toyosi and Wole met in Dubai. At the time, she had recently finished her studies and was about relocating back to Nigeria. She was hosting a weekly youth fellowship at her apartment and it was Anthony’s first time attending.
“She was so sweet and very welcoming and I could not forget her aura even after the meeting,” he said about the first time he met her. “I thought I was going see her around again but unknowingly, she was relocating the following week. I only knew her first name and searched ‘Toyosi’ out on Facebook but about 5000 Toyosi’s appeared lol. I eventually got her full name from a mutual friend, sent her a request on Facebook, and that was how it all began.”
The couple who have been dating for a year and a half initially started off with a long distance relationship which Toyosi said she didn’t like at first. “It started off as long distance (which was breaking my rule; I hate long distance relationships). During our long distance phase, we had lots of fights because we didn’t understand each other then and our backgrounds were different. We always got through the fights because I believe we saw something in each other that we didn’t want to let go of. After 7 months of long distance dating, Wole decided to move back to Nigeria (He was feeling the girl). God was on our side really, because he got his company to transfer him to their Nigerian office. Since he has moved back, we have only gotten to understand and love each other more. “
Toyosi had been expecting Anthony to propose on a particular date but when he got to know that she was expecting it, he changed the date in order to surprise her.
“Wole proposed on Wednesday the 11th of May, 2016. I expected him to propose the week before because he had planned a wonderful date so I was ready and looked extremely gorgeous but apparently he and my sister wanted me to be surprised so they pushed it forward. On that fateful Wednesday, I was working from home so I was dressed very down. I had to work at church during the evening service that day and as I was about to leave home, my mom told me to change that I looked horrible. I immediately started arguing with her on why I didn’t need to change and after a while she left me. I won the argument (so I thought). That evening, my pastor walks into church and we were both seated near the front but not beside each other and my pastor says “Wole I sent you a text message”. I remember clearly thinking; Na wa o, when did Wole and my pastor become texting buddies when I’ve even known my pastor longer. So, I started trying to do amebo to find out what the text message said but Wole wouldn’t even give me face. Anyways when my pastor was done preaching , He called Wole out saying he had a testimony and that the church should listen. In my mind at this time I was thinking; what testimony, what has happened that this guy didn’t tell me first (I was already planning my trouble for him). Next thing I know Wole calls me to step out to his side. At this point I just wanted to disappear. I was looking so raggedy; no makeup, hair was a mess, nails were horrific, and my outfit was nothing to write home about. Anyways I get up and kept looking around trying to find my mom to give her the look of “betrayal”. I stood in front of Wole, our sides were facing the church and I was just hoping this was a dream. Next thing Wole gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him. I was utterly speechless and just nodded and pulled him to get back up as fast as I could while the whole church was cheering. The only emotion I was feeling throughout the proposal was shock and I wanted to escape but there was nowhere to run to. Anyways thank God I nodded yes and didn’t faint.
The Big Win
Just like hundreds of other couples who entered for the competition, Toyosi and Anthony submitted their applications when the call for entries was made at WED Expo.
“Winning the WED Dream wedding has been one of the highlights of my year. This may sound very cliché but it just proves that God answers prayers. The last few days to the end of the competition was when it became so real to me, because we found out we were part of the finalists, so I decided to fast and most definitely made Wole fast and pray also. I remember clearly on the third day of my fasting I was like abeg, I’m going to break my fast at 12 (woke up very hungry) and around 11:30 I got the call that we had won. I was so speechless and you won’t believe the hunger disappeared!”
Photography: DIKO Photography @dikophotography
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