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Tope+Shegz: The Childhood Love Story

I always say my couples are special! Yes! Because they are special and when I say they are, they are… me. When you are done reading, drop a comment at the bottom of this page expressing your feelings to this couple or on instagram by following @photographsbyakara and commenting on their photographs with the #TopeandSegunarespecial

So 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.

Secondly, Tope has such a caring spirit that her love touches your soul while Segun is so beautifully spirited you can’t help but fall in love with him.

Thirdly, even you can see they are in love. See this pictures and tell me if their love is not obvious.

Finally, and this is the interesting part, they are childhood sweethearts that reconnected years afterwards to get married. The photograph below show them on the left, years ago as kids and on the right just before their wedding. 🙂

After growing up together as kids in Abeokuta, these two lost themselves to the demands of life and separated. Tope had left the country and was away for close to two decades when one of those days, a picture of this handsome dude caught her attention on her cousins whatsapp. An enquiry, a chat, a call and a date afterwards, here we are. This is a wedding any top nigerian wedding photographer would have loved to shoot.


Segun and I had not talked a lot before their wedding and that was my loss.  When I did finally meet him, I wish we had, had much more interactions. I told myself, if I was a woman, it would have been Segun and then I met Tope and I saw why it is Tope.

I love to see the connection between a couple so I know i am helping to create a timeless union that I will be proud off years to come. I saw that in this couple and so when we started preparation for their wedding It was in good spirits.

It was the first day I was meeting Tope but like she said we struck off on a great note and she noted that we must definitely be kindred spirits to be that way. Honestly, it was you Tope. You are perfect like that.


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.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-002-(Side-2)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.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-005-(Side-5)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-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-006-(Side-6) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-007-(Side-7) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-009-(Side-9) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-010-(Side-10)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.
Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-011-(Side-11) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-012-(Side-12) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-013-(Side-13)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 Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-017-(Side-17)Segun Oke in all his glory!  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-018-(Side-18) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-019-(Side-19) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-021-(Side-21)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 in Tope-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”. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-025-(Side-25)The most significant act of the day was this……Segun and his guys took time out to pray before he came into the hall… was a moment……Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-026-(Side-26)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.
Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-032-(Side-32)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……

Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-033-(Side-33)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. Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-036-(Side-36)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
Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-039-(Side-39) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-040-(Side-40) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-041-(Side-41) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-042-(Side-42)After all the photographs had been done with his parents, sisters and second mother, it was time for his bride to step in.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-043-(Side-43)And Tope was eager to….she had waited long enough Tope-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.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-047-(Side-47) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-048-(Side-48) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-049-(Side-49) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-050-(Side-50)She joyfully danced in to take her parents blessings as she went to her new family.
Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-051-(Side-51)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.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-057-(Side-57) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-058-(Side-58)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.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-059-(Side-59)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.

Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-060-(Side-60)This seemingly simple act suggests that the family is heavily invested in the continued success of a marriage.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-061-(Side-61)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.
Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-063-(Side-63)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  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-065-(Side-65)It was time for dancing and boy the dancing was fierce.  Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-066-(Side-66) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-067-(Side-67) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-068-(Side-68) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-069-(Side-69) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-070-(Side-70) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-071-(Side-71) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-072-(Side-72) Tope-and-Segun---Traditional-Wedding-073-(Side-73)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)I always say my couples are special! Yes! Because they are special and when I say they are they are… me.

Tope and Segun are special. We clicked from the word go because of their fine spirits and shooting them was fun .

We are posting their white wedding ceremony here soon so check back or subscribe to the blog to get a notification when we go.

Meanwhile, if you are getting married soon, send us a mail at to discuss and book your day. You can also click on the contact page and fill the form there to reach us or call us on +2348025019121, +2348183557625 and +23412957641. Please follow us on instagram as well @photographsbyakara to ensure you are kept abreast of our work as we shoot weddings around.

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  • Dolapo - July 14, 2015 - 6:26 pm

    Awwwwwhhh…sooo beautiful. .you captured all the moments. ..I like. ..Well done Akara ☺ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - July 14, 2015 - 6:41 pm

    Very nice!! Beautiful work Akara !!! Honored to be apart of their wonderful day!!ReplyCancel

  • - July 15, 2015 - 1:20 am

    This is awesome,glad to be part of thisReplyCancel

  • nonye - July 15, 2015 - 8:14 am

    Wonderful work!!!….you captured even the silly momentsReplyCancel

    • Akara Ogheneworo - July 15, 2015 - 10:39 am

      Yeah, those are the moments that lasts a lifetime. Thats what we are here for…..Thank you Nonye!ReplyCancel

  • Funmilayo - July 15, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    Congratulations Segun & Tope. Beautiful Pictures. Well done Akara for capturing very memorable moments. Aunty Funmi.ReplyCancel

  • Confiance - July 16, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Beautiful couple!!!
    Oh and the light heartedness of the groom is everything!ReplyCancel

  • Martins - July 21, 2015 - 7:29 pm

    The whole story was interesting and well captured with beautiful pictures. Looking forward to meeting you bros!ReplyCancel

  • latigurl - July 31, 2015 - 7:56 pm

    Wow Akara!!!
    This is beautiful!!!…
    You have done awesomely well for this couple!!ReplyCancel

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