Gist Us Weddings: Simi & Gbolahan’s Elegant Manor House Wedding in Essex

We present the romantic ceremony between Simi Adedeji, a Nigerian doctor and Gbolahan Bakre, a Nigerian IT consultant in London, UK, as featured on BN Weddings. Read their story below.

Once upon a time, a friend persuaded Simi to attend a party which she didn’t want to go, but she finally gave in. At the party, Simi and Gbolahan’s eyes clicked and as they say, the rest is history. Gbolahan proposed to Simi on a surprise trip to Malta.

Proposal (Simi’s account)

We met at a mutual friend’s party in London. I owe a massive thanks to my friend Fiona who dragged me out to that party that night (against my wishes). Fast forward 7 years and he proposed on my 30th birthday on a surprise trip to Malta. I had always wanted to go to Malta.

He told me he was taking me away for my birthday and that I should turn up at the airport with my passport. He refused to give me any clues about where we were going, despite my not-so-subtle probing. All I knew was that we were going somewhere warm. When we got to the check in desk, he revealed the destination.

We stayed in the most beautiful room on the top floor of the Hilton Malta which had a spectacular sea view. The day after we arrived in Malta was my birthday and it was full of surprises. First of all a beautiful, large bouquet of flowers was delivered to me in the morning along with a bottle of champagne and a fresh fruit and cream birthday cake (complete with sparklers).

Next was a surprise “activity”. As he watched me get ready for the “activity” he tried to tell me that I really didn’t need to wear make-up or jewelry but I refused to listen; When we got downstairs to the foyer, a van with a Scuba Diving logo was waiting! So much for my make-up, jewelry and freshly straightened hair.

After scuba diving we got ready to go for dinner at De Mondion Restaurant at the Xara Palace. It was whilst we were getting ready that he got down on one knee and held out a white box with one of the most unique diamond engagement rings I have ever seen and asked me to do him the honor of being his wife.


The wedding took 10 months to plan; actually we had two weddings to plan in that time because we had a traditional Nigerian wedding two days before our white wedding. We could not have done it in that time without our Wedding Planner: Events by Emilia. She was an absolute Godsend and her attention to detail was fantastic.

Our white wedding was at a manor house at Braxted Park in Essex, which had a quaint little church within the grounds so it was very convenient for the guests to get from the church to the reception.

We didn’t have a theme per say, but I had in mind an overall look of “vintage with a modern twist” which was inspired by my beautiful engagement ring. The colours of the day were champagne, ivory and antique rose.

We honored our culture with our Traditional Nigerian Wedding which was 2 days before our white wedding. At the traditional wedding we wore traditional Yoruba attire (Aso Oke) and most of the guests also wore traditional Nigerian Attire. The wedding represented a formal introduction between the two families (although they had met before then) with Gbolahan and his family formally asking my family, for my hand in marriage. His family brought lots of gifts including food items, and a large suitcase full of clothes, luxury fabrics, jewelry and shoes for me.

At the white wedding, both our family members wore traditional Yoruba attire with headties in a particular colour, to allow the family members to be distinguished from other guests. There were also other cultural elements such as the wedding breakfast, which was Nigerian food.

On the wedding day, Simi dazzled in an artistic lace dress by Maggie Sottero. With her hair swept up into an elegant chignon, she styled the gown with silver drop earrings and blush satin Dune shoes. Her beau looked dapper in a grey suit. Although Simi didn’t have a wedding theme, she wanted a touch of vintage with a contemporary twist.

Wedding Date: September 22, 2012
Location: London, UK
Photography: Obi Nwokedi

Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Soterro at Brides by Losners
Make-up: Becks Buki
Hair: Dupe Oyeleke
Shoes: Dune
Ceremony and Reception Location: Braxted Park Estate
, Witham, 
, CM8 3EN
Photography: Photography by Obi
Florist: Michell Floral Designs
Cake: TY Couture Cakes | +447506430347
Wedding Planner/Event Designer: Events by Emilia –
For more on the beautiful ceremony, click here 

Credit: Bella Naija



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