Our Wedding: Aliyu and Mariam Abubakar

We attend some weddings and for those of us who aren’t married, we wish we were marrying the following week in such a glamour, while for those of us who have had our own occasion passed, we just wish we haven’t had ours…

On that wonderful day, June 14th, 2014, all routes led to the Civic Center, in the Victoria Island Lagos, where the union of Mariam and Aliyu would be celebrated in class and elegance. From their pre-wedding pictures, to the main ceremony pictures (The Civic Center - Water Front), down to the cocktail pictures 9The Civic Center - Ground Floor), and finally the reception pictures (The Civic Center - Panoramic View Hall & The Grand Bouquet Ball Room), am so sure you would be wowed how this wonderful and beautiful couple has been able to infuse the class they stand for with their uncompromising faith… Take a walk with me in this wonderful piece….

Our Toast

“And among His signs is this,

that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may dwell in

tranquility with them and He put LOVE and MERCY between your hearts;

verily in that are signs for those who reflect.”

Surah Ar-Rum Ayah 21

 

 How We Met; How We Met;

Aliyu and I were introduced by my high school dear friend and his cousins wife (who at the time worked together). The first time we spoke, the first thing that jumped out was... "is this KUSAYYY"...(my long lost cousin who grew up with us and bears the same name - Aliyu Abubakar). Thankfully after a lengthy discussion, we realized that he is not the same person :)

I remember our first conversation as though it were yesterday. I remember feeling excited, nervous, shy and intrigued all at once. We talked for hours we discussed everything from politics to religion to family to relationships. It was quite memorable. At the time we met, we lived in 2 different continents and having just ended a long distant relationship, I vowed never to get myself involved in another one.

Little did I know what God had planned for me

We continued our long and stimulating conversations as the days went by. He soon came to visit and we went on various trips together. I discovered how attentive, caring, loving, funny, intelligent and spiritual he is. Before long I was falling in love with this amazing man. In the time I've known Aliyu, I've grown sooo much. I thought I knew all I needed to know about myself and how to love and be loved. He has shown me the true meaning of love, trust and appreciating family. In the Quran, Allah tells us that we plan and He plans, but He is the best of planners. I’m sooo grateful, thankful and humbled by His Grace upon me. I truly have found my soul mate in Aliyu Abubakar and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.

Hear Aliyu speaks: “My Experience, My Blessing” It is said that when you meet your wife, you will know...indeed that phrase holds certain spiritual bearing...as I would discover when I met the love of my life.   Mariam and I met at a point in my life where my expectations from people were pretty non-existent. My first impression of her was a combined sense of humility, enchantment, courtesy, beauty, brains and most importantly, God-fearing. We talked like we had known each other all our lives. She was a breath of fresh air and I was overwhelmed by the revelation that such an amazing woman still existed in today's world. Our relationship progressed effortlessly after our first meeting... it was like we had been waiting for each other all our lives. Against all odds, our relationship flourished beyond our wildest dreams, even the fact we lived in different continents did not deter our connection in anyway. This amazing woman has given me a renewed sense of purpose; she has filled my life with so much joy and happiness and I will be forever grateful to Almighty Allah for finding me worthy of such a woman. One of my most memorable moments still remains the day I proposed to Mariam. I remember how happy she was the morning of that day; and when I asked her why, she just said "today is going to be a good day". No one knew I was going to propose to her on that day and I had been carrying her ring around for days. It just so happened that I woke up with the same feeling that same day. That day turned out to be the happiest day of my life. Mariam has shown me the kind of love I have never experienced before, the kind I never thought existed, the kind that the Almighty has ordained for us to share with one another in this life and the next and In Sha Allah, we will explore that  love in its entirety. I have always prayed for a good woman but Almighty Allah has blessed me with an angel. It is not my place to question Allah as to whether I deserve this or not but I would surely give him praises every day of my life for truly making me the happiest man alive.

The Wedding

 

 

May Almighty Allah Bless your Union

Photography By: ABI, Ducati Photography

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