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I had just started going to a new church mid 2005 and it wasn’t long before I noticed this tall guy in church always looking my way. I was quite amused and always wondered how long it would take him to actually step up and talk to me.
He finally stepped up during New Year’s celebration in Jan 2006 and few weeks later we went to Pizza Hut on our first date. I really didn’t think anything was going to come out of it for the simple reason that I didn’t see him as the type of guy I would normally go for. A month later in February, I travelled to Nigeria for my cousin’s wedding and Gbolahon called me nonstop every day. Even to the point where my mum had to ask me who this guy was. When I got back, we picked up from where we left off and fast forward to 2009, here we are, about to get married. We’ve had 3 years of ups and downs as you would have in every relationship, we’ve had our arguments, break ups and laughter and joy, but all in all, having God in our midst has always seen us through.
During our second year, I began thinking about marriage and even though we talked about it, I always wondered if and when we would get to the day he would propose. I guess I was really eager because getting married and starting my family has always been one of my main aspirations in life.
When the day came (and to be honest, I sort of knew what he was up to let’s just say he wasn’t as secretive as he would like to think), it was magical. He was making all these secret trips to Central London, he was always having secret conversations with my sister and I caught the two of them one day looking at something on his phone, which when I came near, they were both quick to walk away.
It was on Sunday 1st February 2009. We had just finished church and he asked if we could go out to eat. I assumed he was talking about Nandos (we are frequent eaters there), but he wanted us to go all the way to a restaurant in Victoria. He wanted me to go home and change and I think it was at this point that my heart started skipping and I had a sneaky feeling he was about to propose (also, the love music he was playing in the car on the way was also a giveaway). Driving to the restaurant, it started to snow and by the time we got to the restaurant, the snow was really heavy. After finishing our meal, he asked me if I wanted dessert and put a box in the middle of the table. I was so nervous, I started smiling and opening the box, I realised it was empty. Before I could say anything, he got up, walked over to my side and knelt on one knee. I can’t describe the emotion that was going on inside, because this was something I had been waiting for and it was finally happening. With the snow falling heavily outside as he proposed, it was truly a magical moment. I said yes obviously and my ring was and is still amazing. I wouldn’t swap my ring or Gbolahon for anything in the world.
Gbolahon is an amazing guy and I knew he was the one by so many things. His desire to always do things to make me happy and smile, his love for me and for God is undeniable. I truly thank God for his life and bringing him to me.
The engagement ceremony was held at the Events Hall, University of Ibadan, Nigeria on the 18th of July, 2009 while their blissful Wedding Ceremony took place on the 17th of October, 2009 at New Covenant Church, Edmonton, North London and the reception followed at Newham Town Hall, East Ham, East London.