The families of the late Chief Joseph Babatunde and the late Alhaji Babatunde Adeniji became one last Saturday following the solemnisation of the union of their children, Ayodeji and Abimbola in Lagos, reports OLATUNDE ODEBIYI.It was their day. Anxiety gave way to excitement and hope was fulfilled. Ayodeji and Abimbola smiled and smiled as it was their day. They were not alone in the display of love. Family members and friends shared in their joy.They came to rejoice with Ayodeji, a financial management consultant, son of former Director in the Ministry of a Power and Steel, Federal Capital Territory, the late Chief Joseph Babatunde and Abimbola, daughter of the late Alhaji Babatunde Adeniji. The venue was the Havilah Events Centre in Yaba, Lagos Mainland. The engagement held at the grand floor of the venue.Gift items from the grooms family were placed on a table. Some of the items include yam tubers, fruits, drinks, travel bag and some other items wrapped in pink wrappers.The couples seat was placed at the opposite side of the gift items. The background was decorated in pink and grey fabric with mat used as design.While the grooms family sat on the left hand side of the couple seat, the brides were on the right.The programme began at noon. One of the anchor persons, Mrs Deborah Rufai a.k.a. Fere Jesu praise band welcomed guests.The grooms family announced their arrival in style. The grooms mother, Mrs Omolara Babatunde was clad in a blue buba and iro with silver ipele and head gear. Her late husbands representative, Mr Godwin Olugbemi, led other family members in. After performing the ritual of paying some naira notes they entered the venue amid praise songs by Emcee and her band. They moved straight to their in-laws for some pleasntries. They later took their seats.The event kicked off with an opening prayer from a member of the brides family, Mrs Abimbola Olaniwun.This was followed by praise songs.It was followed by the reading of the marriage proposal from the grooms family by Temitope. The groom, Adeniyi, looked attractive in his white lace buba and sokoto with grey aso oke as agbada. He entered in company of his friends. They prostrated to greet his in-laws who prayed for them. The groom afterwards sat in between his parent in-laws and posed for photographs. He did same with his parents before taking to the white bridal seat.His wife, Abimbola, entered in the same manner. She was all smiles in pink lace buba with iro, ipele and head tie made of aso oke and designed in pink colour. After greeting her in-laws and parents, she danced round before eventually fitting the cap on her husbands head.The couple exchanged ring and cut their traditional wedding cake.Both families took photographs, exchanged pleasantries and the wedding train moved into the hall of the Havilah Events Centre. It was filled beyond capacity as guests took to labeled seats.The hall was tastefully decorated. Its wall, tables and chairs were covered in pink and white. There were lights all over and screen placed at various points, showing photograghs of the couple.Olori Tutu Olowoyo said the opening prayers and the couple were invited into the hall. They had changed to English wear; the bride was in a white dress and the groom in grey suit. They danced all the way from the door to their seat on stage to music supplied from Sweet Muzik Productions.Fere Jesu assisted by Emeka Ige a.k.a. Saint Envi anchored the event.Welcoming the couple, the chairman on the occasion, Abdul Rahman Alarape, urged the couple to continue to learn from each another.Learn to understand yourselves, be patient, enduring and pamper each other; build a house and a family of peace and joy, Alarape said.After his speech, an African group, Moseq Creativity, had a cultural performance which caught guests attention.The couple cut their four-step white cake at the random count of 200 to 5. They had the toast and danced to Call on me, by John legend. The dance became romantic when the music changed to Saxophone tune supplied by Saxophonist, Abayomi Oyelade a.k.a. yhumie, leaving guests unable to keep their eyes off the couple.The chief brides maid and the best man also had a bridal dance following which the bride threw bouquet to the single ladies.The party continued with music from Ultimate Brothers, a life band. Guests were treated to sumptuous meals and drinks.Abimbola, an insurance graduate from Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), described her beau as wonderful, generous and friendly.She said she feels great and relaxed.Looking back today is simply like a dream but I thank God it has been a success, she said.Adeniyi, who hails from Kogi State and graduated from Covenant University, said he first met his bride in his state. He described her as a young pretty woman with a strong heart.He said: She is a goal getter and a good partner, she is dependable, trust worthy, supportive, a supplier, provider and she is always there.I am so privileged to find favour in Gods sight just as the Bible said: He that finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favour from God.Meeting her for the first time in 2009, moving into a fulltime relationship three years ago and finally getting married to her today is a thing of great joy for me, he said.The brides mother, Mrs Bolanle Adeniji, urged the couple to live in love, peace and harmony. She said they should only share their problems with God who is able to provide solution.The grooms mother, Mrs Babatunde, wished the couple a successful marriage, adding, they have to live together in love and tolerance.They should love themselves, fear the Lord and understand that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, she said.Olugbemi noted that marriage is a life time partnership and urged the couple to put their trust in God.The representative of the brides father, Olayiwola Adeniji, urged the couple to continue in the good way they started their relationship.]]> Click here to read full news..