Can’t Get Enough of Vanessa & Abidemi’s Breathtaking Destination Wedding in Dubai

We absolutely love destination weddings!

Vanessa and her prince charming, Abidemi had such a beautiful wedding in Dubai. For one, Dubai holds significant memories for the bride and she was happy to relive those experiences with her man and friends and family. What makes this wedding so breathtaking was the fusion of cultures. Vanessa though Nigerian born, has her roots from India and of course, the groom, Abidemi is a Yoruba man from Nigeria.

The ceremony was a fusion of African vibe alongside the Indian details. I mean, you really have to experience it yourself. The planner, Save The Date gives us an insight into their love story and their planning process. Read all about it below and do catch up with more wedding features here.


Vanessa, the beautiful bride born in Nigeria with Indian roots had attended her cousin’s wedding in Chicago where she met Abidemi, a lawyer. He was the best man at her cousin’s wedding. According to Abidemi, he knew Vanessa was the one when they first met. They managed to keep their love on distance and without thinking twice Abidemi proposed.

Even though the proposal didn’t go as he planned. Vanessa ruined his idea of proposing in Dubai Mircale Garden because she refused to go out on that day and he had no choice but to propose on her couch in front of the TV.

“As I was sitting on the couch, I felt Abidemi’s presence and turned to see him on bended knee,” says Vanessa. “Because of the excitement and emotion of the moment, all I could hear from what he said was him asking, “Will you be my wife?”

Why did they choose to have a destination wedding in Dubai?

Having a destination wedding in Dubai was logical since the bride used to live there and it was quite easy for the guests to arrange their travel plan. -Olga (Save the Date) 

How did they select their wedding venue?

Their guest list had 120 guests on it. Also one key fact about the wedding was that it was going to be modern and glamorous. So we approached the process of finding a venue keeping that in mind. We looked for the clean, modern and minimalistic venues. The main task for us was to choose the hall with minimalistic and modern design with flooring and walls of light colours.

For the vow exchange, the plan was to exchange the vows with the breathtaking view of The Palm Island and Dubai skyline.

What inspired the decor?

We wanted to create modern, monochromatic look, using materials like – black and transparent acrylic as the part of styling accessories and wedding invitations. Mirrored tables were adding glam to the event, large hanging arrangement above the dance floor was meant to add a statement. The dance floor had black & white geometrical pattern. Instead of traditional floral centerpieces we opted for lush arrangements consisting of tropical foliage. Some of the tables had hanging runners, which help us to achieve very chic jungle vibe.

What was the ceremony like for the couple?

The newlyweds’ first dance took place toward the beginning of the reception, as they danced to Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change This Love,” a favorite track back to the beginning of their relationship. “I played this song for Vanessa shortly after telling her I love her,” says Abidemi.”The lyrics of the song spoke to me and the song will forever have a sentimental value for us.”

How did they infuse their cultures?

Beside common wedding activities like the first dance, cake cutting, bouquet tossing, we also brought few traditions from Nigerian and Indian sides. The guests danced to Nigerian Dj who played international and African music. The couple had four entrances. First entrance in the wedding gown, second was Nigerian traditional entrance, which was accompanied by the performance of African dancers, drummers and acrobats. The third entrance was dedicated to Indian heritage of the bride and finally the forth was calling everyone to party. 



Photography: @mariasundinphotography
Location: @fivepalmjumeirah & @weddings_at_five
Flowers: @tulipano_decor
Videography: @itsouradxb
Officiant: @binnybaker_celebrant
Acrylic Items: @ewallsstudio
Party Social: @partysocialuae
Makeup: @temidayo_beauty

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    September 10, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Beautiful! Everything about this is classy, chic & modern. Congratulations to the Olafdipo’s!

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