In what can be described as the biggest wedding of the year, superstar musician, 2face Idibia and his long-time baby mama, Annie were officially joined together in holy matrimony in a white wedding which held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in Dubai, capital of the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
Following the trail of the couple’s traditional wedding held weeks ago, which had attracted quite a star-studded turnout, the Dubai wedding attracted a much more massive presence of A-list celebrities who travelled all the way to be part of the historic event.
From the nights partying in the deserts leading up to the D-day, it was more than a memorable weekend not just for the happy couple but for everyone that attended. We wish them a blissful one!
The nights before
The city of Dubai welcomed and witnessed top Nigerian celebrities for several nights; 2face, Annie and their visitors partied all day and night in the Persian Gulf, attending clubs, going dirt bike riding, belly dancing, shopping and of course swimming.
The wedding planning
The wedding ceremony and reception was planned by OAKEN EVENTS LIMITED. Miss Buchi Nduka served as the ‘Logistics and Hospitality’ coordinator and Obechi Anuge as the ‘Events Prestige’ director.
The Wedding Invitation
The invitation package (a package containing a black invite card with white and red lettering, a small access tag and a travel guide) was designed by Karman Invitationers, a Lagos-based crafts company that specializes in items like this. A rep for the company tells us that each IV costs about N9000 and that 200 copies were made. That means the couple doled out about N1.8m for the souvenir. NET gathered that the IVs took about two to three months to be prepared and finished.
The grand wedding was held at the beach side at the famous 5-Star Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai. Guests were advised to leave their shoes behind and ‘bury their toes in the sand’.
The Ambience and Decoration
OAKEN EVENTS did a great job of theming the venue with a red and white look – red roses were placed on columns which guided the terrace that led to the ‘altar’ which was laced with red roses andgreen shrubs. The guests sat on white cane chairs and faced the altar.
A small band was stationed beside the altar…
The Wedding Dress
The strapless A-line silhouette wedding dress with a cathedral lengttrain was designed by ‘Love, Tims‘. ‘Love, Tims’ is reported to be a brand new bridal line by ‘I Do Weddings’, a weddings solution company owned by Timi Ejiwunmi. Annie nailed her fabulous bridal look with a lace-edged veil and her bouquet of red roses.
The Groom’s Suit
2face’s suit was designed by Mai Atafo. Annie’s second dress was also designed by MAI.
Nollywood actress Halima Abubakar, Stella Michaels, Tana, Moji, and Bella Benson. Their dresses were designed by Yvonne Couture. Annie’s maid of honour was ex beauty queen and cousin Maryann Bassey.
Part of the groomsmen was close friend and singer Sound Sultan, Timaya, Nana with Larry as the best man. The outfits were also designed by MAI.
Large turnout in Dubai
Unlike the traditional wedding in Eket, Akwa Ibom, there was a huge turnout of celebrities and friends; we’re talking over 200 people storming Dubai. ‘I guess they were all waiting for Dubai to show thei love for 2 baba’, a friend of the couple says.
Pleasantly surprised to see so many Nollywood stars turn out for the Dubai wedding – Maybe because of Annie who has one leg in the industry? Or just because of 2face’s likable personality? Nolly guests included Ini Edo and Rita Dominic…
Some top shot celebrities D’banj, Genevieve Nnaji, Psquare, Wizkid, were all missing from the grand wedding. Others include long time acquaintances Tony Tetuila, Faze, Blackface, former label bosses Kenny Ogungbe and Dayo Adeneye, Hypertek artiste Dammy Krane, close friend and one time producer OJB Jezreel, Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, AY, 9ice, Naeto C, Darey.
Th Boat Cruise to Lebanon
Shortly after the wedding, the couple and guests took a boat cruise to a private island on neighbouring country Lebanon. Some guests say there was a bit of Frenzy caused when guests tried to get on board and that people had to be literally pushed for couple Annie and 2face to get on…
The N12.6m car gift from David Mark
One of the biggest gifts received by the couple was the N12.6m Chevrolet Corvette Luxury Coupé. The luxurious automobile was presented to the couple right after the wedding ceremony in Dubai, courtesy Senate President David Mark, who hails from the same town as 2face; Idoma, Benue State.
Chidi Mokeme, Ini Edo, Kate Henshaw, Mike Ezuruonye, Jim Iyke, Susan Peters, Juliet Ibrahim, Rita Dominic, Sound Sultan, Banky W, Timaya, eLDee tha Don, Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Andrew Esiri, DJ Tee, Davido, his manager Kamal, HKN Gang boss Adewale Adeleke Ghana act Deekay, Munachi Abii, Tunde Ednut, Ayo Animashaun, Alexander Amosu, DJ Jimmy JATT, Kunle Afolayan, Asa Asika, Azuka Ogujuiba, Cecil Hammond, Besketmouth, Alexx Ekubo, Uti Nwachukwu, Ubi Franklin, Nadia Buari, Ifeoma Umeokeke, KCEE, Papa Omisore, Empress Njamah, Tunde Demuren, Efe Omorogbe, Tony ‘Don T’ Anifite, Halima Abubakar, Yvonne Nwosu, Ali Baba, Wunmi Obe, Kelvin Luciano,
First recommendation for convenience was the Fraser Suites located at Sidra Tower-Media city, Sheikh Zayed road, Dubai, U.A.E. The luxurious hotel offers One-Bedroom Delux (N63, 750), One-Bedroom Premier (N72,250), Two-Bedroom Deluxe (N97,750), Two-Bedroom Premier (114,250), Three-Bedroom Executive (N170,000).
Other hotel options include: Golden Sands Hotel Apartments (N21,290), Hilton Dubai Jumeirah; Starting room rates – (N53,975), Madinat Jumeirah Hotel; Starting room rates – (N65,440), Jumeirah Beach Hotel; Starting room rates – (N110,500), Golden Tulip Hotel Apartments; Starting room rates – (N57,375)
Air ReservationAs per air reservations to Dubai, U.A.E, OAKEN contracted two agencies for discounted rates for guests on Emirate, Qatar and Ethiad Airlines.
EMIRATE AIRLINES – Business Class: N607,100 – Economy Class: 147,000
QATAR AIRLINES -Business Class: N390,000 – Economy Class: 135,000
ETHIAD AIRLINES – Business Class: 547,000 – Economy Class: 144,000