Tayo and Ben’s glamorous engagement session featured the couple in no less than three sophisticated and bold looks that were showcased in two of California’s most iconic settings.
Our first glimpse of the glamorous couple was at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The unique venue served as the perfect modern location for their outdoor shoot. Designed by Frank Gehry, the concert halls curving stainless steel exterior gives the impression of upward bound silver sails and conveys a sense of hope and optimism that mirrors the couple’s own enthusiasm for their new chapter together.
Zoomworx Photography’s genius juxtaposition from hyper-modernity to the ancient stillness of the desert was captured in the dual ecosystems of the Mojave and Colorado desert, which come together to create Joshua Tree National Park and again echoes the now intertwined lives of Tayo and Ben. The couple’s gorgeous styling of intense and luxurious purple stood out in stark contrast to the warm beiges and tans of the area.
Reminiscing about their meeting at an IT forum, Ben recalls,” I remember that day, I was in a crowded hall but as soon as I laid my eyes on her, I did everything possible to sit behind her so I could study her correctly from behind without her noticing. To be honest, if I tell you that I learned something from the forum, I’m lying. But all I know is that I didn’t waste my time going there because I studied Tayo that day and validated all her courses :) after which I came out with a first date.”
Read on for more about how Ben popped the question, their exclusive wedding video, and swoon worthy photos from their glamorous engagement session in the gallery below! (Featured in MunaLuchi Bride Issue 25!).
- Couple: Tayo Ogunbode + Benjamin Tingho
- Wedding Location: Manassas, Virginia
- Date of shoot: July 3rd, 2021
- Engagement Shoot Location: Joshua Tree, California
Describe your first date and what intrigued you to have more dates after that?
Copper Canyon Grill at Woodmore Town Center. It was a nice, quiet, and classy place. I let her know my feelings for her and future plans which included her in my life.
How did you know that you were right for each other?
Ben – We have good chemistry. We encourage each other, laugh at the same jokes, and we can be ourselves when around each other. I can’t imagine my future without her.
Tayo- He is the calm to my storm. We balance each other out.
What was the proposal process?
It was really a surprise. He executed everything by himself.
Do you remember your first kiss? How was it? Who initiated it?
The first kiss was my birthday the first year we met. How was it? Electric. Who initiated it? Tayo and that was the best birthday gift I’ve ever had.
How do your cultures blend?
Ben – Our culture blends at the food level and that’s really interesting.
What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple?
How has wedding planning been so far?
We have come a really long way with the planning. It has been busy and we are excitedly looking forward to our honeymoon.
Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day:
Ben-Seeing my wife walking down the aisle.
Tayo- Tying the knot before God and our close family and friends.
Why did you pick the date for your wedding?
Holiday weekend so our friends and family can relax a bit and hall availability.
What are you both passionate about?
Making sure we support each other every step of the way.
What activities/hobbies do you enjoy doing together or share in common?
Tayo – We do everything together lol, but some of our faves are hiking, cooking, and traveling.
What core values do you share with your mate?
Religion, Loyalty, and Trust.
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