Mercy & Elijah ‘s Love Story & Pre-wedding Shoot : It started with a Barbecue Hangout I Never Wanted to Attend in the First Place.

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They often say that what you are looking for may be right in front of you, even if you don’t notice it.

This is the case of Mercy and Elijah meeting at a barbecue. PS: Mercy didn’t even want to be in the hangout! When Mercy first met Elijah, she was with her friends, which seemed like ordinary days. Well, it was natural to think that someone who did not want to go out at all would not see anything special in this meeting. But not Elijah, he knew from the moment he saw the beautiful Mercy that she belonged to him.

Well, here we go crazy over their beautiful wedding photos years later, forever.
Their chemistry has completely captured our emotions and we cannot forget their love story.

Keep scrolling to see Mercy tell her love story.

Enjoy all the photos from their pre-wedding shoot and love story below..

How We Met
By the Bride-to-be, Mercy

In July 2011, a couple of friends and I went to Brooklyn for a barbecue. At first, I wasn’t going to go, then my friend told me that I needed to have more fun, call out of work, and enjoy myself once in a while. So reluctantly, I went. We got there and I was just sitting around. I just wanted to leave and go home. After a couple of hours, we got ready to leave, and as we were walking to the car, here comes a guy chasing me, saying “excuse me miss.” I kept walking because I just didn’t feel like entertaining anyone.

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Mercy & Elijah ‘s Love Story & Pre-wedding Shoot : It started with a Barbecue Hangout I Never Wanted to Attend in the First Place. Mercy Elijah BellaNaija Weddings 683x1024
Mercy & Elijah ‘s Love Story & Pre-wedding Shoot : It started with a Barbecue Hangout I Never Wanted to Attend in the First Place. Mercy Elijah BellaNaija Weddings11 683x1024

He was persistent though. He finally caught up to me and asked me for my BBM Pin. (Blackberry was in back then). I asked him why he needed my pin, and he told me, “I really want to get to know you”. I gave it to him and left. I didn’t even get his name. It wasn’t until later that night that he messaged me and introduced himself to me as Elijah. Elijah persistently chased me for over a year. He called, texted, and I saw him everywhere after that day we initially met.

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Mercy & Elijah ‘s Love Story & Pre-wedding Shoot : It started with a Barbecue Hangout I Never Wanted to Attend in the First Place. Mercy Elijah BellaNaija Weddings5 683x1024
Mercy & Elijah ‘s Love Story & Pre-wedding Shoot : It started with a Barbecue Hangout I Never Wanted to Attend in the First Place. Mercy Elijah BellaNaija Weddings7 683x1024

He was at every Naija party and every time, he would try and talk to me. I gave him every excuse as to why I couldn’t date him, but he wasn’t going for it. I was at a lounge with a friend and he spotted me there once again. This time was different. He bought me and my friend a drink, and he pretty much left me alone for the night. I found myself looking for him because I wasn’t used to him not looking for me! 2 weeks later, we went on our first date to a cute restaurant. He asked me to be his girlfriend and I quickly said yes.

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Mercy & Elijah ‘s Love Story & Pre-wedding Shoot : It started with a Barbecue Hangout I Never Wanted to Attend in the First Place. Mercy Elijah BellaNaija Weddings10 683x1024

7 years later, Elijah asks me to marry him. I thought it was a graduation dinner for me, but clearly, he had a bigger agenda. He had all my friends and family there to celebrate with us. We had plans of getting married in the summer of 2020. However, Covid-19 hit and we had to postpone. It feels so good to say I’m spending the rest of my life with this man. A man who I was running away from in my earlier years, but every time I even get a glimpse of him, my head scatters!

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