They Broke Up for 5 Years and Came Back Stronger: Hope and Alexander’s Love Story and Engagement Shoot

Looks like sometimes couples need a long breakup to test how strong their love is. And, in some cases, time spent apart makes them realize whether or not they want to take things to the next level.  How else can you explain a romantic relationship that suddenly lost fire, just like that!  For no reason, the girl and the guy suddenly stopped calling and stopped visiting.  Along the way, they totally lost communications. Five years later, fate (or cupid, in this case) brought them back together, stronger than super-glue and they discovered that they can’t live a single day without each other – talk about being soulmates.  So, they decided make it permanent by planning a wedding right away. People, that’s the story of Hope and Alexander, our lovely featured couple for today. Theirs is similar to the story of this gorgeous newlywed here; also reminds me of Prince William and Kate who came back stronger, to get married, after a long breakup.  Scroll down to hear more about their happy-ending love story, how they met, and their marriage proposal story and also see their cute engagement shoot pictures.

image: Nigerian pre-wedding photo of Hope and Alexander

Meet the Couple

Bride-to-Be: Hope Odin
Groom-to-be:  Alexander
Met in 2009, he proposed in 2015 and they’ll be getting married in November 2016

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How They Met (and the Proposal)

According to the bride-to-be, Hope:  “We met in 2009 where we play handball as teammates. He revealed to my close friend that he liked me, and begged my friend to hook us up. I did little ‘shakara’ to him but later accepted to become his girlfriend.

image of newly engaged bride in engagement shoot

After a few months of dating, we stopped communicating for no reasons… just like that? Yes, just like that.  We only got talking again when one of our mutual friends visited me and while we were discussing, he made a phone call to him (Alexander) and told him to speak to Hope (me).  Can you imagine that he couldn’t even spot my voice – he had to ask: ‘which Hope? Is this Hope Odin (me)’?  I told him ‘yes’.

So, he took my phone number. He later told me that he was out for serious dating.  One day, he called me on phone, saying he sent someone to me, and that the person was at the gate waiting for me.  So, I went there and was surprised it was him.  I screamed in excitement. We talked about the past, present and the future.

That was how we continued from where we stopped in our relationship”.

image: couple in picnic themed pre-wedding shoot photo

Their Marriage Proposal Story

Hope tells us how he proposed to her:  I saw the proposal coming when on the 1st of January 2016, he called me and casually said ‘Temi na this year o’.  I accepted his proposal because he understands me so much even with my stubbornness… Haha

In March he told me he wanted to meet my parents to tell them his intentions (to marry him). So, we fixed a date. He met my parents and they accepted him.

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Soulmates: Groom-to-be Says This Was Just Meant to Be

He told us that: ‘Hope can be very stubborn, but I love everything about her – including her stubbornness. I just believe God planned and prepared her for me, because after (6 years of) lost communication from 2009, we still came back together in 2015. Haba, na God-win!  But, before she accepted me back…  Hmmm… This time around, I had to keep the communication on before she would again take off (which I don’t want).  Hahaha’

image: pre-wedding engagement pictures from Nigerian couple

*All photos above were snapped by Slamtee Photography, and submitted by the bride-to-be, Hope.

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Looks like 5 years breakup and being apart gave Alexander the confidence to commit. Hope and Alexander’s true love story (above) is a proof that when love is meant to be, it will be, no matter the obstacles and no matter the odds. Their happily-ever-after story makes you believe that truly everyone has their soulmate. How else can you explain a whole 5-year breakup, and by accident, the moment they set their eyes on each other again, the bond was stronger than super-glue. This goes to say that there’s hope for anyone who once had a great relationship that is now no more – if it’s meant to be, it will come back to you. True love never dies.

Every once in a while, we bring you real life love stories from newly engaged couples who are about-to-wed soon, and they share their relationship journey with us, from how they met to the juicy details of their marriage proposal and engagement ring details. They also share photos from their pre-wedding photoshoot. To see more pre-wedding pictures and true love stories from other cool couples in our wedding bells series, click here.

Now, let’s go to the comments box down below to give this couple our congratulatory wishes, or just say any cool thing – their wedding is coming up next month.

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  1. Peace Aimurie Okoruwa says

    It’s indeed love! It breaks barriers

  2. Odin Ebako Faith says

    No matter the time and distance if two love birds are meant to be together nothing will stop it.
    Indeed I can say that it is true cos I was part of this story (bride’s sister). I’m happy they are finally getting married. I pray that God will bless this new home.
    -Bride’s sister and also her Chief Bridesmaid. ***winks***
    #HandBallLovers #kashamadupe #opeloyeru

    • Totally true – time and distance don’t stop true love. Hope and Alexander’s story is rare and inspiring.
      Thanks for stopping by, Faith. We here at join you to wish the couple joy unlimited in their marriage.

  3. Love is like a fairy tale. So sweet to hear this great news. Congratulations!

    P.s: Admin pls what’s the date for the wedding?

    • You’re right, but that’s when it has a happy ending, when one meets their soulmate (as in this story).
      The wedding would be in November, a month from now.
      Thanks for stopping by, V.I.C.

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