This is a lovely wedding of one of our couples at the beautiful Braxted Park. Nigerian Groom & Swedish bride, UK wedding.
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This blog is one with a difference it has been written by our bride & groom. Read on to find out more about Kemi & Omar’s big Nigerian/Dominican white wedding, which took place at London’s Syon Park -The walled garden. Kemi & Omar describe the moments they will never forget as they share with us their experience & top tips to help couples with the planning process.
How would you describe your wedding day?
Kemi: From when I woke up in the morning during my bridal prep, it started Calm so I knew that’s how my day would continue! Everything went according to plan. It was just the right number of people, it wasn’t overcrowded! The focus was on Omar and me. Even though it wasn’t perfect (nothing ever is) it was perfect for me! We look back at our wedding album and video and smile each time. There really wasn’t anything to complain about! It was a day filled with Love, family, and friends.
Omar: This for me was very simple! Our day was a very colorful, classy, and extremely fun day all in one! A groove!
What was the most useful piece of advice/guidance you were given by us?
Kemi: For me, it was to enjoy my day because it’s the only wedding day I’m going to get! Not everything will go as planned but don’t let that affect your day! I’m so happy I listened to you. Obviously, after planning a wedding for a year and a half, it becomes your life in a way. Because I was so involved in every aspect It was my baby, so I was bound to spot mistakes or things that were out of place on the day. The advice just made me push all that to the side and focus on Omar and I enjoying our wedding day.
Omar: When Mati told me to pause and fully take in the moment when I got to the reception. Couples tend to forget the day even though they were present. That was great advice that I’m grateful for.
Favorite moment from your Wedding Day?
Omar: Seeing Kemi walk down the aisle. You could feel the electricity in the room! After that everything else that followed was just perfect.
Favorite moment from your Wedding Day?
Kemi: My favorite moment of my wedding was my first dance! After such a busy day from the Bridal Prep in the morning, a full day of taking pictures to the Afterparty till 1 am, we finally had a moment just to ourselves! I rewatch that video like every week, we were really in the moment, on cloud nine for real! Omar: Seeing Kemi walk down the aisle. You could feel the electricity in the room! After that everything else that followed was just perfect.
Why did you choose us “Mati Gono Events” to plan your big day?
Kemi: There are two parts to this! What made me consider you and what determines my final decision!
The main thing that drew me to choosing you was “The Aesthetic”. I’m a sucker for anything that’s presented well and Mati Gono events looked very professional and well put together. I know you can’t just go off Instagram for a good wedding planner so I did more research! My final decision was based on your industry experience in wedding planning and word of mouth! And as for Omar…As long as I was happy, he was too!
Would you recommend the Mati Gono Events?
We would 100%. Even though sticking to the budget was a task in the planning process, the main reason We would choose Mati Gono events over and over again is the smooth execution of the day. My God, you guys can coordinate!!! My mum won’t stop screaming about Mati! You and your team exude experience, professionalism, and efficiency. You really made our day go without any hiccups. You made sure that even our parents were taken care of.
Three Top Tips for any couple getting married, by Kemi & Omar
-Enjoy your day as best as you can, you only get one day! Don’t focus on things you cannot control.
-Plan a wedding according to your budget and stick to it!! The wedding of my dreams didn’t match my budget, so we went over ours by a mile our budget wasn’t realistic.
-Pick a planner you feel free enough to talk to! There is nothing worse than not being able to communicate efficiently with the person that has the fate of your wedding in their hands. We had our tasks, Omar communicated with Mati about Budgets and money because I’m not good at that! And I dealt with everything else as it was easier for me to speak to her on those things.
Were you happy with our vendor selected for your wedding day?
Kemi & Omar: We were very happy! From my hair to my Makeup ( That make upppppp) to the amazing photography and videography. The suit!! My dress!! Our delicious cake! The decor was so light and airy! And the stationary, yes I was my own vendor. The execution of the whole day too topped it off, thanks to Mati and her team ♥️
Wedding Planning, coordination & event design: Mati Gono Events
Wedding Stationery: KS Designs
Brides makeup: Remsco Creations
Brides Hair: Rachel Arike-Hair
Brides wedding dress: AloNuko
Grooms suit: Anthony Collection
Productions: PureSound Event hire
Photographer: Enitan Photography
Wedding MC: Simply Andy
Cake: Tee’s Bakery
Bridesmaids dresses: Fablanebyderin
Decor: Designer chair covers to go
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A special thank you to all the amazing suppliers that made Kemi & Omar’s Big day truly special.
Astrid & Matt Grand wedding
Three words I would use to describe John & Lydia’s wedding day and the planning process “Pure love & Enjoyment”. That’s right I have used enjoyment for the first time ever in a blog post! The Soneye’s, honestly I wasn’t too sure where to start with the blog but I guess the beginning is good enough. I met Lydia in 2013, I was planning her big sister (Yvonne’s) wedding (19.10.2013) and Lydia was a bridesmaid.
5 years later my phone rings and it’s Lydia (I still had her number saved in my phone), Yvonne had dropped me a message to say Lydia would call. Lydia was excited and told me the good news she’s engaged and wants to get married in 2020. After a few wedding meetings, that soon changed and they wanted to get married in November 2019. See for yourself the pure love & enjoyment I referred to at the beginning of this blog, also hear directly from our bride why it’s a good idea to reply to Facebook DM’s and how our groom John proposed.
How we met…
In true millennial style, John and I actually met over Facebook. I was struggling to complete my A-Level History homework, looking for any distraction and little did I know that John was planning to captivate my whole evening. I had a notification come through about a new message in my Facebook inbox and John had simply wrote “you’re blessed”.
I was so confused at this approach, definitely a new technique but I responded “who’s this” and cut a long story short, 8 years down the line and we haven’t gone a day without speaking to each other.
I may have got a D in that coursework (thanks to John) but I gained a soulmate and lifelong best friend.
Ladies – respond to your DMs, there’s a treasure among the madness.
How John proposed…
We were off to Marrakech for my birthday for a few days and I had a full itinerary of things to do. John usually lets me organise things but he assured me that he had arranged our plans for Sunday which was strange but I thought it was a birthday activity.
I woke up on Sunday and noticed John was nowhere to be seen and going into the bathroom I saw a note – I had no idea that this was the start of the journey into a new chapter of our relationship.
There were 6 notes at different points of that day that led us up to the big question.
Morning Note 1: John told me to get ready and have breakfast as he had booked me in for a traditional hammam massage.
Note 2: As I was leaving the spa, the receptionist gave me another note that asked me to meet John in our room. The room was beautifully decorated with cake for my birthday
*Afternoon* Note 3: This note interrupted my nap as hotel staff knocked on my door to deliver another note and champagne which asked me to be ready for 7 pm.
*Evening* Note 4: Now John had been disappearing throughout the day but in preparation for note 4, he told me he was off to pay the spa. I thought this was strange but I left it and soon after he left, there was a knock on the door from another member of staff at the hotel with a note saying I should meet my “Prince Charming” outside
Note 5: In the ride to the restaurant I was convinced that there would be one final note as 4 was a random number to leave things. John remained poker-faced. We got to this romantic restaurant and whilst John was very strangely not eating, it didn’t stop him from hinting that the proposal would likely come next year (now 2019). I believed him and had no feeling at all that a proposal was coming. When John gave me what I thought would be the last note, it simply said “I love you forever” and I was relieved that there would be no more surprises.
Note 6: I was wrong. John excused himself to go to the bathroom and soon after the restaurant manager came to me with the 6th note. I was confused. The note told me that John had one final surprise and I should come and meet him upstairs. I walked hesitantly up a candlelit staircase and the rest is a tear-filled blur.
After 8 long years, John asked me to be his wife and my heart was, is and always will be full.
To all the amazing vendors that made Lydia & John’s wedding and unforgettable experience, we thank you & acknowledge you.
Wedding Planner: Mati Gono Events
Videography: Sam on films
Photography: Enitan photography
Decor: Luxe Event Decor
Makeup: Queen Hadassah
Dance floor: Platinum Ace & production
MC: Don’t Jealous Me
Cake: Rohima cakes
Desert table: Isha Wedding Cakes
Wedding Dress: Yinka Alli
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Second outfit Stylist: The wardrobe manager
Shoes: Steve Madden
Grooms Suit: Made western bespoke
Photobooth: Blithe photo booth
Cocktails: Stirrers and Shakers
Security: Close protection security
Catering: Nimz Kitchen
A Beautiful French & Ghanian wedding in the heart of London.
I will never forget the call that I got from Natasha, she mentioned that we had done a friend of here fiancees wedding some years back. I remember reassuring Natasha that we had plenty of time as we had about 7 months to the wedding and they had already secured the venue and catering. My first meeting with Natasha and Ikem was at the venue and we had a lovely site visit the couple were clear on the colour theme that they wanted to go for. With an autumn wedding, Teal and burnt Orange became the central colour contrast for the décor. After we had decided on the colour scheme, Ikem took charge as an active groom and used his graphic design skills to create all of the beautiful stationery. It is always nice when the couple adds a personal touch through their skills in the planning process and use their skills for the big day. I was so excited to work on this intimate wedding, the wedding day was relaxed and you could feel the love in the room and the natural rustic barn and house were the perfect location.
The graceful Natasha looked elegant in her classic wedding dress. The reception was exciting and energetic with the beautiful fuse of both Natasha’s Mauritian and Ikem’s Nigerian Igbo cultural coming together as one to celebrate their union.
Planner: Mati Gono Events
Photography & Videography: Bridge Weddings
DJ: DJ Mri
Cater: Jemmy’s Catering
MC: Simply Andy
After having a few interesting conversations with some of our couples and photographers about pre-wedding shoots, whether they are needed or not? How to go about planning one? What the do’s and don’t? I thought it a good idea to have a bigger conversation and share from a few different perspectives.
Now pre-wedding shoots are not for all couples and it doesn’t mean if you don’t have on your not going to get married…lol!
Pre-wedding shoots are meant to be FUN! You can use your pre-wedding photos for your wedding website, for your wedding stationery and even more importantly for the memories & experience. As a planner, its so important to me that my couples are comfortable on their wedding day especially with their photographer as he/she will be communicating with the couple all day and shooting some personal and sometimes emotional moments with them. Having a pre-wedding shoot helps you get to know your photographer, helps you get over being camera shy, gives you confidence and breaks the ice. In turn, the photographer gets to know you as a couple and knows the best angles to shoot you from in prep for the big day.
Theming, as a wedding planner I get to know my brides & grooms, by the time it comes to planning the pre-wedding shoot I usually have a bag of ideas as to what the theme of the shoot should be.
As a couple you want your pre-wed shoot to reflect the two of you, whether that’s your personalities, hobbies, mutual interests or even if you want to be outlandishly creative, it’s all about what works for the two of you as this will set the tone for the wedding and help in build lasting memories.
John & Lydia recently had their pre-wedding shoot with the talented Enitan photography. Leading up to the shoot we planned, Enitan asked the question about if they had any ideas or a theme in mind. I remember waiting for all of 5 minutes before making any suggestions as I wanted to see what John & Lydia would come up with. The ideas where flowing however I knew exactly what would work, John the gym fanatic and the Lovely Lydia it was a no brainer. Here are some of the amazing photo’s taken by Enitan from John & Lydia’s exciting pre-wedding shoot.
Here are 5 top tips From The Man Behind The lens: Enitan Photography
- Be excited about your pre-wedding shoot – A couples energy is motivating to a photographer, Fun and positive vibes are the key to a successful shoot… If they are upset or demoralised for any reason, it will have an effect on the pictures… So be excited
- 2. Uniqueness – Every couple has their own uniqueness so don’t be afraid to explore that as one of your themes for the pre-wed… Forget the typical “park or garden look” and embrace your uniqueness
- 3. Outfits – take time and choose your outfits carefully. Aim to look your best for your shoots. If you look your best, then you feel your best. (Side note:- brides, it’s a good idea to book your makeup trial on the day of the shoot as well 😉)
- 4. ARRIVE EARLY TO THE SHOOT – Couples need to understand that if your photographer has arrived early and is left waiting for long periods of time, it is incredibly demoralising and will have a negative impact on their performance and the overall shoot
- 5. Choice of photographer – every photographer is different, take time to choose a photographer that matches your style/ personality… Let your choice of photographer be done to style and not price. You get what you pay for so the cheaper you go, the likelihood you will not like the final result.
All photos by – Enitan photography
Shoot concept & Wedding Planner – Mati Gono Events
Thanks to John & Lydia for allowing us to share
I will never forget that day in mid-December when I got that email from Jayson regarding his Moroccan wedding, it was about the décor/design for his wedding. I contacted him and arranged a décor meeting with him and Hind; they had an idea of what they wanted but were open to ideas. We started working on some ideas and as we only had four months to the wedding I knew they needed a bit more support and we went from wedding design to planning. From food tasting to the planning meetings at the venue, I could tell that Hind & Jayson wanted to create an unforgettable Moroccan experience for their guests. This beautiful Moroccan wedding was full of love, colour and beautiful Moroccan culture. See more of Hind & Jayson’s wedding below.
Adebayo Deru Photography
Alastair Clarke DJ
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms Venues
Mati Gono Events Wedding Planner
Event Décor hire Décor
I remember when Hannah and I have our first meeting, she knew exactly what she didn’t want, which made our process much easier. Hannah had given me the brief for an “all white” white wedding regarding the decor However the venue posed a small challenge with its stone detail walls. I arranged a site visit with Hannah & VNV live the production company we work with to see how we could work with the layout, take measurements and do something different. Hannah & Olu’s wedding was stunning! They celebrated their union in style surrounded by all their friends & family.
A big thank you to all the suppliers who made Hannah & Olu’s a memorable day and for winner Wedding of the year 2017
Hannah & Olu’s Youtube Page (The Ayegbusi’s)
Photographer: Adebayo Deru
Wedding Planner: Mati Gono Events
Videographer: Sam On Films
Cake: Sweet hollywood
Production & sound: VNV Live
DJ: DJ SEAN
Bridal room decor: Memorise for you Wedding decor
Make Up Artist: The Queen Hadassah
Hair Stylist: Honey Hand
When Stephanie first contacted me she had a vague idea of what she wanted however Stephanie & Richard both knew exactly where the ceremony and wedding reception would take place. At our first meeting the idea’s and possibilities were flowing and Stephanie knew she was in good hands, the planning process was eventful… (The venue booked cancelled 2 weeks before the wedding) but read on to hear Stephanie’s perceptive & take on all the happenings, their Love story and see images from Stephanie & Richards Nigeria White wedding in London which took place at The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich followed by their reception at The Park Lane Hotel, Sheraton.
How Stephanie & Richard met: We both met in January 2010 during my trip to Lagos from London at a party/event where we were both invited by a mutual friend. I attended with two friends (one of them was our mutual friend) and Richard came over to say ‘hi’ to our mutual friend, before he introduced himself to me and my other friend. He then left and joined his friends on the other side of the room, and throughout the night we made small eye contact from time to time until Richard came back and made conversation with me and my friends. Somehow, the conversation ended up with just the two of us and at that point my girls were ready to leave. Before I left, Richard asked for my number (though I refused to give it to him). I replied by asking him for his Facebook name/details (of which he was reluctant as he preferred to contact me over the phone, however he eventually reluctantly agreed to hand it over) and I promised to contact him before I was due to fly back to London (in a few days). Unfortunately, as I was so busy visiting family, I didn’t contact Richard and we never got to see again during that trip. However I did contact him via Facebook and we began chatting and became friends instantly…I eventually gave him my number. Over the next couple of years our friendship grew into a relationship…and as they say, the rest is history.
How Richard proposed: I always travel to Lagos during Christmas holidays, however during December 2014 (few days before new year’s) Richard suggested that we go for a meal, I was tired and suggested that we just chill indoors. However Richard got phone call from his friend inviting us to a pre-new year’s party. Though I was not up for it, Richard managed to persuade (as he does) me to go. The party ended early (pretty much as we got there) So Richards spontaneously decided that we should go for a meal. We ended up going to a nice restaurant, and during our meal, Richard proposed and asked me to marry him.
Why Mati Gono events: After attending a friend’s wedding six months before I got engaged, I was impressed with the way that the wedding was coordinated ( I must say it was probably the best organised Nigerian wedding that I had attended). I called the bride for tips on how to ensure that my wedding will run as smoothly as possible and she encouraged me to give Mati (Just as Planned now Mati Gono Events) a call and she will take care of the rest. The most useful piece of advice/guidance from Mati Gono events was to plan well ahead and prioritising on key vendors and booking them first. When you are planning a wedding that is a year away, you feel that you have all the time in the world to plan, and
How would you describe your wedding day: One word…MAGICAL! I had just done my traditional wedding in Nigeria and planned to finalise with Mati and her team on the last few details
Do you think a planner what needed for your big day & would you recommend Mati Gono Events: Yes! We will and have done so. Every couple due to get married should consider getting hiring Just as Planned to ensure everything regarding their wedding is catered for and also it is very helpful to gain advice/guidance from those who are experienced in that field, to coordinate the day itself to ensure that the day is organised runs smoothly.
Photographer: Zuberi Weddings
Wedding Planner: Mati Gono Events
Mc: Simply Andy
Decorator/Rental: Designer chair covers to go
Hair stylist: Rachel Arike
Florist: Chelles Flowers
Makeup Artist: OTS Beauty Bridesmaids: Jennifer Olaleye
Videographer: Samon Films
Cake: Vanilla Orchid Bakery
Grooms Suit: SuitSupply London
Brides dress: Yemi Kosibah
All photos from official wedding photographer, opening paragraph by Mati Gono and Words from the bride Stephanie. x