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