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5 Memorable Valentine’s Day Gifts For Love in Lockdown

Valentine's Day this year will be a little different but that doesn't mean that we can't make this the best Valentine's Day to come.
We are still on our journey to keeping love alive and with Valentine's Day fast approaching, let's make this one the most romantic over the top day ever!
After all, appreciating our loved ones and celebrating love has never been more important.

Make things extra special...

Whilst the traditional chocolates and flowers still remain at the top of our list, nothing is more romantic or says "I love you" like a sentimental personalised gift.

  • Time is of the essence Lock it down and mark your favorite most meaningful dates together forever with this engraved keychain. This is such a great idea, especially for those who tend to forget important dates.
keychain love
  • Keep it fun and quiz it up with a creative personal picture puzzle of you both.
love puzzle
  • Distress signal but make it romantic without the distress using this moon picture lamp.
moon lamp
  • Set in stone list all of the many reason why you love them with this wooden postcard.
  • An everlasting love reminder a daily reminder of your love with these infinity roses. 
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We hope you've found some great ideas and as always let’s keep the love alive and make the most of this love lockdown!


New Year! New “US”:

Now more than ever our health is at the top of the list of things to maintain, it’s no longer just a new year resolution. Feeling good and looking good are important so whether it’s going for long walks, preparing healthy date night meals, or doing home workouts together having a fitness buddy is a bonus.

Here are some tips from Lydia and her husband, personal trainer John on how you can make traditional workouts into fun interactive activities for you and your partner.

Here are 3 top tips on how to make fitness fun with your partner

by personal trainer John

Motivate & Encourage each other to reach your fitness goals. This can include but not limited to:
Losing weight
Having a balanced diet
Gaining lean muscle mass 
Improving overall health and mental well being
Being your partners’ motivator and a source of encouragement is key.

Keep it fun. Incorporate fun workouts you can do together and enjoy the process to being that healthy couple.

Stay consistent and work hard. With consistency and hard-work you will achieve your fitness goals as a couple.

Remember to always have fun and enjoy it, there is nothing like creating fun memories with your partner so let loose!

Photographer: Enitan Photographer

Couple & Blog written by: The Soneyes

Engagement shot concept by: Mati Gono Events


Brenda & Tinashe’s: Wedding in Ireland – Killashee House Hotel, Naas

I remember getting an email from Tinashe (The Groom) and I already knew this was a serious inquiry. We communicated via email for the most part of the planning and I was so excited to plan another Zimbabwean wedding being a Zim girl myself.

The first time I met Brenda & Tinashe was when we flew out to Ireland for our first site visit together. I'd never been to Ireland and personally love planning destination weddings as I'm always excited when I get the chance to take on a new destination.

This time I got to conquer Dublin! we traveled across the Irish Sea to Dublin and was welcomed with the most beautiful picturesque venue, The Killashee Hotel.



The beauty didn't stop there!

On the day of the wedding in true Zimbabwean wedding style, it was grand and heavily family orientated from the amazing dance moves to the wonderful food and of course the speeches.

You could instantly feel the love and joy shared between both Brenda and Tinashe it was truly beautiful to witness.

Brenda opted for an elegant ballroom style wedding dress whilst Tinashe kept it classic in his white tuxedo. Take a look at their truly spectacular day.


To all of the amazing suppliers that helped make Tinahse & Brenda's wedding a truly memorable day, Thank you.

Wedding Planning: Mati Gono Events
Brides hair: Avos hair
Cake: Belle Sweet Creations
Videography: A3 Media
DJ: DJ KJ Glider
MC: TimSoxx
Saxophonist: Solosax007
Photography: Quadosh Photography
Decorations: Bidex Gold Decorations
Production: Sound Works


3 Great UK Staycation Locations

It's been a crazy 7 months of the year and who would've thought in 2020 there'd be a lock-down, restrictions on weddings and travel bans. So in the spirit of keeping love alive and adjusting to the new normal, I thought I'd share 3 great Staycation or Holiday locations with the UK.

couples sunset

During this time one thing has remained true and that is the importance of keeping love alive. In our homes, friendship and relationship. Planning anything has been hard and full of uncertainty, now that the lockdown has been lifted do you have any travel plans?

Travelling aboard may not be a sure thing for this summer but if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or a mini-moon, now is the perfect time to start planning and lucky for you, I've narrowed it down to my top 3 staycation destinations!

So leave your passports at home and make a roadtrip to these romantic staycation destinations:

For those looking for an all around 5 star experience Lymstone Manor is the place to be! This wonderland is location in the heart of Devon with 21 individually designed rooms to choose from . A blend of historic and contemporary decor with luxury bedding that make it difficult to get out of bed. This Dog friendly luxury country house provides a once in a life time private dinning experience by Michelin star Michael Caines MBE. This is differently one for the bucket list!

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Guests are welcomed with a beautiful rich landscape and private gardens, It goes without saying that the scenery is truly captivating !

So what are you waiting for ? Find out more

Did someone say luxury and affordable ? Two of my favourite things in 1. This boutique hotel is situated in Bath, a redeveloped Edwardian property filled with luxury 5 star facilities. With new contemporary and historic decor paired with 4 suites options to choose from, filled with King size bedding, a smart TV with Netflix for your netflix and chill moments 🙂 and all white & grey marble decor en suite bathrooms.


A 5 star dinning experience available right inside the hotel and a 10 minutes drive from Bath's City Center home to some of the popular restaurants food chains such as The Ivy Bath, its definitely worth a visit !

Great for those on the hunt for something affordable find out more on
lake shore fishing boat

The stunning Little Horeshore Lake offers the most intimate and private locations out of our three staycation destinations series. With 4 exclusive and private lodges, options include 3 one bedroom lodges and 1 two bedroom lodge located at the heart of Costwold. This is a perfect get away for those who want to be at one with nature and a great way for those who want to explore fishing. These wide space open window lodges offer Smart TV, Nespresso machine, full kitchen facilities and free parking.

A wedding in the water, for Erika and Mark Beehler a couple of summers ago.Handout/Red Andal Photo/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network
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If a peaceful scenic Lake side hub sounds interesting to you click here, Find out more

Looking for some guidance for future planning events ?

Get in touch to find out more of our planning services available to you today!



Clara & Demola

This is a lovely wedding of one of our couples at the beautiful Braxted Park. Nigerian Groom & Swedish bride, UK wedding.


Kemi & Omar’s White Wedding

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

Vidographer: SamOnFilm

Productions: PureSound Event hire

Photographer: Enitan Photography

Wedding MC: Simply Andy

DJ Sean

Cake: Tee’s Bakery

Bridesmaids dresses: Fablanebyderin

Decor: Designer chair covers to go

Venue: The Walled Garden at Syon Park

Live Band Mista Ologo

A special thank you to all the amazing suppliers that made Kemi & Omar’s Big day truly special.


Lydia & John #TheSoneyes

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 

Hair: Herdefinition

Makeup: Queen Hadassah

DJ: Sean

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

Fabric: @glitzallurefabrics

Outfit: @marveeofficial

Shoes: Steve Madden

Grooms Suit: Made western bespoke

Photobooth: Blithe photo booth

Cocktails: Stirrers and Shakers

Security: Close protection security  

Catering: Nimz Kitchen 


Tobi & Emmanuel – Boreham House Essex


Tobi & Emmanual’s dream wedding was exactly what they wanted, surrounded by their loving friends & family at the beautiful Boreham House set in the countryside, known for its amazing grounds and history. This venue added to the couple’s wedding day as they utilised the space and scenery of the grounds to capture some amazing pictures taken by the talented Jide Alakija (Alakija Studios). “Boreham is such a functional venue you have the scenery as well as that marquee outdoor feel which is perfect for a summer wedding. They had an emotional ceremony surrounded by their family & friends. Followed by a champagne reception before guests were ushered into the lovely reception space. They had around 320 guests who were just as glamorous as they were; all the guests came out dressed to impress and to celebrate the new Mr & Mrs in town. Wedding guests included: Wale Gates & his wife, the bride & grooms bridal party was amazing and set the pace when the time came to party and they partied hard Just as Planned! Read more on their love story & see their awesome photos below.


Brides Story…
Love at first sight was most definitely not the case for Emmanuel & I, well actually I believe that my fine face was too much for him so it must have been love at first sight for him!
Brunel University; the land of love! Preparing university choices in my first and second year of A levels, I just forever kept dreaming of Aston University, I was so adamant that I was going there. I went to visit the campus twice just to start mentally preparing myself for my new home. Brunel University was my second choice and although I was not interested I thought, at the very last minute that I would go and visit the campus..I fell in love instantly!
Emmanuel was popular and quite frankly I wasn’t interested initially; especially when i found out that he was a PK (pastors kid), I just thought..”gosh, he’s one of them!”…Don’t mind me, as if I’m not a PK myself! I think when I started to ‘like’/ take greater interest in Emmanuel was as we spoke more and I found out more of who he was. I had spoken to many guys in my time; some genuinely lovely, some…well lets leave that to God, but there was something different about Emmanuel; he had vision, passion, such a humble character…and he played the drums!!!
From our first date in Creams in Ealing, to memories that I would treasure for the rest of my life, leading up to our wedding day and a lifetime of so many more memories that I can’t even begin to imagine!


Grooms story…
It all started in September 2011. I was really excited about my 2nd year of uni and the opportunity to meet the new Freshers. That faithful Sunday that the freshers moved onto campus was the day me and my guys from the ACS were going around promoting all the ACS events for freshers week. I can remember walking to campus in my shiny blue Nike slippers and after aa few minutes on campus we spot a group of girls standing together. PERFECT. We weren’t trying to ‘move’ to the girls but it was an easy opportunity to promote the events. Little did we know it wasn’t the best idea. those girls were sooooo STOOSH (unapproachable).  It’s either they wanted to fight you, they thought you were ugly or they just weren’t interested. To be honest i thought all three, really knocked my confidence!! Ha!
So now we started talking to the ladies and i spotted one ‘lighty’ the back. I know I looked fresh and to be honest she did also! AND THAT!! was the moment that I knew we had a connection!
Jokes aside. As much as girls like mystery, guys do to. I’m not sure if Tobi was convinced about me in the first few weeks. I mean she knew I was a Pastor’s kid too but because of my popularity on campus I think she thought I was a bit suspect. After a while me and my boys used to chill with her and her circle of friends. This got us in trouble because the female friends in our year started getting jealous. I mean it wasn’t easy being the coolest guys on campus (too much stress!!). We (circle of friends) all started getting closer and now people were now making jokes about people liking each other (TOO AWKWARD). Now people were pairing Tobi and I together and the funniest thing is, we weren’t really talking much. I was the uncle of my group and she was the aunty of hers.And obviously aunty’s marry uncle’s.
I cant remember how exactly we started talking more but we did and got a lot more closer. I didn’t know she had developed feelings for me until one faithful day. After some time towards the end on the academic year things changed and we started working things out and talking more like we did in the beginning.
I remember how we prayed together and that was important for both of us as we always said God was going to be the centre of our relationship.







Wedding Planner: Just As Planned (Mati Gono)
Photographer: Jide Alakija
White wedding Venue: Boreham House
Decorator: Posh n Sparkle & Just As Planned
Florist: Your London Florist   
Mc: Abidemi Alaran
Wedding dress: Wedding Atelier
Bridesmaids Dresses: Veronica’s Closet (insta- @_veronicascloset)
Grooms suit: McJonathan 
Groomsmen suits- Debenhams 
Hair stylist: Funlola Tijani
Makeup Artist: Dolly Okusanya (Dee Beaute by Dolly)
DJ: DJ Yung Milli
Live Band: Segun Ologo
Videographer: Alex Eyre