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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


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

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