This is a lovely wedding of one of our couples at the beautiful Braxted Park. Nigerian Groom & Swedish bride, UK 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
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.
During wedding season I get to work with some amazing suppliers who are passionate about their craft & delivery. As a planner some couples come to me with a venue in mind but most need us to find their venue for them, which is perfect. Getting a couple to visualise the endless possibilities a venue has to offer on a site visit in an empty space can be challenging, however thats what makes my role so great.
I had the opportunity to collaborate with some of these amazing creative suppliers at London’s luxurious venue Grand Sapphire. We set out to transform this venue in a way it had never been done before… By the end of the shoot we were all just saying ‘this should’ve been a wedding!’…lol It felt like a wedding day. Working with Yemi Kosibah, Anthoy’s London on the suits, MUA Beauty Boudoir & Papachichi Style on hair it definitely felt like a wedding. All photos by the Talented Adebayo Deru & Videography by Samon films
I worked closely on styling & design with Mary from Designer Chair Covers to go from fresh flowers, to silks flowers, gold rim charger plates and luxury ivory & gold rim chairs we came up with a classic timeless wedding look that would show off current trends and set some new ones.
Theres something about this wedding cake style that is romantic, regal & Classically timeless just beautiful by Tees bakery . For those that know me well I am obsessed with a good table setting and a well folded napkin.
Entertainment at wedding gets over looked often and there are so many way it can add to the guest experience as well as add a bit of culture.
Moving forward with the times we used the LED visual screen by Production team & AV company VNV live… what an amazing job on this seamless gold mirror dance floor, stage, lighting & DJ booth.
Grand Sapphire can host up to 800 guests and have great catering options for Nigerian, Ghanian, Jamaican (afro-caribbean weddings), Asian and English weddings. So if you’re looking for a venue to London, with a car park for even 300 guests they have banquet rooms to accommodate your guests.
Much thanks to the following amazing suppliers for their contributed and patience towards this amazing shoot. Credit & website links below:
Venue: Grand Sapphire
Shoot concept & design: MatiGonoEvents
Photographer: Adebayo Deru
Videography: Samon films
Violinist: Iyanna Monique
Decorator & flowers: Designer Chair Covers to go
Sound Lighting production & Dance floor: VNV Live
Dj: Danny Yega
Dance Performance: Fantiacrobats
Cars: Smart City Prestige
Makeup: Beauty Boudoir
Hair: Papachichi Style
Wedding dresses: Yemi Kosibah
Suits: Anthony’s London
Bridesmaids Dresses: Little Mistress
Models: Groom – Isi Ijagbone, Best Man – Saffori Tajah, Bride – Abena, Bridesmaids – Stacey Chellz, Genoveva Abogo