Adeola and Folayo’s Nigerian Wedding in London
How can a wedding of 500 guests be intimate I hear you ask? For my London couple, Adeola and Folayo, planning their colourful and elegant Nigerian wedding was a once in a lifetime experience. They wanted their guests to have an unforgettable experience and so set about ensuring that every little detail is thought of and planned to perfection.
Adeola and Folayo’s dream wedding was a joyous occasion full of laughter, love surprise performance by the couple, live entertainment and loads of dancing and I cannot wait to share the details of their wedding day.
Thanks to my bride, Adeola for sharing all the special details.
It wasn’t quite love at first sight for the couple, but years after being introduced by their parents, they reconnected again via social media.
Adeola mentions that their proposal was a private and intimate affair with Folayo sweeping her off her feet with a beautiful video presentation.
“His proposal was a surprise. Very much a private intimate proposal. Hubby had decorated his place and had thought of so many little details that made it special. He made a beautiful video of our memories, the music was perfect, a well thought out speech and of course I said Yes!”
The Importance of Faith
The wedding ceremony took place at the Emmanuel Church in South Croydon, London.
Bride, Adeola mentioned that faith played a huge importance on their wedding day.
“Our faith is very important, and God was placed at the centre of our relationship from the beginning. We used to share scriptures and what we learnt from it, how it encouraged us. We would also pray together. We knew we were dating intentionally which of course ended up in marriage.”
Wedding Planning Journey
The wedding planning journey was quite smooth as Adeola had a clear vision in mind for her big day.
“I was a relaxed bride, I think. I definitely had a vision of the type of wedding I wanted but tried not to over stress on it.”
Attention to detail was incredibly important to Adeola.
“I wanted it to be organised, classy but a fun wedding. Attention to detail was very important to me. I also didn't want an overcrowded wedding. Initially, we were going back and forth with the venue regarding maximum capacity. However, it all just worked out well in the end.”
A Colourful and Elegant Nigerian Wedding
The newlywed couple looked resplendent in their gorgeous outfits, as did their bridal party.
Adeola was over the moon about the way things turned out.
“I enjoyed everything about the wedding. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to have that special day. I wanted to make it memorable as it represented my transition from singledom into a wife.
The most memorable moments were from the church service and also taking the vows. I especially enjoyed the grand reveal of reception venue.”
Adeola is a recording artist, while Folayo is an instrumentalist. It is therefore no surprise that music was going to be a big part of their wedding day.
Adeola designed their unique wedding logo incorporating the image of a cello, microphone and a guitar. Musical notes were incorporated into their wedding day stationery, while the table were named after a musical instrument.
One of the many surprises of the night came when the couple were announced into the venue as husband and wife.
Adeola recorded a special song dedicated to her new husband which was played as the couple walked into the venue as husband and wife. The couple also performed; Folayo playing the cello and saxophone while Adeola sang much to the delight of their guests.
Adeola was very clear on how she wanted her reception space to feel “opulent, warm and vibrant.”
We choose gold and champagne as the base colours which were accented by sweet plum and blush pink reflecting the autumnal colours of the season.
Adeola had a custom designed backdrop featuring two chandeliers, a gold criss-crossed designed framed completely covered with flowers.
The rich gold damask tablecloth sets off the guest’s tables beautifully with crystal glassware and a statement flower hoops adorning the long banqueting table for the bridal party. For the favour boxes, Adeola opted for a chic pyramid shaped boxed filled with sweet popcorn while we also kept the older generation happy with the more traditional sugar almond favours.
The seamless gold mirrored dance floor was a showstopper. There was an endless amount of dancing with a 10 piece live band playing before the DJ had the guests dancing until midnight.
Picking her favourite moments from the day, Adeola said:
“We loved all the family speeches. Also,the father-daughter dance was special. I also loved my first dance and performance with Folayo. We danced so much, all through the evening! It was a memorable occasion. God was honoured and he honoured and favoured us throughout.”
“When I met Ronke, I was so impressed by her professionalism, knowledge of the wedding industry and her creative ideas. I felt she listened and took the time to understand our vision. I knew that this was someone I could trust with our special day. She was also very solution orientated throughout and carried the weight of the planning stress which meant I had no worry at all.
She always encouraged me to express what i really wanted irrespective of restrictions/hurdles. I also loved that she created times and space for me and hubby during the day to take it all in.”
Tips for Future Couples
I asked Adeola if she had any tips to share with future couples and this is the advice:
“Firstly, don't stress too much as ultimately it is only one day, but of course invest in the marriage as that is forever.
Arguments will also happen, but you will get through it and laugh back at these moments.
Finally, enjoy all the attention being on you. Haha! Everyone is extra nice to you during that period.”
Thank you for your beautiful and kind words, Adeola. I had a ball helping you and Folayo achieve your dream wedding vision. I wish you so much happiness and joy for the future.
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Wedding Planner: Bliss Nuptials and Events
Photography/Videography: Zoet Moments
BTS Videographer: O4G Media
Church: Emmanuel Church, South Croydon
Venue: Grand Sapphire London
Catering: Jemmy's Catering
Cocktails: Cocktail Sip Geek
Cake: Let it be Cake
Bridal bouquet: Millie flowers
Reception Décor: Grand Sapphire London
Tableware: Hollaa Events
Wedding Dress: Elizabeth James Bridal
Suits: Looks Like A Good Man
Bow ties and accessories: Osekita Silks
Hair & Makeup: Virtuous Hair Beauty