“Absolute Elegance” – Wedding Inspiration Shoot

There’s nothing more amazing than having an idea and seeing it come to life before your very eyes and this shoot feels just like that. I feel like a proud mama, who has laboured and is now showing off her beautiful baby hoping everyone else thinks it’s as beautiful as I do. 🙂

So as a wedding photographer in Lagos, at least half my clientele are brides who live abroad – specifically US, UK and Canada and a lot of the time they have no idea as to which vendors are on ground especially as a lot of people here don’t have an online presence. So I often get asked to recommend wedding planners, make up artists, videographers and other vendors to help get them started on their wedding planning process. Over the last 2 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some really talented individuals on my various weddings, so I really wanted to put together some form of styled shoot that would showcase some of the international level talent we have right here in Lagos. I also haven’t really seen anyone else attempt a shoot with a focus on event / decor design, so this was a great opportunity to really challenge myself to try something new and step out of my comfort zone (eek!).

Finding the right partner was key, so I approached Juyin Demuren of IJP Bespoke Events (previously mentioned in this wedding post) who is not only an amazing event planner but also creates beautiful, unique decor  and has a great eye for detail. Luckily she was on board straight away and the idea of this “Absolute Elegance” wedding inspiration shoot was born. We knew we wanted to create something high-end and luxurious that would appeal to the stylish and sophisticated bride that was looking for a fresh and interesting way to achieve the vision of her perfect day. We were fortunate to have Enthyst Event and Bridal as part of the team, which allowed us to showcase a range of different wedding dress styles from a modern twist on the typical princess dress to the gorgeously detailed and sophisticated tulle wedding gown. We also played around with the hair and make-up, to give a range of looks playing with emphasis on the eyes, lips or hair allowing us to move from the subtle to the more dramatic smokey eye while incorporating the main colours from the decor design. IJPBE created several table settings from the deliciously lavish to the intimate incorporating a range of gorgeous florals, candles, candelabras and so much more.

The idea behind this shoot is really to showcase some of the amazing talent the wedding industry has locally so brides don’t feel like they always have to go abroad or fly people in to get international standard service or products and I feel really proud of what we were able to put together in such a short time.

A special thank you to all our amazing vendors who collaborated to make this shoot happen including Rume Flowers, Dr Roberts’ Cakes, Stella’s Addiction, the Hair Whisperer, Enthyst Event and Bridal, David Asumah Studios, my awesome assistant for the day Eyitemi P., our models (Franka, Benedicta, Temitayo) and of course the creative genius that is Juyin D.

In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing a behind the scenes post including a video by the amazing David Asumah Studios so you can take a peek into the madness that goes into pulling off a shoot like this but in the meantime, I present to you the “Absolute Elegance” Wedding Inspiration shoot. I would definitely love to hear what you think, so please be sure to leave some comments below.

Ciao 🙂
Xxx

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Vendor details:

Venue: The Hall at Yetunde’s Apartments (IJPBE)
Decor / Event Design: Isabella J Plum (IJPBE Event Design Studio)
Florist: Rume Flowers by Tolu Olushoga (IJPBE)
Menus and Place cards: Couture Cards by Dolapo Marinho (IJPBE)
Cake: Dr Roberts’ Cakes (IJPBE)
Dresses: Enthyst Events and Bridal
Hair Stylist: Hair Whisperer (+2347051177777)
Models: Temitayo Deborah, Benedicta Obokoh, Franka Ogbe
Videographer: David Asumah Studios
Photography Assistant: Eyitemi Popo
For More info on the IJPBE vendors listed, please contact: 
Juyin Demuren 
Mob: +234 8033574265
Mailto: juyin@ijpbe.com
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  • Vivian Umebuani-Sowho

    Fantastic post Wani and gorgeous pictures as always. Glad to see you and Juyin collaborating again; she’s amazing!
    You ladies are so down to earth yet able to bring a brides dream into reality. May sound alittle dramatic but its true. I never have to think twice when recommending you both.
    Keep it up and God bless. 😀ReplyCancel

  • olatoun okunnu

    BEAUTIFUL!, nice work on the details,I can’t believe no guy volunteered to play groom!:)ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Thanks Olatoun. Hee hee – we were just focusing on the ladies this time. Next time we’ll allow guys in 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Chika Umeh-Ike

    Wani soon beautiful, I’m jealous ! Love the details.ReplyCancel

  • Jeffrey Osei-Tutu

    Awesome you nailed it. ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Aww, thanks Jeffery 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Catherine from Open Shutters Photography

    Absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Thanks Catherine 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SueAnn

    Beautiful, love all the details!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lens

    Wowee zowie! Not sure if that’s an American saying, this Yank says wowsa! When you posted about this in a closed photo group, I wonder how many had any idea this was your concept. Ah-mazing. I dunno how many Americans could pull this off. Very cool! Much success to all. That cake is gorgeous as a piece of art. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Owolabi Tunde

    Lovely work, well done.
    ReplyCancel

  • Seun E. Oyeleke

    Wow! Love the details! Amazing execution!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    WOW! These are GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Thanks so much Donna 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Daniel Mor

    As i looked at those beautiful works of art, i couldn’t say a single word but “WAOH”. This is truly an inspiration for any Photographer out there. Keep up the good work, Wani Olatunde Photography See you at the top! ciao!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    these are absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Beautiful images, ladies, dresses and details! I absolutely love everything about this shoot.ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Aww, thanks so much Jessica – I’m glad 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelly J

    This whole set is absolutely stunning. Fantastic job of putting it all together.ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Thanks Kelly – it was hard work but glad it all came together 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Parsons

    WOW!!! Very beautiful work! Great job putting all of this together, and super gorgeous models!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    Oh my gosh, Wani…. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! This is my favourite post of yours yet!ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Aww, thanks so much Stephanie 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Mitchell

    wow. beautiful. Love everythingReplyCancel

  • Ebun

    Wow! This is exquisite. I loved the fact that you payed attention to details. Great job.ReplyCancel

    • Wani Olatunde

      Thanks Ebun – I appreciate it 🙂ReplyCancel

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