Aah, so it's that time of the year and WED Expo has come around again. I checked it out again last week, because you know I always want to share with you the most interesting vendors who can help contribute towards planning the wedding of your dreams. The exhibition has definitely grown with lots of new faces as well as some familiar ones. If you want to catch up on the inaugural WED Expo, which was held last year, then be sure to check out this post right here. Ok, so let's dive in with some of the most interesting vendors at the wedding fair this year (all vendor details are at the end of this post):
All Thingz Girlie
These ladies are all about personalised details, which is definitely a growing trend with brides today as I have seen more of my brides opting for personalised robes, totes and hangers for themselves and their bridal train, which adds a nice, fun touch to the wedding. They offer a wide range of products that can be personalised including robes, slippers, towels, mugs, flasks, ipad covers etc. I particularly liked the cute little personalised make up bags, which I think would make a great gift for your hard working bridesmaids. So definitely worth checking them out. They have a blog and a facebook page, which you can find right here and here.
Although make-up is a little more difficult to showcase on the blog, I thought I would feature the following 2 companies because I have worked with them before and they both did a fantastic job on their respective brides. I've heard horror stories of brides who hated their wedding make-up (thankfully none of mine) and it ruined their whole day, so these are 2 of the wedding make-up artists that I recommend to my brides getting married in Lagos based on their professionalism, attention to detail during the day and of course the final product of a happy, glowing bride.
First, let's start with Stella's Addiction, run by Stella (lovely looking lady with the big smile and toned arms - <jealous>, but I get sidetracked). I had definitely heard of the company before but only met her this year at a wedding I was shooting. Stella did a fabulous job (I love a good transformation) and I would definitely highly recommend checking her out for anyone looking for a skilled, fun make-up artist. She is super active on her blog over here, where she showcases her latest work and gives some fab make-up tips. Very cool to see that she did the make-up for Annie Idibia's (aka 2Face's newly wedded wife) pre wedding shoot and also just landed her first cover, doing the make-up of Genevieve editor Betty Irabor. So clearly a talented and very busy lady. Be sure to check her out and you can also reach her via her facebook page.
Elaine of ShoMya (the pretty lady with the fabulously long braids) is the second makeup artist I recommend and you might remember I mentioned her when featuring this wedding in Ikeja, where she did a fabulous job on WOP bride Vivian. I liked that she took a different approach to the booth set up by having 3 different make up looks already done - an Ibo traditional wedding look, a Yoruba traditional wedding look and then a white wedding look. The make-up looked beautifully done and the ladies rocked it well. You can find out more about ShoMya on her website here and take a look at more of her wedding work over here. Definitely for a bride who wants a beautiful and elegant look.
What do you call shoes with attitude? Divatude!!! Lol - I think these sparkly numbers will appeal to a lot of different women. I can't comment on how comfortable or long lasting they are as I haven't tried them on but I do know they sure look pretty. What I love is how you can customize them to exactly what you want. So you can give the company a design or just tell them what colours you want and they'll come up with a unique design for you and you can get the matching purse too (what more could a girl ask for?!?). Divatude uses a variety of materials including Swarovski crystals, shattered mirror, pearls and even studs. I also love that you can have any size heel you want (from flat to around 6 inches) because I can just see me toppling down in a very undignified manner in those towering stilettos. They start from around N50k depending on the design, which is pretty good given that they are totally customised. Some of my favourites were the colourful stain glass window effect ones and the shattered mirror ones, which were oh so sparkly. Check out more of their blinged out shoes and purses over on their facebook page.
Cakes by Andy Clarke
Ok, so I know I featured Andy Clarke last year with those fabulous couture cakes but honestly I couldn't work by his stand and not take some pictures - he really is an artist. I mean check out the cake with the feather skirt! I love it!!! Check out more of Andy's beautiful cakes over on facebook page.
When I saw this fun little dance floor, I had to stop and take a pic. It's not something I have seen at any of the weddings I have shot or attended in Lagos and I love the idea of something a little different on the dancefloor since dancing is such a major part of wedding celebrations in Nigeria. Finesse are event planners based in Lagos and so showcased a couple of their centre and accent pieces as well. You can find out more on their website and facebook page.
If you are a magpie like me, you would have been drawn to Nwando's signature. They had all things bright and sparkly and pretty. I especially love the trees with the sparkly lights. Get in touch with them on their facebook page.
Newton & David
Now it would not be a wedding fair in Lagos without an amazing display from Newton & David. This time they did 3 different setups, all of which were beautiful and elegant in their own way - to be honest, I expect nothing less from this leading event and floral design company. Newton & David has been the vendor of choice for quite a few weddings I have been involved in - both celebrity ones like Bella Adenuga's and Basketmouth's respectively and non-celebrity but equally fabulous ones like Nneka & Agu's wedding seen here. I have always assumed that they start out in the millions but when I asked the rep at the fair, he said they actually start out at N1200 per person. So if you are having a 100 person event it would cost N120k and even if you had a 400 person white wedding reception in Lagos, it would still be under N500k. Who knew?!?! So don't say I never look out for you ladies because it turns out Newton & David are actually pretty accessible, which is fantastic.
Ok onto the spaces: my personal favourite was the "African" room - I loved everything about it from the fabric choices to the different masks and beads used. Apparently this setup is often used as a high table for the bride and groom. Then they had what I would personally call the "Orchid Lounge" - it was quite beautiful, nice moody lighting and would work well as a cocktail hour chill spot. Finally they showcased a traditional wedding table setup complete with stunning centrepieces, all of which were fresh flowers all imported from Holland. I just loved that they used fresh flowers, which already makes them stand out from the crowd. I'm personally not a big fan of artificial flowers although I understand the need given the cost of fresh flowers in Nigeria. But if you can afford it, I would always advocate fresh, fresh, fresh. They just up that fabulosity factor (see how many ways I can use the word fabulous ;-)). See more of Newton & David over here at their website and facebook page.
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