Ballroom Wedding at The Landmark London Hotel

Kunbi O / Monday August 4, 2014

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We’re starting the week off with a bang with Vese and Kunle’s #aisleperfect wedding at the Landmark London Hotel. The bride Vese is one-fourth of the catering collective- DVees (you can read more about DVees on their Pretty Perfect Vendor page here). Anyway, I expected nothing short of perfection from Vese’s big day and she delivered. I mean this amazing woman baked her own wedding cake AND her groom designed the stationery – talk about a talented duo! Vese and Kunle’s wedding was filled with super cute personal details and a whole lot of pretty. The bride and her sisters took us through their day. Enjoy!

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From the Bride: I had never been one of those girls who dreamt of her wedding ever since she was 5. I never had wild dreams or ideas, all I knew was I wanted a simple yet elegant wedding. I wanted a wedding that was ME. We are both pretty simple people and did not want anything overly extravagant so that worked pretty well as we were on the same page. However; we are both in love with details and so that pretty much drove our wedding planning, that was our inspiration. We wanted our guests to have an experience right from the save the dates, to the wedding app, to the invitations; everything had to build up to the day. We had a list of things we did and didn’t want and that helped with putting our day together.

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My favorite memories have to be venue hunting, we spent a lot of time together, laughing, talking, joking, playing – those times were irreplaceable. Suit shopping was another good memory, in picking the colour, material and style of the suit we found we were more similar that we thought. It was fun gloating about how I could see his suit and he could not see my dress.

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However, my ultimate favourite memory has to be walking down the aisle with my dad by my side, I spotted my mother and sisters tearing up and then I looked straight ahead and saw the smile on his face – priceless. At that moment, I could not have been any more confident that I had made the right decision. I was marrying the man that was made for me and we were going to do life together – the ups and the downs.

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The Reception

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From the bride’s sisters: Vese and Kunle worked very well together with planning the wedding. They were always in sync and divided the work pretty well – We (her sisters) made the favours, Vese made the cake and Kunle agreed to design the recipe book for us at the last minute despite having the programs and advice cards to design. Vese always said she wanted a DVees cake and was going to make her own wedding cake – we always thought she was joking especially as we did not think she would have the time to make a wedding cake in the midst of everything else and neither of us would have been able to help as we normally bake together. When the time came, she started buying equipment and ingredient we thought she was crazy. She insisted on making her own cake and so we let her! She did it all by herself, from start to finish. We had a lot of mixed feelings initially. We knew she could do it if she had time, had one of us working with her and it was not her own wedding BUT she had NO time, was crazily busy, the rest of us were busy and it WAS HER OWN WEDDING. Anyway, she surprised us all when we saw the finished product we were so proud of her. Considering all else, she did a fantastic job. We cannot imagine what she would have done if she had all the time in the world.

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Advice from the bride: Your wedding planning process is a good time to build a better relationship with your groom. Make a conscious effort not to get into too many arguments. You are in it together; the day is just as important to him as it is to you. Try as much as possible to have a united front and if there are any disagreements, settle them first before going to the wider planning committee. Use the time to bond, develop a deeper friendship and learn more about your extended family. Your marriage is so much more than the wedding day and you will hate to start on the wrong footing. Having the perfect cake, dress and pictures are important but having the right foundation is a lot more important.

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We made the decision not to quarrel during the wedding process and that was one of the best decisions ever. We became closer than ever and learnt to make decisions when we want different things.  I actually miss the planning; we had so much fun together.Choose your vendors wisely! The supposed best may not be the best for you. Speak to each vendor to see if your personalities complement each other. Meet with them if possible to get a better idea of if they work for you and your spouse. Nothing is worse than a vendor that you do not get along with.

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The couple’s wedding trailer video by Special Functions was equally adorable. Check it out below!

 

Vendors: Venue: The Landmark London | Photo Booth: Picture Blast | Bouquet: Raremee | Wedding Dress: San Patrick| Bridesmaids Dresses: Virgos Lounge | Wedding Car: Infiniti Concierge  – 020 8593 4460 | Wedding Day Coordination: Toyin Kayode – toyin.kayode@infiniticoncierge.co.uk |  Assistant: Tola Adeyefa | Photography: Adebayo Deru | Videography: Special Functions | Wedding IV, Programme & Recipe Book:  The Groom (3Alpha Studios) | Wedding Cake: The Bride (DVees) | Favours (Bags, Chapman, Suya, Recipe Book): DVees | Evening Dress: Tai Beni: tai.beni.ng@gmail.com – +2348122218945 | Bride’s Make up: Alison Cameron | Bridesmaids Make up: Tosin MAK for Pretty Woman Makeup | Hair: Hair by Abike | DJ: DJ MRi | Centre pieces and Lighting: Picture Perfect Events |

DVees is a member of our Pretty Perfect Vendor Guide: a curated collection of trusted wedding vendors around the world. Check out the rest of our Pretty Perfect Vendors here