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Once Upon A Destination & Genevieve Magazine present “The Savoy Shoot” – An Elegant Styled Wedding Shoot

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Genevieve Magazine turns 10! And what better way to celebrate than with a styled wedding shoot? They teamed up with Once Upon A Destination – a luxe event planning outfit with tons of international experience, and a dream team of wedding vendors to bring their perfect wedding vision to life. Hear from the team about their inspiration and work:

Afternoon tea at the Palm Court of The Ritz, considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world, was the perfect setting for the meeting between, Seyi Olusanya of Once Upon a DestinationElizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and Betty Irabor, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Genevieve. The discussion revolved around creating an amazing styled shoot for the wedding edition of the magazine in honour of the 10th anniversary of the publication.

Once Upon a Destination has a reputation for planning the most impeccable and memorable global events in destinations such as London, Dubai, South Africa and France. With easy access to the best vendors the wedding industry has to offer, Seyi set about sourcing some of the best venues and a team of experts to help make the vision a beautiful reality.

The breathtaking shoot wonderfully captured by the amazing duo at Urban Cinematography, featured wedding gowns created by multi award winning couturier and silhouette king Yemi Osunkoya of Kosibah, the luxurious and versatile bridesmaids dresses were from twobirds bridesmaid, all beautifully styled by Senamin. The handcrafted suits for the groom were from exciting designer Kay of Indivisual.

The models were flawlessly made up by the highly acclaimed  and award winning Kemi Kings and the meticulous hair styling was by celebrity hair stylist Dionne Smith.

The lush flower arrangements by Essential Couture were packed tightly with blush, pink and lavender roses, celosia, autumn hydrangeas and assorted greenery and teamed with rich gold ‘bonsai’ tree accents and hanging candle globes

To complement the flowers, Seyi added specially commissioned art deco style pink and gold stationery and beautiful gift boxes from Bola Akinseye of Lovicci, rich texturised linen from Over the Top Rentals.

The beautiful dessert bar of delightful treats was provided by world renowned cake artist, Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.

The authentic French macaroons were kindly supplied by Ganache Macaron.

Overall the video demonstrates how the creative vision of Seyi Olusanya was brought to life. This shoot, the team involved, offer a little glimpse of the excellent service and attention to detail Once Upon a Destination offers its select clientele!

To find out more you will need to get your copy of this month’s Genevieve Magazine, the wedding issue – on sale now all over the country.

See some screenshots from the video taken on set:

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~ Videography: Urban Cinematography

Videography: Johanna Lawrence & Apos Goris, Urban Cinematography,
Photography: Jide Alakija with Jeffrey Kwame Osei-Tutu, Alakija Studios

Space Design & Creative Styling: Seyi Olusanya: Once Upon a Destination,
Wedding dresses and evening dresses: Yemi Oshunkoya, Kosibah,
Menswear: Keye Oduneye INDIVISUAL FASHION –;
Cake, Cupcakes, Cakepops and Sweet tables: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium,
Flowers and props: Essential Couture –
Bridesmaids Dresses: Twobirds Bridesmaid
Make up: Kemi Kings Imevbore-Uwaga,
Hair styling: Dionne Smith, www.
Fashion stylist: Senamin, [email protected]
Jewelled head dresses, tiaras: Fabledreams,
Bridal millinery and headpieces: Ms Esther,
Jewellery: Bookola Accessories, [email protected]
Venue: The Savoy, London,
Stationery and Gift Boxes: Bola Akinseye. LOVICCI,
Linen: Over the Top Rentals,
Macarons: Ganache Macaron,
Chairs and Chaise lounge: www.
Models: Gayle Thompson-Igwebike, Lisette Mibo, Cherelle Quartey-Cofie, Teju Ibrahim, Lauren Sweeney Fenton, Rachel Williams, Rosemary Chileshe
Male Models: Adrian & Lincoln Larmond

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  1. Shade.

    December 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Awwwwww love the video. So dreamy… Makes me want to get married over and over. I love everything about the shoot. Thumbs up!

  2. Que

    December 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I’d like to see d the pics b4 forming a full opinion…. I saw more of savoy than anything else, I feel 4 concepts like this the story should make me forget they r at d savoy. And d couple models could have been more friendly. In related news, I NEED this head piece×337.png in multiple colours or dye my way thru if I have to, n BN fabledreams site link u put shld be .com not, I tried dat, it didnt open so I googled dem….thanks 4 showing d way.

    • Que

      December 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      O I caught on, its more like msesther’s not fable, thx. Ciao.

  3. Sisi

    December 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Round of applause to all involved, what exquisiteness

  4. June

    December 19, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Gosh! I have always loved birdcage veils. So classy

    • ty bay

      December 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      I know right? I used one for my wedding too. Was beautiful to say the least. Customized with a red sparkly detail on it on the netting…

    • ty bay

      December 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      *On the netting

  5. yemy

    December 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Lovely , classy a timeless shoot , you guys make us all sooooooo proud to be Nigerian ,well done guys !

  6. That London girl...

    December 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Amazing work from the team involved!! its all come together beautifully well. I agree with the comment above, it would have been nicer to show more of the “works” particularly the Menswear.I don’t think Menswear get enough air play in the industry but I like what I see. Well done to Keye of Indivisual fashion.

  7. Bukky

    December 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I love this shoot. So different. The Savoy hotel is one of
    my favourite places in London. I highly recommend having a girly
    tea there.

  8. Bola

    December 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Wow. The dresses, cakes and suits were very nice. Love the
    birdcage veil.

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