From the ‘tunnel’ into Wonderland to the breathtaking 3D dress mural, a dream come true doesn’t begin to describe Saturday October 10, 2015, our #BBNWonderland event in collaboration with Baileys Nigeria.
The dreamy stage! Florals to LOVE by @theweddingguruu #BBNWonderland @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
A year ago, the idea for BellaNaija and BellaNaija Weddings‘ first event brewed from my desire to ‘get off the page’, for us to connect face-to-face with the brides who love the Insta feed, and of course BN weddings.
Baileys was a natural fit for us to partner with – the brand is all about celebrating women, friendships, and celebrating special moments. It was a match made in Wonderland!
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Special thanks to Christine Ogbeh of The Wedding Guru and Quorum, for pushing things through. After a year of proposals and meetings – Thanks Ufuoma, Tobi, Banke, Moruff, Nike and more for your passion and hard work!, 10-10-15 was set to be a fab day at Four Points by Sheraton in Lagos.
The Wonderland weekend started off with brides flying in from all around the country on Friday, from Asaba, Delta State to Abuja, on an all-expense paid trip including flight and accommodation courtesy of Baileys Nigeria – see more about the brides’ luxe journey into town by clicking here.
Flashing back to Friday when the #BBNWonderland Limo by @islandlimo was just about to head out to pick up brides from the airport. @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
@thestylecheapskate almost picture ready cc @bmpromakeup @baileysnigeria #bbnwonderland A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
During the event, two makeup artists were stationed outside the event for quick touch-ups, to get the brides pucker-perfect for their portraits, taken by @TheAtunbiExperience, and for individual videos by @KlalaFilms and @LanreEshoFilms. The hall itself was dreamy decor by The Wedding Guru at its finest. We will have a post just with decor details when the professional photos by Atunbi Photography are ready, but for now, let these photos do the talking!
Surely, this is Wonderland! #BBNWonderland @bellanaijaweddings A photo posted by baileysnigeria (@baileysnigeria) on
we can’t get over how gorgeous everything looked at #BBNWonderland ! @theweddingguruu décor captured by our planner @cokercreative who made the journey to WONDERLAND super-duper stress-free! @goziecoker & team we are so grateful!!! @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
Our brides-to-be having so much fun #BBNWonderland cc @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings (@bellanaijaweddings) on
There were tons and games and prizes from selfie sticks courtesy of The Gift Haven to 10 bridal ‘Sprunch’ – spa packages at Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos, jewelry including a headpiece, bracelet and earrings from Zena Accessories and earrings from @MyVelvetBoxNG. The Coker Creative team crafted the games and assisted Bovi with them.
@officialbovi making sure our bride to be won her pair of earrings fairly #BBNWonderland @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
My favourite game was the one where the brides became mixologists, thanks to Lara of Eventi Cocktails! Bovi kept everyone entertained, while the DJ Crowd Kontroller had the brides on their feet during the breaks.
With @christineogbeh CEO @theweddingguruu #bbnwonderland A photo posted by Lara Rawa (@eventicocktails) on
Mixologists or brides to be? #BBNWonderland cc @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
The brides also had Q&A’s with celeb bride and groom Osas Ighodaro and OC Ukeje about their weddings and about the first year of marriage, which a lot of experts say is the most difficult. Long distance marriage, finance – being richer than your spouse, homemakers vs working wives, the celebs were super candid about everything!
Yayyyy we are in #BBNWonderland by @baileysnigeria and @bellanaijaweddings Too many people to thank. Great day so far. A photo posted by Uche (@uchepedro) on
Q&A with @officialosas and @octhegreatukeje #bbnwonderland #baileys A video posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
Christine Ogbeh and Funke Bucknor-Obruthe of Zapphaire Dream Weddings gave amazing talks as well as goodies – all brides got 30% off The Wedding Guru services, and all went home with The Bridal Handbook by FBO.
Q&A session with @theweddingguruu who is responsible for today’s decor ❤️ #BBNWonderland cc @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
Question & Answer session with @funkebucknor #BBNWonderland A video posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
Definitely feels like WONDERLAND. #BBNWonderland @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
The grand prizes were given, the lucky brides were chosen by raffle draw – there were 7 in total !
- a Baileys bar for any wedding event
- bridal makeup by Banke Meshida-Lawal
- a honeymoon from Afric Holidays
- wedding ring set worth up to $5,000 from Rings and Bands
- a wedding dress by Blush by MyQ
- a wedding photography package including pre-wedding photos, and wedding album courtesy The Five Studios & Atunbi Photography
- a custom-made reception dress by April by Kunbi
Here’s Banke hugging Tejiri, the winner of the wedding makeup.
Free wedding makeup by @banksbmpro ☺️ #BBNWonderland #BellaNaijaWeddings cc @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings (@bellanaijaweddings) on
The brides thought it was over, but they had No idea! Banky W emerged in a pink blazer , for a super surprise performance! Producer, artiste and pianist MasterKraft played the keys on the white piano, and Shaydee also dazzled the #BBNWonderland brides with his talent. Banky sounds soooo good live, it was unbelievable. With just a piano and vocals, he killed it.
The brides are loving @bankywellington right now #BBNWonderland cc @baileysnigeria A video posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
@bankywellington on the Mic serenading the brides to be at #bbnwonderland A video posted by @msceo101 on
@masterkraft_ on the piano for Banky. Great talent #BBNWonderland A photo posted by BN Weddings (@bellanaijaweddings) on
At this point I really wished I was a bride-to-be as ALL 34 brides went home with a golden bridal box, made by the amazing The Wedding Store.
Inside the box were a bridal mug, a Baileys compact mirror, a bridal robe saying ‘Wifey’ so they can wear it after the wedding from @idoweddingsng, The Bridal Handbook, a sought after BM|Pro lipgloss, bridal earrings from @LeRevePieces, a small Baileys bottle, a Baileys infused cupcake by Uzo of @CupcakeCoutureLagos, a selfie stick from The Gift Haven, 20% off Atunbi Photography services, 10% off Rings and Bands NG jewelry and 10,000 Naira off Afric Holidays bookings.
There were two additional bags with Lancome Paris cosmetics and La Vie est Belle fragrance.
The morning after ☺ #bbnwonderland A photo posted by Maryam Mshelia (@maryammshelia) on
The brides were then hosted to a fab all expense-paid after-party by Baileys, at the hotel, but not before showing off their #BNbling! The brides in Lagos also got a free ride home, courtesy of Uber Lagos.
Wonderland Bands #bnbling #BBNWonderland cc @baileysnigeria A photo posted by BN Weddings ? (@bellanaijaweddings) on
@Regrann from @bellanaijaweddings – Congrats brides! #BBNwonderland Gift boxes on fleek. By @theweddingstoreng @baileysnigeria #Regrann A photo posted by The Wedding Store (T W S) (@theweddingstoreng) on
Did you miss this??? ?????? #Lancome is everything #wedding #brides #beautifulbride #glamChic #BeautifulWomen #beauty #BBLoggers #beautytopics #trendingtopics #glambrandagency #GlamClients #BBNwonderland @Regrann from @bellanaijaweddings – Thanks @lancomeofficial for the amazing gift bags #BBNwonderland @baileysnigeria #Regrann A photo posted by Glam Brand Agency (@glambrandagency) on
#bbnwonderland A photo posted by Nneka Okosa (@nekiikosa) on
I am super blessed to have been a part of the first BellaNaija event, to be a part of the brides’ stories and journeys to forever, and I hope it’s the first of many, many fun times to come!
Off we go! Thank you @baileysnigeria and @bellanaijaweddings for a fantastic weekend. #bbnwonderland # #backtothebuj A photo posted by Maryam Mshelia (@maryammshelia) on