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How UK African Wedding Awards 2017 honoured Wedding Vendors



Less than two weeks ago, the first ever UK African Wedding Awards took place in Central London – an elegance filled ceremony which saw the wedding industry’s top vendors recognised & celebrated for their creativity and service excellence.

Organised by the UK African-Caribbean Weddings Union, a growing organisation created to serve UK African and Caribbean vendors and brides & grooms alike, the evening was surely a night to remember.

Taking place on 5 October 2017, the event was hosted by MC Emmanuel Anthony at St Johns, Hyde Park London.

The ceremony presented awards in over 15 categories and had Mati Gono, founder of Just As Planned Weddings named as Wedding Planner of the Year, Andy Sarfo – also known as Simply Andy named as Wedding MC of the Year, Seye Onalaja founder of Samon Films named as Wedding Videographer of the Year and Joy Adenuga named as ‘Bridal Make Up Artist of the Year’.

The judging panel for the awards were graced by CEOs and founders of top wedding & industry organisations including BrideBook, National Association of Wedding Planners, PR Entertainment Group, We Plug Good Music, Adebayo Deru, Elizabeth Emporium Cakes, African Sweetheart Weddings, Charles Emeka, and more.

The Wedding of the Year Collective award, created to award an overall team effort behind a single wedding was given to all of the vendors who worked on 2017 newlyweds, HannahOlu’s wedding #OluHan17. Vendors who worked on this award included Just As Planned, Adebayo Deru, Samon Films, A Dot Comedian, VNV Live, Afmena Events, Sweet Hollywood, The Queen Hadassah & DJ Sean Music.

The Wedding Venue of the Year was awarded to the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London.

Here is a full list of award winners followed by a list of highly commended vendors from the UK African Wedding Awards:

UK African Wedding Awards 2017

Wedding Caterer of the Year
Magic Fingers

Décor & Venue Stylist of the Year
Anaiah Grace

Bridal MakeUp Artist of the Year
Joy Adenuga

Bridal Hair Stylist of the Year
Charis Hair

Wedding Planner of the Year
Just As Planned

Wedding DJ of the year
DJ Darkozy

Wedding MC of the Year
Simply Andy

Wedding Entertainer of the Year
Iyanna Monique

Suit Maker of the Year
Anthonys Collections

Wedding Cake Vendor of the Year
Favoured Cakes

Wedding Drinks Vendor of the Year
Stirrers and Shakers

Wedding Photographer of the Year
Godson Studios

Wedding Videographer of the Year
Samon Films

Wedding Venue of the Year
Hilton Hotel Park Lane

Wedding of the year – A collective team award
Hannah & Olu 2017

Here is the list of the Highly Commended Vendors:

Highly Commended Wedding Caterer
Taste Haven

Highly Commended Décor & Venue Stylist
Events Royale

Highly Commended Bridal Make Up Artist
Makeup by Paloma

Highly Commended Bridal Hair Stylist of the Year

Highly Commended Wedding Planner
Mrs Wedding Planner

Highly Commended Wedding DJ
DJ Tallest

Highly Commended Wedding MC of the Year
Mr Tandoh MC

Highly Commended Wedding Entertainer of the Year
Soji Alayo

Highly Commended Wedding Cake Vendor
Tees Bakery

Highly Commended Wedding Drinks Vendor
The Hunters Cocktails

Highly Commended Wedding Photographer
Slick Photography

Highly Commended Wedding Videographer
Special Functions

See photos from the event below:


The UK African Wedding Awards 2017 celebrate the best in class Wedding Vendors - BellaNaija The UK African Wedding Awards 2017 celebrate the best in class Wedding Vendors

Main Event

Red Carpet

Photo Credit: SKD Photos  |  Pichagraph  |  Two Twenty Four Creations  |  Alexander James Weddings


  1. wendy

    October 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I am surprised Wale Gates didn’t win as Wedding MC of the year tho…

    • Adeola

      October 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      The event was done in 9ja style if you know what I mean. Lol

  2. Annaliese

    October 20, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Decor looked breathtaking! Well done!

    • Afmena Events

      October 27, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Thank you. It was a pleasure to style this occasion – Afmena Events

  3. Anonymous

    October 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Lol deffo! Vendors as judges, friends as winners!! Not many seasoned nominees aside Mati of just as planned and Dj Tallest what a joke! Selection based on popularity very sad that Africans always do this

    • Jennifer

      October 27, 2017 at 3:16 am

      You sound very bitter o… why?

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