Friendships formed! Moments shared! Cheers to BBN Wonderland!
It was a fantastic weekend for brides-to-be from all over Nigeria. Launched in 2015, #BBNWonderland by Baileys Nigeria and BellaNaija Weddings is the premier bridal experience in Nigeria. As promised, 30 brides-to-be are selected from entries from all over the country. The brides-to-be were joined by 5 brand affiliates.
Let’s give you a little back story of how this year’s event started.
Earlier in January, we put out a call for grooms-to-be to apply for their brides-to-be to be part of BBN Wonderland. To enter, the groom had to create a cocktail inspired be his bride and post it on social media or send the response via mail.We got hundreds of amazing responses which made it so difficult to choose from. The grooms went all out! Like Bolu‘s fiance who tagged his Baileys inspired cocktail The Mint Creamy Cherry. Yum! Here is how he described it.
Words are actually not enough to describe #MyBella Tife (@Bolusucre) one whose love is creamy and original, also fun and flirty like the Baileys Irish Cream.
We also loved how Ifechi’s fiance described his Baileys inspired cocktail.
We are throwing it back to #BBNWonderland 3. Remember how super interesting our application for entry was? We told grooms-to-be to create a #Baileys cocktail inspired by their Bride-to-be. We loved every single entry ? Here is @lixned ‘s video for his love @ifechie – Love is so beautiful that once found, forever; is all you want. @ifechie is my bride-to-be and she deserves the world and more, cos she’s my “once in a lifetime”. I wish this entry gets her a place at the #bbnwonderland #bbn3fortheloveofweddings @baileysnigeria @bellanaijaweddings #BellaNaijaWeddings
When the brides-to-be got their sweet invitation, they had nothing but joy and excitement.
@diydose’s #BBN3FortheLoveofWeddings story was when she went wedding dress shopping for the first time. Now, she’s on her way to #BBNWonderland The creative bride-to-be even gave us a #BaileysEverything moment by drizzling her invitation cake ? with @baileysnigeria ? Cake @bakendalescakesng Topper @xobylewa
Let’s take a short break to tell you about the very special moments the #BBNWonderland team created this year. Many asked us the story behind our theme – For the Love of Weddings.
Rather than explain with words, we showed it with actions in a major way! #BBN3FortheLoveofWeddings was all about those treasured, timeless moments before and after “I Do” filled with love and indulged by Baileys.
Let’s start my telling you about our #BBNWonderland Proposal which had Femi propose to the love of his life Lizzy. We wrote all about it here. The #BBNWonderland team created Femi and Elizabeth’s #BBN3FortheLoveofWeddings moment by planning an AMAZING surprise marriage proposal. See the full story of how we brought the couple’s dream to life here.
We wish you were there, it was one of the most beautiful scenes ever! #BBN3FortheLoveofWeddings put this proposal together and of course the moment was sweetened by @baileysnigeria @BellaNaijaWeddings beauties, let’s give you the gist of the proposal; As both @femi_tech and @lizzy.oyinoluwa1 live in Abuja, we set into motion a plan to thrill the now bride-to-be with a romantic and intimate surprise proposal. Lizzy was tricked into flying into Lagos for a “meeting”. She arrived at the venue of the meeting and guess what, there was a real meeting set-up! Lizzy discussed business for an hour before her business contact mentioned they should head over to another venue to to continue the discussion and meet other business partners. When she arrived, she got the surprise of a lifetime! As soon as Lizzy entered the doors of the restaurant, a row of vocalists began serenading her with her favourite song – “Why I Love You” by Major. Each musician held a white rose which they handed to her one-by-one. She was wowed for the first few seconds and then overcome with emotions when she saw her love Femi right there, holding a single red rose, a black ring box and more importantly, standing in-front of a flower-adorned sign that said – MARRY ME. When she reached him, he took her hands and got on bended knees. He said – Will You Marry Me? She said YES – of course. Then Femi placed the glittering diamond ring on Lizzy’s finger. It was such a beautiful moment and we all applauded! …Then the serenade continued as Femi and Lizzy enjoyed the afterglow of their once-in-a-lifetime moment. Congratulations to the Lizzy and Femi. Lizzy is the first bride to receive an invitation to #BBNWonderland 3. Will you like to join her at #BBNWonderland 3 during the weekend of 27th January 2018? Look out for the winners announcement soon! Visit @baileysnigeria @bellanaijaweddings and www.bellanaija.com/bbnwonderland to find out more. #aBBNWonderlandProposal #BBNWonderland #BNBling Photography: @blawzstudios Videography: @lanreeshofilms Serenade: @ninocharmaine Venue: RED at @ekohotels Ring: @ringsandbandsng Backdrop: @koachellah Roses: @adelasflowers
Did we mention we organised a flash mob to surprise lifestyle blogger Sisi Yemmie? Ok, let’s tell you the full story here. We plotted with Yomi popularly known as Bobo to give his amazing wife an experience of a lifetime indulged with Baileys.
On the day of the surprise, Sisi Yemmie was tricked into going for a meeting with Founder of BellaNaija Uche Pedro. She got headed to the Ikeja City Mall. In her usual lifestyle blogging fashion, she saw a flash mob taking place and started recording it. In less than a few minutes, her husband Bobo appeared from the crowd and yes you can guess what happened next … She was so shocked and excited at the same time. After she was told what really happened, they both enjoyed their Baileys and Baileys infused treats including Ice Cream. All this was done For The Love of Weddings. See More here.
Another angle of this amazing moment ? She was so surprised! Some people are asking if he was proposing…nope! ❤ doesn’t stop after the wedding. Every woman and man deserves to be thrilled by their partner every single day! @baileysnigeria – For the love of weddings, we indulged @sisi_yemmie and Bobo ☺️?❤️ @bellanaijaweddings #BBNWonderland #BBN3ForTheLoveOfWeddings #BaileysEverything Dancers @qdancecenter Venue @ikeja_city_mall
Ok, let’s go back to the flow of events.
When the brides arrived at Eko Hotel, which was going to be their home for the weekend, they were greeted with a fluffy teddy bear from Baileys and a welcome note.
They were later ushered into their room where they met a surprise personalized #BBNWonderland Welcome Tote and Pillow along with a golden balloon and fresh flowers sitting pretty in their hotel rooms.
Our BBNWonderland brides also got to meet their roommates. The addition of the roommate element was based on feedback from previous seasons and we are so glad we listened. Flash forward to the end of the weekend, many ladies testified that it was a case of “friend at first sight” with the fellow bride-to-be they shared a room with.
A Slumber Party to Remember
The weekend kicked off with a slumber party for the brides-to-be at Eko Hotel which was dubbed by them as the Ultimate Bridal Shower. So cool! See all the amazing activities that happened here.
Our dessert table by Dessert Studio was oh so yummy!
The brides took Baileys mixology classes with Lara of Eventi Cocktails. They were told to create a unique self-inspired Baileys cocktail.
They also learnt the art of slaying for themselves by Black Opal Nigeria brand ambassador – Lillian O Paul and Tolani of Tolani Artistry. Each bride-to-be got a Black Opal Bridal Beauty Starter Kit as a surprise gift.
What’s wedding planning without the money talk? To speak with the brides on saving, investing and money in marriage, we had the renowned finance expert/author and CEO of Bestman Games – Nimi Akinkugbe share real-life advice with the brides. They all received the bestselling personal financial book authored by Aunty Nimi called A-Z of Personal Finance. Talk about back to back surprise gifts!
The BellaNaija Weddings team collaborated with Sorrela Kraft and The Gift Haven for the Bride and a Boss Box. The #BBNWonderland brides loved the sentiment behind the box as well as the handy items within.
YES! I am a Bride and a Boss. #BBNWonderland brides loved the thought behind this gift and of course, the items will be very handy over the next few months. Thank you @sorrelakraft for the box. You can order these boxes with your choice of branding plus there are so many colours to choose from. Thank you @thegifthaven for the notebook, mug and mouse set. Plus other goodies which were in the big bridal box. @thegifthaven is a great choice for your gifts and souvenirs. Photo @ms.eze #BBN3FortheLoveofWeddings #BaileysEverything @baileysnigeria
To wrap up the night, the talented fashion designer Mai Atafo led a fun and interactive session with all the brides featuring his couture wedding dresses. You had to be there to understand. We laughed, we played dress-up, we saw the brides unleash their creativity as well…it was definitely a major highlight of the experience.
Everyone had such a great time and it was the perfect opener for such an amazing weekend.
Saturday Morning workout. Go ladies!
On Saturday, 27th of January, the brides-to-be started their day on a fit note and a little surprise. They were all scheduled to have their workout session which they began doing on the basketball court of Eko Hotel. They had barely started their session when movie star Kate Henshaw surprised them as their fitness coach. The brides-to-be were so excited.
Did we mention #BBNWonderland brides enjoyed relaxing massages from the professional therapists from Apples and Oranges Spa right after their exercise? Yes they did!
Getting to their rooms, they saw a sweet surprise from Baileys Nigeria waiting for them. A custom bottle of Baileys plus other treats to enjoy it with.
@berrieezz ❤s her @baileysnigeria Box – The feeling when you come back to your room after workout to a box of surprise and your name on everything. Detailed and well planned. Reminds me of my sister @ivylilbeth. Thanks so much @bellanaijaonline @bellanaijaweddings @baileysnigeria #BBNWonderland #BBN3FortheLoveofWeddings #BaileysEverything
Entrepreneur/Legendary baker Tosan Jemide of Cakes by Tosan was also at the mall to speak with the brides on choosing the right cake for their wedding. They got to taste the different flavours of wedding cakes and had a chance to indulge their cake with Baileys.
To close the bridal tour, Temi of Kwamuhle Fabrics spoke about bridal styling, selecting the right fabric for their outfit and surprised all the 35 brides-to-be with beautiful bridal fabrics.
Choosing your fabric for the big day is very important and so the #BBNWonderland brides are chatting with @temiladyofkwamuhle as she shares tips on what colors to go and how to pair them. #BBNWonderland #BBN3ForTheLoveOfWeddings #BaileysEverything #BellaNaijaWeddings @baileysnigeria @bellanaijaweddings @theweddingmall
SURPRISE – Every bride got fabric for FREE from Temi of Kwamuhle – Can you see their excitement! Love it!
All Glammed Up!
Skyline Posing before We Party
Let’s Party… shall we?!
The evening ceremony held at the Skyline Terrace of Oriental Hotel which was the perfect location. The hall was set up by The Wedding Guru team headed by Christine Ogbeh. As with the previous years, the event was planned by Coker Creative.
Everyone who stepped into the space was transported into a real Wonderland. From the outdoor cocktail space to the indoor event space. Everything was a WOW back to back.
Treats and Amazing Gourmet Food
This time, we went gourmet with the food and had the talented Chef Fregz and Chef Nkesi make us delicious dishes. Each food item was so delicious! We also enjoyed canapés by Sweet Harriet, Artist & Scientist and Tash Bistro – all so tasty. The #BBNWonderland dessert table by The Dessert Studio looked so great, we almost didn’t want to touch it but once we tasted the treats, we could not stop. We also had more desserts from I Luv Desserts and Salt Lagos. Our after-party Baileys infused grilled food by The A.J’s was the perfect feast to end the night!
Can we take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous BBN Wonderland cake by Cakes By Tosan? Love.
Such a Grand Entrance
When the brides-to-be arrived, they gave everyone a show-stopping entrance by dancing into Wonderland and having fun on the 360 video stage by Cinematics Films where they were welcomed by their host for the evening, superstar comedian Bovi.
Words of Wisdom from RMD
Now, it was time for Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD). While RMD expressed that he wished the grooms were here to learn from his experiences, he was so candid! Looking around the room, everyone was so focused on what he was sharing. We will need to get the video and share soon, definitely lots of wise words and real-life experience.
It was his wife Jumobi’s birthday so he had to get back home to celebrate with her but all the #BBNWonderland brides and guests were so grateful for the knowledge shared.
The Shaku Shaku dancer bride is…
Into the event, Bovi decided to identify the best Shaku Shaku dancer among the brides-to-be. You can clearly tell who won from the video right?
Loving yourself in marriage with Cobhams and Ojuola
The ladies were so excited to interact with award-winning musician Cobhams and business executive Ojuola who have been married since 2010 but were friends for many years before that time. Ojuola and Cobhams were as real as real can be. They shared the importance of finding yourself, asking the deep questions and outlining what is important for you as a person at the beginning of your journey.
A Girly Chat with Adesua Etomi
Founder of BellaNaija / BellaNaija Weddings, Uche Pedro came on stage to chat with the #BBNWonderland brides and then to introduce award-winning actress Adesua Etomi. Adesua who was the brides-to-be’s shoes just a few months ago while planning her wedding shared words of wisdom.
Adesua shared quite a number of pearls of wisdom, for example – when she was asked what to do when a close friend starts acting distant and is not there for you during your wedding planning process. Adesua responded by sharing that she experienced a similar situation, however, rather than internalizing the friend’s behaviour, she advised brides to realize that it’s not always about them and the friend could be going through a difficult time so it’s best to not get upset but instead show caring and compassion instead.
It’s Ti-wa Sa-vage!
Talk about the right start to the after party! Tiwa co-sang and danced with the brides-to-be and yes we have pictures and videos to prove it! DJ Spinall was on the wheels of steel to ensure the ladies had a super fantastic time dancing the night away.
A toast to the Best Life!
Ufuoma Udjoh, Baileys Nigeria Brand Manager had everyone toast to the best life. Here’s to us.
Gifts for everyone!
Our #BBNWonderland brides were indulged with gift after gift. From @baileysnigeria boxes to this ultimate #BBN3FortheLoveofWeddings gift. Here are a number of the amazing goodies – @op.maki scented candles to keep your home smelling divine @kaysfitclub workout gear for all those pre-wedding workouts @revel.ng underwear bra for all those intimate moments. @essenceshoecare to keep your high heel shoes protected from damage while you enjoy your big day @thegifthaven mouse set, boss note pad, Bluetooth speakers and frothers to help you enjoy every bit of your life as a bride and a boss. +234 An Awkward guide to being Nigerian by @atoke_ to keep you entertained while sipping on your Baileys @perkbagco wifey mug, queen water bottle and compact mirror to keep you daily refreshed @randrluxury room spray to keep every single part of your home smelling fresh @michelles_thejewellerystore to make you sparkle on your big day @trouvai.lingerie sleep mask to ensure you enjoy your beauty sleep @blackopalnigeria beauty box kit to help you slay for bae morning, afternoon and night @amalicosmetics to make sure you keep flaunting your #BNBling @lavieroyale cap, bridal emergency kit , T-shirt, bridal robe and onesie to make you enjoy your comfy look everyday @v.treat cookies What’s better than enjoying delicious cookies? Having it personalized in your name @myvelvetboxng golden headpiece to remind you of the queen that you are @temiladyofkwamuhle because every bride to be deserves to have the best fabric @eventicocktails aprons for those cool times your want to whip out an inspired cocktail as a mixologist for you and bae @Sorrelakraft boss and a bride box to remind you of your true self @mmwithnimi Money matters book to help you save, invest and enjoy your financial life as a bride @cerisenoireltd box to help store your valuable items in your home @cokercreative for all your amazing work. Photo @mzbubu8 #BBNWonderland #bbn3wonderlandfortheloveofweddings #BaileysEverything #BellaNaijaWeddings
The ultimate bridal gift box was given to each bride-to-be contained; Op Maki scented candles to keep their homes smelling divine, Kays Fitclub workout gear for all those pre-wedding workouts, Revel.ng underwear bra for all those intimate moments, Essence Shoecare to keep their high heel shoes protected from damage, The Gift Haven mouse set, boss notepad, Bluetooth speakers and frothers to help them enjoy every bit of your life as a bride and a boss, +234 An Awkward Guide to being Nigerian by Atoke to keep them entertained while sipping on your Baileys, Perkbagco wifey mug, queen water bottle and compact mirror to keep them daily refreshed, R and R Luxury ilé room spray to keep every single part of their home smelling fresh, Michelles Jewellery to make them sparkle on their big day, Trouvai Lingerie sleep mask to ensure they enjoy their beauty sleep Black Opal beauty box kit to help them slay for bae morning, afternoon and night, Amali Cosmetics to make sure they keep flaunting their #BNBling, Lavieroyale snapback and the gift box itself by Cerisenoire to help store their valuable items in your home.
A Floral Farewell Breakfast
Wow! What a weekend! You would have thought it ended there… no, it did not. We had an all you can eat breakfast hosted at Adela’s Flowers on Sunday morning to finally say our goodbyes!
It was indeed a fantastic time. It’s best to hear from the brides-to-be.
Welcome to the most awesome month.. My birth month… Throwback to my awesome fairytale weekend.. I’m still in recovery mode. Major S/O to @baileysnigeria and @bellanaijaweddings team for working tirelessly into achieving the best. Great job guys @uchepedro @ufuomalily @mercyakamo #bbnwonderland #bbn3fortheloveofweddings #baileyseverything ?: Bayo of life @blawzstudios ?: @blackopalnigeria ?♀️: @ferdinandshair
Till next time, thank you!