The bride ia a wedding planner from the USA, it was a great honor and challenge for us to do the wedding of another organizer. The groom is an entrepreneur in the field of IT technologies. The guys met during the pandemic at a house party and immediately noticed each other. Their relationship developed rapidly and the decision to be together forever was made after several months of relationship.
The name of the concept was born from a play on the name of the groom and the English word “fantastic” - A fantastic day for Sade. While everyone was stuck inside during the height of the pandemic, were all found creative ways to facilitate human interaction. So, when Sade Okagbue’s friend invited her to join a virtual “House Party” app, she leaped at the opportunity. “We played games and met new people,” she describes. “We would have themed nights and discussion topics; it was a whole thing!” One day, Sade noticed a new guy in the House Party: Afam Okagbue. “I’m like, ooh, he’s cute—I flirt, and he flirts back. He lived in Houston, and I lived in the DC area. He came to see me one weekend, and we have been together ever since!”
Our bride knew exactly what kind of ceremony she wanted, it was her dream: a white podium leading to the altar and armfuls of white flowers and greenery. The steam-high circular altar made for a beautiful photo backdrop, but didn’t obscure the stunning view of the lake.
The ceremony was an unusual mix between traditional European, Nigerian and religious Christian. The bride and groom went to the altar with their mothers. The ceremony was attended by the family priest.
At the ceremony, the host of the ceremony and the couple themselves sang gospels, reciting their vows to each other.
Dinner was held at the nearby exclusive Villa Gastel, which rarely opens its doors for events, as the owners live in the villa on a permanent basis. We were attracted by the real Italian patio – the courtyard of the villa, which was ideally suited for the realization of the dream described by the bride.
A fabulous cascade of micro-ice garlands enveloped the entire space of the dinner and created the effect of a starry sky. Guests at the entrance to the dinner area were greeted by violinists with electric violins. We combined high round arrangements on round tables with low flower garlands on long rectangular ones.
The pre-wedding lunch was held at Geno Villa with street games, African dances, pizza cooking show and gelato. All guests received wedding monogrammed canvas bags with a selection of gifts from the couple.
Engagement shooting took place in exotic Mexico.