The 2017 UK African Wedding Awards: All The Gist, Winners, and more

The 2017 UK African Wedding Awards (UKAWA) held on Thursday, the 5th of October, 2017 at St John’s in Hyde Park, London. The awards ceremony aims to recognise and honour distinctive individuals and businesses which serve the UK African wedding industry, whilst consistently demonstrating a level of excellence fused with diversity, creativity and innovation through the services they offer.

With over 11,000 votes for 150 wedding professionals, the award finalists were shortlisted and announced on Bella Naija. The judging panel made up of Yemi Kosibah (Kosibah), Elizabeth Solaru (Elizabeth’s Emporium), MC Charles Emeka, Adebayo Deru (Adebayo Deru Photography), Chidinma Obiamalu (African Sweetheart Weddings) amongst others then had the huge task of choosing winners from the finalists.

The event kicked off a little late but this gave us the perfect opportunity to catch some of our favourite UK African wedding vendors looking dapper. It was great to see so many fantastic vendors,who work really hard to create memorable events for their clients, take some time out to enjoy a night out in their honour. Here are some vendors we spotted;

Michael (Special Functions Media) was nominated for the Wedding Videographer of the year award

Paris Purple MUA

Godson Studio, winner of the Wedding photographer of the year award

Posi (The Hunters Cocktails), nominated for the Wedding Drinks Vendor of the year award

Soji Alayo, one of the nominees for the Wedding Entertainer of the year award

Tola Olayanju (Charis Hair) won the Bridal Hair Stylist of the year award

Tonbra (Anaiah Grace Events), winner of the Decorator of the year award

MC Gloria Ade

Wedding MC’s, Charles Emeka & Gloria Ade

Barbara Bayayi (AFMENA Events)

Elsie (Events on Wheels) & Beke (Beke’s Caterers)

Elsie (Events on Wheels) and her husband

Mati Gono (Just As Planned)

Keye London, nominee for the Suit Maker of the year award & Soji (Anthony’s Collections), the winner of the Suit Maker of the year award

Joy Adenuga’s sister represented the makeup artist and received the Bridal Makeup artist award on behalf of her sister

Look out for our vlog on our YouTube channel in the next few days to see all the highlights from the event including the very energetic dance choreography and Godson’s interesting dance to receive his award but we’ll save all that for YouTube. Here’s a list of the nominees and winners.

Wedding Cake Vendor of the Year

Wedding Décorator & Venue Stylist of the Year

Wedding Drinks Vendor of the Year

Bridal Hair Stylist of the Year

  • Charis Hair – Winner
  • AVOS Hair
  • Styles by Toks
  • Hair by Abike
  • GHAB Pro

Bridal MakeUp Artist of the Year

  • Joy Adenuga – Winner
  • Divaz Beauty
  • Makeup by J
  • Makeup by Paloma
  • J Annan Beauty

Wedding Photographer of the Year

Suit Maker of the Year

  • Anthony’s Collections – Winner
  • Keye London

Wedding Videographer of the Year

Wedding Entertainer of the Year

Wedding MC of the Year

  • Simply Andy – Winner
  • Folly Fresh
  • A DOT Comedian
  • MC Mark Comedian
  • Mr Tandoh

Wedding Caterer of the Year

  • Magic Fingers – Winner
  • Taste Haven
  • MSK Catering Services
  • Dansaki Catering
  • King Solomon
  • The Food Connoisseurs

Wedding DJ of the Year

  • DJ Darkozy – Winner
  • DJ Tallest
  • DJ Yung Milli
  • Danny Yega
  • DJ Blitz

Wedding Planner of the Year

  • Just As Planned – Winner
  • Mrs Wedding Planner
  • Events on Wheels
  • Ahava Weddings
  • SD Weddings Management
  • JB Wedding Planner

Wedding of the year – A collective team award

  • Hannah & Olu #OluHan17 – Winner
  • Debo & Ali #DStar2017
  • Rachel & Yinka #RaYinx17
  • Yemi & Tolu #YTLOVE16

What’s an award ceremony without a Steve Harvey moment. When it was time to announce the winner of the Wedding venue of the year award, Meridian Grand were announced as the winners even though the big screen had Hilton Park Lane displayed. MC Charles Emeka immediately stepped in and apologised for the error.

Venue of the Year

  • Hilton Park Lane – Winner
  • Northbrook Park
  • The Decorium
  • Addington Palace
  • Meridian Grand

Quite noticably, there was no winner announced for the Bridal Dress Maker of the Year award which had the following nominees; Cobbina Studios, Anike Midele and Alonuko.

Soji Alayo & Tola Olayanju (Charis Hair). Soji was nominated for the Wedding Entertainer of the year award while Tola won the Bridal Hair Stylist of the year award

Well done to all the nominees, winners and the team who put the awards ceremony together. We look forward to next year’s event!!

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