This Styled Shoot featuring UK’s top wedding vendors should have been a real wedding

A team of wedding vendors in the United Kingdom came together to put together one of the best wedding shoots we’ve seen in a while. This styled wedding shoot was so good, it should have been a real wedding! The shoot took place at Grand Sapphire, a wedding venue in London that would be perfect for any Nigerian/African/Carribean couple. 

We caught up with Mati from Mati Gono Events, who shared; 

During wedding season, I get to work with some amazing suppliers who are passionate about their craft & delivery. As a planner, some couples come to me with a venue in mind but most need us to find their venue for them, which is perfect. Getting a couple to visualize the endless possibilities a venue has to offer on a site visit in an empty space can be challenging; however, that’s what makes my role so great.

I had the opportunity to collaborate with some of these amazing creative suppliers at London’s luxurious venue, Grand Sapphire. We set out to transform this venue in a way that had never been done before. By the end of the shoot, we were all just saying ‘this should’ve been a wedding!’… lol! it felt like a wedding day. 

Working with Yemi KosibahAnthony’s London on the suits; makeup artist, Beauty Boudoir & Papachichi Style on hair; it definitely felt like a wedding.  All photos were shot by the talented Adebayo Deru & videography by Samon films

I worked closely on styling & design with Mary from Designer Chair Covers to gofrom fresh flowers to silks flowers, gold rim charger plates and luxury ivory & gold rim chairs, we came up with a classic timeless wedding look that would show off current trends and set some new ones.

There’s something about this wedding cake style that is romantic, regal & classically timeless and just beautiful by Tees Bakery. For those that know me well, [you’ll know] I am obsessed with a good table setting and a well-folded napkin.

Entertainment at weddings get overlooked often and there are so many ways it can add to the guest experience as well as add a bit of culture.

Moving forward with the times, we used the LED visual screen by production team & AV company, VNV Live. What an amazing job on this seamless gold mirror dance floor, stage, lighting & DJ booth.

Grand Sapphire can host up to 800 guests and have great catering options for Nigerian, Ghanian, Jamaican (Afro-Caribbean
 weddings), Asian and English weddings. So if you’re looking for a venue to London, with a car park for even 300 guests; they have banquet rooms to accommodate your guests.


  • Co-missioned by & Venue: Grand Sapphire
  • Videography: Samon films
  • Wedding dresses: Yemi Kosibah 
  • Photographer: Adebayo Deru
  • Shoot concept, design/style & coordination: Mati Gono Events 
  • Decorator & design: Designer Chair Covers to go
  • Sound, stages, LED screen production & Dance floor: VNV Live
  • DJ: Danny Yega
  • Table C&C & napkins/napkin rings & white chairs: Adivah Event Hire 
  • Cake: Tees Bakery
  • Violinist: Iyannna Monique
  • Dance Performance: Fantiacrobats 
  • Cars: Smart City Prestige 
  • Makeup: Beauty Boudior
  • Suits: Anthony’s London
  • Model (Groom): Isi Ijagbone
  • Model (Best Man): Saffori Tajah
  • Model (Bride): Abena
  • Models (Bridesmaids): Stacey Chellz | Genoveva Abogo


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