The best part of the event in my opinion was the Fashion Show; aptly named "What to Wear To a Wedding". Every scene featured a different designer including Bewaji, Cote Minou, Idia Fashions, and Oyato Designs. These are literally my FAVORITE designers in the area because they do such BEAUTIFUL work...the things they do with ankara is simply stunning. Each of them had very distinct styles but beautiful all the same! There was also a comedy segment by "Foxy P" who had the audience CRACKING up at his perspective on Naija weddings, my favorite part was when he talked about going to Nigeria last Christmas and successfully crashing FOUR weddings without anybody noticing, lolll!! Him telling us about his antics had us rollinggg especially because we ALL know how TRUE it is! Nigerians have NO regards for guest counts! (Tune in later this week for my how-to on guest lists, just in time, loll).
The MC was very big on crowd interaction, so much so that there was a segment of the show called "Rip The Runway" where members of the audience actually got up on the stage and gave us their BEST model walk and pose! The audience got to vote on who had the BEST stage presence, using applause and screaming. I loved this because the whole audience got to feel like they were a part of the show! After a yummy refreshment break there was a keynote address by Summer Amin who is a very accomplished humanitarian, businesswoman, chairwoman, and the list goes on. She spoke about how she could relate to feeling left out of major publications because she is a minority as well and she felt it was very important for someone to stand up and grab the market out here for brides of African descent who want to still incorporate their culture in their weddings. With her being from South Asia, she really could relate to how IMPORTANT culture is on a day as big as one's wedding. She also pointed out the importance of giving back to the women and children of Africa, highlighting that each issue of African Brides will spotlight a charity and donate a portion of proceeds to that particular charity. The event was brought to an end by a touching, heartwarming vote of thanks by the editor in chief that let the whole audience know our support was indeed appreciated by her and her entire team.
I left the magazine launch VERY excited and VERY ready to receive my pre-ordered issues as soon as possible! I honestly believe this magazine is a sign of amazing things to come and just the first step in putting African weddings on the radar of other major publications and television shows. It will expose the beauty, elegance, deep and rich culture that our weddings have to offer. It will also show African brides that there are indeed EXCELLENT African vendors out there. It is okay to trust your people with your event because they are just as good if not better than their American counterparts. I am already set on having ALL African vendors for my wedding day. If we do not support ourselves then NOBODY else will!
Make sure you head over to http://www.africanweddingsus.com/ to pre-order your copy of AFRICAN BRIDES right now. OR, you could wait till March 26th to find them on magazine stands in Barnes and Nobles, select Target, and Wal-Marts! We HAVE to support ourselves!!
Below are some pics I took! Stay tuned for more pics on a later post!
|MC Francis getting the crowd excited|
|Prof Lufadeju "Ripping the Runway"|
|Cote Minou design|
|Team BCG working hard!|
|Idia Fashions (one of my FAVE pieces!)|
|Back of an Oyato Design|
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