So it is pretty much few days to our first ever event in the USA, the BellaNaija Weddings Bridal Brunch hosted by Dure Events and we know you are excited as we are. Even though our early bird tickets are sold out, you can definitely still get a ticket at a standard price by clicking here.
So you have met a few of our amazing vendors from the those set to thrill us with an amazing culinary experience to the great hands glamming our space and working on our invites. You also met our super amazing speakers and showcasing vendors. Now, it is time you meet our amazing partners for the bridal brunch.
These are the people that have come together to make June 23rd, 2019, a reality and we are so excited to be working with them.
Meet Arami Essentials
Arami Essentials is a natural beauty brand, based in Nigeria. Their products are formulated without toxic ingredients; they believe in beauty with integrity and they want you to be informed and free from ingredients that may be harmful in the long-term. The Arami products are handcrafted in small batches using natural ingredients from the African continent renowned for their effectiveness, tried and tested over time by generations of women processors. At Arami they use the fewest possible ingredients needed to deliver real results because they don’t believe the skin always needs complex products to thrive. At Arami, they believe your body is a temple, a sacred place to be treated mindfully. What you put on it is just as important as what you put in it, so we created a simple regimen of multi-tasking natural beauty essentials designed to help keep your body pure and your skin glowing. They believe that truly beautiful skin is more than skin deep so we encourage you to make better choices – emotional, mental and spiritual. ‘Ara mi’ means ‘my body’ in Yoruba, a language spoken in South Western Nigeria and other parts of Africa. You can catch up with their amazing work on Instagram via @aramiessentials or www.aramiessentials.com.
Artsmith Collections was founded in 2008 by West Africa’s most renowned male jewellery designer, Gbenga Ayo-Dada. The Artsmith Collections pieces of Jewelry are all handmade, using precious and semi-precious stones sourced from Nigeria, Hong Kong, Italy and China. Gbenga Ayo-Dada is a member of the Gemological Institute of Nigeria and an alumnus of Ion Jewelry school where he was certified as a goldsmith. Gbenga Artsmith is a cosmopolitan jewellery brand headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria (with outlets in Ikeja and Lekki). The brand prides itself as the connoisseur of meticulously crafted and ingenious jewellery designs. In 2016, Gbenga Artsmith was chosen as the official accessory provider for Nollywood’s highest grossing movie, “The Wedding Party 1″ as well as its sequel, “The Wedding Party 2.” Gbenga Artsmith also provided Jewelry pieces for highly acclaimed productions such as “Tinsel”, “Isoken,” “Skinny Girl in transit,” “Royal Hibiscus hotel” and “King of Boys.” Over the years, the brand’s jewellery pieces have been worn by high net-worth individuals and A-list celebrities like Adesua Etomi, Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, Hon. Abike Dabiri, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Waje, Omawumi, Mercy Johnson, Kate Henshaw, Adesua Etomi, Kehinde Bankole, Joke Silva, Funke Akindele-Bello to name a few. You can see all of his beautiful accessories on Instagram via @gbengaartsmith.
Founded in 2018 by Eki Ogunbor, KISARA is a Nigerian fashion brand that specializes in handcrafted leather pieces with a stylish twist. The brand became popular after it’s runway debut at Lagos Fashion Week in 2018 and it’s nature-inspired designs using wicker as a key material to add a stylish edge to its designs. The ideal KISARA woman loves colour and texture and this is who the brand caters to, with colourful, stylish pieces that are heavily influenced by the designer’s background in fashion design and fashion writing. KISARA takes pride in it’s contribution to the African fashion industry, creating jobs for local artisans in Nigeria and using locally sourced materials. The KISARA brand believes in supporting its local artisans and contributing to the African economy to build the Africa of the future. You can check out their amazing designs on Instagram via @shopkisara.
Raya is a Lagos based jewellery brand established in 2014. It is an affordable luxury brand that aims to bring unique, high-quality designs to women across Nigeria. The brand creates beautiful earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces that make one look and feel vibrant in any outfit. Semi-precious stones are used to create one of a kind pieces for women that are fun, full of colour and add a playful edge to every look. Each stone used is picked for its unique aesthetic, colour, shape, and quality. We use popular stones such as pearls and turquoise as well as the lesser known gems such as chalcedony and labradorite. In our designs, we play with mixing stone types, textures, shapes and colours for an end result that is both stylish and sophisticated.
Each Raya piece is created in limited quantities ensuring the exclusivity of each design. Always bold, always beautiful and never boring, the Raya woman exudes elegance and class with pieces that are discerning and tasteful. At Raya, the aim is to make each woman feel unique with her style and keep her coming back for more. The brand has quickly excelled to become one of the leading names in jewellery across the country and has received critical acclaim by media outlets, bloggers, celebrities and the like. Raya is regularly spotted red carpets being worn by various celebrities and style influencers including Tiwa Savage, Rita Dominic, Kemi Adetiba, Dakore Akande, Eki Ogunbor, Folu Storms and more. It has also been featured by leading media outlets and feature films such as Bellanaija, Guardian life, Accelerate TV, Ndani and the Isoken movie. Raya is stocked in high-end stores around Nigeria and from 2017, it can be purchased directly on the brand’s website. With Raya, the beauty of every woman shines through their jewellery. To see their beautiful designs, check them out on Instagram via @raya.jewellery or on their website, www.rayajewellery.com.
Meet Not Just Pulp
Not Just Pulp was founded in 2015 by Chidinma Akobundu. NJP is all about making bold statements and sharing good vibes. The mission is to constantly create fun and colourful products that encourage self-expression and evoke warm & fuzzy feelings of love, friendship and sometimes, childhood memories. Everything is done for the culture; from pop culture to African culture, they strive to create products that speak the language(s) of the African people.
They’ve been doing this since their inception in November 2015, with our line of quirky & Naija inspired greeting cards and look forward to constantly expanding their portfolio as far as our love for paper goods and bold statements will permit. Above all, NJP LOVES OUR PEOPLE and are super passionate about Africans being able to tell our own stories through our own eyes. We strive to create products that the universe will accept as our little contribution to the history books on the wider story of our culture and heritage. They won’t stop until they’ve successfully spread our unique brand of good vibes across the country and the continent at large (eventually). You can see more of their work on @notjustpulp or www.notjustpulp.com.
Looking forward to meeting you there 😍.