A beautiful bride, with a gorgeous wedding in Castle Loma Toronto. The image of Bisi in her wedding gown was a sight to behold ,most importantly her melanin was popping and she looked like a princess in her exquisite 16kg-17kg wedding gown .  I was in awe with the way she carried herself gracefully and thankful when she accepted my invitation to be a part of this series. Thanks Bisi Sanni, for sharing your tips and your fairy tale with us. 

Please briefly introduce yourself
My name is Bisi (Awoterinwa); Bisi Sanni now. I live in Toronto Canada. I’m a nurse been so for 6 – 7 years now. We got married in Toronto; the ceremony was in Castle Loma.

Let's start with preparation

How long was it between your engagement and your wedding
We’ve been together since 2014. We got engaged on my birthday May 14th last year in Marsielle France. He proposed to me at midnight (between May 14th and 15th) and we got married on June 25th so we were engaged for like a year and a month.

How stressful was the process
(Laughs) I had a lot of support; my maid of honor is also a wedding planner, and my sister, and even the groom, provided a lot of support. It wasn’t easy for the groom; he lives in Amsterdam, we were  long distance at the same time trying to plan a wedding from 2 different cities so it was crazy. The biggest issue was trying to keep the number of guests down. We ended up having about 300 people despite the fact that I wanted a small wedding with only 200 people.
The traditional wedding was also in Toronto, in a banquet hall. We did that on a Friday, and then the wedding ceremony on a Sunday.

Did you change your skincare routine before your wedding?
Well, I don’t really do anything crazy with my routine. I know when I read through some of your posts on your blog they were recommending items and products and stuff to use; I’m not really the type to experiment. I just keep it very very very simple. My fear is that I’ll try a new product and then it will go south, so I didn’t even try. So I just stick to what I know.
I have really dry skin, so my focus is on moisturizing my skin as much as possible. I try to use a different cleanser and moisturizer from what I use on my body. Now what I used during in preparation for the wedding is the  Mary Kay time wise 3-in-1 cleanser to cleanse and then I use the Mary Kay time wise H volume moisturizer. When I am on vacation and exposed to the sun , I use a Mary kay SPF15. I only really wear makeup occasionally; when I wear makeup I use the Vichy 3 in 1 cleanser for dry skin.
So towards the wedding I didn’t change my routine much, I focused on increasing my water intake; I walked around with my big 2-3L bottle of water everywhere I went, and tried to finish that by the end of the day. I tried to cut out a lot of sweets and pop (soda). And I tried to incorporate a lot of fruits and vegetables in my diet, also through infusing them through the water.

Who designed your wedding gown
It was by Yemi Soyemi, she’s based in Nigeria. I remember everyone was telling me I was crazy for choosing a designer all the way in Nigeria. She had told me in September that she would have the base ready for me to try on when next I was in Nigeria. So in December, I was in Nigeria for my brother’s wedding, I went into her shop, and when I went in and saw the base and tried it on I was so sure I had nothing to worry about. She kept me in the loop throughout the whole process. When the dress came in and I tried it on, it was perfect. She is awesome!
How did they even box and transport the dress from Nigeria to Toronto because that was a big dress?
(Laughs) well she put it in a garment bag; she folded it properly and made sure it was intact. That garment bag went into a special narrow long traveling bag. So, my dad was in Nigeria at the time so I asked him to bring it back with him; I needed someone I could trust to bring it for me. He couldn’t check it in, so he had to carry it around with him. It was quite heavy; it weighed at about 16-17 kg.

Most memorable moment of your day
Oh wow! Definitely when I finally got to Castle Loma. I remember we were running late; I didn’t want to be the bride coming late to her wedding. My dad calmed me down and said you’re the bride, they’re supposed to wait. Then when it was time to walk down the aisle my favourite song was playing, I saw my groom, I started crying… I’m not even the time that cries, and I’m trying to fight back tears carrying this heavy dress. Just looking at him, smiling back at me it was like it was just me and him, and everything else was just a blur except for that moment.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?
Cristina Perry – a thousand years.

What song did you have your first dance to?
We had 2 songs by Ed Sheran – Perfect and Thinking out loud.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We were going to go to the Maldives or Bora Bora, but after realizing that it was a 2 days journey to get there (after a long stressful wedding) we decided not to compound our stress and go to Europe instead. We started in Greece, then went to Cantanini, and all the nearby islands. We were there for about a week and then went to Amsterdam, then Spain, pretty much all the nearby European towns.
Did you get a spa treatment while there, like a couples massage?
We did a couple massage. I don’t like to do facials away from home, so I stay away from things like that.

Being a recent bride, what skincare tips can you share to the newly engaged or Brides-to-be?
Maybe because I’m in the healthcare profession , I’d say you have to change your diet. You can’t eat junk food and expect that it’ll make your skin glow. Go as natural as you can. Try to drink about 2-3L of water, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, try to work out a little bit. You are what you eat; you have to monitor what you put in your body. If you’re doing the right things and eating the right things it will definitely show up in your skin.

Looking back now could you give wedding day advice to our soon to be Brides?
The number one  tip would be to ensure you have competent people on your team. I was fortunate not to need to hire a wedding planner, since my maid of honor is a wedding planner, though I did hire a coordinator to help manage the event the day-of. But if you don’t have that luxury, I would recommend you do your research and hire someone that is very competent and who understands how to bring your vision to life. You need that peace of mind because you can’t do everything yourself, and you need that time ahead of the wedding to relax, and also not to stress on the day of the wedding.
My last advice would be, sometime on the day of the wedding, you need to stop and look around you and appreciate all the people that are there supporting you, helping you, flying in from all over the world to celebrate with you. It was a great feeling to know that you had people who were willing to drop everything they were doing to come to Canada to support me.
Oohhhh, and eat, EAT! Don’t forget to eat! (Laughs) Find time to enjoy it; you paid for it, so enjoy it.


Ceremony Venue: Casa Loma Toronto
Wedding Photographer: @StanloPhotography
Trad Photographer: @maasconcepts_photography
Videographer: @artistouchproductions
Wedding Gown: @yemishoyemi
Bridesmaids Dresses: @joyce.f.designs
Makeup: @msphilly21
Bride's Hair: @hairbyestylez
bridesmaids hair: @hairbyestylez & aleezhia
Planner: Bride & @Obaapaa_creations
Bouquets: @Obaapaa_creations




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