Victoria of Enchanted Events & Weddings recently planned an event deemed “for us by us”. Yes, the event was similar to others that she’s coordinated in the past – no detail was missed, particular attention was focused on the celebrant, and there was collaboration with some of the best creative minds in the industry. The only difference was that the event was an elaborate surprise birthday party for her husband., Dr. Femi! Victoria planned the event for over a year and her husband had no idea about it.
Planner and Wife’s point of view: Victoria Ogunjinmi, Owner @eemweddings
My team and I started planning this event over 1 year ago. Like many of our events we ask our clients, “how do you envision your day”.. This time I had to assume an answer for my best friend, my husband who is now my client. I knew what I wanted the event to look like and what my darling husband would love, the next steps were to execute. I worked with some of my top vendors to tie the ideas I had in mind but also ensure that my husband’s touch was within sight.
I wanted my husband to experience and see the same amount of thought and energy I put into our clients events, on his special day. My husband doesn’t have a favorite color so I decided to choose a color I knew would capture the beautiful skyline background of the city and water views, but also compliment his color pallet, hence we choose forest green. I knew having a photo booth would be a fun element. As Dr. Femi who is a motivational speaker, we decided to add my husband’s motivational speaking phrase, “Cheers to your Improvement” to a few elements.
Now how do we surprise him???
We planned with my brother in law Tunde to bring Dr. Femi, my sister in law and myself to a wonderful dinner. So he had no CLUE!!! Upon his arrival, my brother in law and husband walked out of the elevator and were escorted to the door of where we were going to have this wonderfully planned event. The doors opened and SURPRISE!!
The look on his face was worth every sleepless night, every meeting, every detail out together. He greeted all his family and friends who came to celebrate him and my heart was full of joy! As a planner, we learn to know what our customer wants and what makes them happy. The moment I saw the look on my husband’s face I knew within my heart, he was happy, he was pleased and that our team executed an event that was like no other. This was for my best friend, my king, my husband.
Celebrant’s Point of View: Dr. Femi Ogunjinmi
Captivated, Mesmerized, Shocked and Awed are the only words I can use fairly to describe the feeling when I walked into the room of where the beautifully put together birthday celebration was held.
I am not one to be caught off guard because I am usually prepared for the unexpected but this time I was knocked off my feet!! Not only due to the surprise itself but also due to the fine details I started to take notice of while walking in and around the room, seeing family and friends that were gathered to celebrate this milestone. The details in the lighting, decor, seating arrangements, food, the ambience, but most especially family and friends present – everything was perfect and intentional. My parents were around from Nigeria, my father in law also came from Nigeria, my high school and longtime friends, and even friends from out of state came. My wife @eemweddings not only surprised me but also exceeded the expectations I couldn’t have truly imagined. I could tell she and her team not only plan and executed a well put together event but also time, personal touches, the aura of love and extreme effort was taken. I saw how blessed @eemweddings clients are to have such a loving and dedicated planner… my wife, Victoria. Thank you my wife, I love you so much Iyawo mi. I will marry you again when we get to heaven!
Planner, Stylist: @eemweddings Enchanted Events & Weddings || Decor: @sheek_soirees || Luxury Rentals: @nostalgia_event_rentals || DJ, Production and branding: @phemstar_event_productions Phemstar Event Productions
Photographer: @zoomworx Zoomwox || Videographer: @aper_touch Champion Studio @urcstudio || Photobooth: @jydiel JYDIEL || MC: @mc_tunde_duduskii || Cake: @princess_mojisola || Celebrant’s Suit: @fashune_official FASHUNE