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Susan Takpi Director of Delta Elite Events married Yinka Awoniyi this June in Bali Indonesia, in an intimate beach front wedding.
30 close friends and family members braved the 17 hour flight to support us for our big day, which included a six course menu, safari day trip, as well as sun sea and sand in the Nusa Dua resort. As soon as they touched down, the journey time and jet lag was wiped away by the exotic paradise and the humble hospitality of the Bali natives.
We are childhood sweethearts and are both of Nigerian parentage with large families. We are both also middle children and did not want the pressures of having the 500 + guest list synonymous with Nigerian weddings. Luckily for us, both sets of parents had had this type of wedding with our siblings, so they whole heartedly supported this decision.
Soon after getting engaged, we looked at many locations for our dream wedding, in London, Kent and Essex, but could not find a venue that would accommodate all our needs. We came across various barriers; limited catering options, parking restrictions, a beautiful exterior but with a mismatched interior, which in the event that the British weather prevailed and pictures had to be taken inside, would not be ideal. The few venues that did make the grade were simply fully booked.
Getting married in Nigeria was something that we considered briefly, but as we are both based in the UK, we were reluctant to employ a wedding planner in Nigeria that was not recommended or associated to a particular venue. But as we are both lovers of travel, and after a visit to Bali, we knew that this was the perfect location, our prayers had been answered! The Royal Palace served as the perfect reception venue and Nusa Dua beach, the ideal setting and honeymoon location. Having had a proposal in Spain in an ocean view restaurant, this was the perfect conclusion.
Food of course is a key element to any wedding, and the Balinese spices and style of cooking is not a million miles away from some Nigerian cuisine. The hotel was flexible and very accommodating to all guests, with English being widely spoken, the hotel offered an experienced wedding planner who was in frequent contact via email. No request was too difficult. As I am a wedding planner by profession, I have a keen eye for detail and ensured that I worked closely with key contacts in Bali to plan every detail to mine and my fiancée’s taste.
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