Busola and Tolu’s day feels exactly like a ray of sunshine… warm, cheerful and utterly happy. And you better believe their venue, Mystical Rose Gardens was covered in plenty of golden light—the perfect spot in Wisconsin for a beautiful celebration. This Love Weddings (the Bride’s sister!), layered on extra joy with a stunning design, all captured by Whims and Joy. Step into the full gallery for even more.
From the wedding planner, This Love Weddings (the Bride’s sister!)… It was such an incredible honor to plan my sister’s wedding. It was a joy to bring their vision to life! The couple wanted a relaxed day with plenty of smiles from guests. They selected simple yet fun stationery touches throughout their day from All In One invitation designed by Minted to a mad lib card designed by Gretchen Berry Design Co. to take the place of a guestbook. Greenery, yellow roses, cream roses, and billy balls were incorporated throughout the space and made for a beautiful day.
From the bride, Busola… Tolu proposed to me at Centennial Lake Park. The surprise photoshoot was planned for Sunday October 15th, 2017. He had his sister in-law do my make up. I didn’t even know who the photographer was but I just went along with the plan. I asked him why we were even doing it and he told me not to worry, said he just felt like he looked too good to not take pictures. I laughed it off and didn’t really think much of it. When it came time to take pictures we kept walking around looking for a good spot to pose. Shortly after, my boyfriend was down on one knee and whispering softly asking me to marry him. And so the planning began.
We had only 6 months to plan the wedding but I am blessed to have a sister who is a wedding planner so no time was wasted. I knew that I wanted my wedding to be at Mystical Rose Garden. After assisting my sister with a styled shoot at Mystical Rose Garden I fell in love with the venue and decided then that if I ever got married it would be at Mystical Rose Garden to showcase its beautiful greenery.
My color palette was navy blue, yellow and gray. The style of my day was an outdoor modern wedding. Tolu and I are both Nigerian so we incorporated our culture into the reception through traditional attire (Aso Oke) and food. Every guest table was filled with a glass water bottle with white calligraphy numbers by Ahava Creative Co. in lieu of table numbers. The welcome sign was stained by my brother with calligraphy by Ahava Creative Co. to share our desire for guests to sit where they pleased. We worked with Gretchen Berry Design Co. and WeddingStar for the perfect day-of pieces.
My favorite moment was the ceremony, it was so beautiful. My sister surprised me and nearly brought me to tears by adding white rose petals on the floor moments before the ceremony began. My husband and I were also able to share our love for each other by reading our handwritten vows. I read my vows to prep myself in front of my little brother who also happened to be my Man of Honor. The vows moved the guests with both laughter and tears. The flowers were created by Nunu Decor. The bouquet of flowers were so beautiful and fresh with a pop of yellow.
I wore a gorgeous gown that was created by Matthew Christopher Bridal from Posh Bridal Couture. I fell in love with the gown as soon as I wore it. My girlfriends agreed that it was their favorite as well. I tried on other gowns but I kept envisioning myself in that first gown. I was sold on the dress! Our cake was refreshing, guests still rave about our cake selection. It was an unforgettable 3 tiered black velvet cake created by Cocoa and Figs. Our day was perfect. My family values laughter more than anything. I was glad that my day was filled with fun and laughter. I would advise brides-to-be to make sure they have a planner so their family members and friends can be carefree and everyone can enjoy their special day.
Photography: Whims And Joy | Event Design: This Love Weddings | Wedding Planning: This Love Weddings | Floral Design: Nunu Decor | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Jokky Catering | Hair: Melissa Taylor of The Beauty Lounge | Calligraphy: Ahava Creative Co. | Venue: Mystical Rose Gardens | Bridal Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Bride's Dress: Matthew Christopher | Bride's Dress: Matthew Christopher | Bride's Ring: Kobelli Fine Jewelry | Bridemaids' Makeup: Beauty by B | Brides Makeup: Beauty by Bami | Ceremony + Reception: Mystical Rose Gardens | Day of Stationery: Gretchen Berry Design Co. | Decor/Wedding gifts: Weddingstar Inc. | Dessert Table: Cocoa & Fig | Groom + Groomsmen: Heimie's Haberdashery | Groom's Ring: Jewelry By Johan | Music: DJ K Little | Rental: Apres Party And Tent Rental | Rental: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Nunu Decor | Ring box: The Mrs Box