Following the wedding of one of Nigeria’s top curvy bloggers Eki Ogunbor , we spoke with the Mariam Afolabi of Mazelle Bridal the designer of two of her looks – her white wedding ceremony and one of her traditional wedding looks on what the design process was like with Eki, why they decided on that stunning silhouette and her other tips for brides on the look our for that special dress.
BNS:What inspired Eki’s bridal look?
The inspiration came from Eki’s elegant and chic personality. She knew she didn’t want anything elaborate and overbearing but something simple and beautiful.
BNS:What was the process of designing the look for the ceremony?
The process started with a consultation which led to various stages of coming up with illustrations from our mood board till we got the final look. A pattern was then made and a sample of the silhouette was made for Eki to try on. From this we were able to decide what the silhouette of the final dress should be. Then we proceeded to sourcing for the perfect fabrics which was mainly gotten from a European couture fabric company and a Turkish lace manufacturer . Eki was involved in this process as she was able to choose the fabrics she preferred for the final look. From the fabric sourcing we made dress and had various fittings for each stage to make sure it was her perfect fit and dream dress.
BNS:How did it differ from the process of creating the look for her traditional ceremony?
For the traditional ceremony Eki already had an idea of what she wanted so the process was much simpler and we went straight to making the dress from the patterns created and we had about two fittings and she loved it.
BNS:Did  her heritage inspire and contribute to the design choices for either look?
Not really,  I would say it was mainly her personality, amazing curves and elegance that contributed to our design choices.
BNS:What are your top tips for brides on choosing a wedding design?
– Do a lot of research
– Set a budget
– Choose a theme that works with your vision and body
– Keep an open mind but don’t be pressured
– Find a designer who is very patient and ready to involve you in the process.
– Start searching early.
Check out a few behind the scenes shots of the process