Thursday, 29 September 2011


Yemi Kosibah
Designer Wedding Dresses and Couture Evening Wear

I can't believe that it is almost a month since I went to Yemi Kosibah's 20th anniversary champagne and canape reception. The event, which was organised by Cedar Events, was held in the beautiful setting of the Institute of Directors at 116 Pall Mall, London. A beautiful grade 1 listed Recency building. We started the evening with champagne and canapes whilst the room very quickly filled with guests.

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London 
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by John Marxis
Yemi Koshiba - Photo by John Marxis
The atmosphere was so happy and everyone I met was friendly and talked very highly of Yemi. Bienvenue 20 is Yemi's latest collection to mark his twenty years designing wedding dresses and couture evening wear. Yemi talked about the past two decades and gave thanks to current and previous clients. The theme of his latest collection was inspired by ballet, and the first on the cat walk were two tiny, and very gorgeous, child ballerinas dancing whilst scattering flower petals for the models to walk on. We had the soprano singer Lisa Carlisle sing for us, and her beautiful voice really set the tone for the beginning of the evening.

Photo by John Marxis
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Photo by Claire Graham Photography 
Photo by Funmi OmOtade-Tan
Yemi's styling showed a mix of glamourous vintage combined with a ballet theme. Kasia Fortuna had styled the model's hair and they looked really stunning. We then had the most moving dance of Swan lake I think I have ever seen. The dancer put so much emotion into her dance I was struggling to hold back tears!

Photo by Rosa Fay Photography

After the fashion show guests flocked to get more drinks and to sample the very tasty mini wedding cup cakes by Elizabeth Salaru. Those that were interested had a tour of the venue. 

Photos by Rosa Fay Photography
Cakes by Elizabeth Salaru 
Flowers by Blue Sky Flowers
All in all it was a wonderful evening and I came away thinking that Yemi not only designs beautiful wedding dresses, but that he is a very creative and genuine person who is loved by many. As all the guests were so friendly I was able to talk to past brides, press, friends, and brides to be. All of them said what a lovely person Yemi is.

To see more of Yemi's designs on his website click HERE.

Photographer's images shown above are as follows: Funmi OmOtade-TanJohn Marxis, & Claire Graham Photography, Plus, my Blogging photographer Rosa Fay Photography.

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