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Cultural Fusion Wedding Guide: Tips for planning a multicultural wedding celebration

Photo:    Amy Anaiz

Photo: Amy Anaiz

A fusion wedding is a beautiful way to celebrate the blending of two cultures. It offers the perfect opportunity to create a guest experience exclusive to the couple and their wedding day.

What we love most about fusion weddings is that the possibilities are endless. You can choose to complete the fusion within one ceremony, separate ceremonies on the same day or even separate ceremonies on different days. Whatever combination you choose, it is important to ensure that the details are seamless.

So, today we are excited to share some tips to help you execute a flawless fusion wedding.

Communicate with Both Sides of the Family: 

It is important to effectively communicate with both sides of the family because you want to be sure that both cultures and/or religions are properly represented in your wedding day.

Make a Statement with Your Dress:

Your dress is an extension of you and should tie in all the elements of your big day, so don’t be afraid to make a statement!

Get Creative with the Menu:

Food is one of the most memorable pieces of the guest experience. So, get innovative as you craft the cuisine for your wedding day.

Personalize Your Invitations:

When merging two cultures, you want to find a blend of traditions and rituals that best exemplify you, the couple, and represent your culture and character. The wedding invitations mark the beginning of your guest experience and should embody all of the intricate details that help to create your signature wedding. 


Credits: Carasco Photography

Are you planning a multicultural fusion wedding? We would love to hear from you!

Chicago’s Finest Threads: Luxury Bridal Boutiques in Chicago

Chicago’s Finest Threads ~ Luxury Bridal Boutiques in Chicago

"A wedding dress is both intimate and personal for a woman — it must reflect the personality and style of the bride." — Carolina Herrera

Don’t say yes to any dress, say “YES” to the dress of your dreams!

Here at Kesh Events, we make it a priority to work with the finest vendors in Chicago and worldwide. When it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, you are trusting that the bridal salon you visit is committed to getting you into a dress that will leave you looking the way that you feel on your special day.

So, today we are so excited to share some of Chicago’s finest luxury bridal boutiques we love working with. Here’s our selection of top luxury bridal boutiques in Chicago and go-to for exceptional bridal selections and experience!

Dimitras Bridal Couture: 1009 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Dimitria’s Bridal:

Located in Chicago's esteemed Oak Street fashion district, Dimitra's Bridal Couture opened its doors in 2001, bringing to Chicago's bridal scene an experience like not other.

Address: 1009 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 787-0920

Website


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Bella Bianca:

Bella Bianca features a selection of bridal & bridesmaids dresses from the finest designers both domestic & international. Locations in Chicago & Oakbrook.

Address: 12 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone:(312) 787-2377

Website


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Ultimate Bride:

A high end bridal salon in Chicago that carries exclusive designers like Monique Lhuillier, Berta, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and more.

Address: 106 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 337-6300

Website


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Vera Wang Bride ~ Chicago:

Discover Vera Wang's iconic wedding dresses. Browse the complete Vera Wang collection of bridal gowns and designer ready-to-wear fashion from Vera Wang.
Address: 945 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 379-5355

Website


Are you planning a wedding or special event? Contact us today, we would love to hear from you! 

Beyond the Bouquet: Creative Ways to Use Flowers for your Wedding

Beyond the Bouquet: Creative Ways to Use Flowers for your Wedding

Flowers are a great way to add a sophisticated touch to your wedding day. One of the things that we love most about fresh flowers here at Kesh Events is how versatile they are. Whether you are tossing your bouquet to “all the single ladies” or dazzling all of your guests with a floral grand entrance that they are sure to remember; flowers are customizable and a beautiful way to transform your wedding into a dream land. 

Here are some creative ways to use flowers in your wedding:

Floral Fixtures:

Florals elegantly hang above your guests for a breathtaking effect.

Photo:  SY Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: SY Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Floral Table Runners: 

Floral table runners are beautiful way to kick-up the glam and transcend traditional table runners.

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Flower Wall:

A flower wall adds an alluring touch to any photo booth backdrop design.

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Floral Arch:

Add a floral arch to your ceremony to hone in the romance.

Photo:  Apertura Photo  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Apertura Photo | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Grand Entrance:

Greet your guests with a grand entrance that will take their breath away.

Photo:  Amy Anaiz  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Amy Anaiz | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Stage Flowers (in front of band) :

Serenade your guests with an elegant floral staple in front of your band. 

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Sweetheart Table:

Sweetheart table floral arrangements are a lovely way to frame the newly weds throughout the wedding reception.

Photo:  Fola Lawal Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Fola Lawal Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Flower Girl Floral Purse:

What a beautiful way to accent the flower girl as everyone prepares for the grand entrance of the bride.

Photo:  Carasco Photography  | Planning, Floral & Event Design:  Kesh Events

Photo: Carasco Photography | Planning, Floral & Event Design: Kesh Events

Looking to dazzle your guest with creative floral designs for your wedding or special event? We would love to hear from you! 


Get to know Akeshi Akinseye - Owner & Lead Planner of Kesh Events

Meet Akeshi Akinseye - Owner and Founder of Kesh Events and President of Kesh Luxury Group. Akeshi is the creative force behind the Kesh Luxury Group brands (Kesh Events, Kesh Designs Home and The Kesh Experience). She and her team are known for creating unique and exquisite weddings and events in Chicago and beautiful locations around the world.

10 things to know about Akeshi

Photo:  Sy P hotography

Photo: Sy Photography

1. She is Nigerian

Born of Nigerian parents, Akeshi spent her childhood in Nigeria. She moved to Chicago after high school. Akeshi honors the individual styles of her clients and she continually strives to make every experience one to remember.

2. She is not just a planner

Akeshi is not just a planner. She is a planner and designer. In addition to planning flawless executed events, she is known for designing stylish and lavish florals arrangements and stunning ballroom transformations. Her clients love that they get not only a planner but a designer as well. 

 3. Inspiration

She finds her inspiration everywhere. Her inspiration comes from nature, travel, exploring different cultures, fashion and all things beautiful. 

4. Background

Akeshi was introduced to the world of hospitality and design at a very young age. Raised by parents who are entrepreneurs, she learned the business of hospitality, design, food and more. Her parents still own several businesses including hotels, catering, fabric design and event venues.

5. She is an Author

Akeshi is the author of the Best-Selling book, "The Art Of Floral And Event Design".  The stunning coffee table book features over 250 pages of weddings, stylized shoots and special events designed by Akeshi. Chapters offers inspiration in different color palettes and styles showcasing creative ways to use flowers. Akeshi shared a glimpse of her world so you can explore the various colors, textures and moods that are orchestrated to create the splendor and magnificence captured in The Art of Floral and Event Design.

6. She is an Educator

Her dedication to supporting and sharing her knowledge to the industry initiated the idea for her floral and design workshop program, The Kesh Experience, a series of design masterclasses that offer mentorship and education to industry professionals at all levels. Akeshi also coaches planners and designer on a one on one basis.

7. Home Decor

Akeshi expands beyond designing luxurious weddings and events around the world into the  home-decor to offer her own brand of housewares and tabletop accessories - Kesh Designs Home. The Kesh Designs Home brand is designed to be synonymous with the same style, luxury and sophistication that the Kesh Events brand is know for. Items in this line which includes napkins, table runners, placemats, charger plates, table-top fabrics, and accessories. Influenced by Akeshi’s own effortless and glam style, the collection ranges from modern, couture, feminine to traditional. There is something for everyone.

8. Radio, TV and Publications

Akeshi has been featured on ABC Chicago providing party planning tips, published expert advice on Inside Weddings Magazine, and radio segments. Her work and events can be seen in some of the top wedding publications like Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Inside Weddings, Modern Luxury Brides Magazine, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Partyslate, The Knot, Wedding Lovely, Tribune, Red Eye, Wedding Guide, The Knot and other wedding publications. 

9. Destination Celebrations

Akeshi and team plans and designs weddings  and event in Chicago and destinations around the world. Some of her destination wedding locations include venues in the Middle East, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and locations around the United State.

10. Leisure

When Akeshi is not creating fabulous events, you will find her writing, spending time with her family, at home watching romantic movies, traveling around the world soaking up other cultures, catching up with friends or relaxing at the spa! 

Have an upcoming event, we would love to work with you. Visit our services page and get in touch! We look forward to connecting with you.

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