Meet Blessing Enakimio, the woman behind Kent's Blessing by Ble

Thumbs up from father of the bride while Blessing fixes his buttonhole Credit: www.veronikasyslovaphotography.comWe've had the immense pleasure of working with the lovely Blessing Enakimio for many years now, having showcased her incredible work on many ocassion. So, we thought it was about time we introduced you to the woman behind all of the wedding wonderfulness you've seen amongst our pages.

Blessing, would you do us the honour of telling us a bit about yourself?

I'm fondly referred to as Madame Blé, The Queen of Bling. I'm wife to a wonderful man and mother to three beautiful daughters - so my life is full of pink and sparkle! I'm particularly known for my attraction to chandeliers and all things lush and opulent. I'm a creative, result-driven entrepreneur with extensive experience in event design and production, business development, organisational development, personal and professional development.

Blessing helps bride Sandra with her veil Credit: www.veronikasyslovaphotography.comI'm the go-to expert for cultural weddings and parties for many of the leading wedding venues in Kent, such as Lympne Castle, Broome Park Hotel and Salomons Estate, to mention a few. In my previous career in learning and development, I designed, planned and managed many conferences, away days, personnel and business development programmes, so making events happen has always been a part of my life.

Where does your love of weddings come from?

If you've ever watched the movie, 27 Dresses, the main character's life pretty much represents mine throughout my 20s! I was everyone's choice of bridesmaid becuase I was the go-to friend for wedding and party planning. My shared flat in Balham, London, was a popular venue for many bridal showers, parties and the night before/wedding day dresing space.

After watching every episode of David Tutera's wedding planning programmes and falling in love with him and what he does, I decided that since I couldn't become David, or marry him, I'd dream of being a special events designer and planner myself. And that's just what I became!

So, tell us about your business

Blessing by Blé now provides wedding planning services, which cover designing, planning, styling and management. We also offer on-the-day coordination, wedding day management and freelance event services. We offer a UK-wide wedding planning service and in-bound and out-bound destination weddings.

Over the last decade, we've continued to design and produce unique concepts around our clients’ ideas, which have left them with cherished experiences time and time again. Our clients are busy people who want to achieve a designed wedding or event without impacting their already demanding schedules.

Blessing helps bride Sandra with her bracelet Credit: www.veronikasyslovaphotography.comWe'd love to hear more about the journey that led you to where you are today...

As a serial entrepreneur, I'm the proud owner and creative director the reputable cake company - Blé Couture Cakes, which designs opulent cakes, specialising in large wedding cakes and hanging bakes. Every one is hand crafted with the finest ingredients from our luxury cake parlour in Kent.

I've also been blessed with the opportunity to design, plan and execute weddings, events and parties in some gorgeous locations, both locally and internationally. From destination weddings to international summits and even a Covid-19 secure wedding.

In 2019 I was awarded wedding director of the year by the Luxury Travel Guide - LTG Wedding Awards, for my creative work in the industry.

Blessing wears a visor for safety as she helps bride and groom into Lympne Castle Credit: www.veronikasyslovaphotography.comYou're a busy lady! What's next?

I want to continue to positively contribute to the lives of the Blé Bride Tribe by serving them with my expertise and years of experience, making their dream weddings come true.

It takes meticulous planning to pull off a couple’s desire alongside their budget and their family‘s expectations. All expectations need to be managed whilst retaining focus on the couple, avoiding the pressing family demands that can cause a hijack – I make it my job to keep it as your day. That's our job, and my team and I can deal with issues objectively and not emotionally, leaving out the possible hurt that tends to occur as a result of a couples' objection to hostile family take overs, which believe me, can happen! Sometimes, with cultural weddings, interracial weddings and traditional marriage ceremonies you have multiple cultures and tribes coming together. I have to be attentive to what matters and to all involved. I must know who the key stakeholders are, understand the dynamics of every family I'm dealing with and serve within those existing dynamics.

I class myself as a professional learner, so I'm always developing myself as a person - my emotional intelligence, my communication skills, my resilience. I value myself and what I do, so I always want to give my clients the best of me.

As we recover from this dreadful pandemic, I want to be there for my couples and their families, my clients, venues, colleagues and suppliers in every way I can, as it's together that we can make magic happen once again for us all.

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