Nigerian Wedding Vendor Spotlight: The Empress Galleria
Nigerian Wedding is proud to announce our first Nigerian Wedding Vendor Interview Series. Every month we will be showcasing top local Nigerian wedding vendors, in different states around the country who have greatly impacted the wedding industry with their amazing work. To kick off our first interview we connected with Port Harcourt based, young, vibrant and hardworking Soso a.k.a Cake Empress of The Empress Galleria.
Read all below, be inspired!
Photos by Fortespy Productions.
How did you get involved with cake and becoming a professional baker (sugar artisan)?
When I was little, my aunt used to make and decorate very lovely cakes. I loved all her designs and thought to myself that someday i’d learn the art… little did i know id be passionate about baking and creating artistic designs..i enrolled for basic cake classes and thats how it all started.
What do you feel are the most important elements for brides to consider when choosing a cake?
I think the most important elements for wedding cake choices are basically budget and theme of the day. wedding themes are dictated by colors of the day, era or season and maybe the wedding venue.
What are your favourite trend this year?
My favourite trend this year is the monochrome theme and the stack of wrappers for engagement cakes.
What do you find the most difficult part about your job?
Putting icing on a cake is the most difficult part of my job.
What are the most challenging episodes you have gone through?
O my! When I have more than 5 wedding cakes to decorate in a week, that will be the challenge I face most times especially when the cakes require serious detailing.
What advice do you have for new bakers just starting their business?
For new bakers just starting the business, its a journey maybe long or short depending mostly on your passion…. for me its like Richard Branson said ” a business has to be involving. It has to be fun and it has to exercise your creative instincts”. This pretty much sums it up. You’ll have to love it to succeed.
Do you have any events or projects coming up?
Yes I have a couple of events coming soon and I’m extremely excited about them. Id be creating new designs I’ve been working on that will hopefully change the phase for wedding cake designs next season.
Whats your vision for your brand?
My brands vision is ‘baking beauty you’ll eat’.
How do you work with social media / what impact has social media played in your brand?
Social media has basically increased the exposure of my company, has giving us marketplace insight as well as helped us develop loyal fans. Our presence on Facebook, instagram , twitter etc has been the best marketing strategies ever. We have had more customers and people calling in to enquire about our services and book cakes . I’m glad theres social media…it is by far the best advertising medium.
What would you like everyone to take away from this?
Stay true to your passion. Every imagination is creative and every hand blessed…find a way to interpret what your mind imagines and you’ll find the artisan in you!
Check out some AMAZING wedding cake designs by The Empress Galleria HERE.
If you enjoyed learning about The Empress Galleria and would like to learn more about other local vendors we will be showcasing a new vendor every month as part of our new Interview Series.
Sit tight, be inspired!