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Rising Stars: Meet Yvonne Oniha of Laurel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvonne Oniha.

Hi Yvonne, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
It was right at the beginning of the Pandemic, with restrictions everywhere and not feeling safe to go out or interact with people. I decided to take my family to a beautiful park called Brookside gardens in Silver Spring. It was our family’s first time going for a picnic, and my babies loved it. The place was not crowded at all. You could count the no. of people there. Later that week, I met up with a friend who suggested since I love picnics, why not start a business? The idea excited me, and I decided to do a lot of research. In October 2021, WemaLove Luxury Picnic Pop-up Events was created!

I loved the idea of decorating and setting up, which I enjoyed doing. Having worked in the airline industry as a flight attendant in Dubai for over ten years, I felt my journey working with customers doesn’t need to stop. I can continue bringing people smiles. Seeing the clients’ faces light up when they see what I have created and having to connect them with families, friends, and couples as they enjoy the beauty of nature was a win for me. The idea not only brought them outside, but they also got to enjoy each other’s company. Social distance and stay safe in a lovely Luxurious picnic pop-up setup and not worry about anything else but in the company of their loved ones in a different setup as they played different outdoor games provided by us. We offer custom high-end luxury picnics for all events, anniversaries, proposals, baby showers, tablescapes, birthdays, colleagues’ appreciation, mommy and me, basically any celebration to show how much you appreciate your loved ones.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The business has not been a smooth journey. There were ups and downs, with many inventories and no bookings for periods. Guests were still hesitant to book due to the worry of being exposed to the virus. It got a bit better with time as many people were vaccinated, including our staff, which comforted some clients.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I own a luxurious picnic pop-up business that helps connect loved ones as they enjoy the beauty of nature. We do not only specialize in picnics but also cater to setting up your dining table for a special event. We listen to the clients’ needs and bring their vision into reality by creating something beautiful. More can be seen from the different celebrations we were honored to do by visiting our Instagram handle @1WemaLove or our website to see the different packages.

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My international experience and working with people from different cultures set me apart from others. I know how to interact with guests while respecting their values. So every event is different. I get to know the client and get more information about the celebration and what they like. Why it is special, and I make it a point to go above and beyond to bring this to life. Exceeding their expectations brings me joy when I see their faces light up.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I would have never learned if I did not try this new adventure. I have taken risks by investing so much in the business without a guarantee of making money back on all the inventory I have spent. However, I stayed positive even through tough times and always believed that I would not be where I am today without taking that risk.


  • Packages start from $200 onwards for a package of two for two hours.

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