Designs by Oochay is the premier and award-winning floral and event design company in the Washington, DC area. Established in 2015 by Uche Ojunta, a detail oriented designer with a project management background, and co-led with her husband, Lekan Akinkuowo, a seasoned IT professional. Together they provide exceptional experiences for their clients, from start to finish. While Uche handles the designs, Lekan’s expertise is making sure the back-end runs smoothly, aka keeping Uche from going over budget.
Uche’s love for color, texture and richness is shown throughout her designs. Her ability to design and produce every style and aesthetic from classic elegance, whimsical and ethereal, striking and modern, to bold, daring and luxurious makes her one of the most sort after floral designers in the Washington, DC area. Named Top Black 50 Black Luxury Wedding Professionals for High-End Celebrations by Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style, as well as notable awards such as The Knot Best of Weddings, Wedding Wire Couple Choice Award. Her work has been featured in National and Local publications such as Munaluchi Bride, The B Collective Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Washingtonian Weddings, Carats & Cake, and more. What makes Uche exceptional to work with is her ability to connect with people. Her love for her clients is seen in the way she listens to their needs and translates it into jaw dropping designs.
Meet our Company Owner
Uche is the owner and Lead Creative Designer at Designs by Oochay. Her love for flowers began during a huge milestone in her life - her wedding! Although, she always had a creative side and loved designing, flowers became her muse during that time. With her background in project coordination and management, starting a business in florals was a no-brainer.
Over the years, she has built a thriving business that focuses on giving her clients more than they ask for. Creating joyful experiences and surprise elements for each event she designs.
Her ability to design and produce every style and aesthetic from classic elegance, whimsical and ethereal, striking and modern, to bold, luxurious and daring makes her one of the most sort after floral designers in the Washington, DC area.
Her mantra "I am in awe of flowers. Not because of their colors, but because even though they have dirt in their roots, they still grow. They still bloom."
Traditional, Fine Art, Modern, Glam, Luxury, Vintage, Boho
Areas of Expertise
Weddings, Corporate Events, Special Events, Multi-Ethnic Traditions, Multi-Religon Traditions, Vow Renewals, Elopements
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It’s hard to do anything but reiterate all of the positive things that have already been said below about Uche and her team – Uche is incredibly creative, a consummate professional, and moreover just an all-around awesome human being to work with. From the beginning, she was super responsive and took the time to help me figure out the look for my wedding (I wasn’t starting from much – just knew I wanted a “secret garden” type feel). In our first conversation alone I knew she had a vision, and told her to go with it. The execution was so far above and beyond our expectations that words can’t describe it. I loved and really appreciated the thoughtful proposal Uche put together (and changed several times at my annoying requests), but I really couldn’t have imagined how beautiful everything would be the day of. We got married at District Winery, and Uche and her team took FULL advantage of the blank canvas-esque space, complete with hanging greenery installations and the most beautiful altar piece I’ve ever seen. My bouquet was also gorgeous – as were my bridesmaids’, and even the boutonnieres were amazing. I honestly had friends coming up to me telling me they loved the florals even more than what they had at their own weddings! Not only was the end result day-of perfect, but I know that Uche and her team worked tirelessly to get it done. When we had our rehearsal at the venue the afternoon before, they were there getting a head start (what other wedding vendor would do that!?)
Exactly what we hoped for! Thank you!
I loved working with Uche! My mom came with my to my first consultation with her, and we both instantly fell in love with her enthusiasm and positivity. She instantly understood the concept and the look I was going for with my wedding flowers, and wow, she delivered on the wedding day! We received many compliments on the arrangements and bouquets, and I felt like it truly completed my husband’s and my wedding day. They were elegant yet natural, exactly what I hoped! Thank you for everything, Uche!!
Choosing Designs By Oochay was by far one of the only decisions I made regarding my wedding that I didn’t look back and say hmmm maybe I should have gone with another vendor. She was professional from start to finish, prompt, courteous, and was able to make my vision come true for every detail by me simply giving her simple instruction. If you are looking for a professional with impeccable work ethic and work product, this is who you should trust. Best Decision and Investment Ever!!!!