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FROM THE EDITOR

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It is with the utmost excitement that I welcome you to our first digital edition. Since the re-launch of our new website in July of last year, our traffic has grown exponentially and the response from you has been overwhelming. Some additional positive changes include the increased exposure to the brand and significant growth as it pertains to our international reach. Thus, we sought out to find ways to make Munaluchi Bride more accessible to a wider audience. So we took on the task of jumping into the digital arena...and here we are. I am so pleased to be able to share true love stories and stylish inspiration not just twice a year, but six times a year. Starting now, you can find all of the things you have grown to love about Munaluchi and more in quarterly digital issues which will be released in-between our bi-annual print editions . Also, in the coming weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy a copy of Munaluchi right from your iPHONE, iPAD, or Android devices. The debut Winter 2012 issue is all about you - the bride. After all, it’s because of you that we are here, ready and willing to provide the most modern and stylish wedding resource we can. In this issue, we had the extreme pleasure of working with Janie Medley from The Bride’s Cafe, and her Dream Team, Amelia Johnson, Dana FitzGerald, and Moya Minns. The floral shoot (page 14 - Oh Happy Day) they put together is nothing short of inspirational. I am truly inspired by the work they do and can guarantee that you too will be inspired. In the feature, you will find the most crafty and stylish ways to decorate and entertain. Aside from the inspiration you are sure to find in “Oh Happy Day,” this issue is packed with some of the most stunning fusion and destination weddings showcasing true and unconditional love. And as always, we present you with our favorite fashion finds from some of the most sought after bridal designers + expert advice from wedding industry professionals. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we do, and are truly excited about this new experience we have created just for you. As you browse through the pages, may you be inspired.

Jacqueline Jacqueline Nwobu

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Janie Medley is the owner of JM Flora Design, and the lady behind one of the most sought after wedding blogs, The Bride’s Cafe. She’s always had a passion for beautiful florals and her work has been featured in several top wedding magazines including, Munaluchi Bride , Weddings Unveiled, , Bride & Bloom, The Knot and Bride’s Washington. You can take a peek inside her world by viewing the LookBooks on her website, www.jmflora.com or visit her daily at www.TheBridesCafe.com.

Dana FitzGerald is a celebrated photo-stylist, creative director, wedding designer and crafter. She delights in the details, has a passion for paper goods and packaging, a weakness for candy and confections, and an infatuation with vintage and modern design. Currently Dana is a freelance wedding and event stylist living in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to wedding fashion, prop sourcing and styling, Dana offers still life, lifestyle, travel and portrait styling as well as overall creative direction. Please visit danafitzgerald.com or call 703.673.6573 for bookings.

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Amelia Johnson is a film-shooting fine art wedding and portrait photographer who loves film for its capacity to beautifully present light with richness, depth, and nuance. Film provides each wedding photo with nonpareil quality + images that evoke feelings as first experienced. For rates and availability, please contact her at amelia.johnson.photography@gmail.com. Please visit www.ameliajohnsonphotography.com

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CONTRIBUTORS

MM Ink is a calligraphy and design studio that offers fine hand lettering for invitations, addressing, event tablescapes, gift items, and business branding. By the hand of Moya Minns, each piece is carefully crafted with love and precision. Her calligraphy and design work has been featured in several print publications including Inside Weddings, Southern Weddings and The Knot. She has also recently collaborated with Paloma’s Nest to produce custom Calligraphy Ring Bearer Bowls and other designs. Please visit her site at www.mminkstudio.com.

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is an author, speaker and passionate teacher of engaging, financial empowerment. Her company, CLD Financial Life, specializes in the delivery of financial literacy education. Keeping in line with her mission to show others how to be frugal and FABULOUS, The Budgetnista has written, The One Week Budget, a 12 step guide to teach you how to live the same live with less money. www. thebudgetnista.biz

Parris Whittingham believes remarkable love stories change the world. As a team, his studio documents these stories through photography and film. Off camera, Parris enjoys home-cooked meals and quality time with family & friends. Learn more about his story via this TEDxTalk. Follow his musings on twitter @iamparris

Shannon Williams is a Columbus, OH fashion and lifestyle photographer, available for national and international travel and commissioned work. www.shannonwilliamsphotography.com


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jacqueline Nwobu

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Eronmwon Balogun ASSOCIATE EDITOR Akua Abeasi

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS

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EDITORIAL INTERNS

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PUBLISHER Chike Nwobu

BUSINESS DIRECTOR Uche Amaonwu

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Published by Munaluchi, LLC. 212 Route 38 West, Suite 200 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856.380.4060

the team at Munaluchi Bridal Magazine wishes to extend their thanks to all of the wedding professionals who gracefully shared their expertise and shared with us their works of art. all opinions expressed by the professionals interviewed are their own and other professionals in their field may have differing opinions. while Munaluchi Bridal Magazine aims to deliver accurate expert advice, no responsibility can be taken for the opinions of others. Munaluchi Bridal Magazine does not make any representation of the quality of any products, services, information, or material represented in this magazine. we reserve the right to refuse advertising. all advertisements are accepted and published on the representation that the advertiser is properly authorized to publish the entire contents and subject matter thereof. all photography not specifically credited to a photographer are courtesy of the respective company and used with their permission.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: AMELIA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY www.ameliajohnsonphotography.com FLORALS + STYLING: JANIE MEDLEY www.jmflora.com + www.TheBridesCafe.com CREATIVE DIRECTION + STYLING: DANA FITZGERALD www.danafitzgerald.com CALLIGRAPHY: MOYA MINNS www.mmink.com WEDDING DRESS: VERONICA SHEAFFER www.vsgowns.com COVER MODEL: KIA HALEY

REAL WEDDING FEATURES:

Couples/Photographers interested in submitting a wedding for consideration in the publication can fill out an application online at www.munaluchibridal. com. Regretfully, due to the volume of submissions, we will not be able to respond to all requests.

EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS:

Please do not send original artwork, manuscripts or other material to Munaluchi Bridal Magazine. No responsibility will be taken for unsolicited material. Editorial material can be sent to submissions@munaluchibridal.com.

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Annual PRINT subscriptions within the US and Canada are now available at a cost of USD$14 per year (2 issues) for US and USD$28 for Canada. Visit www.munaluchibridal.com to subscribe.

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IN THIS ISSUE

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photo: Amelia Johnson Photography

“Oh Happy Day” - A bridal floral editorial shoot by Janie

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photo: Shannon Williams Photography

Medley of The Bride’s Cafe, highlighting the cutest bouquets, and tons of DIY wedding inspiration.

“Modern Chic” - The latest designs from Ohio-based bridal

photo: Parris Whittingham Photography

gown designer, Nicholle Hairston + her top tips for wedding dress shopping.

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Oh Hap A Bridal Editorial by Floral

FROM THE CUTEST COLORFUL BOUQUETS TO RUNWAY-WORTHY BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES, THERE’S MORE THAN ENOUGH GORGEOUSNESS ON THESE NEXT FEW PAGES TO INSPIRE YOU. PLAYING DRESS-UP JUST GOT 14

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photography AMELIA JOHNSON floral design JANIE MEDLEY - JM Flora & The Brides Cafe creative direction + styling DANA FITZGERALD assistant stylist ANITA POUNCY calligraphy stationery + printing makeup hair models

MOYA MINNS - MM Ink LISA HLADISH - Paper Daisies Stationery ERIKA NIXON KAMALA BHAGAT - Naturals Salon & Spa KIA HALEY (bride), SOLEIL PADEN 15 & AYESHA PHILOGENE

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The bride’s bouquet is made with Apricot/Coral Peonies, Peach Ranunculus, Pink Ranunculus, Orange Ranunculus, Coral Tulips, Peach Garden Roses, Dusty Miller and Maiden Hair Fern. The ribbon around the handle is from Midori Ribbon. The yummy color palettes of this bouquet bring in all the vibrant colors of the Oh Happy Day shoot! -JANIE

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“hand-forged” confetti } Potter + Butler; available at PotterandButler.etsy.com

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“bubbly dot” saucer champagne glasses} Kate Spade New York available at Lenox.com

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Now how perfect is this Tangerine bouquet for the bridesmaid…little did I know when I designed this orange loveliness back in the fall, that the color palette would be listed as the Pantone 2012 wedding color palette… Tangerine Tango! I used Orange Parrot Tulips, Orange Ranunculus, Dusty Miller and Maiden Hair Fern. bridesmaid’s dress } Twobirds Bridesmaid courtesy of Bella Bridesmaid OPPOSITE PAGE cake } Kristine Bender of K. Rose Cakes cake topper } $55 by Potter + Butler - PotterandButler.etsy.com

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We wanted both bridesmaids to wear a grey dress, same color palette but a different style. I love to see bridesmaids reflect “their style” in the dress they choose...especially, since each of the ladies have a different body type. Since both of the bridesmaids’ dresses have flower details, I thought it would be so perfect to have both of them carry small bouquets of ranunculus. This bouquet is made with peach ranunculus and lamb’s ear. So perfect with the dress, don’t you think!”

bridesmaid’s dress } Twobirds Bridesmaid courtesy of Bella Bridesmaid hair adornment } Lo Boheme ribbons } Midori Ribbons model } Soliel Paden

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And this bridesmaid will carry a bouquet of yellow ranunculus with lamb’s ear. The peach and yellow tones compliment the grey dresses so perfectly!

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The details were such a key factor to this shoot and we wanted the table to reflect a lovely lunch at the bride’s home with her two best girlfriends. After they spent the morning “playing dress up”, they wanted to end the day celebrating and what better way to end the day than with a toast to the bride. 10” taper candles } Bed, Bath & Beyond double-faced satin ribbon table runner } Midori Ribbons

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TOP LEFT - mercury container } Pottery Barn / TOP RIGHT - yellow buffet napkins } set of 6, $9.99 by World Market (worldmarket.com) / placecard pom } Potter + Butler / “Presence” glass plate } $1.99/ea. by Anchor Hocking at Target.com BOTTOM LEFT - striped straws } $0.75 ea. by Bab’s Giddygappers; at bbond0520.etsy.com / “hand-forged” confetti } $6.25/bag by Potter + Butler / Bellini cl 75 cocktail } $4.99 ea. by Canella, worldmarket.com

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These mercury vessels from Pottery Barn are filled with yellow ranunculus and succulents.

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succulents

BOUTONNIERS The first one is made with a succulent, billy ball and lamb’s ear. Second and third ones are made with ranunculus, dusty miller and lamb’s ear. The fourth one is made with tea roses, dusty miller and lamb’s ear. And the last one is made with billy ball, dusty miller and lamb’s ear.

23” moss wreath } Flora Organica Designs at FayeMarie.etsy.com “Oh Happy Day” custom banner } Potter + Butler / embellishment poms } “Embellish Corsage Collection, Potter + Butler

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Calligrapher Moya Minns of MM Ink created the lettering for these cute stationery pieces with lots of fun and playful flourishes. The calligraphy was printed on custom stationery paper by the super talented Lisa Hladish of Paper Daisies Stationery. OPPOSITE PAGE: Celebratory paper ags by Liddabits Design Shop; available at liddabits.etsy.com

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TOP TIPS FOR BRIDAL GOWN SHOPPING Know your body type. Take time to research the shape of your body and what silouette is most flattering. Make sure you research details such as bodice shapes and fabric manipulations that are flattering or avoidable for you personal body shape. Bring shoes that you would consider wearing. Depending on the heel height, the feel of the dress will be different. When choosing shoes, keep in mind that they will be worn throughout ceremony and reception. Know the venue and wedding theme. You don’t want to buy a gown with a cathedral train and later decide on a beach wedding.

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Do not forget alterations. Know your budget and stick to it but make sure to calculate alterations in your final budgeted cost. Bring a married friend. Previous brides tend to not have the fairy-tale goggles on but understand this special time for you. They have the best advice and patience. Always remember to have fun and enjoy the experience!

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TEXT: CHIOMA OBII-OBIOHA

J’Antae Hall and Emmanuel Eloundou met in the Windy City, Chicago, and realized that they shared many things in common. Soon, they realized that the wind was blowing them toward something deeper and more meaningful than a good friendship: the warm winds of love had arrived and there was no escape. This couple had the most innovative wedding ever. Instead of opting for the usual wedding announcements, they decided to craft a unique surprise for their guests. Emmanuel invited their family and friends to what was ostensibly a surprise birthday party for J’Antae. They would soon understand that the joke was on them when they realized that they were witnessing a wedding between the two individuals they had come to celebrate. This innovative, South Beach style wedding party is truly one of a kind. www.munaluchibridal.com . DIGITAL.WINTER 2012


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FROM THE BRIDE: “The decor concept was based on a South Beach-style white party with a heavy focus on LED lighting, acrylic and mirrored furnishings, vibrant colors and an extreme attention to detail (including uplit place settings, polished coconuts and neon LED straws to hold the frozen beverages). The evening DIGITAL.WINTER.2012

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“The most memorable part of the day was simply ending the day as Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel B. Eloundou.” -J’antae

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You don’t get that deja vu feeling often. You know, that feeling you have that you’ve seen someone somewhere before or that they’ve been a part of your life in some way. So, when that happens, the feeling is very memorable. Kristi Bivins and Joaquin Keller felt exactly that way when their eyes connected at an Xavier University reunion party. They later realized that their paths had, indeed, crossed - they had both been students at Xavier who occasionally saw each other around campus but never spoke.That would soon be ancient history where these two were concerned. Upon meeting each other, they never stopped speaking, visiting, walking, spending time, and finding love with each other. Their love came full circle when Joaquin surprised Kristi with more than just gifts and a party for her 31st birthday: he went down on one knee and asked the woman he knew he couldn’t live without to be his wife. Enjoy this breathtaking wedding full of the most beautiful cascading flowers you’ve ever seen. DIGITAL.WINTER.2012

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FROM THE BRIDE “When I began planning my wedding, I knew I wanted a wedding based on elegance and romance. My main focus was to ensure that 10-15 years from now when we look at our wedding pictures I wanted them to be timeless. Having the wedding at the Botantical Gardens at City Park New Orleans, LA would allow me to do just that. The location was beautiful on its own! The ceremony was held in the Rose Garden and I wanted to capture the feel and look of the rose garden inside the reception. I wanted my guests to feel as if they were having a romantic dinner by candlelight with a loved one. I wanted to capture the love that Joaquin and I have for one another and share that with our guests. Somewhere down the line I knew I couldn't do it alone. I enlisted the help from Kandice Webster of Posh Productions, LLC. I saw her previous work and knew that she would be able to capture my vision for the wedding. Kandice helped me realize that there needed to be focal points for the ceremony and the reception. With the ceremony being in the garden, nature itself would be the focal point. Kandice met with my orist, Bella Blooms, www.munaluchibridal.com . DIGITAL.WINTER 2012


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and they both ensured that we captured the moment of being in the rose garden. With nature itself being so beautful, it was agreed that we didn't want to take away from that aspect. With the wedding being at sunset, the park still had lighting from its annual celebration of "Christmas in the Oaks" . Along with a string quartet, this all added a special touch for the ceremony! In regards to the reception, the building (The Pavilion of the Two Sisters) was a beautiful structure on its own. I didn't want to take away from the structure, but to only enhance it. The pavilion is a large open room with concrete flooring with all windows from floor to ceiling on each side. This was the blank canvas I was looking for to create my picturesque wedding. The focal point of the reception was going to be the head table. That was going to be the show stopper for everyone! I knew that in the end, I wanted flowers, flowers and more flowers. Kandice ensured me that I was going to get just that - a floral romantic theme. It was my vision to have floral arrangements on the cocktail and reserved tables consisting of pink and ivory roses, hydrangeas, and dendrobium orchids. The head tables would consist of the same floral arrangements, but to get the romantic feel, the florist chose black magic roses placed in mirror boxes. This really provided the WOW factor. The florist did that and more to capture the romantic, elegant theme. The head table was situated in the middle of the room, allowing

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guests to view the table from each side. The head table consisted of the tall 9 light candlelabras, black magic roses in mirror boxes, tall cloud like floral arrangements, crystal clear candleholders and linens from Nuage Designs. I was so happy to have Z Gallerie nearby for the detailed items on the head table! The table was set for a romantic dinner. The only issue was how to accomodate the overflow of guests and still incorporate the romantic theme. Kandice worked feverishly on getting a tent to accomodate the overflow of guests. We were able to place the overflow of tables and guests into a tented area with its own bar and lighting from a crystal chandelier. The perfect touch for an evening wedding! As for the cake, I didn't want the cake to overshadow the floral theme. I wanted flowers along my cake; therefore, a basic ivory cake provided the canvas for the flowers. Considering I love flowers, it was only right to make the base of the cake full of roses. Besides, Royal Cakery is the best baker in the New Orleans area and we knew the taste of the cake would speak volumes! Cutting the cake to James Taylor "How Sweet It Is" set the tone for the delicious cake! A live band played nothing but old school R&B and guests never left the dance floor, providing for a beautiful evening!”

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DETAILS WEDDING DRESS - Yvonne Le Fleur Boutique New Orleans, LA / HAIR - Michael J. Fortune / MAKE-UP ARTIST- Brittny Tangu / SHOES Badgley Mischka ( Nordstroms) / CEREMONY LOCATION - Rose Garden (Botanical Gardens at City Park New Orleans, LA) , The Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park New Orleans, LA / PHOTOGRAPHER - Studio Tran (Beebe Tran) / VIDEOGRAPHER - 1229 Productions / WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT DESIGNER - Kandice Webster of Posh Productions, LLC. / FLORIST - Bella Blooms / CAKE - Royal Cakery of New Orleans / STATIONERY - Momental Designs / DECOR ITEMS - Z Gallerie / LINENS - Nuage Designs / CEREMONY MUSIC - Harry Hardin Finest Musicians / RECEPTION BAND - Black Cat Productions

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{ LOVE BIRDS } “One thing that Joaquin loves about me the most is that I am a risk taker. Joaquin always states that I am not afraid to take risks. I make the best out of every situation. I am always considering the next option in life - you never know when, what nor where your next opportunity will lead you.” -KRISTI “The thing I love about him the most is that he is everything I inspire to be. Joaquin is a praying man and for everything he does he goes to God first in prayer. There is nothing like a man that prays for his woman and I love and appreciate that about him.” -KRISTI

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Jocelyn had her commitment to Frederick tested even before they said their “I do’s”, when they realized that he needed to have a kidney transplant. Throughout his kidney transplant and recovery, Jocelyn stayed by her man’s side, proving that “in sickness and in health” were not just lip service - at least to her. Frederick thought so, too, and proposed to Jocelyn soon after his recovery.

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FROM THE BRIDE:

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couldn’t have done a more incredible job. We wanted our styles and unique sense of perspective to be reflected in all aspects of our special day. The wedding aesthetic is really an artful blend of my more artistic bohemian edge and the groom’s more understated and traditional style. Being an live event producer by trade myself, I led the charge in creating the overall design for our wedding. I selected colors of corals, salmons, peaches and soft pinks with soft green accents that reminded me of a sunset and the natural scenery in Paradise. These colors would naturally complete the scenery of Hawaii without competing against it. The overall design concept reflected an organic take on Hawaiian chic. From the invitations to the wedding reception, the wedding displayed a theme of hanging orchids that truly felt tropical, unconventional and romantic. We selected an amazing team of vendors that perfectly completed our vision. I wanted a lot of very original ideas in my wedding so a lot of items, from my headpiece, veil and bracelet to my bridesmaids dresses that were designed and sewn and invitations, were custom designed.

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For five days, 60 guests enjoyed wedding festivities ranging from a welcome dinner luau to tours and excursions. On the day of the wedding, we joined in union at Molokini Lookout, a secluded and intimate location with amazing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains and neighboring island Molokai. The cocktail hour and reception continued on the lanai at sunset overlooking the water at Mala Restaurant at the Marriott Wailea. Guests enjoyed five signature drinks, including a specially made “Something Blue”, named after my favorite book The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. The guests danced into the wee hours of the night and participated in signing pieces of fabric for us to sew into a quilt following the wedding. The photographer, James Rubio, really captured the authenticity of the wedding moments in such a creative way. He truly created artwork out of our memories. The day really exceeded our wildest dreams. It honestly was the best week of our lives. “

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THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

“For both of us, it was my walk down the aisle. For me, to see the look of love in the eyes of my guests and to look straight ahead and see the emotion from my best friend and know that we’re about to be married and to see my grandfather standing there to marry us with the Pacific ocean surrounding us and the most incredible sky, I couldn’t have asked for a better moment. One of my best friends sang the Dorothy Dandridge version of “That’s All” to a harp as I walked down the aisle on my daddy’s arm. It couldn’t have been a better moment. Frederick said that seeing me in that moment brought forth every emotion possible and he couldn’t continue his happiness.” - JOCELYN

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{LOVE BIRDS} “Frederick said he loves my smile and bright personality most. My positivity, optimism, and sense of humor drew him to me because I was such a bright light in his life”. -FREDERICK

“He has the most integrity and honesty of anyone I know. His word means so much, and I can always trust him to tell it like it is which is such a rare quality in people. That’s why he is my best friend.” -JOCELYN

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Natalie Crawford and Donald Beamer had a “Love Jones� kinda meeting: they met at an open mic performance and love, somehow, opened the way. Natalie went to the open mic with a male friend who could have been easily mistaken for her boyfriend. In spite of this pretend obstacle, Donald was a go-getter - he liked what he saw and he was going to introduce himself to her, no matter what. That introduction led to a Facebook communication and, eventually, an absolutely committed association with each other that has grown from strength to strength. Enjoy these gorgeous images captured perfectly by Ross Oscar Knight.

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“It worked well for us to take our pictures in advance of the ceremony. I know the old adage about it being bad luck, but when you really assess where this tradition came from, you will see that it was born from arranged marriages, not reflective of today’s dynamic. Moreover, it allows you to get some high quality photos and not be rushed trying to fit this in after the ceremony and before the reception.” - Ambra

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“We had a unique color palette – lavender with pops of red, and our wedding planner pulled it off perfectly. There were touches of real lavender in my bouquet, the boutonniere, and tied to the name cards for our guests. The linens were perfect shades of lavender and huge red roses adorned centerpieces of hydrangeas and lavender on tables with modern china. I loved the glamour and simplicity of it all.”

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“Our event had several touches of various cultures we had visited while we were dating…and of course we jumped the broom. We wrote our vows on papyrus paper because according to ancient Egyptian history, papyrus can never be destroyed. Therefore, the commitment that we made to each other would last forever. Our signature drink was a drink we enjoyed while visiting Kenya called the Dawa. In Ki-swahili, Dawa means love potion. Finally, for our guest favors, we made candles with lotus flower oil which we purchased in Egypt where the lotus flower represents life, rebirth and creation.” -NataLie & doNaLd

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Jude Emokpare took the phrases, “Sweep her off her feet” and “on Cloud Nine” to new heights. He proposed to his East Indian bride, Sharan Sekhon, about 30,000 feet in the air onboard their flight to Miami and even got the captain of the plane in on the action. The two physicians meant during their ob-gyn rotational program in their Chicago medical school. Now, they are poised to bring forth new life as one body, one mind and one spirit.

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Sharan describes her wedding in more detail, “We come from two rich cultural backgrounds, East Indian for me and Nigerian for my husband. We have family spread out all over the world and decided the best way to get everyone together and have fun was a destination wedding. We had 3 separate ceremonies- the traditional Sikh Anand Karaj, the Nigerian traditional wedding and then the Christian ceremony.

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The planning was a fun experience, and having a destination wedding makes things easier. There was an on-site wedding planner that helped with most arrangements. Family and friends helped immensely with a lot of the traditional details.�

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{ LOVE BIRDS } What Jude loves about Sharan... “Your smile� - You always make people happy just being around you. What Sharan loves about Jude... I love his caring personality. He goes out of his way to do things for others, even if the favor is not always returned. He is the type of friend you can always call and count on no matter what.

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DETAILS: PHOTOGRAPHY: The Studio B Photography / WEDDING PLANNER: Iberostar Rose Hall Suites / WEDDING DECOR: Tai Flora (Jamaica) / WEDDING DRESS: Sottero and Midgley from The Bridal Gallery in Vancouver, Canada / BROOCH BOUQUET: Custom designed by the bride

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Tatiana and Jordan were already married, but decided to have a personal and intimate vintage-themed styled shoot to celebrate their love for one another. Their photographer, Martha of UDS Photography did an outstanding job capturing those intimate moments.

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DETAILS: PHOTOGRAPHY: Unique Design Studios / WEDDING GOWN: custom by bride / HAIR ADORNMENT: vintage / HAIR + MAKEUP: Jocelyn Gomez / BRIDAL BOUQUET: Lizet Barreas Gonzalez / DESIGN + STYLING: Christina Heald / LOCATION OF SHOOT: Vintern’s Inn

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{ LOVE BIRDS } “She is sweet. I love how she is so caring and catering to our relationship.” -JORDAN “I love how he supports anything and everything I do. How he is open and honest with me and not only says he loves me, but SHOWS me too.” -TATIANA DIGITAL.WINTER 2012

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42 ROMANTIC WAYS TO SPEND TIME by TIFFANY “THE BUDGETNISTA” ALICHE

Ahhhh love is in the air, unfortunately so are tough financial times. But don’t let a smaller wallet stand between you and romance. Oftentimes the less you spend, the more romantic things can get. Don’t believe me? Here are 42 of the most romantic things you can do with your honey and no money…

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Fly a kite Drive around beautiful neighborhoods and dream house-hunt Play dress-up Climb to a roof-top and have dinner Trace love words on each other’s back Spend all night talking on the phone like teenagers Go for a moonlight walk

Romance is born in the heart, not the wallet. Remember, the quality of time spent is not directly related to the quantity of dollars spent‌

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When you’ve got a man down on both knees, you know he is so completely into you that he realizes how much he needs to have you in his life. George Bibb was so excited to ask Stacie Trott to be his forever-woman that he went down on both knees and, of course, she said, “Yes.” Then, again, with a relationship that has spanned a decade, George knew exactly what sort of woman Stacie was; he wasn’t going to let her go.

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“The planning process was challenging. We planned the wedding in about 6 months with a venue change 4 months before the wedding. I could not have planned the wedding without Ebony Smalls of Longevity Wedding Consultants, Inc. She was amazing and since I worked long hours a lot of the planning was done late at night and on the weekends.� -STACIE

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DETAILS: PHOTOGRAPHY: Chad Pennington of Sobitart Photography / VIDEOGRAPHY: Jermworm Productions / GOWN: Priscilla of Boston - Melissa Sweet / SHOES: Jimmy Choo / BRIDESMAIDS: BCBG / FLOWERS: Tara Simone Powell of Barbara’s Flowers / PLANNER: Ebony Smalls of Longevity Wedding Consultants, Inc. / GROOM: Ferragamo (shoes), Make My Suit / HAIR: Keith Campbell / MAKEUP: Karlene / ENTERTAINMENT: Harold Johnson of Finer Touch Entertainment / CAKE: Lauri Ditunno of Cake Alchemy / CATERING: Chef Jamie A. Poole of A New Season Catering Co. www.munaluchibr idal.com .

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{ LOVE BIRDS } He loves her laugh and just being with her and having fun. She loves his desire and passion for success, the way he takes care of her and wants her to be happy.

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A wedding with an Indian proposal venue, a Jamaican bride, a Ghanaian groom, and a Mexican destination is a vision of true cultural fusion. Shari-Ann Harris and Kofi Sasu first locked eyes while studying at Rutgers University in Camden. Unfortunately, they were already in relationships with other people. However, their friendship with each other grew steadily. When their previous relationships had reached their respective ends and after much prayer and reflection, Shari-Ann and Kofi decided to take a leap of faith by beginning to date in 2009. It has proved to be a perfect fit! Shari-Ann and Kofi had a beautifully intimate ceremony with just twelve very special guests in attendance. From that day until the end, their lives will be an intimate ceremony centered around a party of two. DIGITAL.WINTER 2012


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“One of the most memorable moments was saying my part of my vows in Twi, my husband's Ghanaian dialect. My mother-in-law helped me write them as a surprise. - SHARI-ANN

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Our wedding incorporated aspects of Kofi’s Ghanaian culture. We had a minor theme of the Adinkra symbol, the “gye nyame”, which means “Without/Except God.” We placed this symbol in our passport invitations as a background, as a topper on our cake, and Kofi wore an outfit for the TTD [trash the dress] that had the symbol on it. Kofi’s parents wore traditional West African attire in our wedding colors. They looked incredible! Our wedding was very international iN a sense. I am from Jamaica, Kofi is from Ghana, my dress was from Spain, my wedding belt was from Israel, the videographers and my veil were from Canada, and the wedding itself was in Mexico. We never planned it. It just worked out that way! -SHARI-ANNE

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“Our photos were taken by the amazing Aurora Gutierrez. We had a regular photo session at the wedding and a TTD (in a small Mexican town, the hotel pool, and the beach). Our TTD photos were reenactments of famous couple photos (celebrity wedding photos) and our own style.” -SHARI-ANN

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{ LOVE BIRDS } “It’s hard to choose, but I love Shari’s charisma and her personality in general. She’s always smiling and it just makes you smile with her.”-KOFI “The one thing I love most about Kofi is his selflessness. He will help at the drop of a hat even though he’s tired or busy. It’s amazing.” -SHARI DETAILS: VIDEOGRAPHY: Urban Vid / PHOTOGRAPHY: Aurora Gutierrez / DRESS: Pronovias from Bridal Garden in Marlton, NJ / VENUE: Grand Velas Resort and Spa / SASH: Avishag Kopelman of Little White Dresser / BRIDESMAIDS: Erin Nicole Boutique / Flowers: Petal Garden, Angel’s Accents, and Beau-Coup Decor: Todo a Mano, Luna Bazaar, Etsy, Michael’s / ACCESSORIES: All ETSY --> Peacock Pixys (fascinator), Chrissy Torres (bracelet), Tala Collection (earrings), and Montgomery Belles (veil) / FORMALWEAR: Ralph Lauren, Kangols / RINGS: Kay Jewelers of Cherry Hill NJ and Anthony’s Jewelers of Palmyra, NJ / FAVORS: Stampin’ Up by Karina Chin / GROOM: Armani (shoes), Men’s Warehouse / INVITATIONS: Allurements by Rebecca

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Everything is a Remix: Why YOU Must Transform Wedding Culture a photo-essay by PARRIS WHITTINGHAM

Stephen Amritraj isn’t used to wearing a kurti. Although its easy to detect his Indian ancestry, Stephen himself was born in America and raised Catholic. Traditional Indian tunics simply aren’t part of his wardrobe. With support from fashion stylist Niki Hall (African American) and Indian luxury retailer exclusively.in, a charming ensemble has been paired for the occasion.

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING By contrast, Uma (Stephen’s wife) was raised Hindu (also speaks the language) she travels frequently to India and moves fluidly between Eastern and Western traditions. Presently, she’s comfortably perched in a desk chair as Brandy Gomez (African American) and Melissa Paldino (Italian American) style her make-up and hair. In a few moments, she’ll emerge from a dressing room donning a custom blouse stitched together from several vintage Saris. To the untrained eye, this scene appears both normal and mildly uneventful. Look again and behold history in the making.


EVERYTHING IS A REMIX Unlike your parents generation, cultural diversity goes beyond the Black and White; its a full spectrum of browns, cremes, chocolates and caramels. Musically, its the fact that our generation was raised with hip hop; a culture where Everything is a Remix. Romantically, it's the likelihood that you’ve have dated someone outside of your culture. Professionally, its the chance that you earn as much as (or more than) he does. Historically, its the fact that you’re over 21 yet unmarried and that was unthinkable for a healthy women a mere two generations ago. YOUR REMARKABLE LOVE STORY Right now, you are among the most diverse, educated, politically progressive and socially connected women in history. Your passion for adventure, travel, art, history and career development are unlike anything the world (or your parents) have ever witnessed. Your willingness to create a more empowering and purposeful wedding celebration is exactly what our culture needs. Most importantly, this commitment will strengthen you, your relationship and family in ways you cannot possibly imagine.

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BEAUTY Angel Minaro Exquisite Beauty

NatioNwide www.AngelMinaro.com A luxury kissed spa and skincare line that will pamper and keep you glowing, beautiful and ready both physically and mentally for your special day. angelminaro@gmail.com 773.289.6696

Makeup by MelissaRoshan

OhiO www.melissaroshan.com My philosophy has always to keep your make-up looking fresh, clean, and natural. I will simply enhance your natural beauty, so that you still look like you. makeup@melissaroshan.com 614.282.8197

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MARYLAND/NEW YORK 1590 Annapolis Road Odenton, MD 21113 www.whatsnappstar.com Nappstar is a brand which specializes in the care of natural hair and also ventures into the realms of image consulting and professional photo shoots. Specializing in loc, maintenance, loc extensions, loc repair, color, twists, braids, and all natural hair designs, salon owners Melissa and Annette Roche are known to transform their clients’ love of locs into works of modern art. nappstarhair@gmail.com 410.799.3404

Philly Finest Hair Salon 4360 CENtRAL AvENuE St. PEtE, FL 33711 www.phillyfinest.com Where your make-up and nails come alive. 727.328.7971

BRIDAL SALONS Bridal Reflections

www.bridalreflections.com NEW YORK Three beautifully appointed salons and the finest selection of couture gowns – Bridal Reflections is truly “Elegance Redefined.” Our newly expanded salon on Fifth Avenue in New York City is the newest addition to the Bridal Reflections’ family of salons that began in Massapequa, Long Island in 1973 and quickly expanded into Carle Place/Westbury Long Island.  Always family owned and operated, dedicated attention is paid to every detail.  Bridal Reflections had garnered a reputation for the finest in customer service. 212.764.3040

Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier

NEW YORK www.bridalatelier.com Upscale bridal salon offering personal service for the discerning bride. by appointment only 212.319.6778

CAKES Sweetsweets Cakeart

CANADA www.sweetsweets.ca Specializing in Wedding cakes that are not just cakes, but works of art, designed to exclusively reflect each client’s personal taste and style. sweetsweets@rogers.com 519.576.2294

Theh M. Circle

Welcome to the M. Circle, Munaluchi’s Circle of outstanding wedding professionals. Visit each vendors’ portfolios online at www. munaluchibridal.com


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CATERING Lalibela

SOuth ORANgE, NJ www.lernj.com Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine.  We also provide catering services for all occasions. meklit@lernj.com 973-327-4840

Le Pierre Caterers

P.O. BOx 1565 BuRLiNgtON, NJ 08016 www.lepierrecaterers.com Le Pierre offers a mélange of elegance, sophistication, classiness, indulgence and simplicity. We are a full-service off-premise catering company which provides not only a custom menu, but also event planning from rentals, to floral, to entertainment. info@lepierrecaterers.com 609.495.5668

EVENT DESIGN & DECOR MoaCreations Event Design & Decor

EASt COASt, uS www.moacreations.com MoaCreations specializes in Interior space, weddings, private parties, showers, entire event and theme coordination, custom invitation, centerpieces, lighting, stationery, favors and accessory design etc. we will go above and beyond to bring your visions and imaginations to life with the highest level of creativity and personalized services  ensuring each design experience is unique, memorable, and stress free. moacreations@gmail.com 302.256.3113

Photography by Onada Photography. Design by TiannaVivienne.

Photography by Onada Photography. Design by TiannaVivienne.

TiannaVivienne

NEW YORK www.tiannavivienne.com TiannaVivienne Events and Design is a full service event planning and design establishment with complete concierge service available for clients who seek help with every single aspect of their event. Co-founded by Janice Hunter and Donna Nolisa, TiannaVivienne strives to be trendsetters within the wedding industry by putting new spins on the traditional. Our philosophy is that our client’s number one objective is to enjoy every moment of their special day and leave everything else to us. We truly are madly passionate about what we do and strive to really capture our client’s vision of their day and because we accept nothing less than perfection, we always aim to blow our clients expectations out of the water! When guests leave an affair, we want them talking about it long after. jhunter@tiannavivienne.com dnolisa@tiannavivienne.com 917.224.5514


Bouquet by Janie of Janie Medley Flora Design. Photo: Jodi Miller Photography

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ENTERTAINMENT DJ Mecca

NEW JERSEY World class disc jockey and MC Services. Phone: 732.423.5371

Soulful Sounds NY

NEW YORK www.soulfulsoundsny.com Specializing in music, lighting, and sound for all occasions. Our DJ’s play a variety of music tailored for your wedding event. We also have special lighting packages and party favor giveaways! jeff@soulfulsoundsny.com 718.712.8339

fABRICS/TExTILES Stanhope Fabrics and Design

NEW JERSEY Distributor of African fabrics and fine lace, and designs that fuse Western with African culture. 973.901.2208

fAVORS African Favors

MARYLAND www.affavors.com African Favors is a woman-owned company whose specialty is to provide you with a small touch of your heritage that will leave long lasting memories with your guests. Wanting to show your African culture through your event is only natural and we offer you an opportunity to do it while keeping a very contemporary and modern ceremony and reception. info@affavors.com 240.654.6860

fLORISTS Janie Medley Flora Design

viRgiNiA www.jmflora.com Stunning floral arrangements and centerpieces to make your wedding day oh-so special. janie@jmflora.com 804.672.2083


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HONEYMOON RESOURCES

Tanzania Odyssey

NAtiONWiDE www.tanzaniaodyssey.com

Over the last decade we have arranged many different and individually tailored honeymoons to Tanzania. Our knowledge is always up-to-date, and we are adamant that our experience will help you to create a memorable and spectacular honeymoon. info@tanzaniaodyssey.com 866.356.4691

The Gambia Experience

uNitED KiNgDOM www.gambia.co.uk At The Gambia Experience we have been providing holidays to The Gambia for more than 20 years and have all the expertise you’ll need to help plan your perfect holiday in the sun – be that a summer holiday or a chance to escape for some much needed winter sun. 0845-330-2060

Lion World Tours

uS/CANADA www.lionworldtravel.com Lion World Tours specializes in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa, as well as Egypt. We will customize itineraries to destinations such as South Africa including Cape Town and Private Game Reserves, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and much more. Take advantage of our Honeymoon Registries! info@lionworldtravel.com 800.387.2706

STATIONERY SkratcHaus Studios

gEORgiA www.skratchaus.com As a multi faceted design studio, SkratcHaus Studios, Inc. offers graphic design services, as well as our invitations and stationery services branded under Recherché by SkratcHaus Studios. We develop unique creative solutions tailored specifically for our clients needs. Each project has a unique voice based on research and comprehensive communication. From the initial one on one consultation through a personalized process we communicate with you to visualize a dynamic solution. timi@skratchaus.com 404-593-1672

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Natural Impression Design

www.natural-impressions.com www.tiffanycoutureinvitations.com From Hollywood Glam to Casual Chic, kick off your wedding with an invitation that makes a statement. Designs may be customized to fit the theme, mood and style of your wedding, save the date, bridal shower or even destination wedding. Swap papers, appliqués and custom design elements to create an invitation that establishes your events unique style. 877-408-8863 naturalimpressions@gmail.com

à deux: bespoke bridal paper

BOStON, MA www.adeuxbridal.com The invitation to one of the biggest events in your life should be as distinct as you and your wedding style. Unlike invitations one may order from a catalog, à deux is all about fine wedding stationery handcrafted exclusively for you and no one else. hello@adeuxbridal.com 617-398-0542

Designs To Impress, Inc.

PALM BEACh, FLORiDA www.designstoimpress.com Designs to Impress, is a custom design stationery boutique. We take special pride in designing invitations and stationery that portray elegance, beauty and distinctive characteristics of our clients and their special events. We specialize in themed stationery, and all elements of an invitations suite can be customized, we say, “Why just invite guests - when you can IMPRESS them?” info@designstoimpress.com (888) 629-7670


Ivy Weddings DALLAS, tx

PHOTOGRAPHY Amber Knowles Photography

tExAS www.amberknowles.com Amber Knowles is a wedding photographer based in the Dallas – Ft. Worth Metroplex. Her photography not only documents the priceless moments of your wedding day, but also captures and conceptualizes the emotions of each of the aspects, events, and intricate details of your once in a lifetime experience. Capturing the laughter, tears, and hugs is not only her specialty, but her passion as well. Travel is complimentary for wedding day collections booked in the New York City & Los Angeles areas. studio@amberknowles.com 214.901.7896

We’re a husband and wife team who fell in love behind the lens. We went to the same college, and we were both photographers working independently, but it wasn’t until we photographed a music artist together that we realized how well we worked as a team... and we’ve been shooting together ever since! Somewhere along the way, we got married and decided to combine our different styles into something fun and creative.  Ivy Weddings was the result of our desire to offer modern, personalized, and fun photojournalistic coverage to couples who love being in love. Our work has been featured on Essence. com, Munaluchi, Style Me Pretty, The Bride’s Cafe, Brooklyn Bride, and more. We’re based in Dallas but we love to travel, so drop us a line - we can’t wait to hear about your wedding! mattandivy@gmail.com 214.514.6122

Joshua Dwain Photography NEW YORK

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Ashleigh Taylor Photography

SOuthERN CALiFORNiA www.ashleightaylorphotography.com Based in Southern California, Ashleigh Taylor Photography offers vibrant wedding photography for fun couples who want something bold! We are a boutique studio and accept a limited number of weddings per year to ensure that all couples have a high quality experience from start to finish. We genuinely care about our couples and develop friendships with them over the planning process. We believe that being friends with our clients helps them to have FUN and be comfortable in front of our camera which in turn yields FABULOUS images! info@ashleightaylorphotography.com 323.207.6754

“We believe that everyone has a story. Our story is very sincere. We love to take photographs. You may call us, eager, passionate, spirited, or even fervent. The simple fact is we truly love wedding photography. From the inception of Joshua Dwain Photography our mission has always been to exceed our clients expectations. To provide service that goes beyond cliche. Leaving everyone we interact with appreciating and remembering the experience.” info@joshuadwain.com 718.926.6502

Keith Cephus Photography

viRgiNiA BEACh www.keithcephus.com Virginia Beach wedding photographer Keith Cephus provides wedding photography services across the country. His body of work includes destination weddings in: St. Lucia, Miami, Bahamas, Mexico, and Hawaii. His experience as a photojournalist allows him to document events in an unobtrusive style. As one of the most sought after wedding photojournalists abroad, let Keith Cephus capture the essence of your special day!! kcephus@cox.net 757.430.2169

LizMaryann Photography

DC/NORthERN vA www.lizmaryann.com Specializing in modern, chic, and magazine-quality photography. liz@lizmaryann.com 703.825.6548

Rhphotoarts

NAtiONWiDE hOuStON, tx 77036 www.rhphotoarts.com Allow us to capture your day by giving you memorable images combined with contemporary fashion elegance. You will receive a beautiful visual record of every emotional filled moment in vivid color and the best quality. We create a personal relationship through trust, confidence and satisfaction. we specialize in Wedding, Engagement and Bridal Photography. Also Available for National and International travel. www.rhphotoarts.com raheem@rhphotoarts.com

Studio525

Photography by Elizabeth Messina.

1629 PiNE CiRCLE AuStELL, gA 30168 www.studio-525.net Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event that must be properly preserved. At Studio525 not only do we focus on reliving the moments, we specialize in capturing the emotions of the day. We provide a photojournalistic, non-intrusive perspective of photography that gives you the attention you deserve. studio525@bellsouth.net 678-358-3174

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RECEPTION SITES The Wilshire Grand

350 PLEASANt vALLEY WAY WESt ORANgE, NJ 07052 www.thewilshiregrandhotel.com The Wilshire Grand Hotel is a first-class New Jersey hotel boasting 88 guest rooms, a large meeting & banquet facility, a highly rated Italian restaurant “Primavera�, plus all the conveniences and amenities of home in a luxury setting. 973.731.7007

Oheka Castle

135 WESt gAtE DRivE huNtiNgtON , NEW YORK 11743 www.ohekacastle.com OHEKA Castle, a New York Wedding location, is the premier destination wedding venue in the world; the perfect setting to host your special event. Exclusive & unforgettable, from the historic estate and formal gardens to the elegant rooms, meticulous intuitive service & award winning cuisine. reservation@ohekacastle.com 631.659.1400

Oheka Castle. Photo by Elizabeth Messina


Lalibela

Ethiopian Restaurant

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Event Caterers

261 Irvington Avenue. South Orange. NJ 973.327.4840 wwwlernj.com

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