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WINTER EDITION 2017

T H E #1 M U LT I C U LT U R A L W E D D I N G M A G A Z I N E

Bride F E AT U R I N G

140+ pages of

COUTURE GOWNS, LUXURY WEDDINGS, DECOR & MORE

LETOYA LUCKETT

SINGER + ACTRESS SHARES WHY SHE'S SO IN LOVE & HAPPIER THAN EVER


MORE FROM THIS PHOTOSHOOT BY PRETTY POSH EVENTS ON PAGE 140. PHOTO: AIDA MALIK PHOTOGRAPHY


welcome

The name MunaLuchi holds a special place in our hearts. It is the combination of two African names which when fused together mean, "Beautiful Work of God"... Perfectly describing our brides... The Munaluchi bride is bold, beautiful, worldly... She is witty, vibrant and free. She loves the finer things in life, and is not afraid to go after what she wants. She exudes style and grace and is determined to look her very best not just on her wedding day but every day. She yearns to embrace her culture and seeks inspiration that speaks to her. She comes in all sizes and shades. Simply put, she is beautiful no matter what skin she's in. Our mission is to promote positive images of women of color...because we believe positive imagery is the threshold for confidence...and confidence inspires self love. We aspire to inspire...


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is our seventh year of business. And with the seventh year of business, comes many challenges, but also much growth. It’s a year when as business owners, you must seek balance and peace, but also be introspective and study the happenings of your company. Because only when you sit back and take a good look at what’s happening around you, and put yourself at a place of peace, can you effectively be in a position to receive what God has in store for you. Munaluchi is blossoming into the company I prayed for, and I’m so grateful and thankful to have you as a reader. Speaking of waiting on God, our covergirl LeToya Luckett shares her spiritual journey to finding love. My interview with her and her husband Tommie, is raw and candid. They share the story of how they met, how they fell in love, and what they love most about one another. Most importantly, they share a strong love for God, and through that common bond, their connection is stronger than ever. Enjoy the Winter 2017 issue, and as always, if you love it as much as we do, share it with your families and friends. Happy planning!

Jacqueline Nwobu CEO/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF photo: teshorn jackson

WINTER 2017 CEO/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

J acqueline Nwobu PRESIDENT

Chike Nwobu CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Brooke Tidswell

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING + SALES

Nicole McKenzie

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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.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Samuel Naumick MARKETING ASSISTANT

Mylinh Truong

EDITORIAL INTERN

Maggie Montalto

COVER CREDITS: Photography by Stanlo Photography / Wardrobe Styling by J. Bolin / Makeup by GlamourRX / Hair by Miguel of Dallas / Dress by Nardos Design


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Int erviews 20

L E TO YA L U C K E T T + TO M M I C U S WA L K E R

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KESH DESIGNS

16 J. B O L I N 18 M A J O R .

Engagem ents 76

SHARA + MICHAEL

Atlanta, GA

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TRICHELLE + GLENN

Washington D.C.

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ALISON + KEN

Toronto, Canada

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R AC H A E L + E R I C

Long Island, NY

1 0 2  R O M I E + K A M A L I 88

COT Y + O L A M I D E

Houston, TX

Weddin g I deas 63

AFRICAN INSPIRED

North Haledon, NJ

1 1 0

MARLINE + ONEIL

Bryn Athyn, PA

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CHINYERE + NKEMDI

Vienna, VA

1 2 2

S H A N N A + JA S O N

Cayman Islands

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1 2 8 N A K E I L A + R E N I TA 146 PA R I S I A N FA N TA S Y

Real Weddings 37

JESSICA + QUINCY

Dallas, Tx

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SARAH + SAMUEL

Toronto, Canada

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J E N N I F E R + Q UA N T R E L L

Long Island City, NY

59  A N D R E A + B R A N DO N

Atlanta, GA

Dallas, TX

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TY + MIKE

Ellicot City, MD

1 3 6

CHRISTINE + NANA

Toronto, Canada

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COLLIN PIERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Divine Design WITH AKESHI AKINSEYE In this interview with Akeshi Akinseye, she discusses all things design, and gives us a sneak peek into her new Kesh Designs Home Collection.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS? Since 2012. HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THE WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN BUSINESS? I got my start very early as a child growing up in Nigeria. I come from a family of entrepreneurs and I fell in love with design from helping my mother with the events she designed. I honestly had no idea I was going to be planning weddings. I wanted to be a therapist. I went to college for Psychology and was so sure I would go all the way getting my Phd.

For years, I would host my friends at my place and I really

enjoyed it. During college, I worked in retail then took a job doing sales after college. I was good at it and was making good money so I never thought about going into another profession. After 5 years with this company, we had a layoff. This was a complete surprise. I was jobless for a few months then I got engaged and of course planning was next. As I planned my wedding, I realized how much I enjoyed it. What seemed

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WHEN AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START YOUR FLORAL EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP? I started The Kesh Experience in August of 2016. I get a lot of emails and calls from planners and designers asking for help with their business. They really didn't know how to go about building their brand, and getting the right resources to grow. I found that there are a lot of eager and dedicated planners and designers that needed someone to guide them through the next steps to enhance their skills, take their business to another level and teach them the proper way to do things. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE WEDDING? Oh there are quite a few favorites. Next to the Bride's grand entrance, my favorite part of the wedding is the reception room reveal. I live for it. It's the f irst time the couple gets to see the room together and really take it all in. Before then, there is so much happening and nerves kick in. This time is so special for them and to me as well. It makes all the months of prepping and planning worth it. WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST REQUEST YOU HAVE HAD FROM A BRIDE? I once had a request from a bride to call and check up on her every single day leading to the wedding and give wedding updates daily. She needed to hear my voice everyday she said. Safe to say that relationship was not a good f it. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC? My design aesthetic is very detailed, it's layered, it's romantic, it's timeless. COLLIN PIERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

stressful to other brides was actually fun for me. I decided to put my all into my wedding planning and that's exactly what I did. My wedding was the f irst wedding I planned and it was a learning experience for me. TELL US ABOUT THE COMPANIES UNDER THE KESH LUXURY GROUP. Kesh Luxury Group is my parent company. Under the group, I have a planning, f loral/design and home decor division. Kesh Events: My very f irst company. Kesh Events specializes in wedding and event planning and coordination in Chicago and destinations worldwide. Kesh Design: This specializes in f lorals and event design offering anything from f lorals, to lighting, furniture and full scale productions. Kesh Designs Home: Is my newest company and this is our home decor brand of stylish tabletop accessories and unique decor pieces for your home.


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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER TO DESIGN WITH? I am so in love with orchids. I rarely design without it. Its delicate and exotic. I love the look and what it signif ies. Orchids signify elegance, beauty and innocence. WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING FOR FLORAL DESIGN IN 2018? I am def initely seeing a more customized approach to weddings. Couples are opting for really good entertainment from the ceremony to reception. The guest experience seems to be the focus. The cookie-cutter wedding is going away thankfully and couples want their guests to enjoy a creative meal from cocktails to desserts, really fun entertainment, really beautiful decor with f lowers, lounge furnishing, lighting and more. WHAT

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ACHIEVEMENT

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MILESTONE? Publishing my book! It happened. It really happened. 10 years ago, I wouldn't have imagined I would be an author. But I am and it happened. I am so thankful. BIGGEST

LESSON

YOU'VE

LEARNED IN BUSINESS? Oh boy. How many am I allowed to list :-). My biggest lesson is that you can never get too comfortable. This goes for people and your work. I have also learned that you must have everything in writing and consult an attorney to review and

AKESHI DURING HER VOW RENEWAL IN THAILAND | PHOTOS: WEERAYUT JANTHAI

draft all your legal documents. Protect yourself and your brand. CONGRATULATIONS ON 5 YEARS OF MARRIAGE! WHAT WAS

WITH YOUR FIRST BOOK BEING A HUGE SUCCESS, DO YOU

IT LIKE PLANNING A VOW RENEWAL FOR YOURSELF?

PLAN TO WRITE MORE BOOKS?

It was so much fun. I initially wanted to plan an intimate ceremony and party

Absolutely. I have already begun working on my second book and plan to

in Chicago but we decided to go away to somewhere exotic and romantic and enjoy a nice vacation after. So we chose Koh Samui, Thailand. It was the honeymoon we never took 5 years ago. It was completely stress free and fun and the location was everything I hoped for. The Resort was very helpful. I was in really good hands. FALL.2017

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keep going :-) IF YOU WEREN'T A WEDDING AND FLORAL DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? It's hard to say for sure, but I would probably be a therapist.


Sneak peek of the new Kesh Designs Home collection! CONGRATULATIONS

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NEWEST VENTURE, KESH DESIGNS HOME. TELL US WHAT WE CAN EXPECT? I cannot wait to share to the world my home collection. Its been a real labor of love and a lot of attention to detail has gone into this collection. You can expect nothing plain. Every piece has a unique detail you will fall in love with. If you are looking to take entertaining to a new level, this is it. I began with the table where so many memories are made. The collection has napkins, napkin rings, placemats, table runners, charger plates and glassware. Its something not just for your home but for event designers and planners as well. It's a great option for off ice showcase and styled shoots. Every piece is so detailed and will def initely give you that wow factor. I also added some home fragrance with our scented candles. There are three scents that I am just obsessed with. These are great for your home, off ice or as a gift. Def initely a great option for hostess gifts. The collection includes decorative pillows. We have different colors in a luxe velvet fabric, prints from our world glam collection and metallic fabrics. Each item is perfect for your off ice, living room or your bedroom. There is something for everyone. TELL US THREE THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU. 1. I am in introvert. 2. I am not a fan of Holiday music and festivities. I know it makes me look so bad but ever since I left home (Nigeria), holidays are not the same. 3. I don’t like cheese of any kind. TELL US SOMETHING THAT RECENTLY LEFT YOU

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH AKESHI:

INSPIRED.

Kesh Events: www.keshevents.com Kesh Designs: www.keshdesignsinc.com Kesh Designs Home: www.keshdesignshome.com

My recent trip to Thailand! There is something about it. I found it

The Kesh Experience: www.thekeshexperience.com

so inspiring and I was really moved by the people, culture and the

Phone: 312 253 7318 Email: hello@keshluxurygroup.com

scenery.

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the art of style

ON SET FOR THE MUNALUCHI COVER SHOOT. PHOTO: STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY

WITH J. BOLIN

WHO IS J. BOLIN? J.Bolin is a charming, southern (he's from Mississippi), debonair gentleman who enjoys fashion and has had the opportunity to showcase my fashion on celebrities across the world. WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN WARDROBE STYLING? My f irst client was my wife. We’ve been married for 12 years. I would have her so fresh, in thigh boots and all kinds of craziness that people would stop to ask what she’s wearing all the time, and that’s the reason why she believed that I could probably could get paid for what I was doing. I had a MySpace page, and at the time I called myself an Image Consultant [thanks to my wife]. So I went from an Image Consultant to being a Wardrobe Stylist. I had a chance to work with a local celebrity in my city and I wanted to be a celebrity stylist so bad, that I just put “celebrity fashion stylist” after my name after working with that client...it kind of spoke life into something that wasn’t there but something that I aspired to have. And it started to attract more industry people.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BRIDAL AND FASHION STYLING? It’s a whole different world. [When] dealing with a wedding for a high prof ile person or celebrity, there’s an expectation that’s set by other celebrities and there’s so much media and press. For the bridal styling, the f irst time was with Munaluchi and immediately it opened up a door to see things from a different perspective. I thought I was at my plateau after working with 45-50 celebrities, now its like going back to school and getting a masters degree. It’s so much...But I love it. I appreciate [Munaluchi] for trusting me to be as creative as I want to be. Sometimes it works well to be able to shine and show off your gifts from God. TOP THREE STYLING MUST HAVES? 1. For a woman to have a fresh crisp look that will get her in any door, you need a crisp white button down. It’s a must. 2. A nude or neutral pair of heels. 3. A great white pair of pants. You will always win. Works for any shape and size, as long as it’s tailored to your body, it will always make you look like money. I’m about f it, size, f lattery and style.

"I'm about fit, size, flattery and style."

WHAT TYPE OF DEGREE DO YOU HAVE? I have a degree in advanced technology, which is basically robotics. When I left the university, I actually started working for the Nissan plant, working on the lines and doing robotics. So I would program robots then, but now I’m programming women on what to wear. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM? I get my inspiration from my upbringing. [I]was taught to take pride in what you look like. When you leave the house, even if you’re going to the mailbox, you needed to look decent. My grandfather was a carpenter. I have never seen him without his pants ironed or his shirt tucked in. Pens in his pocket on the lefthand side. My great grandfather was a minister. So I had always seen him in suits and hats. And the women of my family have always been very classy women. That’s just something that I tapped into. I love class, but with a little bit of edge.

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ADVICE FOR UP AND COMING FASHION STYLISTS? Go to school to be a doctor. Just kidding! You have to know that there’s purpose behind it and Ministry in it because we are really changing lives. It’s not just about fashion. We make husbands and wives look at one another again. We make cancer patients feel great again. We make women who have given their lives to their families and have lost their conf idence feel better about themselves. We’re reviving people’s careers. We’re keeping people relevant that already have great careers. So it’s more than just dressing. If you love what you do and you’re passionate about what you do, it will shine in what you do. TELL US SOMETHING THAT RECENTLY LEFT YOU INSPIRED . My team. They inspire me everyday. Because they look to me for help and for all kinds of things and it makes me get my butt up and get life together...because I know that I have people that are ready to get up and shine….so it inspires me to get up everyday. Ultimately, that’s why God put me here to be doing what I’m doing. It’s to help me change lives. HOW DO BRIDES GET IN CONTACT WITH YOU? Call

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MILLIONS

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MUSICIANS HAVE YOU FOUND THE MOST INSPIRATION IN THROUGHOUT LIFE? I’m inspired to inspire all day e’ryday! It’s amazing seeing how many folks get lifted by my art. Believe it or not, I f ind my greatest musical inf luence from the greats of way back - Nat King Cole, Sam Cook, Sinatra, James Brown, and Michael Jackson. WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE GROWING UP? Growing up, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and ALLLL of the Winans inf luenced me.

TRAPPED ON A DESERT ISLAND SCENARIO; WHAT ARE THE FIVE ALBUMS

PHOTO: JASON KEEPLER

artist spotlight

YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Stevie Wonder - Talking Book. Michael Jackson - The Essential Michael Jackson. CeCe Winans - Throne Room. PJ Morton - Gumbo. MAJOR. - i am MAJOR.

HOW HAS THE PLACE OF YOUR UPBRINGING SHAPED WHO YOU ARE?

Houston, TX raised me well... to be humble and great at the same time. Our Texas motto is “Everything is Bigger in Texas”... so for me, it’s GO BIG or GO HOME!

WITH MAJOR.

DO YOU EVER EXPERIENCE WRITER’S BLOCK? IF SO, HOW DO YOU STAY

American Pop-Soul, Singer/Song-Writer, MAJOR. has not only been consistently climbing the music charts but also climbing the ladder into the hearts of millions of fans world-wide. Most notably for his hit single “Why I Love You” which has quickly become one of the most popular wedding songs of all-time, even having been described by Stevie Wonder as the “wedding song of the year.” MAJOR., a Texas native, fell in love with making music at a young age, performing throughout childhood, and continuing to develop his talents throughout high school and college. Having recently performed to a sold out Muna Love Affair; MunaLuchi’s multi-city experiential wedding show, we were able to sit down with MAJOR. and discuss the inspiration behind the number one wedding song, as well as his road to becoming the musician he is today.

INSPIRED? I do experience writer’s block from time to time but my remedy is to pause and put my mind on the reason I’m telling this story. What’s the “Why”? Then usually, newer words just start f lowing. And if that don’t work - I let the song chill until I’m inspired to pick it back up. I ain’t touching it if inspiration ain’t in it.

YOUR SONG, “WHY I LOVE YOU” HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR

DO YOU HAVE AN ULTIMATE GOAL AS A MUSICIAN, OR ARE YOU SIMPLY

WEDDING SONGS OF ALL-TIME. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND

ENJOYING THE JOURNEY WHEREVER IT MAY LEAD? I want a Grammy. I want to be the soundtrack of an era. I want to make music that will live & be loved forever. I want to rock stages and arenas all over the world! And I will.

It’s pretty dope to see a dream unfold the way it has! I wanted “Why I Love You” to reach the world and it’s doing that and then some. GOD-Love was my inspiration. I wanted to recalibrate our way of being & doing love in this crazy world. I had weddings, babies, self-esteem, proposals, church, ...all of it in mind. I saw it. Now we’re here! THE SONG? DID YOU HAVE WEDDINGS IN MIND WHEN WRITING IT?

WHAT IS THE GREATEST REWARD YOU RECEIVE FROM YOUR MUSIC?

Growth & change from the listener - an escape to the better things. Did I help make their life better? If yes, we good money!

"I want to rock stages and arenas all over the world ! And I will."

WERE YOU ALWAYS DESTINED FOR MUSIC, OR WAS THERE A MOMENT WHEN YOU REALIZED BEING A MUSICIAN WAS GOING TO BE YOUR LIFE?

I told my mama at 3yrs old that I wanted to be a famous singer. She supported that dream from jump and put me in school for it. I’ve been singing all my life. Wouldn’t be surprised if I sang a few notes to the doctor that delivered me. Hah! IF YOU HAD TO SELECT AN ALTERNATIVE ROAD IN LIFE, WHAT CAREER PATH ASIDE FROM MUSIC DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FOLLOWING? Psychology. I really dig learning & understanding people & their function. I try my best to help people f ind their life meaning & hope to keep on living.

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It has been a monumental year for LeToya Luckett with new music and new acting roles. But preparing for the most important role in her life, wife to Tommicus Walker, has been front and center. In this cover story, we had a chance to chat with the lovebirds about their relationship. PHOTOGRAPHED BY STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY CREATIVE DIRECTION BY JACQUELINE NWOBU ASSITANT CREATIVE DIRECTION BY CHIOMA NWOGU STYLED BY J. BOLIN ASSITANT STYLING: ALYSHA ANTOINETTE HAIR: MIGUEL OF DALLAS MAKEUP: GLAMOUR RX LOCATION: THE ADOLPHUS HOTEL


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MunaLuchi EIC Interviews LeToya Luckett and Tommicus Walker JN: HOW DID THE TWO OF YOU MEET?

LL: A mutual friend told me about him while we were at a wedding. He didn’t know who I was, didn’t know what I looked like. He didn’t know my full name. And I did that for a reason. I felt that I wanted to do something different. She said, I have somebody you should meet. He’s very attractive, he’s a man of God, he’s a great dude. And she just told me what a great man he was. I was kind of uncomfortable with being hooked up, but then again I was like, this person is taking time to get to know him, then I felt comfortable enough giving my number. So he called, and [on] the f irst conversation... we stayed on the phone for hours. We talked for so long, laughing and vibing. We talked every single day. JN: So you hadn’t seen him yet? LL: No. I saw a picture of him, but he had not seen a picture of me. JN: So did he know your name at least? What did you tell him your name was? LL: I told him my name was Toya. I didn’t tell him my last name...didn’t tell him I was in the industry...didn’t tell him anything. And so, fast forward, we were already praying together. [One day] he asked me for a self ie and I was like naw. [Instead] I sent him a picture of my wrist. Tommie and LeToya burst out in laughter. JN: Did you really send him a picture of your wrist? LL: Yes. Just my wrist. T W: Just her wrist. Just the skin. I could tell by her wrist that she was f ine. LL: I actually sent him a picture of my wrist. And he was able to see my feet. Then he told me that he could tell by my wrist and my feet that I was f ine! Then he asked to take me out on a date. This all fell within a months time. He took a f light out to LA, and brought his daughter. He saw me [for the f irst time] and was like, “Dang girl. You cute! Thank you Lord! We went to dinner, we talked for hours, and immediately I felt whole. The connection was so real. The next day he took me to Disneyland with his daughter. And I wanted to make sure that I gave her some space, and didn’t try and jump all over her and want her to like me. It wasn’t about that. I was like, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon and I feel like we should take time to get to know each other, and by the middle of the day, she was around my neck. And our connection was very strong. By that Sunday, he asked me to come over to the hotel and have breakfast with him

and his daughter. And we watched Church together. And I was laying there with him and his daughter and he said, “You know I’m going to pursue you.” JN: WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BRING YOUR DAUGHTER WITH YOU ON THE TRIP WITH IT BEING YOUR FIRST TIME MEETING LETOYA ?

T W: I felt good about the situation because like she said, we were praying together. So for me, that spiritual connection that she and I had early on, made me feel very comfortable. That was one of the things I prayed for early on in the year...I asked God to send me a wife. And once she came my way and He connected us in spirit, I already knew that she was the lady that he sent for me. So [there] was no time to waste. God already put in my heart that [LeToya] is the one...this is your wife, you might as well go ahead and bring your daughter and introduce her too. MB: Where did you tell your daughter that you were going? T W: I told her we were going to Disneyland. I didn’t want to push my daughter Madison. So I just let it happen by itself. LL: Organically. T W: That’s right. So I told her, this is Ms. Letoya. And at f irst she was a little shy, but after a while she was ok. JN: How old is Madison? T W: She’s 5. LL: Going on 27

JN: WHEN DID YOU KNOW IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME TO PROPOSE?

T W: The thing was, I knew that she was going to be my wife. We had gone on several vacations together leading up to that proposal. So I felt good about it. It was just a matter of timing. She and I talked about that from almost day 1. I surprised her at my birthday. And uh... LL: I thought I was surprising him! JN: So you thought you were planning a big party for him. You thought you were doing something special, huh! LL: Oh God yes! Oh my Gosh. T W: I wasn’t supposed to propose to her on my birthday. She was supposed to have a concert in Houston the same weekend that Hurricane Harvey hit. As soon as she would have gone on stage, I would have proposed to her. But right before then, on a Monday, (my birthday was on a Wednesday,) God was like, go ahead and do it. Cause I already had the ring and everything. God was just telling me, go ahead and propose. So that video, I created that video the night before I proposed. She was out running errands and I was just sitting on the couch with all my videos, all the pictures that we took from the very beginning, from Mickey Mouse all the way up to my birthday. LL: He proposed on August 16h. LeToya smiles ear to ear while gazing at her ring. JN: ON YOUR END, HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN EVERYTHING WAS HAPPENING.

Everyone laughs.

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD?

JN: TOMMIE, WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT LETOYA WAS THE ONE? THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A TIME WHEN YOU WERE LIKE, “THIS IS IT. ”

T W: True story. I knew that she was the one when we hugged at the Ferris Wheel. JN: At Disneyland? T W: Yeah. LL: We have a picture! T W: I don’t think you understand how we hugged. There’s a line to get on the Ferris Wheel, she and I just clamped together. It was just...it felt like Him. Letoya brings out the picture of her and Tommie hugg ing at the Ferris Wheel. LL: He bought me a sweatshirt. So we had twin sweatshirts. We hugged all the way through that line. I did not want to let go.

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LL: I was so surprised. JN: You had no idea? LL: I didn’t, but He knows me. My connection with God is on a whole different level. And I felt it. JN: So you felt something was going to happen? LL: I was like, he might propose to me today. I don’t know how...But I kept putting it out of my mind. I wanted this day to be about him. It’s his birthday. And so, when it actually happened, I was like, are you serious God? Really?! I was right?... But I felt it. I literally was saying a prayer...I said, Lord, you’re getting me excited and if that’s not the case, I don’t want this feeling that you’re giving me and then if it doesn’t happen and I won’t be able to have fun at his birthday because you’ve put it in my heart. I had no idea.


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JN: HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN FOR YOU?

LL: It’s been cool. It’s been great. Only because I working with [Tommie] and we have a great wedding planner, Premier Events. [They] have been awesome in helping us put this together. I was surprised at how involved he is. I run everything by him...color of the f lowers...cake..everything. I’m telling you, down to the f lower girls. JN: Hmm. He’s like a mini groomzilla! LL - He’s def initely on it. And I love him for that. He’s not putting all the pressure on me to get everything done. The invitations we did together. We did everything together. The only thing he hasn’t been involved in is my dress. I’ve seen all his suits and everything. But he hasn’t seen my dress. JN: HOW DID YOU PICK A WEDDING DATE? WHAT WAS THE PROCESS?

LL: [Tommie] was like I’m not going into 2018 without you being my wife. So we went on vacation in Turks and Caicos. We started looking up venues. And it’s crazy because my cousin sent me a link to venues. And I looked through that, and I saw this venue and thought this looks crazy expensive but somehow Tommie saw the venue too at a different time and we we both sat down and came together, [it turns out] we picked the exact same venue. So we got on the phone, long distance and everything. He called, spoke to the lady and the next thing we know, we had a venue date. JN: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE?

LL: Eat! Yes, both of us. We love eating chicken wings. Tommie starts laughing. LL: We love traveling together. T W: Traveling and food go together JN: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TOMMIE?

LL: That’s so awesome. He has such a good heart. His love for God is why I love him. More than anything because I know of the way he loves and serves God, I know he’ll honor me. And he listens to Him. And I love the way he prays for me, I love the way he prays for our family. I love the way he goes hard for our family. He’s a family man, but most of all his heart for God. He has kept me in line with the Word. We pray before we go to bed every night. That’s why. And...I can’t look at him without laughing or smiling. JN: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LETOYA?

T W: Honestly though, this girl has a real sweet spirit... A real sweet spirit about her. A real good heart. She’s a nurturer...always. As a mother for my child...she’s an awesome mother and she’s an awesome partner. She holds it down. We are like best friends. She’s my everything. But the thing I love about her most is that she’s also a child of God...she fears God. And that’s what attracted me to her. Anytime that we miss out on anything as far as getting into our own world, we always go back to the spirit...to the connection we have for one another. It’s so strong. That’s why I love her so much.

Thanks so much LeToya and Tommie for sharing your love story with us. The MunaLuchi Team wishes you nothing but blessings and happiness in your marriage.


JESSICA + QUINCY DALLAS, TX JULY 15, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y P h a r r i s P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

J

essica and Quincy’s love story began while attending

a group of men in suits, Jessica was welcomed by their family

university, Quincy was a sophomore and Jessica a

and friends – having arrived from all over the country to

freshman – though the “love” part didn’t begin till

be there. Music began to play as the group parted down the

after graduation. Initially they met byway of mutual friends

middle to reveal Quincy at the opposite end of the room

and ended up remaining friends themselves throughout their

waiting for his future bride-to-be, a vocalist at his side

college careers. When Jessica landed her f irst big corporate

serenading them both with an original song he wrote. As

position, Quincy sent her f lowers of congratulations and so

tears of joy streamed down her cheeks, Quincy took Jessica’s

began the stage of sweeping her off her feet. As Jessica puts

hand in his own, got down on one knee and professed his

it, “we couldn’t get enough of each other.”

eternal love for her before asking her to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

After a year and a half together, Quincy knew it was time to take their relationship to the next level. The day began with

For Jessica, dress shopping was “one of the most fun parts

treating Jessica and her best friend to a spa day, complete

of wedding planning.” Accompanied by her mother and

with massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, champagne, and

entourage of bridesmaids, Jessica tried on dresses eight or

more. Being a professional basketball player, Quincy told

nine times before coming to decisions. Ultimately, she went

Jessica they had a mandatory team dinner to attend that

with the f irst dress she had in mind months before beginning

evening at popular steakhouse. Up to this point Jessica held

the shopping process – a twinkling champagne gown with

no suspicions of a proposal on the horizon, thinking that

sweetheart neckline, sexy see-through boning in the back,

the spa day was just a sweet gesture allowing her to catch up

intricate lace detailing, and a long train.

with a good friend, and the team dinner not being out of the ordinary either.

Their beautiful ballroom wedding in Dallas, Texas had an ivory, clear, and champagne accented color scheme with

Arriving to the team dinner directly from the spa, Jessica

hints of dusty blue in the f lorals, while also incorporating

asked Quincy via text message if he could meet her at the

a mariachi band cocktail hour to represent Jessica’s Mexican

entrance, as she felt a little awkward entering alone. Quincy,

cultural roots.

thinking on his feet, replied back that he was in the middle of an important conversation with the coach, so he sent a host

FAVORITE WEDDING ACCESSORY:

to escort her to the private room in which the team dinner was being held.

“My ivory and rose gold Sophia Webster heels. They’re my favorite because Quincy actually picked them out for me. I

The doors to the private room opened and instead of seeing

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with my dress because of its unique color, so like with

as he just stood and watched and smiled, so self lessly, in the

everything else, I ran to Q to ask for his opinion even though

background... That’s when I knew I wanted to be loved by

he had not even the slightest clue as to what my dress looked

him forever.” - Jessica

like. And he came back with these amazing shoes! He said he loved the wing accent because I would be his “angel walking

“I can say that I knew Jessica was the one on multiple

down the aisle” *swoon*”

occasions, it’s cliche to say that as soon as I laid eyes on her I knew she was the one, but when I f irst saw her my sophomore

I KNEW YOU WERE “THE ONE” WHEN...

year of college, I literally thought she was the most beautiful human being that I had ever seen, so much so that I couldn’t

“For me, I think I always knew in the back of my mind that

stop telling my friends that day about how gorgeous she was

Quincy was “the one”, but the moment that made it very

lol. From then on just us building a friendship and hanging

clear was Christmas, 2015. We were living in Sacramento – he

out I knew she was the one I wanted to be with, and after

was playing for the Kings at the time – and although it was

years in a relationship I knew without a doubt that she was

his fourth year in the league and he had seemingly learned

my soulmate and the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life

how to deal with being away from home, being away from my

with.” - Quincy

family for an extended amount of time was still tough for me, especially during the holiday season. Even though I tried to

BEST MEMORIES:

act like it didn’t bother me, Quincy could see right through my act. It was a few days before Christmas and Q said he was

“For both of us, the most memorable moment of the wedding

going to run to the store to pick up some last-minute things

was when the doors opened and we both saw each other for

before it closed. I was lounging in the living room with the

the f irst time, right before I walked down the aisle. A close

f ire place glowing and hear the front door open and see him

second would be the moment after dinner was served and our

walk in but from behind I hear someone say,” Ho Ho Ho,

planner raised the shades of the reception ballroom revealing

Merry Christmas!” I instantly got chills because I knew those

the entire Dallas skyline! The ballroom was on the 32nd f loor

voices anywhere – it was my mom and sister. I remember

of the hotel so you could literally see all of Dallas. It was

running up to them and almost knocking them over, I was

breathtaking.”

f illed with pure joy! Hugging them in tears, I glanced at Q


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PHOTOGRAPHER

Joshua+Karris Pharris PHARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY www.pharrisphotos.com

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VENDORS CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE: Westin Dallas Downtown PHOTOGRAPHY: Pharris Photography PLANNER: Keestone Events VIDEOGRAPHY: Henry Weddings DJ: Nick Walker aka DJ Young Streetz FLORALS: Branching Out RENTALS: Posh Couture Rentals STATIONERY: Leyco Lettering MAKE UP: Glam by Cham HAIR: The Mod Labb CAKE: Loft22 Cakes UPLIGHTING / WASH: PSAV WHITE DANCE FLOOR + STAGING + MONOGRAM: DFW Dance Floors PHOTO BOOTH: Flock Together Fotobooth MARIACHI BAND: Mariachi Los Gavilanes

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QUARTET: Versa Strings SHOES: Sophia Webster BRIDAL SALON: Bridal Boutique Lewisville BRIDAL GOWN: Berta Bridal BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Badgley Mischka GROOM'S SUIT: Cicchini Custom Clothier WATCH: Rolex SHOES: Mezlan

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SARAH & SAMUEL TORONTO, CANADA

JUNE 25, 2017 PH OTOG R A P H E D BY Stanlo Photog raphy

S

Text by Samuel Naumick

arah and Samuel’s elegant Toronto wedding was both

expensive transatlantic relationship was f illed with fun, bliss

contemporary and classic with a royal setting at Casa

and some exciting drama. We are similar in many ways but

Loma Castle – complete with elements of Nigerian

differ in few. Over the years, we have learned to consolidate

culture. The bride was stunning in a custom made timeless

on our similarities and respect the differences. Sarah is kind,

ball gown with hand -beaded embroidery and cathedral length

honest, strong-willed (a fancy word for stubborn) and most

veil. The beautiful banquet hall reception began with cocktail

importantly God-fearing. Her sacrif ices and self lessness have

hour, followed by the f irst dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” and

made our relationship blossom into maturity. Marrying her is

“Thinking Out Loud,” the cake cutting, speeches, and a sit-

the proudest decision I ever made.”

down three-course dinner. Sarah: “He has made my smile bigger and my laugh a little

The story…

louder. Knowing and growing closer to him has been life changing. He is intelligent, generous to a fault, God-fearing

Samuel: “It was a lonely Norwegian winter evening In

and most importantly, romantic. He once showed up at my

November 2010, I was browsing through my Facebook

doorstep unannounced all the way from Europe. That's got

timeline when I stumbled on a graduation picture of a young

to be one of my happiest days. He is everything I have ever

lady holding a bouquet on one hand and hugging her proud

wanted or wished for.”

mum with the other. I noticed her dimples and the happy smile

The proposal…

on their faces. I liked what I saw (dimples and success) and decided to approach, however, with caution. I sent her a friend request, which was graciously accepted the following day.”

Samuel: “We were in the French Riviera for her birthday, May 14, 2016. After a long road trip, we had a lovely dinner and

Sarah: “Sam added (stalked) me on Facebook via a mutual

headed to our hotel room in Marseille. Just before we went

friend's page. I couldn't help but notice his many faces,

to bed, I got on one knee and asked my love to spend the rest

literally. When you look at 4 pictures of him, you almost see

of her life with me. She was startled. She became ‘teary-eyed’

4 different people, lol. We re-connected and started talking

as she gave the happy ‘aff irmative nod.’ I have never seen her

in June 2014. We immediately became very good friends and

happier. It was a beautiful, intimate and happy moment we

talked almost every day. I met him for the f irst time in August

will relish for the rest of our lives.”

2014. I remember a very shy big guy, hiding behind his friend, as he walked towards my car. To his credit, he put his best

Sarah: “Saying yes to Sam was one of the easiest decisions I ever

foot...”

had to make. The love of my life went on bended knee on my birthday to reel off many reasons why he was sure I was the one

Samuel: “One evening in June 2014, she messaged me out of

for him. My best friend looked into my eyes and asked me to

the blue. I was excited to hear from her after a long time. I

help him mark many more milestones on his pathway through

asked her out three weeks into our rekindled friendship.

life. What started off as a birthday getaway for me turned out

I visited Toronto two months later and I must say she is a

to be the night that marked the beginning of our beautiful

rare combination of beauty, brains, character and class. Our

journey to become man and wife.”

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BEST MEMORIES:

“The bridal procession during the ceremony was beautiful. I had ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perry playing as I walked down the aisle to meet my handsome groom. It was a magical, beautiful and teary moment.” ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES:

“This day is yours and you only get one chance to get everything you want, so make sure you do just that. If there is anything you want or need, make it happen. You will most likely get a lot of recommendations and advice from your family and friends, but prioritize yours needs and preferences. Always stick to your gut. Most importantly, PRAY. Keeping God involved will only make your process easier. Also, don't forget to have fun and enjoy every moment of the day. Finally, hire Stanley Babb as your photographer. He will make your event memories eternal.”


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PHOTOGRAPHER

Stanley Babb STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY www.stanlophotography.com

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vendors BRIDE'S DRESS: Yemi Shoyemi BRIDE’S HEADPIECE AND/OR VEIL: Yemi Shoyemi BRIDE'S SHOES: Imagine By Vince Camuto BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Joyce Fashion CAKE: Atynel DESSERTS: Chef Loso CATERING: Presidente Banquet Hall CEREMONY VENUE: Cast Loma EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Sheer Elegance EVENT PLANNER: Emelia Frimpong FLORALS: Obaapa_creations GROOM'S ATTIRE: King Hakbal GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Max Cavalera Official BRIDE’S HAIR: Hair By Estylez BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR: Hair By Estylez And Aleezhia LIGHTING: Presidente Banquet Hall LINENS: Presidente Banquet Hall MAKEUP: Beauty By Philippa PHOTOGRAPHY: Stanley Babb RECEPTION VENUE: President Banquet Hall STATIONERY: Ivory Paperie VIDEOGRAPHY: Artists Touch Productions


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JENNIFER + QUANTRELL LONG ISLAND CITY, NY SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y 4 5 6 We d d i n g s

Text by Samuel Naumick

J

ennifer and Quantrell f irst met as co-workers. Quantrell

engagement ring. After an emphatic “yes,” Jennifer opened

was already employed at the company when Jennifer

her card which read, “this will be one of the best day of our

was going through the interview process. Immediately

lives together.”

attracted to Jennifer, Quantrell highly recommended her being hired – trying to use his inf luence over the decision.

Jennifer and Quantrell knew that they were “the one” for

Much to his satisfaction, Jennifer was hired for the position.

each other after nine years of unshakable commitment,

With the assistance of Jennifer’s friend, Quantrell was able

despite the ups and downs, and the disagreements, they

to attain Jennifer’s phone number. Not wanting to act too

continue to respect each other as individuals and simply can’t

hastily, he waited a few weeks before making that f irst call. It

see spending the rest of their lives with anyone else.

was a call that changed both of their lives as they have been happily together ever since.

Jennifer and Quantrell’s elegant ivory wedding featured a breathtaking city backdrop and catered to f ive hundred

Fast forward to September 14th 2015, the eve of Jennifer’s

guests. Elements of Quantrell’s African and Jamaican culture

28th birthday. At this point in their relationship Jennifer was

were combined with Jennifer’s Indian and Guyanese culture,

conf ident a proposal was on the horizon, and assumed her

represented in both hand-fasting and Jaimala garland

birthday would be the perfect time for it. Her instincts would

ceremonies. The bridesmaids also wore traditional Indian

prove to be correct but just the same Quantrell was going to

jewelry and the groomsmen wore Nehru collar suits. The

do his best to make it a surprise. Quantrell told Jennifer that

reception was full of multicultural music, including Soca and

his home was being painted and take her time coming home

Reggae, as well as live tassa drumming, and Caribbean stilt

from work. She thought for sure this was a distraction for a

walkers.

proposal, but when she arrived she found a freshly painted house and Quantrell nowhere to be found. Unbeknownst to

Jennifer surprised her father by wearing a traditional Indian

Jennifer, he was at her parent’s house asking for their blessing.

bridal outf it for the father/daughter dance, being carried out onto the f loor in a doli – a symbolism of the bride departing

That evening they enjoyed a romantic dinner together with

her parents’ home, creating an emotional moment for them

rose petals and candle light. Jennifer was expecting the

both.

proposal to follow but the night carried on like any other; relaxing in each other’s company while watching some

BEST MEMORIES: “Our best memory was all of our

television. Jennifer began have doubts about a proposal this

entertainment and the party portion of our reception. We had

birthday. Midnight came and past and with it her birthday

the indoor f ireworks, an LED Robot shooting dry ice into the

off icially began. Quantrell wished her a happy birthday

crowd, stilt walkers, the tassa band, champagne brought out

and presented a card and large box. Jennifer opened the

with sparklers, hookah, and a confetti cannon. It was all so

large box to f ind a small gold foil jewelry box inside, but

much fun, neither our guest nor we were bored. It was a great

no engagement ring. In that moment of excitement and

party, and that was really what we wanted!”

confusion Quantrell got down on one knee and revealed another jewelry box, this one containing a beautiful

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ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE:

“The best advice I can give to an engaged couple is to have boundaries with your bridal party when you plan your wedding. This is especially if you have a large bridal party. Our bridal party was 18 people in total. Initially, it’s a happy time, but as things progress you see a shift, because planning a wedding doesn’t have only happy moments. It’s can become a stressful time for everyone a part of the wedding, and if you don’t have boundaries it can cause a rift in valuable relationships. Also, be prepared for the unexpected. I got sick on my wedding day and threw up from after the ceremony, and well into the next day. I would have never expected that to happen to me. Still and all I had a good time, because I went into the day with the mind frame that whatever was going to happen would happen, and there was nothing I could do about it. I would take small breaks to tend to my illness and then go right back to the party. People didn’t notice anything was wrong because I had the best time! Last, it’s your money being spent, don’t let anyone else spend it for you. Be sure that you are spending your money on things you can afford and need. Last, wedding planners and coordinators are great, but can be too opinionated in a day that’s about what you want-- I didn’t choose to have a wedding planner because of this. I went with a wedding coordinator instead, and didn’t seek that out until most of my planning was done. So again, set boundaries with EVERYONE.” - JENNIFER


PHOTOGRAPHER

Linda McQueen 456 WEDDINGS PHOTOGRAPHY www.456weddingsphotography.com

VIDEOGRAPHER

Kelechi Noel LUXOR WEDDING FILMS www.luxorweddings.com

OFFICIANT

Roxanne Birchfield REV ROXY www.marriedbyrevroxy.com

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vendors BRIDE’S DRESS: Andrea Campbell, Pantora Bridal BRIDAL SALON: Pantora Bridal BRIDE’S HEADPIECE: Andrea Campbell, Pantora Bridal BRIDE’S SHOES: Christian Louboutin BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Akini and Gilani CAKES/DESSERTS: There Should Always be Cake CATERING:

Andolphs Gourment Catering, Da Mikelle Illagio

CEREMONY VENUE: LIC Landing EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Just Ask Sacia STILT WALKERS: Tropical Fete LED ROBOT AND PYRO EFFECTS: Royal Events NY DJ AND MC: DJ Speed-E and DJ Echo HOOKAH AND BOTTLE GIRLS: Hookah Vixens DAY OF COORDINATOR: Platinum Celebrations Inc. FLORALS: Elegant Floral Designs GROOM’S ATTIRE: Buddy Tailors - Thailand GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Buddy Tailors – Thailand, and Lords of Stitch and Print HAIR: White Label Hair and Paegan Vernon LIGHTING: Da Mikelle Illagio LINENS: Da Mikelle Illagio MAKEUP: Kim K Sharma PHOTOGRAPHY: 456 Weddings RECEPTION VENUE: Da Mikelle Illagio RENTALS: All in One Party Rentals NY STATIONERY: Stylish Print VIDEOGRAPHY: Luxor Wedding Films OFFICIANT: Rev Roxy - Reverend Roxanne Birchfield


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ANDREA + BRANDON AT L A N TA , G A SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Fo t o s b y Fo l a

Text by Samuel Naumick

O

ften in life just when you are ready to throw in the towel you f inally receive the payoff you’ve been waiting for. For Andrea, this couldn’t be more true. Having all but given up on f inding love through a dating app, Andrea was just about to cancel her account when she received one last message. That last message would turn out to be exactly the person she was always looking for. After deciding to give it one more chance and respond to Brandon’s message, they soon realized that had much in common, and enjoyed getting to know each other for the next month before f inally deciding to go on their f irst date. The sparks f lew that evening at a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas as Andrea and Brandon instantly connected, both realizing that what they had together was something extra special. After three months of bliss life would test their resolve when Andrea was given an irrefutable opportunity in Hawaii. They made the decision to commit to a long-distance relationship. After over a year of being apart they decided to go on a cruise together. On the evening before their departure Brandon arranged dinner in the San Antonio Pearl District. After a lovely dinner, he suggested they enjoy a walk, taking in the beautiful scenery. During their romantic stroll, Brandon shared his life plans

with Andrea, about how he wanted her to always be a part of that life – expressing his love for her. When the moment was perfect he dropped to one knee, ring in hand, and asked her to spend the rest of her life with as husband and wife. For Andrea, wedding shopping was “exciting and full of emotions.” Although she had three appointments set up, she only made it through one. Her experience at the Winnie Couture Bridal Salon in Atlanta was an “amazing” experience, complete with her own “lavish” f itting space. Having singled out three dresses from their catalog, Andrea had one specif ically in mind that she felt would end up being the one, and when she tried on that textured tulle mermaid gown with sweetheart neckline and delicate embroidery wrapped along the bodice and skirt line – she knew for sure that it certainly was. Their beautiful classic and elegant wedding took place in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The ceremony incorporated the jumping of the broom tradition that has been a part of Andrea’s family for generations.


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ve n d or s WEDDING PLANNER: Raven J. Events PHOTOGRAPHER: Fotos By Fola CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE: Georgian Terrace FLORAL DESIGNER: Perfect Creations And Design WEDDING CAKE: Frosted Pumpkin DJ: Spontaneous Entertainment STATIONERY: Papered Wonders UPLIGHTING: Uplight Your Event MAKE-UP: Mimi J. DESSERT FAVOR: Sweet Details PHOTOBOOTH: Shutterbooth WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: Winnie Chlomin Lee WEDDING DRESS SALON: Winnie Couture Atlanta BRIDE'S SHOES: Sophia Webster BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Vera Wang, David's Bridal


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PHOTOGRAPHY

Karimah Gheddai KARIMAH GHEDDAI PHOTOGRAPHY www.karimahgheddai.com

CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER: Karimah

Gheddai

Photog raphy // EVENT PLANNERS: MandZ Events // FLORIST: Zuhoor Desig ns // GROOM'S SUIT: CE Clothier // BRIDAL DRESSES (white

wedding

dress and traditional dress) : Gesare Regalia // DECOR: Decor Inspirations // MUA: Faces

by Zeinab // CAKE:

The Bowtie Bakery // ACCESSORIES (bride's sash, g room's bowtie and g room's pocket square ) : Love Lakeri // ACCESSORIES (EARRINGS): Desig ns

by Yaa // CINEMATOGRAPHY: Aperture Lane // MODELS: Rasheed Donalds and Yasmin Nooh // INVITATION SUITE AND MENUS: Karimah

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ALISON + KEN TO R O N TO , C A N A DA AUGUST 31, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y S a m a n t h a C l a r k e P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

A

lison and Ken’s love story began in the

met her family. The ease with which they got along

breakfast line at an offsite work meeting.

and the genuine interactions they had and continue to

Following their introduction, a strong

have told her the he was it for her.

impression was left on them both, and quickly a friendship grew between them. A few months into

For Ken, he knew Alison was the one because with her

their friendship, Alison invited Ken to come out with

“my days are f illed with laughter because she makes

some friends to celebrate her birthday. A perceptible

me laugh. The only other person that ever made me

magnetism between them radiated on the dance

feel this way was my mother. And laughter was a gift

f loor. It wouldn’t be long before another outing with

that she passed on to me which I have shared with

friends was set in motion, only this time it would end

others. Alison’s ability to make me feel this way is how

up being just the two of them. One by one Alison’s

I knew she was the one!”

friends canceled for various reasons until only her and Ken were left by themselves for a night of dancing.

Their wedding was classic, clean, and elegant. Alison

That evening would soon be followed up by their f irst

walked the aisle in a Pronovias collection gown; a tulle

off icial date to a café in mid-town Toronto for coffee.

dress with a mermaid silhouette, draping, sweetheart

The sparks f lew and from that day forward they would

neckline, and a chapel length train. The gown was

become inseparable ever after.

purchased from the same bridal boutique from which Alison’s mother purchased her own dress to marry her

Fast forward f ive years, on a Thursday evening of

father in 1974.

December 2014. Donned in a fresh outf it, complete with a jacket Alison had gifted him the previous

BEST MEMORIES: “When Alison came through the

Christmas, Ken called Alison into the living room.

doors for her walk down the aisle and the saxophonist

It was there that she found him, on bended knee,

was playing her song, “When A Man Loves A Woman,”

ring in hand, asking her to spend the rest of their

my heart skipped a beat, my ears stopped hearing and

lives together as husband and wife. Overwhelmed

I couldn’t take my eyes off her – she truly took my

with emotion, Alison immediately said yes, and then

breath away and that moment will live with me for the

proceeded to call her mother and share the wonderful

rest of my life." - Ken

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“Enjoy being engaged to each other for a little while before jumping into wedding

planning. When you do begin the planning, set a budget!” Alison VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHER: Samantha Clarke FLORIST: Cool Green & Shady PHOTOGRAPHER

SAXOPHONIST: Igor Babich

Samantha Clarke

OFFICIANT: Wayde Salmon

SAMANTHA CLARKE PHOTOGRAPHY www.samanthaclarke.net

MC AND DJ: Michael Coombs CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE: Graydon Hall Manor Conference & Reception Facility

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for the love of football...

SHARA + MICHAEL Atlanta, GA

BRIDE-TO-BE: GROOM-TO-BE: OCCUPATIONS:

Shara Mitchell

Michael McLendon

Bookings & Event Contracts Manager and Sales Consultant

WEDDING DATE: WEDDING LOCATION:

May 26, 2018

Private Residence in Atlanta, GA


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T H E F I R S T E N CO U N T E R "We met through the most taboo place ever - work! I worked in sales for the local NFL team and Shara worked on the new NFL stadium construction project. In fall 2015 while hosting a client on NFL gameday, I f irst noticed Shara walking down the stadium corridor by herself. I'll never forget the striking red dress and modelesque stature she possessed. She caught my eye but I did not know who she was. Months later in March 2016 we would cross paths again. Shara hosted a training and stadium construction tour for the company's sales team. I attempted to start conversation by asking her silly questions about the cranes and other random fun facts. Unfortunately, she barely noticed me at the moment being in her full work-mode mindset. Being an extremely busy and independent woman, it was going to take God's divine intervention to slow her down long enough to notice the compassionate, intelligent, and Godfearing man standing right in front of her. After the tour, I worked up the courage to reach out to Shara through e-mail. March 16th, we set a date to meet up for lunch at Yard House at Atlantic Station. To Shara it was a colleague simply reaching out for a work lunch but I had other plans. Before the appetizers were on the table, it became clear I had other interests and we hit it off immediately. By the end of the lunch date we had made plans to hang out the very next night. Our f irst off icial date was a casual night on Edgewood Avenue playing pool at the local pub followed by a "romantic" meal at Harold's Fried Chicken. From there, we began to spend lots of quality time getting to know one another. It became very apparent to both of us that God had purposely placed us in each other’s lives at the perfect time for the perfect reasons. Over the next four months, I asked Shara several times to be my girlfriend but she still wasn't ready to make that step. Finally, on July 4th, Shara worked up the courage to ask ME to be her boyfriend!" - Michael

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THE PROPOSAL: "Ten months later, I knew I was ready for the next step and had to be tricky to surprise Shara for the proposal. I asked her parents for their approval a few months prior and when they could make it to Atlanta. I wanted our close family and friends to be there too, so I rented out a rooftop in Midtown Atlanta for the dozens to

gather. I previously took her there early in our dating and remembered how much she loved it. To throw her off of the surprise I told her we were going to a Chris Rock comedy show and we're going to meet another couple at a rooftop bar until showtime. As soon as we arrived at the rooftop, she was shocked to see everyone who traveled from around the country. Speechless with eyes full of tears, she turned around and saw me one knee. I have no clue what I said, but she said Y ES!" - Michael WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? "Our f irst off icial date was a casual night on Edgewood Avenue playing pool at the local pub followed by a "romantic" meal at Harold's Fried Chicken. Once Michael saw me devour every last piece of my meal without hesitation, he instantly knew I was being genuine and he appreciated it." - Shara

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE? "EAT. Some people eat to live, we live to eat! The diverse cultures that make up Atlanta offer countless restaurant options with different themes and atmospheres. We like to immerse ourselves in the dining experience and bond over thoughtful conversation and laughter. We both come from families that center their gatherings around good food and fellowship so it's an emotional thing for us as well."

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HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR?: "Initially it seemed like a chore with the overwhelmingly long to-do lists but after hiring a planner who is an expert at wedding planning, we are both able to step back and let her guide the process. We're enjoying the freedom to compare and select vendors and bounce our ideas off of the planner. The hardest part by far has been keeping the guest list within our desired range. So far we've secured a date, venue, photographer, videographer, dress, and DJ. Next up is to send out our save the dates! ." WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST? Groom- I'm looking forward to becoming one in front of our friends and family and sharing this special day together. Bride- I'm most looking forward to having my father walk me down the aisle to my future husband to say the words "I do". There's only a few occasions in life where we are able to gather with all of our closest friends and family in the same place. I'm counting down until Michael and I join in this covenant between ourselves and God in celebration with everyone.

PHOTOGRAPHER Afolabi Sogunro FOTOS BY FOLA www.fotosbyfola.com

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a DC love story TRICHELLE + GLENN Washington, DC

BRIDE-TO-BE: Trichelle Ekpe GROOM-TO-BE: Glenn George II WEDDING DATE: August 5th, 2018 WEDDING LOCATION: Foxchase Manor in Manassas, Virginia THE FIRST ENCOUNTER: "Glenn and I met in November 2013 at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. We were both serving as Student Ambassadors for our respective universities and served as the Master and Mistress of Ceremony for sessions at the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute conference hosted approximately 800 attendees and all students were assigned by group color to attend workshops. We were in the same group color and saw


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each other every day but only said casual "Hellos." Three days into the conference, we both reported for our ambassador duties to volunteer and prepare packages for the TMCF Gala Awards and this was the f irst time we held a conversation for more than thirty minutes and soon after became very good friends. After two years of friendship, Glenn asked me to be his girlfriend in St. John, US Virgin Islands on January 5th, 2015." - Trichelle

THE PROPOSAL: Glenn and I lived 1,648 miles apart from each other (I lived in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and Glenn lived in Baltimore, Maryland) and spent most of our time communicating via telephone and video chat. While dating we would travel at least every three months to see each other. On September 2016, Glenn and I met in North Carolina and spent our entire time in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. We were so fascinated with the history and attraction of George Vanderbilt's home and spent the entire time segwaying, walking the gardens, and site seeing the property. Later that afternoon, Glenn told me that he had reserved seats for us to have dinner in George Vanderbilts home that evening. While driving to dinner, Glenn mentioned that he had to stop to pick up the tickets and asked me to accompany him to get them before dinner. As we began walking, Glenn asked me, "When do you plan to relocate to Maryland?" (Relocation was something that we had been discussing for some time). I was caught off guard by the question and said, "I am not sure." Glenn

then reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a plane ticket which showed a trip from St. Croix to Maryland. I asked, "You bought a one-way ticket?!" He then said, "You always speak about being f inancially stable, how much should I write the check for?" He then reached into his jacket and pulled out a pen and a f lat black case, he slowly opened it and there was the most beautiful ring a girl can ever ask for. Glenn popped the question and asked for my hand in marriage and I said "Yes!!" Glenn hired photographers to capture the moment and we had our f irst professional engagement shoot in the gardens of the Biltmore Estate right after.

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WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? Our f irst date was at Oceana in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands overlooking the Ocean. It was a beautiful and romantic night. FAVORITE THING(S) TO DO AS A COUPLE? Watch our favorite shows, travel, take walks in DC to see monuments and museums, and have spontaneous dinner dates.

HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR? Wedding planning has been such a fun experience for us! We are excited about putting our ideas together to have our dream wedding to celebrate with our friends and family.

I KNEW I WAS IN LOVE WHEN... "When his “I’s” turned into “We’s.” From the moment we became friends and built a foundation he always told me what his intentions were for our relationship. He was always my support system, counselor, accountability partner, and a great listener who payed attention to every single detail so when I lived in St. Croix and he made it a routine to surprise me with weekly gifts at the post off ice such as my favorite tea when I was sick, my favorite nail polish, and love letters, I knew he was a keeper!" - Trichelle "When I f irst saw her, there was something about her presence and demeanor that grabbed my attention and pulled me in. After a few small conversations and realizing how much we had in common and how beautiful she is on the inside just as she is on the outside, I knew it was a matter of time before we cultivated a meaningful relationship. Our chemistry and interactions are always magical and early on I knew we were destined for forever." - Glenn

PHOTOGRAPHER Terri Baskin TERRI BASKIN PHOTOGRAPHY www.terribaskin.com

Planner: Infatuating Affairs Makeup Artistry: Sara Boyd


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COT Y + O L A M I D E Houston, TX

BRIDE-TO-BE: GROOM-TO-BE: OCCUPATIONS:

Coty Tunwar

Olamide Olu-Joshua

Transplant Pharmacist + Doctor

WEDDING DATE: WEDDING LOCATION:

February 18, 2018 1919 Wine & Mixology


THE PROPOSAL "Ola proposed in a beautiful Botanical Garden with a violinist serenading me to my favorite artist, BeyoncĂŠ. He always said he wished he could bring BeyoncĂŠ to perform at my wedding because he knows how much of a fan I am. I didn't realize she was playing for me for a very long while. I just assumed it was a feature they had while people enjoyed the garden or for one of the other couples walking around. It was epic and so thoughtful. He had my mom, brother and favorite wedding planner all in on the plan. He even had a photographer there ready to capture the moment. I cried like a baby, big surprise there but it is a moment I will never forget!" - Coty


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HOW THEY MET: " Our romance began in The Windy City

when neither of us were enjoying the city because we were buried in books. We were set up on a blind date by mutual friends. We are forever grateful for them. On our f irst date Olamide decided we would go bowling, there is still a discrepancy on who won that day but the rest is as they say history. Since that day we've stood hand in hand praying, accomplishing our dreams (we are Doctors now) and enjoying this love God has blessed us with!

THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION: " I wanted something very sultry, romantic, elegant. I wanted to give a prelude to our wedding which will be like a romantic, candle lit jazz club. We immediately fell in love with the space when Daniel, our photographer, showed us. He was able to capture the dark and sultry vibe I wanted! We also took some lighter pictures outside of a church to capture our fun side." OUR FIRST DATE: "On our f irst date Olamide decided we would go bowling. There is still a discrepancy on who won that day. We enjoyed ourselves so much we didn't want the night to end so we met friends at a club. We were in our own world on the dance f loor." FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE: We are big foodies so our favorite thing to do is try different restaurants. In Chicago, that made for really fun date nights with all of the diverse types of food!" WEDDING PLANNING THUS FAR: Wedding planning has been crazy and exciting. We are having two ceremonies, a traditional wedding in Nigeria and the other in Houston, TX. Darrell from events with Darrell has made me and my family a believer in wedding planners. I would not have been able to pull off a wedding without him as Olamide and I are both in residency. In addition neither of us live in Houston! So Darrell sets up several days of meetings with some of the best vendors in the Houston market so that we can meet everyone then hop back on the plane! Darrell has become a part of our family and his spirit makes you even more excited about getting married."


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WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST:

"I'm most excited about Olamide seeing me for the f irst time as I walk down the aisle. I'm also excited to just have a celebration we have been so dedicated to advancing our careers I'm ready to let loose and have some fun! " - Coty "I'm excited about our f irst dance, even during different stages in our relationship when either of us were having a bad day we would slow dance to change our focus to something that has always been positive which is our love. So I'm excited to do our thing on such a special day." - Olamide

PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel T Davis DANIEL T DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY www.danieltdavisphoto.com

WEDDING PLANNER Darrell Colon EVENTS WITH DARRELL www.eventswithdarrell.com

Makeup: Color du jour


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RACHAEL + ERIC LONG ISLAND, NY

JULY 9, 2016 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y A my A n a i z P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

R

achael and Eric’s love story begins in

For Rachael, wedding shopping was a “breeze,”

their home nation; the Caribbean

having the assisting of Selina from Vainglorious

islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It

Brides to guide her along the way. Her f inal dress

was absolutely love at f irst sight for them both.

selection was chic and sexy, a true representation

Their eyes, drawn and locked together as if by

of Rachael’s personal style.

gravity’s pull, was fate in action. The romantic embers kindled and f illed their hearts with the

Their wedding guests were welcomed with

warmth of eternal love for each other. Their

signature cocktails, live music representing their

relationship quickly grew and after two years

culture, and a draw dropping ceremony decor.

they were blessed with the arrival of their f irst

Out of town guests received silk box welcome

child.

packages, which included some of the couples’ favorite snacks. As guests entered the reception

Shortly after her birth, Eric was called away for

they were greeted by a custom escort mirror,

work on a contracting job which lasted a year to

over the top centerpieces and a custom dance

the date of their daughter’s f irst birthday. It was

f loor wrap. The live band continued to rock

a trying time for them both…hearts full of deep

the house until dinner, after dinner the DJ and

longing for being back in each other’s arms. Not

Groom got all the guests on the dance f loor,

a moment passing by in which the other was not

waving their custom sweat towels that said

on their mind. Finally, upon Eric’s return home,

"Dance Till You Sweat." For dessert each guest

he immediately went straight to the jewelry

received a personalized custom mini wedding

store, selecting a ring, and proposing to Rachael,

cake. It was truly a night to remember.

promising never to again to be apart.


BEST MEMORIES: “Our first look. Eric seeing me in the dress I always wanted was extremely emotional. Other memorable moments were the speeches and poems from our children, seeing our beautiful reception for the first time, and of course dancing the night away.” ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: “Hiring a planner is so important! Our planner insured us that no detail was left untouched and delivered a wedding beyond our expectations. Also, remember the most important part of your wedding is marrying your one true love. Everything else is icing on the cake.”


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WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER

Lauren Beamon ELLE AUDREY NEW YORK www.elleaudreynewyork.com

FLORAL DESIGNER

Makini Regal Martin MAKINI REGAL DESIGNS www.makiniregaldesigns.com

DJ

Ricky Bonds PULSE SOUNDS www.PulseSounds.com

LIVE BAND

Jackson Chery IET BAND www.ietband.com

vendors WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER: Elle Audrey New York FLORAL DESIGNER: Makini Regal Designs LUXURY LINENS: The Finishing Touch NY CHARGER PLATES: BBJ Linens CUSTOM DECOR: Evolution Event Rentals DANCE FLOOR WRAP: Shout Signs STATIONERY: Papered WondersWEDDING MAGAZINE SAVE THE DATE: Unlike Juliet PHOTOGRAPHER: Amy Anaiz Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: LJR Films DJ: Pulse Sounds - DJ Ricky Bonds BAND: IET BAND- Featuring Candace Coles VENUE: Watermill Caterers BRIDAL STYLIST: Vainglorious Brides WEDDING CAKE AND MINI WEDDING CAKES: J'adore Cakes MAKEUP ARTIST: Renny Vasquez HAIR STYLIST: Kolor U Blonde WEDDING DRESS: Bridal Reflections NY HEADPIECE: Zmalan New York


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ROMIE + KAMALI N O R T H H A L E DO N , N J SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y N a n a A n n a n P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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omie and Kamali f irst became aware of each other

In Romie’s words, she knew Kamali was “the one” when “I

by way of a mutual friend who was a co-worker

no longer felt the need to keep a wall, my guard, in between

of Kamali’s. They would see each other from time

us. We were able to be our goofy, music loving, dancing selves

to time whenever Romie visited the store they worked at.

around each other, and divulge all our dreams and wants

In 2007 when Romie enrolled at Rutgers University she

in life while continuously supporting each other along the

found that Kamali was also a student there. He introduced

way. Our friendship was so strong that when it grew into

her to the West Indian Association Club and they began

something else we both felt that God and my grandmother,

hanging out more frequently. They came to realize they

as I always say, were responsible for sending us on this path

lived f ive minutes away from each other for most of their

together that we could not stray from.”

lives and knew many more of the same people than they had thought. The more they got to know each other the more

Their beautiful, enchanted-garden estate wedding in New

they discovered how much in common they had, particularly

Jersey was complete with Haitian and Jamaican cultural

a love for music and dancing. There was a magnetism

elements including Kompa, Zouk, Reggae, and Soca music,

between them that everyone around them seemed to notice

signature drinks, and stilt walkers. The bride was stunning

before they had. The day would f inally come when they too

in a Kitty Chen Couture mermaid gown with low back, and

understood just how special their connection was and could

gem beading detail throughout, for the ceremony, and a chic

be. Thus, evolving into a partnership of unconditional love

and stylish custom Andrea Iyamah Bride jumpsuit.

that set them on the path to becoming husband and wife. BEST MEMORIES: “One of our best memories was our Fast forward to September 6th 2015, at the annual barbecue

entrance being that we changed the song literally that day

hosted at Romie’s mother’s house. Expecting an intimate

to Busta Rhymes’ song “Girlfriend” and we still hit it off.

gathering, Romie was quite surprised to f ind her mother’s

People thought we choreographed it since we were vibing so

backyard f illed with nearly a hundred family and friends.

well but we didn’t. Dancing is just the truest expression of

With the barbecue in full swing and Kamali handling the

our love, and it was clearly shown at that moment. We also

DJ’ing, the music came to a sudden and unexpected halt.

can never forget the Soca set with the Moko Jumbies (stilt

Kamali got on the mic, appearing to be unusually nervous.

walkers) where everyone was just in pure bliss, and jumping

With the crowd completely silent, he locked eyes Romie, his

up and down with their light up sticks and whistles.”

best friend and soulmate, and in the company of their loved ones asked for her hand in marriage. It was a perfect heartfelt moment leaving many in tears of joy.

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ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: “Remember why you are getting married, and that nothing else matters but the both of you. The stress of planning can consume you, and if you are not careful you may forget what is truly important. If everything begins to feel overwhelming don’t be afraid to ask for help from your bridal party or vendors. At the end of the day you are ultimately blessed to have found your best friend, your soul mate, your #1 dance partner...your everything.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Nana Annan NANA ANNAN PHOTOGRAPHY www.nanaannan.com

PLANNER/DESIGNER

Victoria Lartey-Williams VICTORIOUS EVENTS NYC www.victoriouseventsnyc.com

LIGHTING

Mchael Williams MIKE MUSIC www.iknowmikemusic.com

FLORAL DESIGN

Abby Ayeh PRETTY POSH EVENTS www.prettyposhevents.com

MAKEUP ARTIST for the Bride

Abby Falore-Ayodeji JUICY LOOKS BY ABBY www.myjuicylooks.com

VIDEOGRAPHER

Ben + Natasha Davis YAMEAN STUDIOS www.yameanstudiosfilms.com

LIVE BAND

Jackson Chery IET BAND www.ietband.com

vendors

PHOTOGRAPHY: Nana Annan Photog raphy PLANNER & DESIGNER: Victorious Events NYC FLORIST: Pretty Posh Events BRIDE’S MAKEUP ARTIST: Juicy Looks by Abby VIDEOGRAPHY: Yamean Studios LIGHTING: MikeMusic BAND: IET Band CEREMONY/RECEPTION + CATERING: The Tides Estate CAKE: Belmont Bakery BRIDE'S DRESS: Kitty Chen Couture BRIDE'S

HAIRSTYLIST

Mohan Jean Mary MODIMEL www.modimel.com

JUMPSUIT: Andrea Iyamah BRIDE BRIDAL SALON: Brides by Natalie BRIDE’S SHOES: Christian Louboutin BRIDESMAID DRESSES: The Dessy Collection at Nordstrom MAID OF HONOR + MATRON OF HONOR DRESSES: Rent the Runway FLOWER GIRL DRESSES: Pantora Mini GROOM'S ATTIRE: Garçon Couture GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Men's Wearhouse Custom RING BEARER ATTIRE: Garçon Couture HAIR STYLIST: Modimel Studios MOTHER OF BRIDE’S HAIR STYLIST: Hair by Mica Salon MAKEUP ARTIST: Daurisa Tessier + Vicky Morilus (Bridesmaids) GROOM'S BARBER: Joe Roman GROOM'S HAIR STYLIST: Chiqueedah of Showtime Natural Hair Care LINENS: The Finishing Touch CUSTOM MENUS: Parchment by Dami STATIONERY: Ang ie Cherubin of CDKreation (desig n) + Wedding Paper Divas (printing) RENTALS: Glam Party Rentals ESCORT CARD BOARD: Diona Nicole Desig ns CUSTOM SIGNAGE: Mark With a Spark MC: A.D. Skolar DJ: Wedding King z PHOTO BOOTH: Photo Booth Creative PERFORMERS: Casa Brazilia FAVORS: Cremas Absalon TRANSPORTATION: Moonlight Limos

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MARLINE + ONEIL B R Y N AT H Y N , PA JUNE 27, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y R h e a W h i t n e y P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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arline and Oneil f irst met at a law school

Months later after they began dating he was invited to her

open house. They quickly became friends

parents’ house, and upon arrival saw the exact balcony

and remained so for several years thereafter.

envisioned in his dream – it was in that moment he knew

They would check in on each other from time to time to

she was “the one.”

say hello and catch up on life, until one day they decided to follow their hearts and take their friendship to the next

For Marline, she knew Oneil was “the one” because of how

level. Their f irst date was complete with romantic sparks,

she could so comfortably be herself around him, while

and even an act of chivalry on Oneil’s part when after the

also being challenged to be a better person. He was always

conclusion of their date Marline discovered a parking ticket

extremely supportive of her future endeavors, and never

and boot on her car. Oneil decided to take care of the ticket

failed to have her back.

and boot without Marline ever knowing just how much it cost. It was in that moment that Marline knew there

Their elegant and classy Pennsylvania estate wedding

was something extra special about Oneil, comforting her

incorporated Haitian and Jamaican cultural elements,

in a moment of embarrassment. Their love continued to

ref lected in the food, drink, and music – complete with a

f lourish the more time they spent together, each moment

Caribbean food station and signature drinks. Marline wore

seeming more perfect than the last.

a traditional Kenneth Winston mermaid, lace dress with cathedral veil for the ceremony, and an Eve of Milady dress

Upon returning from a girls’ trip to Greece in celebration

for the reception.

of her 31st birthday, Marline returned to a second birthday weekend planned for her by Oneil. Wanting to make up for

BEST MEMORIES: “Bride - My favorite memory was

not being with her in Greece, Oneil put together a birthday

walking down the aisle to meet my husband and saying

brunch. When they arrived, Marline was surprised by forty

our vows to one another.” Groom – “When I saw Marline

of her closest family and friends. Following the brunch,

walked in, I saw everything in slow motion and the sunset

Oneil gave a heartfelt speech of his love for Marline. With

was behind her from the open door as she was walking

eyes only for her, he then dropped to one knee and asked

down the aisle.”

her to spend the rest of her life with him as husband and wife.

BEST

ADVICE

FOR

ENGAGED

COUPLES:

“We

encourage engaged couples to seek pre-marital counseling For Oneil, ever since he f irst laid eyes on Marline he knew there was something special about her. These instincts were conf irmed to him when in a dream, he found himself at her parent’s house, asking her father for her hand in marriage.

and godly counsel from other married couples.”


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PHOTOGRAPHER Rhea Whitney RHEA WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY www.rheawhitney.com

MAKEUP Sisi Nike SISI NIKE www.sisinike.com

VENDORS

BRIDE'S DRESS: Kenneth Winston and Eve of Milady BRIDAL SALON: Arlene's Bridal in Bloomfield, New Jersey. BRIDE’S HEADPIECE: Maggie Sottero Chesney Jacket BRIDE'S SHOES: Badgley Mischka BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: White Runway CAKES/DESSERTS: Desserts by Dana CATERING: D&C Catering Services CEREMONY VENUE: Bryn Athyn Cathedral EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Elegance Remembered ENTERTAINMENT: DJ OK FLORALS: Elegant Events Philly GROOM'S ATTIRE: La Rukico Custom Tailors in New York GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Men's Warehouse HAIR: Hair At Ease Salon LIGHTING + LINENS + RENTALS: Elegance Remembered MAKEUP: Bride's makeup by Sisi Nike; Bridemaids' Makeup by Robin Lynette PHOTOGRAPHY: Rhea Whitney Photography RECEPTION VENUE: Cairnwood Estates STATIONERY: Wedding Paper Divas VIDEOGRAPHY: Hitched Photography WEDDING DAY OF COORDINATOR: Prestige Affairs

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Text by Samuel Naumick

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lthough Chinyere and Nkemdi lived ten minutes

Upon returning to the house, Chinyere was welcomed by a

away and were aware of each other, knew a lot of

candlelit room, John Legend’s “All of Me” playing softly, and

the same people, and had mutual acquaintances in

Nkemdi on one knee surrounded by their family and closest

their families - they somehow never off icially met until a day

friends. In front of the most signif icant people of their lives,

when destiny stepped in. Having been friends on social media

Nkemdi professed his eternal love for Chinyere and asked if she

for a few years, they’re conversations didn’t go far beyond the

would spend the rest of her life together with him as husband

occasional online greeting, or at best, a few exchanges during

and wife.

highly competitive games of words with friends. Regardless of this they still didn’t really know each other, until one

Their “Royal African Romance” wedding took place at the

day Nkemdi sent Chinyere a message on Facebook, starting

beautiful Presbyterian church in Vienna, Virginia. Chinyere

a conversation that would lead them to their f irst date, and

was stunning in a mermaid style gown with beaded straps

eventually - a happily ever after.

and bodice, full f lowing skirt and train, and jeweled veil and headpiece. Their reception incorporated an African dance

For Nkemdi, he knew from the f irst time seeing her picture

troupe, ushering the couple onto the dance f loor to the delight

that Chinyere would one day become his wife. In his words,

of family and friends.

“My f irst impression of ChiChi was that she was extremely stunning, even in her most natural state, and yet she seemed

BEST MEMORIES:

oblivious of her natural beauty. What I found even more captivating was how much beauty I could see in her heart. When we f irst me I was gladly surprised by how down to earth she was, she was so approachable and relaxed it was like I had known her for ages. She’s been my rock, my headache, my joy,

Groom - “My favorite memory from our wedding was seeing family that I had not seen in years and of course my beautiful

bride knowing I was able to make her dream wedding a reality with the Bellevue.”

my heart and best friend. I wouldn’t trade her for anything in Bride - “Surprisingly my favorite memory was the garter

the world. She’s my heart!”

removal, when Nkemdi and his groomsmen danced for me, it The proposal took place at Chinyere’s house surrounded by her

was a sweet and simple surprise that I never suspected.”

family and closest friends. Due to weather conditions, Nkemdi had to do some last minute adjustments to his proposal plan,

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES:

having originally orchestrated a scavenger hunt proposal covering the meaningful locations of their relationship history. Instead he had her closest friends f lown in for a day of spa treatments and trip to the movies in celebration of her twentyf ifth birthday.

“Don’t overextend yourselves. Do what you can afford when

planning the wedding, do all you can to make your day special but remember there is life after the wedding day so don’t take on expenses that you know you can’t afford.”

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Nafa Ribiero

JUDAH AVENUE PHOTOGRAPHY www.judahavenue.com View more Coterie Member profiles on our website. vendors.munaluchibridal.com

VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: Eve of Milady BRIDE'S SHOES: INC International Concepts BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Nee Mo Fashion CAKES/DESSERTS: Kakes Korner CATERING: Kalico Catering CEREMONY VENUE: Vienna Presbyterian Church EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Bellevue Events and Conference Center ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Donn and Trybe Dancerz EVENT PLANNER: LolaDivine Events FLORALS: Bellevue Conference Center, in-house Florist GROOM'S ATTIRE: Connaisseur Paris GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Connaisseur Paris HAIR: Dolledbynueye LIGHTING: AV Creation Group, Bellevue Conference Center BRIDE MAKEUP: Lauren - Lauren Nicely and Nneka - Dolled by NUEye

BRIDESMAIDS MAKEUP: Tomi of Make my Day Artistry PHOTOGRAPHY: Judah Avenue

Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: Bellevue Events and Conference Center RENTALS: Vintage Limos - Rolls Royce Phantom, Limo Inc - Mercedes Sprinter VIDEOGRAPHY: Judah Avenue Videog raphy

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SHANNA + JASON C AY M A N I S L A N D S JULY 7, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y J e n n a L e i g h P h o t o g ra p hy ,

S e c o n d a r y - D a n i e l l e Ma l y k P h o t o g ra p hy Text by Samuel Naumick

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hanna and Jason’s love story begins at the party of a

the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

mutual friend in New York, though upon their initial meeting the “love” part didn’t look to be on the

Shanna and Jason’s beautiful destination beach wedding in

horizon. Those initial apprehensions were quickly remedied

the Cayman Islands was not only a celebration of their love

as they warmed up to each other throughout the course of

but also of their parents’ Caribbean heritage. Shanna walked

the evening. The more they got to know each other the larger

down the aisle in a gorgeous Alfred Angelo, diamond-

the embers of love burned until by nights end they shared a

studded mermaid gown with sweetheart neckline, organza

f irst kiss that would set them on the path to inseparable ever

chiffon train, and Swarovski crystal headpiece.

after. In Shanna’s words, “We couldn’t stop thinking about each other after we f irst met, and we ended up calling each

Wedding guests were treated to the true Cayman Islands

other at the same time…”

experience with a three-day affair which included an allwhite welcome dinner/bonf ire on the white sandy seven-

Fast forward to December 27th of 2014. It’s seven years into

mile beach, a private after wedding boat cruise brunch to the

the relationship and their love is still as strong as ever. By

world famous stingray city (a one of a kind natural sand bar

now Shanna and Jason are so in-tune with the other their

located in the middle of the ocean), and a private tour of the

practically one. Understanding and appreciating the nuances

Island with the bridal party.

of each other’s personalities. BEST MEMORIES: “My favorite memory is simply being Shanna is in the shower preparing for work, having no idea

in the moment of exchanging our vows surrounded by our

that this day would become one of the most memorable of

closest family and friends while overlooking the picturesque

her life. Opening the bathroom door she f inds Jason, on one

Caribbean Sea. It was a truly magical experience for both of

knee – ring in hand. Immediately she begins to cry, and in an

us.”

intimate gesture of absolute romance, Jason asks her to spend


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ACCOMMODATIONS: Marriott Beach House Resort (Cayman Islands) BRIDE’S DRESS: Alfred Angelo BRIDAL SALON: Renaissance Salon and Spa Cayman HEADPIECE: Swarovski Crystal VEIL: Alfred Angelo BRIDE’S SHOES: DSW BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Alfred Angelo WEDDING CAKE + DESSERT STATION: The Cake Studio Cayman Ltd./Versona Events CATERING: Treats Restaurant Ltd. CEREMONY VENUE: Pedro St. James “Castle” ENTERTAINMENT: Violinist Mr. Antonio Sanchez. Steel pan music by: Mr. Vaughn Monroe and Mr. Michael Lamay. DJ: Mr. Dwayne Euter EVENT PLANNER/DESIGNER: Mr. Clint Hunter of Versona Events FLORALS: Versona Events MENSWEAR: Men’s Warehouse HAIR: Renaissance Salon and Spa Cayman LIGHTING + LINENS + RENTALS: Versona Events MAKEUP: Renaissance Salon and Spa Cayman PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenna Leigh Photography; Assistant Photographer - Danielle Malyk VIDEOGRAPHER: Mr. Stephan Cottrell of Keep Creative RECEPTION VENUE: PEDRO ST. JAMES CASTLE LIMOUSINE: Majestic Tours Cayman Islands Ltd.


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NAKEILA + RENITA DA L L A S , T X JULY 15, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y T h e A m b e r S t u d i o

Text by Samuel Naumick

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or NaKeila and Renita, it was divine order that

her life, and by loving her as deeply as she loves her.

brought them together, hiring them to the same company at the same time - and destiny that allowed

Their intimate ceremony took place in a chic, contemporary

them to work on the same company team. As teammates,

space overlooking the Dallas skyline. The wedding style

they got to know each other and quickly became good

was inspired by exquisite African details, incorporating

friends. Though they were fast friends the true chapters of

Ankara fabrics, tribal markings, and Cowrie shells. The

their love story wouldn’t begin until a few years later, after

bridal party wore all-white attire with African accents,

NaKeila had moved on from the company. It was late spring

and guests chose purple f lowers and lighting to represent

of 2007 when they ran into each other while out on the

royalty. NaKeila looked stunning in a custom designed two-

town. Their friendship rekindled and with it followed the

piece mermaid dress with sweetheart neckline and cowrie

sparks of romance. They began talking often and spending

shell embellishments, and Renita was fabulous in a custom

more and more time together, deepening the feelings for

designed two-piece bateau top with cowrie shell accents and

each other, until before long they were off icially a couple.

high-waisted pants – complete with detachable princess tulle skirt with couture f lower detail.

Renita knew that NaKeila was “the one” when, in her words, “my number one priority became respecting and

BEST MEMORIES: “My best memory from our wedding

protecting our love.” For Renita, the f irst time she ever saw

was when Renita’s sorority sisters serenaded her for the

NaKeila her entire world stopped for a minute – it was love

Delta Sigma Theta ‘Sweetheart Song.’” NaKeila

at f irst sight. So by this point in their relationship Renita def initely knew that she wanted to spend the rest of her life

“My best memory was our f irst look! I remember standing

with NaKeila, and so began planning her perfect proposal.

there and feeling excited and anxious as I heard NaKeila

She planned a surprise proposal for NaKeila on her birthday

walk down the steps. When I turned around and saw her

trip to La Jolla, California.

standing there looking like a true Queen it took my breath away.” Renita

They spend the week exploring the city and taking in the beautiful ocean views. By the day of her actual birthday,

WEDDING ADVICE

NaKeila just wanted to relax, so Renita went with the f low and followed her wishes – but that meant she had to

“Trying to force traditions didn’t work for us and so we

switch up the entire proposal plan. They had a laidback

were deliberate about having a ceremony and reception that

afternoon followed by a romantic dinner. The proposal was

represented who we are. Decide what wedding traditions

postponed, following another magical evening together,

are meaningful to you and what new traditions you want

Renita looked into the eyes of NaKeila, the love of her life,

to create for yourself. Prioritize things that matter to you

and asked for her hand in marriage.

as a couple -- not what others expect. Enjoy every moment because it goes by fast. Take pictures with all of your guests.

Nakeila knew Renita was “the one” when she earned and honored her trust by being a loyal friend, a positive force in

And go on a honeymoon.”


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PHOTOGRAPHER

Amber Knowles

THE AMBER STUDIO www.theamberstudio.com View more Coterie Member profiles on our website. vendors.munaluchibridal.com

VENDORS WEDDING COUPLE’S ATTIRE: Custom wedding dresses by Dallas designer Bladi Duran SHOES: Gianni Bini and Antonio Melani WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE: David’s Bridal CAKES/DESSERTS: Dallas Affaires Bakery CATERING: W Dallas Victory CEREMONY VENUE: ALTITUDE AND TERRACE - W Dallas EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Marion Adele Marshall | AbsolutelyBlooming Events and Floral ENTERTAINMENT: KEVIN NETTERS - Big Daddie THE DJ EVENT PLANNER/FLORALS: Marion Adele Marshall | AbsolutelyBlooming Events and Floral HAIR: Monique Morrow LIGHTING: W Hotel Dallas Victory MAKEUP: Krystal King Charm Make Up Artistry PHOTOGRAPHY: The Amber Studio RECEPTION VENUE: ALTITUDE W HOTEL DALLAS VICTORY STATIONERY: Minted VIDEOGRAPHY: Youngblood Videography OFFICIANT - Gretchel Johnson


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TY + MIKE E L L I COT C I T Y , M D SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y R h e a W h i t n e y P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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engagement has long fizzled away for me…for us. While I

orgeous in Grey blogger, Ty Alexander and

love watching the big proposals that go viral on Facebook I'm

signif icant other of sixteen years, Michael, have

never hoping that would be me. He knows this and more

tied the knot in a “rustic romance” wedding in

importantly he knows me. So when he decided to propose I

Maryland. Michael knew Ty was “the one” when after having

was met with a much-needed interruption to my work day (on

a craving for ice cream she showed up with his favorite

my book signing date). He put his arms around me while I

strawberry f lavor. Their intimate proposal was perfectly

was sitting at my desk, angrily tapping on my keyboard, and

appropriate in the vein of their “simplistic vibe.” While

sat a box wrapped in ribbon in front of me. Even though I

“angrily” typing away, and in need of a break, Michael placed

knew exactly what the box was I grabbed and opened the box

his arms around Ty before placing a small box wrapped in

while quietly screaming, "What's this?". The next 2 minutes

ribbon in front of her. Before he could f inish telling her how

I can only remember staring at the ring and saying yes while

much he loved her and wanting to spend the rest of his life

he explained for the fifty-eleventh time that he loved me and

with her, she said “yes.”

wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I'm not sure if I gave him a chance to say it.” Ty recalls.

Ty knew Michael was “the one” when enduring her biggest life challenge, the passing of her mother, he never left her

WHEN THEY FELL IN LOVE... “He says it was the night

side, always waiting with open arms.

he mentioned he had a taste for some ice cream and I showed up with his favorite strawberry ice cream. I say it was when I

Their adorable wedding featured numerous DIY ideas that

was faced with my biggest challenge (my mother's death) and

will leave many a bride or groom-to-be taking notes. Their

he never left my side. I remember when the nurse called to tell

motto of, “No fuss, just love,” is a philosophy we can all

me it was her final days. I spent an hour on the NY subway

adhere to more often. See more on Instagram by searching

crying my eyes out. When I walked through the door he just

their perfectly appropriate hashtag, #letsgreytogether. Read

held me until they stopped. I knew then it was forever, for

all about Ty and Michaels love story, engagement, and wedding details below.

real.” says Ty.

THE STORY…

Ty and Michael’s “rustic romance” wedding in Maryland was styled for a “simplistic vibe,” speaking to their overall moto

“Mike and I have been together for 16 years. And I

of, “No fuss, just love!” Ty looked fabulous in her “trendy

just turned 40. So as you might imagine the pomp and

but still classic” custom dress, brought to life with the

circumstance that comes with relationships and love and

assistance of Pantora Bridal.

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ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: “Remember it's about your union and nothing more. All the details will come together and if for some reason they don't, you still have each other!” Ty + Mike

WEDDING PLANNER

Victoria Lartey-Williams VICTORIOUS EVENTS www.victoriouseventsnyc.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Rhea Whitney

RHEA WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY www.rheawhitney.com

VIDEOGRAPHER

Chip Dizard CHIP DIZARD WEDDINGS www.chipdizardweddings.com

View more Coterie Member profiles on our website. vendors.munaluchibridal.com

VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: Custom designed gown from Pantora Bridal BRIDAL SALON: Pantora Bridal BRIDE’S HEADPIECE AND VEIL: Pantora Bridal BRIDE'S SHOES: Keds By Kate Spade BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Vera Wang For David's Bridal CATERING: Xquisite Catering CEREMONY VENUE: Patio Of Mainstreet Ballroom ENTERTAINMENT: Dj A Rod EVENT PLANNER: Victoria Lartey-Williams Of Victorious Events Nyc FLORALS: Les Fleurs By Jes Wilson GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Cy's Of Catonsville HAIR: Gabrille Corney LINENS: Party Rental Ltd MAKEUP: Jamaya Moore

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rhea Whitney RECEPTION VENUE:

Mainstreet Ballroom RENTALS: Party Rental Ltd STATIONERY: Minted. com VIDEOGRAPHY: Chip Dizard


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CHRISTINE + NANA TO R O N TO , C A N A DA OC TO B E R 4 , 2 0 1 7 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y A l i c i a T h u rs t o n P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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hristine and Nana’s love story began as childhood

For Christine, the f irst dress she tried on was the one she fell

sweethearts, both being members of their church’s

in love with. Wanting something with a timeless romance

children’s choir. They remained close friends until

aesthetic, accompanied by her family she went to the same

high school when they f inally admitted their feelings for each

boutique her sister found her own wedding dress. She tried

other and began to off icially date. College would take them

on the classy and elegant mermaid style gown over and over to

in different directions in life, but they both knew that their

be sure and each time her decision was further conf irmed as

strong chemistry couldn’t be denied, and so upon graduation

she lit up the room.

they decided to give dating another try – becoming inseparable ever after.

Their wedding took place at the stunning Tyndale Chapel in Toronto, Canada, and incorporated the culture of Christine

For the proposal, Nana employed the assistance of Christine’s

and Nana’s Ghanaian decent through their music selection.

friend Barbara in helping convince her to attend the “reopening party of a banquet hall.” He arranged for her

BEST MEMORIES: “Our best memory of our wedding was at

hairdresser to offer her a “free give-away hair appointment”

our ceremony when we were pronounced to the congregation

for her most valued customers. And on August 6th, with

as husband and wife. The level of excitement in the room and

freshly styled hair and dressed to impress, Christine showed

to hear such an uproar of cheers and love was overwhelming!”

up to the “re-opening party” with Barbara only to f ind there was no one else there. Barbara led Christine down a hall and

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: “Our best advice

opened the door to a room beautifully decorated with candles

would be to stay focused on your vision for your wedding,

and rose petals. At the end of the hall stood Nana. Their

be patient with each other, and most importantly to be very

favorite song, “My Boo,” by Alicia Keys softly played in the

prayerful. Pick up supporting cast carefully and with love

background. Nana extended his hand to the love of his life,

- our bridal party was amazing, the most supportive group

and as Christine walked to take it he dropped to one knee and

of friends and family. Last but not the least hire a wedding

asked her to spend the rest of their lives together as husband

planner!”

and wife. With all certainty, Christine answered “yes,” and at that moment the music changed to an upbeat tempo, while all of her friends burst from the kitchen doors to begin a secret celebration.

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Grace Arhin

A TOUCH OF GRACE EVENTS www.atouchofgraceevents.ca View more Coterie Member profiles on our website. vendors.munaluchibridal.com

VENDORS WEDDING PLANNER: A Touch Of Grace Events PHOTOGRAPHY: Alicia Thurston Photography VIDEOGRAPHY: Gamada Ali CEREMONY VENUE: Tyndale Chapel RECEPTION VENUE: Embassy Grand Convention Center HAIR: Bride's Hair - Michelle Arthur Of Arthur Hair; Bridesmaid's Hair - Esther Tutu Of Hair By Estylez MAKEUP: Philippa Frimpong Of Beauty By Philippa, And Amma Dapaah Ofclass-A-Makeup EVENT DESIGN: Covers Couture, And R5events FLORALS: Indra Tan Of Plush Flowers VINYL DANCEFLOOR: Designer Dancefloors CAKE: Mavis De-Souza Of Cakes By Mavis CALLIGRAPHY: Doris Wai Of Love Lettering CHAIR RENTAL: Detailz Chair COUTURE VINTAGE RENTALS: Kathie Barone Of Southern Charm Vintage Rental TRANSPORTATION (Rolls Royce Phantom): Rsvp Luxury Limousines WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: Maggie Sottero WEDDING DRESS SALON: Elisabeth And Beau


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The inspiration... "This shoot was designed for the modern, high fashion bride who still wants to embrace her inner princess. It was designed with a clean black, white and gold base palette and accented with soft creams, peaches and some greens. The f irst look channeled the princess look with the gorgeous Maison De Genevieve ball gown and head piece, while the second look brought out the high fashion element in the shoot. Each look was f inished off with a gorgeous bouquet that complimented the overall style of the look and shoot. Our lush and layered tablescape featured lots of pretty details including modern black and goldgeometric menus and mini modern delectable cakes. Beautifully textured f lowers in modern white vases added an overall luxurious feel to the tablescape." -Abby of Pretty Posh Events


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EVENT DECOR/FLORALS Abby Ayeh PRETTY POSH EVENTS www.prettyposhevents.com

STATIONERY

Ndidi Ayoola ODA CREATIVE www.odacreative.com

CREATIVE TEAM PLANNING, DESIGN & FLORALS – Pretty Posh Events PHOTOGRAPHY - Aida Malik Photography VENUE – The Estate at Farrington Lake STATIONERY – Oda Creative NAPKIN BUCKLES – Totally Dazzled CAKES – Homemade by TZ DRESSES AND TIARA - The Boutique By B. Belle Events; 1st Dress (Ballgown) – Maison De Genevieve - Exclusive to The Boutique by. B. Belle Events; 2nd Dress - Atelier Pronovias MODEL – Anaiyah Ingram HAIR & MAKEUP – Hair at Ease


WE DDING IDEAS A Parisian inspired editorial shoot Photographed by LaJoy Photography


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PHOTOGRAPHY

LaJoy Hunter LAJOY PHOTOGRAPHY www.lajoyphotography.com

MENSWEAR Miguel Wilson MIGUEL WILSON COLLECTION www.miguelwilson.com

CREATIVE TEAM PLANNER/DESIGN: Beyond

the I do

// PHOTOGRAPHER: LaJoy

Photog raphy

// BAKER: Sweet

Details

// FLORIST: Pail

and Seed // FURNITURE RENTALS: Vision

Expressions // STATIONERY AND GIFTS: From Sir with Love // GOLD SIGNAGE: Love on Topper // WEDDING RING: Zenobia HAIR: Jillian

Hall // DRESS: Winnie Couture // TUXEDO: Mig uel Wilson

// MALE MODEL: Teko

Harg rave // LOCATION: Atlanta Swan House

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In our Winter 2017 issue, couture gowns, luxury weddings and unique wedding ideas take center place. Plus, an haute fashion editorial featur...

Munaluchi Winter 2017 Issue  

In our Winter 2017 issue, couture gowns, luxury weddings and unique wedding ideas take center place. Plus, an haute fashion editorial featur...