Page 1

SPRING EDITION 2018

Bride

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

FROM

AFRICA WITH LOVE

150+ pages of

LUXURY DECOR, WEDDINGS, GOWNS, & MORE

A F R I C A N-I N S P I R E D I N S P I R AT I O N + T R AV E L G U I D E


SPRING EDITION 2018

Bride

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

FROM

AFRICA WITH LOVE

150+ pages of

LUXURY DECOR, WEDDINGS, GOWNS, & MORE

A F R I C A N-I N S P I R E D I N S P I R AT I O N + T R AV E L G U I D E


SPRING.2018 O U R FIR ST DO U BL E C OV E R

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ELIZABETH MESSINA | E: INFO@ELIZABETHMESSINA.COM | W: WWW.ELIZABETHMESSINA.COM

D o ub l e t he in s p ira tion. Pu rch as e th e print v ers ion o f t he S p r in g 2 0 1 8 Edition from ou r shop. G et th e c o v er y o u l o v e m o st. . . or b oth ! Each is s u e h as b onu s fea tu re s from ou r Cov er S tory.

O R D E R A CO P Y


MORE FROM THIS PHOTOSHOOT ON PAGE 45. | PHOTO: ELIZABETH MESSINA


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...


CO N T E N T S

FALL.2017

|

6


S

pring is always a wonderful time of year for me because it represents new beginnings and fresh starts. It's also when I get to release our first issue of the new year. I know I say this all the time, but I get giddy like a kid in the candy store everytime a new issue is released. It's exciting and scary all at the same time -- a huge bundle of emotions -- nut it's all worth it in the end. I'm honored to be able to do the work I do, and to inspire and help inf luence the decisions you make for your big day. I'm honored to have you as a reader. The Spring 2018 issue will take you from the streets of New York City to the blue waters and skies of Santorini, Greece. I had the pleasure of working with my brilliant friends Elizabeth Messina and Joy Proctor on the cover story (page 44) in Johannesburg, South Africa. I chose South Africa as the location because I feel it is so important to highlight the beauty of the continent. There is so much more to Africa than the media would like you to see, so as a Publisher it's my duty to change that perception. The cover represents unadulterated Black Beauty...Barely there makeup paired with unique braided hairstlyes are not the norm for bridal looks, but represent a sense of individualism and confidence that screams through the pages. But why opt for just one cover? We had such a hard time deciding on which one we loved most so we released two! And in each issue, you'll have bonus pages of some of my favorite photos from the editorial. Since our last issue, the MunaLuchi team has been busy expanding the brand into global markets. We visited Johannesburg, South Africa, where our cover story was photographed, Bahamas and London. It's enourmously heartening to see the support from vendors and couples in all the cities and countries we visit, and lets us know that MunaLuchi is more than just a magazine... it's a movement.

photo: teshorn jackson

Enjoy the Spring Issue and Happy planning!

SPRING 2018 CEO/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

J acqueline Nwobu PRESIDENT

Chike Nwobu DIRECTOR OF MARKETING + SALES

Nicole McKenzie ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Jacqueline Nwobu CEO/EDITOR-IN- CHIEF

MUNALUCHI BRIDE MAGAZINE EDITOR@MUNALUCHIBRIDAL.COM

COVER CREDITS: Photography by Elizabeth Messina (info@elizabethmessina.com) / Styling & Design by Joy Proctor / Makeup & Hair by Harold James Paris Location: Cradle Boutique Hotel Johannesburg / (L): Dress

Samuel Naumick

by Yolan Cris; (R): Dress

MARKETING ASSISTANT

Bride / Model: Thembi

Mylinh Truong

EDITORIAL INTERN

Maggie Montalto SALES INTERN

Allison Pennant

by Lee Grebenau via Spina Kobeli via Boss Models Johannesburg 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.


CO N T E N T S

D e par tm en ts 12

INTERVIEW: ESTELLE

15 8 M U N AT R AV E L : N E V I S I S L A N D

a nn i v ersaries 14

Cover Story

SHEKINAH + THADDEUS

44

FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE

10 8 B U H L E + S T H E M B I S O 114

C A R I S S A + N AT H A N I E L

122

R E A N N E + L E VA R

r e a l We d d i n gs

engagem en ts 22

TERESHA + ALEX

28

EDKESHIA + RINO

32

OLUMIDE + ABIDEMI

36

N N E N A + TAY L O R

40

ANNICK + PIERRE

ASHANTI INSPIRED

15 2

PRETTY IN PINK

ERIN + AMAN

Riviera Mayo, Mexico

7 0

JOMAIRE + ANTHONY

Lake Como, Italy

8 8

ESE + ERIC

Dallas, TX

96

T R AC E Y + G A R Y

Tampa, FL

1 0 2 A N T I A + G A R Y

In spi r ation 80

64

New York, NY

1 1 8

IRENE + STEVE

New Orleans, LA

1 2 6 C L A I R E + C H A R L E S

Aruba

1 3 0 M A R Y + J E R E M I A H

15 6 U R B A N G L A M O U R

Akosombo, Ghana

80

1 3 6

L AW R E N C E + M I C H A E L

Las Vegas, NV

1 40 Y U R I R K A + J O E L

Woodland Park, NJ

1 44 U Y I O S A + A H M E D

Lagos, Nigeria

1 48 N AT E E S H A + L E V I

Huntingdon, NY


D E S T I N AT I O N S

SPRING.2018

|

10


INTERVIEW

Artist

Spotlight WITH ESTELLE With a new album slated for Fall 2018 and a hot single topping the charts, Estelle is ready to dominate the airwaves and love is leading the way.

YOUR SONG, “LOVE LIKE OURS” IS A CELEBRATION OF LOVE, EMBODYING THE PRIDE AND JOY OF BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE SONG?

The song is kind of a summation of the vibe of the new record. Celebrating your love on your terms. Not held to anyone else’s expectations or life plans. IS LOVE A REOCCURRING THEME AND INSPIRATION WITHIN YOUR MUSIC?

Yes. I write about love or the search for it because that’s a continual thing for me. WERE WAS

YOU THERE

ALWAYS A

DESTINED

MOMENT

WHEN

FOR YOU

MUSIC,

OR

REALIZED

BEING A MUSICIAN WAS GOING TO BE YOUR LIFE?

I've always done music, in some way, form or fashion. I decided to go for it after being made redundant from a job I was doing SPRING.2018

|

12


TRAPPED ON A DESERT ISLAND SCENARIO; WHAT ARE THE FIVE ALBUMS YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Nerd - Nerd, Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life, Ella Fitzgerald- At the Opera House Live, Reggae Gold - 1996, Marvin Gaye - I Want You; Rarities and Oddities. HOW HAS THE PLACE OF YOUR UPBRINGING SHAPED WHO YOU ARE?

Growing up in London shapes the way I hear music in general, I’m open to a lot more genres than are socially assumed as a black woman. DO YOU EVER EXPERIENCE WRITER’S BLOCK? IF SO, HOW DO YOU STAY INSPIRED?

Writer’s block is a rolling train, I get off and go live for a while. WHAT IS THE GREATEST REWARD YOU RECEIVE FROM YOUR MUSIC?

One of the rewards I receive from being a musician is being able to give back what God and the world has ultimately given me. AND LASTLY, BEING A WEDDING MAGAZINE, WE MUST ASK, WHILE GROWING UP DID YOU OFTEN ENVISION YOUR OWN WEDDING? HOW DID YOU IMAGINE IT TO BE?

I never really imagined the wedding I’d like until a few years ago. I was a late bloomer there. But it will be a small ceremony with my core family and friends.

after a while just for the money. It was quite uncomfortable to leave in that way but I surmised that I would only have one chance to live the life I loved and so I did. IF YOU HAD TO SELECT AN ALTERNATIVE ROAD IN LIFE, WHAT CAREER PATH ASIDE FROM MUSIC DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FOLLOWING?

I don’t. I wouldn’t. I’m glad about the life I have . MILLIONS OF PEOPLE FIND INSPIRATION IN YOUR MUSIC.

WHICH MUSICIANS HAVE YOU FOUND THE

MOST INSPIRATION IN THROUGHOUT LIFE? My Inf luences range from Ella Fitzgerald to Mary J Blige, to Kanye West, Beres Hammond, and Buju Banton - great artists in general. WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE GROWING UP?

My family were my biggest inf luences. They have given me perspective and things to write about.


V O W R E N E WA L

SHEKINAH + THADDEUS MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

OCCUPATIONS :

(Thaddeus) Professional Basketball Player, Indiana Pacers #21, (Shekinah) Entrepreneur/Owner of Forever Young Beauty Bar WEDDING DATE:

August 18, 2012 at the Esplanade in

Cordova, TN. MARRIED FOR:

5 years

LOCATION OF ANNIVERSARY:

Chimes & Occasions in

Memphis, TN

WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING LIKE? Our wedding was very traditional. We had classic invitations in black and white. Our wedding was in the evening and the attire was formal. Inside the venue was lit by candles and decorated in black, white and red. The singer, Tank, sang the bride down the aisle with a live band. AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?

Thaddeus: My wife was as happy as I have ever seen her. She looked beautiful walking down the aisle. I was nervous leading up to that day, but seeing her walking down the aisle removed all the nervousness and calmed me down because I knew I made the right decision and she was the one I couldn’t live without. Shekinah: When the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle. I saw Thad and our families and it just felt right. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE?

We love to travel, go to the movies, bowling, and relax together because we both have crazy schedules.


D E S T I N AT I O N S


V OW R E N E WA L

WHO COOKS? Thad can’t cook! We currently have a chef that prepares most of our meals. DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN

Yes, we have two boys, Thaddeus Jr.(7), and Taylor Young (4). OR PETS?

WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER, WHAT DO BOTH OF YOU DO AND HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER? Thaddeus is a professional athlete with the Indiana Pacers. Shekinah owns a beauty salon in Memphis. We always try make time for each other, even if it means Shekinah f lying to see Thad in far away cities. We devote a lot of the summer to our family. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE?

The most important elements for a successful marriage is communication, commitment to growing together each day, and making time for each other.

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  17


ANNIVERSARIES

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SPARK IN

"We keep the spark in our marriage by being best friends and continuing to focus on each other. YOUR MARRIAGE?

TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT. WHAT INSPIRED IT? Around the time of the wedding Shekinah saw a photoshoot by Ainsley & Sebastian and instantly fell in love with their irreverent and fun concept, it was her f irst inspiration. She wanted to build on the idea of Las Vegas fun, mix it with a little bit of the fashion forward L.A. vibe and plant it in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Best part, she wanted the whole thing to be a complete surprise for Thaddeus. Since they travel so much, it was important to them to be surrounded by family at their anniversary. Shekinah and Thaddeus love to go “ALL OUT� on their parties so they called Bella Baxter Events to design and produce a seriously fun guest experience for the party. Elvis off iciated and then joined the crowd for cocktails and gambling! Guests were treated to custom Forever Young temporary tattoos, photos by the photo trailer Amurica, pop rock inspired signature cocktails, and an Elvis inspired menu. The bride also wanted to have a cutting edge photo session and really show her fashion forward side. The Bride owns her own salon and had her expert stylists do her hair and makeup. Custom outf its were created for both the Bride and Groom. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR NEWLYWEDS? "Communicate each day. Help each other become better individuals because growth is key to marital success."


WEDDING IDEAS

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  19


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

PLANNER/DESIGNER

Katherine Shell Benson BELLA BAXTER SPECIAL EVENTS www.bellabaxterevents.com

CREATIVE TEAM Bella Baxter Special Events PHOTOGRAPHER: The Montoya Collective VENUE: Chimes and Occasions ELVIS: Resource Entertainment FLORAL/DRAPING/PROPS: Holliday Flowers & Event Inc. RENTALS: White Door Events ARROW SIGN/PHOTOBOOTH: Amurica VINTAGE CAR: Rockabilly Rides CATERER: Draper’s Catering HAIR + MUA: Forever Young Beauty Bar CUSTOM OUTFITS (BRIDE + GROOM): Bella Artistry FOOD TRUCK: Stanley’s Sweet Street Treats DESSERT CART: MEMPops PAPER/FAKE TATTOOS: Mrs. Post Stationery DJ: Crown Entertainment BARTENDER: Jay W Gray PLANNER/DESIGNER/PROPS:


CHIPDIZARDWEDDINGS.COM


love + law

TERESHA + ALEX Indianapolis, IN

BRIDE-TO-BE:

Teresha J. Twyman

GROOM-TO-BE:

Alex R. Whitted

OCCUPATIONS: WEDDING DATE: WEDDING LOCATION:

Attorneys May 27, 2018

Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  23


HOW THEY MET "Alex and I met during our f irst year of law school. He was on the third f loor of the law library studying for our Civil Procedure f inal exam. I was looking for a table to study when I saw him. I was behind him and I found myself staring at him for at least f ive minutes. However, the initial introduction was completely innocent. I said hello and asked him if he was a f irst year law student (I knew the answer because of the books he had on the table). He conf irmed that he was and I suggested that we study together. Let’s just say we saw each other around and in between classes, but it wasn’t until our second year things changed a bit. We were in the same family law course and Alex asked me several times to join him for dinner. After a few rounds of “let me play hard to get” he took me to dinner near campus. We had such a great time and I laughed harder than I ever had before in my life (seriously). He continued to pursue me and nearly seven years later we are headed to the altar. This is the true law & love story and I am super excited to marry my best friend!"

THE PROPOSAL: " In July 2016, Alex and I went on our annual vacation trip. We decided New York City would be a fun place to travel together

during the 4th of July because of the f ireworks and events. We stayed at the Lotte New York Palace hotel. Our trip consisted of the “normal” NYC tourist spots. We went to the Statue of Liberty, 911 Museum, etc., and visited all the best restaurants New York City has to offer. The 4th of July was our very last full day in New York. We went to this rooftop restaurant to see the f ireworks with friends. The f ireworks show was delayed due to rain. At this point, I had no idea that our friends were there to capture the proposal. However, the rain DID NOT STOP. Alex’s original plan to propose on the rooftop with the f ireworks over the Hudson could not happen! This set back did not stop him from going for what he wanted. We headed back to our hotel. Alex ordered room service while I was in my PJs and bonnet (yes that’s right my bonnet and I have the video to prove it) enjoying my dinner. During our meal, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. The moment was perfect and authentic. I will treasure this moment forever!"


THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION: " Theme: Library and Romance; Description:

We met in the law library so I wanted to include some great images from the historic library in the city we met (I was born and raised). Also, I’ve always loved romantic bar/ lounge scenes so I wanted to do a Library Love & Romance theme by incorporating both a bar and library." OUR FIRST DATE:

"Alex took me to dinner and a movie. We went to Noodles and Company for food. We were poor law students and Alex wanted me to try their food. We went to see “Jumping the Broom.”"

FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE:

"We LOVE to travel. We are going to Europe for 24 days for our honeymoon. I would say a close second would be riding bikes during the warm months in Indiana." WEDDING PLANNING:

"Wedding planning has been great. I love planning events and I would say I am an unoff icial event planner. I’ve enjoyed the process of planning all the special details for our Big Day. My greatest pleasure has been watching my closest friends continue to bond and become closer through this process as well. It is so fun to watch my vision continue to evolve." WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST:

"My answer is probably one you’ve heard before, but I am looking forward to marrying the man of my dreams. I am sure that answer is obvious so I will give another. We’ve placed a large emphasis on music. We will have a DJ, a band, and a harpist/percussionist. I am looking forward to having a blast! I hope the night ends with crowd surf ing!" - Teresha

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Aesthetiica Photog raphy HAIR: Imaj Hair Couture MAKEUP: Laun’s

Look Makeup Artistry LOCATIONS: Indianapolis Public Library, The Alexander Hotel, and Nikky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge. JEWELRY Simply Southern Baubles Chapelle Michele’s Couture

"This is the true law & love story and I am super excited to marry my best friend!"

- Teresha

RED DRESS:


SECTION TWO


D E S T I N AT I O N S

SPRING.2018

|

28


E N G AG E M E N T S

soul mates

EDKESHIA + RINO Nassau, Bahamas

BRIDE-TO-BE:

Edkeshia Curling

GROOM-TO-BE: OCCUPATIONS:

Rino King

Physician & Business Owner

WEDDING DATE: WEDDING LOCATION:

December 22, 2018

Old Fort Bay, Nassau, Bahamas


D E S T I N AT I O N S

THE FIRST ENCOUNTER:

Edkeshia and Rino initially met through a mutual friend in 2003 while on Spring Break, but the sparks didn't f ly immediately. In the span of the next six years, they would encounter one another a couple more times, in which neither was ready for a relationship. It wasn't until a random encounter in May of 2009, when Edkeshia and Rino realized that there was a reason they kept bumping into one another - they were meant to be. From that moment on, they kept in touch and later solidif ied their relationship. THE PROPOSAL: " August 19th 2017, I was at Rino’s Residence getting dressed to host our

Foundation’s First Annual Scholarship luncheon when suddenly he caught me by surprise... I was putting my earrings in and he came and hugged me by the waist

SPRING.2018

|

30


D E S T I N AT I O N S

from behind then asked if I was ready to be his wife? At that point I looked in front of me, wow, the ring box was there! I was so shocked I could not stop smiling. Rino placed the ring on my f inger and we held each other for a minute with so much emotion. Now we are here planning for our big day, 12/22/18 #thekingswinterland2018" THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION: " Our Engagement Session consisted of two days of shooting.

The session was one of a kind. I knew I had to execute my theme “Elegant Vintage Winter Wonderland Chic,” so I did what it took of me to do just that. Rino, on the other hand was very nervous because he had no clue what the sessions entailed. On days one and two of the shoot the snow poured, even more on the second day, I was beyond elated for the

shoot to begin. Rino was very cold and could not believe that I wanted us to take photos in the cold two days back to back. I was just so excited the cold did not bother me at all. Rino was also excited, just not about the cold, however he cooperated just for me which made the job for our photographer very easy in creating some of the most creative shots." PHOTOGRAPHER

OUR FIRST DATE:

"Our f irst date was pretty simple, Rino picked me up from my parents’ home and we drove around Nassau conversing and enjoying each other’s company. We stopped at one of his favorite beaches with a breath-taking view as we got to know each other better." FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE: "Our favorite thing to do as a couple is travel. We enjoy experiencing new adventures together."

Stanley Babb STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY www.stanlophotography.com

WEDDING PLANNER Grace Arhin

WEDDING PLANNING: "Wedding Planning so far has been very exciting and fun f illed. My Mom and I have been working together bouncing ideas back and forth which is making the whole process nothing but memorable. We cannot wait to see the f inal product!"

GRACE ARHIN EVENTS www.gracearhinevents.com

HAIR: MAKEUP:

Hair By Estylez Tropbelle Makeup

LOCATIONS: MUNALUCHI BRIDE

Casa Loma and

Kortright Centre For Conservation |  31


heart in

Havana


OLUMIDE + ABIDEMI Havana, Cuba

BRIDE-TO-BE:

Olumide Ola

GROOM-TO-BE:

Abidemi Ogunleye

OCCUPATIONS: Wedding Planner/Floral Designer and Hospitality Manager WEDDING DATE:

September 28, 2018

WEDDING LOCATION:

Atlanta, Georgia

THE PROPOSAL: "Fast forward to the proposal, I coordinated a dinner

party with our friends and family for his birthday. So as people are arriving we're mingling and having a good time. One of my blogger BFFs had always raved about this nail line that she promotes. She'd been telling me that she would give me a set the next time she sees me, so she brought them along to dinner. On the other hand I'm a f lorist, so it's no surprise that my nails weren't manicured to perfection. So she's like "oh I have the new nail art kit, let me do your nails before we forget again." Mind you, the nail kit literally takes like 2 minutes, and my friend is really into them, so the idea wasn't alarming at all! We're girls; we do random things all the time! So we're all catching up, dinner is over and it's almost dessert time. He excuses himself and heads for a restroom break. He comes back holding a cake and a dozen roses with sparklers on the cake. So here I am so confused and asking a bunch of questions; "Why is he holding the cake? That's not even the cake I ordered. Did the server give him the wrong cake? The server is supposed to bring the cake out! Why is HE carrying it? And it's the wrong cake!" I was completely confused. Meanwhile,

my friends and family are standing around the table with their phone f lashing, no one is saying anything, and they were just smirking giving me that playful "I don't know" look and singing "happy birthday" which really had me confused. I'm a planner so I don't like when I plan gatherings and they're not going as planned. I was still trying to f igure out why he was carrying the wrong cake! And then he gets on one knee, and the cake reads "Will You Marry Me?" with a ring in his hand. I was shocked! To the MAX! I could not believe it! I. WAS. IN.TOTAL. DISBELIEF! It was a true surprise as his birthday dinner turned into our engagement night. And just in case you were wondering. We did eventually f ind and eat the birthday cake.

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

 

|  33


E N G AG E M E N T S

WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE?

HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR?

Our f irst date was fun - we went to an Atlanta Hawks basketball game and went to a restaurant after the game. The game helped us loosen up a lot, so at dinner, conversation f lowed so easily.

Wedding planning is going quite smoothly actually. Being a wedding planner, it feels surreal to be planning my own wedding. Sometimes I tend to bounce back and forth between being the bride and being the planner, and since I'm both, I have to f ind a balance without being so hard on myself and overanalyzing the process. However Abidemi's involvement in the process has taken the edge off and gives me a great sense of comfort and support.

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."

PHOTOGRAPHY: HAIR:

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST?

We're looking forward to the moment we are presented as man and wife. I think our f irst look will be awesome, so we're quite excited for that moment as well. We just can't wait to celebrate with our friends and family. It's going to be a great day!

Fotos by Fola

Nneka Buchi Mua

PLANNER:

Mide Events

LOCATIONS:

Jesus de Miramar, La Guarida, Havana Cathedral,

Santa María, Ciudad De La Habana, Cuba, Old HavanaAlexander Hotel, and Nikky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge.

SPRING.2018

|

34


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  35


D E S T I N AT I O N S

love at first sight

SPRING.2018

|

36


N N E N A + TAY L O R North Bethesda, Maryland BRIDE-TO-BE: Nnena Akpaete GROOM-TO-BE: Taylor Culliver OCCUPATIONS: MBA Student & Community Strategist WEDDING DATE: September 29, 2018 WEDDING LOCATION: Martin’s West, Baltimore, MD THE FIRST ENCOUNTER: Nnena and Taylor met during college at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a senior in a mostly freshmand dorm, and he was a freshman. It was at the beginning of year hall-meeting that they f irst laid eyes on one another, and slowly a relationship began to build. THE PROPOSAL: "After I f inished my f irst year at business school at UVA, Taylor came down to Charlottesville for a few days. We had planned to do a wine tour the upcoming Wednesday to visit some new wineries and some of our favorites. The night before the wine tour, my friend Carissa texted me and innocently asked what I was doing the next day. After I told Carissa that Taylor and I were going on a wine tour, Carissa asked me to look cute and take photos for her new apartment. As Carissa had just moved in, I didn’t feel as though this request was strange, however, upon ref lecting more that night I wondered, “what if Taylor is going to propose?” I continued to text Carissa to ask what I should wear. The two of us settled on an outf it and I went to bed. The next day was warm and beautiful. Taylor and I packed a backpack with blankets and water and headed to the f irst winery, and then the second. We did a few tastings, drank some wine, and continued our tour. The third stop was my favorite winery in Charlottesville and I assumed that if Taylor were going to propose, he would probably do it there. But he didn't. We again did a tasting and drank some wine. On our way to the fourth and f inal winery, I was already mentally drafting the text message I was going to send to Carissa about not getting people’s hopes up. As we walked into Taylor’s favorite winery, King Family Vineyards, there was a food truck outside selling hot dogs. I was starving and offered to buy hot dogs while Taylor got the wine and located a spot for us to sit. When I came to the blanket, we ate the hot dogs and chatted. Taylor then told me to


D E S T I N AT I O N S

stand up so that he could take a picture of me for Carissa. After I posed for some pictures, he told me that he had a gift for me. I, not thinking that he was going to propose at this point, eagerly waited while he brought out a wooden wine bottle case. On the top were the words, “Nenna, my life, my love, my very best friend.” When I opened the case, I saw “Will you marry me?” engraved inside the lid, with a wine bottle nestled in the box. I looked for the engagement ring, thinking it was hidden somewhere under the wine bottle. Instead of f inding the ring, Taylor took the box and set it aside. He took both of my hands in his and showered me with words of love and adoration before pulling out the ring and getting down on one knee. I of course said yes!in the gardens of the Biltmore Estate right after." WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? "The two of us went to the Olive Garden in Center City Philadelphia. Growing up, Taylor’s exposure to restaurants was mostly limited to chain restaurants and I had rarely been to restaurants before going to college. One day we were talking about Olive Garden while hanging out in my dorm and Taylor suggested we go have dinner. When we got there I found out that Taylor doesn’t eat vegetables (and I gladly ate the whole salad by myself). Since I ate most of the salad, Taylor ate most of the breadsticks, which I wasn’t too thrilled about. He ordered the spaghetti (Which I would later realize was his typical order at Italian restaurants) and I ordered a seafood dish that I can’t remember. Afterwards we walked around the city for a while, continuing to talk and learn more about each other." FAVORITE THING(S) TO DO AS A COUPLE? "One of our favorite things to do as a couple is explore new wineries/vineyards and taste tons of wines. I am immensely happy that Taylor’s palate is f inally ref ined and he can eloquently describe the types of wines he likes (Bold, peppery reds and stainless steel aged whites, etc.). We also love cooking together. It’s been interesting to f ind recipes that don’t have too many of the vegetables that Taylor doesn’t like. Our favorite dish to make together is stuffed pasta shells. And we love to go to the beach. We go on an annual beach trip every year at the end of the summer to relax and refresh together before closing out the year." LOOKING FORWARD TO? Taylor: "I’m most excited about my family and friends all being in one place on the same day to join in our celebration. It’s a very rare experience that the people across every different spectrum of your life are brought together all at once, so it should be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to SPRING.2018

|

38


D E S T I N AT I O N S

dancing the night away and taking a huge sigh of relief when it’s all over." Nnena: "I’m most looking forward to our f irst dance together. We are planning on dancing to both a slow song (we haven’t decided which one yet), and one of our favorite songs as a couple. I’m going to use my choreography skills from college to design a dance that brings our guests to tears and perfectly showcases our love."

HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR? "Wedding planning has been a lot of work for various reasons. I’m currently in business school at UVA and Taylor is working in New York City. Since neither of us are currently living in the state that we’re getting married a lot of work has to be done over email. Whenever we are in the Maryland area we spend most of our time in the car driving between different vendor meetings. The great thing about wedding planning is that Taylor used to plan events for his old job at Forbes and I am the Social Chair for my business school so we both have experience planning large scale events. We are also blessed to have a great support system between family on both sides, and friends who have recently been married or are currently planning their own weddings. My favorite part of wedding planning has been designing our invitations so that they’re 100% personalized. They have the elegance and sophistication that I like, and the simplicity that Taylor likes which is perfect." - Nnena

PHOTOGRAPHER Nafa Ribeiro JUDAH AVENUE PHOTOGRAPHY www.judahavenue.com


E N G AG E M E N T S


ANNICK + PIERRE Toronto, Canada

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

Annick Colas

Pierre Thompson

WEDDING DATE:

June 1, 2018


E N G AG E M E N T S

HOW THEY MET:

For Annick & Pierre, their coming together was nothing short of divine intervention, in their words, “we felt like God brought us to this point.” Their love story f irst began when Pierre was checking his hi5 social media account and noticed on the “add friends” list a “beautiful young lady I had never seen before.” In that moment it was as if a higher power began guiding him, and he immediately knew that whoever this person was he had to get to know more about them. Annick & Pierre knew they were “the one” for each other considering their close friendship with each other and family members; all of the pieces fell into place - in their words, “it just felt right.” Their modern chic engagement session was a ref lection of their love, capturing the fun, elegant couple they are while showcasing their favorite city of Toronto as the backdrop.

THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION: " It was a modern chic take on our love.

We wanted to capture the fun, love, and elegance of who we are. With a backdrop of our favourite city Toronto it was so magical." - Annick

PHOTOGRAPHER Tristan Barrocks FELICITY MOMENTS www.felicitymoments.ca


E N G AG E M E N T S

Gauteng Pretoria

FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF A GIANT

Explore more at southafrica.net

#WowSouthAfrica


D E S T I N AT I O N S

from

w ith

AFRICA LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Messina

STYLING & DESIGN: HAIR & MAKEUP: LOCATION:

Joy Proctor

Harold James Paris

Cradle Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg

SPRING.2018

|

44


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  45


D E S T I N AT I O N S

SPRING.2018

|

46


D E S T I N AT I O N S This page: DRESS by Lee Grebenau via Spina Bride; VEIL: Spina Bride opposite: DRESS by Yolan Cris

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  47


D E S T I N AT I O N S

this page: DRESS by Lee Grebenau via Spina Bride opposite page: DRESS by Naeem Khan; EARRINGS: Cargo, Portland; CROWN: Maison Sabben

SPRING.2018

|

48


D E S T I N AT I O N S

DRESS by Yolan Cris; NECKLACES + BRACELET: Pichulik; SHOES: Bella Belle for MunaLuchi

SPRING.2018

|

50


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  51


D E S T I N AT I O N S

This Page: GOLD NECKLACE: Cargo, Portland Opposite Page: DRESS by Yolan Cris; EARRINGS: Cargo, Portland

SPRING.2018

|

52


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  53


D E S T I N AT I O N S

DRESS by Yolan Cris; FEATHER COLLAR: Shifting Sands African Couture, Johannesburg

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  55


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  57


D E S T I N AT I O N S

SPRING.2018

|

58


D E S T I N AT I O N S

this page: DRESS by Lee Grebenau via Spina Bride; SHOES: Joy Proctor for Bella Belle opposite page: DRESS by Yolan Cris

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  59


D E S T I N AT I O N S

DRESS by Lee Grebenau via Spina Bride; HEAD PIECE: Twigs & Honey

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  61


D E S T I N AT I O N S

SPRING.2018

|

62


This Page: DRESS by Lee Grebenau via Spina Bride Opposite Page: DRESS by Naeem Khan; HEAD PIECE: Maison Sabben; EARRINGS: Cargo, Portland

GRAB A COPY OF THE SPRING 2018 ISSUE TO SEE BONUS PHOTOS FROM OUR COVER STORY. SHOP.MUNALUCHIBRIDAL.COM

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  63


D E S T I N AT I O N S

ERIN & AMAN RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

S E P T E M BE R 14, 2017 PH OTOG R A PH E D BY Moni + Adri Fine Art Photog raphy

Text by Samuel Naumick

E

rin and Aman’s f irst encounter was so perfectly

The theme of their wedding was inspired by Erin’s engagement

coincidental it must’ve been written by fate. Erin with

ring - rose-gold and blush. Every detail incorporated the blush

her sister, on their way to a restaurant in Brooklyn

color palette, down to the wedding gown. Hues of peach, coral

to meet their mother, were just stepping off the train from

and palm-leave-green were added to the mix to brighten and

Manhattan when they heard someone ask, “have you been

accent.

shopping in the city?” Erin turned around and there was Aman smiling at her. They began small-talk before he told her about

For her dress, Erin knew she wanted something non-traditional.

himself, how he was just coming back from a fashion show

After searching high and low she found a store that carried

in Manhattan - which immediately peaked her interest as she

exactly the designer she was looking for, and after trying

herself is a fashion designer. Their connection was immediate

on three Pallas Couture Paget dresses she fell in love with a

and she noticed how easy it was to speak with him and how

blush and ivory tulle train, nude underlay, and mate applique

well they got along. It was her sister that encouraged her to

embellishments and arm bands. Completed with a Maria

exchange numbers with him, stating that she had, “a good

Elena crown in Swarovski crystals and semi-precious pearls.

feeling about this guy!” They went on their f irst date that

Erin and Aman’s Riviera Maya, Mexico destination wedding

following weekend and have been inseparable ever since.

incorporated their African-American and Caribbean cultures throughout the wedding, including the music and especially

Erin had a feeling right away that Aman was “the one.” He

the delicious food.

effortlessly harmonized with her family, who are very important to Erin, and have very high standards - altogether a very good

BEST MEMORIES: Seeing my husband's reaction during our

sign. But she believes what really “sealed the deal” was when

First Look! His facial expression was priceless, and also taking

his car broke down and he came to live at her place for a month

"Get Ready" pictures with my bride squad!

to be closer to work. It was still early in their relationship so Erin wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but instead of being at

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: The best wedding

all awkward they found themselves naturally comfortable with

advice I could give is remember that this is your special day

each other and the situation. In Erin’s words, “having someone

and try not to let anyone or anything spoil your day! Another

you can be yourself with is priceless and at that moment I

recommendation would be to pick your top three important

knew everything would be f ine.” Aman selected a beautiful tea

details about the day that you will budget more money for and

room in London, England for the proposal location - and the

stick to it! For us, we picked photography, food and venue.

decor matched the ring perfectly.

SPRING.2018

|

64


REAL WEDDINGS

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  65


SPRING.2018

|

66


REAL WEDDINGS

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  67


VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: Pallas Couture And The Name Of The Gown Is Paget BRIDAL SALON: Wedding Salon Of Manhasset BRIDE’S HEADPIECE: Crown & Earrings Desig ned By Maria Elena Crown VEIL: Veil Is By In House Desig ner At Wedding Salon Of Manhasset BRIDE'S SHOES: Sophia Webster BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Monique Lhuillier CAKES/DESSERTS/ CATERING/ EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Secrets Silversands Resort & Spa CEREMONY VENUE: Secrets Silversands Resort & Spa ENTERTAINMENT: Dj Geda EVENT PLANNER: Marine Larret FLORALS: Alquimia GROOM'S ATTIRE: Suitsupply . Tie And Pocket Square Is From Tie Bar. GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Kenneth Cole HAIR: Sara Tamargo LINENS: Secrets Silversands Resort & Spa PHOTOGRAPHY: Moni + Adri Fine Art Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: Secrets Silversands Resort & Spa RENTALS: Secrets Silversands Resort & Spa STATIONERY: Welcome Portrait Illustrated By Sandi Hsu Horan For Shoehorn Press, Invitations By Minted ENGAGEMENT RING/DESIGNER: Turfan Jewelers


REAL WEDDING


JOMAIRE + ANTHONY L A K E CO M O , I TA L Y SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y S t y l e & S t o r y C re a t i v e

Text by Samuel Naumick

A

fter avoiding serious relationships in law school,

room it was full of her favorite people. Anthony then took her

Jomaire was now a single, hard working attorney

by the hand, leading her to the middle of the room where she

spending more time at her desk than socializing.

was serenaded with a three-piece jazz band. Cameras f lashed

By 2013 she was now ready to “test the waters” when a

as he dropped to one knee and asked her to spend the rest of

friend suggested signing up for an online dating service.

their lives together as husband and wife - there wasn’t a dry-

Apprehensive at f irst to pursue online dating, Jomaire

eye in the room.

thought it over for a few days before giving in - deciding to give it a try and created a prof ile. Within an hour she received

In Jomaire’s words, she knew Anthony was “the one” when she

dozens of messages but one stood out from the rest. Curious,

“realized how much I had grown and would continue to grow

she quickly opened it and was surprised to f ind an impressive

by virtue of the caring and compassionate person that he was,

prof ile featuring a “creative” and “witty” person with a clear

and the example that he wanted to set for us, our relationship,

love for traveling abroad. Their shared interests were an

and future family. His dedication to being a wonderful human

absolute plus and his personal interests would certainly be

being is equal parts envious and inspiring.”

great topics of conversation. BEST MEMORIES: “The entire day unfolded like a Two days later and they were on their f irst date which ended

fairytale! From having my mother assist with all of my day-

up being “perfect in every way!” Over dinner and drinks the

of preparations and saying our vows in the most beautiful

conversation f lowed, and their connection was as natural as

location we have ever experienced, to celebrating the intimacy

it was immediate. They continued the evening with a stroll

of our vows and union with our closest family members - every

through the park - neither wanting the night to end. Their

moment was truly special.”

f irst date was perfect, lasting seven hours and as Jomaire fondly recalls, “we’ve been inseparable ever since.”

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: “Enjoy the day but plan for the marriage! Our untraditional journey to the

After three years of dating, Jomaire was planning an elaborate

aisle was driven by a few priorities that emerged during our

80s-themed roller-skating party to celebrate the end of her

wedding planning process - including home ownership and

twenties. What she didn’t realize was that Anthony had

personalization. We encourage engaged couples to understand

special plans of his own. On the Monday following the roller-

their short term marriage goals and lifestyle choices. That

skating party Jomaire left the off ice to what was supposed to

way, your wedding and the money you spend on it don't

be a “low-key, no-frills dinner.” Anthony and Jomaire walked

adversely affect your foundation as husband and wife - and

into the restaurant where they were invited to meet the chef

are less inf luenced by external pressures that don't make the

for a private oyster tasting. Following the tasting, Anthony

marriage anyway!” - Jomaire

guided Jomaire to a doorway telling her it leads back to the main dining room. To her surprise, when she entered the


QUICK FACTS FROM THE BRIDE

"Our ceremony location, Villa Balbianello, was used for the James Bond film "Casino Royale" and a movie in the Star Wars franchise.

Our reception venue, Villa Sola Cabiati, was closed to the public for decades - but a rare

glimpse inside the property revealed frescoed walls, priceless tapestries, lush gardens,

museum-quality artifacts, a bed slept in by

France's Napoleon and Joséphine Bonaparte,

Renaissance-era pottery, and a rare collection of violins that had been painted black for Marie Antoinette’s 1793 funeral." WEDDING PARTY GIFTS:

"We surprised our family

with a Venetian boat tour of Lake Como the

day after our wedding! The tour included Villa Cassinella, one of the most prestigious private villas of the lake, Villa Oleandra and Villa

Margherita - which belong to George Clooney -

Villa Fontanelle at Moltrasio - the residence of late Gianni Versace - and Villa D’este." FAVORITE ITEM ON THE MENU:

" There were so

many gems - from lobster in a creamy pepper

sauce to veal with foie gras and black truffle -

but the Millefoglie Italian wedding cake with fresh cream and berries blew us all away!"


vendors

BRIDES DRESS - Zac Posen BRIDAL STORE - David’s Bridal GROOM’S TUX - Custom made by MySuit PLANNING AND COORDINATION - Bride CEREMONY VENUE - Villa Balbianello RECEPTION VENUE AND CATERING - Villa Sola Cabiati & Grand Hotel Tremezzo PHOTOGRAPHY - Style & Story Creative MUSICIANS - Blu Notte Eventi OFFICIANT - Lake Como Celebrant FLORIST - Mario Pirovano MAKEUP - NiCha Makeup HAIR - Melanie Hazel (mother of the bride) SHOES AND ACCESSORIES - Badgley Mischka and Prada


Celebrate Luxuriously “We leave no details untouched!�

www.jpeventsanddesign.com | 973.200.8321 | johanne@jpeventsanddesign.com


W E D DING I D EAS Bold and vibrant African-inspired details inspired by the Ashanti Tribe of Ghana Photographed by Nana Annan Photography


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  81


WEDDING IDEAS

SPRING.2018

|

82


WEDDING IDEAS

The inspiration... "When Wedding Planning and Design team ILE Events thought of this shoot they wanted to ensure a level of authenticity of the Ghanaian culture with a modern twist. The African styled shoot is inspired by the Ashanti Tribe and we used elements to tell the story of their environments (tropical f lowers & greenery), cultures (use of round pedestals to represent the Royal & Divine Throne AshantiTwi: Sika 'dwa), and traditional wedding fashions. Bright colors and vibrant lights created the vibe of joy through the photos. The ceremonial hand fasting brought a modern use for the Kente cloth and binding the couple together." -Alicia of ILE Events


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

PHOTOGRAPHY Nana Annan NANA ANNAN PHOTOGRAPHY www.nanaannan.com

PLANNER/DESIGNER

Alicia Smith ILE EVENTS www.ileevents.com

FLORIST

Al-Nisa Reid-Jenkins ARJ SIGNATURE DESIGN www.arjsignaturedesign.net

OFFICIANT

Roxanne Barnes MARRIED BY REV ROXY www.marriedbyrevroxy.com

STATIONERY

Bridget Goldsmith BRIDGET GOLDSMITH www.bridgetgoldsmith.com

CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER: Nana Annan Photog raphy PLANNER/DESIGNER: ILE Events FLORALS: ARJ Sig nature Desig n GOWN DESIGNER: Rrfashionista VIDEOGRAPHER: MK Flav Wedding Films VENUE: J loft Events JEWELRY: Couture Jewelry Bouquets BRIDE & GROOM MUA: Jennifer Navas Artistry BRIDE'S HAIR: Klips Haircare FASHION STYLIST: Official Sweetie Mensah OFFICIANT: Married By Rev Roxy VIOLINISTS: Faith The Violinist FURNITURE RENTALS: Long Island Party Rentals STATIONERY: Bridget Goldsmith CAKE: Ritzy Bakes BRIDESMAIDS MUA: Daurisa Tessier

SPRING.2018

|

84


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  85


SPRING.2018

|

86


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  87


D E S T I N AT I O N S

SPRING.2018

|

88


REAL WEDDINGS

ESE + ERIC DA L L A S , T E X A S DECEMBER 31, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y R h P h o t o a r t s

Text by Samuel Naumick

F

or fashion designer Esé Azénabor love

Being a highly successful fashion designer, Esé

was just a single click away, having f irst

designed and created both her wedding and

encountered

on

reception dresses - taking almost a year to make.

a popular dating website. After chatting and

The Bride was absolutely stunning in her custom

getting to know each other on-line they knew it

designed gown, absolutely glowing as she made

was time to for the f irst date. That evening over

her way down the aisle to her Groom - standing

a Sushi dinner a palpable magnetism could be felt

handsome at the altar in a Tom Ford.

her

future

husband

between them both. The conversation and feeling of each other’s company felt so natural that in

Traditional Nigerian culture was incorporated

Esé’s words, “I think we both left knowing that

into the wedding with a pre-wedding party

this was going to be it.” That night put them on

where everyone wore traditional Nigerian attire.

the path to happily ever after and they’ve been

Nigerian culture was also incorporated into the

inseparable ever since.

menu with some delicious traditional options.

Esé and Eric knew they were “the one” for each

BEST MEMORIES: "When Eric and I saw each

other; on numerous levels they both instinctively

other for the f irst time … I was speechless!"

felt they were in the right place within each other’s loving embrace. It would be on Esé’s thirty-third

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "When

birthday that Eric decided it was time to take their

planning a wedding, focus on what is important

relationship to the next level. The birthday party

to you and spend your money on that. Weddings

was in full-swing, with all of Esé’s family and close

are so expensive but it’s important to remember

friends gathered together in celebration. It was in

that it will be one of the best days of your life

this moment that Eric, before everyone, asked Esé

and it should look and feel like exactly how you

to spend the rest of her life together with him as

want. "

husband and wife.

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  89


REAL WEDDINGS

SPRING.2018

|

90


REAL WEDDINGS


D E S T I N AT I O N S


EVENT PLANNER

Chioma Nwogu DURE EVENTS www.dureevents.com

GOWN DESIGNER/BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES

Ese Azenabor ESÉ AZÉNABOR www.eseazenabor.com

VIEW MORE COTERIE MEMBER PROFILES ON OUR WEBSITE. VENDORS.MUNALUCHIBRIDAL.COM

vendors EVENT COORDINATOR/PLANNER: Dure Events CATERING: Creative Cuisine LIGHTING: Dallas Light And Sound VIDEOGRAPHER: I2lmedia PHOTOGRAPHER: Rhphotoarts ENTERTAINMENT: The Michelle Priest Band; Dj Kuncept; Emcee Foxy P TRANSPORTATION: Prime Limo And Car Service GETAWAY CAR: Threejays Horse Carriage HAIR & MAKEUP: Glamour Rx BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES/BRIDAL SALON/GOWN DESIGNER: Esé Azénabor SUITS: Groom - Tom Ford; Groomsmen: Isw BRIDE’S SHOES: Jimmy Choo GROOMS SHOES: Christian Louboutin ENGAGEMENT RINGS: Couture Rocks WEDDING RINGS: Hers: Couture Rocks; His: Robbins Brothers SAVE THE DATES: Basic Invite INVITATIONS: Jimit Cards FLORIST: Simply Elegant Dallas & Floraeventi OTHER DÉCOR: Prashe, And Floraevnti LINENS: Prashe RENTALS: Posh Couture Rentals, And Lavish Decor Desig ns CAKE DESIGNER AND FLAVORS: Madisyn Sweets And Events CEREMONY LOCATION: Hilton Anatole RECEPTION LOCATION: 7 For Parties REHEARSAL DINNER: Mille Lire


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  95


REAL WEDDINGS

TRACEY + GARY TA M PA , F L OC TO B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y G re e n P e a r l P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

T

racey and Gary’s love story began at the

perfect f it and a stunning look.

barbershop after being introduced by mutual friends. Their connection felt

Incorporating culture into their most special of days

very natural, that feeling you get when it seems

was a very large factor for Tracey and Gary; he being

as though you’ve known someone your entire life

born and raised in Jamaica, and she of Jamaican

regardless of having just met. Almost immediately

and Trinidadian heritage. Their cake, a Black Cake

the trust was there and with it a spoken and

made with rum soaked fruits was representative of

unspoken communication that brought them

both of their heritages, as well as the main menu -

even closer. Their matching casual and laid-back

including BBQ Jerk Meatballs, and Red Snapper,

personalities gives them a language of love that is all

bringing together an overall unforgettable evening.

their own. BEST MEMORIES: "There's too many! Gary Gary knew Tracey was “the one” through her

surprised me with a message from some of the

patience, he knew he needed someone patient,

players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Mike

and Tracey’s self lessness was unlike anything he

Evans, Doug Martin, James Winston, and Noah

experienced. For Tracey, she knew Gary was “the

Spence, just to name a few. There was a point

one” from his honesty. In her words, “he was

were Gary pretty much gave a testimony to how

honest, even if I wouldn’t like it … being truthful

much work it took for us to get to the point of

is a key factor in our relationship and I know that’s

the wedding. Six months after being engaged Gary

what will make it last.”

broke his arm in a severe ATV accident, so when the off iciant pronounced us as being ONE, everything was made complete." - Tracey

Tracey and Gary’s elegant and classy Tampa, Florida gala styled wedding was designed with the mindset to enjoy yourself and dress with excellence. The

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "You

intimate ceremony was garnished with numerous

HAVE to compromise. In reality, both of you are

subtle black-tie touches, from the utensils to the

sharing this big day to plan the rest of your lives. It

f inely dressed staff. Tracey’s simple and sleek

should be how you both want it to be." - Tracey

wedding dress was everything she wanted, with a

SPRING.2018

|

96


D E S T I N AT I O N S


vendors BRIDE'S DRESS: Daalarna Couture BRIDAL SALON: The Bride Tampa BRIDE'S SHOES: Sophia Webster BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: House Of CB CAKES/DESSERTS: Elaine White Treats CATERING: Dunns River Island Cafe CEREMONY VENUE: The Hip Room EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Events By Boosh ENTERTAINMENT: Dj MelloHype EVENT PLANNER: Julieth Bravo FLORALS: Events By Boosh GROOM'S ATTIRE: Christian Dean Clothiers GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Calvin Klein HAIR: Gcuts LINENS: Kate Ryan Linens MAKEUP: Alexandria Lissett & VidaWithVane PHOTOGRAPHY: Green Pearl Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: The Hip Room RENTALS: Kate Ryan Linens STATIONERY: Paperie Bakery VIDEOGRAPHY: Imani Lee Creative INSTRUMENTALISTS: Troy Harris (Saxophonist), Cienna Alida (Singer)


AD

JAZZYMAEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  101


ANTIA + GARY N E W YO R K , N Y SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y S t a n l o P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

A

nita and Gary f irst met during the evening

words, “every life scenario played out with him by my

of Anita’s High School Prom. Following the

side. My partner in crime...I feel like my best self with

dance a group of her friends decided to go

him. God conf irmed in so many ways that he was the

to a diner in the city and it was there that Anita and

one for me.”

Gary were introduced. It would be another couple of weeks until they saw each other again, but Gary wasted

Their New York wedding was contemporary with

no time, asking Anita out on their f irst date. They

tropical vibes. Anita handpicked the bouquets from

dated for about three years, but both being very young

the f lower district at the tropical Caribbean shops.

and still with a lot to learn about life and themselves,

The tropical vibe was complete with fresh coconut

ended up separating for almost three years. They

drinks. The Bride wore a nude Watters gown with

eventually began dating again only this time they knew

sweetheart neckline and pleated multi-layered bottom.

exactly what they wanted out of life - to spend the rest

The train was her perfect length with jeweled fabric.

of it with each other. BEST MEMORIES: "Seeing her walk down the aisle, For Gary’s birthday, Anita decided to throw him

she was the most beautiful bride. We also had an

a surprise party and jam session with his musician

amazing band! Being surrounded by all of our close

friends. Towards the end of the party she began

friends and family having a great time dancing and

setting up the birthday cake in preparation to sing

singing along is a memory that we will never forget.

him happy birthday. She called everyone upstairs but

We felt the love! Secretly one of the best/ funniest

when Gary’s best friend approached her he had in his

memories to me was when we went to Dallas BBQ's

hands a different cake that read, “Will you marry me?”

after the wedding and split a plate of sticky wings

Anita was so caught up in making sure everything was

because we are us. LOL!" - Gary

just right for Gary’s party that she didn’t even register what she had just read. A mutual friend accompanied

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "Take your

with a guitar began to sing “Thinking out loud” by Ed

time planning, don't rush the process. Sometimes we

Sheeran, and in that moment Gary approached Anita,

get so caught up in the idea of planning the wedding

got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.

that we forget to enjoy being engaged. Enjoy every moment!" - Antia

Gary knew Anita was “the one” when he realized that no one else could f ill that special place in his heart. In Gary’s words, “I realized she was my prayer manifested, she was exactly what I prayed for…” Anita knew Gary was “the one” when she realized that she couldn’t picture her life without him. In Anita’s


WEDDING FLOWERS: Hand picked and paired by bride. FAVORITE ITEM ON MENU: Fish and chips BRIDESMAIDS/GROOMSMEN GIFTS: Bracelets with initials and necklaces with names. Ties and Lapels for the Groomsmen. FIRST DANCE SONG: “All of me” by John Legend ADVICE FOR BRIDES: "Don't sweat the small stuff, the odds are everything won't go exactly as planned. All the f lowers, decorations and other additives are just a backdrop to the main event which is the love that you two share and the people who are excited to celebrate and share that moment with you."


PHOTOGRAPHY

Stanley Babb

STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY www.stanlophotography.com

MAKEUP ARTIST

Abby Falore-Ayodeji JUICY LOOKS MUA www.myjuicylooks.com VIEW MORE COTERIE MEMBER PROFILES ON OUR WEBSITE. VENDORS.MUNALUCHIBRIDAL.COM

v e n do r s

Watters Jessica Simpson BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Adrianna Papell & Twobirds CAKES/DESSERTS: Sydney's Sweets CATERING: Green Fig VENUE: Green Fig At The Yotel ENTERTAINMENT: SINGER: Kennedy GROOM'S ATTIRE: Indochino HAIR/FLORALS/PLANNING: Bride MAKEUP: Juicy Looks Mua PHOTOGRAPHY: Stanlo Photog raphy VIDEOGRAPHY: Maebfilms BRIDE'S DRESS:

BRIDE'S SHOES:


PHOTOGRAPHY BY MOMON PHOTO

STRESS FREE & FABULOUS


V O W R E N E WA L

BUHLE + STHEMBISO S A I N T -J E A N - C A P - F E R R E T , F R A N C E

WEDDING DATE: February 2007 in South Africa MARRIED FOR: 10 years

WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

kitchen, but a girl has got to do what a girl has got

VOW RENEWAL LIKE? Our wedding anniversary

to do right. Sthe cooks too. He makes the meanest

was a magical black and white with a touch gold

salads.

affair, at a French villa called Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. It started off with the sunset view of the

WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER, WHAT DO BOTH

Mediterranean, followed by a crystal candle lit dinner

OF YOU DO AND HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME

under the French skies. We ended our special evening

FOR EACH OTHER? We are both entrepreneurs.

on a monogrammed dance f loor with a giant disco

I’m a fashion designer, I’m a photographer, a blogger.

ball above us.

They call us Content Creators these days. Sthe owns a publishing company and a construction company.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT

We are big on date nights and we try to keep our

YOUR VOW RENEWAL? I will never forget

weekends free for family time only.

Sthembiso’s emotional smile decorated with the most beautiful Mediterranean backdrop as I walked down

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MOST

the aisle. Can we also talk about the glitter painter

IMPORTANT ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL

who surprised our guests by throwing gold glitter

MARRIAGE? Make love a verb, a doing word. We

on a painting of Sthe and I! The reaction from our

tend to focus on the external qualities of love and

guests was priceless.

ignore the internal. We treat love as an experience that happened. A moment. A thing. However, love is

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO

to do, to feel, to become. It’s a continual movement,

AS A COUPLE? We love traveling. We enjoy being

its adapting to f it and it’s about making space in your

stuck with each other for days in a foreign country

heart for someone else.

exploring other people’s culture. Traveling inspired us to host our anniversary abroad. We also just

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SPARK IN YOUR

discovered that we enjoy working out together.

MARRIAGE? Lots of Humor and Romance.

Sthe’s facial expression when he’s lifting weights is WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT HIM? Sthe

hilarious.

has the ability to make you want to be a better WHO COOKS? I cook of course. I have to admit

person. He makes you want more for yourself in life.

though, I’m not a huge fan of being stuck in the

His character is infectious.

SPRING.2018

|

108


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  109

leonard cohade


D E S T I N AT I O N S

leonard cohade

leonard cohade

yvan grubski

leonard cohade

leonard cohade


V OW R E N E WA L

yvan grubski

yvan grubski

WHAT DOES HE LOVE MOST ABOUT YOU? He loves my resilient

nature. I never give up without a good f ight. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR NEWLYWEDS? I think it’s important

to remember that a crisis does not mean the marriage is over. Crises are like storms; loud, scary and dangerous, but to get through a storm you have to keep driving. A crisis can be a new beginning. It’s out of pain that great people and marriages are produced.

yvan grubski


D E S T I N AT I O N S

yvan grubski yvan grubski

leonard cohade

vendors s TN Collective

WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER Biji La Maison BRIDESMAIDS DRESSE HAIR/MAKEUP: Minki

SHOES: Jimmy Choo CEREMONY/RECEPTION LOCATION:

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

PHOTOGRAPHY: Wedding reportage by Leonard Cohade

:

DECOR PICTURES BY Yvan Grubski

VIDEOGRAPHY: Pascal Dele

PLANNER/DESIGNER: The Wedding Planners - Monaco FLORIST CAKE: Made In Cake

STATIONERY:

Menu illustration desig n by Atelier Preszburger

CALLIGRAPHY: Studio French Blue CATERER: Lenotre RENTAL: Deco Flamme

WEDDING

: Wayne Riley Flowers

RENTAL: Options

SOUND/ LIGHT: Riviera Organisation SINGER:

DANCERS

DÉCOR

: Delice Show

Lise Darley GLITTER PAINTER: Vik

SPRING.2018

|

112


D E S T I N AT I O N S

WEDDING PLANNING & FLORAL DESIGN Maryland • Washington, DC • Virginia   (703) 991-1951 • info@allrelevents.com • www.allrelevents.com MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  113


ANNIVERSARY

CARESSA + NATHANIEL

B E A L E TO N , V I R G I N I A

WEDDING DATE: December 2, 2012 in Fredericksburg, VA MARRIED FOR: 5 years AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY, WHAT DO

OTHER? I (Caressa) am the Owner and Lead Event Designer

YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?

at Caressed by Design, a full service event planning f irm. I

To this day people still tell us our wedding is the most fun

am also a motivational speaker and HIV/AIDS prevention

party they've ever went to. What we remember most aside

and stigma advocate. Nathaniel is the Owner and Co-

from how much fun we had was the opportunity we had to

Founder of the Fredericksburg Area Basketball Organization;

take f irst look photos outside because it was unseasonably

an exposure basketball and student athlete development

warm for December in Virginia. We were able to walk along

program. He is also the varsity basketball head coach at

the river and share precious moments with one another.

Riverbend High School. With such busy lives we try to eat

The ironic thing was as we celebrated our anniversary and

dinner together every night we can (eating late isn’t the best

took these photos the weather was almost identical to our

for our bodies but it works for nurturing our relationship

wedding day!

right now). We also try to get away for at least one overnight trip quarterly.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE? We are super competitive people and love to

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT

challenge other couples to game nights. Our friends always

ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE? First

look forward to our big annual game night and our adults

being willing to accept that you cannot change a person, but

only f ield day. Adventurers at heart we love to travel and

loving them enough to call out the best in them and help

learn about the history of where we are and the culture

them grow. Love, trust, respect and commitment to stay in

of the people there. We also lead very busy lives with an

it. Marriage can be tough, marriage is work, but the grass is

incredibly active toddler, so any opportunity we can get to

only greener where you water it, what you feed grows and we

lounge together and watch movies in bed we take it.

choose to feed and focus on the good.

WHO COOKS? I (Caressa) cook every night, that's the way

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SPARK IN YOUR MARRIAGE?

it was for me growing up in my house and I wouldn't have it

We are always willing to grow together, fall in love with

any other way for my family. Even when I'm out of town for

whom the other is becoming. The wonder and discovery

work I plan ahead and leave home cooked meals for my boys.

helps to keep things fresh. We also aren't afraid to try new

Nat gets his chance to shine during the summer when it's

things in the intimacy department.

grill season. TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT. WHAT INSPIRED IT? Five DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN OR PETS?

W e have one

years ago when we got married, I (Caressa) planned our

son, Tres, he is 19 months old. We also have a dog named

wedding from top to bottom. As I searched around town for

Khalessi (we are huge Game of Thrones fans), she is 4 years

vendors I realized there wasn't an overwhelming amount of

old.

minority business owners in the bridal business in our small town and surrounding areas. Even though couples like us

WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER, WHAT DO BOTH OF

had the money to spend we were severely under-represented

YOU DO AND HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR EACH

in the market. Over the last f ive years that has changed and

SPRING.2018

|

114


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  115


SPRING.2018

|

116


D E S T I N AT I O N S

black business is booming here. When we decided to do this anniversary shoot commemorating our f ive

VENDORS

year anniversary we began to think back to the black renaissance movement and how important it was

STYLING AND PLANNING: Caressed By Desig n In

for us to energize and mobilize businesses within our community. The inspiration behind this shoot was "black love is enterprising." Though this shoot may look like an amalgam of beautiful metallic and elegant f lorals every element is symbolic. My brooch bouquet was made of jewelry from all the women in my family whom were married before me, there is even a key to my great grandparents f irst store that reminds us to just keep building together. We chose the tones of precious metals and diamonds to symbolize the beauty that comes from the hard work of pressing, melting, welding and cutting … all tools used to make precious metals and diamonds. Much like marriage and growing businesses it doesn't start off as gorgeous as it ends. We had my original wedding dress reconstructed into a completely different piece to show that an original thing just like love can always be reworked, remodeled, and reshaped into something totally different but still equally stunning and beautiful as we grow older together. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR NEWLYWEDS? Enjoy every phase of your marriage, as each part

is very special and unique. For instance, If you don't have kids then don't rush it, enjoy “dink” (Double Income No Kids) life, sleeping in and doing brunch. Also take time and plan for the future, not only in your f inances but in the very core of your relationship.

Collaboration With A Beautiful Day By Antonia PHOTOS: M Harris Studios DRESS: Judd Waddell Bespoked By Mackenzie Clare SUIT: Aspetto Styled By Mackenzie Clare RENTALS: Memorable Moments FLORALS: Embellished Details HAIR: Kurly Klips In Association With Hair By Reyunna MAKEUP: Shanelle S Of Makeup By Miss Squire BROOM: Brides And Brooms By Marayah Lane CAKES: Piggy's Babycakes STATIONERY: Pretti Paper VENUE: Morias Winery


D E S T I N AT I O N S

IRENE + STEVE NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA NOVEMBER 4, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y I r i s Ma n n i n g s P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Maggie Montalto

W

hen Irene and Steve f irst met online they lived over

from different cities they took separate f lights. Little did Irene

6,000 miles from each other. Just the same, after

know, Steve had spent two months planning a proposal to take

seeing her photos on Instagram, Steve knew he had

place on that very day.

to take a chance and send Irene a message. After several months of liking and commenting on her pictures Irene realized she couldn’t

He knew it had to be completely unique and unexpected. And as

resist Steve’s charm any longer. Soon their Instagram messages

Irene was coming down the escalator in the Atlanta airport she was

turned into hour long phone conversations. Despite their budding

greeted by a crowd of people holding signs that read “Irene, will

romance, Irene was somewhat skeptical of their relationship

you marry me?” At the end of the escalator stood Steve, holding

possibilities due to Steve’s living all the way in Nigeria - one of

f lowers in one hand and a ring in the other. Irene was completely

them would have to completely uproot their life for a chance at

overwhelmed but composed herself enough to reply “Yes!” Irene

love. Steve was already certain God had a plan for them, and as

knew Steve was “the one” because in her words, “he makes me

fate would have it, after a year of long distance dating Steve was

feel like I am the most amazing woman on earth.” It was during

accepted into a Masters program in the United States.

a previous trip to Nigeria when they held each other tight, both never wanting to let go, that they knew it was meant to be, and

Fast forward to October 14th 2016, Irene and Steve were f lying to

now joined as husband and wife they will never have to let go again.

Atlanta, Georgia to attend a family member’s wedding - coming SPRING.2018

|

118


REAL WEDDINGS

For her wedding dress, Irene knew she wanted something unique. She enlisted Esé Azénabor to design a custom dress. It was embedded with Swarovski crystals, pearls, and beautiful custom lace. The dress also included a luxurious taffeta ivory detachable train which allowed for the bride to have the option of both a princess and mermaid style. A stunning handcrafted crystal vine headpiece completed the bride’s wedding day look. Irene and Steve’s elegant, modern romance themed wedding

incorporated

Nigerian,

American,

and

Southern cultures. They hired both an American and a Nigerian DJ to ensure guests were always on their feet and having a good time. During the second half of the wedding, the bridal party changed into traditional Nigerian outf its and performed cultural dances in honor of the newly married couple. Family members of the bride and groom also dressed in Aso Ebi and wore the same color fabrics to represent the blending of the two families. BEST MEMORIES: “There were so many amazing memories. It’s really hard to pick which one was the best. I guess I would have to say, our ‘f irst look.’ It was so intimate. It was just Steve and I. I could remember my heart pounding as I walked down the courtyard to touch Steve’s shoulder so that he could turn around to see me. The smile on his face when he saw me for the f irst time in my wedding dress was pure bliss! I can replay the emotions in my head from that moment so vividly. I also can’t forget our f irst dance! Steve dropping to the f loor while “Can You Stand the Rain” was playing was so unexpected!” - Irene “I would have to say my best memory was Irene walking down the aisle during the ceremony. I had already seen her during our f irst look, but there was something extra special when she came down the aisle. I also enjoyed our f irst dance.” - Steve ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: “Take the time to enroll in premarital counseling with your church. Marriage is one of the most challenging experiences which is why it is the most rewarding. It’s very important to take the time to not only plan for your wedding, but plan for your marriage. The months leading up to your wedding can be stressful, but you will enjoy the process more if you equally commit the same amount of energy into building your foundation for your marriage as you commit to planning your wedding day.” - Irene


WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER

Ese Azenabor

ESE AZENABOR www.eseazenabor.com View more Coterie Member profiles on our website. vendors.munaluchibridal.com

VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: Ese Azenabor BRIDE’S SHOES: James Ciccotti BRIDE’S HEADPIECE: Bella Tiara BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Dollhouse Bridesmaids CAKES/DESSERTS: Chasing Wangs DECOR/DESIGN: Elegance By Ace PLANNER: Elegance By Ace

CATERING/VENUE: Loews Hotel EVENT

ENTERTAINMENT: King Drewsky Of Wowo Boyz // Dj Ike & Dj Dapo EVENT

FLORALS: Bella Blooms Floral

GROOM'S ATTIRE: Kimono Kollection

BOW TIES:

Well Groomed Man GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Dobell Menswear HAIR: Jordan Washington With True Royalty Hair MAKEUP: Makeup By Jess PHOTOGRAPHY: Iris Mannings Photog raphy RENTALS: Chairs By Chair Couture Nola STATIONERY: Parchment By Dami VIDEOGRAPHY: 1216 Studio


D E S T I N AT I O N S

AD???

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  121


ANNIVERSARY

REANNE + LEVAR Santorini, Greece

OCCUPATIONS: Corporate Litigation Attorney, Software

Engineer Recruiter WEDDING DATE: September 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California MARRIED FOR: 2 years

WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING LIKE? "Our wedding was very

intimate and very fun! My husband and I were among the f irst in our college friend group to be wed, so we were very selective with our guest list because we wanted to create an atmosphere where our guests felt like they were also at a reunion and not just conf ined to the group of people they knew at their table. We also had an all-white dress code, which I LOVED! Our guest looked beautiful, and it really made our photos." WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY FOR YOUR WEDDING? "I think in hindsight

we all would have stressed less and enjoyed the moment more. When I talk to my closest friends about mishaps from my wedding, I realize how insignif icant they really were because no one else seemed to notice them but me! Everyone else was focused on the meaningful aspect of the night, eating drinking, and celebrating their love for me and my husband." WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE? "We are very active foodies! We love trying new

restaurants and we equally enjoy working out and staying f it as a couple. We also enjoy hosting our friends for game nights . . . our friends group gets extremely competitive when it comes to Taboo!" WHO COOKS? "I think we have a healthy balance. I (Reanne)

do the majority of the cooking, but LeVar helps out on a weekly basis, and he plans our date nights which always include food!" TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT. WHAT INSPIRED IT?

"Santorini had been on my bucket list for a few years now, so I knew I wanted to commemorate our time there in a really

SPRING.2018

|

122


D E S T I N AT I O N S

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  123


ANNIVERSARY

signif icant way. When I started planning for our trip, I realized it would fall on the week of our secondyear wedding anniversary and was inspired by the idea of having beautiful canvas' of the island around our home. I started looking for photographers online, and was having a really hard time so I reached out to our hotel, and they recommended Miltos! We couldn't have been paired with a more perfect photographer - Miltos really made our time together more than just a photo shoot, it turned into a private tour of the Island (including pastry testing). As we

walked the marbled streets to different shoot locations, everyone thought we were getting married and were yelling well-wishes. It was pretty special, it felt like I actually got a second wedding with none of the planning stresses! " WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR NEWLYWEDS?

LeVar: "It’s a partnership and needs to be treated as such. We both have things that we are strong and weak at, and should be comfortable enough to play to each other’s strengths. When one person is good at something, let them take lead, and when the other person is good at something let them do the same. Remember you both share the same end goal."

Reanne: "Prioritize your marriage and the things that support it's growth; be protective of your spouse, (don't speak negatively about them to other people) and remember that you’re playing for the same team even when you’re arguing. You should never argue to win, but to gain understanding. Also to never wait on an apology (i.e. have uncommunicated expectations, your spouse is not a mind reader) and to apologize f irst. There should be no ego in asking for forgiveness." PHOTOGRAPHY: Miltos Karaiskakis

Photography & Videography

SPRING.2018

|

124


ANNIVERSARIES

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  125


CLAIRE + CHARLES ARUBA SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y A l a k i j a S t u d i o s

Text by Samuel Naumick

C

laire & Charles f irst met at an after party

Claire and Charles’ intimate destination Aruba

following her cousin’s birthday celebration.

wedding featured gorgeous views of the Aruba

Charles was immediately drawn to Claire,

mountainside and stunning white orchids in a

spotting her the moment she walked through the

picturesque tropical paradise. To celebrate their

doors of the afterparty. Claire recalls how she,

cultural heritages (Rwandan/Congolese and

“found him to be so kind and respectful - not the

Nigerian), Claire and Charles held a traditional

usual type you might meet in those environments.”

African engagement party prior to the wedding

They had such a good time laughing and talking,

where their two families met and asked for the

enjoying each other’s company that the party

woman’s hand in marriage. Over four hundred

went by almost entirely unnoticed. Not wanting

guests attended who enjoyed performances by a

the night to end, they decided to go out for a late

popular Nigerian artist.

dinner at a local twenty-four hour diner where they continued their conversation all throughout the

BEST MEMORIES: "My favorite memory was

night and into sunrise.

just watching our guests enjoy themselves knowing that they f lew thousands of miles across the world

Charles knew Claire was “the one” when he lost the

to celebrate with us. The love was so real between

ability to make any future life plans without her in

everyone. You could literally feel the happiness and

them. Claire knew Charles was “the one” after their

joy in the air!" - Claire

f irst encounter which led to that f irst wonderful date night together - she knew from that moment

ADVICE FOR BRIDES: "Hire a wedding planner!

on that he was the man she was going to marry.

Victoria of Victorious Events NYC was amazing! She came on board and hit the ground running. So

For Claire, her wedding dress was the dress of her

helpful and full of ideas that were executed well. I

dreams. A custom made Alonuko dress; elegant

don't know what I would have done without her."

and romantic, classy yet sexy - with a detachable

- Claire

overskirt giving her two completely different looks in one.

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  127


REAL WEDDINGS

QUICK FACTS FROM THE BRIDE WEDDING FLOWERS:

I wanted all white flowers. White orchids are my favorite! WEDDING PARTY GIFTS:

Bridesmaids received a silk dressing gown and the Groomsmen received cigars. FIRST DANCE SONG:

“So High” by John Legend


REAL WEDDINGS

PLANNER/DESIGNER

Victoria Lartey-Williams VICTORIOUS EVENTS NYC www.victoriouseventsnyc.com View more Coterie Member profiles on our website at vendors.munaluchibridal.com

vendors Victorious Events NYC PHOTOGRAPHY: Alakija Studios VIDEOGRAPHY: Amor Amor Weddings CEREMONY VENUE: The Ritz Carlton Aruba RECEPTION VENUE: Faro Blanco Restaurant WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: AloNuko by Gbemi Okunlola SHOE DESIGNER: Kurt Geiger GROOM'S ATTIRE: Kabiru Abu Bespoke Tailoring HAIR STYLIST: Krystel Jack of UK Hair Guru MAKEUP ARTIST: Nikita Baffour FLORIST: Shar's Flower Shop WEDDING CAKE: Wireless Cakes Aruba ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Diablo RENTALS: House of Mosaic Aruba WEDDING PLANNER:

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  129


D E S T I N AT I O N S

SPRING.2018

|

130


REAL WEDDINGS

MARY + JEREMIAH A KO S O M B O , G H A N A DECEMBER 2, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y J u d a h Av e n u e P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

L

ife is often full of pleasant surprises; some

imagined it any different - absolutely perfect, with

are very apparent and others you have to look

her favorite accessory being the veil. Their gorgeous

closely to appreciate. For Mary and Jeremiah

classic wedding was elegant, uniquely styled, and

they received one of life’s most pleasant and sought

tropically glamorous with an abundance of beautiful

after surprises in each other - the gift of having found

ivory f loral arrangements. The resort grounds of

one’s soul mate. What began as dinner with a friend,

the Royal Senchi Hotel in Akosombo, Ghana was a

a common enough event on most evenings, would

perfect setting, featuring a glass aisle suspended over

end up being one of the most important nights of

blue pool waters. The reception was complete with

Mary and Jeremiah’s lives. On arrival to the dinner,

luxurious table-settings, ivory f loral arrangements,

Mary realized that her friend was accompanied by her

purple ambience, and a magnif icent eight-tiered

husband, as well as an additional invitee - Jeremiah.

wedding cake.

Mary and Jeremiah’s connection was immediate and natural, with the sparks of love kindling their hearts and matching spirits. In Mary’s words, “that night was

BEST MEMORIES: "Some of our best wedding

magical, it was almost as if I had known him all my

memories include, of course, seeing each other in our

life.” Mary knew Jeremiah was “the one” because of

ceremony attire. The releasing of doves at the end of

how easy he was to love; “there is always a sense of

the aisle, and the ceremony experience altogether." -

comfort and peace around him, which I’ve never felt

Mary

about anybody else in my life.” For Mary, her wedding dress was a “dream come true.” When seeing herself in the mirror she couldn’t have

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  131


SPRING.2018

|

132


D E S T I N AT I O N S

QUICK FACTS FROM THE BRIDE

FAVORITE ITEM ON MENU:

Champagne!

BRIDESMAIDS/GROOMSMEN GIFTS:

Groomsmen - Custom Engraved Hip Flasks. Bridesmaids - Jewelry. FIRST DANCE SONG:

“Bring it Back Home Again”


D E S T I N AT I O N S

ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE "No matter the stress of wedding planning, etc., never forget what's important in all of it - the two of you and the love you have for each other! And always make God the center of your lives."

SPRING.2018

|

134


R EDAELS W TIN ED AT DIIO NN GS S

PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER

Nafa Ribiero

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

VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: George ElSissa BRIDE’S HEADPIECE/VEIL: Bridal style boutique BRIDE'S SHOES: Jimmy Choo CAKES/DESSERTS: Mango & Wheat CATERING: The Royal Senchi CEREMONY VENUE: The Royal Senchi EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Let's Be Seated & Diamond Ink Events ENTERTAINMENT: Kiddie RunTown EVENT PLANNER: Glitz Africa FLORALS: Kensington Flowers HAIR: Tribeshead MAKEUP: Alexandrina Make up PHOTOGRAPHY: Judah Avenue RECEPTION VENUE: The Royal Senchi STATIONERY: Talata VIDEOGRAPHY: Blay-Z

MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  135


CO N T E N T S


LAWRENCE + MICHAEL L A S V E G A S , N E VA DA OC TO B E R 1 4 , 2 0 1 7 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Mo x i e S t u d i o P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

I

t was during Pride Weekend in Washington D.C. where

dressed in custom tailored gray and navy blue tuxedos with

Lawrence and Michael’s love story began. Having

pink accessories. After the vow exchange the newlyweds

already relocated to Los Angeles, Lawrence was back

incorporated a jumping of the broom. Their reception was

in D.C. to graduate from Howard University. A mutual

kicked off with a New Orleans style Second Line entrance,

friend introduced Michael and Lawrence who’s connection

including beautifully decorated parasols, mardi gras masks

was immediate, laughing and talking the night away. They

and beads, and personalized handkerchiefs waved by their

exchanged phone numbers, remaining in contact as often

guests, followed by a lavish cocktail hour with complimentary

as possible - even f lying across country to be back in each

top shelf premium bar. Hors d’oeuvres were served while

other’s company. Unable to stand the distance any longer,

guests took pictures on the blue carpet before dinner was

Michael moved to LA after six months of dating. And after

served in the ballroom.

eleven years of being together in a loving relationship they decided it was time to take things to the next level.

BEST MEMORIES: "The second line entrance at the reception. Everyone was so happy and joyous! We all had a

Lawrence and Michael knew they were in the presence of “the

good time."

one” after their very f irst date together. It was at a restaurant in Washington D.C. where they sat for hours discussing what

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "The best advice

they both wanted out of life and in a partner. And it was in

is to subscribe to several wedding magazines, Pinterest, and

that moment where they both realized they had found that

know what style of wedding suits your taste. We would also

something special in each other - and they’ve been inseparable

tell you to have a budget, and a good coordinator who can

ever since.

follow out the details to make your day the best ever."

Lawrence and Michael were married before family and friends in an elegant and classy Las Vegas wedding ceremony,


QUICK FACTS FROM THE GROOMS

The Food was amazing but everyone raved about the cake. It was 3 different Flavors; Red Velvet, Lemon, and Vanilla. FAVORITE ITEM ON MENU:

We gave our wedding party customized boxes in our wedding colors personalized with their names that said, “Thank You for being my GroomsMaid" for the ladies and for the Men “Thank You for being my Groomsman.” It included stemless wine glasses with “Lawrence & Michael” on them and the boxes contained wedding signature Hershey Chocolate Bars, Moet Chandon Miniature Champagne Bottles, and Gourmet Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers. WEDDING PARTY GIFTS:

We did a Choreographed routine that was choreographed by our celebrity choreography Brandee Evans. It was a wedding mashup of the songs; “For You” by Kenny Lattimore; “24 Karat Gold” by Bruno Mars; “The Best of my love” by the Emotions; “Let’s Groove” by Earth Wind & Fire; and “Can’t Stop this feeling” by Justin Timberlake. The Wedding party joined in on the last song - it was so much fun! FIRST DANCE SONG:

VENDORS GROOM'S ATTIRE: Groom Studio LA GROOM'S SALON: The Blade Barbershop North Hollywood GROOM'S ACCESORIES: David Yurman Cufflinks, Rolex Watches GROOM'S SHOES: Christian Louboutin BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Ladies Dresses by Adrianna Pappell CAKE: Christina Roed Pastry Chef at SLS Las Vegas Hotel CATERING: SLS Las Vegas Hotel CEREMONY VENUE: SLS Las Vegas Albert Room EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Naakiti Floral Company ENTERTAINMENT: D.J. Mike Foxx EVENT PLANNER: Broughton Desig ns, Emily Reno of Weddings and Events by Emily FLORALS: Naakiti Floral Company LLIGHTING/ LINENS: Broughton Events MAKEUP: ICandy Make Up Artistry Las Vegas PHOTOGRAPHY: Moxie Studio Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: The SLS Las Vegas Congo BallRoom STATIONERY: Wedding Menus by Wedding Paper Divas, and Wedding Prog rams desig ned by Broughton Desig ns VIDEOGRAPHY: Impreza Films


REAL WEDDINGS

YURIRKA + JOEL W OO D L A N D PA R K , N E W J E R S E Y M AY 2 8 , 2 0 1 7 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y D re a m l i fe P h o t o s & Vi d e o s

Text by Samuel Naumick

Y

urirka and Joel’s love story began while both were attending college in Miami, Florida. Yurirka’s roommate at the time invited her out to a local party. Upon arriving they realized it was the birthday party of Joel. For Joel, Yurirka’s arrival was the greatest gift he could have ever received

- it was love at f irst sight for him. He was on a mission to capture Yurirka’s attention, who was somewhat apprehensive about him. But his sweet persistence paid off, and in Yurirka’s words, “I eventually gave him a chance and we’ve been inseparable ever since!” Fast forward into their relationship, on a rainy Sunday night. Yurirka and Joel decided to take her brothers out to dinner in NYC; the youngest of her brothers was home for spring break. After dinner, on the walk back to the car, Joel decides to guide them on a shorter route through Bryant Park. The park was closed and empty of people. Yurirka walked by Joel’s side while her brothers walked behind them. When they reached the center of the park Joel points out how lovely the rain looked in the lights ref lecting on the green f ield. Yurirka looked over to admire the scene and when she turned back Joel was down on one knee. Before he was able to say anything Yurirka began screaming with happiness - her heart so full of joy. Yurirka and Joel’s country club wedding was modern and unique. Yurirka looked stunning in her custom Galia Lahav wedding gown with her favorite accessory being her mother’s veil. Yurirka honored their love by wearing it on her most special of days, in her words, “my father and mother are everything to me and they have been happily married for over thirty years. The love I see between them, is what I aspire for my marriage to look like.” ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "Do not rush planning, take things one step at a time and create a schedule so you don’t feel you’re being hit with everything all at once! And most importantly, enjoy every minute - it goes by so fast! And hire K. Barner Events!" - Yurirka


D E S T I N AT I O N S


PLANNER/DESIGNER

Kisha A. Barner K. BARNER EVENTS www.kbarnerevents.com

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

VENDORS BRIDE’S DRESS:

Galia Lahav (1st gown); Custom Martina

Liana Gown (2nd gown) Bridal

SALON:

(1st gown); Jahee Bridal (2nd gown)

Bridal Reflections

BRIDE’S VEIL: F amily

heirloom. Given to Bride by her mom. It was from her wedding over 30 years ago Palermo’s Custom Cakes Ceremony DESIGN:

BRIDE’S SHOES:

Simply Dresses

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES:

CATERING:

Badgley Mischka

CAKES/DESSERTS:

Westmount Country Club

Westmount Country Club

VENUE:

K. Barner Events

ENTERTAINMENT:

EVENT DECOR/

Los Sobrevivientes

– DJ Charly, J.I. Starr – Emcee, and live performance by Grammy nominated, Toño Rosario K. Barner Events GROOM’S ATTIRE:

FLORALS:

EVENT PLANNER:

Pedestals Floral Decorators

Musika Frere

Hudson Tuxedos by Ike Behar

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE:

HAIR:

Nastassja.Co

Navy

LIGHTING:

JB Lighting Productions and Westmount Country Club LINENS:

BBJ Linen & Nuage Desig ns

Makeup Academy

PHOTOGRAPHY:

RECEPTION VENUE:

MAKEUP:

Artist

Dreamlife Photos & Video

Westmount Country Club

RENTALS:

Luxe

Event Rental, Highstyle Rentals, Evolution Event Rentals, NY Lounge Decor, Broadway Party Rental, Bombshell Graphics, Taylor Creative Inc., BBJ Linen Black Dress Paperie Video

VIDEOGRAPHY:

TRANSPORTATION:

MUSICIANS:

STATIONERY:

Little

Dreamlife Photos &

Great American Trolley

CEREMONY

Sweet Harmony and Vocalist – Alyssa Staron


REAL WEDDINGS

UYIOSA + AHMED L AG O S , N I G E R I A JANUARY 27, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y J i d e O d u k o y a & K l a l a P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

U

yiosa and Ahmed’s love story began in 2012 when

Heli Tour Location, we get the usual safety precautions brief ing.

introduced through a mutual friend. They f irst

We get on the heli. Ahmed keeps telling the Pilot to inform us

exchanged BlackBerry messenger pins, getting to

when we are on our way back. I just felt that was something

know each other over the phone. At the time Ahmed was based

normal. In the sky, he starts saying Romantic words … how he

in Canada and Uyiosa in Nigeria, so they didn’t communicate

learned to know what love is since reconnecting with me - he has

too often. A few months later in December of that year Uyiosa

never told me that before... That was when I had to turn to him

was speaking to her and Ahmed’s mutual friend who informed

because the statements were getting deep. I turn, I see his eyes

her that Ahmed was back in Nigeria. They decided to take

are red and teary, so I knew something was up. The next thing I

the opportunity to meet. When Uyiosa arrived at his house,

saw was him putting his hands in his blazer pocket and bringing

the door opens to what she describes as a, “tall handsome

out the box. At that point I blanked out! We both get off and

guy wearing brown native.” It was love at f irst sight. Uyiosa

the heli crew is congratulating us and taking pictures. I was still

remembers saying to herself with absolute certainty, “this is my

in shock. We got back to our hotel in the City to change for the

husband.”

yacht party, and the party was OUR engagement party. Best day ever!”

The holiday soon ended, Uyiosa went back to school, and Ahmed back to Canada. They managed to keep in touch and

Both being from Edo state, descendents of the people who

dated on and off for six years - the distance between them taking

founded the ancient and mighty Benin Empire, Uyiosa and

its toll but ultimately unable to keep them apart. After many

Ahmed had a traditional Nigerian wedding prior to their

invitations from Ahmed to come to Canada, Uyiosa f inally

western ceremony. Their western ceremony was modern, chic

agreed to visit. It was a trip that would come to forever change

and glamorous - enchanting with splashes of gold. Uyiosa was

both of their lives, bringing them not only physically closer but

stunning in a custom gown designed by a Nigerian designer. In

also more emotionally closer than ever before. It was a trip that

her words, “my wedding was spot on exactly what I had always

solidif ied in both of their minds how destined they are to be

dreamt of.”

together. BEST MEMORIES: "Walking down the aisle to the man of my In July of 2017 Ahmed planned a heli tour of Toronto, followed

dreams!"

by a yacht party that same weekend. Uyiosa recalls, “On the 2nd, we go to church, House of Praise thanksgiving service in

ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "Hire a qualif ied

the morning, then we go to the store, then we head back home

and professional Planner early enough. It will save you many

to pick up more drinks for the party. I noticed he changed

heartaches and stress. Glad we hired our Planner."

his blazer with the excuse that the other one didn’t look nice. Whereas it did, but I later found out that the previous blazer was showing the ring box so he had to change it! We get to the

SPRING.2018

|

144


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  145


ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "Regardless of what happens on your wedding day, don’t forget to have fun. Ignore all that [threatens] to ruin your day and live in the moment. All of that won’t matter years down the line - only the memories you create will last. Make lasting memories.” Uyiosa + Ahmed

VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: April By Kunbi BRIDE’S HEADPIECE AND/OR VEIL: April By Kunbi BRIDE'S SHOES: Louboutin World & Jimmy Choo BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Tubo CAKES/DESSERTS: CAKE: Sweet Indulgence By Ola DESSERT: Parfait Dessert CATERING: Beyond Tastee Catering & Jkparty World Catering CEREMONY VENUE: The Fountain Of Life Church EVENT DESIGN: Ipc-Events EVENT DECORATOR: Nwandos Sig natures Event ENTERTAINMENT: Shuga Band & Dj Lammy EVENT PLANNERS: Ipc-Events & Frankies Events FLORALS: Lovebug Florist GROOM'S ATTIRE: Vince Anthony GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Vince Anthony LIGHTING: Innovate Media1 LINENS: Nwandos Sig nature Events MAKEUP: Faces By Labisi PHOTOGRAPHY: Jide Odukoya & Klala Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: The Lekki Colliseum, Lekki Lagos RENTALS: Rentalexpressng , Treo Rentals & Naftali Party Rentals STATIONERY: Kella World Of Graphics And Print VIDEOGRAPHY: Lanre Esho & Whph Media


REAL WEDDINGS

NATEESHA + LEVI H U N T I N G DO N , N E W YO R K FEBRUARY 16, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y F l a v i o D P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

L

evi knew from the moment he f irst laid

recalls, “I truly believed him, not because of his

eyes on Nateesha that they were meant

words but because of his actions. I realized that

to be together. Their f irst encounter

he loved me without any expectations or strings

occurred while Nateesha was on a girl’s night

attached to his love. When I realized how he loved

out at a club that Levi happened to promote.

me, I instantly loved him.”

At the end of the night one of the girls lost her bag which contained her phone and keys. They

Nateesha and Levi’s modern elegance wedding

asked Levi if they could use his phone to get a

took place at the gorgeous Oheka Castle in

ride home, but instead he took the extra step

Huntington, New York. The Bride looked

and gave them a ride home himself. No exchange

stunning on the unforgettable big day, in a gown

of phone numbers was made that evening but

complete with an endlessly f lowing wedding

serendipitously Nateesha and Levi crossed paths

dress train. The couple honored their religious

again the following weekend. This time he would

traditions by having their mothers offer prayers in

not let another opportunity pass him by. He took

both Haitian Creole and English.

hold of Nateesha’s hand and immediately asked her out to dinner. Knowing they were meant

BEST MEMORIES: "Seeing all the love in the

to be, he introduced her as his girlfriend at the

room!"

restaurant and from that evening on they’ve been ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "During

together ever since.

your wedding please allow yourselves to take Levi knew Nateesha was “the one” at f irst sight. It

time to enjoy your wedding because it goes by so

was upon realization of this truth that Nateesha

quickly."

knew Levi was also “the one” for her. As she

SPRING.2018

|

148


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  149


VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: Karoza Bridal BRIDE'S SHOES: Sophia Webster & Giuseppe Zanotti BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: David’s bridaL CAKE/CATERING: Oheka Castle

VENUE: Oheka Castle EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Event Executives

ENTERTAINMENT: DJ3J Production EVENT PLANNER: Event Executives FLORALS: Event Executives GROOM/ GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Mens Wearhouse HAIR: SevenJay LIGHTING: Boston Pro Sound LINENS: Event Executives MAKEUP: Nohemi del Carmen PHOTOGRAPHY: Flavio D Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: Oheka Castle RENTALS: Evolution Event Rentals Inc. STATIONERY: Pretty Prints etc. VIDEOGRAPHY: Together Forever Films


WE DDING IDEAS A pretty-in-pink inspiration shoot with hints of Pantone's color of the year Photographed by Casey Hendrickson


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  153


CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHY:

Casey Hendrickson Photog raphy

CAKE DESIGNER: Sky's

// VENUE:

Separk Mansion // MAKEUP ARTIST: Beauty Asylum // FLORAL DESIGNER: Chelish Moore Flowers

The Limit Bridal Sweets // CATERER: R oots Catering AND EXTRAS:

// APPAREL: Paige

Evermore - Classic and Vintage Rentals

FALL.2017

|

and Elliott // STATIONERY: Viri Lovely Desig ns // HEIRLOOMS

// RING DESIGNER: Diamonds

154

Direct South Park


MUNALUCHI BRIDE

|  155


W E D DING I D EAS An Urban Glam inpiration shoot Photographed by Vania Photo Studio

The inspiration... "Shot in the heart of downtown Atlanta in January 2018, the Urban Glamour editorial fused a classic urban loft space with luxurious gold accents and beautiful fuchsia. The table design began with a twist on the trending marble look. The dark marble effect in the linen was the basis of this design and was complimented impeccably by the textures in the charger plates and the tiers of the cake. The gold chairs, candelabras, and stunning chargers added that elegant feel. And no glam wedding is complete without a pop of color. The added hints of fuchsia in the table design and f lorals were a stunning contrast!" -Kaycia Rhone Events


CREATIVE TEAM VENUE: Coze Event Space PLANNING/DESIGN: Kaycia Rhone

EventsPHOTOGRAPHY: Vania Photo Studio CAKE: Bakers Man Inc. TUXEDO: Xedo WEDDING DRESS: CTO Bridals BRIDE: Enitan Martins GROOM: Devin Duane MAKE UP: Make Up by Sosa MENUS: Minted INVITATIONS: All That Glitters LINEN/CHARGERS: BBJ Linen CHAIRS: Sweet Seats


MUNATRAVEL: NEVIS NATURAL WONDER OF THE ROMANTIC WORLD

Text by Samuel Naumick

T

he beauty begins on the f light...cerulean, cyan, and azure blue ocean water views guide the way...tropical islands and vanishing sandbars dot the mingling waters of Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The plane descends between a mountainous terrain before touching down on the Island of St. Kitts at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. As you step off the plane directly onto the tarmac you’re greeted by perfect warmth and a relaxing cool breeze that seems to f ind you no matter where you are. You close your eyes, further opening your senses, and take a deep satisfying breath. The air is mingled with ocean f lavor and subtle f loral scents - a fragrance you wish to bottle and take home.

In just over ten minutes the water taxi docks at Oualie Beach, a beautiful natural beach with charming gingerbread cottages in traditional Caribbean style architecture spaciously placed throughout the landscape. This is where you are introduced to one of many local phrases used to describe this gem of an island; “Nevis naturally.” “Nevis naturally” references the clean, unspoiled environment visible all over the island. The beaches and landscape have an enchanting unmanicured appearance, as if you’re the f irst to set foot wherever you stand. The pressure of time in today’s constantly racing techno-dominate age recedes with the calming ebb and f low of the Nevis pace of life. This is a place to unplug. Nevis is just 36 square miles with a population of around 12,000, leading us to another local island phrase, “you’re only a stranger in Nevis once.” The people are genuine and welcoming, making you feel right at home, and due to the perfectly small population, chances are the faces will quickly become familiar. The local homes, are colorfully adorned, surrounded by lush tropical forest landscape, while wild Donkeys, herds of grazing Sheep and Goats, and groups of Vervet Monkeys can be seen all over the island.

St Kitts is alive with the hustle and bustle of tourism traff ic, a regular stop for cruise ships, yachts and superyachts. For those seeking the more traditional island-getaway experience, go no further. For all others, your water taxi captain awaits - a drink of freshly squeezed fruit juices and rum in-hand. The water taxi skips across the mingling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, refreshing ocean spray resting on your skin. Nevis Peak, a potentially active stratovolcano, rises 3,232 ft in the approaching distance - the apex of which remains shrouded in cloud coverage, sustaining rainforest and cloud-forest habitats. SPRING.2018

There are 406 hotel rooms on Nevis island, ranging from luxury suites, colonial style inns, superb villas and contemporary condos. Located either in the hills or on the beach, every rooming option |

158


M U N A T R AV E L

feels like your own personal island escape. Nevis dining includes everything from Caribbean dishes to international cuisine - regardless of your selection only the freshest of ingredients are used, and every dietary need can be accommodated. Aside from perfect relaxation and detaching from the rapid pace of everyday life, Nevis offers plenty of opportunity for swimming, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, f ishing, hiking, horse riding, cycling, tennis, cricket, golf, and so much more. The island’s annual festivals and activities include the Nevis to St. Kitts Cross Channel swim, kite f lying contests, relay races, f ishing tournaments, Mango and Food Festival, marathons, triathlons, turtle conservation programs, and more. The island is also home to numerous historical sites, landmarks, and museums - with a rich history including being

the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton; one of the founding fathers of the United States, founder of the United States’ f inancial system, and the f irst Secretary of the Treasury. Nevis is a place to disconnect from life and rediscover yourself. It is a place that soon after setting foot on you immediately become a spokesperson for, thinking of ways not to leave or how quickly to come back. It is more than just a tourism destination. It is a place rich in history and culture, loved and cared for by many most especially by the people fortunate to call it home. With stunning landscapes, numerous idyllic hotels, annual festivals, f ine dining, beautiful beaches, wide range of activities, nightlife, peace and relaxation, wonderful people, and so much more - it isn’t at all diff icult to see why Nevis is known as being the most romantic destination in the Caribbean. I would take it a step further and say that claim extends beyond just the Caribbean. Nevis is a natural wonder of the romantic world. So plan your romantic vacation, your surprise engagement, destination wedding, honeymoon, or simply just a secret escape from it all - whatever your romantic desires, Nevis is the answer to your prayers. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NEVIS, VISIT WWW.NEVISISLAND.COM


O R DE R A C O PY

MORE DETAILS at WWW.COTERIERETREAT.COM SPRING.2018

|

160

Munaluchi Spring 2018  
New