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

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marks our 9th year in business. 9 years! It's truly amazing how fast time f lies. It's also humbling to know that through all the years, you are still here with us. We launched MunaLuchi Bride Magazine out of a need to provide resources for brides of color. As a result, the couples we were providing inspiration for began asking for vendors that have experience with our weddings - multicultural weddings. In a quest to close the gap between multicultural couples and the wedding professionals that cater to them, we launched The Coterie. It's our preferred vendor platform, and as of today, we have matched thousands of brides and grooms with local vendors. And aside from the connections with the couples, the connections with the wedding vendors is what really keeps me inspired. It's not just a collection of vendors, servicing the multicultural community. It's a family. Throughout the pages of the Winter 2019 issue, you'll see what happens when we come together and work on the same wavelengths. From the styled shoots to the weddings, the collaborations and inspiration are endless. Our cover girl, Michelle Mitchenor of Lethal Weapon was a gem to photograph. Plus, we are excited to share an exclusive peek into her wedding day. As a millennial bride, she did not want to settle with a cookie-cutter wedding. Together with her husband, they went against the grain and formed their own traditions. They created experiences their guests still talk about today. Most importantly, they had the most amazing time at their wedding.

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As you f lip through these pages, remember that your wedding should be everything you want it to be. And the options are endless. And as always, if you like what you see, share this issue with your friends and family.

WINTER 2019 CEO/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

J acqueline Nwobu PRESIDENT

Jacqueline Nwobu CEO/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MUNALUCHI BRIDE MAGAZINE EDITOR@MUNALUCHIBRIDAL.COM

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.

Chike Nwobu

COVER CREDITS:

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING + SALES

Photography Asst: Matthew Ellis

Nicole McKenzie ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Samuel Naumick MARKETING ASSISTANT

Photography by Joshua Dwain Cinematography: Tristan Barrocks Fashion Styling: Charlie Brianna Set Design: Eddie Zaratsian Makeup: Rebekah Aladdin

Mylinh Truong

Hair: Annagjid " kee" Taylor

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SEVEN TIPS FOR PLANNING WEDDINGS IN BERMUDA Pristine turquoise waters glistening in the sun, cool pink sand between your toes, houses with colors that leap off like an artist’s paint pallet, and tropical flora and fauna everywhere you look. A wedding in Bermuda is not just a fantasy, but a reality that is just ninety minutes away from the East Coast of the United States. KNOW WHAT T YPE OF WEDDING YOU WANT – Even if you are still a bit undecided, we can help you select the perfect venue for your special day. Bermuda has many options to have romantic ceremonies and receptions. From public and private beaches with pink sand and blue water to cliffs overlooking the ocean with breathtaking views followed by receptions on super yachts, or f ive-star properties/private estates with immaculate grounds as well as historic forts and sunsets that can’t be beaten. No matter what you choose as your backdrop, it’s highly likely that you will be extremely happy with your decision and the memories made on that day will last a lifetime. ALWAYS HIRE AN EXPERIENCED WEDDING PL ANNER FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING

– Whilst it is very possible for you to plan a destination wedding over the internet, it can become extremely stressful. Your engagement period is supposed to be about celebrating the new season to come. It should not be spent stressing over logistics; for example, knowing if vendors are as good as they portray themselves to be over the internet. Hiring an experienced Destination Wedding/Event Planner removes all of the pressure and anxiety from off of your shoulders. We know the best of the best on the Island and we can assist you with keeping your wedding on time and on budget. ESTABLISH A REALISTIC BUDGET – As the song says, Bermuda truly is Another World, however, it can be costly to have your wedding here. We have some of the world’s most talented people and services who always give value for money. If we know what you are willing to spend ahead of time, we are to be able to provide you with the best options to suit your budget. In some instances, if we are asked to provide a proposal based off of your vision alone, the f inal costs far exceed what you were willing to spend. Providing us with your budget gives us parameters to work within that will bring your desires to life at the most cost-effective way possible.

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS/EVENTS AND DIY CAN COST MORE THAN YOU THINK – “DIYing” a wedding/event is very trendy right now, but for a Destination Wedding/Event, shipping items to Bermuda, the customs duty and other fees often cost more than renting the items from a vendor on Island. Whilst it is true, there are items that will save you money if you bring it into Bermuda, consulting your wedding/event planner in advance is highly recommended to f ind the best solution.

PL AN TWO WEDDINGS - Bermuda is a sub-tropical island and like most islands, we are susceptible to inclement weather. Since we are in close proximity to the United States, unsettled weather going out to sea from there increases the chances that we will catch some if not all the residual weather. However, our unique place also gives us an advantage. Whilst the waters around our island span 200 nautical miles from land, and we are 21 square miles long, quite often it can rain “in” Bermuda territory but NOT “on” the Island of Bermuda. I always advise my clients who are planning outdoor events, to have a contingency plan in the event inclement weather forces us to make some last-minute changes. Rather than stress about what could happen, it’s best to plan for both, that way everything possible scenario is covered. CONSIDER A GIFT FROM BERMUDA TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOUR GUESTS – Destination couples like to give gifts to their guests, to thank them for coming to Bermuda to celebrate with them. However, to save money, they often bring things from their home town. Consider giving them something unique from the Island that will remind them of their trip here. ROS can give you a variety of options to choose from that will suit your specif ic taste and budget. TRUST YOUR WEDDING PL ANNER AND LET US DO ALL THE WORK – We recognize that some consider planning a wedding to be a family affair. For instance, some mothers take great joy in planning their daughter’s wedding. However, Destination Weddings can be stressful when planning via the internet. To alleviate the stress, choose an experienced planner that is knowledgeable about the Island and all it has to offer. Allow your planner to do all the work while you enjoy pre-wedding events and your engagement. There is nothing better than giving us the instructions and allowing us to do the work, like we say, “Sit Back, Sip Champagne, and Smell the Roses!”

ABOUT ROSE OF SHARON (ROS) The mission of Rose of Sharon (ROS) is to make your dream events a reality. Listening to your individual needs and desires is paramount to ensuring that this mission is accomplished every time. It’s our mantra to plan and style events for our clients, keeping in mind our desire for them to always be left with the feeling of awe and satisfaction. ROS, led by Claire-Anne Raynor, has been officially planning weddings and events in Bermuda since 1999; however, Claire-Anne realized one day while on a site visit with a bride, that she had been planning parties and dinners since elementary school Throughout the years, Claire-Anne and her team have successfully planned and executed a variety of weddings, including Christian, Hindu, and Nigerian. Their success is evidenced by the numerous accolades and praise they have received from their clients. Professionally, there are many proud moments for Claire-Anne. Two that come to mind are successfully executing the Islands first full Hindu wedding in 2014, just six weeks after the sudden death of her beloved husband Carl. The second is successfully planning and executing, along with some amazing local and international vendors, the 2018 Coterie Retreat in Bermuda, acting as the Conference Planner.

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hen I think of Bermuda, I think of tropical beaches and beautiful blue waters. Yet I wanted to create something different than the traditional beach wedding to show destination wedding minded brides the full beauty Bermuda has to offer. It wasn’t necessary to go too heavy with the decor as we really wanted to focus on the ancient majesty of the church ruins. We decided that incorporating bright colors like fuchsias, oranges, & reds set against lush tropical green leaves like Monstera & Areca Palm would really highlight the gorgeous stone work in the church." Funmi Dosunmu of FMD Events


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EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN: FMD Events // PHOTOGRAPHY: Nana Annan Photography // VIDEOGRAPHY: Felicity Moments // FLORALS & RENTALS: Designed by Lu & Ambiance Design Studio Bermuda // STATIONERY: Oda Creative // JEWELRY: Ilieana George Couture // OFFICIANT: Married By Rev Roxy // MAKEUP STYLIST: Brides by Melanie B // HAIR STYLIST: Sierra Scraders Hair // WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: Esé Azénabor Atelier // GROOM'S SUIT DESIGNER: Men's Wearhouse // BRIDE MODEL: Desiree Riley // GROOM MODEL: Kameron Burgess // VENUE: Unfinished Church, Bermuda


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PHOTOGRAPHER Nana Annan NANA ANNAN PHOTOGRAPHY www.nanaannan.com

EVENT PLANNER/DESIGNER Funmi Dosunmu FMD EVENTS www.fmdevents.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Tristan Barrocks FELICITY MOMENTS www.felicitymoments.ca

FLORALS: Lucha Cineas-Saint Fleury DESIGNED BY LU www.designedbylu.com

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JEWELRY Ilieana George ILIEANA GEORGE COUTURE www.ilieanageorge.com

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LOVE SPEAKS PHOTOGRAPHED BY Joshua Dwain PHOTOGRAPHY ASST: Matthew Ellis CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tristan Barrocks SET DESIGN: Eddie Zaratsian WARDROBE STYLIST: Charlie Brianna HAIR STYLIST: Annagjid "Kee" Taylor MAKEUP ARTIST: Rebekah Aladdin

The call time was 10:30 am. And although the forecast called for rain for the entire week, we were hoping for a little glimmer of sunshine, because it’s LA of course. Although the Golden State was not cooperating that day in terms of weather, the vibes were right and the setting was ready for magic to be created. Michelle Mitchenor, a Jersey girl by way of being a military kid, arrived in a brown fur coat, a blouse paired with baggy jeans — and accompanied by her bulldog Boom, who is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet. Michelle stars in the hit FOX tv show Lethal Weapon and was married this past October to Seven Seconds star Coley Mustafa Speaks. (More on her wedding after this editorial spread). Before becoming a series regular on FOX’s Lethal Weapon (she plays Detective Bailey), Michelle was heavily involved in the arts, performing with artists Beyonce, Rihanna, Pharrell and more. (She graduated from Ocean County Performing Arts Academy and obtained a BS in Dance Performance.) It wasn’t until 2015 when she took a leap to pursue a career in acting. Her big break came that same year when she auditioned for Spike Lee’s film component to the popular video game NBA 2K16.


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Back on the set, stylist Charlie Brianna was lining up the looks for the day, while the glam team started prepping. When it came to fashion, we wanted to show a range of looks that would work for various brides. For beauty, a classic makeup look with various natural hairstyles would do. As the day progressed, Michelle was a natural, posing for each look like a pro and moving gracefully to music from the soundtrack to If Beale Street Could Talk. There was a moment when everything seemed to freeze, and all eyes were on her. She was in her element and we all stared in amazement while the flashes and shutter sounds from Joshua’s camera filled the room. It was tender. It was graceful. It was an experience. And we are so happy to have her grace our Winter cover.

interview by tristan barrocks

TELL US WHERE YOU'RE FROM.

I’m from NJ by way of being a military brat but we’re just going to say NJ. It's where I've lived the longest. HOW DID YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND MEET?

We both booked a pilot in 2016 for the a & e channel called The Infamous. And he was just trying to be the good guy that he is and reach out to the other actors on the show that he didn’t know. So he DM ’d me on Instagram and introduced himself, and I was just like cool, thanks, whatever. He mentioned that he owned a f itness gym.... and he was like, 'If you ever need a trainer… or something like that…' And was like ok... So now I'm thinking he’s trying to be a creep, but I’m also thinking, I could get a hookup. You know?! Get a discount on my personal training. It's all good! And we’re about to work together too? Bet. So we do the pilot but my character and his character didn’t interact within that pilot, so I didn’t meet him until the wrap party. Met him, was like ok cool, whatever...And then a week or so later he called me and was like ‘I’m interested.' And I was like oh okay... I didn’t know... you talking about gettin' personal training and all these other things. And after that, we went on our f irst date and kept going after that. WHAT WAS IT LIKE GETTING TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER? WHAT WERE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU THOUGHT WERE SWEET ABOUT HIM?

What I loved the most was that initial phone call. He was just like 'Listen, I would like to get to know you. I want to take you out.' It was very straight forward, and I didn’t have to question what he was interested in. He was interested in me and made it very clear. And from that point on our friendship blossomed. And at the time I was celibate,

so I made that very clear very early on and he was cool with it...which was great! Because I was in a place where I was like…look…until I'm ready... And he was super cool with it and because he had a Marine Biology background and he studied sharks and all these things… he has such an arsenal of information that I'm never not learning from him. I felt like even on a friend level he was depositing so much information into my life, just to help me as an artist with my businesses….without...you know…he wasn’t getting no cookies

an actor. Like, I don’t get it. And he was acting super upset and super unsupportive and we were watching it on TV and he was huff ing and puff ing on the couch and in my mind I was like, so maybe this won’t work out because this is my life. I had a viewing party the next day with all my close friends at the Soho house. So now he was calling and asking if he could still come and I was like, I don’t know. Can you come??! You got a problem with the intimate scene. So I don’t know!

(We all burst out in laughter).

WELL, IT IS L ANCE GROSS.

It was straight friendship.

(Michelle laughs)

SO THE BROTHER WAS JUST DROPPING

Don’t...don’t try to stick up for him! We get to the Soho house [and] I screen the episode. I go down to thank everyone for coming. And he goes ‘Wait, hold up one minute’, and then he starts talking about my trajectory and how much of a hard worker I am. Etcetera Etcetera. But he usually does that. He's just that guy. And he was like, 'So for that, we’re going to bring out a cake.' And I'm like ok, this is nice. A cake! And I go to blow out the cake and it says congratulations Michelle Mitchenor-Speaks, which is his last name. And I was like…Michelle Mitchenor Speaks… and I turn around and he was on his knee. So he faked a f ight and proposed to me in front of all my close friends that I personally invited [and] it was super intimate and perfect...

KNOWLEDGE!

Brother was just droppin' knowledge and gems and it had me open, but intellectually. So that’s the thing that stands out the most. Even today. We were just on our honeymoon and we were at the beach and he’s telling me about corals and all these other things in the ocean that I have no idea what he’s talking about and I’m like…dang you’re really smart. (Michelle smiles). So till this day, that's what I love the most about him. I can escape from whatever it is that we’re doing in the industry and he has such a well of knowledge. TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THE PROPOSAL.

So the proposal...He faked a f ight the night before so it got a little…yeah...dangerous

TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT PL ANNING THE WEDDING. BECAUSE FOR A LOT OF COUPLES, THAT CAN SORT OF BE THE MAKE OR BREAK LEADING UP TO THE WEDDING. THERE ARE A LOT

AND HE’S AN ACTOR TOO SO…

So I did this role where I was opposite Lance Gross. And we had an intimate scene. And he pretended like he was really upset about it. And I was like what? This is m Y career . You're

OF THINGS THAT CAN BE STRESSFUL. BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF AMAZING MOMENTS THAT BRING YOU TOGETHER AS WELL. SO CAN YOU SHARE A BIT ABOUT THAT?

Absolutely. In planning our wedding, we


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wanted our guests to feel like they entered into our world. So from top to bottom, we wanted them to be able to leave this wedding and be like, I have somewhat of a glimpse of what it’s like to be within their lil’ love bubble. And we accomplished that and then some. His last name is Speaks, so our hashtag and theme was #lovespeaks. And throughout the wedding, when you went [through] different parts of the wedding...for example, as you went to take pictures [the slogan] was #lovecaptures. At our cocktail hour, we had spades, we had Jenga, you know…chess, so it was #loveplays. So we really just played on that and very much just incorporated our love theme. At the altar, he was kinda spitting somewhat of a poem with his vows, and he had his boys backing him up. It was like a whole call and response thing. And I was being my usual goofy self. And we boogied down the aisle to Method Man and Mary J Blige, "You’re all I need." And we just made it us. It was very east coast and honest, and grounded and genuine. And I felt like my wedding day felt like a slow dreamy sequence in a movie. BEAUTIFUL.

And one thing we did, which I suggest every bride do, if you have the opportunity. I’m giving you the keys right now... After you say your ido s and you walk down the aisle and are taking pictures. take (if you can) at least half an hour to sit down with your new husband or your new wife, and have your meal there together. We had our meal together, in our hotel room, and just got a second to [take it all in]. And we got to eat. So then when we went into the reception we did n’t have to worry about [not being able to eat] and we just had that moment with each other. So I highly suggest every bride do that. TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FASHION, INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING. WHAT WAS SOME OF THE INSPIRATION?

So him and I both designed what we wore. I designed my dress and he designed his suit. He wore a mandarin style suit. We believe in a lot of the principles of Islam as well, so he got our names stitched in Arabic on his suit. [For] my gown, because I’m an actress and I do certain appearances and such, I just wanted to really feel like a bride and a princess. And I just didn’t want it to be something I can see myself wearing to an [award show] one day. A lot of wedding dresses, although they are all incredible, they

can look similar to what I can wear to some of those kinds of events. It was a mixture of vintage meets Coming to America at the end meets just who we are. Everything was custom. My veil was an arm shoulder veil because I didn’t like anything over my face or hair, so I’m always thinking what can we do to create what I like and what represents me and what represents us so as I walk down the aisle to my husband he fully sees me. THAT LEADS ME TO MY FINAL QUESTIONS WITH REGARDS TO THE WEDDING. WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE WEDDING OR ELEMENT? WAS IT THE SWEETS, THE AROMA, THE MUSIC? WAS IT THE DECOR? WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART?

That a really really really hard question, because, as I said, I really loved my wedding. For me, my favorite part is when I walked down the aisle and to see the suit he created and to see our names in Arabic on his suit... and my husband hit the Colin Kaepernick knee when I walked down the aisle. So he hit an actual knee. And that kinda was like... a moment for me because I knew he would get emotional but for him to actually like hit a knee...it was so special. And to see the amount of time in just how specif ic his whole look was, it just really warmed my heart. It was beautiful. SO LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TODAY’S SHOOT. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? OBVIOUSLY, YOU’RE AN ACTRESS AND HAVE BEEN IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. BUT HOW WAS THIS EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER EXPERIENCES?

I was driving today thinking about representing different types of brides. You know what I mean? I had to kinda take away what I as a bride would like . None of these looks are anything near what I did which I think is perfect because I would hope that other women that are thinking about how will I wear my hair, what kind of dress... Those questions that you don’t know, cause you’ve never been married before. I just really hope that I helped accomplish just showing versatility in hair, in styles of gowns. And honestly even with my shape. I’m not a super small girl either. I very much got the hips and the black girl thang. So especially in this particular magazine - it’s a very diverse magazine and represents the international bride and I hope that we accomplished that and I hope that they’re happy. So that’s what makes it different. Each different look I tried to think, what if I’m the more simple bride who is very soft, or what if I’m the fun

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one who likes to cheese all the time, or what if I’m f ierce from head to toe, or maybe a little more bohemian…Just incorporating all the different types of bridal styles was really important to me. CAN YOU SHARE WITH ME YOUR FAVORITE LOOK?

I think my favorite look will have to be the blush look. The blush look on the f ireplace with the candles. It was super romantic, and it reminded me of what it felt like to walk down the aisle. We put on specif ic type of music and set that type of tone. So it took me back to my wedding day. WITH SEASON 3 OF LETHAL WEAPON ENDING AND NEWS OF DAMON WAYANS POSSIBLY NOT RETURNING, WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE YOU AS FAR AS YOUR ROLE IN THE SHOW? WHAT CAN WE EXPECT NEXT FROM MICHELLE MITCHENOR?

First, let me say that I’m really proud of my cast this season! We had a major shift this year and we came together and knocked it out of the park!! As far as if we will have another season or if Damon Wayans is returning or not, I have ZERO IDEA. However, what I will say is that I’m open to whatever God has in store for me. I’ve found that over-thinking about what’s to come in my business drives me crazy and it’s better to surrender it all to God. Lethal Weapon is my f irst Network Television show and I’m beyond grateful that I’ve been able to have this experience HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU AND GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR BRAND?

Absolutely! On all platforms type in Michelle Mitchenor. I’m like the only Mitchenor pretty much on the planet. soooo. (laughs). That won’t be hard there. Also, I have the Mitchenor Foundation. It's an art foundation for children in underprivileged and underserved communities. So we serve down in Skid Row. We go to Africa every year. We're hoping to head out to India this year, and we pretty much provide all visual and performing art-related programming to these children. That's like my baby right now, because I haven’t birthed my own children yet. So right now that’s my baby. So if you can support that in any way www. themitchenorfoundation.org. We're also on Amazon smiles, so if you shop Amazon, you can also contribute to the foundation as well. And yeah, Lethal Weapon! We're in our 3rd season, every Tuesday at 8 pm on FOX.


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"I'm open

to whatever God has in store for me. I've found that over-thinking about

what's to come in my business drives me crazy, and it's better to

surrender it all to God." - MICHELLE


D E S T I N AT I O N S SUIT: Keti Chkhikvadze via www.TATA-LA.com FACE ACCESSORY: Vintage

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he rooftop of the the London in West Hollywood, with picturesque views of the city of Los Angeles, was the

perfect setting for Michelle and Coley’s October wedding. Themed #LOVESPEAKS − a play onColey’s last name − guests were taken through multiple intentional and thoughtful experiences. For starters, guests were serenaded by singers Jamal Lamont and Fevah during the unplugged ceremony. During the cocktail hour − themed LOVEPLAYS − the couple provided games like jenga, spades and chess for their guests' entertainment. A photo station where guests had the option to snap and sign polaroids was themed LOVECAPTURES, basically modernizing the typical wedding guestbook. The dinner reception featured signature cocktails called the SPEAKEASY and the Sip n' Speaks, in addition to a breakfast themed dessert bar, food stations and a surprise dance performance by Michelle and her bridesmaids.

For their wedding, the couple desired “to create an experience

that fully and personally represented [their] union and [their] love" - says Michelle. Both Michelle and Coley had their

outf its custom made. Michelle wore a custom ballgown by RMine with a one-of-a-kind shoulder veil while Coley wore a bespoke mandarin tuxedo with their names embroidered in Arabic on the sleeve and collar. One of the most precious moments for Michelle, was when she walked into the ceremony - her dad by her side - and Coley took a knee, while consumed with tears of joy. It was such an emotional moment for them both, and a true representation of their love for one another. Love spoke on October 14, 2018. And we pray it will continue to speak in their marriage and their future together.


"[Our wedding was] honest and grounded and genuine. And I felt like my wedding day felt like a slow dreamy sequence in a movie.� - Michelle


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“I intend to break generational curses, and replace them with generational wealth. I intend to not only pray abundance over your life, but to be ready to rock out when those prayers require action…” - a snippet from Michelle's wedding vows

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VENDORS The LONDON West Hollywood

VENUE:

Louise Georges Yves

PLANNING & DESIGN: PHOTOGRAPHY:

Wanderlust Creatives

VIDEOGRAPHY: STYLING: GROOM ATTIRE:

Randall Hsieh

Charlie Brianna

Desig ned by the Groom via Grayscale Tuxedo. Topman Studio Loafers

BRIDAL LOOK ONE:

RMine Gown & Sophia Webster Heels

BRIDAL SURPRISE DANCE PERFORMANCE LOOK TWO:

Vintage Jumpsuit

by MillersRoom & Lingerie by La Perla BRIDAL LOOK THREE:

Beaded Feather Dress by Jovani & Heels by Schutz HAIR:

Annag jid Taylor

MAKEUP: NAIL DESIGN:

Jazzmene Vitte Yoko Sakura Nails

RECEPTION DJ:

DJ Dubz

CEREMONY MUSICIAN: LIGHTING:

LINENS:

Luxe Linen

CHAIR & DANCE FLOOR RENTALS: FLORAL & TABLE SETTINGS: PHOTOBOOTH: RINGS: OFFICIANT:

Jamal Lamont

Amber Event Production Sig nature Party Rentals Yellow Bow Florals

Blank Booth

Emily Elizabeth

Pastor Andrea Humphrey


W EDDING I D EAS Get inspired by this minimal chic styled shoot featuring Eritrian twins Hermon and Heroda of Being Her. Photographed by Ashton Jean-Pierre Photography


CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHY:

Ashton Jean-Pierre Photography

BRIDAL GOWN WITH VINTAGE GLASSES: Rebecca

MODELS: Being

Her

// BRIDAL GOWN WITH LINEN HEAD WRAP: Lena

Medoyeff Bridal from Heart Aflutter //

Schoneveld Bridal from Heart Aflutter // BOUQUET: Blue Sky Flowers // GOLD JEWELLERY: Being Her // MAKE UP ARTIST:

Being Her


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W EDDING IDEAS Inspired by velvet and deep jewel tones, this inspiration shoot blends rich romance with natural elegance. Photographed by 2b Photography

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CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER: Becca

Massey

Bell, 2b Photog raphy // FLORIST: RD Desig ns // HAIR AND MAKEUP: Brittany Benton

// PAPER SUITE / CALLIGRAPHY:

Gracefully Made Art // WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT DESIGNER: Nicolette

DeSocio // VENUE: Church of the Highlands Chapel // RENTALS: Shannel Aiken, The Grand Event // BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Store

- Bella’s Bridal, Desig ner - Jasmine // BRIDES DRESS: Store – Bella’s Bridal,

Desig ner - Essense of Australia // ACCESSORIES: Stacie Carre, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski // GROOM'S ATTIRE:

Mr. Burch // CAR RENTAL: Coats Classic Cars // CAKES AND CATERING: Shay Shay Bakes

PHOTOGRAPHY

Becca Bell

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ASHLEY + DAVID H O U S TO N , T E X A S

AUGUST 13, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y P h a r r i s P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ouston natives Ashley and David shared a circle of mutual friends but never truly knew each other until they f irst met on the campus of the University of Texas. It was in Ashley’s sophomore year and David’s freshman year that their friendship f irst began. With so much in common their connection was instantaneous, even having a few of the same courses and studying together. But with Ashley already in a relationship at the time she thought no further than friendship. It wouldn’t be until a few years later when their love story truly began. Ashley, now single, followed her heart in pursuing David. Flirting back and forth for while they f inally decided to go on an off icial f irst date, and in Ashley’s words, “we have been inseparable ever since...nine years later and I still get butterf lies when he walks into the room!” For the proposal, David knew it would be perfect to take the knee on the campus of the place where their love began - the University of Texas. It was during the last home game of the season, Ashley and David had special passes that gave them f ield access along with a group of friends and family. After the end of the game they took to the f ield, tossing around the football. After running the ball down the f ield and back, David asks Ashley to go out for another route. Turning around to come back, Ashley f inds David down on one knee along the f ifty yard line. After a brief moment it all clicked into place and she realized what was happening. With their friends and family watching, David asked Ashley to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

Ashley and David’s classically sophisticated wedding took place at the lovely Astorian in Houston, Texas. Ashley, a picture of elegance, wore a gorgeous f it and f lare, form-f itted ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and low V-cut center, adorned with beautiful beading and lace - completed with a classic train. David handsomely awaited his bride by the altar where they were forever joined together as husband and wife. Their union featured a sand pouring ceremony symbolizing the permanence of their love, followed by a jumping of the broom to honor their African American heritage. Best Memories: "The best memory is being able to stop for a moment during the reception and take in the entire wedding and see all of the love and support in the room there for David and I. It was bittersweet because the day was going by so fast but I was able to take in that one moment and it warmed my heart so much. To see our day come together so beautifully was more than we could have ever imagined. I want to do it all over again!" Advice for Engaged Couples: "The most important thing is to remain as stress free as possible! The planning process goes by so fast as does the wedding day, so take in and enjoy every single moment! Start planning as early as possible because so many vendors book out well in advance, this too will help decrease stress. It's your time, so enjoy it! You can't please everyone! "


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PHOTOGRAPHER Josh & Karris Pharris PHARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY www.pharrisphotos.com

VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: Gown 1: IsabelleArmstrong;Gown 2: Galia Lahav BRIDAL SALON: Ivory Bridal Atelier BRIDE’S HEADPIECE AND/OR VEIL: Lauras Couture & Alterations BRIDE'S SHOES: Jimmy Choo BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Theia Matte Gold Sequin Mermaid Gown CAKES/ DESSERTS: Wedding Cakes by Tammy Allen; TIFFS TREATS/CATERING: Cordua Catering CEREMONY VENUE: The Astorian

EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: The

Bloom Room ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Donte Shepard (DJ Dontizl); Harmony Strings EVENT PLANNER: The Wedding Planning RN FLORALS: The Bloom Room GROOM'S ATTIRE: Olympus Stylings GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Olympus Stylings HAIR: SALON EJS stylist Ella Bilton LIGHTING: The Astorian LINENS: The Perfect Touch MAKEUP: Color Du Jour PHOTOGRAPHY: Pharris Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: The Astorian RENTALS: The Perfect Touch STATIONERY: Vivian Jade; Minted VIDEOGRAPHY: Pharris Photog raphy DAY OF COORDINATOR: A Rare Affair Events


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RAVEN + FRANKLIN EAST BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY

AUGUST 30, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Vo l o d y m r y I va s h

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ntroduced by a mutual friend, Raven and Franklin met during sophomore year while attending Virginia State University. Though in that moment they had been introduced to their soulmate, it wouldn’t be until a year later that they decided to give dating a try. Love soon took hold as they walked hand-in-hand throughout the remainder of pursuing their degrees, but that love would be tested, when following graduation, life would distance their relationship. Over the next three years, once a month was the extent of their time together, but their love persevered unshakeable in its foundation. And in 2016 Raven made the move to North Carolina, completing each other’s lives once again. It wouldn’t be long before Franklin began planning their perfect proposal, never wanting to be apart again.

For Raven, she knew Franklin was the one because of “the care and love he put into the simple things of our relationship. Franklin is a simple man, humble and because of this he knew how to enjoy the simple things in life and make what seems like a small gesture like cooking, seem as if it was the greatest one could have. I admired this and knew that with a heart like this, he would forever treat me like a queen.” Raven and Franklin’s estate wedding at the Park Chateau was timeless, elegant and with a touch of whimsy. After trying on over sixty gowns, Raven ultimately decided to design her own dress. Utilizing a gorgeous jeweled fabric with a hint of sparkle she created a long two-part Great Gatsby-esque dress, with a sweetheart cut mid-back completed with a f lowing embellished cape. Together, Raven and Franklin jumped the broom,as Franklin’s parents had before them at their own wedding, crossing over into the threshold of happily ever after.

The proposal took place during the weekend of Raven’s birthday. To celebrate her special occasion they decided to take a trip to Washington DC. Little did she know that this particular birthday would be one of the most memorable of all. It would be during her birthday dinner at a popular restaurant that the pieces would begin to fall into place. Upon their arrival she was greeted by their family and closest friends. Still thinking it was solely about her birthday, Raven had not suspicions that her “surprise birthday dinner” was also soon to be her surprise marriage proposal. And after much celebrating with good food, drinks, and dancing, Franklin spoke to the entire party, sharing with everyone his love and appreciation for the woman who was soon to be his f iancé, before taking a knee and asking her to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

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Best Memories: My best memory was the garter removal. I was in total awe by my husband although I wasn’t shocked. My husband is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and this moment for him was important (he’d been talking about it for 2 years). Since I had no inclination of what he would do for the garter removal, I knew he would make it special, funny and sweet. To see the smile on his face, joy in his eyes and all the mouths dropping from his performance made me feel so incredibly special and loved. It was an amazing moment.

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Advice for Engaged Couples: "Communicate with your partner and be transparent. Understand the that the commitment the two of you made to one another begins and ends with you. It’s for this reason that your wedding must ref lect who the two of you are as individuals. I also think it’s important to give yourselves ample time to plan out the wedding that you would like to have. There’s a notion that a wedding must take place no later than a year after engagement, but it doesn’t. If you want to take your time to plan your wedding and grow closer to one another, do just that and stand f irm that you are doing what’s best for your relationship. On your wedding day, be in the moment and take lots of pictures. You will get pulled a million different ways that evening, but it is important to realize this is your big day f illed with friends and family and you want as many memories as possible. Don’t worry about the time. It will move whether you check your watch or not so, enjoy your spouse, family, and friends. Of course, before the ceremony, there is so much going through your head. It is extremely important to take some time for yourself and take it all in. As my husband likes to say, “take a step back and look at the forest and not just the tree.” Focus on the big picture and everything will fall in place. I urge you to take this approach with your relationship as you move forward. Be mindful of you and your partners big picture. Focus on the activities to get there and how the two of you can achieve that."


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HAIR STYLIST Mohan Jean Mary MODIMEL www.modimel.com

VENDORS CEREMONY/RECEPTION LOCATION: Park Chateau Estate & Garden WEDDING PLANNER: Elle Audrey New York FLORAL DESIGN: Makini Regal Desig ns PARTY RENTALS: Glam Party Rentals PHOTOGRAPHY/ VIDEOGRAPHY: Ivash Studio DANCE FLOOR: GotoShout STATIONERY: Hanan Paikin INVITATIONS/LOGO: Ijorere COCKTAIL NAPKINS AND DRINK STIRRERS: Gracious Bridal MUSIC/DJ: DJ Mark Battle (One Sound and Entertainment) CUSTOM DRAPES: Perez Event RENTALS CAKE: Palermo’s Bakery BRIDES MAKEUP: Reneemadeulook BRIDESMAIDS MAKEUP: Jisel Nunez HAIR STYLIST: Modimel Studios WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Bride (Raven Miller) BRIDAL PARTY GOWN DESIGNER: Bride (Raven Miller) WEDDING GOWN, BRIDES & GROOMS SECOND LOOK, GROOM’S TUXEDO, ENTIRE BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE TAILOR: Guy Wood of 5001Flavors BRIDES ROBE: Catherine D’Lish BRIDESMAID ROBES: Etsy BRIDES SHOES: Tom Ford BRIDESMAIDS SHOES: Boohoo GROOMSMAN SHOES: Mag nanni GROOMSMEN SHOES: Calvin Klein


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AISHATU + ANTHONY S A N F R A N C I S CO , C A L I F O R N I A JULY 15, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y D a n n a Fro s t ( S e c o n d S h o o t e r : A m i ra Ma x e l l )

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ew to Oakland, California, Criminal Justice Researcher,

to celebrate her best friend’s new job, Aishatu had no idea

Aishatu, was asked to present a new education research

this would be one of the most important nights of her life.

project she was involved with to a “black male educators and

During conversation around the table she recognized one

education leaders” group. It was during this presentation

of Anthony’s friends as their new server, but didn’t think

where Anthony f irst laid eyes on her. Being one of the

much of it. Handing them all their menus, Aishatu’s was

education leaders within the audience, he found himself

unique to the others, with options including, “An evening

unable to look away, immediately attracted to her and

with food and fun with your besties,” “a lifetime of ups,

“amazed at how so much personality could be packed into

downs, highs, lows and above all else - love.” It was in this

just one person.” Making sure to take note of her contact

moment that a small group of both Aishatu and Anthony’s

information he emailed her the next day, asking to meet

friends approached the table and began singing an acapella

up for coffee to discuss future collaborations. With both

cover of “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake. It all started to

feeling the magnetism between them over coffee, Aishatu

come together in Aishatu’s mind along with tears of joy as

fondly recalls how “to this day we have never worked on a

overwhelming emotions took hold. Surrounded by friends

professional project together.”

and family, Anthony approached Aishatu, and on one knee whispered “meaningful and passionate words” into her ear

Over the years they began to realize they had found the

before asking her to spend the rest of their lives together as

one when, for Aishatu, having always considered herself an

husband and wife.

independent person, began to always factor Anthony into her life decisions. In her words, “Tony def ied all of my negative

Aishatu and Anthony’s Bay Area summer wedding took

notions of what I thought a forever relationship had to be

place at the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts

like. He saw past my facades, past my boundaries and asked

Center. Capturing their intended wedding theme of a perfect

me to trust him with my heart.” For Anthony, he realized he

summer sunday in sunny California, they wanted the event

wanted to marry Aisha when recognizing that “her abundant

to feel “bright, joyous, warm and summery,” translating joy

presence, love of people, and love of life began to inf luence

into every aspect of it. Aishatu was gorgeous in an ivory

me to show up differently...no other person had that impact

Leanne Marshall, Gabrielle dress with a deep V-neck and

on me.”

open back found in a cute bridal shop in Salt Lake City while visiting her mother at home in Utah - complete with a long

The proposal took place on Saturday of May 7th at an upscale

f lowing custom cape. Anthony stood handsomely, awaiting

jazz restaurant & lounge in San Francisco. Unbeknownst to

his bride at the altar, in a dark blue suit found in Soho, NYC.

Aishatu, Anthony, with help from her sister and best friends,

Their reception honored Hausa, Nigerian heritage through

had been planning over weeks of conversations, rehearsals,

traditional wedding attire, custom made in Abuja, Nigeria,

and f light arrangements - their perfect proposal. Arriving

and worn by the bride and groom during their reception.

at the restaurant under the impression that they were there

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Best Memories: AISHATU:

“So many! Honestly, walking down the aisle. I was so nervous, I was going

through so many overwhelming emotions all at once. But once I walked out and glanced around and saw so many faces that I loved so much all there to celebrate with us- and my f iancé waiting for me - I had this sense of calm that rushed over me. It was such a beautiful moment.”

TONY:

“Aishau’s vows were my favorite. They were

womanist, they were her, and they were us. Listening to them reminded me of who she was, her values, and how she sees how our love f it into those values. She also shared how much she’s learned and has grown as a result of our relationship.That she mentioned this in her vows spoke to me that she really sees our union as something that gets to the heart of who she is and who we are together.”

VENDORS

Danna Frost VIDEOGRAPHER: Seth McGaha DRESS: Leanne Marshall, The Gabrielle Dress BRIDE CAPE: Shirley’s Desig ns & Alterations TRADITIONAL WEAR: Mo Bridals GROOM SUIT: Suit Supply GROOMS WEDDING BAND: Try Hitched CATERER: The Red Door Catering DESSERT: Angel Cakes WEDDING CAKE: Susie Cakes WEDDING PLANNER: Aminatu Yusuf ONLINE WEDDING PLANNER: The white box BRIDAL SHOES: Badgley Mischka CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE: San Francisco War Memorial; Performing Arts Center FIRST LOOK VENUE: San Francisco Palace of the Fine Arts FLORIST: Soma Flowers STATIONERY: Vista Print, Canva, Etsy DAY-OF-COORDINATOR: Valarie Allen, LaBelle Fête Event Planning & Desig n DJ: Phil Smith, DJLP WEDDING DRESS SALON: Emma and Grace Bridal BRIDAL PARTY HAIR: Ainecia Ransburg MAKEUP: Tremiyya Bumps BRIDESMAID PHOTOGRAPHER:

DRESSES:

Asos, Lulus, Nordstrom

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESS:

Tahari As L


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tinder moments

JA S M I N + D E ’ A N D R E

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah BRIDE-TO-BE:

Jasmin J. Miller

GROOM-TO-BE:

De’Andre L. Clark

OCCUPATIONS: Traveling Labor/Delivery Nurse & Flight Attendant/Training Specialist WEDDING DATE:

November 10, 2019

WEDDING LOCATION:

Jacksonville, FL

HOW THEY MET: " We met on December 7, 2013, on the dating application, Tinder. The concept of Tinder is to view the prof ile

pictures and personal biographies of potential suitors, swipe left if you are not interested, and swipe right if you are interested in chatting with them. Thankfully that day, we both happened to swipe right! That one action lead to many funny, interesting, exciting conversations and FaceTime calls spanning subjects such as travel, hobbies, professions, dreams, and goals to name a few.


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THE PROPOSAL: April 2018 would prove to be a very special month for us.

Unbeknownst to Jasmin what was supposed to be just another one of our adventures together, I was actually planning to propose to Jasmin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jasmin planned a fun f illed few days in Las Vegas for us, all while I was secretly planning an unforgettable last night in Las Vegas that would melt Jasmin’s heart. Calling upon many of Jasmin’s best friends, I invited them to Vegas for the proposal. With support and love from a host of family members and friends I proposed to Jasmin the night of April 15, 2018 in the Linq promenade. Complete with a serenade, photographers, her best friends surprising her, hosts of strangers surrounding us, beautiful bright lights from the nearby water fountain and the observatory called the high roller, I dropped to one knee and asked Jasmin Miller for her hand in marriage. The moment was magical and very much like a fairytale. Jasmin with tears in eyes, and joy in her heart said “Y ES” to my proposal. DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION: We love to travel! We both travel

for work, and we often travel for pleasure . When thinking of a location for our engagement shoot we had a long list of destinations on our bucket list. We fell in love with the Bonneville Salt Flats from pictures we have seen online. Considering the vast amount of space and natural beauty of the f lats including the surrounding mountains, white salt, weather, and sky we f igured this destination would give us a lot to work with. The Utah terrain just seemed like a perfect choice for us! Our theme was simple. We wanted the looks to be vibrant, whimsical, and magical.


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WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? We went on our f irst date to Tryst coffee

shop in Washington D.C., where we sipped on tea and dined on lite bites. We talked and laughed for hours. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE? Our love for travel has been

the theme of our entire relationship. We both truly love to explore new places, new foods, cultures, and experiences. HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR? Wedding planning can be stressful

at times, but we have learned we work best as a team and to divide and conquer the many tasks. TELL US WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ON THE WEDDING DAY: We

are looking forward to exchanging our vows and celebrating our love for one another with our family and friends!

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PHOTOGRAPHER Stanley Babb STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY www.stanlophotography.com _ Makeup Artist: Sarsha Lepeche Hair Stylist: Leila Barroso Suit/Tailor: Carl Ulysses


4 degrees of separation S O N YA + E M M A N U E L New York, New York

WEDDING DATE:

March 24, 2019

WEDDING LOCATION: OCCUPATIONS: HOW THEY MET:

Laguna Niguel, California

Attorney and Electrical Engineer Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy believed that all

people are connected by a maximum of 6 degrees of separation, but in our situation we were only 4 degrees apart. Through social engineering, Facebook had recommended to me to add Sonya as a friend by virtue of the fact that I had friend A, who was friends with B, and B happened to be friends with Sonya. Of course I was drawn to her picture and made inquiries about Sonya, but friend A said to me “Manny, you aren’t ready for that.” Fast forward a few months later, friend B was organizing a 2016 New Year’s trip for a group of friends to Punta Del Este, Uruguay and invited friend A to come with his friends. Naturally, Sonya and I were invited. However, friend A decided to drop out of the trip, so I then planned to drop out of the trip also, but when I noticed Sonya’s name as one of the participants on the trip, I decided to go on the trip. So on the trip in Uruguay, I f inally got to meet Sonya in Punta Del Este and I was immediately smitten. THE PROPOSAL: After 18 months of a long distance relationship between

Chicago and NYC, I was able to get a transfer from Chicago to my company’s corporate headquarters in Northern New Jersey. After 6 months of being in the NYC metro area together, I realized one of the most important decisions I had to make in my life was now upon me. I knew in my heart that Sonya was the one true love for me, and as such, without hesitation, I decided to move ahead and make preparations to propose to Sonya. I worked secretly with a

evening. He is an extremely private person, so I never expected him to propose

jeweler to design the perfect ring and unbeknownst to Sonya, I had visited her

at the restaurant. He always teases me about being the more outgoing and

parents to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage. I had initially envisioned

super social one in the relationship. He was def initely outside of his comfort

taking Sonya on a mini getaway to San Francisco (where we took our f irst

zone, which explains why he was acting extremely nervous the entire day

trip together) over Easter Weekend to propose. But, Sonya being the lawyer

and at dinner. But, it was the most romantic moment. I still remember every

that she is, was overly inquisitive about the trip and wanted to be close to

minute of our conversation leading up to the proposal. Despite being in a

her family for the holiday, making it impossible for me to surprise her with a

public restaurant, we both managed to share a very intimate moment and did

trip. So, I decided on Plan B. I made arrangements with one of our favorite

not create a scene. So much so, that the waiters missed their cue to bring the

restaurants in the city, BONDST. The restaurant arranged a semi-private table

champagne and the sparklers. Once they realized, everyone at the restaurant

for us and during a very romantic dinner, I nervously proposed to Sonya and

was so congratulatory and excited for us. Manny even arranged for the

she said yes." - Manny "I was so shocked that Manny proposed to me that

celebration to continue at The Aviary at the Mandarin Oriental.


DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. Our engagement session was so much

fun. We loved the beauty and architecture of The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park. We knew we wanted to do a sleek formal theme for some photos and a more casual Ghanaian-inspired theme for the other photos. When Sonya f irst told me that we were having an engagement session, I thought it was unnecessary, but the pictures turned out amazing! I’m so happy I trusted her vision. Nana Annan not only took great photos, she was a tremendous supporter and helped the theme and vision come to life. WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? Manny was living in Chicago and I

was living in New York at the time that we met. Three weeks following the Punte Del Este trip, Manny called me and asked me if he could come to New York the following


weekend and take me to dinner and a show. I admired his persistence and was f lattered that he would want to f ly out to New York just to take me on a date, so naturally I accepted. The date had to be pushed back a week due to a big snowstorm in New York, but two weeks later Manny f lew to New York and took me to see The Color Purple on Broadway and then dinner at Buddakan

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Restaurant. We had such a great evening together that Manny decided to f ly back to New York for the next two consecutive weekends to see me, and the rest is history. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE? We share a love

of travel, which we did a lot of while we were dating. We hope to resume after

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the wedding. TELL US WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ON THE WEDDING DAY. We are most looking forward to becoming husband and wife

and sharing the beautiful day with our family and closest friends.

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high school

sweethearts L Y N N + S TA N L E Y Tree Tops Park (Davie, Florida) BRIDE-TO-BE:

Lynn A. Geffrard

GROOM-TO-BE:

Stanley W. Merantus

OCCUPATIONS:

Hospice Social Worker & Engineer

WEDDING DATE:

May 25, 2019

WEDDING LOCATION:

Fellsmere, Florida

HOW THEY MET: Although Lynn and Stanley attended the same middle school, they did not know one another. It wasn't

until her junior year and his senior year in North Miami Beach Senior High when they bumped into one another in the cafeteria. That was 2010, and they remained friends ever since. THE PROPOSAL: After 7 years of courting, Stanley determined it was the time to f lip the page. Right away, he met up with

his parents and got their blessings. He then met with Lynn’s parents/family and received their blessings. Stanley then met with Lynn’s best friends, which helped pick out the ring and create a lovely “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” poster which took Lynn’s attention while Stanley got on one knee to pop the question. The plan was to take holiday pictures and Stanley was setting up everything. The shoot was set for Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Anne Kolb Nature Center. Stanley picked Lynn up and drove to the secret location. By the grace of God, Stanley was able to keep it all a secret after days of being probed, so you can imagine the suspense Lynn was experiencing. As they arrived to the location, Lynn was amazed by the beauty of the park. There, they met with the photographer who was accompanied by one of Stanley's good friend. After taking multiple photos, they relocated under the bazooka where it would all take place. As the two stared at the breathtaking view of their background. Lynn noticed a group of people (their family and friends) at a distance with a sign and began to try to read it. She was able to make out the f irst word "Will" and as she turned to ask Stanley for help, she was completely stunned because he was on one knee. She began crying and collapsed to her knees once she saw Stanley on his. Of course, she said Y ES!


DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT

when it came to going out on dates. Long

SESSION . Our goal for the shoot was

story short, Lynn was a member of Key

to allow our amazing photographer to

Club and they were hosting their annual

capture the love we share for each other

dinner at a restaurant near the school. So,

through his lens. We share a mutual love

for our f irst date, we ended up dining at

for picnics and rustic style, so we went

Dynasty Buffet with the organization since

with a rustic and natural feel and also set-

she was able to bring a plus one. It was a

up a picnic which we really enjoyed. All

little weird, but we enjoyed it.

and all, we were both so excited to take our engagement pictures.

gym, to name a few. HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR? So far, wedding planning

has been enjoyable. It has actually caused us to bond more and discover other things we have in common. We have heard the horror stories of planning a wedding, especially when a wedding planner is not

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO

involved (knock on wood); but by the

DO AS A COUPLE? As a couple, although

grace of God we have yet to experience any

WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST

we enjoy new experiences, our favorite has

horror.

DATE? Because we were both seventeen

got to be our devotional time and biweekly

at the time and not to mention born of

dates. This includes beach picnics, trying

Haitian parents, we had to be very creative

out a new spot in town, or going to the

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NENECIA + MICHAEL Elyton Hotel, Linn Park, Federal Courthouse (all located in Downtown Birmingham, Alabama) WEDDING DATE: WEDDING LOCATION:

May 18, 2019

Vulcan Park and Museum

HOW THEY MET: We met in 2008 at Jess Lanier High School

in Bessemer, Alabama during his senior and my sophomore year. Before dating Michael, I actually dated one of his best friends for about a month. Michael referred to me as his “sister” during that brief period. When his friend and I broke up, I would see Michael in the hallways, and he would act as if he didn’t even know me. A couple of months later, we ended up sharing an elective class together. One day, just out of nowhere, he pulled my hair. That’s when I knew he liked me. Some time passed and on another instance, one of Michael’s friends called me out of


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the classroom and told me that Michael wanted to “talk” to me. In my head I was like, “I’m not about to talk to him.” I reluctantly gave him my number. He texted and called me the same night. Surprisingly, we had a really good conversation because I initially thought he was very quiet. We became close friends and began dating off icially in November 2010. THE PROPOSAL: We got engaged on my 24th birthday, September 2017. I was mad at Michael because he had another event to attend the same night that I couldn’t attend because I was seven months pregnant with our son Major. The whole time he was like, “You’re going to have a good birthday,” and I was thinking to myself, how am I going to have a good birthday because I felt like I was about to be ditched. We went to dinner at Flemings Steakhouse in Birmingham. When we go out to eat dinner, we usually eat pretty fast. This time, we sat and mingled. We f inished our meal and the waiter suggested that we get dessert, and Michael was insistent on me having dessert. When the waiter brought out the plate, I saw the ring arranged in the strawberry. I looked at Michael and was like, “What is this?” Then I turned around and saw my older sister Naquela recording the whole thing. Michael got down on one knee and asked me, “Nenecia Tiana Webster, will you be my wife?” I just nodded by head “yes.” Everyone in the restaurant applauded. It was like a scene out of a movie. One of the other restaurant patrons gave Michael a $50 bill to congratulate us.


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WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE?

Michael and I went bowling on my 17th birthday at Vestavia Bowling. We made a bet that whoever won the f irst game would win $20. I won. Michael, being a sore loser, wanted a chance to win his money back. He was able to redeem himself the next game. We called it even. FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE? We like going out to dinner, having drinks and taking trips. HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR?

So far, it’s been smooth. The planning part is not as bad as people make it. We’ve been blessed enough to not have to burden others with the planning and the f inancial aspect of paying for a wedding. It feels good

to be able to do this on our own. We’ve had it easy choosing vendors because our venue has a list of businesses they work with so it narrows down the decision-making process. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ON THE WEDDING DAY?

We’re looking forward to off icially becoming a family. We have a one-year-old together, and he gets to be a part of our special day. It wouldn’t surprise us if he steals the show!

PHOTOGRAPHER Tristan Barrocks FELICITY MOMENTS www.felicitymoments.ca

PHOTOGRAPHERS Becca & Bryan 2B PHOTOGRAPHY www.2bphotography.com


SALÈ & DAN M E AU X , PA R I S OC TO B E R 1 3 , 2 0 1 8 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Fra n k l y n K . P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick


REAL WEDDINGS

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t was through a ref lection made by Salé’s sister-in-

kind and sweet me. I knew this man had good intentions

law from which her love story with Dan soon began.

and would never hurt me or make me feel unhappy.”

“I would like to see you with my friend Dan,” she said, having a feeling about the relationship potential between

Salé and Dan’s regal wedding in Paris was perfectly set

them. That potential soon also became apparent to both

for a Princess to marry her Prince. Salé was gorgeous in

Salé and Dan, as the more time they spent together, the

an Elcira dress from the Pronovias collection, crafted

more they realized how much in common they shared

entirely in lace over tulle with thread appliques. Dan was

- like a love for travel. Their commonalities continued

dashing in a Sherwani long vest, a popular attire of India,

to bring them closer together, getting along so well that

bearing resemblance to the British frock coat.

every moment felt unique. The two began to feel like one, and as they did the feelings of emptiness when apart

Best Memories: "Everything...really, everything was

became intensif ied. Always wanting to remain together,

perfect. A particular moment was during our respective

Dan planned their perfect proposal.

speeches, so full of emotions."

Incorporating their love of travel, a trip to Jordan was

Advice for Engaged Couples: "Delegate some tasks.

planned. As Salé and Dan stood before the Dead Sea,

Trust your entourage. Avoid wasting time with people not

watching the sun sink beyond the horizon, it was in this

committed in your engagement. Give up on little things

moment that he asked her to spend the rest of their lives

that have a negative impact in your organization and

together as husband and wife. Though the proposal was

people won't even see. Support each other, communicate

completely unexpected, they both knew after the f irst

a lot. Try to both participate in the organization so that

few months of being together that they had found the

you can be proud of the both of you at the end of the big

one. Dan recalls how “the f irst time Salé told me she was

day (and its lasting beautiful memories). Always focus on

in love with me, it opened my heart. This step unlocked

the most important thing of the big day - spending great

my feelings and with it went my fear to fall in love. She

moments with your family and friends."

makes me a better person each day.” For Salé, Dan was “so

VENDORS WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: Pronovias

WEDDING DRESS SALON: Declaration Mariage HAIR ACCESSORY: Beau Bridal EARRINGS & BRIDE’S HEADPIECE AND/OR VEIL: Liberty In Love

HAIR: Isabelle Boireau MAKE UP: Mk Beauty Paris SHOES: London Rebel VIDEOGRAPHY: Defrance Production Film

CEREMONY LOCATION/RECEPTION LOCATION/CATERING: Nogentel PHOTOGRAPHY: Franklyn K Photog raphy

EVENT DECOR/DESIGN PLANNER: Dan & Salé FLORALS: Monceau Fleur CAKE /DESSERT: Épice Et Gourmandise ENTERTAINMENT/LIGHTING: Deejay Crystal GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Oscar Paris BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Maya Deluxe


ANGELA + OLIVER WATA M U , K E N YA

P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Ma i a f re i a P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

A

ngela and Oliver are celebrating the one year mark of their wedding

anniversary with this beautiful photo session, that also provides them with more portrait photos missed out upon during their wedding in Nairobi, Kenya. The key to a successful marriage for these travel lovers is plenty of communication. The ability to love each other with all their hearts is at the core of what binds them together. Read all about Angela and Oliver as they celebrate their f irst year, and many more to come, in beautiful Kenya.


ANNIVERSARY

WHEN DID YOU GET MARRIED AND WHERE? September 30th 2017, Kenya School of Law – Nairobi, Kenya. WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING LIKE? Our wedding was simple, beautiful and so much fun! We had an outdoor garden ceremony wedding followed by a reception at the same venue with our close friends and relatives. AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?

The

dancing – we danced a lot! It was super fun! WAS THERE ANY THING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE

DIFFERENTLY FOR YOUR WEDDING? Oliver: “I wish we had posed for more pictures as a couple, with my family, and bridal party! Everything was very candid and beautiful, but posed pictures would have captured better photos for print. Other than that everything else was just perfect for us.” Angela: “I have been planning weddings professionally since 2015, so I def initely planned my own wedding. My mistake though was not getting a professional coordinator for the day. I had amazing friends who helped me out on the day, but I was also the bride that was so focused on ensuring that the day was going well. Looking back I wish I took a step back and enjoyed the day a little bit more!” WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE?

We love to travel together. Just being in the car, driving together even to the countryside is so much fun for us. I (Angela) do most of the cooking, but he helps out every once in a while. WHO COOKS?

DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN OR PETS?

No pets, No

Children...just yet.

Nairobi, Kenya. I plan, design and coordinate weddings and small events in Kenya.” Oliver: “I’m a businessman based in Nairobi. I run an Automotive Locksmith company. I’m also a Tech blogger.” WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE? God, honesty, respect & communication! Communication is key and a lot of supporting each other! HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SPARK IN YOUR MARRIAGE? Angela: “We are always working on a project together – whether it is related to my wedding planning business or his automotive locksmith business – projects together means spending more time together.” Oliver: “...and date nights, we actually have set date nights and we have a list of vacation spots we plan to visit together.” TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT. WHAT INSPIRED IT? As he mentioned earlier on we really did not have enough pose pictures together from our wedding day, that we could print, that was mainly why we decided to do the shoot. Also we were celebrating our f irst year and we thought why not do an anniversary shoot that would double up as a ‘wedding photos re-do.’ WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT EACH OTHER? Angela: “His kind heart and calm spirit.” Oliver: “She is very open, jovial and very loving.” WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR NEWLYWEDS? Marriage is what you make of it! It is a journey that you get to def ine as a couple. Always put God f irst in your marriage and love and cherish each other. Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! Communication is Key! You should always be open and honest about everything, it makes it easier.

WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER, WHAT DO BOTH OF YOU DO?

Angela: “I have a Wedding & Event planning business in

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KIMBERLY + DEANGELO PLANO, TEXAS A U G U S T 2 5 , 2 0 1 8 ( C E L E B R AT I N G 2 5 Y E A R S O F M A R R I A G E ) P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Ty s o n P o u g h P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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imberly and DeAngelo are celebrating twenty-f ive beautiful years of marriage in this vow renewal in Plano, Texas. Their “circle of love” theme honors their everlasting love and devotion to each other. To the newlyweds of the world, Kimberly and DeAngelo attribute communication and always remaining best friends as keys to a successful marriage. Read all about Kimberly and DeAngelo as they look back on twenty-f ive years of love.

WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING LIKE? Everything I dreamed it to be! Our theme was "Circle of Love." Our friends and family came from all over to experience our forever committed love we share for each other.

works in a corporate environment for a pharmaceutical distributor. Although we love to work, Kimberly’s passion is interior design. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT

AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY, WHAT DO YOU

My entrance as I entered the ceremony is something I almost can't explain. As I entered the room my husband was singing "I Belong to You" by William McDowell, then to see him actually crying to see me in my wedding dress (custom made by Aretha Foster of AnR Fashions). He later told me "You looked like an angel" which made the moment even more memorable. There were so many moments, the moment when we walked into the reception, we will forever cherish! Nicole Smedley Event Designs had taken our vision and made our dreams come to life! REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY?

WAS THERE ANY THING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE

We would have made it last longer! We wish we had more time to celebrate with our friends and family. We did kind of get to continue celebrating with our friends and family as we ALL took a cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel the very next day. DIFFERENTLY FOR YOUR WEDDING?

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE?

We enjoy live music, trying new restaurants, going to church and just spending quality time together. We are never bored! DeAngelo keeps me laughing, and we both love to spend time with our four grandchildren. WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER, WHAT DO BOTH OF YOU DO AND HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER?

DeAngelo works in the auto glass industry and Kimberly

ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE? Keeping the lines of communication open, having and maintaining a relationship with God individually and as a couple, being best friends. HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SPARK IN YOUR MARRIAGE?

We

have weekly date nights. TELL US ABOUT THE VOW RENEWAL THEME. WHAT INSPIRED IT? Our theme was the circle of love, inspired by a photo we took in Downtown Dallas, "Thanksgiving Square." A circle is endless, has no beginning or end. This means that a circle goes on forever just like our love. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT HIM? What I love most about my husband...I love the way he loves me! He knows he must f irst love God, then loving me just seems to come naturally. WHAT DOES HE LOVE MOST ABOUT YOU? What I love most about my wife...she’s the true epitome of a virtuous woman; she’s a woman of faith, she respects me as a man and her husband, she has been an outstanding example for our children, she always carries herself with respect (always my lady), she takes care of her temple both spiritually and physically, she’s a good steward over our f inances, always conscious in building our home. She’s beautiful inside as well as out. She makes it easy to love her!


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WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO NEWLYWEDS?

The same advice given to us by our Pastor... Beyond being husband and wife "Always remain friends"!

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FLORAL & EVENT DESIGNER: Nicole Smedley Event Desig ns PHOTOGRAPHER: Tyson Pough Photog raphy WEDDING CAKE AND CATERER: Absolutely Edible Cakes VENUE: Gleneagles Country Club CEREMONY DECOR/ RENTALS: Jose Ruben Rojas MAKEUP: Cheeks by Rhonda WEDDING PLANNER Kimberly Evans (the Bride) WEDDING COORDINATOR: Ebony Nicole Smith BAND: Mirage DJ: DJ Don Juan WEDDING DRESS: Aretha Foster of AnR Fashions SOLOISTS: Malcom Goings and Marcia Bowen Jones POET: Zemill


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NATASHA + JEFFERY D I S CO V E R Y B AY , JA M A I C A JUNE 2, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y D e n i s e Ma s o n

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atasha and Jeffery’s love story f irst began during lunch while

became a blur, and I couldn’t stop crying. My best friend just

both were part of the athletic training program at FSU. For

asked me to spend the rest of my life with him…” And of course

Natasha it was the f irst time their paths crossed, but Jeffrey had

she wholeheartedly said yes, while Jeffrey’s cousin recorded the

been aware of her prior to that day - having had his “eye on her

entire moment.

ever since a strength and conditioning class” they had together. On the day of their off icial introduction, Jeffrey noticed Natasha

Their classic elegance wedding took place at the Borghinvilla in

sitting alone in the cafeteria. Seizing the moment he introduced

beautiful Discovery Bay, Jamaica - incorporating their Caribbean

himself, and together they enjoyed lunch while getting to know

heritage throughout the event. Natasha was gorgeous in a

each other over casual conversation. With both of them being

vintage-inspired Allure gown with f ine lace, beaded embroidery,

in the same program Jeffery asked if she would like to become

a custom royal-length veil, and complemented with vintage

study partners. Over the next year their friendship continued to

jewelry. Jeffery handsomely awaited his bride at the altar in his

grow, creating a foundation of trust and support on which their

U.S. Navy Off icers white dress uniform for the ceremony, and

love would bloom. That love would be made off icial when Jeffrey

a custom designed Connaisseur Paris, ivory double-breasted

asked Natasha to be his girlfriend the day after Thanksgiving in

tuxedo for the reception.

2011 - a celebratory trip to Disney World followed, and from that Best Memories: The lanterns at the edge of a cliff we let go of

moment on their two paths became one.

at the end, as a family, was perfect. It was the perfect ending to a Fast-forward f ive years where Natasha and Jeffery are visiting

great wedding week. Lots of smiles, laughs, hugging and kissing.

his parents in San Diego. That Thanksgiving day Jeffery’s cousin

Everything we wanted. Two families became one, ONE LOVE. It

surprised them with tickets to accompany him and his girlfriend

was perfect.

to Disneyland. After a wonderful day of rides and good food, they were watching a parade when a text message from Jeffrey’s

Advice for Engaged Couples: Enjoy every minute of the

cousin requested that they meet him and his girlfriend for a ride

wedding planning. Make it fun and celebrate even the little

together in Tomorrowland. At the entrance of the ride, Jeffrey

moments. The actually wedding is a day, the marriage is for a

stops and turn toward Natasha, getting down on one knee he

lifetime. Create and hold on to every moment and memory you

presents her with a ring and asks her to spend the rest of their lives

can.

together as husband and wife. In Natasha’s words, “...everything

VENDORS BRIDE’S DRESS: Allure

VEIL: Your Heirloom Veil GROOMSWEAR (RECEPTION): Connaisseur Paris CAKES/DESSERTS: Joy of Foods CATERING: Chef Francis Borghinvilla

CEREMONY

VENUE: Borghinvilla EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Borghinvilla Desig ns EVENT PLANNER: Jennifer Borgh FLORALS: Borghinvilla Desig ns MAKEUP: Loni Jones HAIR: Rochelle the Stylist PHOTOGRAPHY: Denise Mason Photog raphy

RECEPTION VENUE: Borghinvilla RENTALS: Borghinvilla VIDEOGRAPHY: Reynaldo Martin MINISTER: Damion Austin - On Call Weddings


ANNIVERSARY

PAQUITA + ANDREW PA R I S , F R A N C E

12 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRIP P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y D a r i a L o r m a n P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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aquita and Andrew celebrated twelve years of marriage with a beautiful anniversary photography session in Paris, France. Having met in high school their love has been a blessing, guiding them throughout their development not only as individuals but also as a loving couple. Read all about their experiences as they look back on their life together and continue looking forward to many more blissful years to come.


HOW DID YOU MEET? We met in high school so we have known each other for a LONG time. We grew up both as adults and a couple together. WHEN DID YOU GET MARRIED AND WHERE?

We got married

August 19, 2006 in Mississippi. WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING LIKE? Our wedding was glamorous and most importantly we had pink as one of our colors; my favorite if you couldn’t tell from the anniversary photos. Andrew let me plan and assisted with some decisions but really allowed me to have the wedding I wanted. AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? I’m most grateful my dad was still alive to walk me down the aisle; that’s every girl’s dream. He passed in 2010, but I know he approved of us together and trusted Andrew would forever take care of me. WAS THERE ANY THING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY FOR YOUR WEDDING? No, we both agree our wedding was perfect. We both were just starting our careers and saved to pay for our wedding ourselves and it was a very beautiful wedding. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS A COUPLE? We both like to travel for a weekend without the kids. This gives us time to connect and focus on our relationship. WHO COOKS?

Ha, should we tell them babe?...he does!

DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN OR PETS? We have two children, Jordan (6) and Alaia (2). They are the joys of our life and a ref lection of our love. WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER, WHAT DO BOTH OF YOU DO AND

Balancing career with family is tough; I’m in Finance and Andrew is in Insurance. Our weekends are our time to connect as a family and also as a couple. HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER?

trust, and intimacy are all important qualities in a successful marriage. For us, being able to be truly committed and connected with each other is the foundation of our marriage. Marriage is hard work, but having a solid foundation allows our marriage to continue to grow. HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SPARK IN YOUR MARRIAGE? Laughter—we laugh with, and at each other ALL the time. That, and great sex haha. TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT. WHAT INSPIRED IT? Last year I told Andrew he should take me to Paris for one of our anniversaries. Fast forward to 2018, I f ind out I was going to be working in Europe the whole month of August. So I told Andrew he should come to Europe to meet me in Paris for our anniversary. I immediately started planning my anniversary gift to him; professional photos. When I found Daria I could see in her work she was amazing. We are both very appreciative she was able to capture us on our anniversary. The shoot exceeded both of our expectations. We have memories from our anniversary that will last a lifetime and we can’t thank Daria enough. We absolutely love the pictures! WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT HIM? Andrew has swag; he’s probably more stylish than me to be honest! He’s also handsome, smart, and funny. What I love most about Andrew is his self lessness. He is willing to go above and beyond for me and our kids and truly has a good heart. As my soulmate, he balances me and knows how to handle my big personality. WHAT DOES HE LOVE MOST ABOUT YOU? Paquita is beautiful, smart, ambitious, stylish; I could go on and on, but what I love most about my wife is her ability to make me a better person. Her ability to bring out the best in me and elevate me both professionally and personally, is what I love the most. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR NEWLYWEDS? You have to be able to communicate with each other. Being able to openly share and express your emotions, opinions, and thoughts respectfully is the most important advice we can share.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE?

Love, respect, commitment, honesty,

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TATIANA + IAGO G A L I C I A , S PA I N SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y I n s t a n t a n e a y To m a P r i m e ra

Text by Samuel Naumick

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eddings are an occasion that brings everyone together in

the ring that would symbolically represent their union. Getting

celebration of love. For Tatiana and Iago, it would also

down on one knee, Iago looked into the eyes of his soulmate and

be the place from which their own love f irst began. Seven years

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

prior to that life changing moment, fate was already setting the

and wife.

wheels in the motion. While Tatiana and Iago were studying as students abroad, she in the Netherlands, and he in Slovakia,

Tatiana and Lago’s eclectic wedding incorporated all the styles

they befriend the very people whose future wedding would

that best represent them as a couple; classic romance with

bring them together. It was during the wedding rehearsal dinner

a modern edge, a sprinkle of vintage, and a dash of luxury -

in Istanbul, Turkey, where when f irst introduced an immediate,

culminating into a gorgeous one-of-kind event in Galicia, Spain.

palpable attraction could be felt in the air between them.

Tatiana was stunning in a Berta inspired dress, long-sleeved

That magnetism sparked a passionate curiosity, giving way to

with a plunge neckline, multiple lace layers, and champagne

friendship at f irst, followed soon by affection and then love.

undertones. Surrounded by one-hundred twenty of their closest

Considering the distance and language barriers between them it

friends and family arriving from thirty different countries,

all seemed so unrealistic, but they soon realized the feelings they

Tatiana and Iago were joined, forever together, as husband and

shared were greater than any roadblock - their hearts knowing

wife.

already they were meant to be. Best Memories: Super hard to pick one! We think that the Knowing he had found the one from their f irst introduction,

pre-wedding was one of the most fun days. We surprised our

Iago dreamt about how he would one day propose, until that

guests with a boat ride around Vigo and it was a perfect day.

day f inally came. Tatiana, having just arrived from the airport,

It was sunny, stress-free and a great time to talk with everyone

rushed into Iago’s arms, reuniting once again with relief after

and for everyone to get to know each other. Also, the f irst

the time apart. Enjoying a glass of wine at home, they exchanged

look was super special. Seeing each other for the f irst time and

their usual gifts, only the gift for Tatiana was anything but

having that moment of peace and intimacy was so priceless and

usual. Like revealing a nesting doll, Iago had playfully seated a

romantic.

ring box within numerous other larger boxes, each containing the next. After reaching the f inal box, Tatiana opened it to f ind


Advice for Engaged Couples: Create your own rules. We did not want to stress out with protocol and traditions. We did not invite our parents’ friends out of commitment…none of that. Everything we did was to make sure we had an amazing day celebrating love with our loved ones. We didn’t have a bridal party or even wedding cake…at the end of the day people will remember if they had fun and ate yummy food. Also, like everyone says, the day goes by fast, don’t waste a second worrying about anything the day of. All you have to do is enjoy. We hired a planner to make sure we did not have to worry about thing. Our work was done three days before the wedding.

VENDORS Galina Sig nature

BRIDE’S DRESS:

BeFitted Tailoring Co

BRIDE’S TAILORING: VEIL:

David’s Bridal

SHOES: HAIR:

Asos

Center Estilistas

MAKEUP:

Cibele Costas

CATERING:

Casa Solla

WEDDING VENUE: COORDINATION: FLOWERS : RENTALS: LINENS:

El Invernadero del Pazo de Santa Cruz

Clouds Events

Inbloom Cashmere Decoracion

Los Telares de Carmen

PHOTOBOOTH:

Cuatro Fotos

HORA LOCA ENTERTAINMENT CEREMONY MUSIC: COCKTAIL MUSIC:

RECEPTION MUSIC: VIDEO:

Two cellos from Jazz Bodas

The Alley Stompers (Dixie Jazz) R Musica DJs

Lobos Video

GROOM’S SUIT:

Etiem

GROOM’S SHOES: CUFFLINKS:

Martinelli

Gift from Iago’s Grandfather


CO N T E N T S


AJOIA + DABREN M I L A N , I TA L Y

M AY 1 8 , 2 0 1 8 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Ma s s i m o B o n o

Text by Samuel Naumick

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he fast-paced work-f low of an off ice

went down on one knee, and asked her to spend the

environment is more often the last place one

rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

would think to discover the other half of their soul in another, but love has no rules - f inding its place

Ajoia and Dabren’s gorgeous wedding in Milan was

wherever directed by fate. It would be during work

modern in its romance, whimsical, and of course

that Ajoia and Dabren would f irst be made aware

with an Italian f lair. All the event elements were

of each other, and make their initial introductions.

curated to ref lect the couple in celebration of their

That awareness of the other would only intensify

love. Ajoia was stunning in a custom designed

after off icially meeting, bringing them together

Pnina Tornai, who personally agreed to create it in

with an immediate bond, f irst as friends, until that

Blush, never having done so before. The mermaid

friendship eventually blossomed into love.

gown with V-neckline, Swarovski straps, a lace and organza dropped-waist with a tulle bottom

Throughout their seven years of dating, Ajoia and

and completed with a train was everything the

Dabren grew together, not only in love but as best

bride dreamed and more. Surrounded by the love

friends - enduring some of life’s most diff icult

of friends and family, Dabren, her dashing prince,

moments side-by-side. It was reasons like this,

met his princess Ajoia at the altar where they were

and many more, that had Dabren continuously

forever joined together as husband and wife.

convinced that in Ajoia he had found the one. Best Memories: Sneaking away from everyone at It would be just one month shy of their seven

the end of the night to talk and laugh about the day!

year anniversary that Dabren would make their love eternal. Beginning as a surprise vacation with

Advice for Engaged Couples: Plan ahead (at

the f irst stop being Dubai, they toured the world

least one year) and invest in a wedding planner to

famous Burj Khalifa Skyscraper. At its highest

help achieve your vision! Build the wedding as if it’s

point, while overlooking the luxurious city below,

only the two of you.

Dabren turned towards Ajoia, the love of his life,


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Pnina Tornai

Kleinfeld Bridal

Sarah Jessica Parker

CAKES/DESSERTS: CATERING:

CEREMONY VENUE: EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: EVENT PLANNER: FLORALS:

Altra Cucina

Altra Cucina Villa Borromeo

Getting Married In Italy

Getting Married In Italy

Il Profumo Dei Fiori

GROOM’S ATTIRE: MAKEUP ARTIST: LIGHTING:

Armani

Monica Virga Cosmetics Milleluci Desig ner

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Studio Bonon

RECEPTION VENUE: VIDEOGRAPHY:

Villa Borromeo

Studio Bonon


REAL WEDDING

KRYSTAL + DAMON R OC K WA L L , T E X A S NOVEMBER 18, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Te s h o r n J a c k s o n

Text by Samuel Naumick

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t was an evening seemingly like any other but ultimately would come to change Krystal and Damon’s lives forever. While going through his exercise routine at the gym, Damon was suddenly stunned by a woman on the treadmill - he recalls how Krystal was “looking so good that I just had to go over and speak to her.” Though Krystal was not in the mood for conversation, forcing Damon to turn up the charm. After a few attempts of trying to exchange contact information, Damon was f inally able to receive her Instagram handle before leaving the gym - but the challenge of his pursuit was not yet over. Reaching out to Krystal through Instagram, Damon waited without a response before sending another message - that one too going opened but unanswered, as Krystal continued to feel out the situation. Finally, one evening after going to bed, Damon was awakened out of sleep to the sound of his phone alerting him of a message. They chatted through direct messages for a while before exchanging numbers. It was during a conversation about the importance of family that Krystal began to open up. They agreed to meet outside of the gym, going out to dinner, where they “hit it off so well, we started spending a lot of time together.” Over that time their relationship continued to grow as they discovered how much in common they shared - so much so that their meeting began to seem like fate in action. Damon knew Krystal was the one since the f irst time he laid eyes on her, though it wasn’t the f irst time he saw her; having witnessed her in a dream a few weeks before their meeting. He knew then, seeing her on the treadmill when their paths f irst crossed, that a higher power was guiding him to his future wife. Krystal knew Damon was the one when after spending a long enough time together she realized he fulf illed a checklist of characteristics her ideal husband would demonstrate - the type of husband she prayed for. And so it was on Thanksgiving when Damon would make their love forever, asking Krystal for her hand in marriage. After receiving her parents blessing, and surrounded by their family, Krystal accepted Damon’s proposal with every beat of her heart.

Krystal and Damon’s fairytale wedding was perfectly set within the Castle at Rockwall venue in Rockwall, Texas. Krystal was gorgeous in a custom green gown by designer Ese Azenabor, fulf illing her childhood dream of being married in a brilliant emerald dress. Structured yet still f lowing in movement, the green gown was trimmed in lace, hand beading, and was completed with a twenty foot long veil. Damon was dapper in a custom classy tan and ivory suit designed and styled by Don Murphy, with a surprise unique vest depicting the couples picture printed into the material along the back. The couple paid homage to their ancestry by having recitation of their family heritage within the ceremony, as well as jumping the broom into their new life together as husband and wife. Best Memories: Our best memory is our First Dance. We both really wanted to swing dance to our f irst dance song, but didn't know if we'd be able to because of the wedding dress being made the way it was made. We started dancing and told each other we're not going to be able to swing dance because of the dress, but we were like, "Lets try it." So we started swing dancing and it went really well. We were so happy that we were able to swing dance to the song, because we had learned how to swing dance just for our wedding, and we would have been sad if we weren't able to swing dance to our song on our wedding day. We actually surprised each other, because we were able to move so well. We can truly say this was a blessing, especially due to the fact that we thought we were not going to be able to pull it off.

Advice for Engaged Couples: Try to be

understanding and accommodate each other’s wishes when planning for a wedding, because there will be some disagreements. Also, plan ahead if you are getting married, because a lot of money will be spent on the wedding. And actually I would advise to take some time and save money so there will be less f inancial strain when it comes time to pay vendors.


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PHOTOGRAPHY Teshorn Jackson TESHORN JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY www.teshornjackson.com

WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER Ese Azenabor ESE AZENABOR www.eseazenabor.com

VENDORS WEDDING DRESS:

Jimmy Choo SHOES:

Ese' Azenabor

GROOMS' SUIT:

Don Morphy

Diva Desig ns

BRIDES' SHOES:

Don Morphy

GROOMSMEN:

Men's Warehouse

Teshorn Jackson

PHOTOGRAPHER: LIGHTING AND DJ:

VIDEOGRAPHER,

Harmland Visisons LLC

HAIR/MAKEUP & BRIDAL PARTY MAKEUP:

Gregory Beauty FLORIST:

BRIDAL PARTY HAIR:

Kate Foley Desig ns

Cake Company Faith Events

GROOMS'

Faith

BRIDAL PARTY:

BRIDE'S

Nyoka

Zaneta Burke

CAKE:

Renaissance

WEDDING PLANNER:

Inspired by

STATIONERY:

Simply Mox

Beyond the Box Market & Catering Castle At Rockwall

CATERING:

VENUE:

The

BRIDE AND GROOM RINGS:

Robbin's Brother's


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KRISTIN + ISAIAH

P H I L A D E L P H I A , P E N N S Y L VA N I A SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y S h e ro n d a S e a w r i g h t

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ollege sweethearts Kristin and Isaiah met on the campus of Hampton University towards the end of their undergraduate degree program. Being apartment neighbors they were each other’s boy and girl next door. Their connection was instantaneous, quickly becoming close friends; talking long into the night, discovering new music together, sharing meals - almost always at each other's side. With a connection as close as theirs it seemed destined to blossom into love, and before long they were planning their f irst date. The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC would come to hold a special signif icance to Kristin and Isaiah, not only being the location of their f irst date, but also the place in which their love was set on the path to happily ever after. Informing their family and friends about his intentions, Isaiah had them f lown in to celebrate the event. And, while enjoying the beauty of the art around them, Isaiah found his moment, presenting Kristin with a ring and asking her to spend the rest of her life with him as husband and wife. Their engagement was soon followed by a cookout surrounded by their loved ones. For Kristin, she knew Isaiah was the one because they “were able to build a solid foundation of friendship and had an understanding of one another that I never had with anyone else. We grew with each other over the years, and that consistency kept me intrigued and sure of him.”

Kristin and Isaiah’s beautiful ballroom wedding in historic Philadelphia was timeless in its elegance with a modern touch. Isaiah handsomely awaited his bride at the altar, while Kristin lit up the room in a spaghettistrap, mermaid-style gown with sheer paneling and hand-beading - complete with a cathedral veil. With the love and support of family and friends, they were joined together forever as husband and wife. Best Memories: Isaiah's best memory from our wedding was saying our vows in front of our friends and family who've prayed and supported us since the beginning. Kristin's favorite memory was the rehearsal dinner which was an all white affair, and having all of our loved ones share special stories of Isaiah and I. My father did an impromptu speech that was really special and made my weekend. Advice for Engaged Couples: Don't forget to focus on your relationship while you plan for the wedding. Your wedding will only last a day, but your marriage, prayerfully, will last a lifetime. Also, remember to do exactly what you want to do regarding your wedding. So many people will have thoughts and suggestions, but it's important to ensure your wedding day, and ultimate marriage, is a ref lection of your unique love story.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Sheronda Seawright SHERONDA SEAWRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY www.sherondaseawrightphotography.com

FLORALS/LINENS/EVENT DESIGN Eilena Mercier-Ehmann EVENT LOFT PA www.eventloftpa.com

MAKEUP (BRIDESMAIDS) Sheena Bloomfield SHEENA MARIE MUA www.sheenamariemua.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Chip Dizard CHIP DIZARD WEDDINGS www.chipdizardweddings.com

VENDORS BRIDE'S DRESS: Martina Liana, style 906 BRIDAL SALON: Lovella Bridal BRIDE'S SHOES: Aquazurra BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Various locations CAKES/DESSERTS: Bredenbeck's Bakery CATERING: The Bellevue Hotel CEREMONY VENUE: The Bellevue Hotel, Rose Garden Ballroom EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Eilena Mercier-Ehmann, Event Loft PA ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Premonition EVENT PLANNER: Randi Martin, Trilogy Event Desig n FLORALS: Eilena Mercier-Ehmann, Event Loft PA GROOM'S ATTIRE: Tom Ford tuxedo, Bowtie by the Bold Tie GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: The Black Tux GROOM'S HAIRCUT: Jared Scott, HIS Grooming DC HAIR: Kiera Ashley LINENS: Eilena Mercier-Ehmann, Event Loft PA MAKEUP: Bride's makeup was by Alana Wright. Bridesmaids makeup was Sheena Marie PHOTOGRAPHY: Sheronda Seawright Photog raphy RECEPTION VENUE: The Bellevue Hotel, The Rose Garden Ballroom VIDEOGRAPHY: Chip Dizard SOLOIST: Zuri Reed VIOLINIST: Jennifer Reid, Jenviolin


TAIWO + DEVIN NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y K a c h i E k e

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ften there is a special place within the world that

down to pick up the glass when Devin was right next to

greatly ref lects a place within our hearts, a place in

me asking if I were okay...it’s such a small thing but it just

which we share our time with the one we love. For Taiwo

stayed in my mind (and heart) ever since!”

and Devin, that place would be underneath a particular weeping willow tree, by the Charles River Esplanade, in

Taiwo and Devin’s elegant oceanside wedding in Newport,

Back Bay, Boston. Many a summer and spring were spent

Rhode Island was a combination of classic western and

there lounging in each others company, curled up on a

traditional Nigerian ceremony. Taiwo was gorgeous in

blanket with a good book and a bottle of wine, or napping

a Monique Lhuillier strapless, sweetheart corset, drop-

in a summer breeze. It was here, in this place within their

waisted gown with a fully sculpted skirt, and completed

hearts, that their love grew, and it was here that Devin

with a cathedral veil. Her traditional Nigerian attire was

would make their love eternal.

a royal blue form-f itting dress with a high slit and paired with matching gele headpiece. Surrounded by family and

Seemingly a day like any other spent lounging under

friends, Devin, classically dashing, awaited his bride at the

their favorite willow tree, Taiwo and Devon had decided

altar, where they were joined forever together as husband

to relax for an hour before meeting up with a friend for

and wife.

lunch. When an hour passed almost unnoticed Taiwo realized they were running late. Devin, uncharacteristically

Best Memories: Ahh! So many to pick from! As cliché

unconcerned, created excuses as to why they should remain

as it is, reciting my vows to Devin and being surrounded

longer. Not wanting to stand their friend up, Taiwo took

by family and friends. It took me a couple of tries to get

the initiative to begin packing up their belongings, but

through them because I kept bawling through them (which

before she had a chance Devin reached into his pocket

if you knew me is such a surprise - but they were thug

to remove something while getting on one knee. As his

tears!). The weather was gorgeous, everyone was gorgeous

actions clicked into place within her mind, Taiwo nearly

and I just never felt so loved, warm and protected.

“blacked out” in realization of what was about to occur. So caught up in the excitement of the moment she screamed

Advice for Engaged Couples: Honestly - do what

“yes!” before he was even able to f inish his speech.

you want and go with your gut! Also don’t break your back trying to be a “laid back bride” if you’re spending

For Taiwo, she knew Devon was the one when while

thousands of dollars on f lowers or cutlery, make sure it’s

friends were “over and we were all watching the Patriots

what you want! Don’t be scared about being too “high

game, I got up to get something from the kitchen and

maintenance” but be sure you have someone who will

ended up dropping and breaking a glass. I had barely bent

check you if you are becoming rude, petty or unreasonable.


VENDORS BRIDE’S DRESS:

Monique Lhuillier

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES:

Mer

ENTERTAINMENT:

Bonobos

HAIR:

BRIDAL SALON:

Lulus and BHLDN

Sugarbabies

EVENT PLANNER:

Meka from Salon Monet

L’elite

BRIDE’S HEADPIECE AND/OR VEIL:

CAKES/DESSERTS:

MAKEUP:

Ellie’s Bakery

Jamie Nelson

FLORALS:

Le Grand Pro Experience

CATERING:

Flowerthyme

L’elite

Belle Mer

BRIDE’S SHOES:

GROOM’S ATTIRE:

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Badgley Mischka

CEREMONY/RECEPTION VENUE:

Kachi Eke

Bonobos

Belle

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE:

NIGERIAN DRESS:

Bibi Lawrence


WEDDING IDEAS

WEDDING IDEAS Inspired by the Toronto calligraphy artist, Sylvia Wong, featuring a unique intersection of marble and leather. Photographed by Felicity Moments


The inspiration... "This modern chic shoot was inspired by the international project created by Toronto calligraphy artist Sylvia Wong. In 2016 Sylvia created the Just Married Jacket for her own nuptials. Her jacket went viral and soon gained momentum as a coveted bridal piece across Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles and many more cities. Accents of leather and marble were used for this shoot. The textures of the leather and marble are unconventional yet so eye catching. We opted for a simplistic yet edgy and fashion forward shoot with a focus on hair, makeup and wardrobe. The groom wore a European cut tuxedo with a textured pattern and a leather bomber to complement the leather bomber worn by the bride with Just Married written in calligraphy across the back (The original). The leather theme is carried out in the stationery as well featuring an invitation suite incorporating both leather and marble accents. A minimalistic tablescape is featured with greenery runner marble plates, marble accented flatware and marble place cards with calligraphy. A non-traditional marble swirl cake with gold accents is featured to tie in the theme as well. We had a blast collaborating to produce this shoot and we are ecstatic to share the outcome ."

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PHOTOGRAPHER Tristan Barrocks FELICITY MOMENTS www.felicitymoments.ca

PLANNER/DESIGNER Grace Arhin GRACE ARHIN EVENTS www.gracearhinevents.com

ACCESSORIES Ilieana George ILIEANA GEORGE COUTURE www.ilieanageorge.com

CREATIVE TEAM PLANNER/DESIGNER: Grace

Events

PHOTOGRAPHER: Felicity

Moments

STATIONERY: Ecclesia

Tidings & Creations BOMBER:

Pie Toronto

FLORALS:

Floral

HAIR STYLIST: Hair

Plate Occasions Love Lettering

CALLIGRAPHY: WEDDING DRESS:

Richmond Hill

Bridal Boutique Ilieana George Desig n Studio MODELS:

by

Bella B Makeup

MAKEUP:

PLACE SETTINGS:

Cakes

LEATHER

Via Callig raphy, The Just

Married Jacket

Estylez

Arhin

ACCESSORIES:

SUIT:

Eaden Myles

CAKE:

Fruiticious

Cyprian Mathlin,

Anastasia Yolande


WE DDING IDEAS Inspired by blackberries...perfectly imperfect and one of a kind.

Photographed by Randy Lange Photography


WEDDING IDEAS

The inspiration... "Our vision was to "picture a garden coming into the room" and be captured in time. We created a moody and organic yet somehow effortlessly-pristine, luxe feel. Perfectly imperfect and one of a kind similar to a blackberry. We took those fresh and floral inspirations, paired with gilded decor accents and brought them inside to the museum setting to be captured in time as classic and beautiful, forever."

-Oniki Hardtman of Oh Niki Occasions

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PLANNER/DESIGNER Oniki Hardtman OH NIKI OCCASIONS www.ohnikioccasions.com

DECOR Mimi Betancourt BLOOM FLORA www.bloomflora.biz

CREATIVE TEAM VENUE: Montclair

Art Museum

WEDDING PLANNING, STYLING & DESIGN:

VINTAGE TABLETOP DÉCOR & ESCORT CARD DISPLAY BOARD:

Abigail Longchamp-Devose SPECIALTY SIGNAGE: Marlie

LUXURY TABLE LINENS:

Renee Desig ns

BloomFlora

Nuage Desig ns

Oh Niki Occasions

PHOTOGRAPHER:

BRIDAL SHOP & STYLIST: Bridal

Randy Lange Photog raphy

Atelier Montclair

MAKEUP ARTIST:

GOLD FLATWARE, GOLD RIMMED CHAMPAGNE FLUTES & CHARGERS:

WEDDING CAKE & MACARONS: Goodie

Box Bake Shop

WINE & CHAMPAGNE:

MODEL:

Chantal Bolivar

TD Makeup Artistry

Glam Party Rentals

FLOWERS,

HAIR STYLING:

INVITATION, MENUS &

ONEHOPE provided by Oh Niki Occasions


REAL WEDDING

RENEE + LATOYA FREDERICK, MARYLAND SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y K e n n e t h C l a p p , C l a p p S t u d i o s

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hat began as an internet crush would prove to be

Latoya, knowing that she had found the person to forever

fate in action, bringing two souls together as one.

share her life with, was dreaming of their future proposal,

Renee’s heart skipped a beat when while scrolling through

and so with the assistance of Renee’s father, began

Instagram Latoya appeared on her screen. After requesting

planning. But tragedy struck when he suddenly passed away.

to follow her account, an adoration for Latoya began to

Time for healing was at hand, but Latoya knew with even

grow within Renee following every new picture posted.

more certainty the importance of this proposal, wanting

Over the next year those feelings continued to deepen but

to make sure it incorporated the signif icance of family in

Renee remained apprehensive about directly reaching out

honor of Renee’s father. Integrating the timeframe of his

aside from liking Latoya’s photos. It wouldn’t be until

birthday into the date, Latoya also knew that one of Renee’s

the summer of 2014 that both of their lives would forever

closest Aunts had a birth-date only a few days from that.

change.

Reaching out to her for assistance, Renee’s Aunt agreed to throw a dinner party under the guise of celebrating her own

While enjoying some poolside time with her family in

birthday, hosted at a winery. Once everyone was seated they

Gaithersburg, Maryland, Renee recognized the familiar

went around the table reading the preplaced quotes in front

face of Latoya entering the pool area. Wanting to casually

of them, each on the topic of the signif icance of family.

capture her attention, Renee posted a photo of herself by

When it was Latoya’s turn to speak, she looked to Renee,

the pool on Instagram, serendipitously, at exactly the same

taking her by the hand and speaking from the heart told

time Latoya happened to be scrolling through her account.

her, “you know how I always say I can’t live without you,”

Latoya, realizing the woman in the photo was the same

before getting down on one knee and asking for her hand in

person who was currently, unbeknownst to Renee, “taking

marriage.

her breath away,” approached Renee to introduce herself. Best Memories: Our best memory from the wedding was Feeling like a high school kid with a crush, Renee was elated

honestly when we f irst saw each other and the connection,

to f inally be directly communicating and even more so

it was like everything faded out and all we could see was

when learning that their feelings were mutual. Though it

each other, while I was walking down the aisle, I was

was the perfect step in bringing them together, the timing

replaying our lives up until this moment. I broke down just

was off, and their happily ever after wouldn’t begin just

thinking...man I am lucky, she's up their waiting for me.

yet. Seven months later, when the waters of life had f inally settled, Renee reached back out to Latoya in hope that

Advice for Engaged Couples: Focus on the love, that’s

she wasn’t forgotten. In Renee’s words, “the conversation

what got you to this point! Everything else will fall into

sparked instantly, from that day on Latoya and I have been

place. Always stay true to each other, even when its hard.

inseparable, we just fell in love and knew we could not be without each other.”


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PHOTOGRAPHY Kenneth Clapp CLAPP STUDIOS www..clappstudios.com

VIDEOGRAPHER Trene Forbes TRENE FORBES www.treneforbes.com

VENDORS Martina Liana

BRIDE'S DRESS: BRIDAL SALON:

Betsy Robinson Bridal Salon

BRIDE’S HEADPIECE AND/OR VEIL: BRIDE'S SHOES: BRIDE’S SUIT:

Different Regard

CAKES/DESSERTS: CATERING:

CEREMONY VENUE:

Ceresville Mansion

EVENT PLANNER:

RBM Lux Weddings

RBM lux Weddings

HAIR: LIGHTING:

Kori Waller DJ Max Powers

RBM Lux Weddings

MAKEUP: PHOTOGRAPHY:

RBM Lux Weddings DJ Max Powers

ENTERTAINMENT:

LINENS:

Yai Yai Bakery

Ceresville Mansion

EVENT DECOR/DESIGN:

FLORALS:

So Vein Accessories

Badgley Mischka

Char Frazier

Kenneth Clapp - Clapp Studios

RECEPTION VENUE: RENTALS:

Ceresville Mansion

RBM Lux Weddings

STATIONERY:

RBM Lux Weddings

VIDEOGRAPHY:

Trene Forbes

WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE:

Zara Mens


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The inspiration... "I had the vision of really wanting to celebrate the fall and winter season, and bring in those deep autumnal tones of browns and oranges, pairing them with softer pinks and beige, and pops of bright yellow here and there. I knew that the florals would be a major component in telling the story, since the venue was an open, urban warehouse space. The flowers told the seasonal narrative, and became the perfect backdrop to our couple’s ceremony. Crisp whites and soft greys allowed the couple to truly shine."

CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER:

Photog raphy Co Events Studio

VENUE: Gather

and Lounge Collective

and

Saunders

and Lounge

FURNITURE: Gather BRIDAL GOWN: Pallas

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE: Jessica

BRIDAL VOW BOOKS: Wedding

Story Writer Alice

PLANNER: Kate

FLORALS: Sarah

Warehouse

Haley

Joanna Fisher

CALLIGRAPHY: Penned

RIBBON: Frou

AND MAKEUP: MBD

Frou Chic Beauty

Trumpet and Horn Bella Belle Shoes

by

HAIR

JEWELRY:

BRIDAL SHOES:

WEDDING FILM:

Millside Wedding Films

MODELS:

Couture Modeling Agency CATERING: Forks and Fingers Confections

Wildflour

TABLE DECOR AND DESIGN:

Borrowed Blu Lighting

CAKE:

LIGHTING: Shindig

RING BOX: The

Mrs Box


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W E D DING I D EAS Luxury wedding inspiration for your winter nuptials. Photographed by Linda McQueen


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PHOTOGRAPHER Linda McQueen LINDA MCQUEEN PHOTOGRAPHY www.lindamcqueenphotography.com

VIDEOGRAPHER Kal Noel LUXOR WEDDING FILMS www.luxorweddings.com

GOWN DESIGNER Jean Ralph Thurin JEAN RALPH THURIN www.jeanralphthurin.com

DRAPING Julia Roberts JAI EVENT WEDDINGS & EVENTS www.jaiweddingsandevents.com

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

UPLIGHTING Harold Johnson FINER TOUCH ENTERTAINMENT www.finertouchent.com

PLANNING/DESIGN/ PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Toni Antrobus HER KREATIONS BY TONI www.herkreations.com

CREATIVE TEAM PLANNING/DESIGN/PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Her Kreations DRESSES: Jean Ralph Thurin PHOTOGRAPHER: Linda McQueen VIDEOGRAPHER: Luxor Wedding Films FLORAL DESIGN: NYC Flower Project STATIONERY/CHARGERS: Alexandria Lindo FURNITURE: Evolution Event Rentals DINING CHAIRS: RSVP Event Rentals DRAPING: Jai Event Rentals and ARJ Signature Design UPLIGHTING: Finer Touch Entertainment

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W EDDING IDEAS Inspired by the rustic Tuscan countryside, this inspiration shoot features the most beautiful custom floral jewelry using flowers from the gardens of a gorgeous Italian villa. Photographed by Tasha Rae Photography


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The inspiration... "The Tuscan countryside was backdrop to this beautiful styled shoot on the famed estate of the Villa Barberino. The villa's Italian gardens were the inspiration for many of the design elements chosen. We wanted to maintain the culture and ambiance of the area, utilizing authentic Italian made chargers. The rustic nature of Tuscany served as inspiration for the use of the wooden table and chairs. The key focus for bridal styling was the custom f loral jewelry created by All RelEvents using f loral elements pulled directly from the villa gardens. The necklace contains lush garden roses, succulents, lisianthus and SwarovskiÂŽ pearl crystals in rose peach. The custom jewelry set was completed with a wrist cuff and f loral ring to match. The rosy and peachy tones were chosen to complement the backdrop of the peach colored stucco walls of the Villa Barberino estate. " - Denise Kelly of All RelEvents


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DESIGNER + FLORAL JEWELRY Denise Kelly ALL RELEVENTS www.allrelevents.com

CREATIVE TEAM DESIGNER + FLORAL JEWELRY:

RelEvents, Inc.

All

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tasha

Photography Floral

CENTERPIECE:

Rae

Chiara

Sperti Floral Events HAIR AND MAKE UP: Faces of Virtue LLC Makeup Studio CAKE: Gambino’s

Bakery STATIONERY:

Tiger Lily Invitations

Anarkos Iheme

Honey

BRIDE:

GROOM:

James Mbaye Seven

BRIDAL GOWN SHOP + STYLING:

LuxeInc

CHARGER PLATES:

Plate Occasions

- Luxury Tabletop Styling & Rentals

VENUE: Villa

Barberino

Design Workshop by LuLu

DMC:

EVENT:

PRODUCTION:

Inspire

Weddings

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WEDDING PLANNING & FLORAL DESIGN Maryland • Washington, DC • Virginia (703) 991-1951 • info@allrelevents.com • www.allrelevents.com   M U N A L U C H I BSPRING.2018 R I D E |  145 |

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TERRI + LEWIS BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA OC TO B E R 1 3 , 2 0 1 8 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y S a m J a s p e r

Text by Samuel Naumick

T

erri and Lewis f irst crossed paths attending a back

Mischka shoes, a Heidi Elnora veil, and her mother’s

to school house party at the beginning of junior

diamond bracelet. Lewis was dapper in a hunter green

year at Auburn University. “There were no sparks” the

suit jacket custom designed by Ellis ESQ. Within a

f irst time they met - introduced by mutual friends -

beautiful setting in Birmingham, Alabama, with the

Terri recalls, “in fact, neither of us remembers much

love and support of their family and friends, Terr and

about our interaction...” It wouldn’t be until a couple

Lewis met at the altar - joining forever together as

weeks later when they realized they were next door

husband and wife.

neighbors that their love story truly began. Being the boy and girl next door, they soon became friends and

Best Memories: We've heard so much positive

before long that friendship blossomed into love - dating

feedback about everything from the cake being

for the next f ive years before Lewis decided it was time

gorgeous and delicious, to the lighting and music

to take their relationship to the next level.

being perfect for setting the mood. We had a "sip and be seated" station with champagne during the cocktail

On May 28th, while dining with family and friends

hour. My guests have been raving about this item!

at a popular modern Mexican restaurant, Lewis asked

Many of my guests have talked about how beautiful the

Terri to spend the rest of their lives together as husband

f loral arrangements were. I think I've heard the most

and wife. In Terri’s words, “my best friend poured his

feedback on the cake display. Our cake was designed

heart out to me...and of course, I said yes!” Completely

to look as if it was f loating and it was nothing short of

surprised and being surrounded by their loved ones, it

magical!

is a moment they will both cherish for the rest of their Advice for Engaged Couples: Choose the items

lives.

you absolutely can't live without (for me it was f loral) Their Great Gatsby inspired wedding took place during

and go all out if possible!

their favorite month of October. Terri was stunning in a classic elegance gown with vintage f lair, Badgley

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CAKE Kimberly Wiggins CAKES BY KIM www.cakesbykim.net

vendors WEDDING PLANNING: One Touch Events, LLC PHOTOGRAPHY: Sam Jasper CAKE: Cakes by Kim, LLC. FLORALS: CeCe Desig ns, LLC VENUE: The Barn at Shady Lane MAKEUP ARTISTRY: Dang Shawty Beat BEAUTY: Ah-Sen Lifestyle-BeautyWellness DJ: DJ B Brian CATERING: The Happy Catering Company BRIDALWEAR: Bella's Bridal and Formal Grooms CUSTOM VEST: Ellis ESQ VIDEOGRAPHY: Zack Simon Videog raphy EVENT DESIGN & DECOR: The Grand Event Desig n and Decor RENTALS: PropHouse Birmingham RENTALS: Event Rentals Unlimited Birmingham LINENS: BBJ Linen TRANSPORTATION: Coats Classic Cars


REAL WEDDING

NOSIPHO + SAKHILE C A P E TOW N , S O U T H A F R I C A

M AY 1 8 , 2 0 1 8 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y Ty m e P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ntroduced by a mutual friend, Nosipho and Sakhile

Snow white and every pearl hand-stitched to perfection,

f irst met during a presentation at her place of work. It

Nospiho’s “modern day angelic princess” dress was custom

took sometime after their initial introduction before going

designed by renowned designer Gert Johan Coetzee. Form

on their f irst date, but once they did “the chemistry was

f itting and majestic, Nospiho was stunning, a fairytale come

biblical” as Sakhile recalls, “it took us a very short time to

to life complete with a seven meter long veil - lighting up the

see value in each other. We were instant friends.” Their

aisle as she met her prince charming at the altar. Nospiho

relationship was so natural it felt meant-to-be, and the more

and Sakhile were joined forever together as husband

time they spent together the more they realized how in-line

surrounded by the love and support of family and friends.

their individual perspectives on the future continued to be. It wasn’t long before Sakhile began planning their perfect

Best Memories: Sakhile: “The adrenaline pumped

proposal.

anticipation moment while waiting for the bride and watching the grand reveal of the bride and her dress.”

Expressing his desire to have her hand in marriage, Nosipho requested that Sakhile f irst acquire her father’s permission.

Nosipho: “I have two. My f irst is the moment when I f irst

Arranging a meeting later that month, her father provided

saw the wedding reception venue before the guests were

his blessing over their union, and a few days after that

ushered in. This moment was breathtaking thanks to our

Sakhile was setting the stage for their moment. Creating a

amazing planners & designers from Wedding Concepts. A

romantic dinner at his place, Sakhile placed the engagement

memory engraved in my mind for life. My second is when we

ring in a glass of champagne. Lifting their glasses for a toast,

played our favourite gospel song by Travis Greene - Made a

he shared the news of her father’s blessing for marriage.

Way, just before we gave our vote of thanks speech. This was

Hinting towards the glass, Nosipho looked down to f ind the

a divine moment celebrating God’s work.”

ring shimmering within the bubbles. Their eyes locked and she answered with a heartfelt yes, knowing they were always

Advice for Engaged Couples: Appoint the best

meant to be.

planners so you have the best time at your wedding, the day feels very short. Having the best planners means zero

Their gorgeous wedding, planned, designed and guided by

distractions, perfect design execution and the f low of the

Wedding Concepts, was stunningly sophisticated, bold and

celebration from start to f inish - in this way you can enjoy

modern-luxurious in three colors of black, white and gold -

your day. Savour every moment, Take it all in and enjoy the

that was as geometrically powerful as it was f luently elegant.

day. Make sure you have the best Photography and Video

With so much design customization and personalization the

team to capture all those moments you will miss.

atmosphere felt like an editorial styled shoot come to life inspiring all of their guests and setting the stage for a perfect and unforgettable event.


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vendors EVENT PLANNING, DÉCOR & DESIGN: Wedding Concepts BRIDE'S DRESS/VEIL/SALON: Gert Johan Coetzee BRIDE'S SHOES: Louis Vuitton BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Gert Johan Coetzee GROOM'S ATTIRE: Ermeneg ildo Zeg na Suit And Shirt, Louis Vuitton Shoes, Louis Vuitton Belt, Mont Blanc Cufflinks GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Hugo Boss CAKES: Wade’s Cakes CATERING: By The Venue CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Cavalli Estate EVENT DECOR/DESIGN: Wedding Concepts ENTERTAINMENT: Mafikizolo, Dj Vodoo EVENT PLANNER & MANAGEMENT: Wedding Concepts FLORALS: Lush HAIR & MAKEUP: Private Contact LIGHTING & RENTALS: Something Different, Av Direct PHOTOGRAPHY: Tyme Photog raphy STATIONERY: Lara’s Desig n VIDEOGRAPHY: Vision On Fire


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Muna Love Affair NASSAU, BAHAMAS | featuring photos by BRAXTON GARDNER

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS!

PARTNERS

VENUE - British Colonial Hilton Bahamas | PLANNER - Five Seasons Bridal | PHOTOGRAPHY - Braxton Gardiner Photog raphy | CINEMATOGRAPHY - Playbackmedia 242 | MENSWEAR - Mig uel Wilson Collection | EVENT DESIGNER - Bahama Fantasies | MAKEUP ARTISTS - Fabfaces Mua & Sarsha Lepeche | HAIRSTYLIST - Metamorphosis | BRIDAL GOWN DESIGNER - Phylicia Ellis | WATCH DISPLAY Little Switzerland | MODELING AGENCY - Black Rose Agency | CAKE - The Boutique Cake | ART INSTALLATION: Allan Pachino PARTICIPANTS

GUSTAVUS AUGUSTA | WARREN GRANT PHOTOGRAPHY | THE.WRIGHT.DRESS | THE WEDDING SALON BAHAMAS | EBONI ROBYN PHOTOGRAPHY | 4 THE LOVE OF EVENTS | BILLOWS BALLOON BAR | BAHAMAS LUXURY TRANSPORTATION

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EVENTS

Muna Love Affair MIAMI, FL | featuring photos by STANLO PHOTOGRAPHY

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS!

PARTNERS

VENUE - Dupont Building | PLANNING/DESIGN Roxanne Bellamy | PHOTOGRAPHY - Stanlo Photog raphy | PHOTOGRAPHY - Photos By Reem | HOST/MC Dannis Winston

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Dwp Live Factory | DJ - Dj Baboo | LIGHTING/

SOUND - Illumene | FURNITURE RENTALS - Afr Rentals | EVENT RENTALS - Atlas Event Rentals | BAR RENTALS - Just Bars | PHOTO BOOTH - Sobe Booths | HAIR STYLIST - Epic Hair Studio | MAKE UP ARTIST - The Makeup Ali | WARDROBE STYLIST - Toni Posh | MENSWEAR Mig uel Wilson Collection | BRIDAL GOWNS - Brides By Nona | BRIDAL GOWNS - Light House Bridal | CAKE/ CONFECTIONS - Earth And Sugar | STRING QUARTET - Peter Kiral | CINEMATOGRAPHY - Andre O Studio | FLORIST - Anthology | CATERING: Chef Day | MEDIA SPONSOR - Modern Luxury Weddings | MODELING AGENCY - Deco Models

PARTICIPANTS

WILD SUGAR CANE | THE SIMON DESIGN | CHANTELLE EVENT DESIGN | ST. GERMAIN EVENTS | RES IPSA USA | VANESSA VELEZ PHOTOGRAPHY | SPLENDID HARMONY | PANACHE STYLE | HED EVENTS | JM PLATINUM WEDDINGS | FOTO BOOTH MAGIC | VISIT JAMAICA | TRACEY AND MARTIN PHOTONOTIONS | VISIT THE BAHAMAS | TROPICAL TWIST BARTENDING | ELITE MEDIA CONCEPTS | CREATIONS AND KEEPSAKES

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Muna Love Affair LONDON | featuring photos by QUADOSH PHOTO

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS! SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE - Karen Tran Events PARTNERS VENUE - Grace Hall London & Banking Hall | PLANNERS - Love From Mwai & Mati Gono Events | MC & HOST - Dwp Live Factory/ Dannis Winston | MENSWEAR - Mig uel Wilson Collection | FLATWARE - White House Crockery | CAKE - Monannie Cakes | DESSERTS - Didi's Cookies | MAKEUP - Mac Cosmetics | MAKEUP ARTISTS - Vanessa Lamin Makeup, With Mya, Meagan Ledwards | SHOES - Freya Rose London | VIDEOGRAPHY - Samon Films | BRIDAL SALON - The Wedding Club | MODELING AGENCY - Black Rose Agency | PHOTOGRAPHY - Quadosh Photo | PHOTO BOOTH - Uk Party Booth | MANICURIST - Nails By Mets | DJ - Dj Mri | HAIRSTYLIST Blow Ltd | FLORIST - Your London Florist | PR - Mandorla London | GIFTS - Prezola | DANCERS - Fanti Acrobats Uk | STATIONERY - Occasional Heaven | DECOR - Busy Ps Deco | GUITARIST Carly Bryant Music | VIOLINIST - Jessica Diamond Official PARTICIPANTS EVENTS ROYALE | PURE LUSH EVENTS | YEMI KOSIBAH | BISPOKE LTD | GEORGE DICKSON PHOTO | TEES BAKERY | VISIT THE BAHAMAS | NANA ANNAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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EVENTS

Muna Love Affair BIRMINGHAM, AL | featuring photos by SAM JASPER

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS!

PARTNERS

VENUE - Roots And Revelry | PLANNER - Valia Rose Events | MENSWEAR - Mig uel Wilson Collection | LIGHTING/DJ - B Brian 205 | STATIONERY - Awe Inspired Desig ns | RENTALS - Sweet Seats Birmingham | MAKEUP ARTIST - P Sanders Makeup | PHOTOGRAPHER - Sam Jasper Weddings | FLORALS - Cece Desig ns Llc | LINENS - The Finishing Touch Ny | HAIRSTYLIST - I Am Hlthy Hair | BRIDAL DESIGNER - Brides By Nona | CAKES - Cakes By Kim Llc | VIDEOGRAPHY - Ia Film Group | PHOTOBOOTH Platinum Ent Now | PIANIST - The Real D Talley | BAND - Just A Few Cats Band | MODELING AGENCY - Black Rose Agency

PARTICIPANTS

PANNIE GEORGES KITCHEN | MXK EVENTS

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Muna Love Affair

SAN FRANCISCO, CA | featuring photos by OAKLAND PHOTO

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS!

PARTNERS:

VENUE - Pullman Sanfrancisco | PLANNER - A Monique Affair | PHOTOGRAPHY - Oakland Photo | MC - Dwp Live Factory | DESSERTS - Cupcakin Bake Shop | FLORALS - Sweetness And Light Flowers | FLORALS - Envy Floral Desig n | BRIDAL SALON - I Do Bridal Ca | HAIRSTYLIST - Tc Braid Camp | HAIR/ MAKEUP ARTIST - Ninah Wee | MANICURIST - Nail Pros | CATERER - Blue Heron Catering | RENTALS - Am Party Rentals | LIGHTING - Mag ical Lighting | DJ - Elegant Bay Area Events | MEDIA SPONSOR Todays Bride Sf | MODELING AGENCY - Models Inc Talent Agency _ PARTICIPANTS:

SHOP ICE BODY | KATE BUNNY HAMPSON | PORSCHE NIKIA | KM AUDIO VISUAL | A PINCH OF SPIRIT

ADDITIONAL VENDORS DESIGNER: Dream Plan It Events FLORALS: By Nadia Simmone CINEMATOGRAPHER: Milton Lawrence Photog raphy CHEF: Christina Simonitsch - Simo's Bread and Catering CHEF: Katherine Pinnock WELCOME BOXES: Braata Box, Isle and Lyric Collection, Belcour Preserves HOST VILLA: Little Waters Villa TEAM HOTEL: The Cliffs Resort Jamaica

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Muna Love Affair

WASHINGTON, D.C. | featuring photos by EDWARD UNDERWOOD

THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS!

PARTNERS:

PLANNER - Andrew Roby Events

| MAKEUP ARTIST -

Jennifer Thorpe Beauty | HAIRSTYLIST - Go By Geohaghan | STATIONER - Bridget Goldsmith | PHOTOGRAPHY Underwood Photo | VIDEOGRAPHER - Yanair Photog raphy | DJ - Dj Kurtis Cross | CATERER - Main Event Caterers | FORMALWEAR - Mig uel Wilson Collection | FLORAL DESIGNER - Bella Fiori Events | PHOTOBOOTH Movebooth | RENTALS - Posh And Luxe | DANCERS - Ngoma Ddtdc | LIGHTING - Toro Brands | MC/ ENTERTAINMENT - Dannis Winston | TREATS - Spun Cotton Candy Art | CAKES - La Cakerie | PHOTOBOOTH BACKDROP - D Nicole Settings | MODELING AGENCY Models Inc | APP - Appy Couple | ALCOHOL PARTNER - Foudre Vodka _ PARTICIPANTS:

AG EVENTS DESIGN | ALEX SWEETS CO | MEMORIES OF BLISS | ALL RELEVENTS | UMBER BRIDE GROOM | CRUISE PLANNERS | J JACKSON DESIGN | THE BRIDAL ROOM VA | HOUSE OF LADY | FACES BY TORR | I AM MISS PINKY

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