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S U M M E R E D I T I O N 2018

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THE BEST WEDDING EVER


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MORE FROM OUR COVERSTORY ON PAGE XX. PHOTO: THE GREAT ROMANCE PHOTO


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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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ith anything in life, change must come. The wedding industry is no different. Since we entered this industry in 2010, it’s been an ever changing landscape overf lowing with immense opportunity and voids to be filled. We found a void and filled it in the best way we knew how, leading to a disruption that was much needed.

Up close, we weren’t sure what we were doing, and what the outcome would be. But after digging deep, we saw a major shift in the way weddings were viewed by the mainstream media. We started seeing black couples (that had nothing to do with the NFL, NBA or Entertainment Industry) being featured in print publications. We started to see the shift with luxury bridal gown designers hiring models of color for their major advertising campaigns. We even began seeing women of color on covers of other bridal magazines. Watching the shift unfold over the past eight years has been very fulfilling. Being at the forefront of this change has been even more rewarding.

photo: stanlo photography

More changes are coming. This Summer issue marks our first year since changing our magazine release format. In the past, MunaLuchi was found on newsstands at major retailers across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other international locations. I will never forget the feeling of walking into my local Barnes and Noble and seeing MunaLuchi on the newsstand. I smiled from ear to ear admiring the magazine amongst a sea of “status quo” titles. That was January of 2010. We made the extremely difficult decision last year around this time to move into a digital and mobile first approach which resulted in us releasing our magazine for free digitally and in print for purchase on our website. The new model was very well received, with our last 4 digital issues receiving our 3.6 million impressions and each print edition selling out.

SUMMER 2018 CEO/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

J acqueline Nwobu PRESIDENT

Chike Nwobu

This year alone, some of the most popular wedding blogs have shut down and a major nationally distributed wedding magazine has discontinued their print editions. It’s a result of the shift we have been seeing, and solidifies our leap into our new format. Change is inevitable, nevertheless, we continue to disrupt the industry and evolve in ways that have enabled us to deliver you all the content you love and admire. You can always count on us to always stay ahead of the curve. The Summer 2018 Edition marks a full year since our switch to a digital and mobile first approach, and we couldn’t be more pleased by the response from you. You’ve liked, shared, purchased our magazines from all corners of the world. And we just want to say Thank You! In this issue, we share the most gorgeous weddings, events and heartfelt love stories. Our cover couple, Sydel and Damion, share exclusive details about their relationship and a glimpse into what their wedding will be like this September. We also share our favorite MunaSerenades (MunaSerenade is a couples date night experience put together by members of The Coterie.) This year, we received over 1000 applications for 16 MunaSerenade experiences and we are anticipating even more participation for 2019. We also took a trip down memory lane with a lovely recap of our 4th annual Coterie Retreat that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa last December. Our 5 year anniversary of the Coterie Retreat will take place this December in Bermuda, and it’s going to be our most epic one to date. If you are looking for a relaxing honeymoon location, or considering getting married in Bermuda, we have something special for you. Email my team at info@munaluchibridal.com for more details on this experience. In the meantime, enjoy our Summer 2018 Issue and, as always, tell me what you love most.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING + SALES

Nicole McKenzie

Jacqueline Nwobu

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Samuel Naumick

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

MARKETING ASSISTANT

Mylinh Truong

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Allison Pennant

COVER CREDIT: Photography by The Great Romance Photo

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


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INTERVIEW

Planner Spotlight

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW YOU GOT STARTED IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY.

I have been an event planner, designer and coordinator for almost ten years. It was never my intention to be an event planner- I call it a happy accident! I helped a friend with her wedding and received an overwhelmingly positive response which inspired me to enter this line of service. This path hasn’t always been an easy one though, as you encounter people during some of the most emotional stages of their lives. But I like to challenge myself… to explore uncharted territories. They say that nothing good happens in your comfort zone and this is something I have taken to heart. So I made it my mission to give each client 150% of myself in exchange for trusting me with their momentous occasions. That’s really what has taken me this far.

WITH CHIOMA NWOGU-JOHNSON of DURE EVENTS

Nigerian weddings are some of the most sought after weddings, and Houston based Event Planner Chioma of Dure Events is the go-to planner for this luxury niche market. We had a chance to chat with her about her business, 2019 wedding trends and wedding planning tips.

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someone whose sole focus is to make sure it all f its together perfectly. It frees you up to focus on what really matters…creating memories and f iguring out this new phase of your life with your signif icant other. A good wedding planner is also a f inancial godsend. They know how to make sure you spend money on the right things and they have connections to leverage! Many people don’t want the added cost of a wedding planner but having one saves you more money than you would spend paying said wedding planner.

Lets get personal ! WHAT’S IN YOUR PURSE RIGHT NOW?

My phones, my key and my sunglasses. FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST OR SONG?

I LOVE Uptown Girl by Billy Joel. Oh and Diana Ross IPHONE OR SAMSUNG?

I do not own an iPhone. I am a Samsung girl for life. GUILTY PLEASURE?

Oud perfumes. I just love the intricacies of the scents. I also love chocolate covered almonds and of course - as a queen - I love the spa. IF YOU COULD TRAVEL TO ANY DESTINATION RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

The Maldives or Bora Bora. IF YOU COULD PLAN ANY UPCOMING CELEBRITY WEDDING, WHICH WOULD YOU WANT TO DO AND WHY? photo: rh photoarts

WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING COMING UP FOR 2019 WEDDINGS?

Avant-garde is a big trend I’m seeing for 2019, which I absolutely love. Couples are embracing abstract details more but keeping color palettes clean- lots of white, ivory, gold. The color taupe is also making an appearance. I think it’s great at giving a palette depth without losing that clean, modern feel. I’ve also seen people embracing that French-garden f lair and that has been very refreshing and very romantic.

I would love to plan Yvonne Orji’s wedding whenever it happens. I just think it would be such a great experience and so much fun. She has a wonderful energy and I think it would be interesting creating an experience that mirrors that energy. Also Idris Elba’s wedding would be fun to do. SOMETHING THAT RECENTLY INSPIRED YOU?

The love that my dad has for my mom. Just watching it grow and continue to evolve even after so many years…it’s humbling. It’s pushing me to be better, not just to myself but to everyone around me; to be kinder and more deliberate about showing love. I f ind myself wanting to do more; not just for them, but for other people as well.

YOU’VE BEEN DOING LOTS OF DESTINATION WEDDINGS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION OUTSIDE OF THE US TO PLAN A WEDDING?

I love love love Dubai. I’ve planned three weddings there so far and I love how much inventory I get to play with. And the convenience! From the moment you land, everything is convenient, the service is great, the venues are beautiful and there is so much variety. Destination weddings can be very stressful just dealing with new vendors and f inding people whose work ethic and commitment to excellence match yours. But I feel like in Dubai, I’m spoilt for choice and that makes my job a lot easier. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOP REASONS A BRIDE SHOULD HIRE A WEDDING OR EVENT PLANNER?

Honestly? Because planning a wedding is stressful! There are a lot of moving pieces and you benef it massively from having

Keep up with Chioma at www.dureevents.com and @dureevents on Instagram. photo: alakija studios


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SYDEL + DAMION LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y T h e G re a t R o m a n c e P h o t o

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t wasn’t love at f irst sight when Sydel and Damion met… or at least for Sydel it wasn’t. And that’s not because she

wasn't attracted to Damion, but simply because she didn’t really notice him at a March Madness basketball game where her brother Seth was playing. Plus, she was in a relationship at the time. Damion caught f irst glance at Sydel while he was walking up the stairs. She was sitting in the stands, and they made eye contact brief ly. “I couldn’t forget that face,” Damion recalls the moment he saw Sydel for the f irst time. After some DMs which led to a series of dates, the couple has been inseparable. In our interview with Sydel, we learn details about their wedding planning journey, and love story.

OCCUPATIONS: (Sydel) Lifestyle Inf luencer, (Damion) Professional Basketball Player WEDDING DATE: September 1, 2018 WEDDING LOCATION: Charlotte, NC

HOW DID YOU MEET? "Basketball world - long story short, then he slid in my DMs..." THE PROPOSAL... "My one wish for a proposal was to have all my family in the same room when the time came. He planned it on a weekend that both of our families would be in town for different reasons. It was his f irst game back after his ACL injury and it was the same weekend that my sister-in-law's


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We wanted our engagement session to be a little teaser of what is to come at the wedding. We wanted it to be clean and timeless and that is exactly what we got."


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restaurant opened. So his mother was in town and my parents were in town. He wanted us all to go out to dinner as a family since it’s very rare that we are all in the same place at the same time. It was a normal night at a nice restaurant and he stood up to make a toast (which wasn't out of the ordinary) and before I knew it he was in the middle of the poem and then down on one knee asking me to marry him. I didn't know what was happening until halfway through the poem. It was everything I wanted and more in a proposal from the love of my life."

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DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION: "We wanted our engagement session to be a little teaser of what is to come at the wedding. We wanted it to be clean and timeless and that is exactly what we got. Tommie and Connie hit the nail on the head for what we wanted."


WEDDING IDEAS

WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? "Our f irst date was on June 12th. We went to go to X-Men and then ordered pizza to his hotel and watched a replay of the Louisville and Michigan State game which was a game that he played in." FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE? "We are such home bodies and have the best dogs ever so really our favorite thing to do as a couple is stay home, watch movies, play videos games, and just hangout with our dogs." HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR? "Wedding planning as been amazing so far! We have a great wedding planner who has been a godsend since we are planning a wedding in one city but live 3000 miles away. We are getting closer to the day so this is when things really start picking up." FOLLOW SYDEL AND DAMION'S JOURNEY ON INSTAGRAM @SYDELCURRY

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LOOKING FORWARD TO...

"I am looking forward most to just enjoying the day with my future husband but also my family. I am the only girl and the youngest out of my siblings so I know this is going to be an emotional day for all of us. But I just can’t wait to be married to the love of my life and party all night long! " - Sydel CREATIVE TEAM Martha Medeiros

LONG WHITE LACE DRESS: RINGS:

Dilara Saatci Jewelry

BLACK CHOKER WITH DIAMONDS:

Emily P

Wheeler MAKEUP ARTIST: Pircilla STYLIST:

Pae

Mary Gonsalves Kinney

PHOTOGRAPHER: The

Great Romance


REAL WEDDINGS

KAITLYN + BRANDYN CARY, NORTH CAROLINA MARCH 10, 2018 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y I n H i s I m a g e P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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hen you’re meant to be, you’re meant to be - and

soulmate, decided it was time to take their relationship to

nothing will be able to keep you apart. Situations may

the next level - making it forever. Surprising her with a trip

seem to separate you but it’s only a matter of time before life

to Thailand, they set out on a culturally enriching journey,

and love brings you together. For Kaitlyn and Brandyn, their

exploring tropical beaches, royal palaces, ancient ruins and

initial meeting ten years ago as Freshman students on the

temples. One evening Brandyn made arrangements for a most

campus of North Carolina State University would mark the

special and unforgettable dinner. As they made their way to the

moment in which they both discovered the person they were

table, Kaitlyn was taken aback by how romantic the setup was,

always meant to be with. Both being scholarship students, they

with rose petals and candles, and a view overlooking the pacif ic

quickly realized how much more they had in common, including

ocean in Phuket.

mutual friends, shared classes, and even born and raised in the same city. But, although their commonalities were numerous

For Brandyn, knowing Kaitlyn was “the one” was a culmination

and an attraction between them was imminent, Brandyn was in a

of their complete dedication to each other and boundless love.

relationship carried over from high school...

In Brandyn words, “I knew the way she made me feel during the precious moments we did get to spend together was a

With Brandyn already involved and Kaitlyn not expecting

feeling I wanted to experience forever...over the course of our

anything more than friendship they both returned to their

relationship, she inspired me to grow, live self lessly, and loved

daily lives, left with unresolved feelings of curiosity as to what

me despite my f laws and shortcomings.”

may have been had the situation been different. Until, a few years later when fate intervened and both of them f inally had

As Kaitlyn and Brandyn admired the setting of their

singlehood in common. By the persistence of a mutual friend,

exceptionally romantic dinner, a photographer approached

they both decided to give dating a shot. Dating quickly became a

asking if they would like some pictures to capture the moment.

relationship, and a relationship to falling head over heels in love.

As Brandyn stood up from the table, Kaitlyn noticed the tears forming in his eyes and in that moment everything clicked into

Inseparable for three years their relationship would face a

place and she realized what was about to happen… With the

new challenge - enduring long distance. With Kaitlyn starting

sounds of the pacif ic ocean serenading them and rose petals all

pharmacy school in Charleston, South Carolina, and Brandyn

around, Brandyn got down on one knee and asked Kaitlyn, the

beginning his career in Atlanta, Georgia - their lives would

love of his life, to make their love eternal and become his wife.

become separated by hundreds of miles, but their hearts would never falter. Making the most of their new arrangement, they

“Brandyn always supported me throughout my challenges in

scoured the internet for the best f light deals and decided to

pharmacy school and made sure to do whatever it takes to put a

spend the time they had together traveling the world.

smile on my face. His drive, determination, and kind spirit was something I never wanted to let go of.” - Kaitlyn

It wouldn’t be long until Brandyn, knowing Kaitlyn was his

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Kaitlyn and Brandyn’s French victorian garden themed wedding was inspired by a trip to Paris the previous summer, and took place at the beautiful Prestonwood Country Club in North Carolina. The color palette included topiary tree greens, blush and lavender, and the ceremony incorporated the Lord’s prayer, as well as a unity sand pour ceremony. Kaitlyn was stunning in a Stephen Yearick gown, accessorized with a cartier diamond bracelet, and Jimmy Choo shoes. BEST MEMORIES: "When Brandyn ripped his pants during the garter removal! The funny part is he bought an extra pair of pants because he had a feeling he would rip them at some point during the reception." - Kaitlyn ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: "Enjoy this stage of your relationship because it is a unique time that you won't get back. Don’t try to get wrapped up in planning the wedding so much that you forget the reason why you two are together in the f irst place, it's about the MARRIAGE, not the WEDDING."


PHOTOGRAPHER

Dajuan Jones

IN HIS IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY www.inhisimagephotography.com View more Coterie Member profiles on our website. vendors.munaluchibridal.com

VENDORS Stephen Yearick Dress

BRIDE'S DRESS: BRIDAL SALON:

Anjolique Bridal & Formal

BRIDE'S SHOES:

Jimmy Choo (Saks)

Custom Gowns by Javonica Chicago

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES:

CAKES/DESSERTS/CATERING: CEREMONY VENUE:

Prestonwood Country Club

Prestonwood Country Club

EVENT DECOR/DESIGN:

Creative Touch Events

ENTERTAINMENT: EVENT PLANNER:

DJ Special K

Sally Oakley Weddings and Events Creative Touch Events

FLORALS:

Ceremony Tux - Eaden Myles

GROOM'S ATTIRE:

Robert Jamison Collection

RECEPTION TUX -

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: HAIR:

Generation Tux

Tenia Adams of Styles by Tenia Creative Touch Events

LIGHTING:

LINENS/RENTALS: MAKEUP:

CE Rentals

Amber Lynne Beauty

PHOTOGRAPHY:

In His Image Photog raphy

RECEPTION VENUE:

Prestonwood Country Club

STATIONERY: CALLIGRAPHER: WOODEN MONOGRAM: FLOOR DECAL:

Cute Buttons Riada by Adair

Delovely Details (Etsy shop)

Sig n Junkies (Etsy shop)

VIDEOGRAPHY:

Reality Weddings


REAL WEDDINGS

TABITHA + JAKE S T. AU G U S T I N E , F L O R I DA OC TO B E R 1 5 , 2 0 1 7 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y S a va n n a h L a u re n P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

It was December of 2014 and he was 6’7”,” Tabitha

one of the sweetest in her life.

recalls, not really remembering much of her f irst encounter with Jake except for the impression left

As time progressed Jake was more than ready to make

by his handsome stature. Their initial meeting took place

their relationship forever, and prepared for Tabitha’s

at an annual camp staff reunion in North Carolina - Jake

next visit to Florida. The day was perfectly planned with

had just recently moved to town from Florida to be closer

good food and drinks, great conversation, and the joy

to his sister’s family who were also employed at the camp.

of each other’s company. Following a trip to historic St. Augustine they made a quick detour to the Castillo de

It wouldn’t be until the following year, returning to the

San Marcos fort to watch the sunset before sitting down

camp for various events, that Tabitha and Jake had the

for dinner. As they were walking back, their minds full of

opportunity to properly get to know each other. She

beautiful tropical sunset scenes and their hearts complete

was impressed by how natural and pleasant it was to

with each other, Jake led Tabitha away from the path to a

communicate with him, and Jake was equally as smitten

private grassy knoll. Never more certain and never more

- asking mutual friends about Tabitha and making his

nervous, Jake got down on one knee, looked Tabitha - the

interest in pursuing her known.

love of his life - in the eyes, and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him as wife & husband.

December came around again and with it another camp staff reunion. Jake’s mind was set and this time he

Tabitha and Jake’s vintage elegance wedding incorporated

wouldn’t let opportunity slip through his f ingers. Tabitha

a rich fall colored palette. Tabitha looked stunning in a

was more than pleasantly surprised when Jake asked her

f it and f lare ivory lace dress with an illusion neckline that

out and expressed his future intentions. As Tabitha fondly

celebrated her natural curves. Jake was 6’7” of dapper

recalls, “Jake made it clear that he was pursuing me for

groom in a classic navy tuxedo. For Tabitha, wedding

marriage. We opened up to each other and asked all the

shopping was easier than she anticipated, knowing exactly

hard questions early so there were no surprises. There was

what she was looking for, and assisted by her mother and

no pretense and we grew closer and closer each day.

sisters - who all fell in love with the second dress she tried on.

Jake returned to Florida soon after and a long-distance relationship began, their hearts yearning for each other’s

BEST MEMORIES: "My best memory of the wedding

presence day in and day out. They knew it was love of the

was the amazing energy and love felt when we were

deepest kind but neither had yet made the leap. They both

introduced and entered the reception. Our dearest friends

remembered a moment when during one of their daily

and family were on their feet surrounding us and cheering

video chats, they “almost slipped and said ‘I love you.’”

us on and I could f inally relax and take in the rest of the

That emotional proclamation was being saved to be said

evening."

in person, face-to-face, in a moment Tabitha describes as

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VENDORS VENUE:

The Treasury on the Plaza

Savannah Lauren Photog raphy La Cocoa

FLORALS:

Illuminations Jae Artistry

OFFICIANT:

VIDEOGRAPHY:

Brody Holloway

Jade Violet Wedding and Florals

DJ/ENTERTAINMENT: DRESS DESIGNER:

LINENS:

Feedback Entertainment

Pronovias

WEDDING COORDINATOR:

Eli Meyer Studio

BRIDAL SALON:

GROOMWEAR:

CATERER:

Coastal Coordinating

Executive Food services

Connie Duglin Specialty Linen

PHOTO BOOTH:

Chic Booth

Calvet Couture Bridal

Milano Exchange

STATIONERY:

HAIR:

CEREMONY LIGHTING:

Lucina Metrius

BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Minted

PHOTOGRAPHY:

CAKE/DESSERTS:

Creme De St John's

MAKEUP:

Stanza

Weddington Way


E N G AG E M E N T S

secret crush

KO U R T N E Y + A D E O L A Mobile, AL

BRIDE-TO-BE:

Kourtney Keira Jackson

GROOM-TO-BE:

Adeola Chuka Odutola

Pediatric Registered Nurse & Electrical Engineer

OCCUPATIONS:

WEDDING DATE: WEDDING LOCATION:

November 2nd and 3rd, 2018

Daphne Civic Center in Daphne, AL


HOW THEY MET "Adeola and I both went to Alabama A&M University, but ironically enough we didn't start dating until we both had graduated. We had several mutual friends and would see each other in passing from time to time. I secretly crushed on him for some time and f inally my best friend, Chris, had visited Birmingham, AL to DJ during a big football weekend and just so happened to mention me to Adeola. Obviously he gave him my number and to my surprise he randomly texted me and I melted. The best day ever!"

THE PROPOSAL: " Kourtney was visiting me in Houston and I remember talking to her and I was nervous because I had no idea of how I wanted to

propose, and I remember her mentioning how we love watching movies and of course I agreed. Then it hit me: I’m proposing in a movie theater. I would secretly drive from Houston, TX to Birmingham, AL to pull this whole thing off. I would have her go watch a random movie with her friends and BOOM I pop up on the screen and have a conversation with her and of course end with “Will you Marry Me?” Now of course it wasn’t that easy. Kourtney can be pretty diff icult to surprise so I had to be smart about this. She had some things to take care of for school that day so when her friends showed up to her house she still had on scrubs and was doing homework. Apparently she had no intention on leaving to “watch a movie” anytime soon. Two hours had passed and her friends sent me a text to let me know that she was giving them trouble about dressing up to simply go watch a movie so of course I was getting nervous because all of our family and friends were waiting. FINALLY, they were able to get her out of the house and to the theater in a cute outf it (not her scrubs thank God!). As we all watched her and her friends enter the theater from our cars, we made sure the coast was clear so that we could all get in place. I bought out the entire theater so that no one else would be in that room with them. I had my friend hiding in the theater so that he could record her reaction. It seemed like hours had passed while waiting on her to f inally leave the theater to meet me in the lobby in front of our family and friends. When I got the que that she had walked out of the theater, I had Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” playing, and f inally, there she was... Her reaction was priceless and the tears of joy were surely f lowing. As I got down on one knee and asked her to spend forever with me all I could do was smile and pray that she would say yes, and she did! Mission accomplished! "


THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION: " Our engagement session was so fun.

We knew we wanted to do a Nigerian theme for some photos and a sleek, formal theme for the other photos. When Adeola f irst presented the idea to me, I thought it was a little over the top, but the pictures turned out amazing! I’m so happy I trusted his vision. Y NOT Images not only took great photos, but they helped the theme and vision come to life."

OUR FIRST DATE:

"Adeola asked me where I wanted to eat and I chose Applebee’s for happy hour. We sat there and talked for hours! The rest is history." FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A COUPLE:

"We love going to the movies, traveling, eating sushi, and binge watching our favorite shows." WEDDING PLANNING PROGRESS:

"CRAZY, but we know it will all come together so we are just taking things day by day. We both come from huge families so we are just trying to keep everything as organized as possible. We have such a huge support system and so many people that are in our corner during this time so we are very thankful for that." WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST: Kourtney: “I am looking forward to the very moment that I get to see his face for the f irst time. The thought of it makes me blush.” Adeola: “I can’t wait to see my bride

and know after this day she will be off icially mine for the rest of my life.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Antonio Minifield YNOT IMAGES www.ynotimages.com

ATTIRE: Temesgen Fashion MAKEUP: Cindy J. Makeup Artistry HAIR STYLIST: Nicole Natural Styles and Lisa O’field


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black royalty JA R O D + DA R R Y L Charlotte Nail Antiques - Houston, TX GROOM-TO-BE: GROOM-TO-BE: WEDDING DATE:

Jarod Moore

Darryl Wilson

November 17, 2018

WEDDING LOCATION:

Houston, Texas


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HOW THEY MET "Jarod and I met through a community service organization ten years ago. I saw him and thought he was a very attractive guy - I

have a thing for beautiful eyes and ears. So I attempted to befriend him before making my move. After us becoming friends and hanging out, he actually started to date a friend of mine at the time (very short period of time, like a few months). Long story short, with the blessing of that friend, who sadly has now passed away, I decided to ask Jarod out. After a few dates, I shared with a friend of mine that I'm going to marry that guy! Unfortunately there was a brief split where I moved to California to pursue a few business goals and Jarod and I decided it was best for us to keep individual focus on personal growth and goals. So I moved to LA with our dog (Rudy), him keeping our other dog (Cupcake) in Houston. After being apart for 1 ½ years God brought us back together and I couldn't wait any longer to make it off icial because I didn’t want to take this second chance for granted... "

THE PROPOSAL: " So I had to pick the perfect date, I pondered and I pondered about the date...nothing came to me. On a trip to Dallas with

a designer friend of mine I saw these cool cattle tags and the only numbers they had left were 11 and 17. When I picked up the number it was the sequence 11/17 and I said this was the date, Jarod's birthday is the following month 12/17 so it all made sense to me. So I called my parents, family and friends, swore them to secrecy NOT to spill the beans. About 3 weeks before I started to let Jarod know I was possibly up for a Wedding Planning Show and they wanted to tape a wedding I had coming up the next day on 11/18, and that the camera wanted to follow me and get to know a little bit about me and my personal life as a Wedding Planner. Of course I wanted to capture the moment. I had a my phenomenal friends, Joshua Dwain Photography to captures photos, and Yamean Studios to capture the video. I had a friend pose as the Producer giving him a run down of the night and the camera crew was recording. I had my assistant call while we were in route to "dinner " to let me know there was an issue at the venue and I needed to come ASAP. All of our family and friends were tucked away awaiting our arrival to the venue. When he walked in it was completely dark, because we were told the power was out and they had to power down to complete the setup. Walking


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in holding hands with the cameras following us, I got him to his spot and immediately the video mapping presentation started playing a slideshow with Toni Braxton's "How many Ways." It was a prefect setting! So we will marry 11/17/2018 which will mark 1 year from the day I proposed." FAVORITE THING(S) TO DO AS A COUPLE? "Eat dinner on our TV trays

and watch Wendy Williams and the Housewives of Beverly Hills with our dogs." DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION :

"A friend of ours is an interior designer who invited us to a holiday event and one of the venues was this BEAUTIFUL Antique shop. Immediately after the proposal I had been on the search for the perfect space in Houston and I just couldn't f ind the location I envisioned in my head. I begged the owner of the store for a month, borderline harassed her, and wined & dined her to butter her up! She never allowed anyone to do it, but I begged for just ten minutes of

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time in the store, and she so graciously gave us an entire hour! Our love for the MET Gala was the inspiration." THAT MOMENT YOU KNEW HE WAS "THE ONE":

"Jarod and I were friends and he would drive down from college on the weekend and crash at my place. I didn’t have a bath rug in my bathroom so every now and again I would slip almost hurting myself on the regular. Jarod heard me a few times slipping and praying to GOD I made it. Time passed and one day I stepped out of the shower and there was a rug and I didn’t slip. It was in that moment I knew he was the one!" HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR? "AMAZING! I'm

now on the other side. I'm usually the planner and now I'm the groom. I feel the emotional roller coaster brides and grooms have to endure. Because we, for sure, will have a wedding planner." - Darryl WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ON THE WEDDING DAY? "We're both looking

forward to having our family and friends celebrate with us. And reading my vows to him."

PHOTOGRAPHER Edward Heard SECOND SHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY www.secondshotsphotography.com

CREATIVE DIRECTION: The couple TUXEDO JACKETS: JP Styling

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a love for travel

M A R I L Y N + A N TO N I O Sheltair Aviation Pompano Beach, Florida

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

Marilyn Newman Antonio Hanchard

Registered Nurse & Corporate Recruiter

WEDDING DATE: WEDDING LOCATION:

May 4, 2019

Montego Bay, Jamaica


HOW THEY MET: "We all grow up with a certain image of how true love will one day take control of our lives but if you're like us, the method chosen by love remained unknown until that special moment. For us, that moment came via a very unique mode of dating at the time which was an online social network. We both found that our background, heritage, culture, values, goals, and aspirations were almost perfectly aligned." THE PROPOSAL: "We had a European trip planned with our mothers and it included stops in Paris and Rome. We had a scheduled lunch at the Eiffel tower and after lunch, Antonio suggested that the family take pictures with the Eiffel tower in the background. After walking the distance of two football f ields and passing multiple opportunities for a photo with a perfect Eiffel tower backdrop, he found the perfect spot and got down on one knee. Immediately, what I thought was a random photographer, hopped out of the bushes and began taking pictures. It was a complete surprise and I immediately started crying tears of happiness. It was only appropriate that the proposal took place in front of the Eiffel tower in the City of love. This made it a poignant moment in all of our lives. Simply unforgettable." WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? "Our f irst date was at Buffalo Wild Wings (I’m sure you’re not thinking that this is the perfect first date spot). At the time, it was equidistant from our homes and it was the grand opening of the establishment. The restaurant was just the location where we realized that this date could develop into more than just wings, fries, and beers. The evening f lowed beautifully. We were engaged in conversation for four hours covering every topic from food to MUNALUCHI BRIDE

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history to family. We realized that we had many things

in Rio, but then our trips centered around random exciting

in common including our Jamaican heritage, similar life

places such as Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand as well as

experiences, attending rival colleges (UF vs FSU), and had

Reykjavik, Iceland. We also enjoy eating delicious, unique

similar life goals which would become the bedrock of our

foods in all settings including hole in the wall restaurants

relationship: family, travel, and marriage."

to f ine dining experiences then testing out our culinary skills by duplicating our favorite dishes. Finally, we enjoy

DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION:

throwing theme parties where we entertain our friends

"The theme was centered around our favorite hobby

and family."

which is traveling. In 2 short years we visited Mexico, Puerto Rico, Thailand, China, Brazil, Argentina, Italy,

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO

France, and we planned a destination wedding in Jamaica.

MOST?

We thought an engagement theme of an airport with

off icial in the company of those that are closest to us."

"We’re looking forward to making our union

the backdrop of private jets would be a good idea. We took it one step further and had a modern theme as well as a vintage theme to add some contrast and to sum up a relationship built on traditional values with a modern f lare. Our photographer, Kareem Virgo of Reem

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Photography, brought our vision to life with incredible precision." WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A

PHOTOGRAPHER

COUPLE? "We have a strong aff inity for travel. Initially

Kareem Virgo REEM PHOTOGRAPHY www.reemphotos.com

we wanted to travel to see the 7 world wonders, which we hiked the Great Wall of China and saw Christ the Redeemer

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WEDDING COLLECTION Because It’s His Day Too! MIAMI J DEL OLMO BRIDAL COUTURE, 322 MIRACLE MILE CORAL GABLES, FL 33134 ATLANTA 3500 PEACHTREE RD NE, SUITE F6, NORDSTORM WING ATLANTA, GA 30326 MIGUELWILSON.COM MUNALUCHI BRIDE

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workplace

romance

ASHLEY + B R YA N T

Washington D.C. BRIDE-TO-BE: Ashley Ross GROOM-TO-BE: Bryant Yee OCCUPATIONS: Social Media Strategist & Designer/ Developer WEDDING DATE: October 27, 2018 WEDDING LOCATION: Washington D.C.

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HOW THEY MET: "We have our f irst

job out of college to thank for bringing us together. After many years of working together and becoming friends, Bryant conf ided in me that he was in the process of interviewing for a job in NYC. Determined to not let it stop our chemistry, Bryant made the f irst move, asking me out for rooftop cocktails and dinner. The next few months were spent with lots of laughter, DC-centric dates and barely leaving each other’s side. At the end of that summer, Bryant moved to NYC while I stayed in DC. For more than three years, our relationship grew over long distance alternating weekends up and down the Northeast corridor and quickly becoming Amtrak experts." THE PROPOSAL : "After three years

of dating, Bryant planned an elaborate proposal on June 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. He told me that he would be in DC that weekend for a design conference which was actually happening - but in Miami, FL. Our families were in on the surprise and Bryant secretly coordinated for his parents and brother to f ly to DC to meet my parents and celebrate our families becoming one. After months of coordination, he lured me to a preplanned spot on the C&O Canal with the promise of viewing an art exhibition that was part of the “conference.” Instead, he got down on one knee and popped the question. Bryant’s brother played the role of paparazzi hiding near the proposal site to snap pictures and video as it happened. The rest of the weekend was spent with lots of family bonding and postengagement celebration - and Bryant’s relief that the months of sneaking around had come to a successful end!" DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION: " I really wanted the

engagement session to ref lect the vibe of our wedding with lots of black and white. I also wanted it to feel urban and very DC. Our photographer, Nichole,

immediately understood what I was looking

HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN

for and selected some great locations that

SO FAR ? "Weirdly not stressful...yet! We're

showed off DC's amazing architecture."

both big planners so staying ahead of the curve has been helpful in keeping us stress-

WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST

free! It's been really fun selecting the details

DATE? " We went for cocktails at P.O.V. at

that will help make our day super special."

the W Hotel, followed by a walk along the National Mall at sunset. We ended the night

LOOKING FORWARD TO : "Having all

with dinner at CoCo Sala".

our friends and family in one place at the same time is going to be really special and

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO

memorable for both of us."

AS A COUPLE? "We're big foodies. We love

trying new restaurants and cooking at home is one of our favorite activities."

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Nichole Meredith Photog raphy


kindred spirits THE (FUTURE) ALEXANDERS

Lower Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ WEDDING DATE:

August 2018

WEDDING LOCATION:

California

HOW THEY MET: " We met at a country club. So if anyone

says we met in “the club,” technically, they are right and wrong. More specif ically, we met on the dance f loor. He was staring at me from across the room with the biggest smile on his face. He looked so happy. He then boldly approached me...and the rest is history!"


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THE PROPOSAL: " Our proposal was intimate and very ref lective of the strongest tie that

binds us - our spirituality. He asked me to join him in prayer. When I rose from our prayer. He was on one knee, confessed his love for me, and then asked me to be his wife. " WHAT DID YOU DO ON YOUR FIRST DATE? " After getting to know each other for a few

weeks by phone, we went on our f irst date. He was a true gentleman. He picked me up with yellow roses in hand. From there we went roller skating (my favorite pastime) then ate dinner at my favorite sushi restaurant, and concluded the date by sitting in the car for an hour-or-so talking about everything from politics to music. The date lasted at least 8 hours. We both couldn't believe how much time passed!" FAVORITE THING(S) TO DO AS A COUPLE? " One of our favorite things to do as a couple

is to listen to instrumentals and freestyle. He brings the East Coast vibe and I bring the West Coast vibe. In addition to freestyling, we also love to be adventurous and try new things. California has so much to offer, so we love to explore new hiking paths, create good healthy meals, go dancing, and workout together."


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DESCRIBE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. " Our engagement

session was a memorable adventure. Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are such breathtaking sites, and to be there for the f irst time, with each other, surrounded by the history of the Native Indians, is something we both valued and cherished. Not to mention our lovely husband and wife photographers who were just as fun and adventurous as us. They immediately lightened the mood by dancing and laughing with us, pushing us to get closer to cliffs to get the perfect shot and stopping the shoot to allow tourists to greet us and wish us well on our journey to marriage. THE MOMENT YOU KNEW HE/SHE WAS "THE ONE": " He knew I

was the one because he felt I was his spiritual soulmate. I knew he was the one when I met his parents. There was something about the way his mom and father embraced me that really sealed the deal." HOW HAS WEDDING PLANNING BEEN SO FAR? "Because I am a creative at heart,

I am planning every detail of our wedding. Therefore, wedding planning has been intense, yet fun and adventurous (similar to our relationship). It has tested our ability to comprise and has truly enhanced our patience towards one another." WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ON THE WEDDING DAY? " We are looking forward to honoring our

African, Caribbean, and African American roots with the family and friends that have taught us how to love and have prayed for our union." PHOTOGRAPHER: Jonnie + Garrett Wedding Photog raphers STYLIST: Happily Edgy

PHOTOGRAPHER Tristan Barrocks FELICITY MOMENTS www.felicitymoments.ca


W EDDING IDEAS Photographed on location in Namibia, this stylized shoot puts a new spin on rustic chic. Photographed by Angelique Smith Photography


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The multicultural wedding industry has been on a steep upward climb, and we’re so proud to be at the forefront of showcasing outstanding talent from Africa. This editorial shoot was produced in Namibia by an amazing collective of vendors. Namibia is a hidden gem, and a great location for an intimate wedding or even a romantic honeymoon. The editorial gives us bold and dramatic tablescapes with carefully curated details - like the black goblets and tableware and the vibrant and suspended edison bulbs. Wooden tables and centerpieces juxtaposed lucite ghost chairs embellished with a single black oversized fabric rose. The models completed the look with simple yet chic gowns paired with asymmetrical oversized bouquets.


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ve n do rs COORDINATING & PLANNING: Creative

Consultant

Angelique Smith Photography // PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT: Janice Thompson Events & Floral Expressions // VENUE: Droombos, Windhoek // HAIR & MAKEFEMALE MODEL: Paula Namundjebo // MALE MODEL: Dawid Mwetu // WEDDING GOWNS: Robyn Roberts // WEDDING GOWNS: Stefania Morland // JEWELLERY: Soul Design Jewellery // WEDDING CAKE & FOOD: The Taste Academy // PHOTOGRAPHER:

// DÉCOR, DESIGN & FLORAL INSTALLATIONS AND BOUQUETS: Tamonika UP: Sophie

Jean

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Gauteng Pretoria

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Relive the Moment WEDDING OFFICIANT MARRIED by REV ROXY CELEBRATES PREVIOUS CLIENTS WITH AN ANNIVERSARY SHOOT

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he average amount of time a couple will spend planning their wedding is 14 months. While most couples spend an exceptional amount of time planning the wedding, there is very little time and effort dedicated to planning for the marriage. Our Coterie Member, Roxanne Birchf ield of MARRIED by REV ROXY believes in nurting relationships. With a background in military and clinical chaplaincy, Roxanne prides herself on building families. “When two people join together to become one, that’s the start of a family,” states Roxanne. Each year Roxanne takes time out to celebrate her previous clients. It’s a time to reminisce on the wedding day, get

dressed up all over again and participate in a stylized photoshoot with top vendors in the NJ/NY area. In her 2018 shoot, Roxanne partnered with New Jersey based wedding planner Alicia Smith of ILÈ Events to create a luxe experience for the couples and designer Lucha Cineas-Saint Fleury of Designed by Lucha to produce a fashionable tablescape featuring lush fuschia and lavender f lorals and luxury linens. It was a memorable experience for the couples and brides that participated. In this feature, Roxanne and Alicia share images from the experience + top wedding advice for currently engaged couples. SUMMER.2018

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3. The Big Day

Alicia's Top 3 Wedding Planning Secrets

It’s f inally here, today is the day and all eyes and questions and mishaps and deadlines are on you... not the day you had in mind when celebrating your love. Release #allofthethings onto to your planner. Relax, have a glass of champagne and truly experience the day. Be the bride in her custom gown glowing with love.

It’s never too early to begin planning your wedding. But it can be too late to book your wedding planner. As the most important commitment you make in your life including an expert on weddings can simplify the process and take a load of stress from the wedding day!

1. A Planner is Your #1 Fan Every couple has their share of unwanted texts or calls from family STRONGLY suggesting their ideas for YOUR wedding. Most couples report having a planner kept them focused on the important details THEY wanted as a couple and became a unbiased buffer for making decisions during the planning process.

2. Getting Tasks Completed Time and time again I have seen couples rely on friends & family to complete tasks and yet they go unf inished on Wedding day. The excitement of your engagement gains a lot of volunteers, who mean well, but leaves the couple with loads of tasks to complete themselves. Planners have projected deadlines and staff to complete those daunting tasks while you continue life and career.

W I T H L OV E ,

Wedding Planner Alicia Smith of ILÈ Events


OFFICIANT

Roxanne Birchfield MARRIED by REV ROXY www.marriedbyrevroxy.com

PLANNER

Alicia Smith

ILE EVENTS www.ILEEvents.com

PHOTOGRAPHER

Kenny Clapp

CLAPP STUDIOS www.clappstudios.com

MAKEUP

TOP TIPS for Snagging the PERFECT Wedding Officiant by roxanne birchfield, owner of married by rev roxy

DO.

MAKE TIME.

Making time to choose the right off iciant is different than searching for the perfect dress, shoes or a photographer. Finding the right off iciant can feel similarly to online dating. Yes, you want to make sure they have quality photos and or videos displaying their work, but you also want to make sure that the off iciant GETS YOU both as a couple! You will want someone standing at your alter who took the time to get to know you both and who will f it in with the vibe and ambiance of your special day.

DON’T.

FALL TOO FAST WITHOUT ASKING ABOUT THEIR CREDENTIALS.

For centuries clergy of various faiths have married people. Some clergy are ordained to special ministries outside of a church, temple, mosque or synagogue, to address the needs of the general public. Some of these places include the hospitals, the work place or military. An ordination is a legal document and it should come from a responsible endorsing body. Secondly, some states or cities may require that the off iciant not only be ordained but also require that they be registered with the county clerks off ice. New York City is one of those cities. If the minister or off iciant signing your marriage license is not registered, your marriage may not be legal. Also, if you are looking for an off iciant who also does counseling ask, not only about their credentials but also about their experience. My counseling background is in Clinical Pastoral Care. I have provided spiritual and emotional support to hundreds of patients, U.S. Army Soldiers and their families. I not only provide this care but I teach what I do to nursing students as a college adjunct professor. MAKE YOUR POTENTIAL OFFICIANT SHOW YOU THE RECEIPTS!

DO.

THINK BEYOND THE WEDDING DAY.

Marriage is a joining together of two people spiritually and legally. I can’t speak for everyone’s brand, but my brand is about building community. Once you are “MARRIED by REV ROXY” you are apart of a family. Through the years to come our company will put on various retreats and events to help keep the family bond strong. With being MARRIED by REV ROXY you will have special access to all these events and activities. MARRIED by REV ROXY is open to those who are Christian and non-religious. ADDITIONAL VENDORS VIDEOGRAPHY: MK Flav Weddings Films HAIR: Klips Hair Care MAKEUP: Jennifer Navas Artistry, Felicia G the Artist STYLIST: Nora Loves 2 Style BALLOONS: Candy Queens FAVORS & MENUS: Vintage Lip Gloss LINEN: Nuage Desig ns BRIDAL ACCESSORIES: Artikal Millinery, Blossom Veils, Jewelry - New York & Company, Gloves Wing Weft Gloves, Bow ties Bownifide CATERER: Caribbean Pearl Caterers CAKE: Choose Just Eats FURNITURE RENTALS: Just Dream Events

Melanie Brown MAKEUP BY KSL www.makeupbyksl.com

DESIGNER/VENUE

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

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NADIA + MYRON C H A R L OT T E , N C OC TO B E R 6 , 2 0 1 7 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y N a d i a D P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ime stopped for Myron that summer day on the campus of North Carolina Central University when he f irst laid eyes on

Nadia walking down the stairs towards their accounting class. For a while their communication remained everyday-casual, until Myron f inally mustered the courage to strike up a conversation. He asked Nadia if he could have a ride to his car, during which he inquired about her “situation,” alluding to her current relationship status. Having just recently come out of a diff icult breakup, Nadia f latly stated that she was understandably “done dealing with guys.” Naturally discouraged, Myron still refused to give up, knowing that Nadia was a rare catch and that they were destined to be together. They continued to talk regularly after class, both very much enjoying their conversations - something Nadia couldn’t help but notice. One night fate would bring them together outside of their usual classroom setting, and it was there, at a party in Durham, that their love would truly begin to take shape. Sharing a dance, they both started to see each other in a more equal light; Myron’s feelings for Nadia growing into a steady smolder, and Nadia’s beginning to uncontrollably spark. When before, looking into each other’s eyes seemed a common exchange, now evolved into an intimate gaze of longing and desire. At the end of the evening numbers were exchanged as well as that f irst hug that never seems to last long enough. Though for Nadia and Myron it was the beginning of together forever... The evening of the proposal started out as a date like any other, at least on the surface. Knowing Nadia’s love for f lowers, Myron scheduled a tour of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Nadia recalls how she, “soaked up this super special moment,” as they walked through the garden ref lecting on their experiences together. Myron took this opportunity to express his unending love and appreciation


for Nadia. After about his third aff irmation of love, Nadia’s heart skipped a beat as she began to understand what was about to take place… There within the beauty of the botanical garden, Myron dropped to one knee and asked Nadia to spend the rest of her life with him as husband and wife. Their wedding took place at international art & design space, the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. After trying on many gowns Nadia f inally settled on one of the f irst ones she tried on; a gorgeous Rivini gown in which she left her Groom completely speechless. BEST MEMORIES: “Hands down, the f irst look! Even though our f irst look took place in front of our entire wedding party on a busy street in Uptown Charlotte, the moment that Myron turned to look at me - nothing else mattered. It was just he and I in that moment; emotions high, being vulnerable with each other.” ADVICE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES: “Enjoy the process. It will be challenging, but f ind peace in knowing that soon enough you will be sharing an experience of a lifetime - your wedding day! The memories will be worth everything you put into your special day.”


QUICK FACTS FROM THE BRIDE: WEDDING PARTY GIFTS : Bridesmaids - Custom monogrammed robes and earrings. Groomsmen - Fossil Q, smart watches. BRIDE/GROOM GIFTS: An additional wedding band for the Bride, and a watch for the Groom. CEREMONY ENTRANCE SONG: “Sure

by Shelea Fraizer

It’s You”

FIRST DANCE SONG : “Is This Love” by Corrine Baily Rae

vendors

PLANNING: Shayla Hawkins Events (S.H.E.) CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Mint Museum HOTEL: The Ivey’s Hotel in Charlotte, NC PHOTOGRAPHY: Nadia D. Photog raphy FLORAL DESIGN: CLux Rentals STATIONERY DESIGN: Papered Wondered LINENS: CLux Rentals RENTALS: CLux Rentals CATERER: Something Classic Catering CAKE DESIGN: Wow Factor Cakes DJ: Brian “DeeJay Lil Bee” Russ BRIDAL GOWN: Rivini - Forever - from Traditions by Anna Raleigh, NC, Bridal Jumpsuit & Bridesmaid Gowns: Natt Taylor GROOM/GROOMSMEN TUXEDOS: Persona Custom Clothiers HAIR: Denise Mitchell of Robyn Mitch Hair Studio Durham, NC MAKEUP: Tai of Invidi Makeup SHOES: Christian Louboutin


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ARIELLE + JOHN L O N G I S L A N D C I T Y , N E W YO R K SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y C a ro l i n a R i v e ra P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

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ew to New York City, Arielle met up for brunch with

mean. In his words, “I knew I didn’t want to stop her from doing

friends visiting from out of town. Offering a “bottomless-

whatever it was that she felt was right for her, but I knew that I

mimosa brunch,” elegant Italian eatery, Lido’s Harlem was the

couldn’t lose her. And that meant I would have to do whatever I

perfect spot. Just how perfect, Arielle was about to f ind out, as it

could to make sure we stuck together.”

would be the place where she f irst met the love her life. One evening, approaching sunset, John took Arielle to a special Another group of friends were also enjoying a mimosa-f illed

place in Riverside Park South, a place he describes as his “point of

brunch, who just so happened to be acquainted with Arielle’s

sanity in the city.” A quiet and intimate place where one can enjoy

friends, and among them was John. As they were leaving the two

a moment of personal ref lection, or in this case, the company

groups began catching up when, either guided by intuition or

of a soulmate. With the warm glowing palette of a setting sun

fate, one of Arielle’s friends insisted that John and her exchange

painting the sky, and under the comfort of a tree’s embrace, John

numbers, explaining that Arielle was new to the city and could

asked Arielle to spend the rest of her life with him as wife and

use a guide to “show her around.” John took his new role very

husband, forever together… After an emotional and heartfelt

seriously, and from that moment on they became inseparable.

consent, they walked towards a restaurant within the park where friends were waiting to celebrate their union.

Over time as their love for each other deepend, Arielle began to realize John was “the one.” In her words, “I knew John was the

Arielle and John’s wedding style was moody, romantic and non-

one when I found myself wanting to spend every day and moment

traditional. For Arielle, the fashion highlight of the event was her

with him. Even before we moved in together, I was his de facto

reception dress. Not being overly concerned with her wedding

roommate. I would stay at his place for weeks at a time...I just

dress, nor too fond of wearing white, she casually selected a

wanted every day to have him in it, for all of the rest of my days.”

ceremony dress, yet still continued to look fabulous walking the aisle in shimmering beads. For the reception dress, which for her

This moment of realization came to John as Arielle’s law school

“felt more like me,” was a stunning red, f loor-length gown with a

graduation date approached and he was struck by the thought of

low back. Her favorite accessory was a gold coronet worn on her

her moving out of the city for work, and possibly moving away.

head the entire evening - making her feel like a goddess.

He searched his soul, asking himself what this would ultimately


BEST MEMORIES: Arielle: "Walking into the ceremony and seeing all my friends and family there, and seeing John at the end of the aisle waiting for me." John: "Our vow exchange." WEDDING ADVICE: "We loved not having to worry about anything on the day of the wedding with the help of our wedding planner Victorious Events NYC. We were able to revel in the experience and enjoy the day from start to f inish. She added personal touches that were so sweet and she made everything look even better than we imagined it could have. So f ind yourself an amazing planner!"

WEDDING PLANNER

Victoria Lartey-Williams VICTORIOUS EVENTS www.victoriouseventsnyc.com

DJ/LIGHTING

Michael Wliiams MIKE MUSIC www.iknowmikemusic.com

HAIR STYLIST

Tinika Sadiku

HAIR BY SADIKU www.tinikasadiku.com

CATERER

Chef Mellanee Harvin THE FORK GOES ON THE LEFT www.theforkgoesontheleft.com

MAKEUP

Danielle Henry

DANIE AND THE BLOOM www.danieandthebloom.com

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VENDORS PHOTO BOOTH:

Freckled Dragon Entertainment

Rivera Photog rapher RECEPTION VENUE:

VIDEOGRAPHY:

The Metropolitan Building

WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER: CORONET ACCESSORY: GROOM'S ATTIRE:

Black Tux Farr

Jennifer Behr

FLORIST:

Butterfly Bake Shop

STRING LIGHT INSTALLATION:

INVITATIONS:

Paper Co SIGNS:

MUSICIANS:

Diverse Concert

Lane

RENTALS:

Weir Event Rentals

CEREMONY PROGRAMS:

NEON SIGN:

The

Evan Waddy-

Universal Light and Sound

SEATING CHART AND PLACE CARDS:

Erin Breean Creative

Badgley Mischka

OFFICIANT:

FARM TABLES AND CHAIRS:

Karli Strohschein Art

Island Pops

Lovely Bride

GROOMSMEN'S ATTIRE:

Aug ust, Sage, and Violet

Big Dawg Party Rentals

POPSICLES:

SHOE DESIGNER:

Carolina

CEREMONY AND

WEDDING DRESS SALON:

Brandon Earl New York

WEDDING CAKE:

Artists

Theia

PHOTOGRAPHY:

NST Pictures

La Bohemme

Paper Case Studio

Neon MFG

BROOM:

TABLE

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CRYSTAL + AKIL JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY

NOVEMBER 11, 2017 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y 1 3 1 4 S t u d i o

Text by Samuel Naumick

T

en years ago on the campus of Howard

ring in hand. Dropping to one knee, he presented the

University, Crystal and Akil were pursuing

ring of her dreams and asked Crystal to spend the rest

career paths respectively leading to

of her life with him as wife and husband.

journalism and architecture. Before long their paths crossed and another kind of pursuit began, the

Their wedding took place at beautiful Hudson

pursuit of each other. Their relationship would be

Harbour venue the Maritime Parc, complete with

the story of Crystal’s life and the most rewarding

panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island

construction of Akil’s architectural career. Building

and the Manhattan Skyline. Crystal was gorgeous

from friendship to relationship on a foundation of

in a custom made Jean Ralph Thurin, off the

love, trust and support.

should modern mermaid dress, diamond white with lace applique. Their wedding featured numerous

Over time both Crystal and Akil began to realize that

charming DIY elements, including “f loating”

they had found “the one.” Akil, with an endless list

centerpieces and place-themed seating arrangement.

of positive attributes to describe Crystal, the love

Culturally they incorporated Soca music and a

of his life, it’s her wonderful sense of humor that

money toss to honor their Trinidadian and Nigerian

ultimately stole his heart. For Crystal, she knew Akil

heritage.

was “the one” after realizing that he understood her BEST MEMORIES: Akil did a choreographed

on a level that no one else ever has.

dance for Crystal before the garter toss. The couple's Nine years after their meeting, Akil knew it was

f irst-look was also a very special moment.

time to take their relationship to the next level, making it forever. Disguised as an evening out to

BEST WEDDING ADVICE? Compromise. Akil

meet some friends for a concert at their alma mater,

and Crystal DIY’d a lot of different elements of their

Crystal soon realized she was actually taking part

wedding. It was very important to both of them to

in a scavenger hunt. Leading her on a trip down

make sure they took frequent breaks from wedding

memory lane, Crystal revisited the iconic places

planning to enjoy each other. That took some of the

of their relationship history. Reaching the end of

stress away from planning.

the scavenger hunt, it was there on the campus of Howard University, the place where their journey together f irst began, that Akil was waiting with a

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Quick Facts From The Bride WEDDING PARTY GIFTS: Groomsmen: Personalized leather DOT bags with f lower lapel pin. Bridesmaids: Custom robes, earrings, makeup bag. FAVORITE ITEM ON THE MENU: Salmon with vegetables! FIRST DANCE SONG: "Beautiful Lady" by Gyptian


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

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

MAKEUP ARTIST FOR BRIDE Abby Falore-Ayodeji JUICY LOOKS BY ABBY www.myjuicylooks.com

DJ/LIGHTING

Michael Williams MIKE MUSIC www.iknowmikemusic.com

VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHER: 1314 Studio VIDEOGRAPHER 5801 Weddings FLORIST: Diva Blooms

BRIDESMAIDS

MAKEUP: Robin Lynette BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: "Watters" from Brideside BRIDES SHOES: Stuart Weitzman BRIDES HAIR: Andrea Johnson

CEREMONY: St. Teresa

of Avila Summit, NJ RECEPTION: Maritime Parc Jersey City, NJ STATIONERY: Parchment by Dami RENTALS: Evolution Rentals and Lily V Events


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NICOLE + MACKENZIE WA S H I N G TO N , D. C . OC TO B E R 7 , 2 0 1 7 P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y E m m a We i s s P h o t o g ra p hy

Text by Samuel Naumick

F

ew things bring people closer more completely

a beautiful place to set up a tripod. As Mackenzie

than overcoming obstacles together. At the

“nervously f idgeted” with the camera, Nicole was

University of North Carolina’s beautiful Chapel Hill

completely unaware of the imminent proposal, asking

campus, Nicole and Mackenzie’s love blossomed from

Mackenzie what was wrong and that “the pictures

the seats of a crew shell, competing together on the

weren't going to turn out well if she didn't relax.”

same rowing team. Partners in athleticism, fate would

Mackenzie pressed record on the camera, and steadied

also have it that they were destined to become partners

herself before dropping to one knee, presenting

in life. Their bond in the boat revealed itself to be

Nicole with “the most perfect ring,” before asking her

much more over time, as their friendship glided into

to spend their lives together in marriage.

the waters of love, developing into the relationship of trust and support that it is today.

Their intimate city-chic wedding took place at Fathom Gallery, located in the Greater 14th Street

For the proposal, Mackenzie planned the perfect

Historic District of Washington D.C. - a main

romantic day, beginning f irst with brunch at urban-

artistic and cultural hub. For the ceremony Nicole

chic, table-to-farm restaurant Pilar - named after

was breathtaking in a classic Vera Wang with modern

Ernest Hemingway’s boat, and featuring an eclectic

cuts, and Mackenzie was exquisitely debonair in a

menu and artisanal cocktails. The next stop, naturally,

custom Tux complete with f loral sash and backless

was for coffee and pie at the aptly named Dangerously

suede slippers. For Nicole and Mackenzie it was

Delicious. Feeling deliciously content, they then made

important that the ceremony ref lect both of them,

their way to the Arboretum; 446 acres of inspiring

and incorporated the inspirational poem, “Human

gorgeous garden landscapes. Mackenzie mentioned

Family,” by Maya Angelou.

how they needed more pictures together, and selected

BEST MEMORIES: (Nicole:) “It’s a tie! 1. Walking down the aisle seeing Mackenzie standing in the sunlight, so confident and happy. 2. Walking back down the aisle at the close of the ceremony, holding her hand and hearing the cheers of support from our loved ones.” (Mackenzie:) “There were so many cool moments at our wedding, but I’d have to say the short toast Nicole and I gave before cutting our cake. The amount of love emanating in the room was so incredibly palpable; it was overwhelming. We knew how unbelievably fortunate we were, especially as a biracial, LGBTQ couple, to be so embraced and uplifted by an entire room of people from all walks of life. We shared the depths of our gratitude for their support and encouragement—it was such a special moment for us.”


VENDORS Elizabeth Carberry

PLANNER:

PHOTOGRAPHER: VENUE:

Sidra Forman

FLORALS: CATERING: CAKE:

Emma Weiss Photo

Fathom Gallery Heirloom Catering

Fleur and Flour

HOTEL/PREPARATION SPACE: DRESS: SALON: HAIR STYLING:

Mason and Rook

Vera Wang

Salon Revive

Jordan Pringle of Bristle Salon

SHOES: CUSTOM TUX:

Stuart Weitzman

Michael Thomas Clothiers

MAKEUP: RENTALS:

Jan Scott

DC Rentals


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ANNIVERSARY

ERIN + STEVE

WA S H I N G TO N , D. C .

WEDDING DATE: 2013 at the Excellence Resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico MARRIED FOR: 5 years WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING LIKE?

hidden gift for cinematography and since have founded Sok

" Our wedding was an absolute dream...beachy, ethereal and

Vision, our own f ilm making company. We love it, nothing

intimate."

strengthens communication skills like working with a spouse!"

AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY, WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT YOUR WEDDING

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT

DAY? " There's one moment of our wedding that is really

ELEMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE?

special to both of us. During our reception, the DJ dropped

"Communication. Friendship. Honesty. Prayer. Therapy...yes

Frankie Beverly and Maze and all of Erin's family ran to the

even the healthiest relationships could benef it from therapy."

dance f loor and pulled my family along with them. Erin's dad danced with my grandmother, my aunts and Erin's aunts

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SPARK IN YOUR MARRIAGE?

started a soul train line. Erin and I stopped to take it all in,

"In the busyness of life - prioritize having fun. Having fun

despite our families' differences in culture they had come to

with your spouse keeps the friendship alive."

genuinely love and enjoy one another." TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT. WHAT INSPIRED IT? This WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE

year makes f ive years of matrimony; were off icially no longer

DIFFERENTLY FOR YOUR WEDDING?

newlyweds! We've spent the last f ive years doing the inner

" I would take some time to rehearse in my dress. I never

work of setting a strong foundation for our marriage. Now

rehearsed in my wedding dress as most brides don't. The

we're ready for the next chapter in our lives.

aisle of my wedding included steps that led down to the beachfront and I didn't realize how challenging it would be

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THEM? Steve:

to make it past the steps in my wedding gown. Luckily my

"Erin is strong, sassy, but most importantly she has ALWAYS

father was at my side to help me through that moment!"

challenged me to be better." Erin: "Steve prioritizes the health of our relationship, emotionally and spiritually. He is

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AS

a solid man. I can always look at him and see God's love for

A COUPLE? " We are high school sweethearts, we do

me being mirrored."

everything together! Our favorite thing to do together is to travel."

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE FOR NEWLYWEDS? " Build healthy communication habits from day one of your

WHO COOKS? STEVE! " He is a beast in the kitchen and on

marriage. Love self lessly."

the grill. Who doesn't love a man that can cook?!" WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER, WHAT DO BOTH OF YOU DO AND HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER? " A few years ago we traveled to Thailand and

decided to document the trip through f ilm. We found a

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ANNIVERSARY

VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHY: Elizabeth Fogarty MAKEUP: Blushen by Tiffany Graham FLOWERS: Atelier Ashley Flowers BLUE GOWN: Fame and Partners YELLOW DRESS: Milly


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munaserenade 2018

Text by Samuel Naumick

TO SERENADE IS TO ENTERTAIN ONE'S LOVE BY DISPLAY OF TALENT IN HOPE OF WINNING THEIR DEEPEST AFFECTIONS. IN OUR JOURNEY TO INSPIRE LOVE, MUNALUCHI HAS CREATED MUNA SERENADE: A CURATED COUPLES' DATE, TO PRESENT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ENGAGED COUPLES TO EXPERIENCE THE SERENADING TOGETHER IN AN UNFORGETTABLE DATE NIGHT EXPERIENCE. PRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE COTERIE, MUNALUCHI'S CURATED COLLECTIVE OF ELITE WEDDING VENDORS, SELECTED COUPLES ARE PROVIDED WITH A PHOTOSHOOT, VIDEOGRAPHY, FINE DINING, AND MORE.

The evening begins with a beauty session for the brides-

Event planners, to various degrees, often go above and

to-be, provided by professional Makeup Artists; spending

beyond, adding personal and unique touches to ensure

time with each client to inspire their outer beauty to

the romantic evening is a most unforgettable experience.

highlight the beauty within. During which the grooms-

Additions have included performance art, ballet dancing,

to-be sit down with wedding and event videographers,

portrait artists, couples games, and more. Following

telling the story of their engagement while declaring their

dessert, a Serenade evening often f inishes with dancing

love for their signif icant other. Stories of support, trust,

the night away to music provided by a guest DJ. Years

partnership, hope, overcoming obstacles, enduring long-

later, couples still talk about how amazing their Serenade

distance, career changes, the good times and the struggles

experience was - almost always employing one or more of

- and how through it all their love endured.

the vendors for their own wedding or events.

The evening then moves to personal sessions with a

For the 2018 Serenade season locations included New York

professional photographer in which each couple receives

City, Harlem - New York, Brooklyn - New York, Washington

a private engagement-shoot. The documentation of their

D.C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, Savannah, Asbury

love creates memories to last a lifetime. A cocktail hour

Park - New Jersey, Fair Haven - New Jersey, Sugar Land

often follows the photo-session in which the couples

- Texas, Toronto, Boston, Burlington - North Carolina,

are introduced to the other selected couples, getting

Cleveland, and Jamaica.

acquainted and often forming long-lasting friendships. LEARN The evening’s pièce de résistance is of course the f ine dining experience, in which expert culinary artists craft delectable

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munaserenade ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY

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PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY Benjamin+Natasha Davis YAMEAN STUDIOS www.yameanstudiosfilms.com

WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER Alicia Smith ILE EVENTS www.ileevents.com

FLORAL DESIGNER Al-Nisa Reid Jenkins ARJ SIGNATURE EVENTS www.arjsignaturedesign.com

OFFICIANT Roxanne Birchfield MARRIED BY REV ROXY www.marriedbyrevroxy.com

STATIONERY Christiana Turner ISABELLA INVITATIONS www.isabellainvitations.com

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

ADDITIONAL VENDORS

GIFT BOXES: Bloom & Blossom VOCALIST/SONG: Nadirah Music VENUE: Porta BALLERINAS: Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance


munaserenade BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

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WEDDING PLANNER LaShonda Stone-Minor MANSION HOUSE OF DESIGN

WEDDING PLANNER Pearlice Diggs P3 WEDDINGS AND EVENTS www.p3weddingsandevents.com

PHOTOGRAPHER Dajuan Jones IN HIS IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY www.www.inhisimagephotography.com

VENUE Carolyn Burrell THE BROWNSTONE AT GLENCOE MILL www.thebrownstonenc.com

DESIGNER/FLORIST Jawana ONIEE'S ENGAGEMENTS www.onieesengagements.com

WEDDING PLANNER Aisha Sheree Garnet SHEREE AMOUR WEDDINGS www.shereeamourweddings.com

ADDITIONAL VENDORS VIDEOGRAPHER: Master MIND Productions CATERER: Fords Fluent N' Food DJ: Tyree Lipscomb - DJ Ty BAKER: Kake & Kookies CAKE POPS: Pop Into My World STATIONERY: The Desktop Diva LIGHTING: Avex Lighting NC MAKE-UP ARTIST: New Found Beauty Make Up Artistry HAIR: Glam Central Station Hair Lounge PEDICURIST: The Traveling Pedicurist

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munaserenade PHILADELPHIA

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WEDDING PLANNER Tiffany Chalk TIFFANY CHALK EVENTS www.tiffanychalkevents.com

FLORAL DESIGN Eilena Mercier-Ehmann EVENT LOFT PA www.eventloftpa.com

PHOTOGRAPHER Sheronda SeaWright SHERONDA SEAWRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY www.sherondaseawrightphotography.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Benjamin + Natasha Davis YAMEAN STUDIOS www.yameanstudiosfilms.com

CAKE/DESSERTS Chef Dana DESSERTS BY DANA www.dessertsbydana.com

MAKEUP Sheena Bloomfield SHEENA MARIE MAKEUP ARTISTRY www.sheenamariemua.com VENDORS VENUE & CATERING: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia MENUS & SERENADE SIGN: April Lynn Desig n ACRYLIC TABLE NUMBERS & DRINK STIRRERS: Ten23 Desig ns LOUNGE FURNITURE & CHAIRS: Vision Furniture CHARGERS & LINENS: BBJ Linens HAIR STYLING: Stephanotis Bridal Hair DJ: DJ King Leo PERSONALIZED EVENT POETRY: John Ebersole Event Poet PHOTOBOOTH: Instaglamour Photobooth

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munaserenade MANHATTAN, NEW YORK

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EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN Funmi Dosunmu FMD EVENTS www.fmdevents.com

CATERING Nadege Fleurimond FLEURIMOND CATERING www.fgcatering.com

PHOTOGRAPHER ChiChi Agbim CHI CHI ARI PHOTOGRAPHY www.chichiarilove.com

HAIR/MAKEUP Shaniqua Pender GLAMOUR BY SHANIQUA www.styleseat.com/ glamourbyshaniqua

STATIONERY Christiana Turner ISABELLA INVITATIONS www.isabellainvitations.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Kalechi Noel LUXOR WEDDING FILMS www.luxorweddings.com

ADDITIONAL VENDORS WINE TASTING: Lea of Let's Talk Wine VENUE: The Lotte Palace New York

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WEDDING PLANNER/STYLIST Andrew Roby ANDREW ROBY EVENTS www.andrewrobyevents.com

PHOTOGRAPHER Edward Underwood EDWARD UNDERWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY www.edwardunderwood.com

FLORIST Denise Kelly ALL RELEVENTS www.allrelevents.com

STATIONERY/GIFTING Bridget Goldsmith BRIDGET GOLDSMITH www.bridgetgoldsmith.com

MAKEUP ARTIST Jennifer Thorpe JENNIFER THORPE BEAUTY www.jenniferthorpebeauty.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Trene Forbes TRENE FORBES PHOTOGRAPHY www.treneforbes.com

ADDITIONAL VENDORS CAKES: Blue Lace Cakes VENUE: Homewood Suites - Navy Yard RENTALS: Accent Event Rentals HAIR STYLIST: Gerald Edward Armstrong CATERING: Scarlet Oak


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munaserenade HOUSTON, TEXAS

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WEDDING PLANNER Darryl Wilson D'CONCIERGE WEDDINGS & EVENTS www.dconciergeweddings.com

ADDITIONAL VENDORS

FLORAL: 19Eleven LINENS/CHAIRS: What's the Occasion PHOTOGRAPHY: Rhea Whitney Photog raphy CATERING : Javani king and Company VIDEOGRAPHY: The Klasik Kreatives SWEETS: Crumble and Company CAKE: Wedding Cakes by Tammy Allen VENUE: 5226 Elm PHOTOBOOTH: Snapped by Nicole PEDICURIST: The Traveling Pedicurist

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munaserenade BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

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PLANNING/DESIGN/FLORALS Janelle Morris KAYLA BELLE EVENTS www.kaylabellevents.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Nana Annan NANA ANNAN PHOTOGRAPHY www.nanaannan.com

VIDEOGRAPHY Kelechi Noel LUXOR WEDDING FILMS www.luxorweddings.com

CATERER Nadege Fleurimond FLEURIMOND CATERING www.fgcatering.com

DJ/LIGHTING Michael MIKE MUSIC www.iknowmikemusic.com

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

ADDITIONAL VENDORS VENUE: Dorsett BK CAKE: BCakeNY STATIONERY: Paper Dreams and Keepsakes CUSTOM BRIDAL ROBE: Sada Fashion LOVE VOUCHERS: Stationery for Lovers CUSTOM CENTERPIECE: Long Island Party Rentals FURNITURE: Luxe Event Rentals LINENS: The Finishing Touch

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munaserenade TORONTO CANADA

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PLANNING/CREATIVE LEAD Grace Arhin GRACE ARHIN EVENTS www.gracearhinevents.com

EVENT DESIGN/PLANNING Sholla Lamkin IN MY ELYMENT www.inmyelyments.com

MAKEUP Omega Mighty DOLL FACE DREDIE dollfacedredie.com

MAKEUP Cassandra Campbell CASSANDRA CAMPBELL BEAUTY cassandracampbellbeauty.com

ADDITIONAL VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tristan Barrocks of Felicity Moments EVENT FLORALS: Awa Chery of A Chery Events STATIONERY: Sophie Taylor of Castlefield Desig n SWEETS TABLE: Sandra Danso-Boadi of Fruitilicious Cakes BALLOON DECOR: Alex of We Balloonz DJ: Isaac Mejia of Sway Entertainment Group CATERING: Theadore Dwayne Jackson of The Kaizen Chef LUXURY FLORAL FAVOR BOXES: Les Fleurs Royales TABLETOP RENTALS (CHARGER PLATES, FLATWARE): Plate Occasions

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munaserenade ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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VENUE/PLANNING/DESIGN/ CATERING Toke Adetayo SUADA STUDIO www.suadastudio.com

MAKEUP Udunma Ogene MAORI ARTISTRY

BRIDAL GOWNS Nneka C. Alexander BRIDES BY NONA www.bridesbynona.com

MENSWEAR Miguel Wilson MIGUEL WILSON COLLECTION www.miguelwilson.squarespace.com

STATIONERY Bridget Goldsmith BRIDGET GOLDSMITH www.bridgetgoldsmith.com

CAKE Mark FOR GOODNESS CAKES www.forgoodnesscakes.net

ADDITIONAL VENDORS FLORALS: A Very Special Wedding PHOTOGRAPHY: Sottu Photog raphy CINEMATOGRAPHY: ThomasVisionFilms CHAIRS: Sweet Seats LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Shola Emmanuel CUSTOM DECALS, WOOD & ACRYLIC DECOR: Ten 23 Desig n

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munaserenade NEGRIL, JAMAICA

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WEDDING PLANNER Ophellia McKnight THE DESTINATION COLLECTIVE www.thedestinationcollective.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Omari Souza JAZZY MAE PHOTOGRAPHY www.jazzymaephotography.com

CHEF Gregory Taylor THE BLACK FOX COMPANY www.blackfoxcompany.com

MENUS Christiana Turner ISABELLA INVITATIONS www.isabellainvitations.com

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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WEDDING IDEAS

WE DDING IDEAS Vibrant lush greenery and geometric patterns dominate this stylized shoot. Photographed by Janelle C. Photography


The inspiration... "Georgette with Pea to Tree Events came up with the inspiration of Girl on Fire to empower women and to feel the passion that they have towards their significant other. The shoot day was amazing! All participants came with high energy as the song "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys resonated throughout the event venue. It is our hope that with the styled details throughout this shoot that it would ignite that fire, passion and add inspiration to those future brides as they plan their wedding day!"

Janelle Chung - Janelle C Photography

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CREATIVE TEAM CONCEPT AND DESIGN:

Pea to Tree

Events // PHOTOGRAPHER: Janelle C Photog raphy RENTALS:

FLORAL // DESIGNER/

Milly’s Flowers and Events

// VENUE:

Emanuel Luxury Venue

GOWN/ACCESSORIES/JEWELRY:

2 be Couture

// HAIR AND MAKE-UP: // BAKERY:

INVITATIONS:

//

All Brides Shay Hair

Pastry Collections

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WeddingInvy Stationery


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Introducing...

GETMATCHED Try our new vendor matching service where we match you with a Coterie Member that fits your criteria. It's that simple!

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WE DDING IDEAS An ethereal inspiration shoot at the Historic Post Office in Hampton Photographed by Andrew & Tianna Photography


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CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER:

Andrew & Tianna // FLORAL DESIGNER: Kathy Forrest Desig n // RECEPTION VENUE: The Historic Post Office // GROOMSMAN ATTIRE : Studio

I do // DRESS STORE: Studio I do // MODEL: Splash Model Management // BEAUTY: Darling & Dapper // JEWELRY: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge DECOR:

Pier 1 // EQUIPMENT RENTALS: Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals and Styling // CAKE DESIGNER: Whipped Up by Mimi LLC Doodles //

PR REP: Misty

Saves the Day

// EVENT DESIGNER: Misty

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Saves the Day

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// CALLIGRAPHER: Ceindy


Become

A Krafted

Couple in JamaicA

K rafted by Design is a premier event planning and design

company based in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We specialize in providing floral and décor pieces, custom event stationery and wedding planning services to create breathtaking weddings. Our mission is to provide top quality service that exceeds expectations while ensuring that elegance and charm is met by sophisticated designs. The Krafted Team welcomes you to the island of Jamaica to create amazing memories that will last a lifetime. Cheers to your Beautiful Wedding Krafted by Design. . Website: www.kraftedbydesign.com Email: info@kraftedbydesign.com 876-426-1036

Krafted by

Photo Credit: Merrick Cousley Photography, Kathrene with a Kamera Photography

DESIGN

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W E D DING I D EAS Vibrant and colorful Jamaican-inspired shoot designed by The Destination Collective. Photographed by Merrick Cousley


WEDDING IDEAS

The inspiration... "I’m a Jamaican wedding planner, specializing in destination weddings in Jamaica while living in Canada for almost two decades. My colleague is wedding planner Jennifer Borgh, who is Canadian and moved to Jamaica two years ago to create and run a wedding venue. We are drawn to and love all things Jamaica! This shoot came out of our need to showcase the vibrant, colourful, rugged beauty of the island that some never really see. The landscape of the island is vastly different from one place to the next and we wanted to give brides a different perspective of the island. We also wanted to show the glamorous side of getting married in destination with all the elements of island life that you could imagine. Jamaica was the inspiration behind every element of this styled shoot. The location which shows off the rich landscape with the rugged coastline and sprays of water from waves crashing against the rocks and the amazing evening sunsets. Borghinvilla was the perfect spot to stage this shoot, boasting 2 acres of lush local f lowers, indigenous plants, and a stunning cliff view of the Caribbean Sea. Local vendors were used for every detail of the shoot. The décor incorporated a mix of Jamaican f lowers such as hydrangeas from the Blue Mountains, locally grown orchids, as well as palm and philodendrons. White roses were dispersed throughout the f lorals to add texture. Polished gold chairs, gold cutlery and glass tables with gold framed legs were the base for this island luxury set up. Stationery was customized for the event and the smallest details were attended to. A gemstone was even added to the menus that marked the shoot location. The rich golden hue of the tables and chairs offset the design palette of purple, green and white while twilight added touches of romance" -Ophellia McKnight of The Destination Collective

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WEDDING PLANNER Ophelia McKnight THE DESTINATION COLLECTIVE www.thedestinationcollective.com

CREATIVE TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER: Merrick Cousley Photography VENUE: Borghinvilla WEDDING PLANNER: Jennifer Borgh WEDDING PLANNER Ophellia McKnight - The

Destination Collective

FURNITURE RENTAL: Luxury Event Rentals

Jamaica

FLOWERS AND DÉCOR: Borghinvilla Designs STATIONERY AND DÉCOR RENTALS : Krafted by

Design

BRIDAL GOWN AND TUX : Petals and Promises JAMAICAN SWEETS: Reggae Carmela CANDY BAR: Heather May Candy Shoppe CAKE: The Joy of Food MAKE UP: Brushed by Nicole ACCESSORIES: The Artsy Trail

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COTERIE RETREAT - JOHANNESBURG A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE Text by Samuel Naumick

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he Coterie Retreat, MunaLuchi’s annual three-day conference for wedding and event professionals servicing the multicultural market, held for 2017 in

beautiful Johannesburg, South Africa, took place December 4th - 7th, and was hosted in the luxurious Palazzo MonteCasino Hotel. A taste of Italy in the heart of South Africa, the awardwinning Palazzo MonteCasino Hotel is considered by many to be the most beautiful and romantic hotel in South Africa. The resplendent complex grounds features numerous restaurants, plenty of shopping options, theaters, a bird garden, and multiple conference and event spaces - a perfect retreat setting. A relaxing and intimate affair, the Coterie Retreat offers attendees three days of keynote presentations, hands-on workshops, breakout seminars and curated networking events - followed by three evenings of unforgettable elegant social experiences, including cocktail hours, f ine dining, and gala parties complete with winepairing menus and fashion exhibitions.

Day one

kicked off with opening statements and introductions from retreat speaker/moderator and entrepreneur, Karli Harvey Raymond, followed by an inspirational speech by Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba. Mayor Mashaba spoke of his journey in overcoming an oppressive government, how to continue to f ind hope, his pride and love for South Africa and its people, and his dreams for the future. Event Designer extraordinaire, Eddie Zaratsian, spoke to his experiences in the industry and how overcoming the adversity of his past has contributed to shaping his present. Eddie also provided an inspiring hands-on f loral demo during a day-three breakout session, as well as signing copies of his book, Custom Florals and Lifestyle. MunaLuchi Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Jacqueline Nwobu’s speaker session focused on seven top tips for Instagram success, and what’s hot in social media for 2018; retreat attendees were left with a wealth of information on modern business practices and how to get the most for your brand through social media.


EVENTS

Couture bridal & evening-wear Designer, Yemi Osunkoya, of Kosibah, provided fascinating insight into the bridal design aspect of the wedding industry, discussing his journey from early beginnings to becoming the renowned industry icon he is today. Wedding & Event Planner, Tiffany Chalk, of Tiffany Chalk Events, led a speaker session on “Planning for Success: Keys to Establish Successful Workf low Systems and Prepare for Growth,” providing retreat attendees with the tools to streamline and f ine-tune business practices, leading to more fruitful turn-around on business investments. Breakout sessions included Photographer & Author, Elizabeth Messina’s much anticipated photography session, and an inspiring styling workshop by renowned international Wedding Planner & Designer, Joy Proctor, providing retreat attendees with trade techniques backed by an expertise of over four-hundred weddings. The f irst night was complete with a “From South Africa with Love” welcome cocktail party at the equestrian estate of Tintswalo at Waterfall. Retreat attendees enjoyed cocktails and gourmet hors d’oeuvres during performances by the Zulu Dance Troupe, and a bridal runway fashion show featuring the couture gowns of Yemi Osunkoya, and South African Fashion Designer, Gert Johan Cotezee.


Day two

of the 2017 Coterie Retreat kicked-off with opening words from Retreat Moderator and Speaker, Karli Harvey Raymond, before introducing the f irst speaker of the day, Sisa Ntshona - CEO of South African Tourism. Sisa spoke on Africa as the next tourism frontier of the world, citing Africa’s seemingly unlimited resources, gorgeous landscapes, diverse ecosystems and wildlife, and many rich, unique cultures. Liene Stevens, author, speaker, behavioral psychologist and Founder/President of business development and consultation company, Think Splendid, spoke next with a lecture on connecting to the millennial generation for weddings and events. Renowned wedding Photographer, Chip Dizard, of Chip Dizard Weddings, spoke about the seven must have items on your website that will turn into a lead generating machine. Chip’s tips were invariably useful and clever steps that any type of business can take in order to get the most of every aspect of their website. Elite, men's high-fashion designer, Miguel Wilson, Atlanta, GA, spoke about his journey to becoming one of the most sought-after designers in the world. With the majority of focus within the wedding industry being on the bride, Miguel saw a major need, and opportunity, to shine the spotlight on the groom - after all, it’s his day too. Nadia Johnson of Studio 82 Events & Design lectured on “The Trial, The Testimony, The Tribe,” speaking to not just the hardships of the industry but of the trials and tribulations of her own life, and how her peers of the wedding industry not only form a network of business opportunity but also a community of support.


P H O T O G R A P H Y

the most highly anticipated of the Retreat, was the presentation of keynote speaker, Preston Bailey. Named one of the best designers in the world by Vogue Magazine, Preston Bailey is considered by many to be designer royalty in the wedding and events industry. Since opening his design studio in 1980, Preston’s designs have quickly made him a pillar of the industry with a vast range of clientele, including celebrities and royal families, all spanning the entire globe. Having authored seven books, many of them on the best sellers list, Preston’s vast knowledge of the craft makes him an authority f igure and source of great

Day three

began with opening words from Retreat Moderator and Speaker, Karli Harvey Raymond, before introducing the f irst speaker of the day, Christina Holt of

inspiration.

premier South Africa wedding planning

The Preston Bailey lecture took place

coordinated and managed over four

outdoors at the Cradle of Humankind,

hundred highly successful weddings,

a world heritage site containing fossil-

Christina brings many years of experience

bearing caves that preserved the stages of

to her speaker presentation - giving retreat

human evolution over the past four-million

attendees a highly informative perspective

years. Retreat attendees were transported,

on not only the South African wedding

via safari rovers, to a beautiful canopied

industry, but the multicultural wedding

event stage surrounded by trees dating back

industry in general.

a thousand years.

company, Wedding Concepts. Having

Following Christina was an open discussion

Following the lecture, and to complete the

among attendees, led by Jacqueline Nwobu,

evening, Retreat attendees were shuttled to

and with a focus on collaboration between

the Cradle of Humankind Boutique Hotel

vendors within the wedding industry.

for a night of drinks, f ine-dining, and

The discussion was rich with intellectual

dancing, in an all-white-attire party, hosted

substance, eye-opening, inspiring,

by the Splendid Wedding Company.

informative, and left attendees wishing for more dedicated time.

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Custo by Ro, Daniel West, Luke Tannous

The main event of the evening, and one of


CO N T E N T S Elite wedding photographer, Nana Annan, presented her lecture titled “Legally Booked, Sound Legal Basics for Your Business.” Nana brings a very experienced law background to the wedding and events industry, and spoke to the absolute necessity of having - at the least - a basic understanding of the legalities of the business world - including professional verbiage, and the contract structure. A panel discussion followed next on “Getting Published,” featuring Jacqueline Nwobu, photographer Christine Meintjes, and Karli Harvey Raymond, who also led the Q & A. The discussion gave Retreat attendees an inside perspective on the magazine submission and review process; what a magazine may be looking for at any given time, and how submitters can increase the chances of having their event accepted and featured. MunaLuchi Co-Founder and company President, Chike Nwobu, presented his speaker session on “The Cycles of Business: Knowing When It’s Time to Harvest.” Chike gave a passionate and heartfelt lecture, speaking to the personal experiences of co-founding and running the MunaLuchi company, summed up in a multi-cycle business model depicting the ups & downs of investment, and knowing when to harvest the benef its.

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Retreat attendees were then treated to a lunch at the MonteCasino Bird Garden, an enchanting garden park featuring a variety of exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles from around the world.

amarula honeycomb and crystallized f lorals. Retreat attendees danced the rest of the night away, sharing moments together in one of the numerous photography backdrops,

The f inale of the 2017 Coterie Retreat - South Africa was the

bringing to an end an absolutely unforgettable Coterie Retreat in

“Africa on the Rocks” gala dinner. Featured at the Turbine Hall,

the heart of South Africa.

a former power plant turned luxurious, modern, industrial- chic event space with multiple unique levels. Retreat attendees began the evening on level one, welcomed by signature drinks and performances by the African Rhythm Production, a phenomenal eleven-piece alternative band from Krugersdorp with a fusion

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sound of soul, African, tribal, house and Jazz music. From there the party moved down to level two for hors d’oeuvres and conversation in the lounge, before heading down to the f inal setting, level three, for dinner and dancing. The decor featured gorgeous sculptures of f loral designs encased in blocks of ice, multiple f loral displays, including a stunning f loral hoop swing, and a f lower petal path guiding attendees to their seats. Dinner consisted of a wine-pairing menu featuring such delicacies as watermelon carpaccio with biltong walnut terrine, ostrich tartare, hanged amazi and rocket salad for starters. The main course was composed of rosemary seared impala, creamed caulif lower “ants nests,” tail-end roasted beets, and rooibos aspic. The dessert options included lavender malva pudding and meringue tarts, planted carrot cake and fudge “soil” with milk tart rocks, and

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EVENTS

Stationery + Gifting

from our partner, Kristy of Momental Designs was created with the South African national f lower in mind. The designer incorporated the protea f lower throughout the stationery and gifting experience. To start, attendees received a large box that contained a black pashmina, with the protea f lower hand painted by Kristy and her team. Alongside the pashmina was a custom paper protea and the general itinerary for the conference on the inside cover of the box. It was amazing to see guests arriving to the Coterie Retreat in their custom black pashminas. Upon arrival, guests were given a lanyard shaped like the protea f lower and a detailed itinerary including speakers, sponsors and helpful tips for the conference.

Rustic Chic

was the theme of the white party. For the White Party, we wanted to give the attendees the experience of the African Bush. The bare wooden table were decorated with large rocks and greenery from the surroundings, so Kristy designed the menus, table numbers and place card to match that aesthetic. She incorporated the protea f lower again, hand-painted onto the menus and escort cards. The torn edges of the stationery gave an all natural feel and tied in perfectly with the tablescapes.

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STATIONERY: Momental Designs CALLIGRAPHY: Flourish Grace BOXES: Go Trend

Floral Inspired

For the f inal night of the conference, attendees were dressed in their black tie attire for an elaborate Gala. The room design featured tall and low ice sculptures with vibrant bright f lowers frozen within the ice blocks. Kristy designed the menus to mimic the ice and the f loral arrangements. The table numbers and placecard all carried the f loral inspiration throughout and were the perfect additionl to our f inal night in Johannesburg.

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Thanks to all of our partners! Next Stop - Bermuda. White Party + Preston Bailey Experience VENUE: Cradle Boutique Hotel PLANNER/DESIGNER: Splendid Wedding Co | FLORAL DESIGN: Splendid Wedding Co | VENUE + CATERING: Cradle Boutique Hotel | AV & SOUND: Prolighting ZA | STATIONERY: Momental Desig ns | FURNITURE RENTALS: Uniqq Concepts | TENT: Mzanzi Tents | DRAPING: Draping Worx | LIQUOR SPONSOR: Moet Chandon | DJ: DJ Miza

White Party Host, Eve of Splendid Wedding co. welcoming a guest to the experience

General Sessions + Overall Conference: VENUE: The Palazzo MonteCasino | STAGE DESIGN: Splendid Wedding Co. | DAY OF, WHITE PARTY, GALA STATIONERY: Momental Desig ns | PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM: Custo by Ro, Daniel West Photog raphy, Luke Tannous | VIDEO PRODUCTION TEAM: Tristan Barrocks & Milton Lawrence Photog raphy

Closing Gala Planners/Designers posing in floral swing by Maison de Fleur. (L) Sylvia of Yes Exclusive Events, (R) Glynis, owner of Turbine Hall and The Forum Weddings.

Closing Gala:

Welcome Party:

PLANNERS/DESIGNERS: Yes Exclusive Events & The Forum Weddings |

PLANNER/DESIGNER: Precious Celebrations | VENUE

VENUE + LIGHTING: Turbine Hall | CATERING: The Forum Weddings |

+ CATERING: Tintswalo at Waterfall | FLORAL

WINE SPONSOR: Creation Wines | FLOWERS: Yes Exclusive Flowers &

DESIGN: Maison de Fleur | WHOLESALE FLOWERS:

Tambuzi Roses | FLORAL ICE DESIGN: Yes Exclusive Flowers | FLORAL

Yes Exclusive flowers | LIQUOR SPONSOR: Moet

ICE SCULPTURES: Iceart ZA | FLORAL SWING: Maison de fleur |

Chandon | LIGHTING & STAGING: Blackmotion |

DECOR RENTALS: Nini Richi Rentals | MENUS: Momental Desig ns

FURNITURE: Lounge Around | DJ: DJ Isaac | ZULU DANCERS: Izinduku Zulu Dancers

Coterie Retreat Founders with Welcome Party host and planner, Precious of Precious Celebrations

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MUNATRAVEL: CAPETOWN

A TOUR OF AWARD WINNING HOTEL - THE SILO Text by Samuel Naumick

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urrounded by breathtaking mountain views and beautiful sandy beaches, Cape Town, South Africa, is a vibrant city consistently ranked among the top ten cities to visit in the world. Stunning natural landscapes, diverse culture, f ine art, unique architectural design, and a thriving culinary scene - Cape Town is an absolute must on anyone’s travel bucket list. With views of the iconic V&A Waterfront and situated above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, The Silo Hotel occupies a portion of the historic grain silo complex located in the heart of South Africa’s “mother city,” as it is affectionately known. The building’s exterior was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and features multi-

faceted windows, shining bright in the evening like a contemporary lighthouse highlighting the Table Bay Harbour. Originally constructed in 1924, it was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, and served as the center of South Africa’s industrial and agricultural development for almost eighty years. The Silo Hotel has twenty-eight individually designed and decorated rooms, including one penthouse. Industrial architecture with modern f lare and cultural inspiration, the Silo is a unique and luxurious destination experience - for either the individual, vacationing couple, or family getaway. The Silo Spa features f ive treatment rooms where guests can completely unwind, indulging in the latest therapies and spa techniques. The facility is complete with a gym, sauna, and dedicated manicure/pedicure area. Dining at the Silo is an unforgettable exploration of contemporary dishes in any of its three restaurants - The Wallaston Bar, The Granary Cafe, or The Silo Rooftop. Situated on the sixth f loor, The Wallaston Bar is named after


the f irst export ship to ferry grain away from the original building in 1924, and features a menu of breakfast options, sandwiches and delicious f inger foods. The Granary Cafe offers a complete menu including Sunday roast and a royal tea time. The Silo Rooftop offers guests a relaxing culinary experience with unforgettable views. Open from 11:00am till sunset, the menu includes light dining options from f latbreads to poke bowls, as well as an extensive drink selection.

LEARN MORE:

P H O T O G R A P H Y

Courtesy of The Royal Portfolio

To view more images of The Silo and learn more about the parent company, The Royal Portfolio, visit www.theroyalportfolio.com

Be sure to plan your “things to do” list far in advance as Cape Town will leave you always wishing there were more time. Highlights include the V&A Waterfront; spanning 123 hectares, it offers one of the most complete shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences available. Be sure to explore the trails and breathtaking landscape views from the peaks of Table Mountain, overlooking all of Cape Town, and whether or not you’re a hiker - book a ride on the cableway for the most unique views. And of course a trip to Cape Town wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the pristine beaches and beautiful blue waters (Clifton Beaches is a local favorite).


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