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CARIBBEAN WEDDINGS

AMAZING

GOWNS

Romantic Getaways

REAL WEDDINGS

SUMMER 2011

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Editor - Johniest Wiltshire Daley Associate Editor -Shameka Porter Fashion - Ayana Burgess Photographer - Rolland Hyde Associate Photographer

- Charles Costley

Producer/Marketing/ Art Design Evangelism Media INC www.evangelismmedia.com Director/CEO -Sheldon Evans

LAVIDA BRIDAL GALLERIA

Kevin Reid -Graphic Designer

1847 Mott Ave (2nd fl) Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718 327 5593 www.bridalcreationsbylavida.com

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elcome to the first issue of signature Caribbean wedding magazine. My fascination with weddings began when I was a child; my mom was involved with planning weddings for family and friends. As far back as I can remember. I was a flower girl in more weddings than I can count. Growing in up rural St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies; weddings were much more traditional at that time. What sparked my interest was the special way wedding cakes were prepared, kept and handle, before the wedding day, like it was a precious gift to the bride and groom. After moving to New York, my parents started a limousine business in 1983, of course weddings were a major part of our bookings. After getting married in 1984 my husband and I became partners in the business. In 1988 after taking over the business we adadded tuxedo rentals and bridal accessories to the business, which we still currently own. In 1989, we also opened a high fashion shoe store, followed by a specialty boutique a year later. Its a great pleasure to be part of the wedding industry.

My enthusiasm as a child and experience as a business woman has given me the inspiration to start Signature Caribbean Wedding Magazine. With weddings being the grandest celebration of all, we will bring insight and inspiration. Whether it is country style weddings or small beach aairs, Caribbean Signature Wedding will bring the latest trends, ideas, and traditions of near and far. We welcome you to Signature Caribbean Wedding. To Share Dreams, Love, And Life, Johniest Wiltshire Daley.

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Mercedes-BenzFashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 Lincoln Center, New York

ROLAND HYDE STORY AND PHOTOS Zang Toi Brings Spirit of Valentine to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week The most AMAZING show took place at Lincoln Center last night during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2011 Collections. Your guess is right. ZANG TOI. Totally unstoppable. He achieved the impossible task of improving on his last season’s ultimate show. Ovations unlimited. He blew everyone away...AGAIN!!! This innovative genius is one of fashion’s greatest trend-setting icons. Ladies, Happy Valentine’s Day. If you want the perfect romance get a piece of Zang Toi...Roland Hyde/RolModelMedia. Zang Toi Bio Zang Toi was born and raised in a small village in Kelantan, the youngest of seven children of a grocer. After leaving his native Malaysia at the age of eighteen, Zang arrived in New York and at the age of 20, began his studies at Parsons School of Design. In August 1989, he opened his atelier and soon after, Zang was awarded the 1990 Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year award which recognizes the top, young U.S. designer of the year. In a Newsday article published in 1991, Frank de Car enthusiastically noted of the Malaysian-born designer and his success, “If anyone is THE NEXT BIG THING, it’s him.” (Newsday, New York, 29 April 1991) Since then, Zang has captured the attention of the world’s fashion elite and continues to be characterized by his precocious aptitude and astute business acumen. After making his designs available in Malaysia in 1996 through his specialty dress shop in Lot 10 Shopping Center, in 2004 and 2005, Zang further expanded his operation with a Zang Toi Café in the fashionable Pavilion Shopping Center in downtown Kuala Lumpur, and with the Zang Toi show licensing in Malaysia. Zang continues to have a strong presence in the international fashion scene. Having dressed the likes of Sharon Stone, Gong Li, Eva Longoria, Fergie of the Black Eye Peas, Heather Graham, Devon Aoki, Farrah Fawcett, Patti LaBelle, Ivana Trump and Melinda Gates, Zang Toi is now considered an established name in the world of Haute Fashion. His timeless and uncompromising designs pamper women with elegance and glamour - inspired by his love of travel and fine living. 6

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Blazing New Trails, Setting New Traditions Shemeka Kim Peters, MSEd. CLPC

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t was a long wait but I was finally engaged to my fiancé during Thanksgiving weekend last fall. As seen on TV, the first thing I knew I had to do was call my mom. I didn’t get the response that I was expecting. Not an automatic congratulations, I am so happy for you, etc…but “Did you bless the ring?.. Are you with the preacher now?” With the most important announcement in my life, the only thing that matter at the moment was whether or not I had followed the West Indian tradition of blessing the ring. I knew then that I needed to blaze new trails and set new traditions for myself and my new family. Not only for the wedding, but the new legacy we were building.

I presented this idea to my family and it was an insult. This was their opportunity to have a grand time. It was a hard battle but a compromise had to be made. If they wanted the big traditional wedding, then they would have to pay for it! With all the things that I had to balance, organize and manage during this time, the most challenging thing was dealing with my family. I knew what I was getting into when I agree to let them pay for the wedding: the expensive dress, large guest list, and don’t forget the black cake with the icing. It is important however for newly engaged couples to set the boundaries as to how much they are willing to compromise with family members in order to follow tradition. This is a time for you and your future spouse to paint the picture of how you want your future to look; a future so bright that you have to put on shades. ♥

Growing up Trinidadian-American, I have grown to love and respect the culture in which my family came from. At the same time, I am empowered by the knowledge, resources, and system that I have as an American. I am determined to live the American dream by having a family and financial freedom. My fiancé and I wanted not to only focus on a wedding day, but a marriage life. Our main goal was to have a “simple” wedding ceremony in order for us to save funds to purchase our first home. A destination wedding would be romantic and intimate to a close few selected individuals.

Professional Headshot.jpg “The Career Stylist” Shemeka K. Peters, MSEd, CPLC www.divinevessels.com www.reachingyourcareerdreams.blogspot.com

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Tea Party Fall/Winter 2011, New York

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Haitian-American actress and former fashion model, Garcelle Beauvais, walks for The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, Fall/Winter 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, which kicked off on Thursday, Feburary 9, 2011. Muhammad Ali’s pregnant daughter and former boxing champion, Laila Ali, walks the runway at the Heart Truth Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York Patti Labelle rocks the celebrity driven Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York. Rapper Eve, a designer with her own fashion line called The Fetish, struts for The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York. Gayle King, editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and the best friend of Oprah Winfrey, walks for The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York. Taraji P. Henson, an American actress and singer, is one of several celebrities who walked to create Heart Disease awareness during The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, Fall/Winter 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, which kicked off on Thursday, Feburary 9, 2011. 13

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Inside the Tea Party Venue Inside the Tea Party

Fall/Winter 2011 Waldof Astoria, New York

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SIGNATURE CARIBBEAN WEDDING REAL WEDDING

Donavan and Tameeka

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Fall/Winter 2011 Waldof Astoria, New York

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Donavan and Tameeka

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Fall/Winter 2011 Waldof Astoria, New York

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Inside the Tea Party Venue Inside the Tea Party

Fall/Winter 2011 Waldof Astoria, New York

Photography by Roland Hyde

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COURTURE FASHION WEEK

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Tea Party Fall/Winter 2011, New York

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Haitian-American actress and former fashion model, Garcelle Beauvais, walks for The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, Fall/Winter 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, which kicked off on Thursday, Feburary 9, 2011. Muhammad Ali’s pregnant daughter and former boxing champion, Laila Ali, walks the runway at the Heart Truth Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York Patti Labelle rocks the celebrity driven Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York. Rapper Eve, a designer with her own fashion line called The Fetish, struts for The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York. Gayle King, editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and the best friend of Oprah Winfrey, walks for The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Centre in New York. Taraji P. Henson, an American actress and singer, is one of several celebrities who walked to create Heart Disease awareness during The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, Fall/Winter 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, which kicked off on Thursday, Feburary 9, 2011. 13

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Mercedes-BenzFashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 Lincoln Center, New York

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Mercedes-BenzFashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 Lincoln Center, New York

ROLAND HYDE STORY AND PHOTOS Zang Toi Brings Spirit of Valentine to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week The most AMAZING show took place at Lincoln Center last night during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2011 Collections. Your guess is right. ZANG TOI. Totally unstoppable. He achieved the impossible task of improving on his last season’s ultimate show. Ovations unlimited. He blew everyone away...AGAIN!!! This innovative genius is one of fashion’s greatest trend-setting icons. Ladies, Happy Valentine’s Day. If you want the perfect romance get a piece of Zang Toi...Roland Hyde/RolModelMedia. Zang Toi Bio Zang Toi was born and raised in a small village in Kelantan, the youngest of seven children of a grocer. After leaving his native Malaysia at the age of eighteen, Zang arrived in New York and at the age of 20, began his studies at Parsons School of Design. In August 1989, he opened his atelier and soon after, Zang was awarded the 1990 Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year award which recognizes the top, young U.S. designer of the year. In a Newsday article published in 1991, Frank de Car enthusiastically noted of the Malaysian-born designer and his success, “If anyone is THE NEXT BIG THING, it’s him.” (Newsday, New York, 29 April 1991) Since then, Zang has captured the attention of the world’s fashion elite and continues to be characterized by his precocious aptitude and astute business acumen. After making his designs available in Malaysia in 1996 through his specialty dress shop in Lot 10 Shopping Center, in 2004 and 2005, Zang further expanded his operation with a Zang Toi Café in the fashionable Pavilion Shopping Center in downtown Kuala Lumpur, and with the Zang Toi show licensing in Malaysia. Zang continues to have a strong presence in the international fashion scene. Having dressed the likes of Sharon Stone, Gong Li, Eva Longoria, Fergie of the Black Eye Peas, Heather Graham, Devon Aoki, Farrah Fawcett, Patti LaBelle, Ivana Trump and Melinda Gates, Zang Toi is now considered an established name in the world of Haute Fashion. His timeless and uncompromising designs pamper women with elegance and glamour - inspired by his love of travel and fine living. 6

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Blazing New Trails, Setting New Traditions Shemeka Kim Peters, MSEd. CLPC

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t was a long wait but I was finally engaged to my fiancé during Thanksgiving weekend last fall. As seen on TV, the first thing I knew I had to do was call my mom. I didn’t get the response that I was expecting. Not an automatic congratulations, I am so happy for you, etc…but “Did you bless the ring?.. Are you with the preacher now?” With the most important announcement in my life, the only thing that matter at the moment was whether or not I had followed the West Indian tradition of blessing the ring. I knew then that I needed to blaze new trails and set new traditions for myself and my new family. Not only for the wedding, but the new legacy we were building.

I presented this idea to my family and it was an insult. This was their opportunity to have a grand time. It was a hard battle but a compromise had to be made. If they wanted the big traditional wedding, then they would have to pay for it! With all the things that I had to balance, organize and manage during this time, the most challenging thing was dealing with my family. I knew what I was getting into when I agree to let them pay for the wedding: the expensive dress, large guest list, and don’t forget the black cake with the icing. It is important however for newly engaged couples to set the boundaries as to how much they are willing to compromise with family members in order to follow tradition. This is a time for you and your future spouse to paint the picture of how you want your future to look; a future so bright that you have to put on shades. ♥

Growing up Trinidadian-American, I have grown to love and respect the culture in which my family came from. At the same time, I am empowered by the knowledge, resources, and system that I have as an American. I am determined to live the American dream by having a family and financial freedom. My fiancé and I wanted not to only focus on a wedding day, but a marriage life. Our main goal was to have a “simple” wedding ceremony in order for us to save funds to purchase our first home. A destination wedding would be romantic and intimate to a close few selected individuals.

Professional Headshot.jpg “The Career Stylist” Shemeka K. Peters, MSEd, CPLC www.divinevessels.com www.reachingyourcareerdreams.blogspot.com

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CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK Photography by Roland Hyde The annual Caribbean Tourism Week in New York is held each year during the second week of June, otherwise known as Caribbean Heritage Month. This year Diamond Noir Collective and the Caribbean Tourism Organization collaborated to produce the first ever Caribbean International Fashion Week as a new highlight of CTO Week.

Sponsored by I Am Culture, IMAN Cosmetics, Clear Channel Radio, Fuze, JetBlue, Golden Krust Bakeries And Grill, along with the tourist boards of Curacao, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, CIFW features ten outstanding fashion designers from nine islands, including Queen Esther-Kuumba Designs (St Lucia), Michael Jerome Francis (Jamaica), Theodore Sealy Elyett (Bahamas), Jewel Shannon (Barbados),

K2 Designs “Your Everything Paper Online Store “ K2 Designs offers its clients handmade All Occasion cards as well as Wedding Invitations and Birth Announcements. We offer our clients the very best in paper quality and elegance. Our goal is to create a product that meets your satisfaction.

Rebecca Beck (Curacao), Lucia Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), Charles Dieujuste (Haiti), Kazz Forbes (Turks & Caicos), Black Tea Apparel (Haiti), and The Piper Twins (Montserrat).

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For more information, please email us at K2designs_nyc@yahoo.com

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elcome to the first issue of signature Caribbean wedding magazine. My fascination with weddings began when I was a child; my mom was involved with planning weddings for family and friends. As far back as I can remember. I was a flower girl in more weddings than I can count. Growing in up rural St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies; weddings were much more traditional at that time. What sparked my interest was the special way wedding cakes were prepared, kept and handle, before the wedding day, like it was a precious gift to the bride and groom. After moving to New York, my parents started a limousine business in 1983, of course weddings were a major part of our bookings. After getting married in 1984 my husband and I became partners in the business. In 1988 after taking over the business we adadded tuxedo rentals and bridal accessories to the business, which we still currently own. In 1989, we also opened a high fashion shoe store, followed by a specialty boutique a year later. Its a great pleasure to be part of the wedding industry.

My enthusiasm as a child and experience as a business woman has given me the inspiration to start Signature Caribbean Wedding Magazine. With weddings being the grandest celebration of all, we will bring insight and inspiration. Whether it is country style weddings or small beach aairs, Caribbean Signature Wedding will bring the latest trends, ideas, and traditions of near and far. We welcome you to Signature Caribbean Wedding. To Share Dreams, Love, And Life, Johniest Wiltshire Daley.

www.signaturecaribbeanweddings.com

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CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK Photography by Roland Hyde The annual Caribbean Tourism Week in New York is held each year during the second week of June, otherwise known as Caribbean Heritage Month. This year Diamond Noir Collective and the Caribbean Tourism Organization collaborated to produce the first ever Caribbean International Fashion Week as a new highlight of CTO Week.

Sponsored by I Am Culture, IMAN Cosmetics, Clear Channel Radio, Fuze, JetBlue, Golden Krust Bakeries And Grill, along with the tourist boards of Curacao, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, CIFW features ten outstanding fashion designers from nine islands, including Queen Esther-Kuumba Designs (St Lucia), Michael Jerome Francis (Jamaica), Theodore Sealy Elyett (Bahamas), Jewel Shannon (Barbados),

K2 Designs “Your Everything Paper Online Store “ K2 Designs offers its clients handmade All Occasion cards as well as Wedding Invitations and Birth Announcements. We offer our clients the very best in paper quality and elegance. Our goal is to create a product that meets your satisfaction.

Rebecca Beck (Curacao), Lucia Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), Charles Dieujuste (Haiti), Kazz Forbes (Turks & Caicos), Black Tea Apparel (Haiti), and The Piper Twins (Montserrat).

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For more information, please email us at K2designs_nyc@yahoo.com

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Editor - Johniest Wiltshire Daley Associate Editor -Shameka Porter Fashion - Ayana Burgess Photographer - Rolland Hyde Associate Photographer

- Charles Costley

Producer/Marketing/ Art Design Evangelism Media INC www.evangelismmedia.com Director/CEO -Sheldon Evans

LAVIDA BRIDAL GALLERIA

Kevin Reid -Graphic Designer

1847 Mott Ave (2nd fl) Far Rockaway, NY 11691 718 327 5593 www.bridalcreationsbylavida.com

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Signature

CARIBBEAN WEDDINGS

AMAZING

GOWNS

Romantic Getaways

REAL WEDDINGS

SUMMER 2011

www.dwiltshire.com


Signature Caribbean Weddings