Munaluchi Bride » Blog #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vanessia and Corey’s Timeless and Sophisticated Wedding in North Carolina Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:33 +0000 IMG_9697 When Vanessia and Corey became co-workers it was as if fate brought them together....

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When Vanessia and Corey became co-workers it was as if fate brought them together. Their relationship quickly progressed and they became best friends looking to each other for support and guidance as they navigated life. Over time their fondness for one another grew and they realized they were meant to be together.

Read all about Vanessia and Corey's timeless regal wedding in North Carolina which was beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Artije Photography.

Bride & Groom: Vanessia & Corey
Occupations: Leasing Assistant & Travel Agent and Night Auditor
Wedding date: August 19, 2017
Wedding location: Poplar Springs Christian Church & the Garden on Millbrook in Raleigh, NC


Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met in 2015 while we were both working as night auditors at the Hilton North Raleigh-Midtown (we worked there together until August 2017). We just really clicked as co-workers and eventually progressed as really great friends. We would talk about everything helping each other along the way. He would help me regarding my daughter as I was a single mom (really platonic but God had other plans). Around November 2016 after a trip, we just knew that we were supposed to be together. Eventually, in December 2016 after 1 year and 3 months as being friends he asked my daughter if he could date me and things quickly progressed. We dated a little over 1 month and on January 16, 2017 (on HIS birthday) surrounded by family and friends, he surprised me with a proposal at Buku restaurant in Raleigh, NC. He had disappeared close to the end of the meal and cupcakes started coming out. As I was looking for the waitress to bring me mine I saw a plate coming towards me with chocolate covered strawberries and a ring box in the middle. He got on one knee and asked. With tears in my eyes I quickly responded "Yes!" It was a precious moment and the start of our journey to forever. Oh yea, I did get my cupcake a HUGE pig-pick in flavored cupcake made by my maid of honor J


What was wedding shopping like for you? It was quite an experience. My mom as of this year is a 10 year cancer survivor so she wanted to make sure this moment was priceless. I initially found my wedding dress during a random trip to Carolina Bridal World in Smithfield, NC. We just went there to look around so I would get a feel for what I might like. We had grabbed multiple dresses and then I saw that one right before I was going into the fitting room. It reminded me of my mom’s wedding dress that was burned in a fire so I just grabbed it. When I put the gown on and walked outside the ENTIRE store (which was packed) just stood in awe. All eyes were on me. Strangers were tearing up, my mom and maid of honor began to tear up and my daughter was just amazed. I knew I loved it immediately. However, we had planned a trip to my birthplace of Boston, MA to go with my God-Aunts. I tried a couple of dresses on but eventually went right back to the original dress I had tried on in NC. It was a successful trip though as I was able to get it quicker from Massachusetts than I would have from the previous location. We also were able to purchase my veil and headpiece via the infamous wedding salon “The Vow” in Boston.

My wedding dress was by Allure Bridal. It was a chic ball gown style that exuded elegance and had a very regal feel. The sheer neckline/back and lace that defined my arms was absolutely perfect for our theme. I couldn’t get away from it. I FELT LIKE A BRIDE.


Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We decided to add in a more religious aspect to our wedding. I’m an ordained minister and just talking with my husband we wanted this day to reflect our love for one another and God’s love. We did communion but opted to add in a “foot washing ceremony.” This allowed us to further vow to serve each other whole-heartedly in actions. We also included our daughter in the “Sand Ceremony” which signified the blending of our new family forever.


Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaid, Jr. bride and flower girl were given customized robes with their names on them, hotel stay was provided, and jewelry. The groomsmen were given red and silver cufflinks.

Favorite item on the menu: Our food was absolutely amazing. No complaints could be found anywhere! We gave our guests a choice of 1 of 2 entrees: Chicken Florentine stuffed with spinach and served with Linguini Alfredo or Classic Lasagna. Corey had the chicken. He loved it and said it was juicy. I had the Classic Lasagna and both meals were favorites for me.

First dance song: “The One He Kept For Me” by Maurette Brown-Clark. I was able to have one of my sisters in Christ sing it for us. Prior to meeting me, Corey had been in a horrific accident which could’ve taken his life. I was single for many years waiting on God to have the right one find me. So this song was perfect for us as we were kept for each other.


What is your best memory from your wedding? (Groom) My best memories are seeing Vanessia walk down the aisle and sharing our first kiss as husband and wife. (Bride) My best memories are seeing Corey’s handsome self while I was walking down the aisle embracing every step, surprising our daughter with vows, and the impromptu mother-daughter dance as my mom sang at our reception.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? (Groom) To the soon to be newlyweds I want to encourage you to keep God 1st and to communicate all things with your spouse. (Bride) As Corey stated to keep God first, please do pre-marital counseling it gives you the solid foundation & tools to having successful marriage, and stay true to your vision as a couple. This is your time! Make it memorable your way.


Photography: Ronald Parker and Tamaro Johnson, Artije Photography
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridals, The Allure Collection
Wedding Dress Salon: Party Dress Express Fall River, MA
Maid of Honor's Dress: Carolina Bridal World Smithfield, NC
Bridesmaid's and Jr. Bride's Dresses: Savvi Formal Wear Raleigh, NC
Makeup: Temeka Kail, Graciously Beautiful
Shoes: “Jewel” by Badgley Mischka
Ceremony Location: Poplar Springs Christian Church Raleigh, NC
Reception Location: The Garden on Millbrook Raleigh, NC
Videography: Rashaad McNeil, R&M Productions and Jocelyn Drawhorn, Jocs Photography
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: The bride did her own planning and coordinating however, she did receive great insight from Mrs. Terry Spicer of Spiced Elegance
Decorator/Florist: Alicia Eatmon, Essence Events
Cake: Nichole Smith, Butterflies Bakery
Stationary: Beth Lassiter, Lovely Little Bee
DeeJay: DJ Billy Bill
Liturgical Dancer: Arianna Arnold
Party: Nana’s Unlimited
Lunch Boxes for Vendors: Charles “Chip” Hunt IV, Hunt’s Catering
Band: Tevin Vines (organist), Aaron Barbour (Bass Player), Antonio Hart (Guitarist), Demetris “DJ” Hart (Drummer), Aarik Duncan (Psalmist), Aaron Barnes (Psalmist), and Evangelist Veronica Morgan (Psalmist)

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Tanisha and Andrew’s Stunning Sunset Engagement in Cuba Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:18 +0000 Photo Aug 17, 6 36 27 AM Tanisha and Andrew have known each other since elementary school. Over time, Andrew developed...

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Tanisha and Andrew have known each other since elementary school. Over time, Andrew developed a crush on Tanisha but it wasn't until their senior year of high school that he convinced her to give him a chance. They lost touch in college but over the years their bond strengthened. Tanisha and Andrew reconnected and realized they were meant to be together.

Read all about Tanisha and Andrew's upcoming wedding as well as their stunning sunset engagement session in Cuba.

Bride & Groom: Tanisha & Andrew
Occupations: Family Therapist & Purdue PhD Candidate
Wedding date: We’re undecided, aiming for September 22, 2018
Wedding location: Millikan Farm, Sophia, NC
Location of Engagement shoot: Havana, Cuba

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Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal. My first memories of Tanisha start in elementary school. I developed a crush on her in middle school but wasn’t able to win her hand in dating until our senior year in high school. We lost touch after our freshman year in college and then reconnected once we graduated. When we started dating again I knew she was the one. The proposal took a lot of planning and coordinating. Fortunately I had Tanisha’s best friend, Arielle, to assist me. With everything set, I drove 14 hours from North Carolina to surprise Tanisha at the John Hancock Observatory in Chicago. I hired a photographer, Matthias Johnson, to capture everything and it all ended up coming together better than imagined. The proposal turned out amazing!



Describe your engagement session. We both enjoy traveling and Cuba was our first international trip together. As we prepared for the trip, we were both mesmerized by photos of the Malecon at sunset. It just felt like the right place to have our engagement shoot, but honestly we didn’t think we could make it happen. We were unsuccessful finding a photographer in Cuba but luckily we were able to connect with Kivvi Rachelle, a traveling photographer, and she was amazing! We only had 10 minutes to get ready for our shoot, but our time on the Malecon was magical, fun, a bit dangerous especially as we crossed the street, but it was all us. As we were taking our pictures the Cuban people were beeping their horns, whistling and clapping for us, that truly made for a memorable experience. The photos are the perfect memento of our first trip together and of our love.

What did you do on your first date? We were in high school and we went to Pizza Hut. It was Valentine’s Day and we were actually on this weird double date. Andrew brought one of his friends (now the best man), to come along with me and a friend of mine because he couldn’t figure out who he liked more (low down, I know, lol). Somehow, I ended up driving Andrew home and I guess he made his mind up during the ride, because he kissed me. The date has ended up being one of the best Valentine’s Days, I’ve ever had.


What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Eat, entertain, and go to the beach!

How has wedding planning been so far? Stressful!!! There are so many choices to make and so many things to educate yourself and others about. On the good side, it is also has been an eye-opening experience. We knew for a while we wanted to be married, but as we’ve explored each other’s wedding day visions, it created opportunities for us to have deeper conversations about family, God, and marriage.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.
Being with everyone and dancing! Neither one of us can keep a beat, but we both enjoy music, especially live bands. We’re just excited to have the opportunity to celebrate our union with our loved ones and throw a great party in the process.



Photography/Havana Art Direction: Kivvi Rachelle
Photography/Chicago Art Direction: Matthias Johnson Photography
Styling: Arielle Clay, Modern Mold Agency
Creative Director: Brittany Sharp, Sharp Soirees

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Tatiana and Alvester’s Beautiful Ballroom Wedding in Historic Philadelphia Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:30:21 +0000 Tatiana_and_Alvester61 The Love story of Tatiana and Alvester began as students on the campus of...

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The Love story of Tatiana and Alvester began as students on the campus of West Virginia University, where upon first laying eyes on Tatiana, Alvester knew he had to find out more about this stunning woman who captured his attention so completely. Their connection during that first date was instantaneous, and immediately they both knew that what they shared was something extra special...

Read all about Tatiana & Alvester's love story, romantic proposal, and experiences at their beautiful ballroom wedding in historic Philadelphia - professionally captured by MunaLuchi Coterie members Livingston Lee Photography, and Clapp Studios.

‏Bride & Groom: Tatiana & Alvester
Occupations: Adult Mental Health Case Manager & Financial Auditor
‏Wedding Date: September 1, 2017
‏Wedding Location: The Ballroom at The Ben, Philadelphia, PA


‏Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. ‏(Alvester) Our love story began on August 24, 2012 on the campus of West Virginia University where I first laid eyes on Tatiana during a welcome week event. We were introduced to one another through a mutual friend, I instantly knew I wanted to get to know Tatiana more. I invited her to meet with me in a more intimate setting, outside of our social circles. A reluctant, yet anxious Tatiana accepted the invitation. During our first date, we instantly connected and realized how much we had in common. The relationship continued to blossom, all leading up to a romantic night on August 29, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, SC where I asked Tatiana to spend the rest of her life with me.

(Tatiana) ‏The proposal took place during a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for Alvester’s 25th birthday. Since we began dating in 2012, we always took a trip to the beach to celebrate Alvester’s birthday, so this year was no different. I figured we’d just do some site seeing and shopping like normal. On the night of August 29th we went to one of our favorite restaurants, “Ruth's Chris” to celebrate our anniversary. After dinner we went back to the hotel and Alvester told me that he wanted to go for a night walk on the beach. After about 10 minutes sitting by the water, Alvester told me that he had a gift for me, it was a scrapbook that he had made with all of our pictures from the last three years, when I got to the last page it had wedding stickers and cut-outs and said "place engagement photos here" and when I looked up, there he was, on his knee with a velvet red ring box - light shining on the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen.


‏Wedding Style: ‏Our wedding theme was romantic elegance. We wanted our guests to literally experience our love by totally becoming engulfed in a room filled with romance and love with an elegant flare.

What was wedding dress shopping like for you? ‏Wedding dress shopping made the wedding planning experience real. In March of 2017, I was accompanied by my Mother, Aunt Marie, and Cousin Kevin to Kleinfelds where I had the bridal experience of my life. I came in with only one request, that I look as if I were walking on a cloud. My consultant successfully executed and delivered the vision. What made the experience special was sharing it with my mother. I was with her when she picked her wedding dress 10 years ago and to have her there with me when I chose mine was an experience that we will both never forget.


Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? My family is Haitian and we love to dance so we incorporated my culture in our wedding through music. We played various Haitian artists.

‏Bridesmaids gifts: The bridesmaids received full makeup and satin robes personalized with their names on the front.

‏Favorite item on the menu: The entire viennese dessert room! It included cannolis, cheesecakes, edible chocolate-kahlua shot-cups, and much more.

‏First Dance Song: “Never Felt This Way” by Brian McKnight


What is your best memory from your wedding? Our best memory of the wedding was the ceremony, being surrounded by all of our family and friends, yet feeling as if the only people there was us and Christ. Reciting our personal vows to one another and displaying our love and commitment in front of a room full of everyone we love was an amazing and unforgettable moment.

‏Another great memory from our wedding was our tribute to Alvester’s best friend who passed away last year. We had his shirt that he wore to his college graduation draping over a chair in the front row with the same brooch that all of the groomsmen had pinned on. Even though he could not be there physically, having his shirt there in the front row definitely made his presence felt.

‏One of the other highlights of the evening was having all of my sorority sisters there, some who I haven’t seen since I graduated and having them serenade me with our Delta Sigma Theta Sweetheart song.


What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, don’t allow the stress to consume you or strain your relationship. This is going to be one of the happiest days of your life and you want the process leading up to your day to be as seamless as possible so we encourage everyone to hire a coordinator/event planner. We started to plan our wedding by ourselves and quickly realized the magnitude of this type of event and our coordinator alleviated so much stress and made our vision into a reality. I remember walking into the reception and seeing all the flowers and decor and feeling like we were in a fairytale.


Photography: Livingston Lee
2nd Phtographer: Clapp Studios
Videographer: Jeffery Perkins
Venue: Ballroom At The Ben, Philadelphia, PA
Catering: Finley Catering
Cake & Dessert: Termini Brothers
Officiant: Pastor Timothy Schofield
Wedding Planning/Decor: Sharlena Garves, Signature Events by Nina
Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Connie Starkey, Mother of the Groom
Bridal Bouquet: Eilena Mercier-Ehmann
Bride's Dress: Eve of Milady, Kleinfleid
Bride's Second Dress: Nancy Boateng
Groom's Tux: Henry Coffie 
Makeup: Tiyana Robinson
Bridesmaids' Makeiup: Romelle Potts
Hair Stylist: Justina Debrah-Afful 
DJ: DJ Schemes 

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Vanessa and Kern’s Whimsical Wedding in Canada Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:15 +0000 untitled shoot-4060 When Kern first met Vanessa he was stunned by her beauty. He was too scared...

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When Kern first met Vanessa he was stunned by her beauty. He was too scared of being rejected to make a move. However, fate brought them into each others' lives a year later and Kern knew he couldn't let the opportunity to get to know Vanessa pass him by again. From that moment onward it was clear to both of them they were meant to be together.

Read all about Vanessa and Kern's whimsical wedding day in Canada. The stunning photography was taken by MunaLuchi coterie member Tristan Barrocks of Felicity Moments.

Bride & Groom: Vanessa & Kern
Occupations: Graphic Designer & College Basketball Coach

Wedding date: May 21, 2016

Wedding location: Humberlea Worship Centre, Ontario, Canada
Wedding reception venue: The Venetian, Ontario, Canada

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met through two mutual friends about five years ago. I was taken back by Vanessa’s beauty and paralyzed by the fear of being rejected. We met again about a year later and I did not waste anytime approaching Vanessa. We seemed meant to be together. From our deep love in God to our West Indian backgrounds it was magic.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We are both of Trinidadian heritage so this heavily influenced their music and performances. There was a traditional Hindu dancer.

Favorite item on the menu: The lemon crusted Salmon was to die for!

First dance song: "Is this Love" by Bobby Marley

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Our vows were hand written and represented the deep feelings of love and respect we have for each other.

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Enjoy every moment throughout the process. The good and the bad because it is all apart of the wonderful journey you two are choosing to go on. Oh, and kiss…a lot!

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Photography: Felicity Moments by Tristan
Wedding Ceremony Location: Humberlea Worship Centre, Ontario, Canada
Wedding Reception Venue: The Venetian, Ontario, Canada
Church Decor: Samantha Nicole 
Venue Decor : Rias Dias Designs
Cake: Yasmeen Huckleberry 
Suits: Eaden Myles
DJ: Steven Mootoo
Hair: Art Hur Hair 
Makeup: Reshma, ItsFaceTime
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Bride's Dress: Ritchie Bridal

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Melika and Ian’s Captivating and Classic Engagement in New York Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:45 +0000 Melika Melika and Ian met when they were both freshman at the University of Rochester. They...

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Melika and Ian met when they were both freshman at the University of Rochester. They immediately hit it off and their relationship began. At that time most of their dates consisted of dinners in their university's dinning hall. They've grown up together and have watched each other learn as students and also grow into successful adults. Melika and Ian are ready to take the next step in their journey and become husband and wife.

Read all about Melika and Ian's relationship as well as their captivating and classic engagement in New York.


Bride & Groom: Melika & Ian
Occupations: School Administrator and 5th grade ELA teacher & Fitness Director at a physical therapy firm
Wedding date: July 3, 2018
Wedding location: Westbury Manor, Westbury, New York
Location of Engagement shoot: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Dumbo


Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal. Ian and I met during our first week in college at the University of Rochester. We connected online a few weeks prior to the start of school when we realized we were both from New York and going to the same college. We started dating the November of our Freshman year and have been together ever since. Ian proposed to me on November 5th, 2016 at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. My late father loved going to the gardens and it was one of the final places he visited before he passed. Ian knew that the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens was a very special place for me. After Ian proposed, he drove me back to my house where we were supposed to tell my mom that we were now engaged. Of course, my mom already knew and the surprise was all on me when we entered into my home and all of our friends and family were present. It was truly a beautiful day and I couldn't have planned the proposal better myself. :)


Describe your engagement session. Our engagement session was took place at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, Brooklyn. We didn't have a specific theme, but we did want to make sure that the colors we would be using for our wedding would come to life in our engagement sessions. I (Melika) really love green, so taking photos in the garden felt completely right. We are also bringing in some of the glam that will help our wedding pop with rose gold, so it was wonderful to have my mother make my rose gold engagement dress.

What did you do on your first date? Because we were college kids, Ian and I didn't really go on "dates." Most of our dates would be to our college's dining hall, but it's hard to consider those true dates!



What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Ian and I love to travel. Our most recent adventure was to Medellin and Cartagena in Colombia. It was an absolutely fantastic trip. Our favorite part of the trip was climbing 750 feet up a huge rock called "El Penol" and seeing the view of Guatape. The view was stunning!

How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been fairly smooth so far. We got engaged last November, so we have been able to take our time with the whole process. Our first success was booking our venue in January of this year. With about 10 months left to go, we are feeling the pressure a bit to get all of the millions of smaller tasks done, but it will get done.


Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. We are looking forward to enjoying the day itself. We are trying to tell ourselves from now that we will remain present and enjoy our own party! We can't wait to eat as much food as we can, indulge in some libations, and simply live up our day!
Your vendors: List your photographer and any other vendors you'd like to credit for your engagement session.


Photographer: Stanlo Photography
Makeup Artist: Amber Taylor
Dress: Monica Butcher 

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Sharminique and Craig’s Elegant and Timeless Wedding in Delaware Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:37 +0000 powell-1052 Sharminique and Craig have been together for over a decade. Ever since they met through...

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Sharminique and Craig have been together for over a decade. Ever since they met through a mutual friend in 2005 they've been inseparable. Throughout their relationship their love has grown. They've shared many special moments and even started a family together.

Read all about Sharminique and Craig's love filled life together, their romantic proposal, as well as their elegant and timeless wedding in Delaware. Their wedding day was beautifully captured by MunaLuchi coterie members Clapp StudiosLivingston Lee Photography, and Married by Rev Roxy.

Bride & Groom: Sharminique & Craig
Occupations: Human Resources Specialist & Real Estate Agent, Licensed Investment Representative, Disc Jockey
Wedding date: August 6, 2017
Wedding location: The Waterfall , Claymont DE


Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. It was a beautiful summer day on June 16,2005. Craig & I shared a mutual friend but we did not know each other. He told Craig about me & vise versa. He had it in his mind that we would be a perfect pair. So, he set up a double date to T.G.I. Friday’s. We have literally been inseparable since then. The rest is History.

The proposal: Our son turned 6 months old 2 days prior and we decided to give him a “Half Birthday” party. We invited friends & family over. We ate, played, celebrated and had a really great time. This had to be the first event where everyone left on time. Picture that! Lol. Now, Craig had already told me that he was taking me out afterwards. I was excited but exhausted after hosting the party. So, we left our house and got on the road. Shorty after, we pulled up to a unfamiliar hotel. I’m thinking “I’m about to go in here and pass out”. We walked in and Craig immediately blindfolded me. Wait, what? At this point, I’m thinking “He ordered room service and wants to surprise me with dinner”. We began to speed walk through the hotel. I could not see a thing and it was really awkward. Lol. Finally, we stopped and he opened the door and took the blindfold off. In front of us were desserts, decor, & balloons that read “Marry Me”. I seriously thought I was dreaming. Then from another door in the room, our family & friends came pouring out with cameras and huge smiles. Now, it made sense why they all left the party on time. They had to beat us to the hotel & hide out. He kneeled before me, and asked me to marry him. That was an amazing day to say the least. I was very surprised.


What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding shopping was adventurous and fun. I loved trying on gowns. I visited boutiques in Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, and New York. I found my dream gown in New York and traveling back and forth allowed me to create great memories. My wedding gown had a breathtaking mermaid silhouette. The details on it were amazing. From the intricate beading to the ruffled chapel train, it was my dream wedding gown.


Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaids received custom gown hangers, personalized robes, slippers, and wedding jewelry. The groomsmen received personalized shot glasses, Salvatore Ferragamo cologne, wedding dress shirt, and custom lapel brooches

Favorite item on the menu: Chicken Oscar - Pan seared chicken breast topped with lump crabmeat and asparagus tips, finished with a lemon beurre blanc

First dance song: Stay With You - John Legend


What is your best memory from your wedding? Our best memory is when we exchanged vows. We wrote personalized vows and hearing the expression of love for one another, was both emotional and amazing. It felt like it was just the two of us there, pouring our intertwined hearts out to one another.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Above all things, your Wedding Day is about you. Focus on your day, your Union, and what makes the two of you happy.


Photography: Kenneth Clapp, Clapp Studios
Second Photographer: Livingston Lee
Wedding Dress Designer: Madison James
Wedding Dress Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal, New York, New York
Maid of Honor's Dress and Flower Girl's Dress: Gerri L. Beatty
Makeup: Robin Lynette
Bride and Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Waterfall, Claymont DE
Videography: Kevin Joel
Officiant:Roxanne Birchfield
Wedding Planner: The Groom
Florist: Belak Flowers
Cake: Desserts by Dana
Stationery: Lisa Zachery, Papered Wonders
Groom's Tuxedo: Eaden Myles
Custom Bling Items: Bodywerk Jewels 
Hair Sylist: Darcell Howard
Brides Bouquet Brooch/Wrist Corsages: Nicolasa Cicero
DJ: Djpdrama
Photo Booth and Fog Effect: William Epps
Groom's Barber: Wade Menendez
Throne Chair: Martha Laka

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Danielle and Brandon’s Heartfelt Engagement in Harlem Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:00:35 +0000 HARLEM ENGAGEMENT SESSION by CHI-CHI ARI-7 Despite having met while they were undergraduate students at the University of Virginia, the...

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Despite having met while they were undergraduate students at the University of Virginia, the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City is what Danielle and Brandon consider their home. It is where they spent their first summer of dating and where they have built their life together. Their engagement session shows just how special Harlem is to them and how much love they have for each other.

Read all about Danielle and Brandon's relationship as well as their heartfelt engagement session in Harlem. The beautiful photographs were taken by MunaLuchi coterie member Chi-Chi Ari.

Bride & Groom: Danielle & Brandon
Occupations: Creative Director at an Advertising Agency & Client Services Manager at a Tech Start-up
Wedding date: October 28, 2017
Wedding location: Hedge Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Location of Engagement shoot: Their home in Harlem and Marcus Garvey Park


Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal. We met as undergrads at the University of Virginia. Like typical hard-headed college students, we had to meet a few times (over a couple of years) before finally exchanging numbers. In terms of our proposal, I almost ruined all of Brandon's plans hahaha! I got us tickets to the Cavs game the same night Brandon had other plans for us. He didn't want to give away the surprise so he went with it! The wonderful thing is that change in our plans gave way to a situation when he asked me to marry him that was perfect for us. It was a personal, quiet moment on Thanksgiving morning. Then we spent the day with my family in Ohio.


 Describe your engagement session. We spent our first summer dating in Harlem and it's where we rented our first apartment together. Harlem has been a home to us as we've built our lives together. Chi-Chi was critical for capturing this moment. Chi-Chi is a fellow Wahoo and her style is ownable and personal, which is exactly what we were looking to bring to life


What did you do on your first date? We went to Outback!

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? We LOVE date night. We enjoy getting dressed up and finding a fun restaurant or thing that we've always wanted to try. We heard some very sage advice when we first started dating to never stop dating. So we take that seriously :)


How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been pretty fun. I'm a creative director in my day to day so creating a beautiful wedding has been exciting, although I'm trying not to get caught up in the details! I also have an amazing group of women in my life that have been hands on and helpful.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. This is tough because I'm excited about the whole day. From the moment we see each other to having an amazing party with our closest friends and family. It's a day where we'll create memories and that's what I'm looking forward to the most.


Photography: Chi-Chi Ari

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Alisha and Navanga’s Pretty Pastel Wedding in Cambridge Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:57 +0000 IMG_0102 Alisha and Navanga met on a social media site in 2003. Alisha lived in...

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Alisha and Navanga met on a social media site in 2003. Alisha lived in Barrie and Nav lived in Toronto. They talked on the phone frequently but their distance kept them from meeting in person. Eventually, they realized their relationship was something special and they officially met in person in 2004. Since then they've been inseperable.

Read all about Alisha and Nav's relationship as well as their pretty pastel wedding in Cambridge. The day was beautifully photographed by MunaLuchi coterie member Samantha Clarke Photography.

Bride & Groom: Alisha & Navanga
Occupations: Human Resources Officer & Teacher
Wedding date: August 25, 2017
Wedding location: Whistle Bear Golf Course


Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Finding love online certainly isn't a new concept. Dating websites are a dime a dozen these days. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, name a few, but in 2003 we met on a social site called MeetMeInTO. Despite the geographical distance between us, Nav living in Toronto and I living in Barrie, we spent countless hours communicating with one another through MSN messenger and via phone. We realized after talking to each for awhile — why not meet up? We met in person on July 1, 2004. The rest is history!

Nav came into my life at the age of 17 years old. Twelve years ago, he took a GO bus from Toronto to Barrie to visit me, and we've been inseparable. Distance was the only thing that kept us apart. Fast forward to present day and our relationship has only gotten stronger. When two people are meant for each other, no time is too long, no distance is too far, and no one can ever tear us apart.

Nav proposed on November 15, 2014 in North Battleford SK at Boston Pizza. At that time I lived Meadow Lake, SK (which is 3 hours North of Saskatoon) and he lived in La Loche, SK (which is 6 hours North of Saskatoon) so were only able to see one another on weekends because we were 3 hours apart. We both lived in rural communities so we tried to go to the city as often as possible. He said he had to meet up with someone in the city so I just tagged along with him. We went to Boston Pizza for lunch and he said he had to go to the washroom. He came back with a dozen red roses and basically said a few words and asked if I would marry him. I can't really remember what he said because I was "ugly crying" but I remembering saying "you really like me."


What was wedding shopping like for you? It was pretty easy. I was open to trying different gowns and that's what I did. The first store I went to I saw "my dress" and I said to myself I could see myself wearing that dress. The only down fall was I couldn't try it on because the size was too small. The third store I went to had the dress but not in the color I wanted. I tried on the dress and I said "yes to the dress." The other thing that helped me picked the dress was time. I was visiting my family in Ontario and I had a sort period of time because I was flying back to SK. My wedding dress was beautiful, he had a mix of different colors silver, champagne, ivory, silver, gold lace, tulle, and sparkle! It was also fitted to show off all my curves.


Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaids received floral robes,  jewelry, multi-purpose pencil case and sunglasses. The groomsmen received socks, sunglasses, and watches

Favorite item on the menu: Entree

First dance song: "You" by Jesse Powell


What is your best memory from your wedding? EVERYTHING

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? It's YOUR day, don't forget that. It always seemed to get lost with all of the little things going on. You can't make everyone happy, as long as the two of you are good everything else will work out.


Photography: Samantha Clarke Photography
Florist and Event Design: Jodi Leigh Design 
Bride's Dress: Sophie's Bridal Shop, Madison James Style 257 Wedding Dress
Bride's Shoes: They Bay
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Eva's Bridal Couture, Mori Lee Style 122 
Bridesmaids' Robes: JustCottons 
Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Bitter Sweet 
Bridesmaids' Pencil Case: Indigo
Groomsmen Socks: The Bay
Groomsmen Watches: Fossil
Men's Wear: Moores Clothing for Men
Venue: Whistle Bear Gold Course, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Cake: The Cake Box

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Cynquetta and Almet’s Blissful Wedding in New Jersey Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000 Cyn&AlWed (72) Cynquetta & Almet have known each other since they were kids but it wasn't...

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Cynquetta & Almet have known each other since they were kids but it wasn't until they reconnected while Cynquetta was in college that they started to see each other differently. The feelings of childhood friendship reinforced and developed into a boundless love, carrying them over the threshold of matrimony to become husband and wife in a gorgeous ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

Read all about Cynquetta & Almet's love story, romantic proposal, and wedding experiences - featuring the photography of MunaLuchi Coterie member Sheronda Seawright, and event design of MunaLuchi Coterie member Event Loft.

Bride & Groom: Cynquetta & Almet
Occupations: Assistant Property manager for EB Realty Management
& Routes Sales Driver for Ready Refresh
Wedding Date: August 18, 2017
Wedding Location:  The Merion, Cinnaminson, NJ

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
His perspective: "In life, you don’t know who will be by your side to tackle the obstacles that are thrown your way, and to reap the blessings that are given to you. Cynquetta and I have been friends for many years. We can thank Fatima (Cynquetta’s cousin), and Carl, a friend of mine for us ever meeting. The five of us, with another friend, Anthony being the fifth, were all pretty close at a young age. At some point in our teenage years, we lost contact with Cynquetta not knowing what happened. We later found out that her mom lit fire to her ass for talking to boys on the phone! Only if her mom knew we all just looked out for each other. Fast forward years later, Carl was on Facebook and came across Fatima. Fatima contacted Cynquetta, and at this point she’s in college in her junior year I believe. We all got on the phone and Cynquetta was really excited to hear from us. We all decided to meet up at her apartment off-campus to catch up. We got there, and Cynquetta answered the door. This is where it all started. I saw her and I looked at Carl and said, “oh Cynquetta done grown up,” he looked at me and said, “Steve, (that’s what they called me back then by my middle name) chill, that’s Cynquetta.” We went into her apartment and we’re just playing cards and watching the packers beat the breaks off the Atlanta Falcons. This is the year the packers won the Super Bowl. I’m a packers fan if you didn’t catch that. Anyway, I got a tip that Cynquetta had a crush on me, so I said the next time we chill it would be us alone and that’s how it started. Let her tell it she had a headache, I offered to massage her temples, and I was gazing into her soul.
Really and truly what attracted me to her was her outgoing personality and the care she has for people. When you find somebody that brings you happiness and wants to go after everything that life has to offer with you, I believe you can build a foundation on that. Cynquetta, that was the reason I asked for your hand a marriage. So when you have a headache in the future, I will rub your temples and gaze deep into your soul forever."

Her perspective: "I just couldn’t get enough of how he said my name. One, Cynquētta and the 11-year-old Cyn just blushed, blushed, & blushed! Outside of my little schoolgirl crush on how he said my name though, there really wasn’t much to the story back then (2001).
Between my cousin Fatima, who by the way gets the credit for the introduction, Almet, and another friend, I had the perfect teenage trio to learn from growing up. I got to hear of their struggles, accomplishments, dreams, and I had a front row seat to their teenage shenanigans!
Although Almet would deny this to the very END, I’d have to say that the highlight of our group convos, were our sing alongs. Cornballs man! They put me on some New Edition though! We swore we were going to be the next big music group! Of course, according to Almet though, the sing-alongs never happened! It’s funny because thinking about it now, Almet can’t sing his ABCs on key so I have no idea what we were thinking back then!
In 2003 just before I started high school, I lost touch with the crew I had grown so close to over the last couple of years. My mom thought I was too young to talk to boys on the phone so it was a wrap. My song of choice was TLC’s "I miss you so much." Yea…Fast forward six years, I’m in the middle of my college career and I get a call from my cousin, “Guess who I heard from?! Carl, (and in turn), Steve!” Shocked was an understatement! I invited everyone over to my apartment for dinner and to catch up. That’s when Steve became Almet! (I NEVER called Almet by his first name growing up, it was always by Steve, now it’s the complete opposite!).
It all started with a headache... Somehow, we ended up in the living room alone together and this guy said, “let me rub your temples.” That con artist! Turns out that dinner was the first step in our forever because we’ve been stuck like chuck ever since. March 21, 2017 marked our 5-year anniversary. While it’s pretty safe to say that neither of us would have predicted this outcome years ago, I’m happy that the Man upstairs had it mapped out all along. I thank Him, and I pray that He guides each step as we continue this journey together. I’m snatching that last name come August 18th, 2017.

The proposal: Almet proposed 4 days before my 26th birthday. He took me out to Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia. I was excited to start my birthday weekend, but he was acting super strange, and even more so once we arrived to the restaurant. I can remember asking more than a few times, “are you ok?” Every so often his eyes would just gaze off into space and I was like focus man, focus! Even with his odd, and some could even say, nervous, behavior I was still completely clueless! The whole meal, I was super pumped for my crème brulee dessert! Just after dinner though, we got into a marriage conversation and I told him he wasn’t about that life. Before I knew it, Almet was down on one knee holding a ring box. I was struck! I honestly couldn’t believe it was reality. After asking, “is this for real” about twenty times, with a huge smile on my face I said YES! We toasted, we talked, and I literally had one bite of the crème brulee that I was looking forward to so much. I was in complete shock! July 22nd will always be a day to remember..."

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What was wedding shopping like for you? My first stop was L&H Bridal in Philadelphia with my Mom and my whole bride squad! It was a pretty successful night. I left having tried on two really good contenders. For the experience, I also had an appointment scheduled at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, and while there, we also visited a few smaller boutiques. I tried on some very beautiful gowns that day, but not one that I thought was "IT!" A few days later, I went back to L&H to have a second go at one of the dresses I tried on my first visit. That’s when I found it! There was a dress on a mannequin that caught our eye in passing, but I didn’t actually try it on the first time I was there. I tried it on that night and the search was over, cue the tears that I didn’t think I would have. My dress was a beaded v-neck lace dress with the most gorgeous belt and just the right amount of embellishments. I definitely wanted to show off the curves so this fitted, mermaid style was just what I was looking for. The low-ish back added a sexy feel to it as well, and don’t get me started on the studded cathedral veil. Perfect for me! It was more than I could have ever imagined, and on wedding day, I was so in love with the completed look!

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? The groom is Jamaican, and because we both love everything about Jamaican food, we did a culture station at cocktail hour. The area included sweet plantains, rice and peas, stewed chicken, and beef patties.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:  The bridesmaids received a framed photo of themselves with the bride from bachelorette weekend in the Hamptons, a jersey style tank with the years of friendship shared on the back, a personalized hanger, and a champagne flute. The groomsmen received personalized drinking glasses and a silver tie bar for wedding day.

Favorite item on the menu: Salmon Mandarin w/ fried rice
First dance song: "Say you won't let go" by James Arthur

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What is your best memory from your wedding?
The best memory is our first dance. Hand in hand, singing to each other, joking and smiling from ear to ear as husband and wife. It was such a magical moment and one that we’ll never forget.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
I would advise any engaged couple to either do a first look, or ensure that your ceremony and reception are in two different locations so that there is a good amount of time between them. The day truly does go by so quickly so being fully present in every moment I feel like is the greatest advice I could give. I was so set on our eyes meeting for the first time as I was walking down the aisle, but if I had the opportunity to do it over, I surely would! Of course pictures are your memories and they SUPER important, but being able to take FULL part in the action is a onetime experience as well. While I was completely against it at first, a private moment for your first look could be just as breathtaking and special. Consider it!

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Wedding dress designer: Eve of Milady
Wedding dress salon: L&H Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's Fashion Lounge
Hair: Install & Extensions by Vogue Hair Mixy Studio
Bride's Hair Styling: Tiki Brown of Style Studio
Makeup: Sheena Bloomfield
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Merion Caterers - Palazzo ballroom
Photography: Sheronda Seawright Photography
Photo Booth: Instaglamour
Videography: The Artist Group
Wedding Planner: Elegant events
Florist and Event Designer: Event Loft
Cake: Isgros Bakery
Stationery: Magnet Street

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Tiphani and Joshua’s Forest Fairytale Engagement in Florida Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:48 +0000 Fashion Photographer Tampa Tiphani and Joshua's relationship started online. After seeing Joshua's band play, Tiphani noticed he...

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Tiphani and Joshua's relationship started online. After seeing Joshua's band play, Tiphani noticed he was particularly handsome. She found his Instagram page through a mutual friend and began liking all of Joshua's pictures. Her efforts payed off and he eventually returned the favor and sent Tiphani a message on Facebook. From there they went on their first date and the rest is history!

Read all about Tiphani and Joshua's online romance as well as their forest fairytale engagement session in Florida. The photographs were taken by DioBurto Photo and the stunning videography is by MunaLuchi coterie member Ashley Canay Videography Photography.

Bride & Groom: Tiphani & Joshua
Occupations: Primary Instructor & Admissions Representative
Wedding date: November 4, 2017
Wedding location: Ringling Museum
Engagement Shoot Location: The Orange Blossom Barn

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.Sometime mid-summer 2015, while sitting listening to a live band play in Ybor City, I noticed one of the singers on stage was a super cutie. Most times, I would send a smile, or bat my lashes in a gentleman's direction and wait for a response. But being that I'm sure he was blinded by the stage lighting, I had no clue as to whether he could even see me in the crowd. After the show, I noticed BJ, a friend from college was also at this venue watching the band. What I didn't know, was that he and this singing cutie were close friends , and fraternity brothers. Long story short, BJ had taken a picture with said handsome face and posted it on Instagram. I took it upon myself to find his tag name, and follow him. After he accepted my friend request, I proceeded to like a million of his pictures (hoping to catch his attention). He then returned the favor. We did this exchange of liking each others pictures for about two weeks. Josh then found me on Facebook and sent me a message that read "Have a nice day." Nothing more, nothing less. The idea of him sending the message and leaving me hanging for about two weeks was pure torture. He ended my wait for a response by giving me his number and asking me on a date to the movies... the movie date led to future dates and constant communication... and welp, he liked me so much, he "put a ring on it!"

The proposal was imperfectly perfect... Josh told me weeks in advance that he had some family coming into town and he wanted my mother and I to join them for brunch. The night before said brunch, we hosted a birthday party at our home for a close friend. After a few drinks we decided it was safe for some friends to stay the night and not drive home. The following morning some of the girls asked me about brunch and what I was going to wear, they had me lay out my outfit, and one even offered sunglasses to match my ensemble. As we were walking to the car, one friend said "It's such a beautiful day outside," which may not seem like an uncommon statement, but the manner in which she said it, it came off weird. I went back inside to a phone call from a cousin, she asked to speak to Josh, and he takes the call downstairs (weird observation #2). Why couldn't he just talk to her in front of me? I then start a text chain with my closest girlfriends telling them that people are acting weird and I wasn't sure what the day entailed, but to be on standby incase Josh proposes. All of my girlfriends shut the idea of a proposal down, because some weren't in town and they knew Josh wouldn't do it without them being present. On the way to picking up my mother for brunch, my brother calls me to say he thinks he passed me in traffic. I told him where I was, and that it was quite possible. I ended the call by telling him to have a nice day, in which he responds "No, YOU have a nice day!" (weird observation #3). Well we get to my mother's house and I saw my brother and his girlfriend both wearing white, coming down the stairs and my brother is holding a large cake. I thought nothing of it and assumed they are on the way to a party... well when I got upstairs I noticed my mom also has on white... when I get back in the car, I realize Josh is wearing a white shirt!!! (weird observation #4). At this point I'm all nerves and have no clue what is to come. Josh blindfolded me and tells me the brunchery is a surprise and he doesnt want me to guess where we are going on the drive there. We arrived and Josh walked me while I'm still blindfolded to the venue. I noticed the clicking of my mother's heels disappear and realize I'm all alone. I started asking him where we were and where was my mother, to which he denied to answer either question. As he grabbed my hand and continued to walk me in, I heard a constant clicking around my ears... (it was my friend LeShanda taking pics). Josh stops and told me he is going to take my blindfold off (it really wasnt him, but a friend removed it while he took a knee) When the blindfold came off I saw him on one knee and a crowd of family and my closest friends (all wearing white)... I ran away like a school girl screaming and crying. (how embarrassing, lol) Filled with emotions, Josh called me back to him and started telling me what I'm guessing was how much he loved me, but I didn't hear a thing. He placed the ring on my finger while I continued to cry uncontrollably and I shook my head yes. After screaming at all of my family and friends who knew what was going on, I realized that I was on a helicopter pad. Josh took my hand and walked me to the helicopter for a ride. Turns out josh and I were supposed to be on the helicopter ride, and while looking down, we would see my family and friends below with the sign that read "Tiphani, will you marry me?" But... my mother didn't check the banner when she picked it up from the printing store, and pre-proposal she realized the banner was instead a banner with a woman standing advertising a golf club. So... needless to say Josh and my family had to improvise. After the helicopter ride, Josh drove me to Jackson's Bistro where we met our family and friends for said brunch, lol. All in all its was an imperfectly perfect day!

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Describe your engagement session. Josh and I decided on a wedding hashtag #happiLEEeverafter with me inheriting the last name Lee. We wanted to have a whimsical styled shoot where we could bring elegance to a natural environment... It was perfect!

What did you do on your first date?Josh asked me out to the movies. While I didn't mention it to him, I couldn't understand how I was to get to know him and we couldn't hold a conversation during the film. Little did I know, after Josh walked me to the car, we would stand in the parking lot and talk for 2 hours. I guess you can say we hit it off.

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Spending quality time with each other.

How has wedding planning been so far? An emotional rollercoaster! Everything that could have possibly gone wrong has but thanks to an amazing planner, Christina Craft, of Ideal Design Events, and very flexible vendors, we will have the wedding of our dreams and it will be beautiful!

Tells us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.A fairytale come true... the venue, the decor, the beautiful people, all coming together to celebrate our love.

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Photography: DioBurto Photo
Videography: Ashley Canay
Hair: Einna Wilson
Makeup: Pebbles Cruzado

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