Munaluchi Bride #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Join us in Fort Lauderdale for Your Wedding Experience Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:36:07 +0000 fort-lauderdale_eblast Hi Munaloves!! The David Tutera Your Wedding Experience show is coming back to Fort...

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Hi Munaloves!!

The David Tutera Your Wedding Experience show is coming back to Fort Lauderdale this October!

We are heading to Fort Lauderdale for the next  Your Wedding Experience bridal show like no other featuring David Tutera on Sunday, October 23, 2016. 


In our ever popular Girlfriends Lounge, our Fort Lauderdale-area Coterie members will be ready to inspire and delight you with the following:

In addition, there are lots of other treats in store like the Tips and Trends Stage, VIP photo opps with David Tutera, a luxury Fashion show and grand prize giveaways.

Click here to purchase your ticket today.

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Say Yes to Jamaica! Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Workshop by LTTravel in Atlanta Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:37:03 +0000 montego-bay-jamaica-destination-wedding-in-his-image-photography-tiffany-james-17 Dreaming of a destination wedding or a luxe honeymoon? Consider Jamaica as your prime...

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Dreaming of a destination wedding or a luxe honeymoon? Consider Jamaica as your prime location. With beautiful beaches in the world and breathtaking views, there's something for everyone in Jamaica.


photo by In His Image Photography


photo by In His Image Photography

If you're in the Atlanta area, make sure you register for our Coterie member LTT Travel's Destination and Honeymoon Workshop in conjunction with Jamaica Tourism Board.

What to expect:

An in-depth presentation about Jamaica for honeymoons and destination weddings.

Learn about the latest trend, hotels, villas and all that you can do on the All Right island of Jamaica for a jammin' experience.

Serving a light meal.

Giveaway!!  We are giving away to all that attend the workshop and book a package between Nov 12 to Dec 12, 2016 will get a Lovers Rock Catamaran Cruise for Two.


photo by In His Image Photography


What to bring:

Bring your questions and get ready for all  the island has to offer!

Presented by LTTravel Connection, Inc and St. Lucia Tourism Board

RSVP thru


Lillian at LTTravel Connection, Inc

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Coterie Spotlight: Jewelry Chat with Charlton and Lola Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:39:45 +0000 charlton-and-lola-interview3 Happy Friday munafans! We always love turning the spotlight on our amazing Coterie members....

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Happy Friday munafans! We always love turning the spotlight on our amazing Coterie members. Today, we're spotlighting the ever so talented New York based jeweler, Lisa of Charlton and Lola.   Lisa studied liberal arts then went on to Law School in England and the United States.  Later, she was trained under Master Jeweler David Benlolo, where she fell in love with unique gemstones and pearls. We are excited to be interviewing her on the blog today, and hope you love her precious jewelry as much as we do.  Thanks for sharing with us Lisa!

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Describe your jewelry company in 5 words or less.

Soulful, Natural, New Classic, Elegant & Powerful

How did you get into the jewelry business?

I was disillusioned by my legal job and quit in 2011. My soul was just looking for more and I didn't know what it needed. I then took a trip to Ghana to be with my family and then I came back to NYC. I had some vintage African beads that I wanted to turn into jewelry pieces, so I signed up for beading and wire-wrapping classes. I thought to myself that's still not it, so I signed up for metal-smithing classes. I started taking jewelry-making classes at night after work as a lawyer and just stayed at it. Soon friends and family started asking me to make fine jewelry for them, especially their engagement rings and wedding bands, so as the years went by my passion slowly turned into a business.

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What do you love most about being a jeweler?

Sitting at the bench and using my hands to work with gemstones and gold. It's such a pure and organic moment. A blessing to be connected with nature and be working with my hands on some of the most beautiful and precious materials in the world.

What keeps you inspired?

Nature and the beauty of stones, rocks and metals. These are all God-made and so creatively beautiful beyond human imagination. How can't you be in awe and be inspired to create fine jewelry to showcase Nature's beauty?

What has been the best business advice you’ve received?

"Lisa, those are good problems to have, it's called doing business" ~Sheryl Jones, when I was complaining about all the things I had to get done.

Says it all.

When you're not designing jewelry, what do you love to do?

I love to meditate and do yoga. It calms and centers me and also gets me back in touch with my soul and God.

What advice can you give to couples looking for that perfect piece of jewelry?

Make sure the piece of fine jewelry is an extension of your character and personality; don't be swayed by trends.

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What are your favorite stones to work with and why?

I love love spinels. It was one of the first gemstones I ever bought for myself. I love them for their vibrancy of colors. They come in reds, pinks, purples, greys and blues. They also best-known for their singly refractive quality that is only matched by diamonds and garnets: so brilliance.

I also love tourmalines for the variety of colors they come in and the mystery of highly included tourmaline cabochons.

Lastly, who can't love an amazing diamond? Diamonds always speak from themselves in the case of beauty and timeless elegance. Rose cut diamonds also have a beautiful old word charm to them.

When brides meet you, what is your process like? What can they expect?

When brides meet me they can expect me to take the time to learn more about them and their partner. I believe in an intuitive design process, so the more I learn about the bride and groom, the more I can create fine jewelry that matches their vision and lifestyle. Definitely a wonderful aspect in my job. It creates a beautiful intimacy that lends itself very well to my creative process.

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Based on your experiences, what would you like every couple to know before contacting a jeweler?

Pick a jeweler that appreciates you aesthetic and be open to the fact that your jeweler is also a creative, so give them room to add their own touch to what they create for you. Allot of people come to a jeweler asking for a replica of a famous jewelry design and hoping to get it priced for less. However that robs you of obtaining a genuine experience to creatively collaborate with your jeweler and to create a one-of-a-kind fine jewelry piece. That should be a special experience all it's own and worth the price of the whole experience and process.


Let’s get personal!

What’s in your handbag right now?

My ring-sizer, business cards, sunglasses, glasses, a pencil case full of pens and penils, colorless mascara, lipbalm, my wallet & sketch books for design.

iphone, blackberry or android-

TOTALLY iphone!

Mac or pc?


If you could travel to any location right now, where would it be?

London to be with my sister or Accra to be with my friends.

Favorite song? book? tv show?

Currently: Weary by Solange Knowles, Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss, Chef's Table on Netflix.

Guilty pleasure?

Going on vacation to a tropical place and falling asleep in the sun and not giving a care about all my responsibilities. So delicious.

Something that recently inspired you?

A trip to Thailand to Bangkok and Koh Samui. I got to experience world-class service and appreciate how to cater to others and make them feel truly special: a real sense of customer service. I'm looking forward to blending those elements into my brand.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! Keep in touch with Charlton and Lola using the following links below:



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Vibrant Purple and Blue Wedding Ideas Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:47:56 +0000 cc1_4097-edit   Happy #weddingwednesday! The gorgeous Crystal Palace in Louisiana was the backdrop for today's...

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Happy #weddingwednesday!
The gorgeous Crystal Palace in Louisiana was the backdrop for today's featured inspiration shoot.  Led by a dream team of Coterie Members, the shoot provides luxe wedding ideas with a unique blue and purple color palette.  We love the pops of color and those dresses are to die for!  Thanks for these gorgeous images Southern Amore. 
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Decor and design: Nola Event Planners
Stationer:  Simply Beautiful, LLC
Hair:  La Louisianne Hair and Beauty Studio
Female Model: Kristin Brooks
Male Model: Javan Whitaker
Stylist: Kia Nicole

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Romantic Wedding in Doylestown, PA: Allison + Amir Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:28:35 +0000 doylestown-pennsylvania-wedding211 It's hard to believe that zombie literature and films would spark a love connection,...

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It's hard to believe that zombie literature and films would spark a love connection, isn't it?  Allison and Amir met during grad school in Chicago, but it wasn't until three year laters -- over binge watching of The Walking Dead -- that they really started dating.  The two fell in love quickly, and it didn't take long before Amir made things official.  Allison recounts that special day..."One Saturday, he planned a picnic in the park and a tour of the beautiful Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond. As we were walking through the gardens, I saw my friend Steven pop out of the bushes with his camera, and that's when I figured out what was happening. Amir got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. After I said yes, he (an accomplished magician) turned a rock into my beautiful engagement ring. Then, we went out to lunch with friends to celebrate."

Their Doylestown wedding was the true definition of understated elegance.  Allison wore a lace detailed gown with a tulle overlay skirt.  Floral details were all white with greenery, the perfect setting for the couple's simplistic yet modern style.  Allison got everything she wanted and more, but most importantly, a best friend she can watch zombie flicks with for life!  Thanks Allison and Amir for sharing your stunning wedding and love story with us. We wish you a blissful marriage!

Couple: Allison Harris and Amir Shawn Fairdosi
Occupations:  Both are Faculty in Political Science
Wedding date: March 20, 2016
Wedding location:  James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA

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Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?

My style is generally pretty simple, and Amir's is even more so. The overarching style for everything wedding related was understated elegance. Since neither of us likes over the top decor, it was very important that we find a venue that was beautiful on its own. The James A. Michener Museum has a breathtaking reception room with three glass walls. The main wall is backed with an uplit stone wall. We had the ceremony in the round in one of the gallery rooms surrounded by beautiful art and standing in a circle of our closest friends and family.

I loved my wedding dress, and I'm a little bit sad I won't get to wear it again. The gown was simple with beautiful details. The bodice had modern lace detailing and the layered organza skirt made me feel like I was floating. For the ceremony I topped the gown with a pearl and crystal topper that worked perfectly. I went to three bridal salons before I went to the one where I purchased my dress, and I did not enjoy those experiences. However, I loved La Belle Mariee and the mother daughter team that run it. They only see one to two clients at a time, they really know their industry, and the experience was enjoyable rather than overwhelming.


Amir's father's side of the family is Persian, and we got married right around Nowruz (Persian New Year). We had a combination Sofreh Aghd (wedding spread) and Haft-Seen (New Year table) at our reception. The DJ also played lots of Persian music, which everyone enjoyed. For me (and my family and friends) a night full of dancing was a top priority. Our DJ was fantastic! He got everyone on the floor before dinner was over and we danced the night away. I didn't even get dessert.

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?

There are so many. Today my answer is the fifteen minutes after the ceremony that we spent together. Our venue coordinator brought us some hors d'oeuvres and cocktails to toast our new marriage. Then the pastor (the same pastor who officiated my parents' wedding!) came in and we signed the marriage license.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?

Do what you want and not what "they" tell you you have to do. There are some things about weddings I love- good food and dancing. There are many things about weddings that I do not like- bouquet tossing, garter tossing, other blatant reminders of how patriarchal the tradition actually is, cake cutting, really long cocktail hours. These are my personal preferences (thankfully they are Amir's too), and our wedding reflected them. Also, Amir does not like cake, so instead of a wedding cake we had a lovely dessert spread (which I was too busy dancing to even try). I can't tell you how many times we heard "no wedding cake?"

Weddings and wedding planning inevitably ruffle some feathers. But, in the end, you want a day that feels right and you remember fondly.

Also, I can't overstate how amazing our vendors were. Our day of planner was on top of things I didn't even know were going on. My hair and make-up team were phenomenal and so fun to work with (they have a great prep playlist!). Our photographer's work is beautiful, and speaks for itself. And, guests are still complimenting our DJ.

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Day of Coordinator - Kim Martir at Details Made Simple
Photographer - Rachel EH Photography
DJ - Dwayne Grayson aka DJ Discipline
Venue - James A. Michener Art Museum
Caterer - Jeffrey A. Miller Catering
Flowers and decor - Buttercup (part of Jeffrey A. Miller catering)
Alcohol - Little Brothers
Hair - Velvet Faces, Lydia Martin
Make -up- Moet Stewart
Bridal Salon - La Belle Mariee (Gown- Blush by Hayley Paige, Topper- Jenny Yoo)
Bridesmaids dresses - Country Bride and Gent (dresses by Alfred Sung)
Groom and Groomsmen - Assorted

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A Sentimental Love Session Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:34:27 +0000 trentnikita0322 Sometimes you don't need a special occasion like a wedding or engagement or special...

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Sometimes you don't need a special occasion like a wedding or engagement or special event to hire a photographer and get some gorgeous photos taken. Nikita and Trent have been happily married since 2012 and wanted a session to simply celebrate their love.  They chose to hire photographer Daesha Marie and had the session in Clarksdale where they are from.  We adore these gorgeous photos and can feel the energy and love they have for one another.

Thanks for sharing your sweet "love session" with us and cheers to many more blissful years of marriage.

Couple: Nikita and Trent Calvin
Occupations:  Nurse and Math Teacher
Wedding date: December 15, 2012 in Clarksdale, MS


How they met and the proposal:

It all started nearly eleven years ago in 10th grade biology class. We sat side by side in class, and every day I rushed there just to see her. I had been praying for a Christian girl who I could be in a relationship with, love, and grow stronger in my walk with Christ.

One Friday I received a phone call from Nikita telling me I left my math folder in class. It was all lies! The truth was she had stolen my folder just to call me. When I told her I knew she had taken my notebook, she was so ashamed; it was sweet to me. I could not stop smiling because I knew she felt the same way about me. Our talking in class led to a great friendship. Not too long after, we began dating. The rest is history.

On December 15, 2011, I proposed to her. We married the following year on that very date. I have loved her since I was 15. I am currently 26 years old and the love is even stronger. Every day that I get to watch her grow older is a blessing. I want to make sure that with every day to come, she knows the intensity of my love and the value she holds in my heart.

Inspiration for the shoot:

I never leave disappointed when granted an opportunity to photograph in the Mississippi Delta. So when my fellow photographer friend, Trent reached out for a session for him and his wife, Nikita, to have keepsakes I couldn't have been more excited. As a wedding photographer and wife, I know the importance of having a day where your utterly in love all over again having a session with your significant other. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to document these two souls in the Mississippi delta. We met at Soldier's Park where we were met by mosquitos and the hot heat, but it didn't stop us. We frolicked around and I was able to capture the love between them and after 3 1/2 years of marriage, they haven't lost one spark for one another. Their session turned out to be one of my absolute favorites." - Daesha Marie

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Photography: Daesha Maria Photography

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Breauna and Christopher’s Travel Themed Atlanta Engagement Session Sun, 09 Oct 2016 19:45:02 +0000 fotos-by-fola-atlanta-engagement-session-breauna117 A local hangout spot at Georgia Southern called Rudy's will always hold a special...

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fotos-by-fola-atlanta-engagement-session-breauna117A local hangout spot at Georgia Southern called Rudy's will always hold a special place in Breauna and Christopher's hearts.  This was where they first locked eyes on one another.  Breauna recalls, "I had seen him on campus a couple of times and knew that I wanted to get to know him. I finally had a chance when I saw him at Rudy's with his friends. I told my roommate that I was going to walk past him, and if he did not grab me to dance then it wasn't meant to be, but if he did grab me to dance then I [knew] that we are going to be together! And he grabbed me...and 6 years later we are in the process of getting married!"  

We are thrilled to share Breauna and Christopher's engagement session and love story with you today and wish them a happy wedding day! (They are getting married today:))

Couple:  Breauna Hagan and Christopher Dorelus
Occupations:  Volunteer Manager at a refugee resettlement agency and Volunteer Coordinator at a Food Bank
Wedding date:  October 9, 2016
Engagement shoot locations:  Dekalb Peachtree Airport and Breauna's grandfather's house in Georgia

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The proposal:

Breauna was buried deep in papers and projects for the final leg of her Public Administration Masters program.  After graduating, her friends and family gathered together for what she thought was an intimate graduation party complete with Haitian food and good times.

From Breauna:

My mother kicked it off by asking if everyone would come around the table and hold hands for prayer. Before we started prayer, she asked if there was anyone who wanted to say any remarks to me. There were a couple of people who Express their love and well wishes. Then came Chris. He was talking about how dedicated I was and how much he loved me and how much he has been able to learn from me over or six years of dating. The one thing I can remember him saying he is that I taught him the true value of love and the true value of life. That is not about money or cars or material possessions, but it is about the relationships that you develop and the love that you create. So he then said that he wanted to openly show how much he valued me by asking for my hand in marriage. I was completely shot, but almost everyone in the room were in on the secret! I cried and said yes! It was absolutely amazing because it was very intimate and all of the people that I love and care about able to witness that special day. I Got a Blessing of my Master's Degree and most importantly seal an official connection with the love of my life.

Christopher add his memories:

That day was very special because she was already receiving her degree. I I knew that I wanted to add to that special day. Beforehand I officially ask her mother and father and pastor for her hand in marriage, so they were in the loop before it happened. A number of people came from out of town to celebrate and that was very special for them to be there. Having our close friends and family witness that engagement was something I knew she would like and something I wanted as well. When selecting the ring I wanted to make sure that the vision I had in my head was executed and manifested. It was a tedious process to try and find the perfect ring but I did. I knew that she wanted something vintage but simple and I was able to get something that fit that perfectly.

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The engagement session: Describe your engagement session. Did you have a theme?

The theme of our photo shoot was Come Away With Me. When we first thought about our photo shoot we wanted to make sure that we invited our past present and future. We embodied the past by us being able to go to my grandfather's house in Soperton, Georgia and take photographs of the house and land that I frequently visited throughout my childhood. I grew there with family and created lasting memories full of love and compassion and values and morals during that time in my life. My fiancé Chris was actually the one to bring up the idea that we should capture our precious moments at a place that meant so much to me. my parents have a farm and I grew up a country girl and the scenery completely lived up to highlighting my deep roots. I also wanted to showcase my own unique individual style in the clothing that I wore, and I feel like it worked out perfectly. The other scene of the photo shoot was starkly different from the farmhouse in Soperton, Georgia but it completely exposed our pre sent and future all in one place an all-in-one concept. We both know that we want traveling to be a part of our future, woven into our lives until the end. Our love and appreciation for different cultures, him being Haitian American and me dedicating my life to international issues propelled us to want to have a photo shoot around travel, with a little bit of classic flair. We were so grateful to be able to show all sides of who we are though our engagement shoot.

What did you do on your first date?  We went to dinner at a nice restaurant.

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?  We enjoy hanging out and spending time with each other. We also have a deep connection to service and giving back, and we not only do that in our professions but also towards each other. There is a level of care and concern that we give to each other that is unmatched. I know that the compassion that we showed towards each other is deeply rooted in God and in the love that we were shown growing up. We know that we are a manifestation of God's love and because of that we are so honored and blessed to be able to show that for the rest of our lives. We know that we were both designed and created to enhance and fulfill the other person's purpose.

How has wedding planning been so far?

The theme was pretty laid out at the very beginning. I remember when I was very young my mother was a wedding coordinator and when I was a little girl we planned my wedding, through and through. The theme was "Passport to Heaven". My actual wedding theme is "Come Away With Me"and it includes a lot of vintage travel pieces, maps, and old luggage. So in all actuality it is not far from that vision I had as a little girl. It definitely fit with my fiance as he sees us growing and learning through our future travels as well so it was perfect. The wedding venue in particular was picked by Christopher. We selected Terminus 330 due to the contemporary but cozy style and also due to the history of the reclaimed railroad station itself.Due to the historical symbolism of Atlanta actually starting by the joining of two railroads at that very location made perfect sense to us, as we are two individuals joining as one to create a new life together.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.  

We are both definitely looking towards being able to see each other for the first time in all of our glory, being able to look in each other's eyes as husband and wife for the first time,being able to see friends and family all together under one roof, and being able to share our wedding and our love with so many of our close ones. A number of people are coming from d a couple of them we have not seen in a very long time, so we are looking forward to that.

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Photography: Fotos by Fola

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Join us at the Four Seasons Atlanta for our Fall/Winter 2016 Issue Release Party Sat, 08 Oct 2016 22:05:58 +0000 issurelease-fourseasons-skyline In just a few weeks, our Fall/Winter 2016 issue will be on newsstands throughout...

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In just a few weeks, our Fall/Winter 2016 issue will be on newsstands throughout the country, UK, Canada and Brazil. We are so excited to share all the gorgeous weddings and inspiration shoots with you.  In this issue, we feature the gorgeous Karli and Benjamin Raymond.  The power couple share exclusive photos of their luxurious Atlanta wedding, planned and designed to perfection by Tony Conway of Legendary Events plus, a candid interview about life as newlyweds and their pregnancy journey.  In the interview, Karli also shared her favorite advice on marriage from her dad Steve Harvey.

Fall/Winter 2016 Edition

From cover to cover, you'll find the most beautiful weddings and inspiration shoots, from sweet and southern to luxurious and over-the-top.  Also, we've got exclusive photos and an interview from Princess and RayJ's Los Angeles wedding.

To celebrate our new issue, we'll be hosting our issue release party on Monday, October 17th in partnership with the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. At our event, you'll be able to experience the elegance, beauty and service excellence our partners will provide.  We can not wait to show you the beautiful 360 views of Atlanta from the new Penthouse Ballroom location on the 50th floor of the Four Seasons Atlanta.  Enjoy delectable lite fare, signature cocktails and great conversation with brides-to-be and Atlanta's elite.  Guests will also receive complimentary advance copies of our new issue and inspiration decor from our design partners.

Space is very limited for this exclusive event and is by invite only. If you'd like to celebrate with us, request an invite by clicking here.

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View Photos from Shaq and Drew’s Stunning New Jersey Wedding Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:04:51 +0000 shaq_drew_i_do_muna_submission_petronella_photography_242 A little over a month ago Shaquana (Shaq) and Andrew captivated everyone on social...

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A little over a month ago Shaquana (Shaq) and Andrew captivated everyone on social media with their hip wedding photos and admirable style.  It all started with a simple bachelorette trip planned by her bridesmaids.  The girls all wore "bridehive" swimsuits and custom apparel by the Bride Hive.  Those first initial photos created an avalanche of social media impressions, putting Shaq and Drew in the spotlight instantly.

The newlyweds met during college at Virginia State University in Petersburg in the Fall of 2006 and have been inseparable ever since.  Shaq recalls the day Andrew made her the happiest girl in the world, "It was THE perfect proposal, we were on vacation for Drew's 30th birthday in St.Maarten. We had just came back from spending the day in St.Barths and was headed to a romantic candle light dinner on the beach."  Drew reminisces, "I had it all laid out, private butler, 3 course meal, champagne and I had her there. I planned it all out as if it was for my birthday, half way through dinner I told her I had to run to the room because the speed boat earlier didn't settle with me too well. It worked (lol)! I came back with the ring in my pocket. I sat normally and we continued with dinner and conversations. The mood was exactly what I planned and imagined. The beach was dark and the only lights were the torches and candlelight. Towards the end of dinner, I opened the self lit box and that was it!  The look on her face was priceless and the feeling in my heart was unexplainable."

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Their stylist, Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides did a fabulous job pulling together the eye-catching fashion and styling.

Selina dishes on the styling process:

"The couple had two must haves for their wedding on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. It must be stylish and no dead air-non stop partying. I can happily say we achieved both! Shaq was very particular about how she wanted her dress to be so we decided custom was the best option. We chose designer Jean- Ralph Thurin to execute the design idea. Since the dress was custom, it kind of developed into the dress you see today during the production process. We played around with various fabrics, textures, and designs until it was the dress that Shaq envisioned. A true mermaid silhouette, deep cut v sweetheart neckline, nude illusion foundation, with a beautiful custom 3-D embroidered symmetrical pattern.  Jean-Ralph Thurin also created the beautiful custom cathedral length veil.

Designer Britney Deshields created the stunning jumpsuit that has gone viral. The jumpsuit contained intricate beaded details, which were strategically placed to create a symmetrical pattern with a removable skirt. Her shoes were by Tom Ford. Drew rocked a custom ivory dinner jacket with an ivory lapel by Andre Clarke Womack , Tom Ford bowtie, and shoes by Ferucci. The groomsmen wore tuxedos by Michael Kors and loafers from Asos. The BrideHive wore dresses from the Australian retailer White Runway. Their look was chic and timeless. Sleek ponytails and natural but illuminating make-up."

We are thrilled to be sharing their beautiful wedding photos with you today. Thanks Shaq and Drew for sharing your love story with us. We wish you the best of marriage!

Couple:  Shaquaana Williams and Andrew Robotham
Occupations:  CPA and Engineer
Wedding date:  September 2, 2016
Wedding location:  The Gramercy at Lakeside Manor - New Jersey

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Wedding theme:  Modern Elegance
Favorite item on the menu:  Jerk Chicken/ Rice and peas
Wedding cake flavors:  Red Velvet
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:  Bridesmaids Gifts - Personalized gold necklaces with each bridesmaid name engraved on it and the words that comes to mind when I think of them. // Groomsmen Gifts - Initial Monogram cufflinks and lapel pins
First dance song:  John Legend You and I

Culture:  The venue agreed to prepare a traditional Jamaican meal even the they didn't offer it as an option. We had jerk chicken, rice and peas, and sweet plantain. The DJ also played plenty of dancehall and reggae music.

Wedding style:  From her stylist Selina - Shaq was very specific about the design of her dress and how she wanted it to look. After trying on various designs, we decided to work with Jean-Ralph Thurin to execute her vision.

From the bride:  The dress was A chic, modern, true mermaid gown with tons of details. I wanted something that would accentuate my curves but with lots character and also one of a kind. The cross hatch detail was my absolute favorite part of the gown. I loved the deep-cut sweetheart neckline soft-tulle train.

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Best memory:  Watching drew and his groomsman dance and the sparkler exit it felt so magical.

Best wedding advice:  Take your time to plan properly so you can have everything that you want on your wedding day. Also, invest in professional help to execute your vision so you don't have to worry about anything and can just enjoy the moment.

Other details:  It was magical the very best day of our lives. It was everything we wanted chic, modern, elegant black tie wedding. I wanted everything from the venue to the decor to be black, white and mirror and it was just that. It was beyond what I thought it would be and I'm glad we took our time to have our dream wedding. If I could do it all over again I would.


Bridesmaids Styling/Custom Robes and Sneakers - BrideHive
Grooms Styling/Custom Suit -  @mr_andre_clarke_womack  // Bow Tie - TomFord
Mirrored Decor  -  Ten23Designs
Event/Floral Design - Diva Blooms
Event Furniture/Cake Swing - Evolution Furniture Rental
Custom Chuppah - Custom Ceremony Designs
Wedding Coordination and Bridal Styling - Vainglorious Brides by Selina Howard
Photography - Petronella Photography
Video - Dark Light Media
Hair- Nicky B
Make Up - Robin Lynette
Make Up – Sue Sue
Bridal Gown - Jean Ralph Thurin
Bridesmaid Dresses - White Runway
Groom Stylist/Custom Suit - Andre Clarke-Womack @mr_andre_clarke_womack
Bridal Jumpsuit - Brittany Deshields
Venue - The Gramercy at Lakeside Manor, Hazlet, NJ
Gardens - Deep Cut Gardens - MiddleTown NJ
Funnel Cake Truck - Mr. Coopers Funneland

Photo credit: © Petronella Photography

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Intimate and Stylish Essex County Courthouse Wedding: Toussaint + Yoofi Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:11:42 +0000 courthouse-wedding-nana-annan-photography242 The wedding we're sharing with you is simple as can be but packed with plenty...

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The wedding we're sharing with you is simple as can be but packed with plenty of soul.  Toussaint and Yoofi are a laid back couple not into trends or fads.  For starters, they met on OK Cupid. And when it came time to take things to the next level, a conversation about getting married was enough for them to get started on planning the wedding.  Toussaint recalls, "The proposal was very informal as it was just a conversation between the two of us and we decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. He did talk to my father, and once he got an enthusiastic approval, we started planning hard core."  Wedding planning was easy -- they got married at a courthouse surrounded by their closest family and friends.  But although their wedding was simple, it has to be one of the most gorgeous we've featured.  Toussaint is a personal stylist, so her choice for a wedding gown - a mauve, one shoulder gown from Asos - was truly refreshing.  And it doesn't hurt that they hired Nana Annan Photography to capture the day perfectly.

Thanks Toussaint and Yoofi for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us. We wish you the best of marriage!


Couple:  Toussaint Blue and Yoofi Derby
Occupations:  Personal Stylist + Real Estate Consultant
Wedding date:  September 9, 2016
Wedding location:  Essex County Courthouse in Newark, NJ

Quick Facts: Toussaint is originally from Cleveland, OH and has lived in the NYC/NJ area for 5 years. She loves fashion, travel and is an avid reader. She loves creating, and doing yoga and meditation.

Yoofi, hails from London,UK and has resided in NY since 2008. An ardent Arsenal football fan, a tennis professional and now a real estate advisor affiliated with the Corcoran Group.

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Wedding Style:
My wedding dress was a one shoulder, column dress with a side mauve. Fashionable, chic, sexy. Exactly what I wanted. Well, I initially had settled on one dress and was happy with it but not in love with it.  One day I was on Asos, looking for something completely different and something just said, let me look at their dresses. I saw it and knew it's what I wanted to be married in. It felt like me.

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
My best memory from the wedding was the vows. Because we got married at the courthouse I wasn't what the vows would be like. The officiant started reciting them and they were just lovely and really embodied Yoofi and I.

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
The best wedding advice I can give is to just try and relax and enjoy the moment. Is someone late? Oh well, don't let it steal your joy. This is your day. Just take it all in.

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Photography - Nana Annan Photography
MUA -  Mirrored Image
Caterer - Vonda McPherson
Cake - Edo's Cakes
Ceremony Location - Essex County Courthouse
Reception Location - Lounge at 1180 Raymond

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