Munaluchi Bride #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Wed, 27 May 2015 13:05:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Charming Creme and Ivory Atlanta Wedding: Renita +Eric Tue, 26 May 2015 18:39:49 +0000 Neville-Simpson-Renita-and-Eric-Real-Alabama-Wedding-151 Atlanta couple, Renita and Eric wanted a wedding that displayed a Southern flair while...

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Atlanta couple, Renita and Eric wanted a wedding that displayed a Southern flair while exhibiting a sense of classic elegance. Their goal was simple, incorporate details that gave a nod to the bride's Southern roots and blended with the groom's "Big City" upbringing in New York. The result was their current lifestyle in the Southern "Big City" of Atlanta.

Their wedding day was filled with so many memorable moments from her Dad and Pastor's reaction to Saluting the Bride, a heartfelt speech from the groom, and Renita's surprise wedding gift - a beautiful Eames lounge. To top it all off, guests gathered for fun in the photobooth to make an evening to remember! Take a look at this gorgeous wedding photographed by Neville Simpson, below.

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Name of Bride: Renita Montgomery
Name of Groom: Eric Woodson
Occupations: Interior Designer & Marketing Consultant
Wedding Style: Southern Charm Meets Big City
Wedding Date: 09/27/2014
Wedding Location: Union Hill P.B. Church - Huntsville, AL


Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
We meet through mutual friends and a work project. Eric knows that my family and friends are very important to me. We had gone to spend the weekend with my family in celebration of my mother's birthday. My mother is not into extravagant celebrations but she had conceded to having our extended family over the night before for dessert. So as usual, I was busy getting prepared for the celebration. So in our normal tradition we gather together and hold hands for prayer before, eating. AS we gather in the circle, I notice that my brother and Eric are both missing , so I proceed to yell to instruct them that their presence is necessary so that everyone can began enjoying the desserts. They finally appeared and joined the circle. Before my dad commenced to say grace, Eric stops him and announces that he has to get something off of his chest and I get really nervous because I assume that something is wrong, So imagine my surprise as he drops to one knee and asks for my hand in marriage. After yelling and crying joyful tears, I say YES!!

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Gifts
Bridesmaids Gifts - Hat Boxes that had items that would come in handy for the wedding day. The boxes had: a pashmina, a clutch bag, a pair of Tom's shoes and a cute foldable reusable bag to transport all of those things plus whatever else they needed.


Wedding Style
My gown is classic and timeless with a modern twist. The gown is the Bridgette by Olia Zavozina. Some of the highlights are the embroidered lace overlay, a detachable peplum, which I added my own details, and keepsake pearl buttons. I chose to the blush and Ivory color combination which added to the overall interest.My favorite accessory was the peplum "belt".

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No. It was a Christian wedding ceremony officiated by my father at the church were I grew up and he still serves as pastor.


Looking across the room after dinner at the reception and seeing Eric's face that was as excited as I was. I know this seems like something small but leading up to the wedding he was not happy with this process AT ALL! So to see him enjoying himself it was great!!

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Favorite item on wedding menu
Peach Cobbler

First dance song
Beautiful Surprise- India Arie

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Help a bride-to-be out!
Don't take the wedding planning TOO serious!! Things will go wrong, but they really are not that big of a deal. Enjoy each other throughout the process. The wedding is a DAY and you are starting a long journey together. What you don't want it to be angry with each other after the wedding because of how you handled each other, money and issues prior to. At the end of that day...whether the flowers were perfect, the weather was perfect and the family did or did not will be HUSBAND & WIFE!! It a beautiful thing!


Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, Renita and Eric!


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Vintage Peacock Themed Wedding in Dallas: LaSteshia + Nwachukwu Fri, 22 May 2015 23:23:41 +0000 The-Belle-Wedding-Experience-Dallas-TX-LaSteshia-Nwachukwu-Real-Wedding_15 LaSteshia and Nwachukwu met early in November of 2012. Nwachukwu was visiting Dallas, TX...

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LaSteshia and Nwachukwu met early in November of 2012. Nwachukwu was visiting Dallas, TX from London, England on a work assignment. One night he wanted to go exploring Dallas' nightlife with a friend so he stopped at Hotel Zaza. LaSteshia happened to be there that night too celebrating her friend's birthday. Her and her friends were sitting at a table, when Nwachukwu approached them. Still new to Dallas, he wanted to know if it would be ok for him and his friend to join their table. Without much thought, she said yes! LaSteshia and Nwachukwu were so into each other they forgot about their friends!

Bride: LaSteshia Runyon -  Nurse Practitioner
Groom: Nwachukwu Ekeocha - Clinical Research Analyst
Wedding Date: 02/14/2015
Wedding Location: Edison - Dallas, TX


Coterie member Jason of The Belle Wedding Experience describes LaSteshia and Nwachukwu's wedding, 

This vintage inspired wedding combined the traditional American wedding with a touch of Nigerian heritage. The elegant bride, who wore a strapless, fitted ivory dress with a birdcage headpiece walked down the aisle to meet her tuxedo dressed groom. Downtown Dallas provided the perfect backdrop. Formal photographs were taken on the rooftop of the venue, Edison’s Dallas, to showcase the beauty of the Dallas skyline. The new husband and wife briefly left the reception after their first dance to change into traditional Nigerian wedding attire. The groom’s mother then led the two in a native tribal dance. The couple exited the venue to a night sky filled with sparklers being waved by family and friends. All was well as the pair began their first official journey leaving the venue in a vintage vehicle."


How did he propose?
On September 21, 2013, we started our Saturday as normal; breakfast, cleaning around the house, errands, and later movies. We decided to have dinner at P.F. Changs prior to the movie. The whole day Nwachukwu seemed to be acting weird and annoying me. After the movie we came home and as we were getting ready for bed, he continued to aggravate me to the point I had pretty much had enough. When I turned around to say something to him, he held the ring in my face and said, “Will you?” All I could do was smile and say yes. He later told me that he was “winding me up” because he was so nervous. We didn’t want to wait to wed, so on October 4, 2013 we had a beautiful intimate wedding ceremony on the lake. Jason, J. Black Productions was there to capture this very special moment. We soon started making arrangements for our Celebration of Love ceremony.

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How was culture incorporated into the wedding?
Nwachukwu is of Nigerian heritage and we wanted the culture incorporated in our celebration. His mother and father came from Lagos, Nigeria with the beautiful custom made garments that we wore during the reception. We were re-introduced to our family and friends with a surprise change of attire and a dance with the whole wedding party throughout the reception space. Once we made it to the dance floor, our guest began to dance with us and shower us with money.


What's your favorite memory from the wedding?
The whole celebration was my best memory, it is really hard for me to pick just one. I will say the moment I started walking down the aisle and saw my handsome husband standing there waiting on me was one of the most heart felt moments. Our first dance also stands out. We had a slideshow of pictures playing in the background while we danced to Chrisette Michelle’s Couple of Forever’s.


Any advice for our brides-to-be?
Always remember how and what made you fall in love with that person. Sometimes with the rush and setup of the wedding you can forget why your doing it all. So date your mate day by day and pray hard for the good days and the not so good days. Love it what brought you to this point... so don't forget to Love....!



Event Coordinator - Candace Williams of Edisons
Photography- Jason Blackwell of The Belle Wedding Experience
Florist - Shaunette Smith of Sydnee Event Productions
Pastry Baker - Lauren Rodger of Baker Sweet Thangs by Lo
Make Up Artist - Jamie White of MUA Jamie Dionne
Videography - Chris Harmon of  Harmland Visions
Hair Stylist - NaTausha Harris of Stylist Salon 921
Limousine - Ron of Imperial Limousine
Officiant - Rev. Cindy Clark-Head of Weddings by Rev Cindy
Bridal Salon - Kristyn Huckeba of Terry Costa
Tailored Suits - Rye 51
Bridal Veil - Tina of Velvet Owl

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Roaring 20’s Styled Shoot | Jazzymae Photography Wed, 20 May 2015 15:10:18 +0000 Jazzymae-Photography-Roaring-20s-Styled-Shoot-097 "Time to drink champagne and dance on tables." Is there any other era more...

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"Time to drink champagne and dance on tables."

Is there any other era more indulgent and decadent? With productions like Boardwalk Empire and The Great Gatsby showcasing the ritz and glamour of the time, it's no wonder why modern brides -with love for all things vintage- use the decade as their inspiration when planning. Jazzymae Photography shares, "Fashion in the 1920s was centered around comfort and good times. Transitioning away from the more restrictive fashion of the earlier 1900s, women left their corsets behind. Men wore looser fitting clothing while the waistlines for women fell to the lower hip and became more revealing."  Not only were men and woman of this era enjoying the social scene while they were falling in love, they were dapper while doing so. See more inspiration from this Roaring 20's styled shoot below:


Color choices during this period were sometimes pale and often dramatic in combination. This wedding styled shoot pays homage to the stylistic choices of the 1920's silent film era.



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The invitation suite and stationery designed for our 1920s "Silent Film" styled shoot are inspired by the muted grey and black tones of silent films. The typography chosen was also reminiscent of that era. We had fun with all of the pieces by incorporating scripted titles/headers that would correspond with a "scene" from the wedding to further help the stationery compliment the theme of our shoot.


The gown used is the v-neck version of Carol Hannah's "Pemberly" gown. The bodice is a four-ply silk crepe with hand cut lace, and the skirt is a satin-faced silk chiffon.


 Thanks to Jazzymae Photography for sharing these beautiful photos!

Vendor Credits:

Coordination, Styling and Floral Design: Amanda Joy Events
Photography: Jazzymae Photography
Custom Invite & Stationery: LePenn Designs
Gown: Something White, A Bridal Boutique
Tuxedo: Davide Cotugno Executive Tailors
Hair & Makeup: Beauty Therapy
Event Rentals: Event Source
Venue: Shaker Heights Country Club
Bride Model: Danielle Nicole
Groom Model: Aaron Keith

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Upscale Engagement Session in Houston: Semiko + Kendric Wed, 20 May 2015 14:31:19 +0000 Ultimate_Events_Unlimited_Houston_Engagement_Session_227 Many have a notion that you can't find true love at a night club....

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Many have a notion that you can't find true love at a night club. Fortunately this wasn't the case for Kendric and Semiko. While at the club Semiko noticed Kendric and was immediately drawn to him, there was just something about him that intrigued her. As the night went on she admitted she may have had a little too much to drink but luckily Kendric was around to assist her to her car. They didn't exchange contact information then but as the stars would align, while out with her friend, Semiko ran into Kendric at a local record store a few days later. Still after this second encounter no contact information was exchanged. However, her friend knew Kendric so they had a mutual connection. A few days after the second encounter her friend called her saying Kendric wanted her number and she would only give it if Semiko was ok with it. Without any hesitation Semiko gave the green light for Kendric to have her phone number. No later than 5-10 minutes after she gave the ok he called and the rest is history!

Bride-to-be:  Semiko Ussery
Groom-to-be:  Kendric Green
Engagement shoot locations: The Bell Tower on 34th, Houston, TX
Wedding date:  05/30/2015
Wedding location: Houston, TX

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Coterie member Ken of Ultimate Events Unlimited states, "Kendric and Semiko share a deep love for one another. Upon meeting them we could feel the "real" energy between them. To celebrate their love we are planning an over the top black tie wedding for them. Serving as their wedding planning, design, and photography company, we styled an upscale engagement session for them at the Bell Tower on 34th here in Houston. We were sure to include a nod to their upcoming wedding colors, black, white and red. Romantic! We can't wait to share their big day with Munaluchi this summer! It's going to be a wedding for the record books! Glamorous, clean and oh so classy!"

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What did you do on your first date?
We met up at a lounge and played billiards. Kendric pretended that he didn't know how to play and then proceeded to beat me in pool! Ultimate_Events_Unlimited_Houston_Engagement_Session_241 Ultimate_Events_Unlimited_Houston_Engagement_Session_240 Ultimate_Events_Unlimited_Houston_Engagement_Session_239 Ultimate_Events_Unlimited_Houston_Engagement_Session_237

Tell us all about the proposal!
Kendric - Our engagement took place at a National Physique competition... that was a hobby that she and I took up because we were so into fitness. We worked out all summer and got to know each other on another level… Believe me if you and the person you love can make it through that diet and training without appearing on “First 48 or Snapped” then it is meant to be! Lol! I did get on one knee and I proposed to her on stage in front of friends and family… it was a great!

Ultimate_Events_Unlimited_Houston_Engagement_Session_227 What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?
We love to get dressed up and go out to events but honestly, I love to do anything that requires me to be with him! Due to his odd work schedule we actually LOVE to binge watch series on Netflix when he's off! Ultimate_Events_Unlimited_Houston_Engagement_Session_217

How has wedding planning been so far?
An absolute to roller coaster. For the most part, the best thing I could have done was getting a wedding planner! The things that I am personally responsible for though, like the guest list, have just been a crazy experience!

Wedding Planning & Design: Ultimate Events Unlimited
Photography: Ultimate Events Unlimited
Videography: DKM Films

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Travel-Inspired Alabama Engagement Session Tue, 19 May 2015 17:22:38 +0000 Elle-Danielle-Photography-Franceline-Weslie-Travel-Inspired-Alabama-Engagement-348 When it comes to true love, you just can't explain how great it feels....

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When it comes to true love, you just can't explain how great it feels. But, as most of us are familiar, the expression "floating on cloud nine" is the closest we've come to describing this remarkable sensation. Take a window seat view of the vibrant love story shared between Franceline and Weslie; captured by Elle Danielle Photography below:


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How they met:

Neither Franceline nor Weslie ever would have imagined that a simple “Hello” in 2009 at the birthday celebration of a mutual acquaintance would be the start of a beautiful romance… albeit a slow start. It took a few times of running into each other before the butterflies began to flutter but with each encounter Franceline became more and more intrigued with this handsome, friendly, and eccentric guy. They finally exchanged contact information and the courtship began. Franceline recalls a specific outing to the gun range, after which she elatedly informs her friends that she REALLY likes this guy! He was so much fun and they really had great times together. Her heart was open to love. Her friends have a running joke and often tease them about how deeply and passionately they look into each other’s eyes, like a pair of cartoon characters. It is a beautiful thing. The fun outings, romantic dates and spectacular trips were just the icing on the cake to what had become an authentic friendship, true intimacy and a blossoming love. Their love grows stronger and deeper daily. They are both so excited to continue this exhilarating ride of love and life hand in hand.

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September 20th 2014 marks the day I asked the love of my life to spend the rest of forever by my side. This grand, romantic gesture took months, maybe even years, of preparation. Let me explain. Since marriage was ever the topic of conversation, I’d always told Franceline that I would never propose on either of our birthdays. This sentiment was purposely reiterated over the course of our 3 years of dating. That seed was planted and rooted in her mind, kind of like Inception, so she had no idea of what I had up my sleeve. We decided to take a trip to Puerto Rico to celebrate my birthday, which is September 21st, but I had been on the hunt for the perfect ring for my future wife before this trip was ever booked. It took quite some time to find the perfect ring. I’m sure she began to wonder when on earth I was going to propose! But it had to perfect: the perfect band, the perfect diamond. I know my queen’s standards and I was going for the shock factor when presenting her with the ring so I didn't mind making her wait a little while. I finally scored the perfect ring and the only thing left to do was create the most magnificently, romantic scene to present it to her and pop the big question. Something told me this upcoming romantic getaway might be the perfect backdrop.

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A couple of weeks prior to leaving for Puerto Rico, I set the wheels in motion by calling the resort to let them know that I was planning to propose and would need their help. On the evening of September 20, 2014, a day BEFORE my birthday, my plan was set into motion. It started by having the receptionist call our room to offer me a birthday surprise. The call, of course, piqued Fancy’s interest. I told her the hotel wanted to do something special for me for my birthday at 5:30 that evening. She thought that was thoughtful of the resort, being that she didn't even have to plan it. They were doing it all on their own. Where to hide the ring before leaving the room was one thing I had NOT planned for so I improvised and hid the box in band of my Hanes underwear! It seemed safe enough. When we arrived downstairs the head chef of Solaris escorted us to our beach side candle lit table. Upon sitting down, we were poured glasses of Merlot by our server as he wished me a happy birthday: "Happy birthday Mr. Rembert!" What’s a romantic candle lit beachside dinner without a mini photo shoot! Fancy decides to sit in my lap for some of the shots. This made me a little nervous because I didn't want her to discover the ring box. But, thankfully, she did not notice it. After our mini photo shoot was over, our waiter brought out cake but instead of placing the plate in front of me, he placed the plate in front of her. Of course, she tried to correct him, telling him to give me the cake but upon taking a second glance she noticed the plate read "WILL YOU MARRY ME” and NOT “Happy Birthday”. The moment had been perfectly staged and the time was NOW. I got down on one knee and poured out the words that spilled over from my heart, full of pure joy at that very moment. I said: “THE LAST TWO YEARS, ELEVEN MONTHS AND ELEVEN DAYS HAVE BEEN THE BEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE. WITHOUT A DOUBT, YOU BRING OUT THE BEST IN ME. SO, FRANCELINE...WILL YOU MARRY ME?” She responded with a resounding “YES” after which the waterworks began. Tears of joy began to flow. The rest is waiting to be written in blissful history!


These two cannot wait to merge families and start a wonderful life together.


The engagement session...

We pondered long and hard for a theme for our engagement session. We knew whatever it was it had to be grand, memorable, fun and representative of both our personalities. Since we both love to travel, we decided to make travel the focal point. Being the boss that Franceline is, she pulled a few strings and was able to set the background to reflect how true bosses travel! The private jet, airport hanger, a little old Hollywood glam and the chemistry between us on camera created engagement photos that were everything we had hope for. Being a big city girl, Franceline also wanted photos that incorporated some urban shots that were reminisce of New York City.

We feel extremely blessed to be able to work with the most amazing wedding photographers in the industry. Elle Danielle and Nikesha Fantroy are truly amazing and awesomely talented. With them and the help of friends and family, we were able to make our vision for the shoot a reality.

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What did you do on your first date?

For our first date, we decided to revisit the restaurant where we first met. Weslie was and is the perfect gentleman. He shows me every day that chivalry is definitely not dead. The conversation lingered on and on, maybe because it was so intriguing, maybe because we weren't, yet, ready to leave each other’s presence, maybe because the wine was so smooth and the food so delicious. Whatever the reason, we are so glad that it happened. Even then we seemed to balance each out, Franceline extra laid back and Weslie always keeping the conversation going. It was a very special night; special enough for us both to agree to a second date.

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?

This may sound extremely cliché, but it really doesn’t matter what we are doing; dinner, movies, bowling, traveling; as long as we are doing it together. We simply enjoy each other’s company. We know that many superficial things will fade away but the fact that we are true friends and do share a special kind of companionship makes us welcome the idea of growing old together while staying forever young at heart.


How has wedding planning been so far?

Like any girl who had just been proposed to by the man of her dreams, my head was in the clouds and I was floating around on the high from this gorgeous ring and a dream proposal. After a few weeks of that, the accountant in me kicked into overdrive. By nature and by profession, I am very organized, detail oriented and good with time management; all skills I’m using to make the wedding planning process not so stressful. I’ve created a binder, now officially known as “The Binder”, which houses my wedding checklist, pictures of wedding ideas and vendor contacts. I believe that the smallest details can make most lasting impressions. Pinterest has become my go-to for finding ideas on how a bride can incorporate fabulous small details into her wedding. Although some days of planning can be slightly stressful, I can definitely say I've had more fun days and am living in every moment. My friends and family have been so supportive throughout this process, helping me in any way they can. My fiancé, of course, would give me the world and make all the stress go away but I wouldn't trade a single day of the process. I’m locking away every memory to look back on and smile at the fabulous journey to get to the alter to marry the love of my life.


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

I am so looking forward to every moment like putting on “the wedding dress”, walking down the aisle to meet my groom, the two of us sharing sweet communion with God, pledging my love to my love and him pledging his to me. There are so many things to be excited about and look forward to experiencing. We also cannot wait to spend the evening with friends and family. It’s going to be an awesome celebration of love!

Photography: Elle Danielle Photography

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A Country Chic 12-13-14 Wedding in Texas: Tiffany + Derrick Tue, 19 May 2015 14:51:45 +0000 Teshorn-Jackson-Photography-Texas-TiffanyandDerrick-Real-Wedding_20 Tiffany and Derrick both share the love of country as they both were raised...

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Tiffany and Derrick both share the love of country as they both were raised in the country. They made it a point to pay tribute to their upbringing within their wedding. What made their wedding extra special was Derrick's mother, who was battling cancer, see her son get married! Coterie member Teshorn of Teshorn Jackson Photography did an amazing job capturing Tiffany and Derrick's special moment!

Tiffany Smith - Teacher
Groom: Derrick Smith - Retail Merchandiser
Wedding Date: 12/13/2014
Wedding Location: Lakeside Club - Little Elm, Texas

Quick Facts

Wedding Flowers: white and coral roses
Favorite Item on Wedding Menu: Chicken Spaghetti
First Dance Song: “Point of it All" - Anthony Hamilton

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Tell us all about the proposal!
The proposal was a simple surprise in the comfort of my home. With Derrick living in Mississippi, we took turns visiting each other on the weekends about once a month and it was his turn to come see me. We had decided to take my daughter to the theater after I ran errands that Saturday morning, I returned and began getting ready for the movies. As I walked out of my room preparing my lips to say,”okay, I’m ready,” there he was standing with a ring in his hand and my daughter smiling recording on my phone. He got down on one knee, said my full name, "Tiffany Andromeda Terry", will you marry me?” The sweetest part is he involved my daughter and it was a special moment for the entire family. I couldn’t have asked for a different proposal.

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What culture did you incorporate into your wedding?
We are both products of the country, backwoods upbringing and we wanted to infuse that into our wedding.

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What is your best memory from the wedding?
The best memory from my wedding is seeing my mother in law being wheeled in prior to the start of the wedding. As I waited for my debut down the aisle, there she was riding in; beautiful in all white. Her battle with cancer was slowly ending and we were unsure if she would make it. I teared up with joy and love in my heart to know she will witness this before she passes. God called her home January 23rd.

What advice do you have for brides-to-be?
I would say do not worry about the details. Our wedding was organized in 2 weeks and it was amazing. The most important part is walking down the aisle and being with friends and family.


Photography: Teshorn Jackson Photography
Wedding Planner: Paramount Events


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Love Found in Dallas Engagement Session: Aquia + Patrick Mon, 18 May 2015 13:35:54 +0000 Matt-McElligott-Dallas-Engaement-Session-_14 Aquia and Patrick met while leaving a restaurant in Dallas. She was out with girlfriends...

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Aquia and Patrick met while leaving a restaurant in Dallas. She was out with girlfriends and he was out with a guy friend when she noticed him from across the bar. Aquia quickly struck an interest in this stranger so she pointed him out to her girlfriends, but they didn't pay her much mind. As they begun to leave  and  walk to their cars, Aquia spotted him again, not to let her opportunity pass by she had her friend flag him down. She introduced them to each other and not skipping a beat the very next day they went on their first date. Since that first date they've been inseparable!

Bride-to-be:  Aquia Francisco
Groom-to-be:  Patrick Ogbeide
Engagement shoot locations: Dallas, TX
Wedding date:  06/06/2015
Wedding location: Dallas, TX

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What did you do on your first date?

For our first date, we went to dinner at a restaurant in Uptown Dallas. I had to leave right after because I had plans to attend a housewarming party. So we continued our "first date" the next day with a walk in the park where we talked for hours.

Tell us how he proposed.
Patrick proposed at my 25th birthday party. I was having a backyard crawfish boil and just as I went out to greet my guests, he called me inside to tell me he wanted to give me a birthday gift. He led me to our bedroom, away from the crowd. He gave me a pair of earrings and a watch. After I thanked him and proceeded to walk out, he said something along the lines of "that's not all" and when I turned around, he was on one knee. It was amazing in that we got to share such a special moment between the two of us, but I was still able to go back outside and celebrate with my guests. It has certainly been the best birthday yet.

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How has wedding planning been so far?
It's been a long process. I think if I could do it all over, I wouldn't wait over a year. Otherwise, it has gone pretty smoothly. I've even managed to find some fun in it -- like, cake and food tasting, of course. We are both excited and anticipating our wedding day.

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Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.
I'm really excited to have all of my family in one place and of course having our extended families blend for the first time. I'm really looking forward to us reciting our own vows. And, of course, the celebrating at the reception.

Photographer: Matt McElligott Photography


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Wedding Inspiration: Harlem Renaissance Inspired Styled Shoot Sat, 16 May 2015 03:15:46 +0000 Art Inspired "Jeunesse" is a not only the French term for "young" but it's also a...

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"Jeunesse" is a not only the French term for "young" but it's also a rich, soulful interpretation of the newness of the Harlem Renaissance created by Palmer Hayden. This colorful piece of artwork served as the focal source of inspiration for this wedding styled shoot by ArtPhotoSoul.

"Their blueprint is soulful, rich in color, and exudes style!"

Take a look a the ideal wedding day for two lovebirds captivated with the definitive era which redefined culture and heritage.

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Photography: ArtPhotoSoul Photography
Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal
Location: Maitland Art Center
Design + Styling: RW Events
Decor/Furniture: RW Events
Fascinators/Headpieces: Boldly Unique
Model: Eyedareu Makeup Artistry


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Laid Back Engagement Session in Chicago: Phoenix + Oliver Fri, 15 May 2015 10:04:16 +0000 chicago-engagement-session-phoenix-oliver-shaun-andru-photography-041 Phoenix and Oliver first noticed each other at a mutual friend's housewarming, and their attraction...

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Phoenix and Oliver first noticed each other at a mutual friend's housewarming, and their attraction was instant. With the blessing of their entire family, Oliver proposed to Phoenix on Christmas day, and from then on their focus have been on each other. So much so, that even their engagement session was as simple as two people in love. No props. No destinations. Just Phoenix and Oliver against the world.

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Bride to Be: Phoenix Singleton
Groom to Be: Oliver Ballentine
Engagement Session Location: Chicago, IL
Wedding Date: 11/01/2015
Wedding Location: Bermuda Dunes, California

How did you meet?

Phoenix: We met through a mutual friend. Our friend had just moved into a new apartment in downtown Chicago and I and another friend went over to check out the new space. Oliver just so happened to be his neighbor. He was sitting on the balcony and I was instantly smitten by his smile and cool demeanor.

Oliver: I was over my neighbor’s house and he told me he had friends coming over who wanted to see his new apartment. One of the girls was Phoenix. When I laid eyes on her, my first thought was “who is that????” At that particular meeting the introductions were short but I knew then that we would meet again.


The Proposal

On Christmas, we went to my parents’ house. We have a tradition where both sides of the immediate family get together and celebrate the holidays together. When Oliver came he told everyone (except me, of course) that he planned to propose. I was so oblivious to everything and while I knew it was in the horizon to happen soon, I just did NOT think it would be that day.

I leisurely ate my meal and relaxed not even noticing everyone around me was buzzing around and being very obvious. Immediately after we ate, my mom said we had to open gifts and my dad pulls out the camera to record the moment. At this point, I can sense that something is going on. We NEVER film opening gifts, but I still attributed it to the fact that my dad wanted to try out his new fancy camera.

Once everyone was almost done, Oliver and I opened our gifts to each other. I was super happy that I got the Keurig coffee maker I wanted and at that point was grateful for what I got...Oliver then told me my present was on my phone. My first reaction was to look in my email because I thought he had got me some e-gift that was emailed to me. He kept insisting that I log onto Instagram. And then I saw it.

He filmed an Instagram video of himself standing by Lake Michigan. And as he walked up the stairs, he filmed cards that were placed on each step, spelling the question: Will. You. Marry. Me. ?

At the end of that video, I looked up to see him bend down on one knee with the ring in hand. Hands down, this was the best moment of my life so far.


The Engagement Session

The concept for the shoot was simple....exactly that "simple". Typically, we see engagement shoots are frequently done amongst the elements outside or with some other beautiful landmark either a tree, building, or city skyline as the backdrop. We wanted it to just be US. We wanted a studio shoot in a controlled environment and told the photographer we want some beautiful shots that accentuated how we are as a couple.

Initially, I wanted to play on the concept of bride and groom and have myself wear all white (casual and dressy) and Oliver wear all black, but as you can see that got thrown out the window when we tried on some of our outfits together and saw how they complemented each other.

The actual shoot was nerve racking at first. Both of us had never took any professional pictures. Out of the gate, Oliver was knocking it out the park, but me not so much. Come to find out Oliver had googled how to pose for photo shoots and how to be a model, so he had an unfair advantage. LOL! However, as the shoot went on, we really just enjoyed being there and what we were doing and that we were experiencing another "first" together. Also, we had an AMAZING team come with us. My hair stylist/future sister-in-law, Kesha, came to make sure all my hair was strategically tousled and Oliver's barber, Jimmie, came along and doubled as his wardrobe stylist—armed with boxes of J's (Jordan's). We all just had a really good time with it and the photographer Shaun just did his magic.


Favorite Thing to Do as a Couple

Oliver: Eating tops the list as a favorite. We try out a lot of restaurants in Chicago and eat out often. So much in fact, that our friends call us first for dining recommendations. Phoenix: MY CHOICE would be traveling. We have taken a tons of trips together. We like to stay on the move and plan to visit every continent at least once.

How has wedding planning been?

The wedding planning has been fun! As with any wedding, we've faced our share of challenges. Planning a wedding weekend in California from Chicago is no easy task. Every visit is limited, so getting everything done in a short amount of time can be difficult.
Not to mention, who can concentrate on wedding details with all the distractions of sunny Cali.


What are you looking forward to most on the wedding day?

The moment when we both see each other for the first time at the altar is what we look forward to the most. We have been hearing that nowadays brides and grooms are foregoing that moment and doing it before the ceremony to use that time for pictures. We want to stay strong and wait. It's so sentimental to see your future husband / wife as you come down the aisle while a meaningful song is played and you both are seeing each other for the first time before you take this monumental step. If you do it right you should only get that moment once, and we both want it to be special and untainted.

Photographer: Shaun-Andru Photography
Makeup: Imari Allyce
Hair: Kesha Levy

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Scandal Finale Remix: Olivia & Jake Get Married Fri, 15 May 2015 03:37:11 +0000 olivia-jake-scandal-finale-perfectplanning-event-keithcephus038 Gladiators! Did you catch the Scandal finale tonight?  Well we did, and while there...

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Gladiators! Did you catch the Scandal finale tonight?  Well we did, and while there were the usual Shonda twists, this finale certainly could have used a little more fire, don't you think?  So we're remixing it tonight with this steaming hot Scandal-inspired editorial shoot put together by our Coterie member Tara of Perfect Planning Events and a fabulous team of DC area Coterie members and wedding vendors.

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Remember towards the end of the finale, when Jake let Olivia know that his "job was done?"  Well, we were at the edge of our seats waiting for her to run into his arms and proclaim her undying love for him.  But Shonda forgot to add that into the script so we took it upon ourselves to do a little editing!  In this shoot, Jake and Olivia get married in perfect Olivia Pope style.  From the sophisticated decor, including an intricately designed cake by Couture Cakes by Sabrina, to the carefully thought out details like the sparkly cake topper by Ten23 Designs, this shoot represents the perfect #Olake wedding.  Enjoy these stunning photos by Keith Cephus Photography.

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Planning/Design: Perfect Planning Events
Photographer - Keith Cephus Photography
Cake - Couture Cakes by Sabrina
Wedding Dress - Sondra Falk Couture
Tuxedo - House of Jonlei Atelier
Makeup - Shaune Hayes Makeup Artist
Hair - Leontyne Reaves
Floral Decor - Tierra Floral Design
Stationery - Mareta Creations
PaperWall Decor - LuxeAmbiance
Drink stirrers - Ten23Designs


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