Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.16 Whitney and Richard’s Emotional Cinematic Wedding Feature in Haddonfield NJ http://munaluchibridal.com/whitney-richards-emotional-cinematic-wedding-feature-haddonfield-nj/ http://munaluchibridal.com/whitney-richards-emotional-cinematic-wedding-feature-haddonfield-nj/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:30:24 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=147247 Yamean 358 It was love at first sight for Whitney and Richard whose first impressions of...

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It was love at first sight for Whitney and Richard whose first impressions of each other would lead them to spending the rest of their lives together as husband & wife. Their beautiful and intimate wedding was expertly captured in this emotional cinematic feature by elite cinematographer and MunaLuchi Coterie member, Yamean Studios Films.

Read all about Whitney & Richard's love story, romantic proposal, and wedding experience.


Bride & Groom: Whitney & Richard
Occupations: Bride - Director of Performance Technologies, Groom - Director of Athletics Programs
Wedding date: August 13, 2016
Wedding location: Ceremony: Haddonfield, NJ
Reception: Cinnaminson, NJ

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We saw each other for the first time when I (Whitney) was at his job for a work visit. I was with my colleague, who said she knew him, which was perfect, so I asked her to call him after we left and give him my number. She did and he called me the next day. Despite not meeting that first time we saw each other, we remembered each other and have been dating ever since!
The proposal - Ricky asked Whitney to go to a paint studio for a date night - when the original plan was to go eat at their favorite Mexican Restaurant. He asked her to do a competition, so they both put on their paint gear and posted the backs of their easels together, so they couldn't see what the other one was painting! Whitney was starving, and because of that, her creative juices weren't flowing too well...so she painted a taco. Genius! It was time for Ricky to present his piece, and he painted...WILL YOU MARRY ME!

What was wedding shopping like for you? My dress was a pear and beaded bodice sweetheart gown with detachable drop sleeves! Wedding shopping was so easy, one of my flower girls was with me, and picked it for me!

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: BM Gifts - robes, monogrammed slippers, bridal squad sleepwear, earrings, necklace. Groomsmen - monogrammed leather shaving kit bags.

Favorite item on the menu: Ribeye! Also, the cake was everythanggggggg :)
First dance song: We had 3 LOL! 1. "Never Felt This Way" by Alicia Keys version. 2. "Promise To Love" by Kem. 3. "Saving My Love For You" by Kem.

What is your best memory from your wedding? The ceremony - even though there were 200 people there, it literally felt like it was just he and I. I loved the family communion also. The un-choreographed "Swag Surf" dance from the guests was my favorite from the reception!

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Don't stress. You're paying way too much money to have anxiety. Don't let anything get to you and try to relax the entire day.

Vendors:
Photographer: Kanayo Adibe
Dress: Robinson's Bridal
Bridesmaid & Wedding Dress Designer: Watters
Dress Alterations: Dahnistry
Floral: Alisha Simone
Ceremony: Haddonfield UMC
Reception & Cake Decor: The Merion
Hair: Galaxy 5000
MakeUp: Shades of Jacen
Cinematography: Yamean Studios Films

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In-Depth Interview with Imagine Design Concepts http://munaluchibridal.com/depth-interview-imagine-design-concepts/ http://munaluchibridal.com/depth-interview-imagine-design-concepts/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:53 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=146751 Imagine DC cover image MunaLuchi Coterie member and elite event planner Imagine Design Concepts (Imagine DC) is "a...

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MunaLuchi Coterie member and elite event planner Imagine Design Concepts (Imagine DC) is "a boutique event planning company specializing in full service event planning and design for Corporate, Charity, and Life Events." With over ten years experience as a Business Development Manager, company founder, Ijeoma Azubuko has taken that knowledge, experience, and her passion for event planning and applied it to the wedding industry. Imagine DC measures success by "the smiles on our client's faces at the end of the night" seeking to create "memorable moments for our clients that they can reflect on for a lifetime."

Learn all about Imagine DC in this insightful in-depth interview.

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Name: Ijeoma Azubuko (IJay)
Business Name: Imagine Design Concepts (Imagine DC)
Founded: January 6th, 2015

Describe your business. Imagine DC is a boutique event planning company specializing in full service event planning and design for Corporate, Charity, and Life Events. Weddings are categorized under our Life Event Services. We pride ourselves on being innovative and ensuring our customers that no matter where they are in the world they are still able to connect with us through our interactive planning portal, which allows us to always maintain a level of transparency and work realtime with our clients and vendors.

What did you do before starting your business in the wedding industry? I worked in Corporate America as a Business Development Manager as well as a Project Manager for a number of projects. I’ve taken my passion for event planning and my over 10 years of experience managing various projects and merged them. Project Management is essential when it comes to wedding planning, it is the key to ensure your client’s big day runs smoothly. That and my keen eye for aesthetic design have made for a winning combination.

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How long have you been in the wedding industry? What’s funny is that my friends would jokingly call me a professional bridesmaid; a real life 27 dresses, I’ve been in more weddings then I can count, and in the process have been there to help a number of friends and family members that were planning their own weddings. I know and understand the highs and lows a bride goes through during the planning process and how stressful it can be for them, even when they do have a more then capable planner. I say all that to say this, when I originally started Imagine DC, I did not start it in the hopes of becoming a wedding planner, my initial focus was more on working intimate milestone events like birthdays and showers, as well as working larger scale corporate and charity events. I am very invested in the things I am passionate about, and I was scared of the mere possibility of disappointing a bride on one of the biggest days of their lives. It wasn’t until I spoke to my mentor and good friend Chioma of Dure Events at a friend’s wedding in which I was the Maid of Honor that Chioma was planning per usual. Chioma blatantly asked me why I wasn’t doing weddings and told me I was wasting my talents by missing out on that market, because I had an eye for the beauty weddings entail and my caring nature would be something brides would appreciate. She literally spoke life into that dream, and literally a few weeks later I was contacted out of nowhere from a client to do my first wedding December 2015, from that moment on God has blessed me beyond what I could have ever imagined. I have had some of the most amazing couples, and the experience has far exceeded what I ever thought it would be, to the point where weddings are currently my biggest market!

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How would you describe your style? I would describe my style as timeless elegance. I pride myself on ensuring that each of my couple’s personality and style shine through on their wedding day, no two couples are the same and their weddings shouldn’t be either. When you look at the weddings I have done in the past, you will see that the one thing they do have in common is a level of elegance, and the design is one where you can look back on years from now with a sense of pride.

What motivates you? I am motivated by the passion God has placed within me and the trust my couples have for me.

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Why should brides/grooms choose you? I am passionate about what I do. I find pleasure in bringing people together in celebration and life, my client’s vision is my vision and I am as invested in their big day as they are. My clients are my priority and they know that! I make it a point to ensure that my clients’ personalities and style shine through on their wedding day.

How does your company define and measure success? By the smiles on our clients faces at the end of the night, we seek to create memorable moments for our clients that they can reflect on for a lifetime. We also measure our success by their referrals.

What do you enjoy most about your work? Turning a concept into reality, I love working with clients to help them realize their vision even when they feel they don’t have one, and taking that vision from just a thought on paper, to pulling together the right team to bring it to life!

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Describe a proud moment while working in the wedding industry. Proudest moment in the industry for me, I can’t choose just one. When I get calls and texts from my clients after their weddings in aww of their special day wanting to relive the moment all over again those are my proudest moments. When I’ve had a long and stressful day but I see the look of pure bliss on my clients’ faces that makes it all worthwhile in the end and makes me proud!

What’s the best compliment you’ve received for your work? The best compliment I have received from a client for my work was for my client to tell me I made them feel like they were the only person that mattered despite the fact that I was planning multiple weddings all within weeks of each other, that their wedding was the most beautiful and perfect day they had ever experienced! Also, for a groom that didn’t understand the need for a wedding planner, to tell me that hiring me was the best investment they could have ever made for their wedding.

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What are your business goals? My business goals are to become a premier event planning and design firm not just in the Washington DC Metro area, but globally, open up my own event space both in the DC area and Houston, and expand to have a team of event planners that can work independently on their own with their own team providing the same level of professionalism and care that I would for my clients.

What’s your favorite part of the wedding industry? My favorite part of the wedding industry is working with the bride, planning a wedding can be a stressful process and I want to be there to help them focus on preparing for the marriage, while I focus on preparing them for the wedding of their dreams. The relationships I build with my brides are priceless and being able to be a part of such a milestone moment brings me pure joy!

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What’s your least favorite part of the wedding industry? Hmm… least favorite part of the wedding industry is the fact that people have turned weddings into such a big business, I know that sounds weird coming from a wedding planner right? But, the reason I feel this way is because some people have begun to get a sour taste in their mouth when you mention weddings, because they see it as more of a production for the guest, than a moment of celebration for the bride and groom! My intent is to erase that stigma, and allow my clients to see that their wedding is all about those moments, and that those moments are what the guests are looking for when they attend their wedding. It sounds cliche, yet it is so true, a wedding is just a day, your marriage God willing is for a lifetime, but your wedding day is a representation of your love and should be celebrated.

Describe your vision of the “perfect” wedding. A wedding should be a reflection of the bride and groom, the “perfect” wedding to me is one where the guest are able to experience the love that the couple has for one another. The most fun and memorable weddings are those in which you feel the love all around from the exchange of vows to first dance, were the couple and their guests live in the moment.

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Doctors Angelica and Judson Wood Soaking it all in with the Philly Skyline as there backdrop image by Jaxson Photogroup

Where do you find the most inspiration? From God, since the inception of Imagine DC when I prayed to God to help me find my passion, to work in my purpose and he literally revealed to me in plain site Imagine DC and has been carrying me ever since. In terms of design my inspiration comes from my clients as I get to know them and their personalities, which dictates their style.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know? I am currently running a special for 2017 brides that book our Full Planning Visionary Package. They can contact us on our website by filling out the inquiry form for additional information. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ImagineDC_ SnapChat @ImagineDC and Facebook and Pinterest @ Imagine Design Concepts!

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Elisha Caplan Headpiece Giveaway http://munaluchibridal.com/elisha-caplan-headpiece-giveaway/ http://munaluchibridal.com/elisha-caplan-headpiece-giveaway/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:00:33 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=147280 MunaLuchiEbonyClark-67 This past Sunday we hit a major milestone on our Instagram account -- 200,000...

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This past Sunday we hit a major milestone on our Instagram account -- 200,000 followers! We pride ourselves on building community and engaging with you organically.  And we are ever so appreciative of all the likes, loves and shares you've given us.

Thank you for your support, thank you for your feedback, thank you for your candid and entertaining comments on our super popular #questionoftheday.

To show our thanks, we're running a series of giveaways from our amazing Coterie Members.  These giveaways will range from headpieces, to jewelry, to photo sessions and more.

So let's get started!


 

First up, is this gorgeous and versatile headpiece by Elisha Caplan Bridal.  

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The Skylar headpiece is valued at $195 and very versatile.  It could be used as a Sash. The intricate design incorporates delicate birdcage veiling, hand placed Swarovski crystals and comes in black (pictured below) or white (pictured above).

The winner will get one specially made for them by Elisha Caplan.  Please allow 4 weeks plus shipping time.

Elisha Caplan will ship anywhere USPS can ship to.  Just be aware that shipping times may take longer depending on your location.

Here are the rules:

1. Follow @elishacaplanbridal + @munaluchibride on Instagram
2. Repost this image above with the hashtag #elishacaplanrocks
3. Tag one of your friends in our Instagram post.

The contest will run from March 22nd until 11:59 pm March 24. A winner will randomly be chosen and announced on March 25th.

BONUS: For every "like" your initial comment (on our post) gets, you'll receive an additional entry.
NOTES: If you have a private IG account, DM or email us (submissions@munaluchibridal.com)  a screenshot of your repost.

Good luck!

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Upcoming Giveaways

Free engagement session by Andre Brown Photography
Customized Gold ring and 1 hour complimentary consultation from Charlton and Lola

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Lavette and Eugene’s Luxurious 25th Anniversary Vow Renewal http://munaluchibridal.com/southern-amore-studios-wedding/ http://munaluchibridal.com/southern-amore-studios-wedding/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:00:16 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145438 CC1_4295-Edit Twenty five years later and Lavette & Eugene's love is still burning as bright...

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Twenty five years later and Lavette & Eugene's love is still burning as bright as ever. For Lavette, the secret to keeping that spark aflame is by continuing "to date each other, traveling together, and always keeping an open line of communication." Designed by Lavette and her team at Memorable Events this luxurious vow renewal ceremony was inspired by her "love for classic weddings."

Read all about Lavette & Eugene's vow renewal experience, beautifully photographed by MunaLuchi Coterie member Southern Amore' Studios, and featuring a cake designed by Food Network's Cake Wars winner Kelly Kaxe.

Bride & Groom: Lavette & Eugene

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When did you get married and where? Lamar Dixon Chapel, Saint Gabriel Community Center

What was your wedding like? Full of love, laughter, and joy with family and friends that we love.

As you celebrate your anniversary, what do you remember most about your wedding day? The ceremony. We had our wedding officiant have all of the married couples stand and renew their vowels with us.

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Was there anything you would have done differently for your wedding? Not a thing! We LOVED everything!

What are your favorite things to do as a couple? Traveling and dining together and going new places.

Who cooks? Me! Lol he BBQ’s.

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When it comes to career, what do both of you do and how do you make time for each other? I am the owner of a wedding and event décor company, Memorable Events, which definitely keeps us busy, and he is a crane operator at Cooper T. Smith. We make it a priority to get away at least once a month during the week to spend time together as it is very important to us.

What would you say are the most important elements for a successful marriage? Prayer and keeping God first. Honesty, never be scared to talk to your partner. Laughter, always make time to talk and laugh with each other.

How do you keep the spark in your marriage? LOL, happy wife, happy life. But we spend time with God, continue to date each other, traveling together, and always keeping an open line of communication.

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Tell us about the shoot. What inspired it? The renewal was a dream for me. I help make other brides' dream weddings come true and this was my day to live my very own dream. The design was inspired by my love for classic weddings. Our goal was to create a classic, but modern, elegant affair for our guests.

What do you love most about him? His gentle heart. I love his willingness to put everyone above himself and the smile on his face when he does so.

What does he love most about you? Her serving heart. She is truly a giver and will always go above and beyond to help anyone she can.

What advice can you give for newlyweds? Trust God and keep him first in all that you do. Lean on each other during your trials and tribulations. Keep family out of your business. Always communicate and never let the love die!

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Vendors:
Decor & Design- Memorable Events
Photography- Southern Amore' Studios
Makeup- Face It by Youcha Marie
Cake- Kelly Kaxe
Videographer- Joseph Video Productions
Hair- Designs by D'Shayne

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Serenade: A Muna Love Affair – Jamaica by The Destination Collective http://munaluchibridal.com/serenade-muna-love-affair-jamaica-destination-collective/ http://munaluchibridal.com/serenade-muna-love-affair-jamaica-destination-collective/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:38 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=147126 Serenade_Jamaica105 To Serenade is to entertain one's love by display of talent in hope of winning...

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To Serenade is to entertain one's love by display of talent in hope of winning their deepest affections. In our journey to inspire love, MunaLuchi has created Serenade: A Muna Love Affair, to present the opportunity for engaged couples to experience the serenading together in an unforgettable date night experience. Vended by the Coterie - MunaLuchi's curated catalog of elite wedding and event vendors, selected couples are provided with a professional makeup application, photoshoot, fine dining, gift boxes and more.

This week's Serenade took place at the Trident Castle in beautiful Portland, Jamaica! Planned and designed by MunaLuchi Coterie member Ophellia McKnight of The Destination Collective, and featuring decor and florals by Marsha Corrie of D'Mar Events, makeup artistry by Nicole Blake, catered by Chef Leicester Ferguson, lighting and sound by Cornel Green, and beautifully captured by photographer Merrick Cousley, and videographer Clive Allen of Digital Video Concepts (see the complete vendor list below).

See the complete gallery here and check out the Serenade page for future locations and couples application details here.

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Planner + Designer: Ophellia McKnight - The Destination Collective
Photographer: Merrick Cousley - Merrick Cousley Photography
Videographer: Clive Allen - Digital Video Concepts
Florals + Decor: Marsha Corrie - D'Mar Events
MUA: Nicole Blake - Brushed by Nicole
Lighting + Sound: Cornel Green - Wedding DJ in Jamaica
Caterer: Chef Leicester Ferguson
Venue: Trident Castle in Portland, Jamaica

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Janessa and Demetrius’s Intimate and Stylish Engagement Session in Baton Rouge http://munaluchibridal.com/janessa-demetriuss-intimate-stylish-engagement-session-baton-rouge/ http://munaluchibridal.com/janessa-demetriuss-intimate-stylish-engagement-session-baton-rouge/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:12:09 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=147096 ShagariJacksonEngagement12 Lifelong sweethearts Janessa and Demetrius "have always known each other" having grown up in...

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Lifelong sweethearts Janessa and Demetrius "have always known each other" having grown up in the same church. With such a strong foundation of friendship at the core of their relationship their love will no doubt prove eternal, bringing immeasurable joy to the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

Read all about Janessa & Demetrius's love story, proposal, and experience in this intimate and stylish engagement session in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - beautifully captured by photographer Mosaic by MG.

Bride & Groom-to-be: Janessa & Demetrius
Occupations: Janessa - HR Assistant for CORE,LLC. Demetrius - Eligibility Specialist for Adreima.
Wedding date: July 29, 2017
Wedding location: Lake Charles, La
Location of Engagement shoot: Baton Rouge,La

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We grew up at the same church so we have always known each other. The proposal was so unexpected. He proposed by using my favorite drink from Starbucks one morning before work. The cup had a hand written message on it " Janessa , Marry Me?"

Describe your engagement session. The engagement session was fun , my photographer was great and made the session fun. We didn't really have a theme , just decided to go with a formal look , followed by a casual look.

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What did you do on your first date? My fiancé is very big on movies & acting so for the first date we went to the movies.

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? We love to eat, lol, we are always looking for new restaurants to try. We also love catching new movies.

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How has wedding planning been so far? The wedding planning has been going smooth , luckily my mother is handling mostly everything.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. I'm looking forward to the pictures!

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Vendors:
Photographer - MosaicbyMG
MakeUp - Courtney Foulds
Hairstylist - Latyra Williams

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Stephanie and Anthony’s Luxurious Mansion Wedding in New York http://munaluchibridal.com/stephanie-anthonys-luxurious-mansion-wedding-new-york/ http://munaluchibridal.com/stephanie-anthonys-luxurious-mansion-wedding-new-york/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:00:42 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=147044 Photo credit: © Petronella Photography http://bypetronella.com It is said that first impressions are the most important, but for Stephanie and...

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It is said that first impressions are the most important, but for Stephanie and Anthony it would be the second that lasted the longest. Having first been introduced in their casual attire at the baby shower of a mutual friend, Stephanie and Anthony would take no memorable notice of each other. Two months later they would run into each other again at a party, but this time Stephanie, looking stunning in a fitted dress, would leave an impression lasting the rest of their lives.

Read all about Stephanie & Anthony's love story, romantic engagement and wedding experiences below in this luxurious Mansion wedding in New York.

Bride & Groom-to-be: Stephanie & Anthony
Occupations: Bride - Finance, Groom - IT Professional
Wedding date: September 8, 2016
Wedding location: Bourne Mansion (Oakdale, NY)

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: We first met in 2007 at a mutual friends baby shower. When we were introduced, I really didn't pay him any attention and neither did he pay me any attention - especially as I was dressed as a tomboy due to heavy rain that day (so my hair was wrapped under a baseball cap lol). About 2 months later we saw each other in a party where I was dressed more like a "woman" for sure - wearing a fitted dress for the first time ever to a party. He came up to me in awe, and made a comment on how awesome I looked in my dress. Needless to say he was meant to see me in my first dress as well as my most important last dress in life (wedding dress)!!
The proposal happened on January 4th 2016 in Trinidad, West Indies. Anthony took me to Trinidad to experience my first "Trini Christmas". During that trip, Anthony took me back to my grandmother's house which was the first place we hung out since meeting each other, which was around carnival time in Trinidad. He took me to the same spot where my mother caught us "fooling around" in the backyard of my grandmother's house, and recreated the exact scenario 8 years later.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? I would describe my wedding dress as "Classic /Chic /Elegant" - very simple however with a wow affect. Wedding shopping I would say was way easier than I anticipated it to be. It took me just one day in the first bridal salon I went to (Kleinfeld Bridal) with my mom, sister in law and maid of honor. Although I initially thought I wanted a dress that was over the top and different from my normal style, I fell in love with a dress that mimicked my exact style of everyday fashion which is simple yet makes a statement at the same time. The dress incorporated exactly who I am.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? As we both are Caribbean our entertainment provided were those from Trinidad. We hired one of the most popular DJs for music - DJ Private Ryan as well as Boom Boom Room Entertainment for the rhythm section (drummers). Although we both wanted to show the importance and how serious the exchange of our vows meant to us that day, we also wanted it to be a huge celebration with our family and friends to have a great time - When Formal meets 'Fete' (Trinidad lingo meaning party).

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids - Bridal robes, monogrammed makeup bags, OPI nailpolish. Groomsmen - monogrammed flasks.
Favorite item on the menu: Pan Seared Filet Mignon with Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce served with Roasted Potatoes and Julienne Vegetables
First dance song: Luther Vandross - "Here and Now"

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Both of our favorite memory would be when it was time to sign the marriage certificate after the wedding ceremony. He was overjoyed and looking over my shoulder cheering our loud as I signed my new name (dropping my maiden name and taking his), and I was nervous with my hands trembling making sure I spelled this foreign new name on the dotted lines. It definitely at that point felt truly official - like "WE really did this" lol.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? I would say to try your best not to stress out about all the little things and details leading up to the moment. Things will fall in place just as it's meant to happen! Take your time and remember the wedding is about the bride and groom and everything else is secondary. The actual day flies by before you know it so definitely live in that moment!!

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Vendors:

Wedding Planner and Designer: Dream Plan It Events
Venue: Bourne Mansion
MUA: Renny Vasquez
MUA: Stephanie Bennett
Hair: Natalie Charles
Florist: Flowers by Brian
Officiant: Stephen Epps
DJ: DJ Private Ryan
MC: Hollywood Sachy
Rentals: Evolution Event Rentals
Drummers: Boom Boom Room TT
Photographer: Petronella Photography
Cinematographer: Dori Productions
Linens: Nuage Designs
Favors: Etsy Alquimia Shop
Invitation: Lion in the Sun
Bridal Shop: Kleinfeld
Gown Designer: Dennis Basso
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Custom
Bridesmaids Designer: La Femme
Flower Girl Dress : Pantora Bridal
Menu- Wedding Paper Divas
Groom and groomsmen attire - Saks Fifth Ave

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The Muna Love Affair is a multi-city experiential wedding show produced by Munaluchi Bride, the #1 multi-cultural magazine and online marketplace.

Since 2012, MunaLuchi has toured 16 cities across the United States, producing curated events for couples, wedding vendors, and wedding enthusiasts.

Formerly called the Munaluchi Tour, The MunaLove Affair is the newly launched curated wedding experience providing even more inspiration, a fashion show and fun experiences for all guests.

This is not your cookie-cutter bridal show. It's a wedding experience!


What to expect

At each show, you'll experience a "Munaluchi Wedding" come to life. Each participating vendor will have a fun inspiration board that they'll use to create inspiration wedding ideas with.  You can expect tasty bites, cocktails, amazing wedding vendors, beauty touchups, plenty of fashion, and lots of dancing.

For a limited, we are offering complimentary tickets to all brides/grooms that are on our mailing list.  Simply click this link to join our MunaMail list and we'll send you a code for your Free ticket.


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Brittnee and Quincy’s Beautiful Villa Wedding in Houston Texas http://munaluchibridal.com/brittnee-quincys-beautiful-villa-wedding-houston-texas/ http://munaluchibridal.com/brittnee-quincys-beautiful-villa-wedding-houston-texas/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:00:14 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=146939 Heights Villa Houston Wedding Having first met as classmates in 2005 at Texas Southern University their first date...

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Having first met as classmates in 2005 at Texas Southern University their first date arose from Brittnee's need to pass her final exam. Quincy made a bet with Brittnee that if she borrowed his notes for the exam and passed, she would have to go on a date with him. Not only did she pass but passed with an A. It was at PF Changs that Quincy collected his reward, a night full of good food, greater conversation and lots of laughs. Brittnee would come to realize that Quincy wasn't the only person winning that evening...
Their proposal would take place during Christmas, at the end of a family "Secret Santa" gift exchange. When all was thought to be unwrapped, Quincy had one more very special gift to give. Handing a small box to a very surprised Brittnee she opened it to reveal a beautiful ring followed by Quincy asking her to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

Read all about Brittnee and Quincy's love story and wedding experience below, featuring the work of MunaLuchi Coterie members Daniel T. Davis photography, planned by Events with Darrell, and with designs by Oda Creative.

And check out Brittnee and Quincy's engagement session here, also featured by MunaLuchi!

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Bride & Groom: Brittnee & Quincy
Occupations: Accountant & Process Operator
Wedding Date: November 25, 2016
Wedding Location: Heights Villa, Houston TX

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met at Texas Southern University in 2005. We took a couple of courses together and spoke to each other frequently. During one class I needed Quincy’s notes to pass a final exam. He bet me if I use his notes and pass the exam, then I would have to go on a date with him. I made an A on that exam. After I lost the bet he took me to PF Changs on our first date. We talked and laughed the whole time. I love to eat and drink. Going out to eat is still one of our favorite things to do. We also love watching movies. We like going to the movies but if we can find a good one on Netflix, and have take out, it is the best feeling ever.
Every year Quincy’s family does Secret Santa where they pull names and secretly buy gifts for that one person. This particular year I received everything on my wish list from my Secret Santa. After all the gifts are dispersed you reveal who’s whose Secret Santa. During that revealing Quincy had one more gift to give and it was very unexpected. Of course I’ve always wanted a ring but I’ve never put it on the list. His last gift was a beautiful ring and him asking me to become one with him.

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Wedding Style: I had all the guest dress in white while the decor was vibrant fall colors. Also my bridesmaids were able to choose a dress that they felt comfortable in, in shades of ivory and white. I love the forest greenery feel that the hedge wall and manzanita trees gave. The table tops were accented with rustic candles and vases. I wanted an elegant fall inspired wedding and Plants 'n Petals did just that.

How was your dress shopping experience? Dress shopping was easy, surprisingly. I knew what that I wanted sheer mesh and long sleeves with either lace or beading. I tried on about 6 or 7 dresses and then the last one I chose was a Justin Alexander gown. It was off white with a nude underlay. It was a stand out piece Le Reve Bridal boutique carried and it was perfect for my all white vision.

Bridal Party Gifts: Bridesmaids- a personalized Pandora charm bracelet with their initials. Groomsmen- gold Citizen watches
First Dance Song: "You" by Jessie Powell

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What are your fondest wedding memories: While we had many great memories from the night, I have to say one of our favorites was walking down the aisle as husband and wife. The feeling of joy, relief, and thankfulness as you look at the smiling faces cheering for you. It feels royal. We decided to walk down to Beyoncé's "Love on Top" because that is my favorite artist.

What advice do you have for engaged couples? Bride - This is cliche and you will hear it one thousand times the month before your wedding but enjoy every moment. You will not get that back. The good things, the bad things, and the surprises are all memories that will be laughter later. Oh and definitely get a videographer!
Groom - I encourage the men to get involved in the planning process. Speak up prior to a month before the wedding if you want something specific at the wedding.

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Vendors: 

Events With Darrell-wedding planner
Signature Events-DJ
Daniel T. Davis-photographer
Edible Designs by Jessie-wedding cake
Rals Fine catering
Irie jade beauty-Make up
Exalted Hands-hair stylist
Plants N Petals-floral and decor
Oda Creative - Creative Designs
Balani Custom-Grooms Custom Tux
Brides Shoes-INC International
Soloiest-Darlene Bonner

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Serenade: A Muna Love Affair – Washington DC by All RelEvents http://munaluchibridal.com/serenade-a-muna-love-affair-washington-dc-by-all-relevents/ http://munaluchibridal.com/serenade-a-muna-love-affair-washington-dc-by-all-relevents/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:17:05 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=146225 Serenade DC All RelEvents72 To Serenade is to entertain one's love by display of talent in hope of winning...

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To Serenade is to entertain one's love by display of talent in hope of winning their deepest affections. In our journey to inspire love, MunaLuchi has created Serenade: A Muna Love Affair, to present the opportunity for engaged couples to experience the serenading together in an unforgettable date night experience. Vended by the Coterie - MunaLuchi's curated catalog of elite wedding and event vendors, selected couples are provided with a professional makeup application, photoshoot, fine dining, gift boxes and more.

This weeks Serenade took place in Washington DC at Passion Fish Bethesda, organized, designed, and florals arranged by event planner Denise Kelly of All RelEvents, and featuring makeup artistry by Jennifer Thorpe, stationery by Teaira Abston of Dreamcatcher Stationery, and beautifully captured by photographer Trene Forbes of Trenique Artistry, and videographer Jamil Pope of Pope Wedding Films (see the complete vendor list below).

See the complete gallery here and check out the Serenade page for future locations and couples application details here.

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Vendors:
Trene Forbes, Trenique Artistry - photographer
Jennifer Thorpe, Jennifer Thorpe Beauty - makeup artist
Passion Fish Bethesda - venue and catering
Teaira Abston, Dreamcatcher Stationery - Stationer
Denise Kelly, All RelEvents - planner, designer and floral arrangements
Jamil Pope, Pope Wedding Films - videographer

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