Munaluchi Bride #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:52:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Part III: Roxanne Bellamy Talks Miami Destination Weddings At The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:00:58 +0000 miami-destination-weddings-vizcaya-roxanne-bellamy-events-stanlo-photograhy353 #HappyTuesday! Event designer and planner, Roxanne Bellamy is back at it again with part three of...

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#HappyTuesday! Event designer and planner, Roxanne Bellamy is back at it again with part three of her Miami destination wedding series!

Throughout the series, Roxanne will be sharing with us more on why Miami is the perfect stateside location for your "I-do's" while providing you with the ideal venues to hold your nuptials based on the aesthetic you're hoping to achieve on your wedding day! Today she is speaking to all couples who yearn to marry amid sunny skies, immaculate, lush greenery and picturesque blue lagoon's.

Gander on for more from Roxanne below


It goes without saying that Miami is the place to be if you want fun in the sun with a twist of nightlife. Face it, you’ve heard of South Beach for the strip of restaurants and beautiful beach views, Wynwood for the eclectic art galleries and food trucks, and Brickell for its beauty and fine dining. People visit this destination to experience the whole “Miami lifestyle” for a bit because it’s truly a place like no other.

But hidden away from the popular spots and outside of the typical adventures within the city, there are secret gems that are the perfect venues for couples to consider for their weddings. We’ve already mentioned the Spanish-inspired oasis, The Bath Club and the modern art inspired sanctuary, The Temple House as stunning options for weddings; now we bring to you Vizcaya Museum & Gardens which is truly a venue like no other. This renaissance provides an out of this century appeal and is perfect for just about any wedding you had in mind.

Couples should consider this historic treasure for their special day because it’s:


Vizcaya provides the ultimate feeling of regality with its grand exterior which doubles as the perfect backdrop for amazing portraits.


Contrary to the popular beach wedding, this venue still satisfies your need to be close to the water by providing spectacular views overlooking a sunken barge and amazing blue lagoon.

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Vizcaya boasts 43 acres of lavish, immaculate gardens creating a secret world for couples and guests to explore.

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Palatial glamour blends seamlessly with the romantic history fostered within this gorgeous venue. Simple details go a long way as the rich, lush venue of Vizcaya is a statement in itself. A glamorous wedding would be the perfect inspiration for The Biltmore Hotel. Adding seemingly humble yet regal attire and décor will create a stunning wedding that is unlike any other.

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Photography: Stanlo Photography
Article: Roxanne Bellamy Events

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Wedding Prep 101: 5 Tips To Nail Your Bridal Portrait Session Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:30:28 +0000 whimsical-wonderland-bridal-editorial-shoot-cesar-chavez-photography-112 Wedding Prep 101! Today we're sharing a few tips on how to get the...

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Wedding Prep 101! Today we're sharing a few tips on how to get the most out of your bridal portrait session. What are bridal sessions you ask? Southern in tradition, bridal portraits take place when the bride, minus her beau, takes photos in her full bridal attire; hair/makeup, jewelry - and (drum roll please!) the veil, bouquet and dress are also included.

Bridal sessions typically take place 1-2 months before the wedding and are a fun way for the bride to curb her wedding jitters while getting a trial run for picture taking on the big day. The photos are often given as a gift or displayed at the ceremony on wedding day.

Brides-to-be grab a notepad to jot down our tips on how to nail your bridal portrait session while viewing accompanying photos by Cesar Chavez Photography.


Hair & Makeup Trial
Brides, please don't try your hand at your own hair and makeup! You should make sure to schedule the trial on the same day as the shoot. Getting your hair and makeup done for the bridal session is a great way to get an idea of how things will run on the "big day". Not only will it give you the opportunity to try out those "inspiration looks" that you've been gathering for months but a chance to also test out your hair and makeup artists to ensure those are who you want to use on wedding day.


Photographer Chemistry
Bridal sessions are prime time to see your photographer "in action". This will offer you the opportunity to get better acquainted with them and will ultimately allow you to feel more comfortable entrusting them to capture your big day.


Timing & Location
Properly planning your bridal session is key, because while it may seem simple, there are many elements that must be factored in. If you're planning an outdoor or indoor bridal session, chose a location with lots of natural light and one that will offer the versatility to shoot indoors or out. This is important in cases of mother nature raining on your parade. And speaking of mother nature, please consider selecting a rain date (and informing your vendors in advance) for your bridal session, just in case!


Accessories, Florals & Props
Request that your wedding day florist make up a mock bouquet. You should also make sure to bring along all of the accessories you plan to wear on wedding day. This will be the perfect moment to view how they look when paired with your gown - and anything that doesn't look quite right can be adjusted for the big day! Including props within the shoot are also an awesome way to showcase your personality in order for your portraits to be as unique as you!


Bring A Friend
Last but not least, make sure to bring someone along (ie; your mom or maid-of-honor) to help assist, ease those awkward moments when the bridal session first begins, and also offer you coaching advice on your model poses.

Photographer: Cesar Chavez, Cesar Chavez Photography
Designer: Sheri Autry, Sheri Autry Couture
Venue: Montpelier Mansion 
Makeup Artist: Micaela Orsolini, Ella Beauty LLC
Hair Stylist: Trenice Brown
Floral Designer: Maher's Florist
Caterer: Katelyn Machnica, Catering by Uptown
Event Planner: Yamila Chacon, JUST PERFECT by YC, LLC
Second Shooter: Adina Baker, Bliss Culture Photography
Model: Jasmine Collins


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MunaMonday: A Round Up Of Our Favorite #MunaluchiBride Instagram Posts Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:27:21 +0000 lavender-gold-wedding-in-houston-tx-rozanna-efe-grif-kolberg-photograhpy-dconcierge783 Happy MunaMonday! Though we're missing the weekend already - we've hit our recharge buttons and...

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Happy MunaMonday! Though we're missing the weekend already - we've hit our recharge buttons and are now ready to kick off another amazing week! We've spent some time browsing the 'gram for this week's best #MunaluchiBride posts and have rounded up our faves for your viewing pleasure. From blushing brides and their beaus to engaged couples to handsome groomsmen and more. Gander on for our favorites and be sure to follow us on Instagram for daily wedding inspiration!

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Ray J & Princess Love Are Getting Married – With A Little Help From The Coterie! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:26:12 +0000 RayJPrincessLove Photo Credit: E! News Love & Hip-Hop reality star Ray J's bachelor days are...

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Photo Credit: E! News

Love & Hip-Hop reality star Ray J's bachelor days are swiftly coming to an end as he's schedule to wed longtime girlfriend, Princess Love this August. The couple are planning to tie the knot in Los Angeles with a little help from our fabulous coterie members; planner, Darryl of D'Concierge Weddings Events (who will be working alongside Diann Valentine of DVLW weddings) stationery designer, Oda Creative and photography duo, Pharris Photography.

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Channeling their classic black and white color scheme, Oda Creative designed their fabulous invites which also played into their elegant black-tie dress code.

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Ray J proposed to Princess back in December with an 8-carat diamond ring in front of the couple's closest loved ones.

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The pair, who's relationship has been documented on the VH1 series, will be broadcasting their "I-do's" for the upcoming season of the show, which airs in August.

We can't wait to get a glimpse of the visuals from their big day!

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Tatyana Ali’s Nostalgic Nuptials Takes Us On A Trip Down Memory Lane Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:54:07 +0000 Tatyana_ali_wedding_1 Actress, singer and model Tatyana Ali, 37, also best known for her role as...

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Tatyana_ali_wedding_1Actress, singer and model Tatyana Ali, 37, also best known for her role as Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is officially married. This past Sunday afternoon Tatyana and her beau Dr. Vaughn Rasberry, an assistant professor at Stanford University, said “I Do” at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

The beautiful couple met on the dating website eHarmony in 2014 and have been inseparable ever since.  “It was my first time dating online. We wrote letters for months before we decided to skype. And then, of course, met” the actress told ET. After dating for almost two years Tatyana and Vaughn got engaged earlier this year on January 2 during a romantic Yosemite, California hike in a beautiful redwood park. “He proposed in the most picturesque clearing”, she told US Weekly. “Just the tow of us. It was so thoughtful and perfect. We’re best friends.”


Tatyana and Vaughn had an intimate Caribbean inspired wedding ceremony and reception with the help of their good friend and wedding planner, Michael Russo. “The wedding décor was inspired by Tatyana’s Caribbean family history,” Russo tells ET. “Lots of bright yellow and blue flowers with touches of lush tropical greens.” Their wedding guest, just a little over a hundred people, only consisted of family and close friends, which inspired an impromptu Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion – as Barbara Avery, widow of James Avery; Karyn Parsons; Joseph Marcell; Alfonso Roberio and wife Angela Unkrich were all in attendance.


The gorgeous mother-to-be glowed as she walked down the isle in a custom form-fitting off-white Amsale gown, showing off her growing baby bump, for the special day. Vaughn also looked dashing as he wore a custom grey three piece bespoke tuxedo designed by Octavius Terry-Sims.






We congratulate Mr. & Mrs. Rasberry on their blissful nuptials and forthcoming birth of their child.

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Rustic Outdoor Wedding in Pittsburgh, PA: Breanne + Arun Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:00:52 +0000 Breanne-Arun-rustic-outdoor-wedding-caitlin-thomas-photography-pittsburgh-pa202 Breanne and Arun met during their first year of medical school."We started hanging out...

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Breanne-Arun-rustic-outdoor-wedding-caitlin-thomas-photography-pittsburgh-pa146Breanne and Arun met during their first year of medical school."We started hanging out through mutual friends and began spending more and more time together. I was attracted by his sense of humor - he could even make study sessions almost fun, and he was impressed I had enough sarcasm to keep up" shares Breanne. One night, while the two were out, twirling it up on the dance floor, Breanne decided to make the first move. And apparently she made quite the impression. Arun took her out on their first date the following week and the relationship only skyrocketed from there.

Following two blissful years of dating, the couple headed to Charleston for a spring break vaykay. "The food was delicious, the hotel extravagant, and the champagne overflowing. A few days into the trip he took me onto the hotel terrace for breakfast. The terrace overlooked the harbor and there were flowers everywhere" says Breanne. With the mood set just right, Arun was ready to utter those four magical words to his love. "He got down on one knee and said something beautiful as I grabbed his face and kissed him. As I said yes (and he put my dream ring on my finger), hotel workers brought out an enormous bouquet of roses and an incredible breakfast. We spent the rest of the day eating, drinking, and being in love" shares Breanne.

This beautiful couple wed in an outdoor ceremony in Pittsburgh, that combined a rustic feel with delicate hints of glam within the decor, while details - including an adorable table to make your own S'mores and personalized sandalwood fans added special touches. Peruse on for more from this wedding captured by Jennie Greif of Caitlin Thomas Photography.

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Bride: Breanne Britton
Groom: Arun Das
Occupations: Both are medical students
Wedding Date: 7/19/2015
Wedding Location: Succop Nature Park in Pittsburgh, Pa

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Describe your wedding dress and your favorite wedding accessory?
I wore an ivory wedding gown with spaghetti straps and an open v neckline. My favorite aspect of the dress was the open back with lace and light beading detail. My favorite accessory was a delicate diamond necklace that my oldest sister wore on her wedding day (my something borrowed).

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Quick Facts
Bridesmaids gifts: Monogrammed robes
Groomsmen gift: Inscribed wooden wine opening kit
First dance song: "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance: "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
Favorite item on the menu: Eggplant rollatini
Wedding cake flavor: White almond batter with vanilla bean filling

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
Arun is Indian and I am African American. We wanted to incorporate both of our backgrounds into our wedding. A few days before the wedding I had a bridal shower during which a local Mehndi artist decorated my hands, arms, and feet. My favorite part was how she hid Arun's name in the Mehndi so he could find it on the wedding night. The day prior to the wedding we had a traditional Indian ceremony, and on our wedding day we had a Christian ceremony. It was a blessing to be able to celebrate both of our backgrounds and join our two families and their traditions.

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What is your best memory from your wedding?
My favorite memory from the wedding was squeezing my soon-to-be husband's hands as we said our vows. Even though there were over a hundred people around us, it felt like it was just the two of us.


Venue: Succop Nature Park
Caterer: Medure's Catering
Wedding cake: Bethel Bakery 
Photography: Jennie Greif for Caitlin Thomas Photography
Make-up artist: Allison Roth Studio
Hair stylist:Kathy Mathews
DJ: DJ Master Gee and DJ Alex 
Florist: My Garden
Decorator: Patricia Britton

Violinist: Steven Vance Entertainment 
Wedding dress designer: Marisa
Wedding dress salon: Love Couture Bridal 
Shoes: INC International Concepts (Macy's)
Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew
Stationery: CDI Printing Services 


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Sophisticated Plum & Ivory Wedding in Washington DC: Mekdes + Joseph Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:00:22 +0000 Mekdes-Joseph-wedding-in-washington-dc-edward-underwood-photography060 Mekdes and Joseph don't call their introduction fate, they call it a blessing. The...

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Mekdes-Joseph-wedding-in-washington-dc-edward-underwood-photography079Mekdes and Joseph don't call their introduction fate, they call it a blessing. The pair were originally connected through a mutual friend who thought the two would make a good match - and apparently this friend was spot on. Fast forwarding through their whirlwind relationship, Joseph knew it was time to make Mekdes his bride, but he couldn't pop-the-question without receiving her parents permission and blessing first.

"Joseph surprised me by having his Uncle fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to ask my parents permission. He knows I'm old-fashioned and I wouldn't say no if he asked me directly. But he knew it would mean so much more to me if he asked my parents first and that's exactly what he did" shares Mekdes. After receiving her parents permission, Joseph proposed to Mekdes during a large family dinner that featured Indian cuisine - which happens to be the couple's favorite food!

The couple wed in a sophisticated, plum and ivory ceremony in Washington, DC captured by coterie member, Edward Underwood.

Gander on for more from this charming couple below.

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The Couple: Mekdes & Joseph Oppong
Wedding date: 08/08/2015
Wedding location: Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC

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Describe your wedding dress!
Wedding dress was by Demetrios, it was a fitted A-line with a sweetheart neckline & beaded embroidery that flows on to the skirt. The back features crystal buttons and semi-chapel train.


What was wedding shopping like for you?
Very stressful b/c I'm not a big fan of shopping! I go to a store to pick what I need. I don't do wind shopping or walk around the mall. The bridal boutique at Tysons Corner was my second and last stop. I didn't shop around a lot like other brides would do. I ordered my dress 5 month before the wedding. I was just lucky to get it on time!


Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
We both are from Africa. I'm Ethiopian & he is Ghanaian. There was Ethiopian and Ghanaian cuisine as well as American. The music similarly reflected our respective cultures.

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Quick Facts:
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Gift cards
Favorite item on the menu: Vegetables for me & Jollof rice for Joe:)
First dance song: "Have I ever told you Lately", Rod Stewart

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Hire a wedding planner!

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What is your best memory from your wedding?
Everything, to be honest! Of course, walking down the aisle & the first dance were remarkable moments. From the morning of the wedding day where Joseph sneaked in to my bridal suite & got me a coffee to the last minute of it. :)


Photography Company: Edward Underwood Photography
Videographer Company: Video Express
DJ/Band Company: DJ Life
Wedding Cake Provider: Fluffy Thoughts
Decoration/Linen Company: DaVinci 
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Weddings by Tanzi 
Nigerian Food Caterer: Fransar Catering 
Ethiopian Food Caterer: Dama Catering
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Lee 


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“A Spring Romance & Presidential Love Story” Engagement Session in Washington, DC: Cadene + Mitch Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:55 +0000 Cadene-mitch-spring-love-presidential-love-washington-dc-lauren-cowart-photography994 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,...

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Mitch and Cadene can thank President Obama for their chance meeting. Yes, thee President Barack Obama. In 2011 while Cadene was serving as an executive board member for the Washington DC Chapter of a campaign fundraising organization that targeted young professionals under 40 in the district, she encountered Mitch.

Mitch, a corporate executive, is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of an organization that hosts special events in the district and across the country. On August 4, 2011 he coordinated a fundraising event for President Obama’s Re-Election Campaign in Washington, DC, in partnership with the organization in which Cadene served. They crossed paths for the first time at the event amid drinks and dinner. And the rest was sweet history.

Mitch and Cadene met, fell in love in and plan to wed in Washington, DC - so it was only right their engagement shoot, captured by the uber-talented Lauren Cowart, take place in the city that has become their home. The first half of their engagement session, inspired by cherry blossoms, (which symbolize love and joy) is titled, “Spring Romance” as it speaks to the essence of both spring and the couple’s Spring 2017 wedding date.

For their next scene, the couple headed to Downtown DC's edgy Mason & Rock hotel to shoot the “Presidential Love Story” portion of their e-session. The two hoped to convey a look that portrayed “James Bond meets Barack and Michelle at the White House State Dinner." The couple also spoke to their “black-tie”, adults only ceremony, which is being planned by Coterie member, Yodit Gebreyes Endale of Favored by Yodit Events.

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Bride-To-Be: Cadene Russell
Groom-To-Be: Mitch Brooks, IV
Occupations: Cadene: Attorney | Mitch: Business Executive
Wedding Date: Spring 2017
Wedding Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Engagement session locations: Cherry Blossoms near the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC and Mason & Rook (A Kimpton Hotel) in Washington, DC
Wedding Hashtag: #BetterAsBrooks


The Proposal: "Love High In The Sky"
In 2015, while the pair were in Florida spending the Christmas holidays with Cadene’s family, Mitch told her that he had a special pre-Christmas surprise planned. He informed Cadene that he wanted to head to Miami for date night. On Christmas Eve the couple buckled their seatbelts and headed to an executive airport outside of Miami. Once they arrived the pair were whisked away on a breathtaking, sunset helicopter tour of the city and its surrounding beaches.

Following landing, just as Cadene was about to walk away from the copter, Mitch halted her tracks to serenade his love for her and also share how he wanted them to begin the rest of their lives together. Next, Mitch fell on bended knee and asked Cadene to be his wife. Of course, she obliged. In the wings, Cadene spied professional photographer, Cedino Teme taking photos of the beautiful moment while Miami Helicopter staff congratulated the two on their engagement!

Proposal Photo Credit: Cendino Teme Photography

What Did You Do On Your First Date?
Mitch: Cadene and I met at Union Pub on Capitol Hill one weekday evening after work. We enjoyed a few drinks and had a casual, but candid, conversation about our backgrounds, family, life goals and passions. We actually sat and talked for several hours late into the night until after the venue closed. Not wanting the night to end, we walked around the neighborhood, within just a few blocks of the Capitol, and spent the rest of the night talking and learning more about one another.

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What Is Your Favorite Thing To Do As A Couple?
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” - Henry Miller
J.R.R. Tolkien was right when he said “not all who wander are lost” because we love to travel. Individually, both of us have a passion for seeing the world. We were avid travelers even before meeting so it only makes sense that one of our favorite things to do is hop on a plane and explore new countries and new cultures. As a couple, Europe and the Caribbean have been our homes away from home and we plan to add many more stamps to our passports over the years. In fact, we’ve touched down on the beautiful island of Jamaica quite a few times because it is where my (Cadene’s) family is from. Lucky for me, Mitch loves Bob Marley, the beach, and rum punch just as much as I do!


How Has Wedding Planning Been So Far?
Because both of us have been extremely involved in every aspect of the wedding planning process, planning has gone really well thus far. In fact, in certain areas of the planning process, Mitch has been even more involved than I have. I’ve lived in Louisiana for the past several months for work and he has had to visit venues in DC, Maryland and Virginia even without me on many occasions. Although we knew this well before wedding planning began, one of the blessings of this experience has been that it reinforces how great of a team we are. We also have an amazing planner, Yodit Gebreyes Endale of Favored by Yodit Events, who has helped us navigate the planning process.


Another interesting piece of the planning process has been creating the guest list: we both know so many people! More importantly, we have so many friends and family members who love and support us. So one of the first things we did as a couple, even before choosing a venue, was create a guest list. With that out of the way, planning has been pretty stress free! We will be getting married before God, at a venue that we love, and we will be surrounded by people we adore and that support our union. We couldn’t ask for anything better than that.

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What Are You Looking Forward To Most On The Wedding Day?
Cadene: Walking down the aisle toward my husband and seeing all of those tears he is going to cry! Then hosting an amazing party to celebrate a wonderful new beginning.

Mitch: My bride walking down the aisle. That will be the single greatest moment for me on the wedding day


Wedding Planner: Yodit Gebreyes Endale of Favored by Yodit Events 
Engagement Session Photographer: Lauren Cowart Photography 
Miami Helicopter Proposal Photographer: Cendino Teme Photography 
MUA: Tiyana Robinson (formerly Luxury Brown Beauty)
Groom's Tux: The Black Tux 
Engagement shoot location: Mason & Rook  (A Kimpton Hotel)


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Charming Engagement Session in Uptown Charlotte, NC: Robyn + Amir Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:00:59 +0000 engagement-session-in-Charlotte-NC-robyn-amir-Kharis-Photography-967 Just because it isn't love at first sight, doesn't mean everlasting love can't be...

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The first time Robyn laid eyes on Amir was during freshman orientation at Elizabeth State University. Robyn was registering for classes for the upcoming semester when she spied a then, random guy sporting a Bluetooth headset. "I remember thinking, 'what a cornball!' Little did I know what God had in store for us" shares Robyn.

Months later, the two formally met while participating in a summer internship program. On the first night, the program held a movie night as a way for the students to break the ice and interact. "I was sitting in the back of the room, when this guy (Amir) walked up to me. And I remember thinking he had a nice smile and he was cute, but we didn’t say anything to each other" says Robyn. After a while, Amir attempted to make conversation with Robyn, but she just wasn't into it! "There eventually came a point where he asked me for my pillow. And I just gave it to him and didn’t say thing" shares Robyn.

Eventually, Amir charmed his way into Robyn's heart during a game of volleyball. The two were teammates and in between serves, he kept cracking jokes as a way to keep Robyn laughing. "We continued to get to know each other throughout the summer, and the rest is history" shares Robyn.

Gander on for more from this couples' charming engagement session shot in various locations of Uptown Charlotte by photographer, Rachel McCullough of Kharis Photography.


Bride-to-be: Robyn Evans
Groom-to-be: Amir Boler
Occupations: Robyn: Interaction Designer at Wells Fargo | Amir: Associate Youth Counselor at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center
Wedding date: 9/10/2016
Wedding location: The City Club at Gibson Mill in Concord, NC
Engagement shoot location: Various locations in Uptown Charlotte

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The Proposal:
Amir: "It was while living in D.C. I realized that I didn’t want to live life without Robyn. She had moved to Indiana for grad-school, while I was working in the Capital. It was during the summer after her graduation that I decided to take a trip to see her parents to ask for their blessing to marry their daughter. They were shocked, but excited. I didn’t have the ring yet, but was in the process of saving to get her something nice.


By that following December, we had moved to Charlotte and were still getting settled into our new apartment when I took a trip to Jared, the Galleria of Jewelry! They gave me a whole tutorial on rings, diamonds—cuts, clarity, etc. I found two rings I really liked, so I got our families and her best friend’s opinion of both rings. We all were in agreement on the ring I selected—a cushion cut, halo diamond.


The night I proposed, was an interesting one. It was Christmas Eve and I had just got off work. Robyn was getting ready to go to her family’s annual Christmas Eve party at her cousin’s house. I don’t know exactly how we got on the subject, but we started arguing about the kids we did not have yet. When she got ready to leave, I told her I wasn’t up to it. But after she left, I realized that this would be the perfect opportunity to pop the question.


My family was together in Philadelphia, so I called them to let them know what was going on. All they said was “Finally!” I then called her sister to tell her. She helped me get in touch with her Aunt and we came up with a plan for me to come in while Robyn was surrounded by everyone “taking a family picture.” When the time came, I walked in the house with roses in one hand and a box in the other. I remember her look of confusion and then shock when I dropped to one knee. I professed my love for her, showed her the ring, and asked her if she would do me the honor of being my wife. And the rest is history!"


Describe your engagement session! Did you have a theme?
Our engagement session was very relaxed. We didn’t have a theme, but we had some key components that we knew we wanted include—our dog Shadow, the denim outfits we wore, etc. Amir kept fighting me on the denim outfits, but end the end those were some of his favorite pictures!


What did you do on your first date?
Our first date was on a Friday night to a local fair near Elizabeth City. We ended up going with a group of friends, but split off on our own for some of the rides. Amir was determined to win me something lol. I remember him trying to knock down some pins with a baseball, but he kept over throwing the ball—our friends have this on tape somewhere. Before the end of the night, he ended up winning me a stuffed bear.

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?
We enjoy getting out the house! Amir is a big movie buff so we practically live at our local AMC theatre. We also enjoy going to the museums, parks, and aquariums.

On the days we stay in, we have game night. We have everything from Taboo to Rockem Sockem Robots! Give us a good game, some pizza, and a movie and we’re good to go!


How has wedding planning been so far?
Wedding planning has been an adventure. We have a very clear vision for our wedding day and lucky we have been able to find the right team to bring that vision to life! I think my favorite part of the process has been picking out the décor! I am big on details, so this was fun! The tastings have been fun as well.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day!
The moment I am looking forward to the most is walking down the aisle and seeing Amir. I know its going to be very emotional for the both of us. I’m also looking forward to the reception—good food, music, and just celebrating with our friends and family!


Photographer: Rachel McCullough, Kharis Photography


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Deciphering The Dress Code: What To Wear To A Black Tie Wedding Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:00:50 +0000 Yasar-Deep-Plunge-Maxi-Dress- what-to-wear Seeing the words ‘Black Tie’ on a  wedding invitation can initially evoke emotions of...

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Seeing the words ‘Black Tie’ on a  wedding invitation can initially evoke emotions of excitement and fear within guests. Excitement because there’s finally a opportunity to pull out all the stops and dress up, fear because one may not have anything to wear or know the first place to look for something suitable for the dress code. The issue that most people encounter is first understanding what exactly ‘Black Tie’ is and what is the appropriate rule of thumb when it comes to style. No need to fret! We’re here to help break it all down for you.

As we generally know ‘Black Tie’ is a dress code for social gatherings that basically states that men should wear tuxedos while women should wear something to compliment the look. While this is a simple concept for a man to apply - what’s so hard about finding a tux? - it still leaves women clueless regarding all of the intricacies that ‘Black Tie’ attire entails.

For us ladies, a ‘Black Tie’ dress code calls for sleek silhouettes, floor-length gowns or a formal cocktail dress (think brocades, embellishments or A-line) are most appropriate. This does not mean that you have to buy an insanely expensive ball gown, if you don’t already own one, but you should still consider something this very dressy, classic and is rich in color. Conversely, women who opt to wear a cocktail dress should also make sure to keep the colors rich (black, jewel tones and dark metallics) and remember to choose a respectable length that’s below-the-knee or three-quarter length (midi).

When you’re looking of a dress,the objective should be to find a piece that looks ‘smart’ and elegant. Our overall tip would be to avoid anything thats loud in color, tight and falls more than an inch above the knee. Here, you can begin shopping as we’ve rounded up 10 chic ‘Black Tie’ appropriate gowns that will be suitable for any wedding.


AQ/AQ - Yasar Deep Plunge Maxi Dress, $214.50, Aqaq.comYasar-Deep-Plunge-Maxi-Dress- what-to-wear

Rachel Zoe - Candace Dress, $598,

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Reformation - Anne Dress, $428,


True Violet - Pleated 2 in 1 Midi Dress, $96,


AQ/AQ - Sedona Backless Maxi Dress, $303,


Jill Jill Stuart - Color Block Gown, $398,


Reformation - Dylan Dress, $388,


Lovers & Friends - X Revolve The Slip Dress, $298,


Reformation - Frozen Dress, $248,


Elise Ryan - Pleated Midi Dress With Lace Insert, $98,


Which dress can you envision yourself donning at your next 'Black Tie' wedding? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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