Munaluchi Bridal Magazine http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:48:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Downtown Miami Engagement Session: Stacey + Jude http://munaluchibridal.com/downtown-miami-engagement-session-stacey-jude/ http://munaluchibridal.com/downtown-miami-engagement-session-stacey-jude/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:53:02 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=73705 Artistic Vision & Design, Inc Stacey and Jude met their senior year in high school, but didn’t really know...

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Stacey and Jude met their senior year in high school, but didn’t really know much about one another.  It was because of Stacey’s cousin that they met…she knew they both didn’t have prom dates and hooked them.  Although they attended the prom, they still didn’t truly communicate much, then graduated and went their separate ways.  Ten years later, thanks to Facebook, they linked up again and the relationship flourished from that point on.

In their engagement session, they took to the streets of Miami.  It was fun, flirty and full of color.  Totally loving the second part of their session where they re-enacted prom night…prom king and prom queen fabulosity!

Enjoy these images courtesy of Artistic Vision Photography.

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Bride-to-be: Stacey Pacouloute
Groom-to-be: Jude Lubin
Occupations:  Social Worker/Electrician

What did you do on your first date?

The first date was at a restaurant and then we walked on the beach. We stopped by a bar and got a drink. We used the time alone to really get to know each other as adults.

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

We love to go to different restaurants and try out new food. We also enjoy taking long car rides to nowhere.

How has wedding planning been so far?

It has been easy. We are not bride/ groom zillas. It has been stressless and open to suggestions. I have done almost all of the planning, phone calls, attended meetings etc. I want to enjoy my experience and remember it for the rest of my life. I want to be present and not have high or low expectations.

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

We are looking to have a memorable time with our friends and family. Neither one of us has ever had a celebration (birthday party, graduation party etc,,) on our behalf so this wedding will be for every graduation, birthday, and accomplishment that was never celebrated.

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When Sondatre saw Lesley’s picture on an online dating site she stopped in her tracks. After one glimpse at the face of that beautiful woman “with a smile that could melt a tub of ice,”  Sondatre was intrigued.  A few brief exchanges over the phone ensued, and they decided to meet up for an official date restaurant.  They talked for hours, laughing so often that they both hardly touched their food.  Sadly, Sondatre was called in to work at the hospital that evening, and she had to leave their date early. But she went to work with a huge smile on her face.

After a year long whirlwind romance, both Sondatre and Lesley knew they wanted to get married. Sondatre decided she wanted to surprise Lesley with a proposal that included their closest family and friends.  So she told Lesley that they would be attending a surprise party for a friend at a restaurant. Sondatre recalls, “we walked up the stairs and onto a balcony area of the restaurant where 10 of our closest friends were waiting. As we walked in everyone yelled, ‘Surprise!’…holding candles while ‘At Last,’ by Etta James ( her favorite song) played in the background. She was clueless and was still looking for the birthday girl! One of my friends handed her 24 long stem purple roses (her favorite color), and then everyone pulled out a camera or cellphone. Lesley was in shock, and I was so nervous I could barely keep from shaking as I went through my proposal spill. I pulled out a box from Jared…and only then did she realize what was really going on.”

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Sondatre thought pulling off a surprise proposal was hard, but wedding planning turned out to be a bigger challenge.  Lesley was on another continent, so Sondatre had to do much of the initial planning on her own. After nixing several wedding ideas, the couple worked with planner Darryl Wilson of D’Concierge Events to pull together a wedding theme celebrating Lesley’s favorite musician, Prince.  Sondatre shares, “The ceremony was named Diamonds and Pearls and the reception was named The Purple Rain Affair.  Our colors where Charcoal, Purple, Plum, and Ivory, which were noted in the décor as well as diamond, pearl and mirror accents to give it glam and elegance.”

Their wedding was full of the opulent glamour associated with the famous singer, but the most memorable moment was a surprise Lesley pulled together for Sondatre.  Sondatre shares, “Lesley knows that I have a passion for the arts, so she surprised me with a professional dance group called Urban Soul and a local artist by the name of Miriam who performed with a 3 piece band. The dancers performed to a choreographed piece, while Miriam sang ‘Diamonds’  by Rihanna.”  Sondatre and Lesley’s wedding theme of Diamonds and Pearls definitely symbolizes their love: strong, beautiful and enduring.

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Quick Facts

Prince Theme/Inspiration with a feel of Hollywood glam.
Flowers: Roses, Calla Lilies, Birds of Paradise, Hydrangeas, Orchids
First Dance: “Couple of Forever’s” by Chrisette Michelle second half mixed into “Differences” by Genuine
Wedding Cake Flavor: Vanilla with strawberry cream filling, buttercream icing
Wedding Menu:  Passed Appetizers: Beef Crostini, Margarita Chicken Puff Pastry, Tea and Water
Seated Dinner: House/Dinner salad with the choice of dressing, Beef Tenderloin with mushroom sauce and grilled asparagus, Mashed Potatoes, Tomatoes stuffed with Goat Cheese
BridesMaids Gifts: Full glam makeup artist and hairstylist in the suite. I also handed out Goodie bags filled with matching purple polish, rainbow lip gloss, and other treats.
Groomsmen gifts: Personalized group photos
Bride Gift: Pearl Necklace and matching earrings from Blue Nile
Broom Gift: Personalized Dog tag and Bracelet with Wedding Date, Team White and message inscribed on both sides.

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Vendors

Wedding/Event Concierge:  D’Concierge Events
Photography:  Texas Photo and Video LLC  
Decals: Ten23Design
Hair:  Essence of Faith Hair Studio, Stylist Shemika Lacey 
(florals, pipe and draping):  Keisha’s Kreation
Venue:  Magnolia Hotel Houston 
Dress:  Brickhouse Bridal  / Dress:  Allure Bridal (bride ceremony dress) / Sherri Hill (bride reception dress)
Brides Ring and accessories:  Bride’s Robbins Brothers 
Jewelry:  Jared the Gallery of Jewelry  (Broom ring)
Bridesmaids Dress:  Ventura Bridal 
BowTie:  Mrs Bow Tie 
Suits:  Al’s Formal Wear 
Makeup:  Lash-A Studio, Lakishia Murray
Engrave it Houston, www.engraveithouston.com
Cake Couture: Tiffany Janelle/Chef
Invitations, menu cards, table numbers:  The Party Architects, Helen E. Dailey/Designer
Wedding shoes, bride:  Badgley Mischka
DJ:  The Party Inc.
Barber:  The Exclusive Barber Shop
Chairs, linens and napkins:  What’s the Occasion Linens
Dancers:  Urban Souls Dance Company 
Programs: TJ Designs
Marium Rattller – Live Singer 
Custom Dance Floor:  DJU Production 
Custom Cake Topper:  Enchanting Moment 
 

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D’Concierge to Host Sneak Peek of Diann Valentine’s Signature Wedding Cuff’s http://munaluchibridal.com/dconcierge-host-sneak-peek-diann-valentines-signature-wedding-cuffs/ http://munaluchibridal.com/dconcierge-host-sneak-peek-diann-valentines-signature-wedding-cuffs/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:03:59 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=73682 Diann Valentine-2 Attention all brides in the Houston area! If you are looking for that special...

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Attention all brides in the Houston area! If you are looking for that special unique touch for your wedding day we highly recommend you attend this event! D’Concierge Events will be hosting celebrity wedding designer Diann Valentine at La Reve Bridal Couture, January 8, 2015 from 6pm – 8pm.

During the event Diann Valentine will be providing a sneak peek of her signature Wedding Cuff Collection. Her collection provides an alternative to the traditional wedding bouquet. You spend so much on your wedding dress, why not show it off to it’s fullest potential? Bouquets can be so beautiful and robust they can serve as a distraction when you are holding it down the aisle over your dress.

Diann Valentine’s cuffs allow brides to keep that floral tradition but with a twist that allows the bride to truly showcase her beautiful dress down the aisle!

If interested in attending or have any questions please contact D’Concierge Events here: rsvp@dconcierge.net

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Is working out in the winter challenging for you? When the temperature drops  do you just want to stay in bed, gorge on Netflix and do some online shopping? (Yeah, me too). But since we have goals to crush and fitness levels to reach, we are going to do everything we can to get a good workout session in all winter (before or after Netflix of course).  Here are 4 tips to combat the unwillingness to workout just because it’s cold:

Don’t Go Straight Home - Plan ahead and pack your workout clothes the night before and bring them into work. You’re more likely to go straight to the gym afterwards.

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Get Yourself Some Exercise Equipment - Purchase a medicine ball, a  resistance band, free weights etc. Keep them in a location of the house that you frequent the most so they can be a constant reminder for you to get up and get moving.

Workout at Home (If you’re not into the gym) – Create a workout space in your home. There are workout videos such as Nike Training and P90x that you can do, or try Kelly Rowland’s Workout Video with celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins. Download free workout apps and get moving.

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Bring a Buddy - Ask your coworker or friend to workout with you. When you and a friend workout together, you can push each other harder and possibly have a better workout. Niki Glor, a Personal Trainer at Crunch in New York City said, “make play dates with buddies, so instead of going to a movie, go to a yoga class together.” (Yoga anyone?)

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Have you tried these tips already? Have your own personal suggestions? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Army Themed Engagement Session in DC http://munaluchibridal.com/engagement-session-dc/ http://munaluchibridal.com/engagement-session-dc/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:14:17 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=68408 Jasmine_Michael_Engaged324 Timing is everything when it comes to love. Even though Jasmine and Michael attended the same...

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Timing is everything when it comes to love. Even though Jasmine and Michael attended the same college, East Carolina University, and had mutual friends, they did not make a love connection until after they graduated!  Upon graduation they both happened to relocate to Washington, DC to pursue their careers. Four years later they would meet online and learn that they worked on the same street. Although they inhabited the same space for years, fate allowed them to met at the right time in each other’s lives.  When the time was right, Michael pulled off a surprise proposal during a trip to New Orleans!

To celebrate their upcoming nuptials, the couple had fun themed engagement shoot in Washington, DC. Michael served in the United States Army for eight years so they decided to wear fatigues and specialized dog tags, is to pay homage to his services. Since their wedding will take place in Puerto Rico on 11/7/2015, the couple decided to wear customized jerseys with the numbers “11” and “7” on the back.  Visit the gallery to see all of their sweet photos captured by Memories of Bliss Photography.

  • Wedding Date: 11/07/2015
  • Wedding Location: La Concha Resort, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The Proposal

In December of 2013, Mike took Jasmine on a surprise trip to New Orleans. Initially Jasmine was told the vacation was a romantic getaway to end the year. Little did she know that on Sunday, December 15th, Mike would propose and change her life forever.

Their First Date

Our first date was at a restaurant in Maryland called Carolina Kitchen, and it was by far the worst date either one of us had ever experienced. It was apparent that we were different in more ways than one, but you know what they say… opposites attract. We tease each other about that infamous date all the time!

Favorite Activity to Do as a Couple

We are friends before anything else so we know how to have a great time no matter what we do. If we had to pick our favorite thing to do as a couple, it would be traveling. We love to explore new places and see what the world has to offer. We’re both foodies so a good restaurant always puts a smile on our faces.

Their Engagement Session

Our engagement session was pretty natural. Our photographers (Memories of Bliss) did a great job of capturing our true chemistry on camera, as we were able to interact freely with each other. It was a really relaxed shoot that started at Meridian Park and ended in the busy neighborhood of Columbia Heights in DC. We had a few different looks throughout our session that shared a piece of who we are, such as the military inspired theme.

Wedding Planning

Luckily we knew early on that we were going to get married in Puerto Rico. We took a vacation to San Juan and completely fell in love with the idea of getting married on the island, so when we got engaged later that year, choosing the right venue was simple. So far the wedding planning has been a fun and collaborative process. With a lot of preparation being done ahead of time, our goal is to be stress free as the date approaches.

Looking Forward to the Wedding

Starting our new life together as husband and wife!

Photographer: Memories of Bliss Photography

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10 Unique Wedding Venues http://munaluchibridal.com/10-unique-wedding-venues/ http://munaluchibridal.com/10-unique-wedding-venues/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:53:15 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=63861 Alabama_Wedding_Cream_Blush_Decor_Lauren_Tomasella_Photography20 Have you ever considered getting married in a teepee? What about an ice castle?...

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Have you ever considered getting married in a teepee? What about an ice castle? When you set out to plan your wedding, many brides choose to go more of a traditional route and choose a church, ballroom, or hotel as their venue. What may not immediately come to mind, however is the more non-traditional wedding venues.  Many of us would not give either of these venues a second thought, but there are some brides that choose to be very non-traditional and look for the different and unique in all aspects of life, including their wedding day. If you dare to be different, and would consider a castle, ice house, or cave, I’ve found 12 unique wedding venues that you may fall in love with and inspire you to think outside the box for your own wedding. Enjoy!

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Venue: The Inn at West Settlement Image Courtesy of: The Inn at West Settlement

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Venue: Cockliffe Country House Hotel  Courtesy of: One Wed Via Ammy Lam Photography

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Venue: Cocord Point Lighthouse Image Courtesy of: Destination Wedding Magazine

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Venue: Bulgari Hotel Image Courtesy of: Bulgari Hotels

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Venue: The Seattle Aquarium Image Courtesy of: Intimate Weddings via Ron Soliman Photography

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Venue: Infinity Ovation Yacht Charters Image Courtesy of: Detroit Yacht Wedding

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Venue: Hatley Castle Image Courtesy of: Wedding Elation

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Venue: Swedish Ice Hotel Image Courtesy of: Intimate Wedding Magazine

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Venue: Image Courtesy of: Wedding Party App Via: Marianne Taylor Photography

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About the Author

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Lissahn DeVance

Lissahn is a Certified Wedding & Event planner, has planned weddings for nearly 10 years, and is currently completing courses to become a Certified Designer. She loves everything about weddings and the creative process. She feels no two people are alike so no two weddings…

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Southern Rustic Styled Shoot at The Sutherland in NC http://munaluchibridal.com/southern-rustic-styled-shoot-sutherland-nc/ http://munaluchibridal.com/southern-rustic-styled-shoot-sutherland-nc/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:30:48 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=71643 __In_His_Image_Photography_sutherlandStyleShoot20130223 Copper is one of those colors that is definitely here to stay! In this...

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Copper is one of those colors that is definitely here to stay! In this rustic styled editorial shoot put together by some of our North Carolina Coterie members, copper is juxtaposed with cobalt blue to create a warm yet inviting setting.  While everything about this shoot is stunning, we are totally in love with that tableware. Luxe!  Scroll down to see more from this shoot, then check out more in the gallery.

Originally featured in the SS4014 issue.

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The inspiration…

This southern rustic styled shoot was designed to display the southern rustic charm of North Carolina.  The color scheme of Dusk Blue and Copper was added to show how beautiful an uncommon color scheme could be.  We were able to create the perfect blend of southern rustic softened by the floral elements.” – Elana Walker of Savoir-Faire Signature Events.

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Creative Team:
 Photography: In His Image Photography
Venue: The Sutherland
Planner/Designer: Savoir Faire Signature Events
Florist:  Fresh Affairs
Cake:  Edible Art Bakery
Stationery:  Royal Amethyst Invitations
Rentals:  Vieux Vintage
Makeup: S. Davis Makeup Artistry
Hair: Aura Salon and Boutique
Stylist:  Sir Byron Laurent
Model: Shana Cox
Model: Darriell Ruffin
 

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RaQuel Davis and Danny Hopkins were married in a fun and glamorous atmosphere that exuded love, family, and fun. Their planner events by XOXO shares, “We wanted guests to feel pampered and treated like royalty from their entry into the space. This event was unique and different because we were able to give guests a different experience in each space we used. Each room was given full attention to detail to ensure the most pleasurable and memorable experience. Guest entered into the Candela room where they were greeted by staff with a glass Moet Champagne. Once the ceremony started, guests viewed a 4 minute video montage of the couple recapping the dating process and their hopes and dreams of the future. Following the entry of the bridal party and the bride, the bride was surprised and serenaded by grammy award winning artist Johnny Gill as she walked down the aisle.

Following the ceremony, guests were ushered into the Chandelier room where they were served various cocktails as well as hors d’oeuvres. There they were also able to use the social media interaction stations, well wishes station and photo booth. Following cocktail hour, the Carillon ballroom was opened so that guests could enjoy the Bell Tower’s culinary classics. The night ended with the last grand reveal of the chandelier room where guest partied in the ambiance of glow lounge furniture, aerial bartender, stilt walkers, tahitian dancers, and a live band.” 

You will be amazed at the floral and design in this wedding. Make sure to visit the gallery to see all of the photos!

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  • Wedding Date: 08/17/2013
  • Wedding Location: The Bell Tower on 34th, Houston, TX
  • Wedding Theme: Modern & Fun
  • Wedding flowers: African orchids, ranunculus, peonies, calla lilies, garden roses, and hydrangeas
  • First Dance Song: “So High” by John Legend
  • Wedding Cake Flavor: Butter Raspberry with Raspberry Filling and an Amaretto Cream Frosting
  • Wedding menu favorite: The Wedding Cake
  • Groomsmen Gifts: Custom Ties
  • Bridesmaids Gifts: Swarovski Crystal Jewelry & Hotel Accommodations

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The Proposal

The proposal was done in our home and came from a conversation that started with him simply stating that he could make today very special. I asked how and he went into the closest and came back out with a box in hand and asked me to marry him. He definitely made that day special and memorable.

Wedding Style 

A white Winnie Couture Vintage Inspired gown from the Blush Label Collection. A Lovie-Mermaid gown with a satin ruched bodice, with Swarovski beaded details and a full layer tulle skirt.

Most Memorable Moment

Everything was memorable but Johnny Gill singing as I walked down the aisle was breathtaking.

Wedding Advice

Enjoy the moments of planning such an event. It goes by extremely fast and you will look back wishing that you could do it all over again.

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Vendors
Event Planner: events by XOXO Venus Ruben
Florist: Darryl & Company
Lighting: Impressive Events
Photography: A&A Photography and J. Vince Photography
Videography: A&A Videography
Entertainment: J&D Entertainment
Band: In The Pocket
DJ: DJ Supastarr
Emcee: The Wedding MC
Deserts: Sugar Bunch Creations
Transportation: Platinum Motors
Stationary: Invitation Solutions & Citali Creativo
Special Guest Performer: Johnny Gill
 

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Should I or shouldn’t I? That was the question Chrystol was asking herself on the night she met Jason. After much debate, she Chrystol decided to go out with her friends and “paint the town red”, and it was the best decision she made that night. At the party were Jason and his friends. Chrystol had no idea that Jason was watching her, from across the room, the entire time. He mustered up the courage to speak to Chrystol and and that’s when the magic began.

Jason really went into stealth mode to pull of his proposal. Chrystol went on a family cruise and really wanted Jason to come, especially because their 3 year anniversary was going to occur while on the vacation. Jason weirdly declined, saying that they would go on vacation for just the two of them when Chrystol came back.

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Wedding Date: 12.31.14

Wedding Location: Pocono Manor, PA

Photographer: Fotos By Fola

How they met:

While Jason was out hanging with the boys, I was still contemplating going out for a night out on the town with my sisters. After much debate I agreed to go “paint the town red” and honestly that was the best decision I made. We landed at a party that Jason and his friends were at as well. Unbeknownst to me Jason watched me the entire night from across the room and finally worked up the courage to come and say something to me. Jason came over to me grabbed my hand and said “You are sooooooo beautiful and I could not take my eyes off of you the entire night.” We talked, danced, laughed and danced some more until 7am.

The night came to an end and it was time to leave. Jason offered to walk me to the car and i declined half way to the car, after all this is New York and they have some crazy people. Jason asked me for my number but his phone had died.  He said “give it to me anyway, I will remember it.” and I did. Surprisingly the next day I received a call from him and we talked everyday for about 2 weeks before I agreed to go on our first date.  We would go on a date about 2 times a week. We went everywhere from Six Flags, to horseback riding, to Medieval times, to comedy shows. It was great and from there we decided to make it official December 2010.
After that it was all history ……

The Proposal:

Chrystol’s Interpretation:

My sisters, friends and my family decided we would go on a vacation the week of August 17-26th. I begged and begged Jason to come along, but he refused each time. He told me we where going to go on a 2nd vacation when I got back, so I left the situation alone.  Now it is August 17th, 2013, Jason brought us to the airport and we said our Goodbye’s and “I love you’s”(he recorded the entire thing btw). I was so sad to leave him behind but I was looking forward to going away when I got back. So, we arrived in Puerto Rico and Jason and I talked for a little while. The next day I talked to Jason on the phone some more before boarding the ship because I knew I would not get to talk to him until the following day (Aug. 19).

Fast forward to “The Day”. It is August 21st, 2013, this day is also our 3 year anniversary. We (my family and friends) arrived in Barbados and were trying to decide what we should do. The group finally decided to go to a beach called “The Boatyard” because they had everything to do. I was sad at first because I tried calling Jason to say Happy Anniversary but my phone would not work.  I used my mom’s phone to call him but no answer. We finally arrived to the beach, where we were informed they had free Wi-Fi. I was ecstatic.  I called him again, still no answer but I left a message this time. I figured he will call me back so we went snorkeling in the mean time. When we got back everyone was just lounging around, swimming, and being carefree in the BEAUTIFUL water.

It just so happened that all of us got out of the water at the same time and  A’Dale said ” the guy over there said would give us some Jetskis for 10 min for FREE.” We were all so excited we started running over there. I was searching for the guy and asking A’Dale where the guy was.  That is when I heard someone say “BABY”. I turned around and I see Jason Anthony Warde walking towards me. OMG!!!!!! I thought I was about to pass out. At this point I was bawling and screaming like a baby. He came over to me, hugged me and proceeded to tell me that he caught a flight 2 hours after ours and that he had been hiding on the ship for the past 3 days and how he could have never missed this anniversary and so many more other things. I am bawling so loudly that I couldn’t hear anything else he was saying. Then he dropped to one knee, took out “THE BOX”, and professed his love for me and his intent for us. After my minor faint, I said YES, of course, as he put my BEAUTIFUL RING ON. I was feeling so overwhelmed with emotions. The day I’d been dreaming and waiting for was here and I felt like I was having an outer body experience, but it was well worth it. My baby did an EXCELLENT job and I am so proud of him for that.

What was your first date?

We went out to eat at a restaurant and afterwards we talked all night in a nearby park.

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

TRAVEL, we love traveling and seeing other peoples culture.

The engagement session…

Our Engagement session was truly amazing and very adventurous. We both live in New Jersey and we decided we would have our engagement session in Atlanta. We took a 14 hour drive down to Georgia and did not sleep for 48 hours and still had to strength and energy to take some AMAZING PICTURES. Right After that we drove to Florida and took a cruise to the Bahamas, yeah we are very Spontaneous. Our theme was Caribbean City love simply because the bride Chrystol is Jamaican and the Groom Jason is Guyanese, plus we wanted a city feel to our session so we put all those factors together and came up with Caribbean City Love.

How has wedding planning gone so far?

Fun and Stressful. I am doing everything myself with the occasional help from Jason’s CPA side to keep me in budget. I am very hands on so i would not feel comfortable relinquishing any duties to anyone else but myself.

Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day:

I am most looking forward to marrying the love of my life and seeing all my late nights and early morning pay off.

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Photographer: Fotos By Fola

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Centuries ago a man would gain a woman’s favor by winning a tournament or bringing down a ferocious lion, but Jonathan got Danielle’s attention with his boisterous presence in their bar exam class. Although she first thought he was annoying, the day he walked her to her car her annoyance turned to intrigue as they spent hours getting to know each other; their relationship continued even after the bar exam class was done and they began a romantic relationship. The day they were engaged was an accident. In order to quiet her snarky comments about the future of their relationship, he scraped his plans for a romantic proposal and gave her the ring he’d purchased months earlier. Although it wasn’t exactly what he’d planned, Danielle said, “It was a very personal moment that I would not have wanted to have in front of an audience.” For their  photo shoot at Whiskey in Downtown Durham, they wanted a dramatic photo shoot reminiscent of the style found in the popular soap opera, Dynasty. The couple collaborated with Vesic Photography for their romantic and fun engagement session, which artfully captured the couples love for each other.

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How They Met

Jonathan and I first met while studying for the bar exam. When I first walked into the room, Jonathan noticed me immediately. After a few hours in class, I noticed him because he was very loud and talkative (not to mention very tall). I thought he was obnoxious, but I later learned that he was talking so much because he wanted me to notice him. At some point during bar study, we both were leaving the building at the same time and he walked me to my car. We ended up standing in the parking lot talking for hours about our upbringing, families, sorority and fraternity, and our career aspirations. On that night, we both realized that we had found “the one.”

The Proposal

I messed up the proposal. Jonathan purchased an engagement ring, which he had been keeping in the file cabinet at his apartment for several months. He planned to propose on Christmas Eve in front of my friends and family. After leaving a Christmas party in early December where I had found out another friend had recently gotten engaged, I made a snarky comment to the effect that I would probably never get married. I also questioned whether marriage had even crossed his mind. Apparently, he had all he could take. He left my house to go get the ring. I did not know where he was going, I just assumed he wanted to go blow off some steam. When he came back, I started to apologize and he handed me a box and told me to open it. I was really confused (and scared), so I did not open it. He opened it for me and there the ring was. He got on one knee and asked me to marry him–his voice was trembling. I was completely shocked. I could not believe he had the ring for months and was able to keep it from me! While my pushiness ruined the proposal he had planned, I would not have it any other way

The Engagement Session

Jonathan and I love this bar in Downtown Durham called Whiskey; it has the most amazing vibe and decor, so we decided to have the engagement session there. Jonathan wanted to wear a white dinner jacket at the wedding and I told him that I would prefer he wear a black tuxedo at the wedding, so we decided he would wear a white dinner jacket at the engagement shoot. The theme was really a mix, we wanted to do a formal shoot with a Dynasty, vibe, and we wanted to take some pictures in business professional attire. Whiskey was the perfect venue and Hooman, our photographer was amazing. We did shots of us at the bar somewhere Jonathan was acting as the bartender. It was lots of fun!

Looking Forward to the Wedding

My wedding day was over. We had an intimate wedding with only our closest family and friends. It was the best day of my life and everything was perfect. We opted for an intimate wedding because we both had been in some large weddings, we felt that in some cases, the meaning, and the emotion behind the event was lost. Our wedding was about our union and us and it was truly an amazing day.

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Photographer: Vesic Photography

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