Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.17 Danielle and Gboluma’s Beautifully Vibrant Atlanta Wedding http://munaluchibridal.com/danielle-gbolumas-beautifully-vibrant-atlanta-wedding/ http://munaluchibridal.com/danielle-gbolumas-beautifully-vibrant-atlanta-wedding/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:41 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=149489 Danielle_Gboluma_Wedding55 "Third time's the charm..." Unveiling the truth of our feelings for another can be...

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"Third time's the charm..." Unveiling the truth of our feelings for another can be an intimidating leap of faith. Sometimes we need time, a little "shove" by a friend, or that "right" moment to present itself. For Danielle and Gboluma their interest in the other was almost immediately apparent upon their first meeting by way of a mutual friend, but it wouldn't be until their third meeting after an hours-long engaging conversation into the evening that they would begin to truly open up to each other - paving the way to the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

Read all about Danielle & Gboluma's love story, romantic proposal, and wedding experience in their striking, bold, and brilliant yellow & blue themed Atlanta wedding. Featuring the work of MunaLuchi Coterie members Fotos by Fola photography, and Sandi Spells Design invitations.


Bride & Groom: Danielle & Gboluma
Occupations: Assistant Mgr at Walgreens Pharmacy & Administration at Marine Corps Recruiting 6th MCD.
Wedding Date: 09/17/2016
Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. On December 28, 2012 Gboluma was introduced to Danielle, by a neutral friend, Alex Williams at a gathering held at Danielle’s Parent’s home. Gboluma and Danielle saw each other as great eye candy but both did not allow their egos to admit to their desires.
The second time they met again at a party and action was taken! Gboluma couldn’t let Danielle leave without getting her phone number. Danielle did not admit this but she couldn’t wait to hear from him. Once again, both of their big egos got in the way and they briefly texted after their encounter.
AND THE THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM!
The third encounter occurred on January 19, 2013 at a friend’s birthday party. Gboluma remembers asking Danielle’s friend about her coming to the party and looking forward to seeing her. Danielle remembers them staying at the party for an hour and spending the rest of the night talking in her car. They both admit that their conversation was one of the best conversations in a long time.
Because of such great interest, Danielle admits that she couldn’t wait for their next encounter. She drove forty-five minutes and invited Gboluma to assist her in picking out a pair of workout sneakers. It was at the store that Gboluma realized that he was interested in more than a friendship when he saw the salesperson flirt with Danielle. A month later, Gboluma sent Danielle a Valentine gift to her home and invited her to a Valentine's day party. The very next day he asked her to be his girlfriend.

Proposal Story: After spending a year away from Danielle in Okinawa, Japan, Gboluma returned home with the intention of proposing to Danielle on a carriage ride but due to Danielle being fashionably late, that plan failed. Gboluma stated he quickly when into panic mode, not knowing what other ideas he could come up with in such a short time. The next day, Danielle expressed her love for heights and suggested that they take the helicopter tour of Blue Ridge Mountains. Gboluma quickly agreed and planed his proposal. With a big smile, Danielle said she honestly thought Gboluma was afraid when he was pulling the ring out his pocket. She said "YES!"

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Describe your wedding style. The theme of our wedding was sweet romance with a vintage look. My wedding dress was an ivory princess ball grown with a sweet heart cut. The designer described it as a dress with Swarovski crystals that are woven into an elaborate design at the slightly ruched bodice. The ballgown's natural waistline falls to a full skirt of English net. My wedding dress shopping experience was fun and quick. I was determined to not stress myself by looking at too many dresses and becoming overwhelmed; therefore, I made it a must to decide on my dress in one day. I took my mom, two of my bridesmaids, my maid of honor and my youngest sister. Ironically, after visiting three dress salons, I decided on the first dress I tried on. For me it was a simple dress that made a beautiful statement and it was so fitting with who I am and my style. Also, it was that dress that got the most tears and wows from everyone.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We did incorporate a little of our Liberian culture by wearing African attire for our reception. Also, in some pictures you will see my uncle with a goat tail in his hand. This was in remembrance of my deceased father (bride's father) who carried this during celebrations. Also, the throwing of money on the bride and groom as a blessing of wealth from the quests.

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids - Customized hanger and Earrings, Groomsmen -  Tie.
Favorite item on the menu: Grilled Salmon Topped with Champagne Dill Sauce.
First dance song: "Thinking Out Loud" By Ed Sheeran

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What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory from our wedding occurred, when walking down the aisle and seeing my husband cry. Gboluma is a true Marine, with a hard exterior that is not easily broken and to see him break down melted my heart and still does when I see that picture and think about that moment.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? We will tell any engaged couple to keep God first and take marriage counseling serious.

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Vendors:
Wedding dress designer- Allure Romance
Wedding dress salon- Anya Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses- Made By Sylvia Reed
Hair- Hair by Jah
Makeup-HiTekBeauty
Shoes- Badgley Mischka Kiara Platform Pumps
Ceremony location, reception location- Glendalough Manor
Photography- Fotos by Fola
Wedding planner/Event Designer- Mideevents
Cake- Cakes by Lameeka
Stationery-Sandi Spells Design

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MunaProposals: Nicole and Kyle’s Surprise Proposal at the Coterie Retreat in NOLA http://munaluchibridal.com/munaproposals-nicole-kyles-surprise-proposal-coterie-retreat-nola/ http://munaluchibridal.com/munaproposals-nicole-kyles-surprise-proposal-coterie-retreat-nola/#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:11:45 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=149074 coterie_retreat_gala_201620_1 We're back for another series of MunaProposals! This proposal is extra sweet because the...

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We're back for another series of MunaProposals! This proposal is extra sweet because the bride-to-be happens to be our very own Director of Sales and Marketing.  All of us at the MunaOffice were in on Kyle's plans to surprise her at the Coterie Retreat.  We even involved her in the planning process, having her think she was booking Eric Roberson for one of the networking parties, when he was really there to aid in Kyle's surprise proposal!  We are counting down the days to her "Munaluchi Wedding" happening this year on New Year's Eve.  Read their proposal story below.


 

Names:  Nicole McKenzie + Kyle Ward (@l_nicole_munaluchibride @kward86504)
Proposal Location:  New Orleans, Louisiana at the Coterie Retreat (Munaluchi's annual wedding industry conference!)
Proposal Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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How did you meet?

Kyle and I met online (Match.com) It was my first time ever meeting someone online and my girlfriend kept telling me it's a great place to really meet nice people. So Kyle saw my profile, sent me a message and asked me if I would like to meet him for dinner. I agreed and from there we have been together ever since.

Tell us your proposal story:

Well to my surprise, Kyle decided to proposed to me at my annual White Party in New Orleans with my company MunaLuchi Bride. He first asked my two children Maiyah, age 11 and Joshua, age 8 for their permission to marry me. Next Kyle involved the owners, Jackie and Chike Nwobu to help with his surprise proposal. It was perfect. He involved R&B singer, Eric Roberson, who is also our neighbor, to perform at our White Party. As Eric performed the song, Do The Same For Me, he stepped back and Kyle slid onto the stage and from there it was nothing but screams! Yes, me screaming, screaming and more screaming! I was proposed to in front of the entire White party that consisted of over 100 Coterie wedding professionals from around the world.  It was truly a dream come true and a night I will never forget.

Wedding plans:

1. Wedding Date - 12/31/17 New Years Eve
2. Wedding location - Atlanta, GA

Video by Bridges Cinema | Photo by Teshorn Jackson Photography

Love note from the bride-to-be:

"I'm am so blessed that God has placed you in my life, along with Maiyah and Joshua's life. Because of you, I believe in love again and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with my best friend."

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LaToya and Tommy’s Elegant and Stylish Dallas Wedding http://munaluchibridal.com/latoya-tommys-elegant-stylish-dallas-wedding/ http://munaluchibridal.com/latoya-tommys-elegant-stylish-dallas-wedding/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:00:57 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=149314 latoyatommy_muna0085 The chances of discovering the love of your life is certainly rare, but to...

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The chances of discovering the love of your life is certainly rare, but to randomly select a person in the crowd as an example only to find out that they actually are the love of your life is rare beyond description. Perhaps it was fate, that evening out with a friend, when LaToya pointed to Tommy amongst the crowd. In the moment it was an impulse, but perhaps it was guided by a higher power, as Tommy would turn out to be the man she would spend the rest of her life with.

Read all about LaToya & Tommy's wedding experience, in their elegant and stylish Dallas wedding - expertly captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member The Amber Studio photography.

Bride & Groom: LaToya & Tommy
Occupations: Latoya is a small business owner her company is Texas Tutors. And Tommy is a travel nurse.
Wedding date: 6/4/16
Wedding location: W Dallas


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: Tommy and I met at a club. I was having a girls night out with my friends and one of my friends asked me what kind of guys do you like LaToya? I said,"I don't know, nice ones." She said, "Point to one in here." I pointed across the room to Tommy. I said, "Him!" She said, "Okay let's go stand near him." We walked over to stand next to Tommy. He immediately began a conversation with me, got my number and called me everyday until our first date. We always say we've been together since the night we met.
Tommy proposed January 1, 2014.

What was wedding shopping like for you? Pnina Tornai at Kleinfeld's New York. Shopping for my wedding dress was a special experience because I was filmed by TLC's Say Yes to the Dress. I tried on three dresses and the third one was the charm. With the help of my mom and best friends I chose the most perfect dress, a Pnina Tornai ballgown.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? I incorporated the famous New Orleans second line dance to my wedding. It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because it felt like I was back home on the streets of New Orleans.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids - Amazon Kindles, Groomsmen - NFL hats of their favorite teams.
Favorite item on the menu: Sorbet ice cream drizzled with tequila (palate cleanser)
First dance song: Norah Jones -  "Come Away With Me"

What is your best memory from your wedding? My favorite memory of my wedding was when I saw Tommy for the first time at our first look. It was love at first sight again. I will never forget that moment.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? The best advice I can give engaged couples is hire a wedding planner and let the bride have what she wants!

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Vendors:
Wedding Planner & Designer: Donnie Brown Weddings & Events
Venue: W Hotel Dallas
Bride’s Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld’s in NYC
Hair: Ricka Williams
Makeup: Glam by Cham
Bride’s Jewelry: Meg Jewelry
Bride’s Crown & Veil: Stardust Celebrations
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Swan
Bridesmaid Dresses: Shemara Couture
Bride’s and Bridesmaid Robes: Kandy Stitches
Groom & Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Delicious Cakes
After wedding treat: In-N-Out Burger Food Truck
Florist: Donnie Brown Weddings & Events
Event: Designer Donnie Brown Weddings & Events
Photography: The Amber Studio

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For some people it only takes one evening together to know that they are meant for each other. That initial impression left just by the presence of another can often be enough to awaken the desires of the heart. For Hayley and Stephen, "after just one date, we both knew that our connection had the ability to evolve into something very different and truly special."

Read all about Hayley and Stephen's love story, romantic engagement, and wedding experience of their intimate chapel wedding in Houston, TX - beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Grif Kolberg Photography.


Bride & Groom: Hayley and Stephen
Occupations: Bank Examiner & High School Administrator
Wedding Date: December 17, 2016
Wedding Location: Houston, TX

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We crossed paths just about every day as students at the University of Houston for 2 years, but connected on Facebook in July 2013. After just one date, we both knew that our connection had the ability to evolve into something very different and truly special. After dating almost two years on September 3, 2015, Stephen set up a spontaneous Thursday dinner date at Sullivan’s in Houston, Texas. Stephen left the table a few times during dinner, which I found strange, but did not think much of it. After dinner, our waitress brought a dessert box to us and said that they had an overage of desserts in the kitchen and were looking to get rid of some as the kitchen closed, so that one was on the house. I don’t like sweets very much, so I didn’t open it! It was about 20 minutes later when Stephen finally said, “Why don’t see what free dessert we got?”. I opened the box and there was my gorgeous engagement ring and gorgeous groom down on one knee. I of course said "yes," and the waitresses and other guests celebrated our moment by taking our picture and sending us their best wishes. It was a beautiful and memorable moment!

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Describe your wedding style: I desired for my wedding style to be romantic, yet glam. I always wanted a strapless, mermaid or fit and flare gown that had a very curvy fit and a dramatic skirt. I started wedding dress shopping a few weeks after we got engaged and decided on the Maggie Sottero “Storm” gown in December 2015. Wedding dress shopping wasn’t necessarily stressful, but I did get burned out after three months of shopping. I think if I could do it all over again, I would have shopped a bit more or chosen another dress that was a bit above my budget but that I truly loved. All in all, though, this dress had the fit that I wanted and it paired so nicely with my cathedral veil. I also didn’t want typical bridal makeup, but wanted a sultry, smokey eye and a matte lip for that glam touch.

Bridesmaids’s Gifts: wedding day accessories, robes, and a prayer book.
First Dance Song: “Love Ballad” by Jeffrey Osbourne

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Our best memory from our wedding day was our first dance. We walked into our reception venue and danced to “Love Ballad” by Jeffrey Osbourne. Our parents and wedding party surrounded us in an arc while we danced, and danced and sang along with us. It was truly a memorable moment.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? We encourage all engaged couples to truly enjoy the thrill of planning for your wedding and try to alleviate moments of stress and confusion as much as you can, because it will happen. Take your time in making decisions to the extent that your wedding timeline allows and do not rush or blow over your budget too much. Stick to doing what is important to you and your fiance and do not allow the opinions of others to sway you from what your heart desires for your wedding. You will not be able to please everyone, so decide very early in your engagement not to do that.

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Vendors:
Ceremony Location:  University Chapel at A.D. Bruce Religion Center
Reception Location: The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch
Wedding Planner: Hayley Scott James
Wedding Coordinator: Linda King
Event Design: Hayley Scott James
Photography: Grif Kolberg Photography
Videography: Shotz Taken Films
Florist: 2 Cool Flowers
Cake Designer: Edible Designs by Jessie
Décor Rentals: Linens and Events
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Wedding Dress Salon: Weddings by Debbie
Bridesmaids' Dress Designer: Hayley Paige Occasions
Bridesmaids' Dress Salon: Weddington Way
Groom Tux Designer: Calvin Klein
Groom Tux Store: Men's Warehouse
Groomsmen Tux Designer: Vera Wang
Groomsmen Tux Store: Men's Warehouse
Bridal Makeup: Brandi Holmes
Bridal Party Makeup: GLAM by Tonenette
Bride/Bridal Party Hairstylist: Tinnell McIntyre

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“African Royalty” – Styled Shoot by Je T’aime Event Productions http://munaluchibridal.com/african-royalty-styled-shoot-je-taime-event-productions/ http://munaluchibridal.com/african-royalty-styled-shoot-je-taime-event-productions/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:06 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=149273 Coming To America Ashley Kidder Photo-47 Bold, striking, powerful, divine, these are a few of the many words that come...

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Bold, striking, powerful, divine, these are a few of the many words that come to mind when experiencing this "African Royalty" styled shoot. The purple florals pop against the brilliant leafy greens, and both are enhanced by the pink lit background - while the royal gold color tones keeps it all grounded and unified. The African landscape and wildlife themes of the stationary is a wonderful detail, and the unique cake is simplistic yet truly royal.

Explore this striking "African Royalty" styled shoot, planned and designed by Kierra C. Barnes of Je T'aime Event Productions.


"Nefertiti, Amenhotep II, Cleopatra, Osei Kofi Tutu...Kings and Queens who ruled, shaped and defended the motherland, Africa.
I've always had a passion for bold colors, grandiose design and the spirit of these African royals who dominated chapters in my books and my own imagination.
When I was given an opportunity to create a styled shoot from my own inspirations, I jumped at the notion to celebrate one of my hidden obsessions. "African Royalty" was inspired from a love of all things color, culture and allure.
Bold colors, a breathtaking couple, unique florals and striking beauty were a must in order to bring this concept to life. Pinks, purples, deep greens and golds were the foundation followed by opulent floral pieces surrounding the tablescape and closing with a high standing cake enveloped by jewels, it was truly a story of elegance. African influences were blended through traditional food, fashion and other exquisite details reminiscent of the beauty these Kings and Queens commanded.
I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the spirit of Africa in design, give an appreciation to ancestors and provide a glimpse into what my imagination viewed would be a celebration these royals would be proud to attend!"

                                                          ~Kierra C. Barnes of Je T'aime Event Productions

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Vendors:

Planner & Styling: Je T'aime Event Productions
Photography: Ashley Kidder Photography
Floral: Newberry Brothers
Cake & Desserts: Astonishing Cakes
Catering: Culinary WAVE Catering
Hair & Make-up: Glamour Bar Denver
Gown: Brilliant Bridal
Jewelry: Geri's Gems - A Chloe + Isabel Boutique
Bride nails: Candace Jones - Independent Jamberry Consultant
Rentals: Colorado Party RentalsThe Wright Group
Custom Lighting: Skyline Productions (Eric Bernal)
Signature Drink: Blanc de Bleu, Elaborate Bartender (Chad Nix)
Venue: Forney Museum of Transportation
Public Relations: Leila Lewis of Be Inspired PR

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"Bold" is certainly a word that comes to mind when pursuing this "modern opulence" themed styled shoot designed by MunaLuchi Coterie member Simone Elise Events. The teal and plum color variations simultaneously compliment each other while providing a strong contrast. The floral selections are a lovely configuration, the stationary is elegant in its simplicity, and the cake is fantastic.

Read all about Latisha Clay of Simone Elise Events' styled shoot experience below.


"Simply put, the inspiration behind this styled shoot belongs completely to beautiful bold colors. “Modern Opulence” is what we would describe as the theme, as it was certainly the agenda. The ideas that were birthed for this shoot present a style embracing a very modern manner, and it is so undeniably rich in color, as the colors chosen were eggplant, plum, turquoise, and teal. We found an amazing photo of a slate gray sofa with throw pillows dressed in all of the previously mentioned colors, and knew that would be the basis of our inspiration. Usually when you see these colors together, you see feathers. We knew wanted to stay in the lane of the unexpected and different, so feathers were not allowed. As an even sweeter touch, our models were actually previous clients who were more than thrilled to be a part of the project. The bride had begun a journey of weight loss and was more than anxious to show off her figure. A beautiful bridal gown with a sexy color combination and models who were embracing of a more intimate version of themselves is a recipe for beauty. The floral combinations used were very lush and soft, but not overbearing. During our search for a bit more inspiration, we found an absence of what we were seeking, which only motivated us the more to produce an idea that we can only convey as truly modern and opulent."

~ Latisha Clay, Simone Elise Events


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Vendors:
Wedding planner/event designer/florist: Simone Elise Events
Photography: Demarcus Bowser Photography
Location: Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Wedding dress salon: Unique Boutique and Bridal
Bridal accessories (birdcage veil): Kouture Kreations
Hair: The Total Xperience
Cake: The Frosted Oven Cake Studio
Stationery: Dixon’s Printing & Design
Rentals: Elegant Chair SolutionsClassic Party Rentals (Memphis)

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Jody and Brett’s Vibrant and Luxurious Wedding in the Bahamas http://munaluchibridal.com/jody-bretts-vibrant-luxurious-wedding-bahamas/ http://munaluchibridal.com/jody-bretts-vibrant-luxurious-wedding-bahamas/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:05 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=149117 Jody & Brett Lashley Wedding Nov 2016 The Christmas season is a special time of year. A time of hope, of...

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The Christmas season is a special time of year. A time of hope, of generosity, family, and appreciation. For Jody and Brett, Christmas of 2012 would give them both the greatest gift of all - each other. Their wedding represents the coming together of two prominent Bahamian families, in a ceremony and reception that attended to every detail. The vibrant red, pink, and purple tonal hues color-theme was the perfect palette to compliment the tropical atmosphere of Nassau.

Read all about Jody & Brett's love story, romantic proposal, and beautiful, luxurious wedding in the Bahamas. See the complete gallery here.

Bride & Groom: Jody & Brett
Occupations: Jody is an attorney and Brett is a Program Manager at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Wedding date: 19th November, 2016
Wedding location: Ceremony - Christ Church Cathedral/ Reception: The Island House (Nassau, Bahamas)


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: The first time we ever met was in December 2011 at a Christmas party, but we hardly said two words to each other or had any interaction. It was a year later when we were introduced to each other again by a mutual friend at another Christmas party that our relationship started. We went on our first date on 18th January, 2013 and after that date couldn't get enough of each other.
Keeping up with the tradition of making things happen during the Christmas season, Brett proposed to me on Boxing Day 2015. Under the ruse that we were going to a dinner, Brett asked me to stop in the living room to take a look at something his mom had bought as we were about to leave his house for the restaurant. I fell for it and walked ahead without a suspicion of what was about to happen. Turning around to ask Brett what he was talking about, there was Brett on one knee, ring in hand. Brett asked me to spend the rest of his life with him and of course I said "YES!" We celebrated our engagement immediately after with our family and then partied the night away with all of our friends.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? Dress shopping went very well. I already had in mind what I wanted for my two looks. So my first and only stop was Chic Parisien in Miami. I described to them what I wanted and they made my vision a reality; ball gown style for the ceremony and trumpet style for the reception.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids - Personalized robes and hangers and pair of earrings, Groomsmen - Bowties and cufflinks.
Favorite item on the menu: Rack of lamb
First dance song: Lauryn Hill - "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You"

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What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory was when Brett and I first saw each other in the church. The love, emotion and excitement in our eyes was evident. It was so amazing that we were about to solidify our love before God and our family and friends.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? The best wedding advice I would give is to ensure that the couple plans the wedding they both want to have. Don't allow your family and friends to impose their own thoughts and ideas on your wedding. It's your day so make sure it is the best day of your lives.

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Vendors:
Wedding Venue: The Island House
Event Planner: Xa La Mode
Wedding Decor: Wildflowers
Videographer: King of Hearts Media
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Wedding Dress Designers: Anna Maier and Monique Lhuillier
Bridemaid Dresses: Designer - Phylicia Ellis
Wedding cake: Mmmazing Bakes
PhotoBooth: Clickbooth Bahamas
Stationery - Lillian Designs, Impact Images & Designs, Template
Officiants - Archdeacon Mark Lindsay-Fox and Archdeacon Keith Cartwright
String ensemble - Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra
Soloist - Keri Sherman along with Dexter Fernander (pianist)
Organist - Dr. Sparkman Ferguson
Band: Tingum Dem
DJ - DJ AI
Transportation - Bahamas Luxury Transportation
Makeup Artists - Fab Faces, Sarsha Taylor, Shauna Ferguson
Hair - Yellow Strawberry, Apryl Weech and Afrotique
Lights and stage - Lighting, Audio and Visual Rentals
Photographer: Lyndah Wells Photography

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Sheena and Ryan’s Cinematic Wedding Feature in New York http://munaluchibridal.com/sheena-and-ryans-cinematic-wedding-feature-in-new-york/ http://munaluchibridal.com/sheena-and-ryans-cinematic-wedding-feature-in-new-york/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:00:44 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=149108 Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 9.59.43 AM The "perfect" proposal can be a very stressful and difficult event to pull-off. Finding...

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The "perfect" proposal can be a very stressful and difficult event to pull-off. Finding that right balance between romance, sentimentality, intimacy, and surprise is challenging enough, but even more so when you're trying to surprise a person who knows you very well.

Read all about Sheena & Ryan's love story, romantic surprise proposal, and wedding experience in this intimate cinematic feature by MunaLuchi Coterie member Yamean Studios Films. With wedding coordination by Victorious Events NYC, Hair Styling by Nicky B, and photographed by Kesha Lambert.


Bride & Groom: Sheena & Ryan
Occupations: Music Recording Artist & Voice Recording Analyst for banks
Wedding date: September 09, 2016
Wedding location: The Village Club at Lake Success

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met through mutual friends back in the summer of 2005 at an album release/ birthday party. After that we casually dated throughout the years randomly. Sometimes we saw each other maybe once or twice a year, until the summer of 2012. That's when something really clicked and changed for us so we decided to really give us a shot.
The proposal was definitely a secretive, well thought-out plan and mission. Ryan got his cousin involved to help create and plan a fake birthday outing for herself which was suppose to include dinner and a broadway play. So her and few of his other family members would text me throughout the weeks letting me know about the details of the night out. So the day came March 20th of 2015 where I decided to go get my hair colored and trimmed and when I got home there was a bouquet of flowers waiting for me from my boyfriend and I was pleasantly surprised because he had never given me flowers before in the 3 years that we dated. I know I probably should have suspected something just based off of that fact but we hadn't seen each other in two weeks because of work. I thought nothing of it other then that it was sweet and he missed me. The day went on and I got ready for his cousins birthday outing. That day out of all days it was snowing and before heading into the city I got a text from one of the girls to meet at the Bryant Park Hotel at 8pm before we started the nights celebration. When I got to the floor the room was on I noticed the door was cracked open and I heard music playing. So I opened the door and low and behold I didn't see the girls I saw Ryan dressed handsomely leaning against the window sill of the room. I was in shock and speechless. I didn't know what to say because I was so surprised and I didn't expect to see him not for one second. As I walked further into the room I noticed flowers and edible arrangements. The ambiance was beautiful and still in shock I took off my jacket to be led out onto a balcony over looking Bryant Park covered in snow. He places a towel on the snow and drops to one knee all the while I'm still in shock. He then says something that I can't remember for the life of me, then asks me to marry him and I say "yes." It was magical and romantic and such a surprise. He then presented me with a video blog he worked on throughout the 2 weeks of his planning and preparations, I couldn't believe it. He thought everything through, still in shock I called my parents to tell them the great news. It was so surreal that my voice had gone up an octave higher the whole time I was speaking! He told me we had to go because he had made dinner reservations and I said ok but are the girls coming to meet with us and he laughed and said no. After everything I still thought some of his family was coming out, that's how good the planning of the fake birthday was.

What was wedding shopping like for you? My wedding shopping was overall a great experience with a few little bumps. I went to 3 different stores and I found my dress at Kleinfelds which happened to be my third experience looking for and trying on dresses. Because the dress was a trunk show new design I had to trust God and believe that my dress would come out beautiful because I couldn't even try it on since it wasn't created yet. But God is good. My wedding Dress was by Augusta Jones, a customized order inspired by her Jo dress. It was ivory colored, lace adorned with translucent sequins and with a cream underlay. The shape was an a-line fit and flare silhouette with long illusion sleeves.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids got a Sabon compact mirror in a heart shape that says "Love Beyond Words," a bracelet with a key on it from Alex and Ani, and a physical copy of my latest album called "Sheena."
Favorite item on the menu: The Sea Bass entree.
First dance song: Kem - "It's You."

What is your best memory from your wedding? Best memory would be the ceremony. The presence of God was there and in conjunction with what the officiant had to say. Definitely a highlight.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Take it one day at a time. Stress might come but just continue to love each other. Try to be very understanding in those few months before the wedding. Make it a priority to shut the planning button off and put it aside from time to time to focus on your relationship because it can get overwhelming so you will need a break.

Vendors:
Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones
Bridal Salon: Kleinfelds
Bridesmaid dresses: Weddington Way
Hair: Nicky B on Hair
MUA: Juicy Looks by Abby
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Village Club at Lake Success
Photography: Kesha Lambert
Videography: Yamean Studios Films
Wedding Day of Coordinator: Victorious Events NYC
Florist: Atlas Floral Kiriba Logan
Officiant: Pastor Dimas Salaberrios
Entertainment: Levi Barcourt Ny Jazz Quartet and Dj Moore
Cake: Phillip Stone Caterers at The Village Club at Lake Success
Photobooth: Hipstr Company
Linens: The Finishing Touch

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Misayo House Spring/Summer 2017 “Aijou” Jewelry Collection http://munaluchibridal.com/misayo-house-springsummer-2017-aijou-jewelry-collection/ http://munaluchibridal.com/misayo-house-springsummer-2017-aijou-jewelry-collection/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:12 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=149084 13 MunaLuchi Coterie member and Fine fashion jewelry designer, Misayo House introduces the Spring/Summer 2017...

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MunaLuchi Coterie member and Fine fashion jewelry designer, Misayo House introduces the Spring/Summer 2017 Aijou (Love) Collection, their exclusive line of bridal jewelry, in this elegant styled shoot. Misayo, meaning "beautiful generation" in Japanese, was founded on the premise that luxury jewelry can still be affordable. Read all about the Aijou Collection and it's beautiful pieces below, captured by Sterling Photography.


 

"The Aijou (Love) Collection is for the client who opts for exclusive jewelry which is not available for sale on our online boutique. To maintain the exclusivity, we only carry a limited number of pieces. This collection is not only great for brides, but works perfectly for bridesmaids, wedding guests and other events."
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Misayo House Jewelry
Sterling Photography

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For Cerise and Walter, fate and the guidance of God would be the forces most responsible in continuously bringing them together into their "journey to forever." Having first met through mutual friends in college their friendship would continue to develop by way of their faith, a faith not only in God but also in each other. Careers would temporarily separate them but a new job opportunity in Maryland would bring them back together, rekindling a friendship that would become love.

Read all about Cerise & Walter's loves story, romantic Santorini, Greece proposal, and their beautiful church wedding - expertly captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Edward Underwood Photography.

Bride & Groom: Cerise & Walter
Occupations: Cerise - Epidemiologist/FDA Consumer Safety Officer; Tony - Founder of Non-Profit Organization called KickDreams United.
Wedding date: November 20, 2016
Wedding location: Berea Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church (Ceremony); The Grand (Baltimore, MD) (reception)


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. They always say you will meet your wife or husband at Oakwood College. In 2003, we met in college through mutual friends, and as mutual friends we all often hung out. We all attended church every week and participated in various campus activities. We all generally enjoyed each others company. As friends, Tony and I shared much in common; but the mysteriousness of something more intrigued us both. We experienced a preview of destiny in 2007 on our senior class trip, and decided to get to know each other outside of being just friends. From there, our careers propelled us in different directions; however, God was not done with our story.
Fate would have it that I would accept a job opportunity in Maryland in 2013, where Tony lived. Naturally, we ended up bumping into each other again through mutual friends during a log cabin trip. At this point we knew who we were as individuals and what we wanted out of life. Our common values drew us closer again. Not long after, we began dating. This was the start of our journey to forever. We became very close as a couple and I decided to invite Tony to travel to Greece with me, my Dad, and brother, to visit the Greek side of my family. Little did I know that this trip was about to change my life forever, as Tony had a surprise up his sleeve. My family, Tony, and I traveled to the beautiful Greek island of Santorini to spend a few days. Late one night, after a day of sightseeing, conveniently my Dad went off to the hotel pool where Tony asked him for my hand in marriage. Meanwhile, unaware, I was getting ready for bed.
When Tony came back he asked me if I wanted to have prayer with him on the beach. We usually had prayer and read biblical scripture together, so I wasn't thinking that anything other than that was going to happen. As we walked to the black sand beach near our hotel, there was a peace that overwhelmed me. When we found a spot on the beach, Tony pulled out his Bible and pointed out scriptures for me to read and for us to discuss. While reading these bible verses, I realized that they all pertained to marriage. Tony then took my hand and led me to the shore where he prayed for us. When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee. Of course I said "yes!" He then proceeded to give me a ring that was a family heirloom passed down from his Aunt who he was very close to. As you can imagine, the following days were nothing less than magical!

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What was wedding shopping like for you? Our wedding had a Great Gatsby-like theme, so I wanted my wedding dress to reflect that, but in a more subtle way. My dress was a floor-length Mikaella mermaid style gown with lace embellishment and an open back. Shopping for the dress was so much fun! I love dressing up so I had a blast trying on dresses for my Mother, my Aunt, and my Grandma (via Skype as she is in England). After going to two other bridal shops and coming out empty-handed, we decided to go to Kleinfeld's in Toronto, Canada (which is where I am from); were I said "yes to the dress!"

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
We incorporated family culture through music, as my husband's family is musically inclined. During our reception, Tony incorporated my Greek heritage by surprising me with a Greek wreath crown. We also played some reggae music during our reception to pay homage to the Jamaican side of my family.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:
Bridsmaids gifts - handwritten note, make-up case, MAC lip gloss, key-chains/bag charms from Harrod's in England, and English rose soap from Harrod's. Groomsmen gifts - pocket watch to pay homage to Tony's Grandfather, and personalized letter to each groomsmen.
Favorite item on the menu: Wedding cake - almond cake with vanilla custard filling.
First dance song: "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons" by Sam Cooke

What is your best memory from your wedding?
Tony's best memory was singing to me during our ceremony and watching me walk down the aisle. My best memory was Tony surprising me by singing in a quartet with my Father-in-law during our ceremony and his beautiful vows.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
1) Keep God first.
2) Make the wedding how you want it to be.
3) Focus on the marriage and not the wedding.

Vendors:
Wedding dress designer - Mikaella
Wedding dress salon - Kleinfeld Bridal in Toronto, Canada - Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique Canada | Hudson's Bay
Bridesmaids dresses - David's Bridal
Hair/makeup - Tracy Evans of House of Elite
Shoes - Badgley Mischka
Ceremony location - Berea Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Reception location - The Grand - Luxury Event Venues Baltimore & Baltimore Weddings
Photography - Edward Underwood Photography
Videography - Gladstone Brown (family friend)
Wedding planner - Shanique Coleman
Florist - La Fleur du Jour
Cake - Chef Michael Markwitz of Artistic Desserts
Stationery - Wedding Paper Divas
Event designer - Shanique Coleman

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