Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:59:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.19 Fall 2017 MunaLuchi Magazine Cover Couple: Christina and D’Qwell http://munaluchibridal.com/fall-2017-munaluchi-bride-magazine-feature-christina-dqwell/ http://munaluchibridal.com/fall-2017-munaluchi-bride-magazine-feature-christina-dqwell/#comments Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:00:03 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=161041 C&D-LisaPoggi-564 MunaLuchi Bride Magazine - Fall 2017 Feature! "Weddings are a celebration of love. Whether...

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MunaLuchi Bride Magazine - Fall 2017 Feature!

"Weddings are a celebration of love. Whether you’re the couple getting married or an attending guest, you are there to witness the power of love. Though Christina and D’Qwell shared circles of friends, it wouldn’t be until the weekend of July 4th 2010 at a mutual friend's wedding that their paths would finally cross forever changing their lives - and according to D’Qwell that moment almost never happened…"


Bride & Groom: Christina & D’Qwell
Occupations: Lawyer/Lobbyist & 11-year NFL Veteran Player
Wedding Date: April 8th 2017
Ceremony location: Abbey San Galgano, Siena, Italy
Reception location: Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Florence, Italy

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Weddings are a celebration of love. Whether you’re the couple getting married or an attending guest, you are there to witness the power of love. Though Christina and D’Qwell shared circles of friends, it wouldn’t be until the weekend of July 4th 2010 at a mutual friend's wedding that their paths would finally cross forever changing their lives - and according to D’Qwell that moment almost never happened…

“I had been traveling all around that summer and had just returned from a mission trip in Sierra Leone. I was exhausted, and called my college buddy whose wedding was coming up to tell him that I wouldn’t be able to make it. His emphatic response, ‘You do not want to miss this wedding!’ I’m so glad I listened to him…”

When attending the reception Christina remembers how she “knew the majority of the groom’s friends were married, so my expectations were low when I took my seat at the massive ‘singles table’ at their reception that had to have at least twenty women, and maybe four men... As I chatted with the other ladies, D’Qwell sat in the empty seat next to me (he will tell you a different story)...”

D’Qwell recalls how it felt good to be “back on my old stomping grounds at the University of Maryland for the wedding, and to my pleasant surprise, saw twenty or so of the most beautiful women I had ever seen in one place at a time. I was on cloud nine! But one in particular stood out... As Christina walked by, I told my agent who was seated in front of me, ‘Who is she? I like her!’ He responded, ‘Dude, you have no chance with a girl like that!’ At the reception, I saw an open seat next to the beautiful woman I spotted at the ceremony and grabbed it, and thought, ‘here’s my chance’ (Shhhh…don’t tell her that. I’ve been saying for years that she sat next to me. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!). We had a great conversation - it was refreshing to talk to a beautiful woman with substance and a sense of humor. I decided at that moment that I wasn’t going to let her out of my sight. We ended up hanging out the next night, but then I had to return back to Cleveland to get ready for training camp...”

“The next evening, which happened to be the Fourth of July, we met for drinks on U Street and talked for hours and hours,” Christina fondly remembers. “It was then that I realized that D’Qwell played professional football for the Browns and lived in Cleveland, OH... I wasn’t about to travel for someone I had just met, so even though we promised to keep in touch, I had pretty much assumed that the spark between us had reached a dead end...I was wrong.”

Busy with training camp in Cleveland, D’Qwell, recalls how “over the next few months, I did my best to keep in touch with her; I’d call her every now and then, and we’d talk for hours the way we did on that first fourth of July that we hung out. But it wasn’t until I returned to Washington DC that we really started to spend time together…”

“A few months later, a combination of circumstances aligned and brought D’Qwell back to DC for several months. Once we started hanging out again, we never stopped. It was during those first few months that we made the risky decision to take a trip to Italy together. Though we hadn’t known each other for that long, I had a gut feeling that we would have an amazing time, and we absolutely did!” Italy brought Christina and D’Qwell closer together than ever before, solidifying the thought in both of their minds that their meeting was more than just coincidence - that perhaps they were always meant to be…

The proposal occurred in November of 2015, San Francisco. D’Qwell told Christina that he had a surprise planned. A car picked them up, taking them to the French Laundry in Napa for lunch, which Christina assumed was “the surprise.” Arriving a few moments early they sat in the garden to enjoy the weather, and that’s when D’Qwell chose his moment...with eyes only for Christina, lost in the beauty of the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen, D’Qwell asked Christina to spend the rest of her life with him as husband and wife... A hidden hired photographer captured the entire unforgettable moment. After the proposal they enjoyed an amazing lunch followed by a private wine tour with the master sommelier at Vine Hill Ranch vineyard. The next day, they flew back to DC for what Christina thought would be a small dinner to share the news with family. Instead, it was a huge surprise engagement party on the roof terrace of the W Hotel overlooking the Washington Monument, a location frequented earlier in their relationship.

Seeing as Italy was the location of a great turning point in their relationship, Christina and D’Qwell thought it only fitting that it also be the location of the wedding. The ceremony would take place in the Abbey San Galgano historic ruins, an exquisite 12th century gothic cathedral in the Tuscan countryside of Siena, Italy. Without roof or windows, the sun beams light the space creating an ethereal atmosphere, complete with perfect acoustics turning birdsong into beautiful melodies - a truly spiritual experience.

Within the sanctuary of this space, Christina, adorned in a nude colored, mermaid style dress with intricate beading and delicate lace appliques, met D’Qwell, the love of her life, donned in a custom Tom Ford. Before loving family and friends they became husband and wife in a stunning and unforgettable ceremony.

The reception took place in the Villa San Michele beginning with a formal coursed dinner at La Loggia, a 15th century setting with exceptional cuisine providing stunning views of Florence. After dining, guests moved to the main courtyard where they danced long into the night under a clear canopy with full view of the stars. The reception decor included ivy adorned chandeliers, white Ranunculas runner, antique gold taper holders, and marbleized stationery.

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What is your best memory from your wedding?
For the ceremony, every moment! For the reception:
1) Dance off between the groom and his brother.
2) Go-go set. I grew up in the DC area where go-go is the local popular genre of music. It’s something we don’t get to hear often, so we all went bananas when the DJ played a few hits.
3) The moment we walked into the tent and saw all the smiles on the faces of our friends and family right before our magical first dance. Even with everyone there, it felt like just me and D’Qwell for a moment.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engage couples?
1. Get a good planner (emphasis on the “planning” aspect. So much the ability to really enjoy the process of planning your wedding, and enjoying the wedding itself lies with having a solid planner who you can trust to have everything under control.)
2. Do what makes YOU happy. Others will have a lot of opinions, but it is your YOUR wedding.
3. Make the wedding personal. Our guests loved the tiny details that were illustrative of our personalities, and appreciated them far more than what kind of plates they ate on, or the table linens or all of the other mundane decisions that brides tend to get stressed over.
4.Take pictures before you do. If we hadn't done our First Look, I am not sure when we would have had an opportunity to have some of my favorite pictures from the entire day.
5. Take it all in, as it goes by way too quickly.

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Vendors:
Ceremony location: Abbey San Galgano, Siena, Italy
Reception location: Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Florence, Italy
Wedding planner: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio, Miami, Florida
Wedding stationery designer: LetterHeads, Miami, Florida
Event Design: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio
Floral Production: Vincenzo Dascanio, Milan, Italy
Rentals: Vincenzo Dascanio, Milan, Italy
Favors: Connubivm, Madrid, Spain
Caterer: Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Firenze, Italy
Cake designer: Amazing Pastry Chef Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Firenze, Italy
Ceremony music: String Quartet
Photography: Lisa Poggi, Florence, Italy
Videography: Marco Caputo, Magna Graecia, South Italy
Hair and Makeup: Lara Navarrini, Florence, Italy
Tent: Le Coperture

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Naa and Ifiok's love story almost never began at all, as both of them had no intention of attending the networking happy-hour in which they would initially find each other. Still, even after a phone number exchange, it would be some months before reaching out. That first conversation opened more than just their eyes to the potential they had together, it also opened their hearts...

Read all about Naa & Ifiok's love story, romantic surprise proposal, and experiences in their beautiful monastery garden wedding in Washington DC. View the vendor list below.


Bride & Groom: Naa & Ifiok
Occupations: Epidemiologist & Strategy Consultant
Wedding date: September 3, 2016
Wedding location: St. Francis Hall- Washington, DC


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We went to an African professionals networking happy-hour on Friday, October 4, 2013, that neither of us had any intention of going to. Ifiok spotted Naa's corny dance moves from across the room and joined the fun.  Ifiok thought Naa was out of his league and with a fear of being rejected gave her his phone number, instead of asking for hers. The next week Naa left for an internship in Switzerland for a couple months. Four months later, in a vigorous spring cleaning effort, Naa was purging contacts from her phone and saw Ifiok's name and number in there and googled him. One month later, she got up the nerve to text him (for the first time since getting his number five months ago),"Hello, Stranger," and somehow Ifiok, who had no idea who was texting him, didn't think she was crazy and entertained her conversation. They called each other every day, their first date was one week later, and they have been together ever since...

Ifiok had been suggesting for months a trip back to the site of our first date, the National Portrait Gallery museum in DC, so it didn't seem out of the ordinary when the proposal day came. Naa has always lived in the DC area and therefore had never stayed in a hotel in DC. Ifiok suggested a date weekend by staying at a hotel next door to the National Portrait Gallery. After retracing the steps of our first date and viewing some of the same installations, we went back to the suite where Ifiok popped open a bottle of champagne and ended up giving a toast that turned into the proposal.

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Describe your wedding dress? Classic with a bit of sparkle.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Naa’s Family is from Ghana and Ifiok’s is from Nigeria. Though Naa and Ifiok grew up stateside, it was important to incorporate their culture into their wedding. They included the following:
1. They made sure to hire the best DJ in the DMV area who specializes in African
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2. For the reception, Naa and Ifiok changed into traditional outfits made from kente
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4.  A close friend of Naa’s family served as the Chairman, which is a highly regarded
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Quick Facts: Ifiok is a proud alum of Williams College, a trained salsa dancer, favorite movie is The Godfather, and is a poet/rapper with an album on iTunes/Spotify (The Bowflex). Naa is not nearly as cool as Ifiok, but loves traveling and culture, is an avid karaoke enthusiast, her favorite movie is the Sound of Music, and can often be found tap-dancing in the aisles of the supermarket.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Groomsmen were all given Lucien Piccard Gold watches along with dress socks of their favorite sports team. Bridesmaids were all given custom made Ankara in the design of their liking
Favorite item on the menu: The wedding cake from Cakes Plus: They make a DELICIOUS almond cake with almond buttercream frosting.
First dance song: "For the Love of You," Pts. 1 & 2 by The Isley Brothers.

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Groom: It started at 4am with me laying in a hotel bed too excited to sleep and too nervous to eat. I couldn’t wait to marry my best friend but I was nervous about everything working as planned. Once I linked up with my groomsmen, all was right in the world as we joked and laughed. By the time of the wedding ceremony, I was fully aware on how blessed and highly favored I am to be able to have the most beautiful bride by my side.
Bride: I was calm and cool and my normal silly self through the weeks leading into the wedding day. I got a full night’s sleep and everything! My lovely bridesmaids came over the next morning and we prepped with music and mimosas. Ifiok and I had our first look, which was a joyous moment (he’s so cute!). It wasn’t until I started walking down the aisle to Adele’s “To Make You Feel My Love” when the first tear fell. I was very emotional throughout the ceremony—with each vow from the reverend, a long pause followed as I tried to catch my breath from choking back tears and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? When the reception starts, after your first dance, consider playing a couple of fun songs to get everyone up out of their seats and on the dance floor with you. We did this and it really set the tone for the rest of the evening. People were up on the dance floor during dinner—they couldn’t’ wait to party!

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Vendors:
Ceremony location: St. Francis Hall
Reception location: St. Francis Hall
Bridal gown: Carolina Herrera
Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridal party attire: Holliex Kate, Etsy
Groom’s tux: Combatant Gentleman
Groom’s Shoes: Johnston and Murphy
Cake: Cakes Plus, Laurel Maryland
Caterer: Savory Gourmet
Favors: Small potted Succulents from JIIMZ Nursery in California
Wedding planners: Self-planned
Photography: Lola Snaps Photography
Music: DJ Kweks, Afropolitan
Hair and makeup: Gwendolyn Owens
Makeup: Caitlin Durney
Flowers: Le Petit Bouquet
Stationery: Minted

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Fall 2017 MunaLuchi Bride Magazine Feature – Modern Elegance Styled Shoot http://munaluchibridal.com/fall-2017-munaluchi-bride-magazine-feature-modern-elegance-styled-shoot/ http://munaluchibridal.com/fall-2017-munaluchi-bride-magazine-feature-modern-elegance-styled-shoot/#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:00:40 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=161142 Modern Elegance (19) MunaLuchi Bride Magazine Fall 2017 Feature - Modern Elegance Styled Shoot! Read all about...

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MunaLuchi Bride Magazine Fall 2017 Feature - Modern Elegance Styled Shoot!

Read all about the design elements and inspirational details in this stunning "Modern Elegance" Styled Shoot - featuring the work of MunaLuchi Coterie members Sheronda Seawright Photography, event design and florals by Event Loft, and Hair & Makeup Artistry by Just B Beautiful.


Sheronda Seawright Photography - "Modern Elegance took place at the lovely outdoor location of Tyler Gardens. Eilena with Event Loft did a spectacular job pulling in soft white floral to compliment the greenery of this perfect venue. Some of the highlights include the stunning floral ceremony ring and mirrored aisle runner designed by Event Loft, the elegant floating bridal cake designed by Desserts By Dana, the heavenly white floral arrangements for the ceremony, as well as the reception and cocktail tables. Also, the bold pops of color in the bride's blue Badgley Mischka shoes and groom's blue suit and tie for their first look commands attention. To top things off, what says elegant better than a mirrored acrylic invitation and menu designed by April Lynn Designs?"

Eilena from Event Loft (Design & Floral) – “Modern Elegance was initially going to be called Garden Luxe, but as I sat down and planned the design with the rest of the team the shoot evolved into Modern Elegance. After visiting the venue Tyler Garden all I could visualize was all white with hints of silver which is bold within itself but it turned out beautifully. The inspiration came from digging deep to show a look that is uncommon in this twists that you would never expect but at the same time, it can be easily replicated for a wedding or special event without going too crazy with inspiration.”

B Wilson from Just B Beautiful (Hair & Makeup) – “I often gather inspiration from many of my real life luxury Just B Beautiful brides and this shoot is no exception. Many of today's brides are not only making dress changes for the reception but also changing up their entire beauty look as well. For the ceremony portion I decided to give the 'bride' a true bridal look taking cues from the innocence of the beautiful Pronovias gown. The floral details and cathedral length veil were perfect accessories to the sleek strait hair and youthful makeup look.
For the second look again taking from my real life brides, it's time to party! Giving our bride a truly modern, sleek, and sexy intricate updo that plays on the deep-v and details of this stunning reception. Also not to be upstaged by his bride for our 'groom' Kenny we decided to give him a sleek dapper hair look that paired so very well with his navy blue suit. The overall look is clean, flawless skin, with bold details that truly makes this a Modern Elegant look."


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Vendors:
Venue - Tyler Gardens, Tyler Gardens managed by Open Air Affairs
Event & Floral Design – Event Loft
Invitation Suite and Menus - April Lynn Designs
Floating Cake - Desserts by Dana
Hair & Makeup Just B Beautiful
Stylist – Yoko Jak 
Model Bride – Talisa Baptiste
Male Model: Kenny Gamble
Photographer – Sheronda Seawright Photography
Videography – Love Struck Pictures
Dresses Provided By Philadelphia Bridal Company ,Designer Pronovias
Rentals - Newtown Party Rentals
Reception Chairs - Vision Furniture
Sweetheart Chairs - Event Loft
Groom Suit Provided by Natalie E Kennedy from Style by NK

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Traditional African Wedding Styled Shoot at Historic Rust Manor http://munaluchibridal.com/traditional-african-wedding-styled-shoot-historic-rust-manor/ http://munaluchibridal.com/traditional-african-wedding-styled-shoot-historic-rust-manor/#comments Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=160676 CynthiaBennettPhotography_AfricanGold1079_low "African traditional wedding with a modern twist" - this styled shoot taking place at...

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"African traditional wedding with a modern twist" - this styled shoot taking place at the historic Rust Manor in Leesburg, Virginia strives to complete the challenges faced when blending traditional culture with modern style - and the goal is certainly achieved! With bold color, rich texture, historic atmosphere, and royal flare -  this styled shoot is sure to inspire any bride and/or groom trying to achieve a similar end-result.

Read all about the style details and inspiration for this African traditional wedding styled shoot. View the complete gallery here, and see the vendor list below.


The historic Rust Manor in Leesburg, VA lent its perfect structure and luscious green landscape for an African traditional wedding with a modern twist. When this incredible passionate love story was conceived, we had in mind the challenges some of our clients face in blending the traditional taste of culture with their own modern style. Inspired by the bold and colorful fabric texture, the rich culture of the South-Eastern Igbos of Nigeria, West Africa infused with delicate flair for modern style, while the historic Rust Manor structure, which mirrors historic royal mansions in Nigeria, yielded a setting that blurs the lines of tradition and fine style.

The sweet heart table set the tone for this fusion of cultures with purple, lavender and plum florals popping against the luxurious antique Gold couture linen. The florals, intertwined with lush cascading greenery meshed perfectly with the soft gold metallic candelabra while the gold wine kegs offered an understated elegance to remind guests that traditional ‘Palm wine” was in order at the bar.

Our bride donned a two-step wrapper revealing exquisite hand-sewn floral pattern paired with coral layered beads. Every line speaking of layers and depths of affection she has found in her groom.

The trendy groom wore a black shirt and bow tie with a historic orange wrapper depicting the fiery heart of passion for his bride.

A custom menu inspired by the antique gold was designed to be formal, lavish but not excessive.

The day came to an end with a beautiful display of gold, ornately designed cupcakes for guests to devour as they danced into the evening.


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Vendors:
Photography: Cynthia Bennett Photography
Photography (2nd Shooter): Carling Zhou Photography
Planning: Mimi Ebichi Events
Venue: Rust Manor, Leesburg, VA

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Alexcis and David’s Elegant Outdoor Wedding in Atlanta http://munaluchibridal.com/alexcis-and-david-wedding/ http://munaluchibridal.com/alexcis-and-david-wedding/#comments Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:38 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=160534 Lexi and David24 Alexcis and David's love story is over a decade long. The two first met...

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Alexcis and David's love story is over a decade long. The two first met in the summer of 2003 while Alexcis was playing volleyball at the University of South Carolina. From there their love blossomed and lead them to start their journey down the aisle.

Read all about their love story and their rustic elegant wedding in Atlanta. The day was beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Samantha Clarke Photography.

Bride & Groom: Alexcis & David
Occupations: 
Gynecologist & Judicial Case Manager
Wedding date: 
June 3rd, 2017
Wedding location: 
Piedmont Tent and Meadow, Piedmont Park, Atlanta GA

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met in the summer of 2003 at the beginning of volleyball preseason at the University of South Carolina. I played volleyball with David's older sister in college, and David had accompanied his sister on the trip to Columbia.

David proposed very unexpectedly after a trip to Costa Rica. He got down on one knee in an apartment front garden during an evening conversation.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? Dress shopping was a breeze - got it online without any drama - a mermaid style with a sweetheart neckline!

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids: personalized gifts (shoes, bags, clothes picked for each by the bride). Groomsmen: cigar humidors

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Favorite item on the menu: Shrimp & grits

First dance song: Sound and Color - Alabama Shakes

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? I have West Indian roots so we made sure to incorporate plenty of soca music. David has roots in the Deep South so we made sure to tailor our menu accordingly.

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What is your best memory from your wedding? We wrote our own vows. David is not a really sentimental guy, so hearing his vows made it real for me.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Don't sweat the small stuff, and hire a wedding planner!! It also helps to have a best friend who is also a bomb wedding photographer!!

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Vendors:
Photography - Samantha Clarke Photography
Planner - Leigh Events
DJ - DJ Romeo International
Florist - Chelsea Floral Designs
Hair - Samantha Scales
Makeup - Karess Medvecz
Changing Faces by Elisha
Venue - Piedmont Tent and Meadow

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Bayann and Adam’s Glamourous and Elegant Wedding in New Jersey http://munaluchibridal.com/bayann-and-adam-wedding/ http://munaluchibridal.com/bayann-and-adam-wedding/#comments Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:27 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=160458 Bayaan and Adam120 When Bayann's birthday fell during the religious month of Ramadan she wasn't expecting anything...

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When Bayann's birthday fell during the religious month of Ramadan she wasn't expecting anything over the top.  Little did she know, Adam was planning an elaborate proposal complete with a photographer, a sailboat, and celebratory birthday cupcakes. He knew he had to make their engagement a moment Bayann would remember forever. At sunset with the Brooklyn Bridge as their backdrop, Adam popped the question.

Read all about Bayann and Adam's extravagant proposal as well as their glamourous Middle Eastern wedding in Addison Park New Jersey.

Bride & Groom: Bayann & Adam
Occupations: Bayann - Fashion designer, Adam - Accountant
Wedding date: March 26, 2017
Wedding location: Addison Park in New Jersey

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Tell us about the proposal. My birthday fell during our religious month, Ramadan. So naturally it was difficult to celebrate. Adam promised me that he had something planned for my birthday the week after Ramadan ended. He told me to buy a pretty dress and that he wanted to match with whatever I was wearing. He also told me to make a playlist of my favorite songs and that we were going to have a photographer to grab some shots of us for my birthday because he knows how much I love taking pictures for my fashion blog.

The day finally came, I left work a little early to get ready. We got in the car and he told me we’re going into the city! (Weird because Adam hates the city!) I said ok sounds great and we left. He then told me he didn’t want to drive in so we’d be taking the ferry into the city. We drove up to a gated area by a marina and a man came to the gate and let us in, and instructed us to park at Dock K. We parked and walked over to this beautiful vintage newly restored sailboat!
I was so excited I had never been on a sailboat before! Adam told me that we were staying on the boat and that was my birthday surprise. Of course he brought all the necessities like flat sandals for me to take off my heels, music, blankets and CUPCAKES! Cake batter funfetti cupcakes obviously ;) We hung out, and took pictures on the boat for about 3 hours.

As sunset approached, the photographer asked me if I’d want to take some outfit shots during the sunset. Adam disappeared and came back, gave me the biggest hug and told me how much he loved me and how he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. He then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife with the Brooklyn Bridge as our backdrop.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? I planned my wedding to be a story of us. An exact description of our relationship- super fun, exciting, and full of glitter and glam! I am a fashion blogger and I love everything over the top. My wedding was just that. I did not have a wedding planner because I preferred to take care of all the details myself. Which included everything from choosing the venue, to deciding what kind of cake to surprise my groom with, to designing my invitation to organizing the sparkler exit. My dress was definitely exactly what I imagined it to be and was the hardest part of my wedding process. I bought the dress completely plain and designed all the beading and had it custom made to cover the sleeves and bodice.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We had a Middle Eastern wedding which included both Egyptian and Palestinian wedding styles. The Egyptian culture was through the drummers' performance shown as "Zaffa". The Palestinian culture was incorporated through the use of a big drummer and Dabka music.

Favorite item on the menu: Lobster bisque and prime rib steak. The viennese was also great.

First dance song: The Way You Look Tonight - Adam Levine

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Groomsmen gifts were wallets with their initials monogrammed on it. A long time ago I asked my groomsmen to pick a superhero (i.e. superman, batman, etc.) and gave them socks with their names, wedding date, and superhero printed on the socks, sunglasses, and a small box that included a lapel pin, money clip, pocket square and tie bar. Bridemaids' gifts included a robe with their names embroidered on it, confetti poppers, champagne and sunglasses.

What is your best memory from your wedding? Surprising my Husband with his groom's cake.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Enjoy the wedding process and savor each moment together at the wedding...the day goes by fast!

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Vendors:
Florist: Eva Madeleina
Linens/Chargers: LaSar Linens
Venue: Addison Park
Photo/Video: Jadorelovephoto
Dress: Victor Harper Couture
Invitation Illustration Design: Lovey's Paperie Shop

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Ashley and Karl’s Picturesque Rooftop Wedding in Atlanta http://munaluchibridal.com/ashley-karls-picturesque-rooftop-wedding-atlanta/ http://munaluchibridal.com/ashley-karls-picturesque-rooftop-wedding-atlanta/#comments Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:00:14 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=160317 Ashley and Karl105 Ashley and Karl are a Match.com success story, immediately falling for each other. So...

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Ashley and Karl are a Match.com success story, immediately falling for each other. So confident in their compatibility that shortly after they began dating they both removed their profiles. Their beautiful rooftop wedding in Atlanta was complete with loving family and friends, stunning skyline views, and a helicopter exit by the bride and groom.

Read all about Ashley & Karl's love story, romantic surprise proposal, and experiences in their scenic rooftop wedding in Atlanta - featuring the fashion design work of MunaLuchi Coterie member and celebrity designer Miguel Wilson. View the entire vendor list below.

Bride & Groom: Ashley & Karl
Occupations: Senior Video Editor & IT Project Manager
Wedding date: 10-15-16
Wedding location: Ventanas in Atlanta, GA


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
People are usually shocked to find out we are a Match.com success story! We often get told we should reach out to Match and ask them to put us in a commercial. Shortly after we started dating, Karl gently hinted that I should take down my profile, which I happily obliged.
The proposal took place after 48 hours worth of flights and layovers, I returned home from vacationing in Bali and received a text from my neighbor asking me to attend a networking event she was hosting at the Sun Dial Restaurant in Atlanta. Although I was extremely tired and jet-lagged, I said yes and invited one of my best friends, Sharina. Right before Sharina came to pick me up, I fell asleep and almost didn't wake up in time for the event. I jolted awake and got ready with only 5 minutes to spare before she pulled into my driveway to pick me up. Together, we drove to the Sun Dial. She kept nervously fumbling with her phone, and had I not been so exhausted, I probably would have suspected something was up! We headed all the way to the top of the Westin and walked to the Sun Dial Restaurant. As we approached the "networking event" I started noticing familiar faces. It didn't sink in right away what I was seeing. I thought, "Why are so many of my friends here? Why are they all in a circle?" I was in a daze. And then I saw Karl. On one knee. In the middle of that giant circle. It was an overwhelmingly special moment. I awkwardly stumbled backwards into the kitchen in shock. But then I came to my senses and rushed towards him and awkwardly got down on the floor with him to accept his proposal. Oh -- and would you believe he even had my best friends from Chicago and Houston fly down for this too? They, along with my father, all popped out of the shadows, making this the biggest surprise of my life!

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What was wedding shopping like for you? I had never really envisioned going wedding dress shopping with a ton of people or making a huge deal out of it. Instead I went with one person - Sharina! I thought it would be nice to go with the same person who led me to my proposal. Wedding dress shopping was a breeze because I knew exactly what style I wanted. We went to 3 different stores, but we saved the best for last - Brides by Demetrios. It was in this store that I found exactly what I had envisioned. I knew it was the one when I first laid eyes on it, before I even tried it on. When I actually did slip into it, both Sharina and I nodded in unison. It was classy, sexy, elegant, and lightweight. I fell in love with the long lacy sleeves, sparkly embellishments, and sassy backless style. I never saw myself in a big, fluffy dress. I wanted something sleek and chic. This was it. I paid for it that same day and never looked back.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? I'm the product of an interracial marriage - my mother is South Indian and my father is mixed with African American and Jamaican. My husband is half Nigerian. So diversity is extremely important to both my husband and me. We wanted to honor our diverse backgrounds by having a multicultural wedding. Instead of traditional American bridesmaid dresses, I selected beautifully designed aqua mint saris that my mom picked up for us while she was in India. She also purchased an array of stunning Indian jewelry that looked breathtakingly gorgeous on all the girls. When my aunties helped them put everything on, they transformed into dazzling Indian princesses. Although I was wearing a wedding gown, I chose to wear an Indian headpiece that tied all of our looks together. Halfway through the reception, my husband and I both did a wardrobe change and I slipped into a bright red sari that I wore for the remainder of the night. It felt so good being able to honor my mother in that way.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids: Sarees, Indian Jewelry, Chloe + Christian Lip Colors by Scoobie West, and a "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" gift package that included various items in our wedding colors (aqua mint and gold). Groomsmen: Very stylish socks by Happy Socks and tie clips. Karl also contributed to their tuxedo rentals.
Favorite item on the menu: We both loved the sweet potato souffle!
First dance song: "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran (and we did a dance routine choreographed by our lovely friend, Shara Jackson).

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What is your best memory from your wedding? There are too many to pick just one! Top 5 favorite memories are:
1. Conquering our nervousness and successfully performing our choreographed first dance (that we learned just 2 weeks before our wedding!).
2. Reciting our vows - I almost died of laughter when Karl pulled out a long scroll where his vows were written.
3. The wedding party walking out to the theme song for Game of Thrones.
4. 2 words: THE BAND!
5. Exiting by helicopter and seeing all our friends and family down below bidding us farewell with glow sticks.

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What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Planning a wedding should be fun and something that you BOTH should do together. Karl and I wouldn't change a single thing about our wedding. It went so smoothly, and I believe a big reason for that is because we both were so heavily involved. Karl didn't just put all the planning on me. He was just as excited, if not more, to help make this the best night of our lives. Scoobie West, our amazing wedding planner, did a great job including the two of us in all decisions and made sure that our wedding was a reflection of both our styles - not just the bride's! Remember that you're going to be life partners. The more you operate like a team, the better equipped you will be to handle all challenges in life.

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Vendors:
Design & Planning: Scoobie West & Company
Venue : Ventanas, Atlanta, GA.
Event Decor: Edge Design Group
Linens: I Do Linens
Stationery: Paper Daisies
Photographer: Sarah Slavik Photography
Videographer: Chris Brock Photography
Wedding Cake: For Goodness Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Scoobie West & Company
Officiant: Written in the Stars
Lighting: Active Lighting
Groomsmen Tuxedos: The Modern Gent
Quartet: After Five String Quartet
Band: KLF Pro Entertainment
Chairs: Sweet Seats
Helicopter: Prestige Helicopters
Groom’s Tux: Miguel Wilson Collection
Bride’s Dress: Brides by Dementrios

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Bridgette and Jamar’s New Orleans Destination Wedding http://munaluchibridal.com/bridgette-jamars-new-orleans-destination-wedding/ http://munaluchibridal.com/bridgette-jamars-new-orleans-destination-wedding/#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:00:53 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=160208 Bridgette_and_Jamar140 Washington DC couple Bridgette and Jamar's love story began in 2011 on Twitter byway...

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Washington DC couple Bridgette and Jamar's love story began in 2011 on Twitter byway of a mutual friend. They messaged each other for weeks before exchanging numbers, continuing their conversations over the phone for another fews weeks. Finally they could wait no longer and Jamar asked Bridgette on their first date. The breakfast date began with a rocky start as it was July 4th and their restaurant of choice was closed. Not to be deterred, Jamar instead invited Bridgette to his family's cookout, where she was welcomed by all. As Bridgette says, "At that moment I knew this one would be different..."

Read all about Bridgette & Jamar's love story, proposal, and experiences in their New Orleans destination wedding - beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Southern Amore' Studios.


Bride & Groom: Bridgette & Jamar
Wedding Date: October 14, 2016
Wedding Location: Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans.


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met in June of 2011 on Twitter through a mutual friend, back when it was the new up and coming thing to be on. We messaged for weeks before actually exchanging numbers. After a few weeks of speaking Jamar asked me out on a breakfast date - which was a bust because it was the 4th of July so the restaurant was closed! But Jamar decided he couldn't go down without a fight and invited me to his family's annual cookout and I obliged, only to realize it was a mini family reunion! At that moment I knew this one would be different. I met the entire family that day and the rest is history...

For the proposal, we were at home alone, it was intimate and thoughtful. Jamar walked in the bedroom dressed as Adam (the first man) in a fig leaf! I was obviously confused, then he started to quote Genesis 2:21-24, forgetting some of the words he improvised and ended with a proposal!


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What do you love most about him? His heart and patience.
What do you love most about her? Her honesty and passion
How did you know she was the one? Because after the first date we spent every day together. I drove 45 minutes to see her every day after work.


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Bride - starting our own family, growing even closer... Groom - finally having her on papers!


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Vendors:
Photography: Southern Amore Studios
Bridal Prep Location - Hyatt French Quarter
Venue (ceremony & reception) - Southern Oaks Plantation
Wedding Dress - Aline style
Wedding Dress Designer - Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Dresses - Convertible Maxi Dress
Bridesmaid Designer - Henkaa
Coordinator - Elle R Jae Events
Wedding Designer/Decorator - Elle R Jae Events
Florist - Floral De Leaf
Stationary - Photo Booth guest book
Cake - Chosen Cakes
Live Painter - Reggie Ford
Makeup Artistry - Arjia Thomas Pro Makeup Artistry
Hair Stylist - Brooke O'dell
Limo Service - Alert Transportation
Favors - Multiple DIY Items (cigar bar, flip flops, mambo sauce, tabasco sauce, Lorettas pralines, DC metro microfiber cloth)


 

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Sophisticated Summer Loft Wedding Styled Shoot http://munaluchibridal.com/sophisticated-summer-loft-wedding-styled-shoot/ http://munaluchibridal.com/sophisticated-summer-loft-wedding-styled-shoot/#comments Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:00:58 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=160046 Fourth & Bloom bridal shoot-49 Planning an intimate city-loft wedding? This lovely and charming styled shoot has plenty of...

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Planning an intimate city-loft wedding? This lovely and charming styled shoot has plenty of inspirational elements for the New York City bride and groom looking to have a city-chic wedding with rustic flare. Planned, designed and with floral arrangements by Spectacular Affairs, and featuring the Makeup Artistry of MunaLuchi Coterie member Danie and the Bloom.

Read all about the design details of this intimate city-loft wedding styled shoot, view the complete gallery here, and see the entire vendor list below.


Who doesn't love an intimate City loft wedding? We know you do! This Summer wedding style shoot was designed with the chic New York City bride and groom in mind!
To merge the bride’s city style and the grooms love for the outdoors we created a Sophisticated Rustic New York loft wedding.
The location, the Sixth Floor Loft in Manhattans swanky Union Square neighborhood is the perfect back drop for an intimate rustic chic wedding. With its high ceilings, beautiful large window, clean beige wooden floors and walls - all lends itself as blank canvas for a designer to create.
Spectacular Affairs, Wedding and Event Planners invited Fourth and Bloom Photography to see this gorgeous location for the rustic style shoot they had wanted to create together. Our goal was to bring the outdoors in by using lush greenery, shades of pink, gold and ivory color scheme. With the help of some of New York's top wedding vendors we present A Sophisticated Summer Loft Wedding style shoot.

Spectacularly yours,

Carine Saint-Jean, Co-Owner of Spectacular Affairs


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Vendors:
Style shoot Planner, Florals Design and Décor: Spectacular Affairs 
Photographers: Fourth & Bloom
Whole sale flowers: Empire Cut Flower 
Venue: The Sixth Floor Loft
Wedding Cake: City Sweets & Confections 
Bridal Attire: White Collections Bridal Atelier
Wedding rings: Estate Diamond Jewelry
Stationary: Angela Allen Designs by Spectacular Affairs
MUA: Danie and the Bloom
Hair Stylist: Kevin Jackson of Before and After Salon
Custom glassware: J.G. Violet
Model (Bride): Chloe Clement
Model (Groom): Naim Kerbag
Groomsmen models: Ethan Willhouse, Arthur Powell,
Bridesmaids models: Shavaun Sutton, Bernadette George


 

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A birthday means celebrating with family and friends, blowing out an extra candle on the cake, and perhaps receiving a gift or two. For LaShawn, birthday number twenty-three would bring the greatest gift of all - a soulmate, in the form of Kendra. Inseparable ever since, Kendra and LaShawn spent seven years together growing their love until a surprise proposal would lead them down the aisle to a happily-ever-after.

Read all about Kendra & LaShawn's love story, surprise proposal, and experiences in their romantic Virginia Beach wedding. View the vendor list below.


Wedding Couple: Kendra & LaShawn
Occupations: Bodily Injury Claims Adjuster & Sales Representative
Wedding date: July 7, 2017
Wedding location: The Water Table in Virginia Beach,Virginia


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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met at LaShawn's 23rd birthday party and have been inseparable since. On our 7th year together, LaShawn gathered friends and family to a restaurant in Norfolk, VA called Bryd and Baldwin. Kendra thought it was just a dinner outing with her best friend, but to her surprise LaShawn was waiting for her by the fireplace with our friends and family ready to propose. Kendra broke out in tears and attempted to run away, but she ultimately returned - LaShawn proposed and Kendra said yes!

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Wedding Style: Kendra's wedding dress was a lace, mermaid fit with a ruffled tulle skirt and train. The wedding style was romantic.

What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding shopping for LaShawn and I was exciting and stressful. We learned a lot about each other, even after 7 years together. We learned how to really compromise, and how to both get what we wanted for our wedding day.

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Wedding Party Gifts: My bridesmaids received personalized compact mirrors and personalized makeup bags with all sorts of goodies stuffed inside. My groomsmen received a personalized flask and shot glasses!
Favorite item on the menu: Stuffed Chicken Florentine; Grilled Shrimp & Grape Skewers marinated in tequila lime (served during cocktail hour).
First dance song: "A Couple of Forevers" by Chrisette Michelle; "Best of Me" by Anthony Hamilton.

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What is your best memory from your wedding? (Kendra) My best memory was walking down the aisle to meet LaShawn. Although, the room was filled with guests, I didn't see anyone but LaShawn. (LaShawn) My best memory was reading my vows and the dancing.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? (Kendra) Always take a moment with each other while wedding planning, it can be very stressful but remember why you decided to marry. (LaShawn)Understand the other persons point of view even if you don't agree. Communicate and always date each other.

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Vendors:
Wedding dress designer: Allure Bridal
Wedding dress salon: Studio I Do (Virginia Beach,VA)
Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang
Groomsmen tuxedo: Ike Behar
Bride's Custom Tuxedo: Bobby Macc Bespoke
Shoes: Kendra - Menbur
Shoes: LaShawn - Salvatore Ferragamo
Hair: (Kendra) Shanita at Humble Hair
Hair: (LaShawn) Jasmine at Da Notty Roots
Barber: Sean Causby
Makeup: Artist: Breona from Eyes on You Artistry
Ceremony/Reception Location: The Water Table in Virginia Beach, VA
Photography: Mike Dragon of Dragon Photo Studio
DJ: Cedric with Big Dreams Entertainment
Videography: Brandon with Big Dreams Media Group
Event Designer & Florist: Janel Bailey Keen of Vivid Expressions
Day of Coordinator: Crystal Salazar and Katrina Nestor of Cherry Blossom Planning Factory
Cake Designer: Sabrina Jones of Confections by Julia
Caterer: Montero's Restaurant
Officiant: Reverend Cory Newell
Transportation: VIP Styles Limousines, LLC
Stationary: Minted


 

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