Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Fri, 26 May 2017 16:55:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.18 Shekia and Melvin’s Lovely Pennsylvania Inn Wedding http://munaluchibridal.com/shekia-melvins-lovely-pennsylvania-inn-wedding/ http://munaluchibridal.com/shekia-melvins-lovely-pennsylvania-inn-wedding/#comments Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:01 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=151963 Shekia_and_Melvin53 Having been initially introduced to her future husband by her future Maid-of-Honor, Shekia would...

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Having been initially introduced to her future husband by her future Maid-of-Honor, Shekia would find out just how much they have in common during an hours long conversation following one of Melvin's performances. The two spoke long into the evening getting to know each other, igniting the sparks of romance that would grow into embers of love - warming the heart of their relationship to this day as husband and wife.

Read all about Shekia & Melvin's love story, surprise beach proposal in Jamaica, and wedding experiences in their lovely Pennsylvania Inn wedding - beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Sheronda Seawright Photography.


Bride & Groom-to-be: Shekia & Melvin
Occupations: Bride-Financial Analyst, Groom-Recording artist
Wedding date: March 19, 2017
Wedding location: William Penn Inn, Lower Gwynedd, PA

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Technically speaking, we met in 2009 at our mutual friend (later to be Maid of Honor) Alicia's birthday party. Mel and I connected through Facebook that night but little did either of us know what the future had in store. It wasn't again until February 2013 that we would come back together. At my request, Alicia reached out to Mel to solely inquire about his current relationship status but somehow ended up getting us invited to Mel's next show. So on Feb 22nd, we met at the venue Mel was performing. Alicia had to leave early but after the show Mel and I sat for hours getting to know one another, discovering how much we had in common.
The proposal... May 26, 2016 is when the ending of an incredible vacation turned into a very special, life-changing new beginning! Our vacation to the newly opened Melia Braco Village resort in Jamaica will always be a memorable one! Mel got down on one knee, with a beautiful diamond ring nestled into a snail shell, and asked me to marry him! On the last night of our fabulous vacation, Mel walked me out to the gazebo on the beach, overlooking the ocean and asked me what I would remember the most about our vacation. After I rambled on and on about the delicious food and incredible staff, he said that he wanted to give me one more thing to remember and pulled out an engagement ring from his pocket!

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What was wedding shopping like for you? My dress was perfect! I wore an ivory, strapless, fit & flare satin gown with a sweetheart neckline beautifully embroidered with small pearls and bling covering the entire bodice and along the train. I was lucky finding this gown only on my second day of bridal gown shopping. I immediately started to cry when I turned around to see myself in the mirror during the trial. I looked and felt like a bride! The gown was incredibly flattering on my petite frame. Since the gown was being discontinued I couldn't order it and had to purchase that sample gown if I wanted it. It was miraculously very close to my size with no visible signs of it ever being a sample gown so a win-win and destined to be mine!

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Barney's faux fur stoles & monogrammed silk robes from Etsy for the Bridesmaids / Personalized engraved flasks for the Groomsmen.
Favorite item on the menu: Filet mignon topped with gorgonzola and sauteed spinach.
First dance song: "Beautiful" by Musiq Soulchild.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We incorporated Jumping the broom into our ceremony. I asked my sister to do a reading beforehand and explain to the guests who may not be familiar with the tradition and the significance it represented. Additionally we placed both of our parents' wedding portraits along the fireplace mantle during the ceremony and reception. I hope this starts a tradition in the generations to come that our children and grandchildren, etc., showcase the legacy of love & marriage from which they were created! There is a nasty saying in our community that Blacks / African Americans don't get married. We hope this new tradition shows just how untrue that is!

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Mel surprised me with a personalized song that he wrote and produced! I still cry every time I re-watch the video.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Plan the wedding you want and enjoy it! Many will try to influence you during the process but we stayed true to who we are and our budget to ensure the entire day was about us! During your wedding day, stay in the moment, embrace your family and friends, and don't stress the small stuff! The day will go by so quickly so have fun...and eat!

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Vendors:
Wedding dress designer - Couture Collection
Wedding dress salon - Philadelphia Bridal Company
Bridesmaids dresses - Elizabeth John's
Hair - Shawn Krys Salon
Makeup - Sheena Marie Makeup Artistry
Shoes - Blue by Betsey Johnson "Gina" Dress Sandal
Ceremony & Reception Location - William Penn Inn 
Photography - Sheronda Seawright Photography
Florist - William Penn Inn Flower Shop
Cake - William Penn Inn
Stationery - Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Coordinator - Antoinette Darden of Vision Events

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It's hard to believe that a few weeks ago we kicked off our first wedding show of the year at the luxurious Luxmore Grande Estate in Winter Springs, FL.  The evening was magical, with vendors and guests from Orlando, Tampa and even Miami mixing, mingling and collaborating with one another.

The theme for the evening was Traditional Meets Modern, a play on the vintage aesthetic of the Luxmore Grande Estate.  Our planner, Roxanne Bellamy Events, put a spin to the classic and traditional look by incorporating marble detailed stationery and gold rimmed stemware in her tablescapes.

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For each MunaLoveAffair event, our vendors are provided with a color palette to work with.  The color palette was a play on the modern yet traditional theme with teals, oranges and hints of lavender.  We were able to create this tropical-esque vibe with linens from our partner Nuage Designs and flowers from Fifty Flowers.

Guest had such a great time! Just take a peek at all the fun that was had in this video recap by Andre Goodluck of SpotOnMediaMiami.

All of our creatives did an amazing job adding their own twist to the color palette, as you’ll see with the inspiration overload that follows. By the way, how stunning is the Luxmore Grande Estate?!

A special thanks goes out to our dedicated partners.  We would not be able to pull off such an amazing event without them.

And congrats to all of our participating vendors for joining us for another fun event! Enjoy these photos from Janelle C Photography

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Interested in attending an upcoming event? Learn more about The Muna Love Affair here. 

Thanks to all of our partners!

Venue - Luxmore Grande Estate | Planner - Roxanne Bellamy Events | Wholesale flowers - Fifty Flowers | Florals - The Simon Design | Linens - Nuage Designs | Stationery - Made Divine | Catering - Luxemore Grande Estate | DJ/MC - DJ Perfect | Rentals - A Chair Affair | Rentals - RW Rentals | Fashion stylist - Shaundrick Roberts | Videography - Spot On Media Miami | Photography - Janelle C Photography | Gif Booth - Move Booth | Photobooth props - Ten23 Designs | SC filter - Geofilter Studio | Accessories - Headpiece Heaven | Makeup - @jessicarenea_mua +  | @Angie_Starr_ | Jewelry - Misayo House

Swagbag sponsors - Brooms, Baskets, Brides Oh My | @edenbodyworks | @vitadepalmaconfetteria | @madewithbind
Models:  @officialkhai  @trulyunusual  @itskelsiilove  @iambarbaramendes  @blackqveen  @shaundrickroberts
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Thanks to all of our participants!

Ashley Canay Photography | Barbados Tourism Inc | Roxanne Bellamy Events | AJ Shorter Photography | Dandy Details Events | Brides by Nona | Miguel Wilson Collection | DejaVu Sweets | Sensory Delights Catering | Coby Beach Resort | Party Flavors Custom Cakes | Kouture Kreations Inc.

 

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Step into the world of 007 in this James Bond inspired styled shoot. Sophisticated, elegant, and modern - this Bond-Chic styled shoot is certain to leave you "shaken, not stirred." Read all about the inspiration and design elements below.


The definitive James Bond character, 007, has intrigued audiences since 1953. He’s known world-wide as the seducing, charming, perfect balance of smooth, suave, sophisticated gentleman agent as well as a tough, violent, and ruthlessly cold, handsome thug in a dinner jacket. Bond is always surrounded by beautiful women. Put the two together and you have a stunning wedding inspiration shoot!

Styling reflects all that is Bond: strong, sexy, smart, modern & clean. Clean vertical lines, glass & steel, minimalism, simple florals, and a Bond color palate of black & white, with a mix of reds, burgundies and pinks, keep the focus centered.

Of course, the groom is dressed in a classic white dinner jacket, black bow tie and signature red corsage. While his bride dresses sleek, sexy, clean and elegant. The bride is wearing the “Thelma & Louise” gown ensemble. The beautiful lace over-dress removes to reveal a short, sassy shift….great for a fast get-away! British women love their hats, so of course this Bond Girl wears a fascinator fit for the occasion.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Todd Collins Weddings
Gown & Stylist: Betsy Couture
Flowers: Carolyn May of May Flowers
Men’s Attire: Dee Shirts of Tuxedo Junction
Cake: Maureen Steel of My Sweet Cakes
Hair & Makeup Artistry: Jillian Joy
Invitation Suite: Tori Borg Romero
Venue: US Federal Courthouse, Salt Lake City, Utah
Models: Bride – Darby Mest
Models: Groom – Dele Thomas Opefia

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Tyrhonda and Duran’s Paradise Island Engagement Session http://munaluchibridal.com/tyrhonda-and-durans-paradise-island-engagement-session/ http://munaluchibridal.com/tyrhonda-and-durans-paradise-island-engagement-session/#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:51 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=151607 Tyrhonda and Duran Engagement39 This engagement session in Paradise features bride & groom-to-be Tyrhonda & Duran against island...

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This engagement session in Paradise features bride & groom-to-be Tyrhonda & Duran against island resort and blue-ocean beach backdrops so beautiful it's enough to make anyone jealous! Their elegant formal and stylish casual wardrobe selections are perfectly complimented by the tropical atmosphere. The couple looks forward to being able to relax together as husband and wife after their August 19th Bahamas wedding.

Learn about Tyrhonda & Duran in their stunning Paradise Island engagement session, beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Afolabi Sogunro of Fotos by Fola photography.


Bride & Groom-to-be: Tyrhonda & Duran
Wedding date: 08/19/2017
Wedding location: Bahamas
Location of Engagement shoot: Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Well, we met as classmates at the University of The Bahamas. At that time we really did not take notice of one another. We just hailed in passing or briefly spoke in class that was about it. I always knew Duran as the quiet slim guy in class. I don't know what his perceptions were about me at the time. We lost contact with one another for several years but one day he sent me a friends request on Facebook.
Shortly after he sent me a message reminding me of who he was and asked if we could hang out one day. At first I didn't really pay it any attention. But one day I needed a ride to my rehearsal for Miss Bahamas and I couldn't think of anyone but then i remembered him! So I sent him a message asking if he would please do me the favor of dropping me to my rehearsal. He was there with no complaints. After that we became good friends for maybe over a year. Later he expressed to me that he was interested in a relationship with me, at first I was apprehensive but after months of thinking I finally decided to give it a shot.

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Describe your engagement session. The shoot was amazing and so much fun. We did not have a theme but we wanted a classic look and a casual beach look. We truly enjoyed the engagement session

What did you do on your first date? Wow, the way the events happened I can't really say we had an official first date, but I guess the first thing after that made it official - we went to the movies.

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? We're both laid back kind of people, so watch tv!

How has wedding planning been so far? It's been slow but steady. I'm trying not to overthink everything, just relax but it can be a lot to do.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. I think finally being able to relax because its going to be lots of hard work.

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Vendors: 
Photographer: Fotos by Fola
Hair: Bunny
Makeup Artistry: Major Faces and skupt_linceycarey
Dress: David Rolle

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“Meant to be” – Marjorie and Sam’s Classic Church Wedding in New York http://munaluchibridal.com/meant-marjorie-sams-classic-church-wedding-new-york/ http://munaluchibridal.com/meant-marjorie-sams-classic-church-wedding-new-york/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:24 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=151848 View More: http://codyraisig.pass.us/marjorie-sam When high school sweethearts Marjorie and Sam reconnected at their reunion twenty years later,...

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When high school sweethearts Marjorie and Sam reconnected at their reunion twenty years later, they picked up right where they left off, "it was like we never left each other," Marjorie reflects. That time apart, through college, and the many ups and downs of life they would find had no effect on their feelings for each other; they "both knew that it was meant to be."

Read all about Marjorie & Sam's love story and experiences in their classic church wedding and gorgeous country club reception - featuring event planning, design, decor, florals & stationery by MunaLuchi Coterie member Erganic Design. See the entire vendor list below, and the complete selected image gallery here.


Bride & Groom: Marjorie & Sam
Occupations: Chief Counsel; PepsiCo Inc. & Social Work Case Manager in Westchester County NY/ SVP.
Ceremony venue: Scarborough Presbyterian
Reception venue: Sleep Hollow Country Club

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Tell us how you met. Sam and I actually met in High School in 1987. We were high school sweethearts and even went to our senior prom together. Sam went to college at Montana State and I at the University of Pennsylvania. After a few years we lost touch. Incredibly we met up again at our 20th high school reunion. By then Sam was divorced living in Cincinnati and I was already working as in-house counsel at PepsiCo. We clicked and reconnected right away. It was like we never left each other. We were inseparable after that and eventually Sam made his way back to NY. We both knew that it was meant to be.

What was wedding shopping like for you? My dress was a beautiful Lazaro creation that reflected not only our wedding theme of reaching back to the old but in a fun, romantic and elegant way to move us into the future. Wedding shopping was a bit bittersweet for me as Mom had passed away a few years earlier. I always imagined she would be with me. That said, I know she would’ve absolutely loved the dress. So many of her close friends that were at our wedding told me as much which warmed my heart.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Culture was very important for us as I am first generation from the Dominican Republic and Sam is African-American. At our ceremony we “jumped the broom” which is the traditional way slaves would commemorate jumping into their new life as husband and wife. All of our guests enjoyed the merengue band at the reception. It definitely made for an incredibly “lively” reception.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Each of my bridesmaids received beautiful pendant necklaces fitting each of their personalities. The groomsmen received fashionable gifts, each unique to their personalities.
Favorite item on the menu: The braised duck was to die for. I only remember how it tasted the day of our tasting because I don’t remember it the day of the wedding!
First dance song: Anthony Hamilton's “Giving you the Best of Me."

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What is your best memory from your wedding? There are so many that its hard to say. But if I had to pick just one it was our “first-look” moment when I walked down the steps to meet Sam. Sam is a warm-hearted big teddy bear and on our wedding day he didn’t disappoint. We were overwhelmed with emotion seeing each other thinking that here we were after so many years knowing it was our destiny to be a family.
Also, in keeping with our high school years, Sam and I had the Hip Hop group Brand Nubian give a surprise performance at our after party. It was incredible!

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Enjoy the moment because it flies by so fast. Make sure you have an amazing photographer and if possible a videographer. You will cherish it later.

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Vendors:
Public Relations: Be Inspired PR
Ceremony venue: Scarborough Presbyterian
Reception venue: Sleep Hollow Country Club
Photography: Cody Raisig
Videography: 15 Minutes of Fame
Ceremony Musicians: Dolce Ensembles
Cocktail HourBand: Cantaloupe Productions
Reception Music: DJ Kraff of Scratch DJs
Wedding Planning: Erganic Design
Event Design, Decor & Floral: Erganic Design
Stationery: Erganic Design
Lighting: Studio 4 Event Productions
Rentals: Party Rentals, Regal Candelaba
"Mancave" Accommodations (whisk(e)y curation, stationery/decor, cigar roller): The Dappered Den
Cake: Lulu's Cake Boutique
Hair & Makeup Artistry: (family friend)
After Party Band: Brand Nubian
After Party DJ: DJ Spawn of Scratch DJs
Transportation (Rolls Royce & Cayenne Porsche): Silverstar Limousine
Transportation: Trolleys -  Cruise Control Limo, Long Island Trolleys, Top Class Limo Trolleys
After party venue: Doubletree Hotel

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Brianna and Lorenzo’s “Chic Modern Spring” Engagement in Memphis http://munaluchibridal.com/brianna-lorenzos-chic-modern-spring-engagement-memphis/ http://munaluchibridal.com/brianna-lorenzos-chic-modern-spring-engagement-memphis/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 10:00:43 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=151571 Brianna_and_Lorenzo_Engagement23 Brianna and Lorenzo's stylish "Chic Modern Spring" engagement session in Memphis, Tennessee highlights the...

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Brianna and Lorenzo's stylish "Chic Modern Spring" engagement session in Memphis, Tennessee highlights the couple's lifestyles and personalities with both a chic formal, elegant casual, and university themed wardrobe. After bonding "instantly" the couple has been "inseparable ever since" their first date. Brianna looks forward to hearing "I now pronounce you husband and wife" on their wedding day, this October 7th.

Learn all about Brianna & Lorenzo in this "Chic Modern Spring" engagement session - featuring event planning by MunaLuchi Coterie member BrittanyB Events.


Bride & Groom-to-be: Brianna & Lorenzo
Occupations: Business Development Manager & Teacher/Basketball Coach
Wedding Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Wedding Date: October 7, 2017

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What was the theme of your engagement session? The theme of our engagement session was "Chic Modern Spring." We had an absolute blast during the shoot. It was filled with laughter from beginning to end. Our photographer [Sam Jasper Photography] did a magnificent job incorporating our personalities into the settings as well as the photos themselves.

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What did you do on your first date? Our first date place at a restaurant called Flatland Grill in Greenwood, MS. We bonded instantly and have been inseparable ever since.

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? We love to try new restaurants and take weekend road trips.

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How has wedding planning been so far? So far wedding planning has gone very smoothly. People constantly say, "I know you're overwhelmed with wedding planning," but honestly so far everything is flowing beautifully. It also helps to have a fantastic planner!

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.
Lorenzo is looking forward to celebrating such a momentous day with both of our families. Brianna is looking forward to hearing to those magical words, "I now pronounce you husband and wife."

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Vendors:
Planner - BrittanyB Events
Photographer- Sam Jasper
Makeup Artistry - Precious Sanders

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Alana and Vibert’s Cinematic Wedding Feature in New Rochelle, NY http://munaluchibridal.com/alana-and-viberts-cinematic-wedding-feature-in-new-rochelle-ny/ http://munaluchibridal.com/alana-and-viberts-cinematic-wedding-feature-in-new-rochelle-ny/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:23 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=151472 Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 3.39.22 PM Having just walked away from an unsuccessful dating situation, Alana, almost as if a...

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Having just walked away from an unsuccessful dating situation, Alana, almost as if a higher power were pointing her in the right direction, received a message in her inbox from someone who'd caught her eye. Vibert, feeling the same romantic curiosity, decided to take the leap and reach out to Alana in a decision that would positively alter the rest of their lives. Placing them on a journey from messaging, to hours-long phone conversations, romantic evenings together, to a wonderful surprise birthday proposal, and finally saying "I do" in beautiful country club ceremony in New Rochelle, New York.

Learn all about Alana & Vibert's love story, proposal, and wedding experiences - beautifully captured in this cinematic feature by MunaLuchi Coterie member Yamean Studios Films. With event photography by MunaLuchi Coterie member Joshua Dwain Photography, and event planning by New York MunaLuchi Coterie Ambassdor Victoria Nee-Lartey of Victorious Events NYC.


Bride & Groom: Alana & Vibert
Occupations: Alana - Clinical Research Supervisor and Graduate Student, Vibert - Middle School Science Teacher.
Wedding date: July 31, 2016
Wedding location: Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle, NY

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Believe it or not Vibert (aka Jay) and I met in November 2008 on Blackplanet.com. I had recently gotten into a huge fight with a guy I used to date and I thought "Hey let me just peruse Blackplanet and see who is on there". I figured that it would be entertaining. I saw Jay's profile previously and he piqued my interest, but I was "talking" to someone else at the time so I didn't even think to reach out. None the less I was not one to make a move or send a guy a message. Immediately after hanging up the phone from my argument I signed on to Blackplanet and saw a message from Jay. I figured it was worth responding to because I liked his profile and I was through with the shenanigans from the other dude. I wish I could remember specifically what he wrote, but it HAD to be interesting enough for me to respond because I remember deleting a bunch of other messages. He sent me a message soon after and before you know it we graduated to Yahoo Messaging and had our first phone conversation on his birthday in December of that year. I actually mustered up the courage to ask for his number to call him and wish him happy birthday. The first time we spoke on the phone we spoke for hours and it just felt natural--not forced, just good vibes and energy. Since I was a senior in college in the woods of New Hampshire and he was a teacher and working part time at NYU hospital over the weekend we really got a chance to get to know each other for months over the phone. For him, Blackplanet was an opportunity to socialize since he was essentially working every single day. Jay's crazy schedule and my previous terrible situation-ship laid the foundation for the two of us to initially meet.

Jay proposed to me on my birthday, February 17, 2014 in San Francisco with cupcakes. Jay orchestrated the proposal with the staff at Arganout Hotel in San Francisco. The day of the proposal we went on a city tour, went to the aquarium, and walked the pier. While away we were upgraded to a suite and once we returned there were candles and rose petals everywhere. I felt so special on my birthday. To top it off he also arranged for a private couple's massage. At that point I couldn't have asked for a better birthday weekend--San Francisco was a complete surprise to me because I did not know where we were vacationing until we got to JFK airport, it was NBA all star weekend, and I was being treated like a Queen.
After the massage Jay asked me if I wanted to head out to dinner or stay in and look at a movie. We went to dinner and when we returned the room was filled with music and there were two boxes on the bed. I opened the boxes and I immediately saw cupcakes and I was SO giddy over the cupcakes (FYI: I have a cupcake obsession) that it took a few seconds for my brain to compute that the cupcakes spelled out "will u marry me?" Once I realized what it said and saw that he was down on one knee--I was hooting, hollering, and acting a fool. Not to mention I snatched the ring out of the box and put it on my own hand! Eventually he did ask me formally again if I would marry him and he placed the ring on my finger. Soon after we called our family (who were all in on this plan) and let them know the good news!

What was wedding shopping like for you? My mother gifted me my wedding gown from Kleinfeld Bridal. It was a Dennis Basso princess ball gown adorned with crystals and pearls. I had always imagined myself in a mermaid wedding dress and thought that would have suited my body most perfectly. However, when I first went to Kleinfeld with my mother, two aunts, and my cousin it turned out that wasn't the style for me. I tried on 8-10 dresses and with the opinions of so many people I became overwhelmed. My mother insisted that I try on a ball gown and as the saying goes "mother knows best." The first ball gown I tried on was lovely and I gave it 8.5 out 10 so it wasn't the one but I felt confident that after trying it on that I was in a better direction.
I left Kleinfeld without a dress and at a later date went to another store with just my mom in Long Island and tried on a few more mermaids and ball gowns. At that point I knew that the ball gown was the way to go. I finally returned to Kleinfeld a month and a half after my initial visit with my mom and cousin and found my perfect dress! I honestly had that magical dress moment. I was so happy and beaming. It was definitely a 15/10 feeling for me. So I said "Yes to the Dress!"

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We are Guyanese (I was born there and he is Guyanese-American) and carnival is a huge part of our lifestyle. We thought, wouldn't it be beautiful if we could celebrate as if we were at Carnival and 'fete-ing.' We knew our friends and family would appreciate that. So as an ode to our heritage and to be inclusive of everyone at the venue we had international flags for all guests under the table. Once the carnival music/soca started playing the DJ asked everybody to go under the table to get their flags and start fete-ing.
We also had a steel pan band play during our cocktail hour - steel pan is also a huge part of Caribbean carnival culture as well. The song I walked down the aisle to and our first dance were also nods to our Caribbean too.

What is your best memory from your wedding? There were so many!
1. The carnival flag waving when everyone initially got on the dance floor
2. When everyone was palancing!
3. The first look meant the world to me. Seeing my husband to be calmed my nerves and I knew the day was going to be perfect!
4. Hearing the vows that Vibert wrote brought tears to my eyes.
5. Literally dancing in the rain towards the end of the night.
6. Listening to our parent's speeches warmed our hearts.
7. The first dance! Hearing our loved ones sing "Is this love?" as we danced our hearts away.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Simple - prepare for the marriage not the day. Everything will work out as it is supposed to. It's honestly in God's hands. There came a point where I let go. I didn't worry about the details anymore because I knew that no matter what the day in of itself was going to be beautiful because the union was blessed - God sent us for each other.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaids received wine glasses with their names engraved along with the wedding date. They also received handwritten notes from the bride. The groomsmen received engraved money clips with handwritten notes from the groom.
Favorite item on the menu: Everyone said that the food was great and they loved cocktail hour. The salmon I had for dinner was delicious, and Vibert enjoyed the steak.
First dance song:
We danced to "Is this Love" by Bob Marley.

Vendors:
Wedding dress designer: Dennis Basso
Wedding dress salon: Kleinfeld
Bridesmaid dresses: JLM couture
Hair: Jaselle Watkins
Make Up: Khadeen Ellis
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony & Reception location: Greentree Country Club
Photography: Joshua Dwain Photography
Photo Booth: On Shoot Photo Booth
Videography: Yamean Studios Films
Wedding Planner: Victoria Nee-Lartey of Victorious Events NYC
Florist: Arcadia Florals
Cake: Nathalie Springer
Stationary: Lisa Zachery of Papered Wonders
Cocktail Hour Performance: Jah Pan Caribbean Steel Pan
DJ: Kooly Chat

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During a lady's evening out with her sister, what may have seemed liked a random choice of location for cocktails would turn out to be destiny. As this upper west side setting would be the place in which Alexandra would meet Harold, forever changing the course of their lives. Romance would blossom into love, a romantic sunrise proposal, and on May 28th, surrounded by family and friends, they met at the alter of a stunning church to forever be joined as husband and wife.

Read all about Alexandra & Harold's love story, proposal, and wedding experiences below. View the complete selected gallery here.


Bride & Groom: Alexandra & Harold
Occupations: Multinational Legal Consultant / Private Equity Consultant
Wedding date: May 28, 2016
Wedding location: New York City, NY

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
In the later summer of 2012, my sister Caroline had recently relocated to New York from Miami with her company. Two weeks later, we decided it was time to celebrate her return and planned dinner and cocktails with friends. Towards the end of the evening, we decided to extend our girls night out - just us two! We randomly Yelped a nearby bar on the Upper West Side - Prohibition - and decided to continue the festivities. A cocktail later we decided it was time to take a "sister pic". Enter Harold. That photo was the moment that changed the course of our lives.
Harold knows that I love boating and sunrises. And, of course, we both very much enjoy living in New York. So it was fitting that he chose to propose while watching the sunrise in a private, chartered boat on the Hudson. It was the most perfect and romantic proposal I could have imagined.

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Describe your Wedding Style. My Romona Keveza dress was "old glam" with a simple and elegant finish that I used to define everything in my wedding from flowers to invitations.

What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding shopping was stress free as I spent a lot of time beforehand researching which made the process of choosing every vendor so much easier.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Yes, our families absolutely LOVE music. So it was important to me that I incorporate Haitian music to honor my heritage with the music which Harold's family loved to listen to on the family road trips as a child and teenager.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Hair, makeup, dress, and flowers for the bridesmaids. Binoculars for the groomsmen.
Favorite item on the menu: The Intermezzo (mango sorbet)
First dance song: Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup (Natalie Cole)

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What is your best memory from your wedding? That is such a difficult question! The entire day was the best memory of my life. But if I have to remember one moment in particular it was letting loose with my bridal party in the limo bus after the wedding but on the way to the Roosevelt Hotel from St. Thomas Episcopal Church. I have the best video of my flower girl getting the party started for everyone. That was so much FUN!

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Just relax and enjoy every single second of the day.

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Vendors:
Wedding dress designer: Romona Keveza
Wedding dress salon: Romona Keveza (Rockefeller Plaza)
Hair: Takisha Sturdivant Drew (hair dresser to Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union and other celebrities)
Makeup: Victor Amos of Ken Barboza Associates, Inc.
Ceremony location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church (53rd and 5th Avenue)
Reception location: The Roosevelt Hotel (East 45th and Madison)
Photography: David Kim Photography
Videography: Mind Set Production
Wedding planner: Nikki Lofton of A Star Events
Florist: Julian Calderon and Marko Matijas of Julian Mark Events 
Cake: Ron Ben Israel
Stationery: Deborah Nadel
Lighting: Canal Sound & Light
Band: Metropolitan Music
DJ: DJ Watson

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Angel and Tony’s Elegant and Rustic Engagement Session in Austin http://munaluchibridal.com/angel-tonys-elegant-rustic-engagement-session-austin/ http://munaluchibridal.com/angel-tonys-elegant-rustic-engagement-session-austin/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:27 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=151680 Angel_Tony_Engagement14 Having met their freshman year of high school, Angel and Tony quickly became good...

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Having met their freshman year of high school, Angel and Tony quickly became good friends. It wouldn't be until the approach of their senior year that Tony would reveal his true feelings for Angel, asking her out on a date. Refusing out of fear of it possibly ruining their friendship, Angel was apprehensive in taking their relationship to new heights. But Tony's persistence paid off and they've been inseparable ever since.

Read all about Angel & Tony's love story and romantic Coliseum proposal in their elegant and rustic engagement session in Austin, Texas.


Bride & Groom-to-be: Angel & Tony
Occupations: Angel - Emergency Room Registered Nurse, Tony - Doctor of Pharmacy
Wedding date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 (Traditional Native Law & Custom Ceremony), Saturday, August 12, 2017 (Church Ceremony and Wedding Reception)
Wedding location: Houston,TX
Location of Engagement shoot: Austin, TX (Hamilton Pool Reserve)

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: Angel and Tony met at Westside High School. They met during their freshman year English class. Soon after they became good friends. It wasn't until the summer prior to their senior year that Tony approached Angel about taking her out on a date...she refused! Ha! He asked again and again...she kept on refusing - for fear of it ruining their good friendship. Finally, our young "Romeo" went to her then job at Whataburger and spent the entire day trying to convince her why a date would be harmless. Finally she gave in! His persistence paid off. They attended a showing at AMC 30 on 8.3.07 for The Simpsons.

The proposal (Tony) - Planning this proposal was a fun, exciting and nerve-wracking experience. I asked her parents and grandparents for her hand in marriage many months prior to the actual proposal. They were ecstatic and even shed some tears. My parents were also excited of the prospect of adding Angel to our family. My mom was especially elated about having someone she could call a daughter. After I received the blessings from both her and my family the planning commenced. Finding someone to capture this moment proved challenging. I contacted several photographers who were based in Italy. Though the time zone and language difference proved to be barriers, I finally found the perfect photographer! After several (2:00am U.S./9:00am Italy) conversations, Gianfranco (photographer) and I devised a plan to surprise Angel. Angel and I had reservations for the Colosseum and I mentioned to her that I "upgraded" our tour to a semi-private one that would start earlier in the day (to avoid high foot traffic) and even included a group photographer (hint..hint…). The day arrived...my palms were sweaty and I scarfed down my food as our driver/tour guide/ "photographer" arrived to take us on our "tour." Once we arrived, we toured the grounds of the 4th Wonder of the World until it was time. As he gave me the coded message that it was time, my heart was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. I'd finally be asking the woman that I've had the pleasure of growing with during the past 8 years to marry me. The rest is history. I honestly do not remember what I said. I just remember the sense of peace that overcame me. She said "YES" and for us, it was the beginning of always…

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Describe your engagement session. The theme of our wedding is rustic/elegant. It fits both of our personalities and we both wanted something outside of the traditional ballroom setting. Even the overall look of the engagement session. We both decided to wear a tuxedo and dress. Which was a stark contrast from the actual setting of the location. We also hired an event production company (Plants N' Petals) to help create a unique and awe inspiring look of our wedding reception.

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What did you do on your first date? We saw the Simpsons on 8/03/2007

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Travel! We got engaged at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy.

How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been a fun endeavor. We're allowing God to lead the way and starting early has helped us to stay ahead of certain deadlines as it pertains to the wedding.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. Honestly, just being able to call each other husband and wife. Being able to celebrate with close family and friends...and of course, DANCE!

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Vendors:
Photography - Isi.Rose Photography, Isi.Rose Photography IG

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Industrial Chic Styled Shoot in Birmingham http://munaluchibridal.com/industrial-chic-styled-shoot-in-birmingham/ http://munaluchibridal.com/industrial-chic-styled-shoot-in-birmingham/#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 10:00:42 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=151207 YNOT_styledshoot64 Recognized as a national historic landmark, the iron produced from the Sloss Furnaces assisted...

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Recognized as a national historic landmark, the iron produced from the Sloss Furnaces assisted in building the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Featured in this creative styled shoot we visually see the literal combination of industrial design and chic fashion - bringing elements of Birmingham's past economic roots into modern concepts of bridal elegance. Showcasing the work of MunaLuchi Coterie members, Brittany B Events, YNOT iMages photography, a gorgeous industrial chic cake from Cakes by Kim, and makeup artistry by Coco Moore Makeup. See the complete gallery here, and the complete vendor list below.


Inspired by the beauty of the “Magic City”, members of the Birmingham Coterie, decided to combine their talents to create this unique shoot as an ode to their hometown Birmingham, Alabama. To bring their vision to life, they decided to showcase some of that "magic" by choosing their backdrop to be the historical Sloss Furnaces, which played a significant role in the progression of the iron and steel industry here in Birmingham. This development of the shoot was led by Birmingham based wedding planner, Brittany Bell of Brittany B Events, and her assistant, Callie Finney.
Using the color scheme of copper, grey, ivory, and navy, they sought to bring the authenticity of their surroundings alive. The photographer, and founder of YNOT IMages, Antonio Minifield made sure to capture the magic of this beautiful, historic landmark through innovative shots with OCF and natural lighting. Our model bride, Dawn Ashley Pope, is wearing a glamorous wedding gown from Imperial Formalwear; and our little flower girl, McKenzie Patterson is sporting a lovely, one of a kind dress from Pantora Bridal. The flawless makeup looks created for the shoot were done by Shecovia Moore of CoCo Moore Makeup.
To enhance the theme of the shoot, the stylist incorporated stationary from AList Invitations, linen from Decor to Adore, chairs from Event Rentals Unlimited, and floral arrangements from Marie Lusain. We all know that the wedding is not complete without a cake. The triple decker cake featured in the shoot, with its outer layers reminiscent of the abstract beauty of its surroundings, was created by Cakes by Kim.

~ Carmen Waldrop

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Vendors:
Photographer​: Antonio Minifield of YNOT iMages
Model​: Dawn Ashley Pope
Flower girl model: McKenzie Patterson
Flower girl dress: ​Pantora Bridal
Bridal Gown designer: Lillian West
Bridal Gown​: Imperial Formalwear, Kristina- Contact
Hair​- Model came with hair done
Makeup​: Shecovia Moore of Coco Moore Makeup
Stationery​- Alist Invitations, Candice Glenn
Cake​- Cakes by Kim
Floral​: Petal Pushers, Marie Lusain
Planner​- Brittany B Events
Linen​-Decor to Adore
Chairs-Event Rentals Unlimited

 

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