Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:04:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Romantic Late 19th Century Inspiration Styled Shoot http://munaluchibridal.com/romantic-late-19th-century-inspiration-styled-shoot/ http://munaluchibridal.com/romantic-late-19th-century-inspiration-styled-shoot/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:04:20 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=92195 romantic-bohemian-inspired-inspiration-shoot-mintwood008 “The blushing bride ran swiftly and gracefully from her luxurious southern styled mansion. It...

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“The blushing bride ran swiftly and gracefully from her luxurious southern styled mansion.
It was late 1800s and she wanted to escape from the chains of her restricted place of what she assumed was called home.
She ran freely without a care in the world.
She had forgotten her slippers but she did not mind.
She wanted to feel the warmth from the soil and tingles from the blades of grass between her feet,
Like a bohemian queen, one with the earth.
The lush trees and vines that delicately fell from the trees were from a forest that was nearby. She decided to follow and she was pleased.
She eagerly waited for her love at the exquisite dining that was laid out in the middle of the forest.
A chandelier hung from the branches as the flame from the candles bounced off the wine colored petals, from the array of flowers that were set on the table.
She waited eagerly,
For she knew that this was going to be a romantic event she would never forget…”

Enjoy this romantic inspiration shoot planned by our coterie member, Roxanne Bellamy Events. 

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Vendors:

Photographer:  Mintwood Photo Co.//Floral Designer: European Floral Design//Bridesmaid Dresses: I Do, I Do Bridal //Reception Venue: Barrington Hall//Event Planner: Miss Milly's//Event Designer: persnickety events//

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Ines Di Santo: Bridal Couture Collection Spring/Summer 2016 http://munaluchibridal.com/ines-di-santo-bridal-couture-collection-springsummer-2016/ http://munaluchibridal.com/ines-di-santo-bridal-couture-collection-springsummer-2016/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:52:35 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=92898 Blossom210 Toronto based designer, Ines Di Santo, is regarded as one of the premier and...

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Toronto based designer, Ines Di Santo, is regarded as one of the premier and leading designers for bridal couture. Her designs are for the bride that craves unrestrained luxury, vibrant femininity, sophistication, and body clinging fit. Her Italian and Spanish heritage are reflected across her works of art and favored amongst the red carpet and Golden Globes. Also her brand has received praise in wedding media publications such as The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.

The Butterfly Effect, her Spring/Summer 2016 Bridal Collection, consists of 29 gorgeously crafted gowns set to a garden-like setting.

Highlights of this collection are Chantilly lace gowns in various watercolor shades of blue, champagne and pink with airy tulle and satin layers, gold leaf lace and pearl seeding reminiscent of cherry blossoms and exotic garden flowers, and pale pink pink implemented in a form a fitted corset ball gown with hand-crafted silk organza blossoms along the skirt and detachable train.

The Butterfly Effect is sure to be a visually captivating collection that will inspire future brides to be!

Caroline

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‘Battle of the Beltway’ Themed Engagement Session in DC and Maryland: Carolyn + Donte http://munaluchibridal.com/battle-beltway-themed-engagement-session-dc-maryland-carolyn-donte/ http://munaluchibridal.com/battle-beltway-themed-engagement-session-dc-maryland-carolyn-donte/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:30:45 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=92598 dc_md_engagement_session_carolyn_and_donte When Carolyn and Donte met on an online dating site, they had no idea...

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When Carolyn and Donte met on an online dating site, they had no idea love was one click away. The couple dated for two months before deciding to take a cruise together. Nervous and excited, they let their guards down and sailed into love.

Carolyn, a DC native, and Donte, a Baltimore native wanted to show their affinity for their urban backgrounds with a "Battle of the Beltway" themed engagement session. Using the respective cities as their backdrops, the twosome embraced the grunge, the style, and the history of Maryland and DC for a fun and loving shoot.

Tunji Sarumi served as the photographic referee in this battling engagement session.
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Bride-to-be: Carolyn Howell - Child Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist
Groom-to-be: Donte Young - Candidate for the Maryland State Police
Location of Engagement Shoot: Our shoot began in Graffiti Alley in Baltimore, MD. We then traveled to Union Station in Washington, DC, and then to the tidal basin in DC near the Jefferson, MLK, and World War I Memorials.
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Tell us all about the proposal!
For our third year anniversary, he told me we were going to get massages and we were going to dinner. When I arrived home from work I found a dozen white roses at the bottom of the steps. There were red rose petals leading up the steps to the living room, and another bouquet of red roses at the top of the steps. In the middle of the floor was the TV remote surrounded by a heart of rose petals with a sign that said "Please turn on tv." Playing on the TV was a slideshow of pictures over the three years of our relationship, with R. Kelly's song "Forever" playing in the background. At the end of the song R. Kelly sings "Marry Me!" and the last picture on the slide show was MY RING! Donte then came out in a suit and got down on one knee to ask for my hand. Next, I thought we were going to have an intimate dinner with just the two of us, but when we arrived at Stanford Grill I was surprised to see both of our families and our closest friends!
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What did you do on your first date?
For our first date we went to a restaurant close to where I lived called Greystone Grill. We were both nervous, but we talked the whole evening. Neither of us wanted the date to end.
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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?
We love live music, paint and sips, going out to eat, and working out together.
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Tell us what you're looking forward to the most on the wedding day.
On our wedding day, we are most looking forward to celebrating with family and close friends. We are also looking forward to dancing the night away!

Congratulations to Carolyn and Donte on their forthcoming wedding. What a fun engagement shoot, we can't wait to see their wedding photos.

Vendors
Photographer - Tunji Sarumi Photography
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Class, elegance and sophistication was infused into every aspect of Uwayemen’s (Uwa) and Reagan’s destination wedding in Puerto Rico. They decided on a light color scheme of blush, ivory and gold. Blush stationery with intricate gold lace trim, gold chargers and candelabras, and ivory and blush flowers all helped create a chic ambiance.  Uwa stunned in three gowns.  Her first dress was a beaded mermaid dress by Steven Yearick, which she accessorized with a stunning Hera headpiece from Bo and Luca. Uwa wore this gown for a very special first dance. She reminisces, “We had two songs for our first dance; the second song was "One for me" by Macy Gray where we had all couples come out and dance with us. It was beautiful.”

The couple then made a second entrance honoring their Nigerian culture. Uwa recalls, “We [entered again wearing] our tradition Nigerian outfits, and  dancing to a popular Nigerian song at the time, ‘High-life dorobuci.’ All our family members (parents and siblings) wore Nigerian attire too.”

To end the night, Uwa changed in a third dress with straps making it easier for her to dance the night away. The festivities ended with a gorgeous fireworks display! While the dress changes, stunning ivory and gold décor and fireworks definitely made a great impression on guests, Uwa stresses that all of the glitz and glamour should not get in the way of enjoying your wedding. She shares, “Enjoy your wedding day - you've worked so hard the past months for it. It's important to focus on the love between you and your husband, and ignore anything you "think" might not be going the way you planned.” We couldn’t agree more.

Enjoy these lovely photos by Claudette Montero Photography! You can also see this wedding in our SS15 print edition.

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First dance song: John Legend - You and I (nobody in the World)
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids: Perfumes/robes/earrings/makeup. Groomsmen: Colognes and shaving kits
Favorite item on the menu:  Intermezzo was my favorite; my husband enjoyed his steak and risotto. Intermezzo is a palate cleanser that is served before the main course to cleanse ones palate and allow one savor the next meal. I enjoyed my lemon intermezzo

On incorporating culture:

During the wedding, we changed into our Nigerian outfits to represent our cultures. We made a second entrance in our tradition Nigerian outfits, dancing to a popular Nigerian song at the time, "High-life dorobuci." All our family members (parents and siblings) wore Nigerian attires too.

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Vendors

Wedding Planner: Chioma Nwogu from Dure Events
Wedding dress designer: Steven Yearick
Wedding dress shop: Dimitra's bridal couture, downtown Chicago, IL
Bridesmaids dresses: David's bridal
Hair and makeup: Glam by Isoken
Hair piece: Hera by Bo and Luca
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Venue:  La Nereidas ballroom La Concha Resort, San Juan, PR
Photography: Claudette Montero and Videography
Florist and Event designer: Akua Pr, PR
Cake: Karen from Lourdes Padilla, PR
Stationery: Wedding invites: Ijorere
Day-of stationery: Isabella Invites
MC: MCPC
DJ: DJ Tunez
Nigeria Tradition outfit: Lisonel, Lagos, Nigeria
Accessories for traditional outfit: Beads by Oma, lagos, Nigeria
Sibling Aso-ebi: Foradora fabrics, Lagos, Nigeria

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Show Your Stripes: 13 Striped Interiors To Try Today http://munaluchibridal.com/show-stripes-13-striped-interiors-try-today/ http://munaluchibridal.com/show-stripes-13-striped-interiors-try-today/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:00:27 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=91571 elle_decor_red_and_white_striped_entry_way While stripes have been inspiring fashion designers for decades, we're obsessing over the interior...

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While stripes have been inspiring fashion designers for decades, we're obsessing over the interior design trend. The daring design compliments every space. Liven up your entryway with cheery red and white striped walls or hang chic black and white striped drapes in your living room.

A salute to modern patriotism, stripes add an element of interest. Whether you use the nautical design for a large area rug or upholstered chairs in your dining room, we want you to show your stripes this season. Get inspired by 13 striped interiors we love!

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Rustic Outdoor Wedding in California: Erika + Trayvon http://munaluchibridal.com/rustic-outdoor-wedding-california-erika-trayvon/ http://munaluchibridal.com/rustic-outdoor-wedding-california-erika-trayvon/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 05:30:35 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=91622 california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox12 It wasn't exactly love at first sight for Erika and Trayvon. "My friend Sarah...

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It wasn't exactly love at first sight for Erika and Trayvon. "My friend Sarah was having a movie night but I don't remember us watching any movies lol. We all talked, laughed, listened to music and at about midnight in walks Trayvon. He was loud, extra hype, and determined to make his presence known. My initial thought was 'who is this dude and why is he SO loud?'" Erika shares. But Trayvon's obnoxious first impression didn't stop the pair from developing a friendship that would lead them to the altar.

A trip to Vegas with some mutual friends brought them back together, in which Erika really got to know her future husband. "The entire way to Vegas we talked, got to know each other and he literally told me his whole life! From his childhood, to family, past relationships, mistakes he's made. He was really open. I just knew we'd be great friends," Erika says. They developed a friendship rooted in faith, a root that would continue to grow and remain strong for years.

Both Erika and Trayvon credit God for bringing them together. Individually grounded in their love for God, they relied on their faith to guide them to a love like no other.

Nicole Lennox captured the images for this beautiful rustic outdoor wedding. california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox13Bride: Erika Hill
Groom: Trayvon Hill
Wedding Location: Central Christian Church - Glendale, CAcalifornia-wedding_nicole_and_lennoxcalifornia-wedding_nicole_and_lennox3Quick Facts
Wedding Flowers - Baby's breath with accents of lavender and ivory roses.
Favorite item(s) on the wedding menu - Zucchini salad wraps and turkey burger sliders
First dance song - Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Raecalifornia-wedding_nicole_and_lennox9california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox18How would you describe your wedding dress style? And what was your favorite accessory?
I was a low maintenance bride. I wanted to be sexy but I also wanted my gown to be a reflection of my personality. It was a simple, all white mermaid style, fitted gown. Very Jessica Rabbit but no elaborate beading, lace or sequins. My favorite wedding accessory would have to be my ring! Aside from my husband getting what I had envisioned, I think what it symbolized as well as the engraving on the inside would make the engagement ring my favorite accessory.california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox20california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox27california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox22california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox21california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox5What is your best memory from your wedding day?
My best memory would be the father daughter dance. My Dad and I did a choreographed dance. It started off with a slow Adele song (I could tell people were confused because it didn't fit our personalities at all) then about a minute in the DJ did a little scratching and we broke into full on choreography. I incorporated some of my Dad's favorite songs in addition to some more recent songs that remind me of him. We danced to New Edition's "If It Isn't Love", Tupac "California Love", Outkast "So Fresh, So Clean and The Rejectz "Cat Daddy". We had a blast and our family and friends loved it!california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox23california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox25Was culture incorporated in your wedding?
Yes. Both my husband and I are believers (in Jesus Christ) and strive to live a lifestyle pleasing to him so that was definitely woven into our big day from our written vows to us taking communion together. We also bonded over music before and during dating so that was huge for us. I think our overall goal wasn't necessarily to make people feel like they were in church but for them to see how amazing God's love is, what covenant looks like and to have FUN! Like...sweat your hair out fun! And we did that.california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox24california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox11california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox14What advice would you give our brides-to-be?
The best advice I would give engaged couples is "Do not let the wedding day consume your relationship!!" Haha. Enjoy each other and keeping learning new things together during your engagement. Although your wedding day marks one of life's biggest transitions, the marriage is what's important. My (now) hubby and I made it a point to take breaks from wedding planning and were very intentional about having conversation that had nothing to do with the wedding, no matter how hard it was at times.california-wedding_nicole_and_lennox16
Congratulations to Erika and Trayvon on their wedding! We absolutely loved the photos and their faithful love story.

Vendors
Photography - Nicole Lennox Creative
Music Ent/MC - DJ Malski
Hair - Ashley Riley
Bridal Makeup - Rhea Williams
Bridesmaids Makeup - Georgette Holmes
Bridal Gown - Chante Lynette Custom Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses - Henkaa
Cake - Torrance Bakerycalifornia-wedding_nicole_and_lennox12

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Patriotic Inspiration Shoot http://munaluchibridal.com/patriotic-inspiration-shoot/ http://munaluchibridal.com/patriotic-inspiration-shoot/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:45:27 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=92778 __Maria_Grace_Photography_PatrioticStyledShootMariaGracePhotography098_low   Right about know you might be munching on your favorite 4th of July...

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Right about know you might be munching on your favorite 4th of July grub or just kicking it with your closest family and friends in the backyard.  Whatever you may be doing to celebrate Independence Day, this post will give you a little inspiration to do it in style!  Produced by Maria Grace Photography, the shoot highlights the diversity of America along with some American classics, including bottled Coke, macaroni and cheese and corn on the cob.

From the photographer:

"As Independence Day and all of its subsequent celebrations draw nearer, we took time to celebrate one of the things that makes America great. The diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities makes our country truly unique. The United States is a nation made up of people from all countries and all walks of life.Set at the beautiful and historic Bayvue Estate, our Home is Where the Heart Is shoot celebrates the diversity we enjoy on a daily basis, in light of the 4th of July. Our couple sat down with their growing family and some of their friends to a homestyle dinner with all of the favorites - fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, classic Coke bottles, and corn on the cob, to name a few. The different cultures represented at the table show the melting pot that America has become.The maroon and navy color scheme contributed to the idea of a patriotism that we have made our own through the years. The red, white, and blue is about everyone living in harmony together in a country that is and should be open to all. This is America. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave."

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Photographer:  Maria Grace Photography//Floral Designer: Aleen Floral Design//Event Venue:BayVue Estate//DJ:Big Dreams Entertainment//Dress Store:Blush Bridal//Event Planner: Jacquelyne Edith Events, LLC//Event Designer:Luxe and Luna Couture Events//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men's Wearhouse//Beauty: Neyeska Faustin//

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At Munaluchi we not only aim to celebrate love and style with our beautiful brides, we aim to ignite innovation. Pioneering new and fun ideas for your wedding day and beyond, Muna is a lifestyle and we’ve found something that’ll really make it like no other. WeMontage takes your life moments and turns them into a gorgeous custom collage on real, removable wallpaper.

Available in a variety of sizes, a WeMontage collage has infinite possibilities. The innovative brand’s goal is to inspire users to “live beyond the frame.” Taking your stunning engagement, wedding, maternity, and family photos further than you could have imagined. Take a look at just a few ways you could incorporate a WeMontage collage in your big day and let us know how you’d use WeMontage to live beyond the frame.

Nursery using WeMontage

Nursery using WeMontage

Photo Booth Backdrop

Create a custom backdrop for your reception photo booth. Make a collage of your engagement photos or other cute pictures you and your groom have taken over the years.

Dance Floor Covering

Take WeMontage to the dance floor with a custom stage for you and your guests to party on. Work with your event planner and venue to install a large collage for the dance floor, your guests will be truly amazed!

Signing Table

Abandon the traditional signing table by covering it with a WeMontage collage. Get your guests’ creative juices flowing with photos they’ll love and be inspired by. We bet they’ll have plenty of great things to say!

With WeMontage, there are no limits to what your photos can be. So break free and live beyond the limitations of picture frames.

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Wedding Guest Fashion: 12 Dresses from the ASOS Wedding Collection We Love http://munaluchibridal.com/wedding-guest-fashion-12-dresses-asos-wedding-collection-love/ http://munaluchibridal.com/wedding-guest-fashion-12-dresses-asos-wedding-collection-love/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:12:40 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=92645 asos_t_shirt_floral_dress When we get invited to a wedding, a number of things run through our...

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When we get invited to a wedding, a number of things run through our minds. "Yaaayy I made the list," "I hope the food is awesome," and more importantly "What am I going to wear?!" While we can't control the wedding menu, we can control how hard we slay. If you're still looking for the perfect dress to wear to an upcoming wedding we've got you covered. Check out our 12 favorite dresses from the ASOS wedding collection and let us know which look you'll be donning.

Pencil Dress with Kimono Sleeves and Cut Out Back
This sexy LBD fuses sass with class. Rock it with loose curls or a slick ponytail to show off the open back.
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Placed Floral Crop Top Pencil Dress
This cute illusion crop top dress is perfect for a summer wedding. Pair it with a light strappy sandal and go.
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Asymmetric One Shoulder Bandeau Dress
Pretty meets cool in this soft pink asymmetric dress. The one shoulder bandeau detail hints at your inner fashionista.
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Floral Open Back Midi T Shirt Dress
This floral number puts a new spin on the t-shirt dress. Its open back and sheer detailing is ideal for an outdoor ceremony.
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Cutwork Midi Skater Dress
Dare to wear ivory in this adorable midi dress. The T shaped back and cutwork detail take it from sweet to sexy.
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Pleated Crop Top Maxi Dress
These aren't your grandmother's pleats! This flowing maxi dress is fun and flirty.
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Midi Dress in Floral Organza
Perfect for a more formal affair, this organza dress is both elegant and intriguing.
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Mesh Bandeau Dress with Diamond Sparkles
Get ready to dance the night away in this flowy cocktail dress. The sparkle accents give this dress a subtle regality.
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Embellished Collar Stand Dress
Pop your collar in this chic mini dress. Rock it with a slick bun and a sexy pair of stilettos.
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Dark Floral Bandeau Dress with Peplum
You can't go wrong in a peplum number. The classic silhouette gives the illusion of an hour glass frame even if you don't have one.
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Jacquard Wiggle Dress
This rich midi dress is an ode to traditional African garb. Grab a neutral clutch and let the dress do the talking.
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Bardot Floral Off Shoulder Pencil Dress
Show your romantic side in this beautiful off the shoulder dress. The floral print and lightweight fabric will have you feeling like a star.
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Playful Engagement Session at the Minnesota State Fair: Amber + Marcus http://munaluchibridal.com/playful-engagement-session-at-the-minnesota-state-fair-amber-marcus/ http://munaluchibridal.com/playful-engagement-session-at-the-minnesota-state-fair-amber-marcus/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:22:24 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=91882 Cadence&Eli59 Marcus Coleman, a public administrator, and Amber a U.S. Senate staffer   thoroughly enjoys empowering...

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Marcus Coleman, a public administrator, and Amber a U.S. Senate staffer   thoroughly enjoys empowering women to express their political voice with confidence and improving women's access to healthcare. Marcus had found his calling as a public administrator working to build partnerships between faith-based and community organizations and government to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. This fun couple made a team and because they gave back to society their ultimate reward was finding each other.

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The Proposal:

The proposal was set to the magnificent and wondrous flowers and floral sculptures of the gardens of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Amber was co-chairing a big fundraiser in the morning there. She was not expecting anything other than a regular day. Plus Marcus told her that he was on call and had to return to DC that day. Amber was saddened but she prepared herself for her big event. The night before her and Marcus spent and enjoyed the evening with close friends.

The day of the event it had seemed that the boss was in on something that Amber was not aware of. After getting manicures before the event, Amber and her boss arrived to the fundraiser...."I walked into the gardens on what seemed like a pretty uneventful day. There was an photographer taking pictures of people as they arrived to the fundraiser but I didn't think anything of it as we walked...and walked...and walked, until we were lost in lilies and foliage from across the globe."

At this point something unexpected was about to happen to Amber. She did not know that there was to be a surprise waiting for her soon...

"My boss decided it would make sense to split up to find the fundraiser and I turned left, walked into a gazebo and to my surprise Marcus popped up in my favorite blue suit...I was shocked. I don't remember what he was saying, but I do remember that his face went from ecstatic to glum, then I noticed myself repeating, "no....no....no...no..." and I finished my sentence, "no...you're not supposed to be here." But he was on one knee; he proposed with the ring in a yellow rose (my favorite flower) and of course I said yes!"

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How They Met: 

They met as summer interns in the summer of 2006 in Washington DC on Capital Hill. Barack Obama (a senator at the time) was supposed to speak on a particular day that summer.  An excited Amber was on her way to see the speech until she met Marcus near the room.  "...no need to go any further..." he said, "...it's cancelled."  Amber was saddened by the news but was fortunate to meet Marcus. They happened to be both from Howard University, which Marcus did not believe right away "His look bewildered, he gathered himself and responded, "I don't believe you, I go to Howard and I've never seen you before, besides you don't even look like you'd go to Howard..." I felt a lot of things at that moment, but butterflies in my stomach from being in love was not one of them, I wittingly responded, "well what does a Howard woman look like Mr. Coleman?".   They decided to walk back to the metro together and exchanged pleasantries.

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Weeks later they had the opportunity to work together on a civic engagement called the "Project Voice". It was a way to help empower their fellow students and Amber claimed that it was through working with Marcus on this project that he found a way to her heart.  They got to know one another better and formed a relationship.

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But their relationship was not without challenges. They spent time apart from 2008 to 2010. It was 2010 that they began to slowly reconnect as friends with a new level of maturity and wisdom.  They felt they have grown throughout their time apart and decided to give their relationship another try, "Our re-connection happened from a distance, he moved back to DC and I lived in Atlanta, GA. We made the effort and it was worth every minute, for three years we traveled back and forth growing closer with each trip."

Their First Date

"He took me to a gala and afterwards we went out for Margaritas. While on the way for margaritas he shared that he wanted 14 kids... of course this has now been negotiated down significantly"

Favorite Thing to Do As a Couple

"We like to try new things together: restaurants, activities, travel to new destinations that we've never been to or find new things to do in places we've traveled to often."

 The Engagement Session: 

Amber and Marcus actually had two engagement sessions. The one they had in Washington DC was more urban chic and formal. When they thought of doing a more informal session they wanted it to be something playful and different...

They agreed that it would be a great idea to have it at the Minnesota State Fair! They had two objectives to focus on during the session. First to have a good time while letting their love shine through the photos!

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On Wedding Planning...

"Wedding planning has been a breeze, thanks in large part to our amazing wedding planner, Faith. We would both recommend a wedding planner or coordinator to couples planning from a distance. Having a longer engagement has given us the opportunity to take our time, find bargains where we can, and save money since we are contributing"

Amber and Marcus look forward to be surrounded by loved ones on their big day and of course the reception party. They love to dance!

Their wedding is this year on July 18th. We wish them all the best and a successful, enjoyable wedding!

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Vendors:

Photographer: Cadence & Eli Photography
Wedding Planner: Faith Folayan of This Love Weddings

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