Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.20 Vanessa and Kern’s Whimsical Wedding in Canada http://munaluchibridal.com/vanessa-and-kerns-whimsical-wedding-in-canada/ http://munaluchibridal.com/vanessa-and-kerns-whimsical-wedding-in-canada/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:15 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=166253 untitled shoot-4060 When Kern first met Vanessa he was stunned by her beauty. He was too scared...

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When Kern first met Vanessa he was stunned by her beauty. He was too scared of being rejected to make a move. However, fate brought them into each others' lives a year later and Kern knew he couldn't let the opportunity to get to know Vanessa pass him by again. From that moment onward it was clear to both of them they were meant to be together.

Read all about Vanessa and Kern's whimsical wedding day in Canada. The stunning photography was taken by MunaLuchi coterie member Tristan Barrocks of Felicity Moments.


Bride & Groom: Vanessa & Kern
Occupations: Graphic Designer & College Basketball Coach

Wedding date: May 21, 2016

Wedding location: Humberlea Worship Centre, Ontario, Canada
Wedding reception venue: The Venetian, Ontario, Canada

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met through two mutual friends about five years ago. I was taken back by Vanessa’s beauty and paralyzed by the fear of being rejected. We met again about a year later and I did not waste anytime approaching Vanessa. We seemed meant to be together. From our deep love in God to our West Indian backgrounds it was magic.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We are both of Trinidadian heritage so this heavily influenced their music and performances. There was a traditional Hindu dancer.


Favorite item on the menu: The lemon crusted Salmon was to die for!


First dance song: "Is this Love" by Bobby Marley

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Our vows were hand written and represented the deep feelings of love and respect we have for each other.

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Enjoy every moment throughout the process. The good and the bad because it is all apart of the wonderful journey you two are choosing to go on. Oh, and kiss…a lot!

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Vendors:
Photography: Felicity Moments by Tristan
Wedding Ceremony Location: Humberlea Worship Centre, Ontario, Canada
Wedding Reception Venue: The Venetian, Ontario, Canada
Church Decor: Samantha Nicole 
Venue Decor : Rias Dias Designs
Cake: Yasmeen Huckleberry 
Suits: Eaden Myles
DJ: Steven Mootoo
Hair: Art Hur Hair 
Makeup: Reshma, ItsFaceTime
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Bride's Dress: Ritchie Bridal

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Melika and Ian’s Captivating and Classic Engagement in New York http://munaluchibridal.com/melika-and-ians-captivating-and-classic-engagement-in-new-york/ http://munaluchibridal.com/melika-and-ians-captivating-and-classic-engagement-in-new-york/#comments Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:00:45 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=166051 Melika Melika and Ian met when they were both freshman at the University of Rochester. They...

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Melika and Ian met when they were both freshman at the University of Rochester. They immediately hit it off and their relationship began. At that time most of their dates consisted of dinners in their university's dinning hall. They've grown up together and have watched each other learn as students and also grow into successful adults. Melika and Ian are ready to take the next step in their journey and become husband and wife.

Read all about Melika and Ian's relationship as well as their captivating and classic engagement in New York.


 

Bride & Groom: Melika & Ian
Occupations: School Administrator and 5th grade ELA teacher & Fitness Director at a physical therapy firm
Wedding date: July 3, 2018
Wedding location: Westbury Manor, Westbury, New York
Location of Engagement shoot: Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Dumbo

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Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal. Ian and I met during our first week in college at the University of Rochester. We connected online a few weeks prior to the start of school when we realized we were both from New York and going to the same college. We started dating the November of our Freshman year and have been together ever since. Ian proposed to me on November 5th, 2016 at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. My late father loved going to the gardens and it was one of the final places he visited before he passed. Ian knew that the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens was a very special place for me. After Ian proposed, he drove me back to my house where we were supposed to tell my mom that we were now engaged. Of course, my mom already knew and the surprise was all on me when we entered into my home and all of our friends and family were present. It was truly a beautiful day and I couldn't have planned the proposal better myself. :)

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Describe your engagement session. Our engagement session was took place at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, Brooklyn. We didn't have a specific theme, but we did want to make sure that the colors we would be using for our wedding would come to life in our engagement sessions. I (Melika) really love green, so taking photos in the garden felt completely right. We are also bringing in some of the glam that will help our wedding pop with rose gold, so it was wonderful to have my mother make my rose gold engagement dress.

What did you do on your first date? Because we were college kids, Ian and I didn't really go on "dates." Most of our dates would be to our college's dining hall, but it's hard to consider those true dates!

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Ian and I love to travel. Our most recent adventure was to Medellin and Cartagena in Colombia. It was an absolutely fantastic trip. Our favorite part of the trip was climbing 750 feet up a huge rock called "El Penol" and seeing the view of Guatape. The view was stunning!

How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been fairly smooth so far. We got engaged last November, so we have been able to take our time with the whole process. Our first success was booking our venue in January of this year. With about 10 months left to go, we are feeling the pressure a bit to get all of the millions of smaller tasks done, but it will get done.

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Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. We are looking forward to enjoying the day itself. We are trying to tell ourselves from now that we will remain present and enjoy our own party! We can't wait to eat as much food as we can, indulge in some libations, and simply live up our day!
Your vendors: List your photographer and any other vendors you'd like to credit for your engagement session.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Stanlo Photography
Makeup Artist: Amber Taylor
Dress: Monica Butcher 

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Sharminique and Craig’s Elegant and Timeless Wedding in Delaware http://munaluchibridal.com/sharminique-and-craigs-elegant-and-timeless-wedding-in-delaware/ http://munaluchibridal.com/sharminique-and-craigs-elegant-and-timeless-wedding-in-delaware/#comments Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:37 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=166146 powell-1052 Sharminique and Craig have been together for over a decade. Ever since they met through...

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Sharminique and Craig have been together for over a decade. Ever since they met through a mutual friend in 2005 they've been inseparable. Throughout their relationship their love has grown. They've shared many special moments and even started a family together.

Read all about Sharminique and Craig's love filled life together, their romantic proposal, as well as their elegant and timeless wedding in Delaware. Their wedding day was beautifully captured by MunaLuchi coterie members Clapp StudiosLivingston Lee Photography, and Married by Rev Roxy.


Bride & Groom: Sharminique & Craig
Occupations: Human Resources Specialist & Real Estate Agent, Licensed Investment Representative, Disc Jockey
Wedding date: August 6, 2017
Wedding location: The Waterfall , Claymont DE

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. It was a beautiful summer day on June 16,2005. Craig & I shared a mutual friend but we did not know each other. He told Craig about me & vise versa. He had it in his mind that we would be a perfect pair. So, he set up a double date to T.G.I. Friday’s. We have literally been inseparable since then. The rest is History.

The proposal: Our son turned 6 months old 2 days prior and we decided to give him a “Half Birthday” party. We invited friends & family over. We ate, played, celebrated and had a really great time. This had to be the first event where everyone left on time. Picture that! Lol. Now, Craig had already told me that he was taking me out afterwards. I was excited but exhausted after hosting the party. So, we left our house and got on the road. Shorty after, we pulled up to a unfamiliar hotel. I’m thinking “I’m about to go in here and pass out”. We walked in and Craig immediately blindfolded me. Wait, what? At this point, I’m thinking “He ordered room service and wants to surprise me with dinner”. We began to speed walk through the hotel. I could not see a thing and it was really awkward. Lol. Finally, we stopped and he opened the door and took the blindfold off. In front of us were desserts, decor, & balloons that read “Marry Me”. I seriously thought I was dreaming. Then from another door in the room, our family & friends came pouring out with cameras and huge smiles. Now, it made sense why they all left the party on time. They had to beat us to the hotel & hide out. He kneeled before me, and asked me to marry him. That was an amazing day to say the least. I was very surprised.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding shopping was adventurous and fun. I loved trying on gowns. I visited boutiques in Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, and New York. I found my dream gown in New York and traveling back and forth allowed me to create great memories. My wedding gown had a breathtaking mermaid silhouette. The details on it were amazing. From the intricate beading to the ruffled chapel train, it was my dream wedding gown.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaids received custom gown hangers, personalized robes, slippers, and wedding jewelry. The groomsmen received personalized shot glasses, Salvatore Ferragamo cologne, wedding dress shirt, and custom lapel brooches

Favorite item on the menu: Chicken Oscar - Pan seared chicken breast topped with lump crabmeat and asparagus tips, finished with a lemon beurre blanc

First dance song: Stay With You - John Legend

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Our best memory is when we exchanged vows. We wrote personalized vows and hearing the expression of love for one another, was both emotional and amazing. It felt like it was just the two of us there, pouring our intertwined hearts out to one another.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Above all things, your Wedding Day is about you. Focus on your day, your Union, and what makes the two of you happy.

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Vendors: 
Photography: Kenneth Clapp, Clapp Studios
Second Photographer: Livingston Lee
Wedding Dress Designer: Madison James
Wedding Dress Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal, New York, New York
Maid of Honor's Dress and Flower Girl's Dress: Gerri L. Beatty
Makeup: Robin Lynette
Bride and Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Waterfall, Claymont DE
Videography: Kevin Joel
Officiant:Roxanne Birchfield
Wedding Planner: The Groom
Florist: Belak Flowers
Cake: Desserts by Dana
Stationery: Lisa Zachery, Papered Wonders
Groom's Tuxedo: Eaden Myles
Custom Bling Items: Bodywerk Jewels 
Hair Sylist: Darcell Howard
Brides Bouquet Brooch/Wrist Corsages: Nicolasa Cicero
DJ: Djpdrama
Photo Booth and Fog Effect: William Epps
Groom's Barber: Wade Menendez
Throne Chair: Martha Laka

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Despite having met while they were undergraduate students at the University of Virginia, the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City is what Danielle and Brandon consider their home. It is where they spent their first summer of dating and where they have built their life together. Their engagement session shows just how special Harlem is to them and how much love they have for each other.

Read all about Danielle and Brandon's relationship as well as their heartfelt engagement session in Harlem. The beautiful photographs were taken by MunaLuchi coterie member Chi-Chi Ari.


Bride & Groom: Danielle & Brandon
Occupations: Creative Director at an Advertising Agency & Client Services Manager at a Tech Start-up
Wedding date: October 28, 2017
Wedding location: Hedge Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
Location of Engagement shoot: Their home in Harlem and Marcus Garvey Park

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Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal. We met as undergrads at the University of Virginia. Like typical hard-headed college students, we had to meet a few times (over a couple of years) before finally exchanging numbers. In terms of our proposal, I almost ruined all of Brandon's plans hahaha! I got us tickets to the Cavs game the same night Brandon had other plans for us. He didn't want to give away the surprise so he went with it! The wonderful thing is that change in our plans gave way to a situation when he asked me to marry him that was perfect for us. It was a personal, quiet moment on Thanksgiving morning. Then we spent the day with my family in Ohio.

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 Describe your engagement session. We spent our first summer dating in Harlem and it's where we rented our first apartment together. Harlem has been a home to us as we've built our lives together. Chi-Chi was critical for capturing this moment. Chi-Chi is a fellow Wahoo and her style is ownable and personal, which is exactly what we were looking to bring to life

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What did you do on your first date? We went to Outback!

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? We LOVE date night. We enjoy getting dressed up and finding a fun restaurant or thing that we've always wanted to try. We heard some very sage advice when we first started dating to never stop dating. So we take that seriously :)

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How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been pretty fun. I'm a creative director in my day to day so creating a beautiful wedding has been exciting, although I'm trying not to get caught up in the details! I also have an amazing group of women in my life that have been hands on and helpful.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. This is tough because I'm excited about the whole day. From the moment we see each other to having an amazing party with our closest friends and family. It's a day where we'll create memories and that's what I'm looking forward to the most.

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Vendors:
Photography: Chi-Chi Ari

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Alisha and Navanga’s Pretty Pastel Wedding in Cambridge http://munaluchibridal.com/alisha-navangas-pretty-pastel-wedding-cambridge/ http://munaluchibridal.com/alisha-navangas-pretty-pastel-wedding-cambridge/#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:00:57 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=165847 IMG_0102 Alisha and Navanga met on a social media site in 2003. Alisha lived in...

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Alisha and Navanga met on a social media site in 2003. Alisha lived in Barrie and Nav lived in Toronto. They talked on the phone frequently but their distance kept them from meeting in person. Eventually, they realized their relationship was something special and they officially met in person in 2004. Since then they've been inseperable.

Read all about Alisha and Nav's relationship as well as their pretty pastel wedding in Cambridge. The day was beautifully photographed by MunaLuchi coterie member Samantha Clarke Photography.


Bride & Groom: Alisha & Navanga
Occupations: Human Resources Officer & Teacher
Wedding date: August 25, 2017
Wedding location: Whistle Bear Golf Course

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Finding love online certainly isn't a new concept. Dating websites are a dime a dozen these days. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, name a few, but in 2003 we met on a social site called MeetMeInTO. Despite the geographical distance between us, Nav living in Toronto and I living in Barrie, we spent countless hours communicating with one another through MSN messenger and via phone. We realized after talking to each for awhile — why not meet up? We met in person on July 1, 2004. The rest is history!

Nav came into my life at the age of 17 years old. Twelve years ago, he took a GO bus from Toronto to Barrie to visit me, and we've been inseparable. Distance was the only thing that kept us apart. Fast forward to present day and our relationship has only gotten stronger. When two people are meant for each other, no time is too long, no distance is too far, and no one can ever tear us apart.

Nav proposed on November 15, 2014 in North Battleford SK at Boston Pizza. At that time I lived Meadow Lake, SK (which is 3 hours North of Saskatoon) and he lived in La Loche, SK (which is 6 hours North of Saskatoon) so were only able to see one another on weekends because we were 3 hours apart. We both lived in rural communities so we tried to go to the city as often as possible. He said he had to meet up with someone in the city so I just tagged along with him. We went to Boston Pizza for lunch and he said he had to go to the washroom. He came back with a dozen red roses and basically said a few words and asked if I would marry him. I can't really remember what he said because I was "ugly crying" but I remembering saying "you really like me."

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What was wedding shopping like for you? It was pretty easy. I was open to trying different gowns and that's what I did. The first store I went to I saw "my dress" and I said to myself I could see myself wearing that dress. The only down fall was I couldn't try it on because the size was too small. The third store I went to had the dress but not in the color I wanted. I tried on the dress and I said "yes to the dress." The other thing that helped me picked the dress was time. I was visiting my family in Ontario and I had a sort period of time because I was flying back to SK. My wedding dress was beautiful, he had a mix of different colors silver, champagne, ivory, silver, gold lace, tulle, and sparkle! It was also fitted to show off all my curves.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaids received floral robes,  jewelry, multi-purpose pencil case and sunglasses. The groomsmen received socks, sunglasses, and watches

Favorite item on the menu: Entree

First dance song: "You" by Jesse Powell

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What is your best memory from your wedding? EVERYTHING

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? It's YOUR day, don't forget that. It always seemed to get lost with all of the little things going on. You can't make everyone happy, as long as the two of you are good everything else will work out.

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Vendors:
Photography: Samantha Clarke Photography
Florist and Event Design: Jodi Leigh Design 
Bride's Dress: Sophie's Bridal Shop, Madison James Style 257 Wedding Dress
Bride's Shoes: They Bay
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Eva's Bridal Couture, Mori Lee Style 122 
Bridesmaids' Robes: JustCottons 
Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Bitter Sweet 
Bridesmaids' Pencil Case: Indigo
Groomsmen Socks: The Bay
Groomsmen Watches: Fossil
Men's Wear: Moores Clothing for Men
Venue: Whistle Bear Gold Course, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Cake: The Cake Box

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Cynquetta & Almet have known each other since they were kids but it wasn't until they reconnected while Cynquetta was in college that they started to see each other differently. The feelings of childhood friendship reinforced and developed into a boundless love, carrying them over the threshold of matrimony to become husband and wife in a gorgeous ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

Read all about Cynquetta & Almet's love story, romantic proposal, and wedding experiences - featuring the photography of MunaLuchi Coterie member Sheronda Seawright, and event design of MunaLuchi Coterie member Event Loft.


Bride & Groom: Cynquetta & Almet
Occupations: Assistant Property manager for EB Realty Management
& Routes Sales Driver for Ready Refresh
Wedding Date: August 18, 2017
Wedding Location:  The Merion, Cinnaminson, NJ

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
His perspective: "In life, you don’t know who will be by your side to tackle the obstacles that are thrown your way, and to reap the blessings that are given to you. Cynquetta and I have been friends for many years. We can thank Fatima (Cynquetta’s cousin), and Carl, a friend of mine for us ever meeting. The five of us, with another friend, Anthony being the fifth, were all pretty close at a young age. At some point in our teenage years, we lost contact with Cynquetta not knowing what happened. We later found out that her mom lit fire to her ass for talking to boys on the phone! Only if her mom knew we all just looked out for each other. Fast forward years later, Carl was on Facebook and came across Fatima. Fatima contacted Cynquetta, and at this point she’s in college in her junior year I believe. We all got on the phone and Cynquetta was really excited to hear from us. We all decided to meet up at her apartment off-campus to catch up. We got there, and Cynquetta answered the door. This is where it all started. I saw her and I looked at Carl and said, “oh Cynquetta done grown up,” he looked at me and said, “Steve, (that’s what they called me back then by my middle name) chill, that’s Cynquetta.” We went into her apartment and we’re just playing cards and watching the packers beat the breaks off the Atlanta Falcons. This is the year the packers won the Super Bowl. I’m a packers fan if you didn’t catch that. Anyway, I got a tip that Cynquetta had a crush on me, so I said the next time we chill it would be us alone and that’s how it started. Let her tell it she had a headache, I offered to massage her temples, and I was gazing into her soul.
Really and truly what attracted me to her was her outgoing personality and the care she has for people. When you find somebody that brings you happiness and wants to go after everything that life has to offer with you, I believe you can build a foundation on that. Cynquetta, that was the reason I asked for your hand a marriage. So when you have a headache in the future, I will rub your temples and gaze deep into your soul forever."

Her perspective: "I just couldn’t get enough of how he said my name. One, Cynquētta and the 11-year-old Cyn just blushed, blushed, & blushed! Outside of my little schoolgirl crush on how he said my name though, there really wasn’t much to the story back then (2001).
Between my cousin Fatima, who by the way gets the credit for the introduction, Almet, and another friend, I had the perfect teenage trio to learn from growing up. I got to hear of their struggles, accomplishments, dreams, and I had a front row seat to their teenage shenanigans!
Although Almet would deny this to the very END, I’d have to say that the highlight of our group convos, were our sing alongs. Cornballs man! They put me on some New Edition though! We swore we were going to be the next big music group! Of course, according to Almet though, the sing-alongs never happened! It’s funny because thinking about it now, Almet can’t sing his ABCs on key so I have no idea what we were thinking back then!
In 2003 just before I started high school, I lost touch with the crew I had grown so close to over the last couple of years. My mom thought I was too young to talk to boys on the phone so it was a wrap. My song of choice was TLC’s "I miss you so much." Yea…Fast forward six years, I’m in the middle of my college career and I get a call from my cousin, “Guess who I heard from?! Carl, (and in turn), Steve!” Shocked was an understatement! I invited everyone over to my apartment for dinner and to catch up. That’s when Steve became Almet! (I NEVER called Almet by his first name growing up, it was always by Steve, now it’s the complete opposite!).
It all started with a headache... Somehow, we ended up in the living room alone together and this guy said, “let me rub your temples.” That con artist! Turns out that dinner was the first step in our forever because we’ve been stuck like chuck ever since. March 21, 2017 marked our 5-year anniversary. While it’s pretty safe to say that neither of us would have predicted this outcome years ago, I’m happy that the Man upstairs had it mapped out all along. I thank Him, and I pray that He guides each step as we continue this journey together. I’m snatching that last name come August 18th, 2017.

The proposal: Almet proposed 4 days before my 26th birthday. He took me out to Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia. I was excited to start my birthday weekend, but he was acting super strange, and even more so once we arrived to the restaurant. I can remember asking more than a few times, “are you ok?” Every so often his eyes would just gaze off into space and I was like focus man, focus! Even with his odd, and some could even say, nervous, behavior I was still completely clueless! The whole meal, I was super pumped for my crème brulee dessert! Just after dinner though, we got into a marriage conversation and I told him he wasn’t about that life. Before I knew it, Almet was down on one knee holding a ring box. I was struck! I honestly couldn’t believe it was reality. After asking, “is this for real” about twenty times, with a huge smile on my face I said YES! We toasted, we talked, and I literally had one bite of the crème brulee that I was looking forward to so much. I was in complete shock! July 22nd will always be a day to remember..."

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What was wedding shopping like for you? My first stop was L&H Bridal in Philadelphia with my Mom and my whole bride squad! It was a pretty successful night. I left having tried on two really good contenders. For the experience, I also had an appointment scheduled at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, and while there, we also visited a few smaller boutiques. I tried on some very beautiful gowns that day, but not one that I thought was "IT!" A few days later, I went back to L&H to have a second go at one of the dresses I tried on my first visit. That’s when I found it! There was a dress on a mannequin that caught our eye in passing, but I didn’t actually try it on the first time I was there. I tried it on that night and the search was over, cue the tears that I didn’t think I would have. My dress was a beaded v-neck lace dress with the most gorgeous belt and just the right amount of embellishments. I definitely wanted to show off the curves so this fitted, mermaid style was just what I was looking for. The low-ish back added a sexy feel to it as well, and don’t get me started on the studded cathedral veil. Perfect for me! It was more than I could have ever imagined, and on wedding day, I was so in love with the completed look!

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? The groom is Jamaican, and because we both love everything about Jamaican food, we did a culture station at cocktail hour. The area included sweet plantains, rice and peas, stewed chicken, and beef patties.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:  The bridesmaids received a framed photo of themselves with the bride from bachelorette weekend in the Hamptons, a jersey style tank with the years of friendship shared on the back, a personalized hanger, and a champagne flute. The groomsmen received personalized drinking glasses and a silver tie bar for wedding day.

Favorite item on the menu: Salmon Mandarin w/ fried rice
First dance song: "Say you won't let go" by James Arthur

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What is your best memory from your wedding?
The best memory is our first dance. Hand in hand, singing to each other, joking and smiling from ear to ear as husband and wife. It was such a magical moment and one that we’ll never forget.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
I would advise any engaged couple to either do a first look, or ensure that your ceremony and reception are in two different locations so that there is a good amount of time between them. The day truly does go by so quickly so being fully present in every moment I feel like is the greatest advice I could give. I was so set on our eyes meeting for the first time as I was walking down the aisle, but if I had the opportunity to do it over, I surely would! Of course pictures are your memories and they SUPER important, but being able to take FULL part in the action is a onetime experience as well. While I was completely against it at first, a private moment for your first look could be just as breathtaking and special. Consider it!

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Vendors:
Wedding dress designer: Eve of Milady
Wedding dress salon: L&H Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's Fashion Lounge
Hair: Install & Extensions by Vogue Hair Mixy Studio
Bride's Hair Styling: Tiki Brown of Style Studio
Makeup: Sheena Bloomfield
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Merion Caterers - Palazzo ballroom
Photography: Sheronda Seawright Photography
Photo Booth: Instaglamour
Videography: The Artist Group
Wedding Planner: Elegant events
Florist and Event Designer: Event Loft
Cake: Isgros Bakery
Stationery: Magnet Street

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Tiphani and Joshua’s Forest Fairytale Engagement in Florida http://munaluchibridal.com/tiphani-and-joshuas-forest-fairytale-engagement-in-florida/ http://munaluchibridal.com/tiphani-and-joshuas-forest-fairytale-engagement-in-florida/#comments Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:48 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=165653 Fashion Photographer Tampa Tiphani and Joshua's relationship started online. After seeing Joshua's band play, Tiphani noticed he...

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Tiphani and Joshua's relationship started online. After seeing Joshua's band play, Tiphani noticed he was particularly handsome. She found his Instagram page through a mutual friend and began liking all of Joshua's pictures. Her efforts payed off and he eventually returned the favor and sent Tiphani a message on Facebook. From there they went on their first date and the rest is history!

Read all about Tiphani and Joshua's online romance as well as their forest fairytale engagement session in Florida. The photographs were taken by DioBurto Photo and the stunning videography is by MunaLuchi coterie member Ashley Canay Videography Photography.

Bride & Groom: Tiphani & Joshua
Occupations: Primary Instructor & Admissions Representative
Wedding date: November 4, 2017
Wedding location: Ringling Museum
Engagement Shoot Location: The Orange Blossom Barn

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.Sometime mid-summer 2015, while sitting listening to a live band play in Ybor City, I noticed one of the singers on stage was a super cutie. Most times, I would send a smile, or bat my lashes in a gentleman's direction and wait for a response. But being that I'm sure he was blinded by the stage lighting, I had no clue as to whether he could even see me in the crowd. After the show, I noticed BJ, a friend from college was also at this venue watching the band. What I didn't know, was that he and this singing cutie were close friends , and fraternity brothers. Long story short, BJ had taken a picture with said handsome face and posted it on Instagram. I took it upon myself to find his tag name, and follow him. After he accepted my friend request, I proceeded to like a million of his pictures (hoping to catch his attention). He then returned the favor. We did this exchange of liking each others pictures for about two weeks. Josh then found me on Facebook and sent me a message that read "Have a nice day." Nothing more, nothing less. The idea of him sending the message and leaving me hanging for about two weeks was pure torture. He ended my wait for a response by giving me his number and asking me on a date to the movies... the movie date led to future dates and constant communication... and welp, he liked me so much, he "put a ring on it!"

The proposal was imperfectly perfect... Josh told me weeks in advance that he had some family coming into town and he wanted my mother and I to join them for brunch. The night before said brunch, we hosted a birthday party at our home for a close friend. After a few drinks we decided it was safe for some friends to stay the night and not drive home. The following morning some of the girls asked me about brunch and what I was going to wear, they had me lay out my outfit, and one even offered sunglasses to match my ensemble. As we were walking to the car, one friend said "It's such a beautiful day outside," which may not seem like an uncommon statement, but the manner in which she said it, it came off weird. I went back inside to a phone call from a cousin, she asked to speak to Josh, and he takes the call downstairs (weird observation #2). Why couldn't he just talk to her in front of me? I then start a text chain with my closest girlfriends telling them that people are acting weird and I wasn't sure what the day entailed, but to be on standby incase Josh proposes. All of my girlfriends shut the idea of a proposal down, because some weren't in town and they knew Josh wouldn't do it without them being present. On the way to picking up my mother for brunch, my brother calls me to say he thinks he passed me in traffic. I told him where I was, and that it was quite possible. I ended the call by telling him to have a nice day, in which he responds "No, YOU have a nice day!" (weird observation #3). Well we get to my mother's house and I saw my brother and his girlfriend both wearing white, coming down the stairs and my brother is holding a large cake. I thought nothing of it and assumed they are on the way to a party... well when I got upstairs I noticed my mom also has on white... when I get back in the car, I realize Josh is wearing a white shirt!!! (weird observation #4). At this point I'm all nerves and have no clue what is to come. Josh blindfolded me and tells me the brunchery is a surprise and he doesnt want me to guess where we are going on the drive there. We arrived and Josh walked me while I'm still blindfolded to the venue. I noticed the clicking of my mother's heels disappear and realize I'm all alone. I started asking him where we were and where was my mother, to which he denied to answer either question. As he grabbed my hand and continued to walk me in, I heard a constant clicking around my ears... (it was my friend LeShanda taking pics). Josh stops and told me he is going to take my blindfold off (it really wasnt him, but a friend removed it while he took a knee) When the blindfold came off I saw him on one knee and a crowd of family and my closest friends (all wearing white)... I ran away like a school girl screaming and crying. (how embarrassing, lol) Filled with emotions, Josh called me back to him and started telling me what I'm guessing was how much he loved me, but I didn't hear a thing. He placed the ring on my finger while I continued to cry uncontrollably and I shook my head yes. After screaming at all of my family and friends who knew what was going on, I realized that I was on a helicopter pad. Josh took my hand and walked me to the helicopter for a ride. Turns out josh and I were supposed to be on the helicopter ride, and while looking down, we would see my family and friends below with the sign that read "Tiphani, will you marry me?" But... my mother didn't check the banner when she picked it up from the printing store, and pre-proposal she realized the banner was instead a banner with a woman standing advertising a golf club. So... needless to say Josh and my family had to improvise. After the helicopter ride, Josh drove me to Jackson's Bistro where we met our family and friends for said brunch, lol. All in all its was an imperfectly perfect day!

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Describe your engagement session. Josh and I decided on a wedding hashtag #happiLEEeverafter with me inheriting the last name Lee. We wanted to have a whimsical styled shoot where we could bring elegance to a natural environment... It was perfect!

What did you do on your first date?Josh asked me out to the movies. While I didn't mention it to him, I couldn't understand how I was to get to know him and we couldn't hold a conversation during the film. Little did I know, after Josh walked me to the car, we would stand in the parking lot and talk for 2 hours. I guess you can say we hit it off.

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Spending quality time with each other.

How has wedding planning been so far? An emotional rollercoaster! Everything that could have possibly gone wrong has but thanks to an amazing planner, Christina Craft, of Ideal Design Events, and very flexible vendors, we will have the wedding of our dreams and it will be beautiful!

Tells us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.A fairytale come true... the venue, the decor, the beautiful people, all coming together to celebrate our love.

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Vendors: 
Photography: DioBurto Photo
Videography: Ashley Canay
Hair: Einna Wilson
Makeup: Pebbles Cruzado

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In-Depth Interview with K. Barner Events http://munaluchibridal.com/in-depth-interview-with-k-barner-events/ http://munaluchibridal.com/in-depth-interview-with-k-barner-events/#comments Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:03 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=165825 Kisha A. Barner Luxury event Designer & Planner Kisha Barner of K. Barner Events discusses business practices,...

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Luxury event Designer & Planner Kisha Barner of K. Barner Events discusses business practices, inspiration, and more in their in-depth interview with MunaLuchi. With ten years in the wedding industry and many more in planning & design, K. Barner Events is known for making their clients' event dreams come true. Lavish, stunning, elegant, timeless, and unique are just a few descriptors from the K. Barner Events style library.

Driven to always "create something amazing," don't miss a word of this insightful and inspirational in-depth interview with K. Barner Events.


Name: Kisha A. Barner
Business Name: K. Barner Events
Founded: 2007

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Describe your business. K. Barner Events is a luxury event design and planning company based in the tri-state area, catering to events worldwide. Our focus is creating stunning weddings and events that are personalized for each and every client, while providing a seamless and fun planning experience.

What did you do before starting your business in the wedding industry? I worked for a Fortune 100 company as a Floral Regional Coordinator. I also dealt with a bit of corporate planning, as well as planned events for family and friends. Starting my business was truly a leap of faith!

How long have you been in the wedding industry? 2017 marked our 10 year anniversary! I’m so grateful and excited to be able to celebrate such a huge milestone.

How would you describe your style? Lavish, but not overdone. Stunning, but not typical. Elegant, but not boring. Timeless and unique. Detailed, but not busy. Custom and always classy. This is the best way to describe our “style.” We can’t really say “big and lush centerpieces is our style,” because although we LOVE flowers, all of our couples do not. We have to adapt to the vision of each and every client to create something that is uniquely theirs, yet also reflective of K. Barner Events. All of our ideas for the vision of each wedding comes from getting to know our clients - the things they like, the things they don’t like, conversations we have, the overall vibe they want for their day, and also budget. We draw from each of these things to create #KBEdesigns that are perfect for each client and doesn’t go against the grain of our brand.

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What motivates you? My couples and my family. For my couples, I’m driven to create something amazing that will create happiness for our #KBEcouples. We always look forward to the room reveal because the feeling we get from their reaction is simply priceless. We help to make their wedding day dreams come true, and there is no better reward then when we see firsthand that we did just that. My family motivates me because I want to be great for them. I want to be a great example of where following your heart and your passion can take you. I want them to be proud of me.

Why should brides/grooms choose you? Our belief is, “Your Happiness. Our Purpose.” We truly want you to be happy, ecstatic actually. We want you to enjoy the process of planning your day. We want you to be blown away by the beauty created for your day. We want you to be relieved that your day was so seamless. We want to truly exceed your expectations. We want you to be happy and we do everything in our power to make that happen.

How does your company define and measure success? The only way we measure success is by two simple, yet meaningful words we get at the end of the night from the couple, parents and guests, "Thank you.” As long as the couple is happy, had a stress free day, received the vision they wanted, and are satisfied with the job we have done, nothing else matters. Hearing “thank you, we couldn’t have done this without you,” or “thank you, thank you, thank you for the AMAZING job,” at the end of the event from the couple is the greatest feeling. It lets you know that all your hard work has paid off.

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What do you enjoy most about your work? First are the amazing couples we have worked with throughout the years. I’m big on having fun and enjoying the process so I do my best to make sure the couples we work with are fun, down-to-earth people. Thankfully, we have been blessed to form wonderful relationships, and even friendships with some really amazing people. Second would be design, design and more design! Just being able to let my creative juices flow and challenge myself to come up with something different every time. This makes design very fun for me. Of course there are times where the creative juices just aren’t flowing, but this is when having an amazing team who is also very creative comes in handy!

Describe a proud moment while working in the wedding industry. I think my proudest moment is just being where I am today in my career, and in this business. When I started in the industry, I assumed it would be pretty easy to work with our ideal clients, to have my calendar filled year after year, and to create and execute flawless events over and over again. While there have been ups and downs, as with any business, I can honestly say that all of the trials, the struggles, and the successes have been worth it. In addition, my team and I have grown year after year –what a dream! Where I am today is beyond what I ever prayed for.

What’s the best compliment you’ve received for your work? With tear filled eyes, a mother of the bride held me and told me that I made their daughter’s life long dream of her wedding day come true. I exceeded everything she had ever imagined and made her happy beyond words. She said as a mother, it fills her heart because all you ever want is for your kids to be happy and to have the desires of their hearts (so true!). She said we did that for her daughter and for her family and she is forever grateful to me for that. She said I have a talent that is from God and I’m a gift to every person that works with me. It was a beautiful moment, and was a true reminder that I’m walking my purpose.

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What are your business goals? There are a few! First, I would love to work with more celebrity clients. Believe me, I definitely have a few favorites in mind! I would also like to design and plan more destination weddings, and expand my portfolio of locations and venues. On a more personal level, I want to be mentioned in the same sentence as other top Designers and Planners. They always say “you are the company you keep,” and being noted amongst other inspirational, industry veterans would be an honor. Overall, I just want to continue to grow, develop and positively impact the special moments in people’s lives.

What’s your favorite part of the wedding industry? My favorite part is the fact that we’re a part of one of the most important moments in the lives of countless people. How many of you have looked at the wedding photos of your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on? There’s a story there. There are people who helped make that happen, whether in a big way or a small way. Those people are a part of that story. This is such an honor! When couples look back at their photos, their video, their gown, we are forever a part of that beautiful memory.

What’s your least favorite part of the wedding industry? Pinterest – KIDDING! These days, there is a lot of inspiration out there for couples to look at. While this is great for inspiration and creativity, it also can create some unrealistic goals and visions, based on a variety of factors. You never want to see disappointment in your client’s eyes when planning their special day, so I do my best to work with them to try and create their vision, just with their own spin on it and make it work for them.

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Describe your vision of the “perfect” wedding. I could describe a color palette, flower style and much more, but that’s so subjective. For me, a “perfect” wedding has the couple at the center of it all. So, here it goes...two people who are completely in love with each other and focused on making the day about being a reflection of their love. They see the value in making their wedding aesthetically beautiful and unique. They want to create a wonderful experience for their guests. They want to enjoy their wedding. When it’s all said and done, they’re thrilled because they had a great time planning their wedding, their day was more than they imagine, and they’re happy. They’re happy. That is all. Happiness.

Where do you find the most inspiration? I can honestly find inspiration in almost anything. A little while ago, my hubby bought dragonfruit. I took a photo of the inside because I saw it as inspiration of color and a vibe for a wedding. A piece of fruit, a whole vision of the design, just from that. Any takers LOL?! I find inspiration in the other talented Designers and Planners in this industry. It pushes me to strive higher. Of course, our couples’ vision for their day and their love story also gives us a ton of inspiration. We understand the importance of a wedding day and we value that. Taking whatever details they provide, details from their likes/dislikes, hobbies, and more to create a personalized design that is “so them.”

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Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know? I always recommend figuring out what your budget is before you start booking anything. We’ve had so many couples come to us after spending 60% or more of their budget on the venue alone and they’re looking to stay in budget and still have us create a top design.
Find vendors that you feel good about, are confident in and can trust. You hired them for a reason, so you do not have to worry about that aspect of the wedding. Let them do their thing, and you focus on being in the moment on your special day!
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as perfect. Close to it, yes, but not perfect. You can’t get upset over every little thing that may not go your way. You’ll be miserable in the process. Save your energy for the big stuff that matters the most.
Remember, the wedding is important, but the MARRIAGE is most important. We all get caught up in the beauty of it all, and you some times lose sight that this day is about marrying the love of your life! So, if you can’t get foil printing because it’s not in your budget, it’s okay! All of your guests don’t know you were thinking of that anyway. You’re going to marry him or her, regardless of what kind of print method you’re using. Stay focused on that love, and you’ll be good!
Finally, do not be afraid to pursue your passion. You never know where it will lead you! I did just that and it was one of the best (and scariest) decisions I’ve ever made!


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Vanessa and Kern’s Sweet and Simple Engagement in Toronto http://munaluchibridal.com/vanessa-kerns-sweet-simple-engagement-toronto/ http://munaluchibridal.com/vanessa-kerns-sweet-simple-engagement-toronto/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:27:30 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=165785 Kern_and_Vanessa20 The first time Kern saw Vanessa was at his church. He was immediately captivated...

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The first time Kern saw Vanessa was at his church. He was immediately captivated by her beauty and knew he couldn't let the opportunity to get to know her pass him by. They officially met through a mutual friend and from there their love grew. Their engagement session reflects the sweet and loving nature of their relationship.

Read all about Vanessa and Kern's proposal and view the pictures from their sweet and simple engagement session beautifully captured by Toronto MunaLuchi Coterie ambassador, Tristan Barrocks of Felicity Moments.


Bride & Groom: Vanessa & Kern
Occupations: Graphic Designer & College Basketball Coach
Wedding date:  May 21, 2016
Location of Engagement shoot: Humber College Arboretum and Humberlea Worship Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal. The first time I saw Vanessa was at my church and I was in awe, I wondered who this beautiful woman could be. The first time we actually met was through a mutual friend during a workout.

I proposed to Vanessa during her 30th birthday party, all our friends and some family were there. We had a DJ to play at the party, so I had the DJ play a voice note of when I got the blessing to propose. When that finished playing I walked up to her, took the ring out of my pocket, said some heartfelt words, and asked her to marry me. She said Yes!

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Describe your engagement session. Our engagement session had different dynamics to it, we had photos and videos done. We did the shoot at the location Vanessa and I first met and where we first interacted. Part of the shoot was on top of a hill while the sun set and below a wooden hut at the arboretum, the second half of the shoot was in Humberlea's library.

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What did you do on your first date? We went to one of Vanessa's favorite restaurants, we had some great food and lovely conversation.

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Our favorite thing to do as a couple is travel. On a more daily or weekly basis we love to get cozy and watch a good movie with some popcorn. We're foodies, so we love going to restaurants to enjoy amazing meals.

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Vendors:
Photography: Tristan Barrocks, Felicity Moments

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Kaili and Aquil both attended Georgetown University, however, it wasn't until after they graduated that they became friends. Fate brought them together and Kaili coincidently moved to Brooklyn, New York just a few blocks from Aquil. It took some time but eventually Aquil convinced Kaili to take their relationship to the next level. The pair started dating and soon enough Aquil proposed while they watched the sunset during a vacation in Brazil.

Read all about Kaili and Aquil's journey to become husband and wife as well as their rustic and romantic wedding in Richmond, Virginia.


Bride & Groom: Kaili & Aquil
Occupations: Director/Instructor within the Instructor Talent team at SoulCycle, Inc. & JP Morgan Chase
Wedding date: June 30, 2017
Wedding location: The Boathouse at Sunday Park, Richmond, VA

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We were both students at the same time at GU, but Aquil graduated 2 years earlier than me. We were actually not friends in college. Post-graduation, while Aquil was living in NYC and I was living in Philadelphia (Aquil's hometown)- we ran into each other and started a conversation. We became friends after I coincidently moved to Brooklyn - a few blocks away from where Aquil lived. After a long time (and A LOT of persistence from Aquil) - our friendship turned into more ;)

Aquil proposed on May 21, 2016 in Jericoacoara, Brazil. I didn't see it coming until I realized there was a photographer following us. Aquil lied and said she was only there to capture us watching the sunset. Hmmmm... then we freaked out together.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? I intended to do my shopping online and do as little as possible in an actual store! I went into the process thinking I would find my dress in a little boutique and not at a large retailer... I was SO wrong. I found my dress at Kleinfeld in NYC. My dress is everything I thought that I wouldn't want but I love it!

Favorite item on the menu: Shrimp & Grits

First dance song:  "Adorn" by Miguel

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Our best memory from our wedding was the walk into the reception and seeing all of our friends and family gathered in the reception hall. We really wanted to see the reaction of our parents! It was the first time we could really see everyone who came to celebrate and it was our time to celebrate! (Aquil) I also really enjoyed the Delta serenade, to see my mom, aunt, and wife sharing a moment was amazing.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Our advice to engaged couples is to be thorough in your preparation but on the day of your wedding let the pros do what they do best on the wedding day so you can enjoy it. Tell your pros what you want and be specific about what is the most important to you. Remember a few things will be missed. Let it go. On your day you won't even worry about the details anymore. Make sure you enjoy your family and friends!

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Vendors:
Event Planning, Design, and Florals: Kim Moody Design 
Photographer: Hunter Henkel Photography
Videography: Profound Productions 
Cake: Ali's Little Cake Shop
DJ: Steve Anderson
Venue: The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Invitations: The bride
Bride's Dress: Pronovias 2017 Ankara Style, Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC
Photobooth: Richmond Photobooth
Makeup: Epiphany Beauty 
Hair: Brittney Ross
Lighting: Lighting Professors
Transportation: Richmond Limousine
Violinist: Tressa Gold
Furniture Rental: AFR Furniture
Furniture Rental: Paisley & Jade
Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux
Other: Rita's Italian Ice, Fredericksburg, VA

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