Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:12:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.15 Marlena and Jamel’s Beautiful Country Club Wedding in New York http://munaluchibridal.com/marlena-jamels-beautiful-country-club-wedding-new-york/ http://munaluchibridal.com/marlena-jamels-beautiful-country-club-wedding-new-york/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:59:37 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145689 Photo credit: © Petronella Photography http://bypetronella.com It is often said that your first impressions are your most reliable resource, but...

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It is often said that your first impressions are your most reliable resource, but quite often time can reveal the opposite. For Marlena and Jamel their first impressions left them both with feelings of uncertainty, wondering how the other was perceiving their relationship potential - and ultimately believing the other "just wasn't into" them. As they would discover time would prove the opposite to be true, and their potential went far beyond interest. Love deeply took root as they became "virtually inseparable," until a surprise proposal on the beaches of Cancun would demonstrate the absolute permanence of inseparability.

Read all about Marlena and Jamel's love story and wedding experience in this beautiful country club wedding in New York, planned by MunaLuchi Coterie member Erganic Design.

Bride & Groom: Marlena & Jamel
Wedding Location: New York Paramount Country Club
Wedding Date: 9/24/16

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
He Said - It was one of the coldest winters in recent memory, and I was willing to go against my own rules of dating online and dating within my neighborhood. Marlena was living a few blocks away which made it easy for us to get together a few times that winter. After a few dates I was a fan. We had a lot in common, she was attractive, and overall just a cool person. But our chemistry was less than mind-blowing. I was fast losing interest because I thought she just wasn't into me. But as the weather warmed, so did her feelings. She took a trip to Atlanta to visit her maid-of-honor (had a talk with her God-daughter), and when she came back things were just different. She moved into a new apartment, I helped her paint, she cooked me dinner, and we've been virtually inseparable ever since. In the beginning I told her if we made it through two football seasons we'll know we made it, and 15 months later we were engaged.
She Said - During a brutal winter the weather eased up one Saturday and I was out having a great time with friends. Suddenly I remembered I had a date with "this guy" I met online. I was ready to cancel, but my friends urged me to go. "You never know he could be the one." This was met with the deepest of eye rolls. An hour or so later I was sitting at the table with Jamel. Everything about his body language and face showed that he wanted to be there as little as I did. If you know Jamel, you know he's not much of a talker. If you know me, you know I could carry on a conversation with a chair so we managed to get through the date. After our lack luster first date we started hanging out but it was pretty much platonic. I was certain he wasn't in to me, but I enjoyed hanging out with him. Jamel was cute, easy to talk to, we got along well and liked a lot of the same things. As spring rolled around it was like someone turned on the lights. While talking to my 7 year old Goddaughter about "boys" (don't ask, she's been here before) it hit me...wait, I think I like this guy. When I moved in to my new apartment, I asked if he would help me paint. After hours of work, as we split a pizza while watching Game of Thrones, I casually offered to cook him a real meal to thank him for helping me paint. In my head I had already decided if this guy doesn't give me a sign he's feeling me when he comes over for dinner, I'm going to let this ship sail. He came over for a few days later and, as promised, I had a real meal prepared. About an hour in to dinner, with no sign of a shift from platonic to romantic, my impatience got the best of me and I blurted out "What's the deal? Are you in to me or what?" Suffice to say he was in to me, we've been together ever since!

The Proposal - We like to spend New Years somewhere warm so we took a trip to Cancun December 2015 to bring in the New Year. We also have a tradition of writing our names in the sand anytime we go on a beach holiday. After we went out with friends on New Years eve Jamel suggested that we get up in a few hours and do our names in the sand early in the morning. As day broke we went down to the beach and wrote our names in the sand. When we were done writing our names I turned and asked Jamel if he wanted to grab breakfast. He had a strange nervous look on his face and said "not yet". I was confused until he dropped down on one knee and simply asked "will you marry me." I immediately burst into a full on ugly cry. It was absolutely perfect and very "us".

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What was wedding shopping like for you? My dress was from the Rosa Clara Two 2016 Bridal Collection. I opted to remove the straps which created a nice sweetheart neckline. The dress was a simple, romantic lace with a fit and flare silhouette. It had beautiful detailing and just enough of a train to add some drama. I was very nervous to try on wedding dresses, like many women I don't fit in to one size, I am small on the top and curvy on the bottom. I was hoping the fit and flare silhouette that I loved would look good on me. My wedding planner suggested that I look for dresses at Designer Loft and I am so grateful she did. The team at Designer Loft made me feel so at home and comfortable. My consultant Katrina was amazing. She understood what I was looking for, pulled some dresses for me and also let me browse dresses as well. After I tried on the first dress that fit beautifully my nerves melted away. My dress was the third dress I tried on at Designer Loft. I was in love with it. Once I started the fitting, my Mom and I got to know the lovely ladies at Designer Loft including the owner who made sure that all my alterations were done in time for the wedding.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Groomsmen - Engraved money clips. Bridesmaids - Personalized decorative compacts, robes, and slipper pouches.

Favorite item on the menu: Cocktail hour - Mushroom Arancini with romesco sauce. Dinner - Miso glazed black bass. Dessert - mini pie station.

First dance song: Michael Jackson - "The Lady In My Life"

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We are both African American and family is extremely important us and an important element of our culture. The idea of family and our village was a recurring theme in our ceremony. In addition, the groom's sister recited a traditional African libations toast to honor our ancestors that came before us. And the bride's brother lit a unity candle and shared an original poem.

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What is your best memory from your wedding?
She Said - Our first look before the ceremony. I could not get to Jamel fast enough, I was so excited to see him. When I finally got to him everyone else around us melted away and it was just us. One of the few moments we had to ourselves that day. A second would be when I came down the aisle with my Dad. He was so nervous about the hand off to Jamel. I told him "don't worry Dad it will go smoothly." When we got to the alter before the officiant even asked "who gives this woman away" Jamel shot down to get me. My Dad put up his hand as to say "not yet Jamel." There was a lot of laughs from our guest and it broke everyone out of any nerves.
He Said - Standing at the altar waiting for Marlena to come down the aisle. I was nervous and excited, and jumped the gun. She looked so beautiful I was in such a rush to receive her from her father that I didn't wait for our officiant to ask the famous question "who gives this woman away?" Dad wasn't quite ready to let go and let me know he had a few more seconds before she was mine (the picture of this moment is a fav of mine too) Close second was the "Dappered Den". When we booked our planner she sold me on the idea of a man cave. The cigar roller and whiskey tasting were awesome. But what I didn't expect was having all the men assemble and pass on jewels about the value of family, fatherhood, and being a husband as I start this next chapter in my life. It was a powerful experience to have a patio full of black men in tuxedos putting arms around me and "ushering me into manhood" as one guest put it. Our Uncle Charles encapsulated the moment when he quoted the movie Glory "We men ain't we?!"

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What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? When we started the planning process we were under the impression that this day was about us, but soon learned it's not. I say this sarcastically but let me clarify. Your village that has raised you and been part of your life are going to be so excited about this joyous event. They will want to talk about it, be involved, and play a part in the process. You can get lost in that and start to feel like the day is about everyone else except the Bride and Groom. Our advice would be to remember what really matters: your relationship, your bond and your love for one another. Weddings are important, your union should be celebrated, but it is one day. The marriage is far more important and is what has to stand the test of time. Your engagement and the planning process can be overwhelming but is such a special time. Don't lose sight of each other. Communicate, keep your date nights, take a lovers weekend trip if you can, do thing that are just for the two of you and keep it all in perspective. When the big day gets here it will fly by so fast. Enjoy every second of it. You have spent a lot of time planning this day, but don't sweat the small stuff. Focus on the people and the feeling. Make an effort to register those special moments - your first look, your Mom helping you in to your dress, a laugh with the bridal party before you walk out, your first dance, etc. Finally know that it is virtually impossible not to have a great time on your wedding day. It will just keep getting better from there. It's the beginning of so many milestones to celebrate together as a couple and newlywed life is amazing!

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Vendors:
Wedding Planner : Erganic Design
Photography : Petronella Photography, 2nd Shooter: Kanayo Adibe
Videography : Vesa Studios
Hair: Glamour by Shaniqua
Make up : Shaleira Smith
Music : Energy Entertainment
Mancave: The Dappered Den
Transportation: Airbrook
Design, Floral & Decor: Erganic Design
Invitations: Minted.com
Day of Stationery: Erganic Design

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To Serenade is to entertain one's love by display of talent in hope of winning their deepest affections. In our journey to inspire love, MunaLuchi has created Serenade: A Muna Love Affair, to present the opportunity for engaged couples to experience the serenading together in an unforgettable date night experience. Vended by the Coterie - MunaLuchi's curated catalog of elite wedding and event vendors, selected couples are provided with a professional makeup application, photoshoot, fine dining, gift boxes and more.
This weeks Serenade took place in Philadelphia at The Event Studio, organized by event planner Tiffany Chalk, and featuring the culinary expertise of celebrity Chef Dana Herbert, florals and decor by Event Loft, and beautifully captured by photographer Sheronda Seawright, and videographer Stephen Apeture Jones (see the complete vendor list below).

See the complete gallery here, and check out the Serenade page for future locations and couples application details here.

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Vendors:

Location: The Event Studio in Philadelphia, PA
Floral & Decor - Event Loft
Event Planner - Tiffany Chalk Events
Catering and Dessert - Desserts By Dana
Menus - April Lynn Designs
Cecelia Chairs and Charger Plates - Vision Furniture
Throne Chairs - Luxe Luxe Rentals
Linens & Napkins - Table Top Fashions
Acrylic Names & Gift Tags - New Shop Design
Mirror Calligraphy - Design For You Event Decor and Planning LLC
Make-Up - Embellish Beauty Concepts
Photography - Sheronda Seawright Photography
Videography - Stephen Apeture Jones

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“Walk of Faith” – Adrianne and Marcus’s Gorgeous Winter Wedding in Atlanta http://munaluchibridal.com/walk-faith-adrianne-marcuss-gorgeous-winter-wedding-atlanta/ http://munaluchibridal.com/walk-faith-adrianne-marcuss-gorgeous-winter-wedding-atlanta/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:16:31 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145490 Gurley_Wedding51 All of life is a walk of faith. Every step we take, every decision...

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All of life is a walk of faith. Every step we take, every decision we make, we do so with various degrees of uncertainty - the rest is faith. Faith in ourselves and our ability to make the "right" decision, and faith in knowing that we are being guided by a higher power. For Adrianne and Marcus, faith guided them right into each other's arms, and though life will continue to be a walk of faith they now have someone to share that walk with, as one, for the rest of their lives.

Read all about Adrianne & Marcus's love story and wedding experiences in this gorgeous winter wedding in Atlanta. Beautifully photographed by MunaLuchi Coterie member Andre Brown, planned and designed by Raven J. Events, cinematography by Eric Blanks Media, and music reception music by Exquisite Sounds and Entertainment.

Bride & Groom: Adrianne & Marcus
Occupations: Occupational Therapist & Pharmacist
Wedding Date: 12/03/2016
Wedding Venue: Saint Philip AME Church / Agnes Scott College
First Dance Song: "Every time I close my eyes" by Babyface

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Tell us how you met and about the proposal. Marcus and I met in 2010 as undergraduate freshman at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL. We shared a chemistry class and met through group work/collaboration on class assignments. We were only cordial during our undergraduate career and did not begin courting until 1.5 years after we began our graduate studies, I was at the University of Alabama at Birmingham pursuing my masters degree in occupational therapy. Marcus was finishing his doctorate of pharmacy degree at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Marcus started Bible verse challenges over Facebook which included many of his former classmates and fellow FAMUans. One particular night I participated in the Bible verse challenge by sharing a sermon which changed my life. Marcus watched the sermon, then messaged me about how the sermon helped him. We continued to chat and the rest is history - we began courting on March 24th, 2015, and got engaged a little under a year later on March 20th, 2016, and then got married 9 months later on December 3rd, 2016. Each season has been a faith walk with the Lord and we are so thankful for it.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? I loved my wedding dress! It was a beautiful sweetheart top/mermaid gown by Matthew Christopher! I purchased the gown from Bridals by Lori, and Matthew Christopher, the designer, was actually present when I bought the gown. He helped me get fitted and explained to me the vision he had for the gown when he created it. That day was truly magical.

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What was the inspiration for your wedding? Our inspiration was and will ALWAYS be - The LORD. We wanted to make sure we honored GOD with our wedding, especially during this holiday season. We wanted the Lord to get the honor and glory from our wedding. We wanted Heaven to benefit from our union. So we asked wedding guests to bring donations such as: toiletries, unwrapped toys, canned goods, and school supplies in lieu of traditional wedding gifts so that the community could be refurbished as a result of our wedding. We collected 100s of toys and other donations, as specified above, to help the community. We believe by faith that GOD is satisfied and He will magnify the donations to meet the needs of His people during this holiday season.

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What is your best memory from your wedding? The best memory was having GOD present, becoming one flesh as husband and wife, and having guests tell us how much they enjoyed themselves.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? We would encourage all engaged couples to trust in the LORD and cling to GOD at this time. Being lead by the LORD will help to avoid various situations. Being focused on GOD will also increase faith which will be necessary for marriage.

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Vendors:
Planning and Design - Raven J. Events
Photography- Andre Brown Photography
Venue/Catering - Agnes Scott College
Florals- The Perfect Creation
Cinematography- Eric Blanks Media
DJ- Exquisite Sounds and Entertainment
Stationery- Ink and Elegance
Chiavari Chairs and Uplighting - Luxury Lounge and Lighting
Decor Rentals - Event Rentals Unlimited
Wedding Cake- Cakes by LaMeeka
Cake Stand - The 5th Wick
Linens- I Do Linens
Bridal Stylist - The Wedding Stylist
Bride's Dress- Bridals by Lori
Bridesmaids' Dresses - David's Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire - Modern Gent
Makeup- Makeup by Mimi J.
Hair Stylist- Melana Jones

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Today we shine the Coterie Spotlight on international destination wedding and portrait photographer Courtney Cobb of Eliza Jane Photography. Based out of Los Angeles, Courtney has been pursuing her passion for portrait and wedding photography since 2008. With a degree in history she brings a documentarian's eye to her compositions, capturing not only the subject matter but a feeling of time and nostalgia as well. Through the camera lens Courtney is having a direct conversation with future viewers - so well captured that you may even hear the atmosphere.

Read all about MunaLuchi Coterie member Eliza Jane Photography below in this informative Spotlight interview.

Tell us a little about your background and how you got started in the photography business? I became interested in photography after graduating from the University of Kansas with my Bachelor’s degree in History. What I love about history is what I love about photography: preserving moments in time. The idea that years from now, people can look back on a photo that I’ve produced and be transported back to that particular time is so incredible to me. I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding in 2010 and I’ve been photographing weddings ever since!

Describe your wedding photography style in 5 words or less. Candid, fun, relaxed, intimate, creative

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What part of the wedding is your favorite to photograph? I actually have two favorite parts: my first favorite part is photographing when the bride is getting ready and all of her family and friends are with her. My second favorite part is seeing the groom’s reaction when he sees his bride for the first time.

What do you shoot - film, digital or both? Digital

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What keeps you inspired? Watching Bollywood movies and looking at some of my favorite photographers’ blogs are a couple of things that help to keep me inspired. Also, the couples that I get to work with really inspire me to be the best photographer that I can be.

When you're not shooting weddings, what do you like to do? Learning new languages. I studied Spanish for a while and am learning Hindi now. I also like to do a little creative writing.

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What advice can you give to couples looking for that perfect photographer? Choose a photographer that you actually enjoy being around. Your photographer is going to be the person that will be with you from the beginning of the day until the very end so it’s important that you like them. It will certainly help in making the day less stressful.

Tell us a location that you'd love to shoot. It’s a toss up between Santorini, Greece or Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.

Based on your experiences, what would you like every couple to know before their wedding? Remember to have fun! And allot enough time for each part of the day. You’d be amazed at how quickly time passes on the wedding day and how easy it is to fall behind schedule.

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Fun stuff!

What’s in your handbag right now? A couple of notebooks, portable charger, hand sanitizer, Bible, pens
iphone, blackberry or android? Team iPhone!
Mac or pc? Mac
If you could travel to any location right now, where would it be? I really, really, really want to go back to India. I’d love to revisit Agra and this time I would like to visit Mumbai and Goa.
Favorite song? book? tv show? My favorite song changes with the day, but today it is: Ojuelegba by Wizkid. My favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My favorite TV show is The Golden Girls.
Guilty pleasure? Listening to One Direction. I’m also a little sad that they are no longer making music, but shhh—don’t tell anyone. :)
Something that recently inspired you? My recent trip to Israel. It’s such a beautiful country and being there both motivated and rejuvenated me spiritually in my faith and professionally with photography.

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“Destined to be” – Myriam and Pierre’s Beautifully Stylish Gallery Wedding in Florida http://munaluchibridal.com/destined-myriam-pierres-beautifully-stylish-gallery-wedding-florida/ http://munaluchibridal.com/destined-myriam-pierres-beautifully-stylish-gallery-wedding-florida/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:00:28 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145344 Myriam_and_Pierre_Wedding20 "Destined to be..." Having first met in "Ms. Grossman's 2nd grade class" it was...

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"Destined to be..." Having first met in "Ms. Grossman's 2nd grade class" it was clear from the beginning that Myriam & Pierre were destined to be. Gravitating towards each other throughout elementary, middle school, and high school. After briefly losing touch in college they reunited once again when returning back home - breathing new life into an ember that never truly extinguished.

Read all about Myriam and Pierre's love story and romantic surprise proposal in this beautifully stylish and luxurious wedding at the Gallery of Amazing Things in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Expertly photographed by MunaLuchi Coterie member Artistic Vision & Design.

Bride & Groom: Myriam & Pierre
Occupations: Pierre: Rec. Therapist,  Myriam: Lawyer
What was your wedding date? 8/6/2016
What are your wedding locations? (Include Getting Ready, Ceremony, and Reception Venues)Hotel: The W Ft Lauderdale Ceremony and Reception: Gallery of Amazing Things

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal! We've known each other since 2nd grade. We attended the same elementary, middle school and high school. When Pierre walked into Ms. Grossman's 2nd grade class he noticed 2 people: Otis (one of his best friends) and Myriam. Pierre was excited that Otis was in his class yet again and sat right next to him. Pierre also noticed there was a girl smiling at him from across the classroom that caught his attention. Myriam and Pierre would later become good friends. They would often compete against one another in school. One heated competition was noteworthy in the game of "Around the World". This was a math challenge where a student would stand behind the desk of another student attempting to go around the classroom answering math problems faster than the student that was sitting down at his/her desk. When Pierre reached Myriam's desk it was an epic battle. The teacher was very impressed with both Pierre's and Myriam's fortitude and competitive nature. In the end, Pierre won the battle and he was "unofficially" crowned the Around the World champion (years later when Myriam and Pierre were in a relationship, Myriam personalized an Around the World trophy for Pierre as a gift). Myriam and Pierre both attended college but were miles away from one another. Myriam attended the University of Miami while Pierre attended Florida State University. They would keep in contact with one another but the communication began to fade away as time went by. Their paths would later cross when they both came back home and started working next to one another. What started as going to lunch together ended with a passionate kiss at an evening date.

The Proposal - Pierre wanted to propose in front of both his and Myriam's friends and family. He knew he needed a big enough place or environment to do so. Pierre rented out a privately owned movie theater and invited friends and family. Pierre had one issue: what was he going to tell Myriam in order to get her to go to this movie theater that she did not know about. Pierre knew a friend that went to school for photography and videography and told him to pretend he was working on a documentary entitled "Black Love." Pierre invited Lourdes (Myriam's sister) and Nervins (Lourdes' husband) to the movie theater as well. Pierre and one of his fraternity brothers took snippets from instrumental romantic black films (I.e. Poetic Justice, The Inkwell, The Best Man, Boomerang, Coming to America) to create a romantic short film that described Myriam and Pierre's relationship. As all the friends and family walked into the movie theater, they were asked to say a few words on camera about Myriam and Pierre's relationship (which would later be created into a DVD). Myriam and Pierre walked into a pitch black movie theater and sat down in a position where all friends and family would be to their back. At the end of the movie the words "Myriam Clerge would your marry me?" read on the screen. As the lights turned on, Pierre was down on one knee asking Myriam to marry him. In complete shock and without hearing anything Pierre said, Myriam said, "yes".

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Yes, both Pierre and Myriam are of Haitian descent and requested Haitian music be played at the reception.

Describe your wedding dress. My wedding dress was elegant and modern, almost 1920s fit that complimented the gallery style, v-neck, and sequence

Wedding theme: Modern/Elegance

Favorite item on the menu: Vegetarian Lasagna

Wedding cake flavors: Rum, Amaretto, lemon, almond, and white chocolate ganache

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaid gifts- red pajama set,red candle, and dvd of bride's favorite movie. Groomsmen gift- 2 pairs of socks from Sock Cloud, flower lapel from Tie Bar and a picture of characters they remind the groom of or they were known as during their childhood.

First dance song: "Lamou Doudou" by Jacques Sauveur Jean.

Mother/son dance song: "Moso Manman" by Emeline Michel.

Father/daughter dance song: "Unforgettable" by Nate King Cole and Natalie Cole.

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What is your best memory from your wedding? For the Bride-Walking down the aisle and seeing my husband wiping away tears. For the Groom- watching my wife walk down the aisle. Best moment for my guests (from what we've heard)- the step show by the groom and his fraternity brothers during the reception.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Get a wedding planner, there are so many minor details that you don't think of.

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Vendors:
Wedding Dress Designer- Lazaro
Wedding Dress Salon- Chic Parisien
Bridesmaid Dresses- Jenny Yoo from Nordstrom and Boca Bridal
Makeup- Mona Cius 
Shoes- Badgley Mischka
Ceremony/Reception Location- Gallery of Amazing Things
Wedding Planner- Todd Schneider & Devin MacLachlan at I Do Events
Photography/ Videography- Artistic Vision & Design
Florist- Joan Cherenfant at Tropical Elegance Inc. @tropicaleleganceinc
Cake- Chef Mimi at Lux Cakery
Stationery- Eric at Petite Acorn
Photobooth- Photo Booth for Good, Inc
Transportation- Key Transportation Service

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“Falling in Love” – Krystle and Akino’s Sentimental Engagement Session in Louisiana http://munaluchibridal.com/falling-love-krystle-akinos-sentimental-engagement-session-louisiana/ http://munaluchibridal.com/falling-love-krystle-akinos-sentimental-engagement-session-louisiana/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:01:02 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145290 Krystle_and_Akino12 "Falling in love..." In love we always "fall"...never is it "running" in love, or...

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"Falling in love..." In love we always "fall"...never is it "running" in love, or "skipping," or "climbing." For falling is something catching us off guard, becoming unbalanced, followed by a quick descent - and this is love. It can affect the stability of your world, knock you off your feet, and send you into someone's arms - and if it is "meant to be" they will catch you.
In this sentimental engagement session perfectly captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Shagari Jackson of Mosaic by MG, it is clear that Krystle and Akino have caught each other.

Read all about Krysle & Akino's love story and romantic proposal in this sentimental engagement session that recaptures the moments in which they first fell in love.

Bride & Groom-to-be: Krystle & Akino
Occupations: Bride - Registered Nurse, Groom - Systems Engineer
Wedding date: September 30, 2017
Wedding location: The Champagne Palace, New Orleans LA
Location of Engagement shoot: Baton Rouge & New Orleans, LA

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal? Take it from us, one can find love online. The truth is we met on facebook through a mutual friend's suggestion. Akino sent an email because in my profile picture I was wearing a New Orleans Saints jersey. Akino's favorite NFL team is the Saints, so the jersey sparked his interest. He said to himself, "Not only is she gorgeous, but she must know a thing or two about football" A winner right? Truth is...his bride-to-be knows nothing about football! I happened to purchase a cute jersey to go to a game a friend invited me to. But I am willing to learn over the lifetime we will share together!
Akino's email said, "Hello, no disrespect but you are Gorgeous, I would like to get to know you. Of course I gave him the third degree about why he would want to get to know someone he doesn't even know, based on a profile pic. He replied, "because I think you're gorgeous." Little did I know then, the saints jersey may have had something to do with it.
The Proposal:
Akino is quite the traditional man. On three weeks leading up to our proposal he sent me chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Arrangements to my job because I was having a tough day at work. That evening he went to my parents house and asked my Dad for his blessing to marry me. Three weeks later on July 30, 2016 he planned a surprise engagement dinner in New Orleans at Bourbon House which is the same restaurant we dined at for our first anniversary. He had arranged for my parents, my sister, and close friends to all come for the celebration. He had collaborated with my cousin to invite me down to New Orleans for a double date over the weekend. I had no clue that it was a set up.

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Did you have a theme? Our photos did not have a theme but instead displays our love story. As a couple, we decided we wanted our engagement photos to recapture the moments and scenes which lead up to us falling in love. We focused on what our attraction was to one another. Initially Akino's attraction to his bride-to-be was her wearing a New Orleans Saints jersey. Another photo scene is our first kiss underneath an umbrella. I fell in love with his gentlemen-like ways on our first date. We also wanted to incorporate some of the historical/monumental scenes that have significant architectural history (Greek/roman catholic/french).

What did you do on your first date? We had dinner at Parrian's Seafood on a Sunday at 4pm, it was raining cats & dogs, followed by a movie in which he walked me over to my car under his umbrella before parting ways. We shared our first kiss underneath the umbrella in the rain! He then opened my car door. His gentleman country boy mannerism is what I fell in love with.

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Our favorite thing to do as a couple is quite simple. We love to spend weekends together having breakfast in bed, which is his speciality. On a more exciting note, we also love to get away for the weekend and explore new travel destinations.

How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been challenging but exciting! I'm very creative and hands on so I do not have a planner because I usually like to be in charge of everything. I have a vision of exactly what we want on our big day!

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. I'm looking forward to seeing the expression on my groom's face as I walk toward the man I plan on spending the rest of my life with. And I'm praying I don't mess up my makeup with my tears of joys.
The groom is looking forward to our union together as we make a commitment to God in front of our family and friends, and of course the honeymoon, lol!

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Vendors:
Photographer: Shagari Jackson of Mosaic by MG
Makeup: Courtne Foulds @Loveyourlookmua
Hair: Leah Barber @salonbarber_byleahmae
Red Dress Designer: @Sherri Hill @miabellecouture
Ivory Dress: Chiccoutureonline
Jewelry: Louise Et Cie
Tux: Vince Camuto
Sports Coat: Ralph Lauren Polo

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Airing from 1981 - 1989, hit soap opera Dynasty portrayed the dramatic lives of oil tycoon family the Carringtons. In this Dynasty themed dinner party MunaLuchi Coterie member, Lucretia Williams of Distinct Event Planning has designed a truly unique dinner experience and captured the luxury and high drama of the Dynasty television show. The oil derrick centerpiece and napkin ring decor created by MunaLuchi Coterie member Ten23 Designs is a stroke of brilliance and so much fun. The black and gold color scheme perfectly reflects the high society world of the Carringtons, and the concept of oil based wealth.

Read all about Lucretia's event planning and design experience in this one of a kind dinner party, and view the entire gallery here!

"We had the pleasure of planning and designing our client’s Dynasty TV Show Themed dinner party for the 2016 Haus Und Garten Tour Celebration. This fabulous dinner party was held in their beautiful private residence in German Village, Ohio. Our client always had a love for the 80’s TV show and wanted the nostalgia to come through in the design and menu. Our design elements were inspired by the richness of the Dynasty TV Show and the oil industry. We created an impressive evening for their 16 guests to enjoy an exquisite 7 course meal prepared by a personal chef (flown in from Los Angeles, California), great wine and specialty cocktails while they participated in fun conversation about Dynasty trivia. We infused elegant and classic décor with the colors black and gold with accents of white luscious florals and gold accents. We incorporated the oil industry elements by using oil derricks throughout the event design.

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"Upon entrance of the residence, the guests were welcomed by two exquisite floral arrangements designed with a beautiful array of fresh floral stems and lush blooms created by SHE Floral Design Co. Each floral statue was arranged inside a beautiful black vase pedestal which will serve as the base of gorgeous gold oil derricks bursting with white wispy ostrich feathers, custom gold tinted leaves and diamonds and pearls adorned with brooch embellishments. A two-of-a-kind statement piece setting the tone for a fabulous dinner party full of dynasty.

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"We used beautiful black taffeta linen with a gold swirl design, shiny gold satin napkins and elegant two-tone metal chairs with black chair pads. The glassware, flatware, dinnerware and chargers were a vintage gold theme. We alternated stemmed glass candle pieces and black floating candles with lush floral centerpieces inside gold cubed vases. A black oil derrick was placed in the venter floral arrangement. We accented with mercury gold votive holders with black votives.

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"Ten23Designs created a custom 4’ wood oil derrick painted black placed on top of a stunning foundation of luxurious florals. They also created custom black acrylic oil-well napkin rings, drink stirrers and matching food picks. In addition to sparkly, gold-painted standing name plates with each named after a Dynasty TV character.

Alternative Hitches designed classic and clean gold and black menu cards with the menu on one side and on the other side was the vintage ad of the Krystal Carrington’s Perfume, Forever Krystal."

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(From the client) "My dinner party was the talk of the town! All of our guests were impressed with the transformation of our upstairs living area. They all loved the décor and the floral arrangements! They were in awe of the Dynasty theme and especially the oil derricks infused throughout our home. I’m still receiving calls from our guests with lovely compliments!”

Vendors:
Event Planner & Designer: Distinct Event Planning
Photography: J. Mariella Photography
Florist: SHE Floral Design Co.
Stationer: Alternative Hitches
Rentals: Event Source
Custom Oil Décor: Ten23 Designs

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“The Gravitational Pull of Love” – Quenise and Justin’s Romantic Engagement Session in Atlanta http://munaluchibridal.com/gravitational-pull-love-quenise-justins-romantic-engagement-session-atlanta/ http://munaluchibridal.com/gravitational-pull-love-quenise-justins-romantic-engagement-session-atlanta/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:51:22 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145180 Quenise+Justin-030-6107 "Over the years we have had awesome and difficult times but we've always managed...

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"Over the years we have had awesome and difficult times but we've always managed to find ourselves back together..." Quenise's statement perfectly encapsulates the gravitational pull of love...that no matter how far we may orbit away, we will always find ourselves coming back to that special someone we're meant to be with...

Having met as college freshmen, Quenise and Justin will be married on the cusp of their nine year relationship anniversary.

Read all about their love story, surprise Christmas day proposal, and engagement experience - beautifully photographed by MunaLuchi Coterie member Andre Brown of Andre Brown Photography.

Bride & Groom-to-be: Quenise Cox & Justin Pointer
Wedding Date: 03/11/2017
Wedding Venue: Venetian Room
Engagement Session Location: Atlanta

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How did you meet? We met in 2007, in our freshman year of college. I had a crush on him, but was too shy to speak to him. My friends and I use to always joke and call him my "husband". Finally, one of our mutual friends told Justin about the crush, so he decided to take a chance. We exchanged numbers and started talking over summer break and into the next school year. We began officially dating 3/23/2008. Over the years we have had awesome and difficult times but we've always managed to find ourselves back together. It will be a week before the 9th anniversary of our relationship, when we marry.

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Tell us about the proposal: Justin proposed on Christmas Day 2015. My mom called me about a week before Christmas and asked if we could have this year's festivities at my house. My mom was pretty convincing so I agreed. Once my mom and the family all arrived, she sat me down. Then told Justin and I to close our eyes because she had a surprise for the both of us. While my eyes were closed, I could hear Justin starting to speak and my heart dropped. He had a whole speech but all I can remember is him saying my "full" name and asking me to marry him. When I opened my eyes, he was on one knee with a ring in my face. I was so shocked that tears started falling and of course through my shaking voice I said, "yes"!

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What made you choose this location for your engagement session? I really wanted to incorporate the Atlanta skyline for 2 reasons; 1) Justin and I are from different parts of Georgia but the majority of our relationship has flourished in the city of Atlanta, 2) I wanted Justin to be apart of some of our planning and he thought the skyline was a good idea.

What are you MOST looking forward to about your wedding?
The vows and being able to say I'm Mrs. Justin Pointer.

What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?
We're not extremely outgoing, we usually like to be laid back, joking, and watching movies. Even when we go out or on vacation, it's usually a calm atmosphere.

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Vendors:
Photography - Andre Brown Photography

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“Destined from the Start” – LaShante and Rickey’s Luxurious Beach Wedding in Miami, Florida http://munaluchibridal.com/shante-and-rickey/ http://munaluchibridal.com/shante-and-rickey/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:09:04 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145124 Shante_and_ricky_Wedding70 Destined from the start, Shante and Rickey's love story began as a teenage romance...

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Destined from the start, Shante and Rickey's love story began as a teenage romance blossoming from the stands of a high school football game. One of the blessings of youth is the power of emotion so close to the surface and sincerely felt as if every moment feels more alive than the next. This sincerity and depth of love will be carried with them throughout their life together, continuously strengthening an already unbreakable bond.

Read all about Shante and Rickey's loves story, proposal, and wedding experience in this beautiful and luxurious beach front wedding in Miami, Florida.

Bride & Groom: LaShante Harris and Rickey Harris
Occupations: Shante- Stay at home mom, Rickey- musician
Wedding date: 07/15/2016
Wedding location: Miami Beach, Florida

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. I met Rickey in 2005. I was 16 and Rickey was 19. We were introduced to one another at a high school football game by a mutual friend, we started dating shortly after, and we have been inseparable every since.
Our proposal story is really simple. In 2010, my mother threw Rickey and I a going away party because we were getting ready to make a huge move to Florida together. During the going away party, Rickey got down on one knee and proposed to me. He felt that it was the perfect time since we were about to move away with one another. It was definitely a big surprise!

What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding dress shopping was actually pretty easy! I had my daughter in February 2016 so I did not have a lot of time to try on dresses. I found my dress at the second bridal shop that I went to around April 2016. I ended up getting my dress from a shop called Chic Parisian in Miami. I settled on a 10,000 Berta bridal dress. The dress was modern, sexy, sheer, very detailed, and was made with a lot of beading. It was spaghetti strap and had a deep back. The dress came with a removable train. I wore the train during the ceremony and took the train off for the reception.

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The wedding was small, so the bride and groom decided not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen. The bride and groom requested that all of their best friends and relatives wear a certain color. The groom's close friends wore black, and the bride's friends and close relatives wore blush.

Favorite item on the menu: The absolute favorite item on the menu for both the bride and groom was the steak

First dance song: "Lady in my Life" by Michael Jackson

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What is your best memory from your wedding? The best memory from our wedding was the surprise petal blast during our first dance! Our wedding planner set this up, and we had no idea it was going to happen! It was definitely an amazing moment.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? The best wedding advice that can be given to engaged couples would be not to sweat the small stuff and to focus on the things that are really important. Oh, and don't forget to take a lot of pictures! Sometimes the wedding day gets really hectic and the photographer is not able to get shots with everyone included! Make sure to get pictures with everyone!

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In Memoriam: The wedding was held on July 15, 2016 in honor of the bride's late mother. The bride's mother along with her 2 younger sisters passed away in a house fire in March of 2012. Included at the ceremony were 4 white roses in empty chairs to honor the bride's late mother Yolanda Holmes, the bride's late sisters MariAuna and Marniece Holmes, and the groom's late grandmother Alberta McMillian.

Vendors:
Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal
Wedding Dress Salon: Chic Parisian
Hair: Laid That Hair/ Instagram @laidthathair
Makeup: Nordia Cummingham/ Instagram @nordia_ffaceit
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Ceremony Location: North Beach OceanFront
Reception Location: North Beach OceanFront
Photography: AVD Pics
Videography: AVD Pics/ Instagram @avdpics
DJ: DJ Seizure/ Instagram @djseizure
Wedding Planner: Upgrade Events by Ingrid Instagram @upgrade_events_by_ingrid
Florist: Flowers by Sandra
Catering: Semaj Catering Instagram @semajcatering
Cake: Lux Cakery
Deserts: DejaVu Sweets
PhotoBooth: Miami Event PhotoBooth
Linen/Bride acrylic table -Decora Event Rentals
Lounge Furniture - Miami Lounge Rentals /Instagram @miamiloungerentals
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Lighting - Tony the hitman
Bride and groom Backdrop - Creative Elegance by Nikki
Dessert Table - Elfren Prop Shop / @elfren
Bar/Chavari Chairs /Ghost Chairs - Brelex Event Rentals

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Demetris and Eugene’s Charming Engagement Session in Raleigh, North Carolina http://munaluchibridal.com/demetris-eugenes-charming-engagement-session-raleigh-north-carolina/ http://munaluchibridal.com/demetris-eugenes-charming-engagement-session-raleigh-north-carolina/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:57:46 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=145086 Demetris_and_Eugene_Engagement10 If spring is for lovers than fall is for romantics. The colorful foliage, warmth...

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If spring is for lovers than fall is for romantics. The colorful foliage, warmth of a comfortable sweater or soft scarf, spirit of the holidays, and so much more - inspires an affectionate heart and lends itself perfectly to snuggling together under a favorite blanket.

Demetris and Eugene's charming engagement session encapsulates the romance of fall in a lovely Raleigh, North Carolina setting. The red color themes of their attire nicely compliments the natural backgrounds in these handsome photographic compositions by MunaLuchi Coterie member Artije Photography.

Read all about Demetris and Eugene's love story and heartfelt surprise proposal.

Bride & Groom-to-be: Demetris and Eugene
Wedding Date: April 8, 2017
Wedding Location: Salem Chapel Baptist Church, Tarboro, North Carolina
Engagement Shoot Location: Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

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Tell us how you met.
His Version: Demetris and I met at Caledonia Correctional Facility, where we are both correctional officers. We were both working the segregation yard, (she was scared to death) on her first day of assignment. I went to get the food cart and she always made sure that she was somewhere to be seen. After our formal introduction and conversation, she sent me a Facebook friend request and the rest is history.

Her Version: Eugene and I met at Caledonia Correctional Facility, where we are both correctional officers. Eugene was one of the first officers I met during my tour of the facility. We were assigned different units at the facility, but on this particular day he appeared claiming to bring the food cart, but I knew it was to see me.

Tell us about your proposal. It was on July 30, 2016, one week after my birthday. Eugene and I were in Raleigh for a weekend getaway. We were attending lunch at Brasa Steak House. Once we entered the restaurant, to my surprise he had my mother, children, and other family and friends there. During lunch, Eugene approached me, proceeded to get on one knee and proposed. Surprise and joy filled my heart, I said yes! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

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Describe your engagement session. Our engagement session was in December, 2016. It was a sunny, cold-crisp day, but the beautiful fall atmosphere filled the air. Our theme was, “Love in the Fall.”

What did you do on your first date? On our first date, Eugene and I went to Fuji Japan Steak House for a lovely dinner. After dinner, we went back to my house, snuggled up, and watched movies.

What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple? We both love to travel, especially to the beach.

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How has the wedding planning been so far? So far it’s been crazy and fun all at the same time.

Tell us what you are looking forward to most on the wedding day? Eugene is looking forward to seeing his bride in her beautiful wedding gown. I am looking forward to becoming Mrs. Eugene Young. We are both looking forward to our wedding day, and our 90’s wedding reception theme party.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Artije Photography
Hairstylist: JeQuoya Grant

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