Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:48:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Award Winning Author and Blogger, Demetria Lucas D’Oyley Covers the SS15 issue of Munaluchi | On Newsstand April 14 http://munaluchibridal.com/award-winning-author-and-blogger-demetria-lucas-doyley-covers-the-ss15-issue-of-munaluchi-on-newsstand-april-14/ http://munaluchibridal.com/award-winning-author-and-blogger-demetria-lucas-doyley-covers-the-ss15-issue-of-munaluchi-on-newsstand-april-14/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:02:09 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=84187 ss15_MUNALUCHIofficial72dpiRGB-2 So we are pretty pumped in the Munaluchi Office today.  Why, you ask? Because...

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So we are pretty pumped in the Munaluchi Office today.  Why, you ask? Because we get to reveal the cover of our newest issue due to go on sale April 14th.  On this cover, we had the pleasure of photographing award winning author and blogger, Demetria Lucas D'Oyley, who recently celebrated her own nuptials last October.  In this issue, you'll get to learn more about her wedding planning experience, and how she balances marriage and career.   Also, she's is one of the cast members on the new Bravo show, Blood, Sweat and Heels.  So the team from Bravo came out to tape some behind the scenes of our cover and editorial shoot.  So exciting!!!

Make sure to tune into Bravo this Sunday, March 29 at 9/8c to watch the Season 2 premiere.  Demetria utilized many of our NY area coterie members for her wedding, so you'll see many familiar faces this season.  We are so proud of our Coterie family!

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Cover Details
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Cover model: Demetria Lucas D'Oyley @abelleinbk
Photography: Keith Cephus @kcephus
Bouquet:  Makini Regal Designs @makiniregaldesigns
Fashion Stylist: Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides @vaingloriousbrides
Venue: Oheka Castle @oheka_castle
Wedding gown:  Yumi Katsura @yumi_katsura_couture
Headpiece: Elisha Caplan @elishacaplan
Hair:  Nikki Nelms @nikkinelms
Makeup: Ashunta Sheriff @ashuntasheriff
Bracelet + earrings:  Happily Ever Borrowed 

 

Thanks to the amazing team that worked on this cover and editorial shoot!  The issue will be on newsstands nationwide on April 14th.  Tune in to Bravo this Sunday, March 29th at 9/8c to watch the season premiere of Blood, Sweat and Heels.  You can also learn more about Demetria on her blog, www.abelleinbrooklyn.com

 
 

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Flashback Fridays | Best Hair Moments at The Grammys http://munaluchibridal.com/style-watch-best-hair-moments-at-the-grammys/ http://munaluchibridal.com/style-watch-best-hair-moments-at-the-grammys/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:22:00 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=83994 shorthair_500x500 Nothing screams lights, cameras, action like the Grammys, an event where stars celebrate their...

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Nothing screams lights, cameras, action like the Grammys, an event where stars celebrate their accomplishments but also, break out their most flamboyant attire and seriously step up their best beauty game. This year’s Grammys was noticeably tame compared to previous years, as celebrities seem to exude effortlessly chic. From barely there nude lips to simple, elegant up-dos the event proved that less is really more. Let’s take a look at some of the top moments down below curated by Dache Hair!

Short & Sweetshorthair_500x500Short hair is definitely on trend this year and if cutting your hair isn’t an option, spice things up with an edgy wig like fashion forward Zendaya Coleman (center). J.Hud (right) sported a jet black pixie cut and completed the look with a vibrant, vampy lip color. Best R&B Album Grammy winner, Toni Braxton (left) stepped on the scene rocking a Hollywood glam haircut.

 

The Bobbob_500x500From tousled to blunt, the bob is a timeless hairstyle that looks great on everyone. Jhene Aiko (left) kept her bob short and sleek for the event while Katy Perry (center) turned heads by adding a vibrant, trendy purple to her bob. Selfie Queen, Kim Kardashian’s (right) textured lob left the blogosphere abuzz with its polished, beachy waves.

 

Long Hair Don't Carelonghair_500x500Queen Bey and Nicki Minaj were definitely ‘feeling themselves’ on the red carpet with long, sleek ‘dos. Beyonce (right) opted for a honey kissed color with Nicki Minaj (center) going for a jet black slightly tousled style. Ciara (left) dazzled with hair brushed to the back for femme fatale fierceness. Effortless chic at its best!

Hot Bunsbun_500x500Rihanna (left) channeled her inner ballerina for the night with minimal makeup and a feminine, simple bun while Ashanti (center) also pulled her hair back to show off her gold smokey eyes. Kat Graham (right) wore a pretty bun to complement her gorgeous Yanina Couture gown.

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What were your favorite beauty moments at this year’s Grammys?

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“Superstar Love” Hollywood Glam E-Session in CA: Ibrahim + Dunnie http://munaluchibridal.com/superstar-love-hollywood-glam-e-session-in-ca-ibrahim-dunnie/ http://munaluchibridal.com/superstar-love-hollywood-glam-e-session-in-ca-ibrahim-dunnie/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:12:37 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=83550 Hollywood_Engagement_Facet_Studio_Dunnie_Onasanya1 Hot couple alert! We are sending our congratulations to Ibrahim and Dunnie. On November...

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Hot couple alert! We are sending our congratulations to Ibrahim and Dunnie. On November 9th, 2013, Ibrahim proposed to Dunnie on the runway of their Facet Fashion Show in front of 500 guests! It was a beautiful moment for the couple who met in 2011 at the checkout line of a Trader Joe's in Los Angeles, CA.  We love these editorial-esque photos by Facet Studio. Read their love story below!

Bride to be: Dunnie Onasanya
Groom to be: Ibrahim Hasan
Engagement Session Location: Beso Restaurant - Hollywood, CA
Wedding  Date: April 5, 2015
Wedding Location: Beverly Hills, CA

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Describe your engagement session. Did you have a theme?

We really wanted our session to represent modern elegance. Beso Resturant in Hollywood was the perfect backdrop for the shoot because of it's beautiful & chic design esthetic. 

What did you do on your first date?

On our first date we had a late dinner at Kitchen 24 in Hollywood where we literally spoke until the sun came up getting to know one another. We shared a pretty instant connection. 

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?

As a couple when we aren't working on production projects together we really enjoy trying out new restaurants together and going to the movies. 

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How has wedding planning been so far?

Great! We are in our last 2 weeks of preparation and couldn't be more excited to share this day with all of our loved ones. At this point it's all about the finishing touches for us. This planning processes as definitely helped us to get event closer as a couple. Our wedding planner Mr. Ronnie Dampier is dedicated to making our day as smooth as possible and we so appreciate him. 

Tell us what your looking forward to most on the wedding day?

We are looking forward to both of our families having the opportunity to meet and connect over the wedding weekend. We are so thrilled my family from East Coast and internationally will be traveling to Beverly Hills to celebrate our love and cultures coming together. 

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Congrats on your upcoming nuptials and we wish you love birds all the best!

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Fuchsia And Black Wedding Inspiration http://munaluchibridal.com/fuchsia-black-wedding-inspiration/ http://munaluchibridal.com/fuchsia-black-wedding-inspiration/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:58:28 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=83590 PF25 If you want a wedding with a bold and vibrant color, fuchsia (hot pink to some)...

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If you want a wedding with a bold and vibrant color, fuchsia (hot pink to some) just may be in your wedding day color palette. Personally, I like fuchsia because of it's boldness and the little "sassiness" about it. When coupled with the color black, the two colors create a striking, yet elegant color combination.  If you're planning an elegant wedding but want just a little bit of sass, then this fuchsia and black wedding inspiration board is just for you. Happy planning!

Fuchsia and Black

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Classic Atlanta Wedding with a Dramatic Flair: Melanie and Cory http://munaluchibridal.com/classic-atlanta-wedding-with-a-dramatic-flair-melanie-and-cory/ http://munaluchibridal.com/classic-atlanta-wedding-with-a-dramatic-flair-melanie-and-cory/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:57:39 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=83006 Sophia_Barrett_Atlanta_Wedding_Melanie_Corey_RW_250 A "work husband" and a "work wife" is how Melanie and Cory were described...

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A "work husband" and a "work wife" is how Melanie and Cory were described by their coworkers. After a few lunch outings and a completed training, the two were inseparable. Four years later, they're tying the knot.  Melanie wanted to wear a gorgeous gown with a sweetheart neckline and free from bling so that "drama" could be added to it from her chosen accessories; her headpiece being her favorite.

With classic touches, a hint of drama, and a serenade by the groom, this classic Atlanta wedding was spectacular and beautifully captured by Sophia Barrett Studios.

Bride’s Name: Melanie Gray
Groom’s Name: Cory Gray
Wedding Date: 10/4/2014
Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA

Quick Facts

Wedding Flowers: The flowers were shades of royal purple, magenta, and hints of red roses
First Dance Song: "Heatwave" - Always and Forever
Favorite Menu Item: Everything was so good but the greens were yummy!
Bridesmaids gifts: Personally monogrammed robes, professional makeup services by a celebrity makeup artist, earrings to wear for the wedding and gold foldable flats to change into after the wedding. I also arranged for manicurist and hairstylist to come to the suite. I wanted my ladies to feel special.
Groomsmen Gifts: The groom gifted the groomsmens' shirts, ties and pocket squares. The groom also gave each groomsman a beverage mug.
 
 
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How They Met

We met during an off-site training program in Atlanta when we both worked for the same company about 4 years ago. We became friends, started going to lunch together often and began dating after we completed the training program. During the training program, other co-workers said I was his work wife and he was my work husband. I guess they must have had some insight because we have been together ever since!

Wedding Style

My wedding dress is strapless with a sweetheart neckline. It is fitted throughout the body of the dress and then flares out with plenty of layers, a chapel length train with lots of drama. I was very adamant about not having any bling on my actual dress. I wanted my dress to be simple and then accessorize my look with beautiful, unique accent pieces. My favorite accessory is my headpiece. I think my headpiece was the perfect touch. I special ordered it from a boutique in New York. When it arrived, I opened the box and said "Perfect!".

Culture

My husband a part of a fraternity. I made sure he had a groom's cake in the colors of his fraternity. His frat brothers surrounded me during the reception and sang their traditional "sweetheart song". My husband got down on his knee during the song, held my hand and sang to me...I loved it!

Most Memorable Moment

Well I have two, the first one was seeing my mother cry as I walked down the aisle. The other special memory was singing and dancing for my new husband with my bridesmaids as my backup dancers. It was so much fun. He had no idea I was going to surprise him by dancing to Beyonce's song "Love on Top". Every time we hear that song now we both smile and remember that night.

Help A Bride Out

My advice is do what makes you happy and don't get confused with what other people think is right. It's your day and your memories to make. Make sure you stay true to what you and your new husband to be will want.

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Vendors
Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture of Atlanta
Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Reception Dress: Custom Designed by Natt Taylor
Reception Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Headpiece: Bridal Styles Boutique
Bride's Hair: Hair by Latise
Makeup: Mimi J
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bel Fiore Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Groom and Groomsmen Shoes: Cole Hann
Wedding Planning Services PMBK Events
Ceremony and Reception: 200 Peachtree, Atlanta, Georgia
Stationery: Papered Wonders
Photography: Sophia Barrett Studios
Videography: Charles Williams
Flowers and Decor: Edge Design Atlanta
Caterer: A Divine Event
Cakes: Cakes by Lameeka
Cake Stand and Topper: Custom made by the bride

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Who says young love doesn't last? Onyi and Onye met in college while attending an African American Student Association meeting at their alma mater, Seton Hall University. When they were introduced by mutual friends, they didn’t know that they would embark on a 5 year journey of love overcoming long distance, personal tragedy, and much more.

Now these college sweethearts are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together. They will be celebrating the resiliency of their love this fall in two amazing ceremonies.  Their traditional Nigerian wedding will be held in Boston, MA, followed by an American church wedding that will be held in New Jersey. Before heading down the aisle, they decided to have an engagement session at two places that were important to them. Shot in the area at which they first met, South New Jersey. Then Carnegie club which has an intimate, sophisticated and romantic feel.  Tayo's Creations captured this charming and sentimental e-session.

Bride to be: Onyi Ngobidi
Groom to be: Onye Chukwuma
Engagement Session Location: South Orange train station, South Orange Library and Carnegie Club
Wedding Date: 11/07/2015
Wedding Location:  Newark, NJ

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How They Met

It was in September of 2008 that I met the love of my life, Onye Chukwuma. We were college students attending an African Student Association meeting at our alma mater, Seton Hall University. As he prepared to graduate in the spring of 2009, I was a junior and captain of Seton Hall’s ASA dance troupe.

Simply mesmerized by his charm, I asked a mutual friend of his and mine, Nana-Ama, to introduce us. During our first conversation, he mentioned returning from Nigeria that year. We are both music buffs, so I asked if he had any from Nigeria that I could use for our next dance routine. We exchanged numbers, but I never used his music!

5 years later, Onye and I are still together and have overcome long distance, personal tragedy, and much more. Now we looking forward to 50 plus years as husband and wife.

The Proposal 
On Saturday, July 19th, 2014, Onye wanted to spend the weekend in the city so he booked us a night at the Ritz Carlton down in Battery Park. Once I got to the hotel, Onye asked that I come up to the suite because he was already checked in. So I did. When I opened the door I was amazed by how beautiful it was. It was so huge and luxurious and the view of Statue of Liberty made it even more grand. Onye stood by the window that overlooked the Statue of Liberty.

He asked that I look through the telescope next to him for a better view of the statue. I did, but couldn’t see anything. I looked up at Onye as he held a small black box in his hand and said "You know I love you right?" I started getting hot and anxious. He then got on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said YES.

The Engagement Session 

We had two different looks and locations. We wanted to shoot where we first met which was South Orange, NJ. We picked the train station because we always commuted into NY for our date nights and my weekend trips to Hoboken where he used to live.

We chose Carnegie Club for our second location because Onye loves hanging out there after work. We also enjoy hanging out at places that allows us to get a little dolled up and intimate. The shoot allows you to see how we’ve evolved from college sweethearts to life partners.

Their First Date

Cliché but our first date was on Valentine's Day. We literally stayed in, ordered takeout, and watched movies. This allowed me to get to know who he really was. Although it was not your typical first date, it was special because Onye made me feel comfortable.

Favorite Thing to do as a Couple

Onye and I are very much into international films - Indian and Nigerian films especially. We enjoy spending quality time together and traveling. First trip together was to Atlanta and we had a blast! We were able to walk around midtown Atlanta and saw some of the city’s famous landmarks. My favorite part of the trip was when we dined at Sundial Restaurant. At 723 feet above, we was able to capture a breathtaking 360 degree panorama view of the Atlanta skyline. We’ve enjoyed trips together as boyfriend and girlfriend. But certainly look forward to traveling all over the world as husband and wife.

Wedding Planning

Planning our wedding has been very eventful. There are two to prepare for: the traditional Nigerian wedding, which will be held in Boston, MA. And American church wedding that will be held in New Jersey. The help and support of both families and our friends has been extremely instrumental in making the planning process possible. For that reason alone, we are forever grateful for the loved ones in our lives.

Looking Forward to the Wedding

I am looking forward to it all. But more specifically, to seeing his reaction as I walk down the aisle. I secretly want to him to cry because that’s how beautiful of a bride I am going to be!

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Vendors

Photography- Tayo's Creations
Videography- WeddingPix
Makeup - Sisi Nike

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Styled Shoot: Spring Romance Inspired Wedding Ideas http://munaluchibridal.com/styled-shoot-spring-romance-inspired-wedding-ideas/ http://munaluchibridal.com/styled-shoot-spring-romance-inspired-wedding-ideas/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:32:17 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=83466 Styled_Shoot_Bird_of_Paradise_Events40 The Pantone Color of the year is a gorgeous Marsala, a darker red brown...

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The Pantone Color of the year is a gorgeous Marsala, a darker red brown . It is easy to envision how this color can compliment fall and winter wedding decor, but today's styled shoot shows how beautifully Marsala can be incorporated into spring and summer decor as well.  Here is what event planner, Tiffanie McCoy, of Bird of Paradise Events shared about the inspiration behind this romantic spring inspired shoot:

"This shoot showcased a true hidden gem in Baltimore City, The Inn at the Colonnade, DoubleTree by Hilton, accenting their beautiful Atrium ballroom with an amazing skylight and chandelier, the grand lobby and the outside patio which can be easily transformed into a stunning ceremony space!

The theme was Love, Fun & Romance at the Colonnade! We wanted this shoot to show special moments between the bride and groom, smiles and laughter...all while capturing every moment and detail of the décor and design.

I created this vision with a creative team of professionals for a "Love, Fun & Romance" intimate wedding. We set out to showcase the blend of blush pinks, with neutral colors, accents of gold, stunning linens, stationery and so much more, then showcasing Marsala in the floral. It was a cold winter day in February but the energy felt like a perfect Spring wedding day. A huge thanks to the team of creative professionals for assisting in this collaboration."

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Vendors

Event Planner/Event Design: Bird of Paradise Events
Photographer: Jerri Marie, Jerri Marie Photographer
Venue: Inn at the Colonnade
Bride Model: Molly Ertel
Groom Model: Jakob Gi
Hair: Jerome Terry, MasterShearz 
Make-Up: Nicole Word-Hughes, Face Purfection Makeup 
Floral designer: Amanda Mahlstedt, Stylish Occasions
Stationery designer: Diesha Reynolds, Devine Designs by Diesha
Cake: Yia Yia's Bakery 
Linens: Gala Gloths
Rentals: Party Plus Tents & Events 
Draping & Lighting: 27 Studios 
Bridal dress by CB Couture available at Amanda Ritchey Bridal and Beauty 
Groom suit: Christopher Schafer Clothier

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Hot Miami Beach E-Session: Angela + Kenneth http://munaluchibridal.com/hot-miami-beach-e-session-angela-kenneth/ http://munaluchibridal.com/hot-miami-beach-e-session-angela-kenneth/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:41:51 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=83433 Miami_Engagement_Session_Cendino_Teme_Photography25 What impresses you the most on a first date? When Angela went on her...

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What impresses you the most on a first date? When Angela went on her first date with Ken, she was impressed with the fact that their first date was inexpensive. That’s right ladies…inexpensive. Angela shares, “Our first date was at a coffee shop. We spent hours sitting there talking about everything you can possibly imagine and it didn't require an expensive south beach dinner. As a financial advisor, I was actually impressed by Ken's prudence with money. A few months later, when we were in a serious relationship, he took me on a date to Paris. He's amazing!”

Now this jet setting couple is planning for a gorgeous wedding in Cancun, Mexico with Beautiful Purpose Events. In celebration, the couple had a hot engagement session in Miami. They did not have a theme, but instead  Cendino Teme Photography captured the couple having fun on the gorgeous Miami beach. We wish this couple all the best on their upcoming nuptials.

Bride to be: a VP at Charles Schwabb
Groom to be: Sales at Samsung
Engagement Session Location: Miami beach and the Wynwood Art District
Wedding Date:  09/26/2015
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The Proposal

We were on a New Year’s cruise in Brazil and he took me to the very top of the ship overlooking the vast ocean underneath the moonlight. He talked about all of the places we had traveled to in the last year and asked me where I wanted to travel to next. He said 2015 was going to be an exciting year. Then he pulled out a small box and asked me what I thought it was and he asked me to marry him. Now we are traveling to Mexico… to get married!!

Engagement Session

Our amazing wedding planner and friend, Renee Jones of Beautiful Purpose Events referred us to our incredible photographer, Cendino Teme. Renee recommended that we do an engagement photoshoot and Ken really wanted to do it at the lighthouse. We had no theme... all we had to do is show up at the beautiful lighthouse on the beach and Cendino took it from there. Renee also recommended a makeup artist, Natasha Gross of NG Makeup Artistry and she did my makeup before we went to the shoot. All of them did such a great job that all we had to d was have fun!

Favorite Thing To Do as a Couple

We both love watching movies and traveling. Now we have two doberman pinscher puppies that we are focusing our attention on.

Wedding Planning

Wedding planning has been absolutely fun and exciting. I think the best decision I made was to hire a wedding planner. I thought about trying to do it myself, but now, I'm so glad I didn't. I hired my good friend, Renee Jones of Beautiful Purpose Events and she has taken so much of my plate. There are so many things I would not have even known and she has so many great connections. She referred me to the best photographer, best makeup artist and does all the planning tasks that aren't much fun. It really allows me to focus on my business and work on the fun pieces of planning the wedding. I'm loving it!

Looking Forward to the Wedding

We are having a wedding "weekend", one of the cool things about doing a destination wedding. We are looking forward to having all of our family and friends in one place for a few days all having fun and enjoying each other. I am looking forward to playing dress up and becoming his wife!

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Vendors
Photography: Cendino Teme Photography
Wedding Planner: Beautiful Purpose Events
Makeup: NG Makeup Artistry - Natasha Gross

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“Love in the City” Fun Brooklyn E-Session: Joelle + Frantz http://munaluchibridal.com/love-in-the-city-fun-brooklyn-e-session-joelle-frantz/ http://munaluchibridal.com/love-in-the-city-fun-brooklyn-e-session-joelle-frantz/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:26:45 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=83212 PierreLouis_DugueJr_Petronella_Photography_DUMBO_Haitian_Joelle_Frantz_engagement_session_Petronella_Photography80_low It was a simple question that began Joelle and Frantz's journey of love.  They...

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It was a simple question that began Joelle and Frantz's journey of love.  They met on June 10th, 2008 at an after work party.  Joelle spotted Frantz at the bar watching a NBA game and shimmied her way next to him. Frantz did not hit her with a corny line, but simply asked "So which team are you rooting for?” That one question opened the door to a world of laughter, joy and love.

After Frantz proposed to Joelle during a romantic cooking class, the couple began excitedly planning for theie summer wedding. One of the first vendors they sought out was a photographer who could truly capture the essence of their personalities and love. Petronella of Petronella Photogaphy was the perfect fit! They headed to their favorite borough, Brooklyn (the Dumbo section), to photograph their playfully fun e-session right before sunset. Joelle shares, "We agreed on a Brooklyn swag/a touch of Haitian flare theme for the session. We wanted to display our Haitian/Brooklyn roots to the world. We had a blast, we laughed, ate Haitians patties and drank Haitians soda throughout the entire session."  You can feel their undeniable chemistry in every photo!

Bride to be: Joelle Pierre Louis- Respiratory Therapist/ Public Health Advocate
Groom to be: Frantz Dugue Jr.-  Sales executive
Engagement Session Location: Brooklyn, NYC (in the Dumbo section)
Wedding Date: 7/5/2015
 
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How They Met

Thank God for summer. June 10th, 2008 was one of the hottest days in NYC; I attended an afterwork party at Level V in the meatpacking district. And as I walked into the venue I spotted my now fiancé Frantz. I thought he was easy on the eyes, but I didn't stop to speak with him because I was hungry and sweaty. So I did I what any Brooklyn girl would have done; I went to bathroom and reapplied my makeup /refresh. But I didn't stop there; I went on and curbed my hunger, and now I was ready to hit the floor. I proceeded to the bar and got a glass of wine and managed to shimey myself right next to him. And next thing I knew he asked in his manly voice, "so which team are you rooting for?” and I responded "Celtics of course!" The NBA the finals (Celtics vs. Lakers) was in full mode at that time of the year.

That one question opened the door to a world of laughter, joy and mostly love. And ever since June 10, 2008 we've talked everyday. All I have to say is Thank God for Basketball.

The Proposal 

So as it is our summer custom to spend an evening in NYC, we decided to take it up a notch and spend the weekend. To ensure we would stay active, we filled the weekend with different activities. The first activity we decided to participate in was a Gelato Making Class that Friday afterwork. After the class we planned dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, then lastly "beverages" at a cocktail bar we've wanted to go to for years.

The plan was to leave immediately after the Gelato class, but in typical Frantz form, he was chatting it up with the chef. Despite my efforts to get Frantz to leave, he continued to chat with the chef and asked the chef to find the cooler he supposedly brought in take our gelato home. As we stood alone in the kitchen, in my typical form I began pestering Frantz with questions and "suggested" that we leave now to get ready for dinner. Frantz told me to relax and asked me a simple question, "Did you have fun today?” Of course I said yes because I love taking cooking classes. He responded that he also had a great time because the class was a bridge that brought together: something I love in taking cooking classes and something he loves with his love of gelato, hence the reason why he thought this was the perfect place to ask me to take the next step in our relationship. As he was uttering the last part of the aforementioned phrase, he was also going to on one knee. At that point I was completely confused and loss my hearing for the next couple of minutes as he shared his feelings about us, our love, me, and spending our lives together. When he pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him, I couldn't speak so I kissed him. Though excited for the kiss, he made sure to ask me whether that was a YES, of which I replied YES! For those 10 mins we were in the kitchen alone, I was so shocked that I only remember the very beginning and end of the proposal. This was the PERFECT proposal me!!!

Describe your engagement session

I must admit I was a bit jumpy prior to the engagement session especially for my fiancé (he’s not really into taking pictures not even selfies) but it turned out great. Surprisingly, my fiancé had so much of a great time that he kept me laughing throughout the entire shoot. All I have to say is Thank you God for a great fiancé, photographer and great weather.

My fiancé and I are not the couple that volunteers for pictures. So when it came down to finding a photographer we were very open to reading blogs, reaching out to our friends for guidance. The one thing that we both knew was that we wanted the experience to be fun and we didn't want the posy pictures. My fiancé really wanted to use a black photographer so I obliged. I started surfing the Internet and stumbled upon 3 black photographers that we really liked. We interviewed 2 out of the 3. During our interview with Petronella (our now photographer), she said one thing that blew our mind she said, "my mission is to celebrate multicultural love." She expressed how she wanted to highlight black love or should I say our love and to show the world that a mature black, god-fearing, professional couple wanted to celebrate their love by tying the knot. Frantz and I didn't think too long about it. We meet her on a Friday and by midweek "WE SAID YES TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER."

Looking Forward to the Wedding

I'm looking forward to Frantz's smile when I walk down the aisle. His smile makes the whole room come alive. I'm particularly looking forward to dancing with my twin sisters since I lost both of my parents to HIV about 20 years ago. Lastly, we are both looking forward to the food and the dancing (my fiancé loves to dance).

Wedding Planning

Wedding planning at the beginning was pretty stressful especially agreeing on a budget. I had a series of emotions. I was sad because my mother wouldn't be able to fluff my wedding dress. Then I moved into the "OMG" series when I started pricing out the different venues. And my fiancé and I certainly bumped head during those 2 months. But on the 3rd month I saw the light with the help of God. I did a lot of praying and my anxiety level undoubtedly subsided.

Now that were are 4 months away till " I Do" I can honesty say that wedding planning is without a doubt a precursor to the many tests that Frantz and I will face as a married couple. I'm just happy that we have God on our side.?

Favorite thing to do as a couple

Find great dessert spots and cocktails lounges around NYC.

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Vendors

Photography: Petronella Photogaphy

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