Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:32:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.13 Modern Brooklyn Rooftop Wedding: Katherine + Kevin http://munaluchibridal.com/modern-brooklyn-rooftop-wedding-katherine-kevin/ http://munaluchibridal.com/modern-brooklyn-rooftop-wedding-katherine-kevin/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:35 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=137403 dreamplanitevents_brooklyntopweddingplanner07-24-2015_wloftwedding_0217 For Katherine and Kevin, a modern vibe with chic details was what they envisioned...

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For Katherine and Kevin, a modern vibe with chic details was what they envisioned for their wedding day. So the perfect backdrop for the wedding of their dreams was a romantic rooftop in Brooklyn.  We love the simplicity of the wedding and how their planner/designer Terrian of Dream Plan It Events incorporated bold reds to make the wedding decor pop.   As a nod to their Jamaican and Bajan heritage, the couple incorporated a steel band during cocktail hour and treated their guests with rum punch and sorrel.  We wish Katherine and Kevin many more years of wedding bliss. Thanks for sharing your love story with us!

Couple:  Katherine + Kevin
Occupations:  Human Resources Manager + Realtor
Wedding date:  July 24, 2015
Wedding location:  Brooklyn

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How they met:   Katherine was an Assistant Manager at a retail drug store and helped train Kevin after his promotion to the same position. The two began as co-workers and then became friends after learning they shared a crude sense of humor. After 4 years of friendship and a couple too many happy hour drink specials one night out with their colleagues, Kevin mustered up the courage to propose to Katherine while they waited in line for the restroom. Kevin got down on one knee to pop the question. Katherine got down on one knee with him to accept. No rings were involved just yet. They soon commenced ring shopping. After seeing what kind of band appealed to Kevin, Katherine discretely purchased one unbeknownst to him and reversed the proposal resulting in Kevin being the first of the two to adorn an engagement ring.

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Incorporating culture:   The bride and groom are of Caribbean descent so the menu consisted of Jamaican and Bajan favorites. A steel band entertained during the cocktail hour while guests treated themselves to popular West Indian beverages like rum punch and sorrel.

Best memories:  "The most memorable moment was saying I DO. Everything melted away at that moment. I stared at my husband and only he and I existed in the world at that moment. Nothing else mattered and then a sudden calm came over me and I was ready to let loose. Leaving the venue and everyone behind at the end of the night was awesome too. I left that place a happily married women."

Best advice from the bride:  "I would advise an engaged couple to get a wedding planner who is versatile and do what works for them and not try to please people. Make it what you want it to be. It's all about you and your partner. No one else matters."

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Event Planner/Designer: Dream Plan It Events
Officiant: Pastor Brenda Nixion
Music: I am DJ Lotus
Photography: Le Image Inc
Florist: Miguel Florist
Hair Stylist: Cocomane
Makeup: Kolor and Kontour
Rentals: Big Dawg Party Rentals
Cake: Jadore Cakes
Caterer: Negril Village

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Organic Garden Wedding Ideas http://munaluchibridal.com/organic-garden-wedding-ideas/ http://munaluchibridal.com/organic-garden-wedding-ideas/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:40:29 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=136931 View More: http://mdesjardinsphoto.pass.us/seven-springs Hello Munaloves! What's not to love about this romantic garden-inspired inspiration shoot we're sharing...

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Hello Munaloves!

What's not to love about this romantic garden-inspired inspiration shoot we're sharing with you today? From the gorgeous model to the lush florals to the simplistic table setting, there's plenty of wedding ideas for your garden wedding.

Inspired by the gorgeous magnolia trees at Seven Springs I knew this would be the perfect backdrop for this styled shoot. The grounds of Seven Springs offered lots of amazing organic elements that we wanted to showcase within the theme of the shoot. And after conceptualizing a bride getting ready during her most intimate moments before her wedding, the Bridal Suite offered the perfect space to capture those moments. With it's soft hues we capitalized on all the suite has to offer. With the romantic shade of blush, and vintage touches exhibited throughout, this shoot will speak to those innermost feelings that one could have on their wedding day. - Written by Sasha, the planner

 

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Vendors
Planning - Sasha, Charming Debonair
Venue - Seven Springs
Photography - Melissa Desjardins Photography
Calligraphy - English Tea Paperie
Makeup - Regan Wolfram MUA
Hair - Talytha Price at Canvas The Salon
Dress - Urban Set Bride
Florist - The Proper Petal
Furniture Rentals - Nathaniel's Unique Events
Cake - Sorby Sweets
Model - Bianca Davis

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Your Wedding Experience is coming to Houston this October! http://munaluchibridal.com/your-wedding-experience-is-coming-to-houston-this-october/ http://munaluchibridal.com/your-wedding-experience-is-coming-to-houston-this-october/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:58:31 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=137140 hou_oct_eblast-2 Hi there!! The David Tutera Your Wedding Experience show is coming back to Houston...

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Hi there!!

The David Tutera Your Wedding Experience show is coming back to Houston this October and we have discounted tickets!

 We are heading to Houston October 9th for the next  Your Wedding Experience bridal show like no other featuring David Tutera on Sunday, October 9, 2016. 

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In our ever popular Girlfriends Lounge, our Houston-area Coterie members will be ready to inspire and delight you with the following:

In addition, there are lots of other treats in store like the Tips and Trends Stage, VIP photo opps with David Tutera, a luxury Fashion show and grand prize giveaways.

EXCLUSIVE: $10 Tickets! Click here to purchase your ticket today.

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MunaMommy: Laid Back Maternity Session by Milton Lawrence Photography http://munaluchibridal.com/munamommy-laid-back-maternity-session-by-milton-lawrence-photography/ http://munaluchibridal.com/munamommy-laid-back-maternity-session-by-milton-lawrence-photography/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:37:03 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=137047 baltimore-maternity-photography-by-milton-lawrence-jr-photographer-5-of-21 Your maternity session doesn't require an elaborate venue, multiple wardrobe changes, and over the...

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Your maternity session doesn't require an elaborate venue, multiple wardrobe changes, and over the top decor (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Sometimes, all you need is good light and an AMAZING photographer.  Today, Ayisatu and James Buremoh share their maternity pictures with us.  These photos were taken just 48 hours before the birth of their son, and captured brilliantly by photographer Milton Lawrence.

"With a golden 6pm sunset I as the photographer suggested that we take advantage of the beautiful spot light peeking through the trees to create memorable portraits that would last a life time." - Milton Lawrence

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Head over to our sister site, MunaMommy for the full feature.

 

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#FlawlessFriday with Sisi Nike: 5 Red Carpet Looks for Brides of Color http://munaluchibridal.com/flawlessfriday-sisi-nike-5-red-carpet-looks-brides-color/ http://munaluchibridal.com/flawlessfriday-sisi-nike-5-red-carpet-looks-brides-color/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:30:43 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com?p=136776&preview_id=136776 Kelly Rowland Oscars 2016 I hear it time and time again, bride after bride, “I want to look...

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I hear it time and time again, bride after bride, “I want to look natural, like myself, but GLAM!” But what exactly is natural glam? Depending on who you ask that question, you may get a different answer whether you ask the bride, her mom, maid of honor or the makeup artist. I shared a few tips on  how to choose your bridal makeup artist before but one of the most important things brides-to-be must do is to make sure you have a very clear conversation on what natural means to you and what that means to your makeup artist! Most artists aim for natural looking makeup in flash photography, some brides just want to look natural in person (there is a difference) and other brides still think that Kim Kardashian’s signature look is natural and “a little” makeup.

The best way to describe Kim Kardashian’s signature go-to look, which I do confess is a good example for the perfect bridal glam, is actually “clean, soft glam”. Brides who want to appear “natural” but still done up should ask for a clean and glamorous makeup look.

What does “clean” mean in the makeup world? Most artists will think neutral tones based on the clients skin complexion like minimal or no blush, nude flesh tone lip shades and neutral eyeshadow. The “soft glam” can be brought to life with a sheer lip gloss, highlighted cheekbones to lift the face, as well as false eyelashes and eyeliner that define and open the eye depending on the eye shape.

 

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Perfect example of clean glam, nude lip with a sultry eye for the brown skin bride with small set eyes that still make a statement.

 

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Clean, luminous skin and nude lip for the bride with almond shaped eyes and a deep crease.

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Yes, brown skin brides can wear color on their lips that are bold and still kissable for her groom!

 

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Dramatic eyes and clean skin with a nude lip! You can still have drama with heavy top and bottom eyeliner and have soft skin that draws attention to the eye for someone with little to no eye crease (slightly hooded eyes). This is not a smokey eye, it’s just thick eyeliner on the top lid but because her eyes are not deep set with a crease, it gives the appearance for black eyeshadow all over the eye lid.

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She pretty much always nails the clean and glamorous look! Laura has amazing features and this is the perfect bridal look for the fair skinned bride who wants something clean, nude lip with full false lashes, and shimmery neutral metallic tones on the eyelid and on the tear duct to brighten the eyes.

And there you have it, red carpet bridal inspiration for every shade!

With love,
Sisi Nike


Sisi Nike is a NY area makeup artist and Beauty Contributor for Munaluchibridal.com. Visit her website at www.sisinike.com and follow her on Instagram at @sisi_nike

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Navy and Gold Inspiration Shoot by Weddings by Lulu http://munaluchibridal.com/navy-gold-inspiration-shoot-weddings-lulu/ http://munaluchibridal.com/navy-gold-inspiration-shoot-weddings-lulu/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:58:42 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=136937 weddings-by-lulu-munaluchi54 Navy blue and gold is not the most common color combination seen in weddings...

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Navy blue and gold is not the most common color combination seen in weddings these days, but we sure love it when this often overlooked color palette is used to perfection. Our Coterie member, Weddings by Lulu, produced a classically beautiful navy and gold inspiration shoot highlighting the beauty in the architecture of the venue, the Board of Trade in New Orleans.

We were inspired by the natural beauty, and impressive architecture of the venue. Our design embraced the clean lines and classic feel, employing crisp white florals and classic gold highlights against a regal backdrop of shimmery navy linens. - Lulu of Weddings by Lulu

To create the ambiance seen in these gorgeous images, Lulu brought on Firefly to build the romantic candlescapes and decor seen throughout the shoot.  Enjoy the feature and make sure to check out more images in the gallery here.

 

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Vendors

Planning & Design | Weddings By lulu
Venue | New Orleans Board of Trade
Candlescape & Decor | Firefly Ambiance
Photography | Nicoll’s Wedding Photography
Floral Design | Erin Steen
Makeup | Faces of Virtue
Hair Styling | Ringletts
Cake | Haydel’s Bakery
Calligraphy & Stationery | Kristen Leigh Lettering & Design
Furniture & Linens | Event Rental
Bridal Gown | Blanc Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses (Screen Siren Gown by Badgley Mischka)| Rent the Runway
Bridal Shoes | Feet First
Tuxedo | John’s Tuxedos
Jewelry | Estylo Jewelry

 

 

 

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Wedding Inspiration from a Graffiti Warehouse http://munaluchibridal.com/wedding-inspiration-graffiti-warehouse/ http://munaluchibridal.com/wedding-inspiration-graffiti-warehouse/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:32:22 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=136585 urbanchic-shoot-clapp-studios89 Happy #weddingwednesday! A graffiti warehouse is the last place you’d think of when it...

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Happy #weddingwednesday!

A graffiti warehouse is the last place you’d think of when it comes to a wedding venue or any wedding inspiration for that matter. But in today’s featured inspiration shoot, planner Ivori Nicole Events put together some urban chic wedding ideas right before our Baltimore Tour stop that you'll love. This all took place ! Enjoy the photos by Clapp Studios and be sure to check out more in the gallery here.

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Vendors
Styled Shoot Designer: Ivori Lipscomb-Warren, Ivori Nicole Events
Cinematographer: Chip Dizard, Chip Dizard Weddings
Photographer: Kenny + Mia Clapp, Clapp Studios
Venue: Graffiti Warehouse
Sugar Artist: Sabrina Hare, Couture Cakes by Sabrina
Stationer: Dionisa Ortiz, Dionisa’s Designs
Make-up Artist: Bonike Olaoye, Face Affairs
Sweetheart Table Décor (linen, china, stemware): Select Event Group
Bride Attire: Bridget Moore, K & B Bridals
Groom Attire: Ashley Ellis, Classic Man Bespoke Clothiers, LLC

Thanks for the video recap, Chip Dizard!

Munaluchi Baltimore Tour Behind the Scenes Styled Shoot Video from Chip Dizard on Vimeo.

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Purple and Gold Vintage Atlanta Wedding: Kristina + Aaron http://munaluchibridal.com/purple-gold-vintage-atlanta-wedding-kristina-aaron/ http://munaluchibridal.com/purple-gold-vintage-atlanta-wedding-kristina-aaron/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:17:24 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=136847 vintage-wedding-atlanta-kristina-munaluchi87 We’ve featured many vintage themed weddings here on Munaluchibridal.com, but today’s featured wedding has...

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We’ve featured many vintage themed weddings here on Munaluchibridal.com, but today’s featured wedding has to be one of the prettiest we’ve seen.  From the purple and gold color palette to Kristina’s finger waved hairstyle, everything was arranged to perfection by the planner, Enraptured Events.  Thanks Kristina and Aaron for sharing your special day with us. We wish you nothing but years of happiness.

Couple:  Kristina and Aaron
Occupations:  Cosmetologist/Barber
Wedding date:  May 29, 2016
Wedding location:  The Payne-Corley House

Quick Facts:

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Personalized keepsake boxes, t-shirts, hangers and jewelry./Personalized hangers and watches of their favorite sports teams.
Favorite item on the menu: Bacon wrapped scallops they were heavenly!
First dance song: Etta James-At Last

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal:  Aaron's mother actually introduced us; she was my aunt's boss and I did her makeup for a couple event. Aaron was in town for his mother's birthday one year; she invited me to her home for dinner and that's where we met for the first time. Aaron proposed to me after two years of dating. I was still in my cosmetology program at the time and he surprised me by coming to my school to propose. I was about to start a service for a guest and he came around the corner with red roses, my family, his mom, my classmates, and instructors. He professed his love for me and asked in front of everyone. It was an unforgettable moment. I never thought he could surprise me because he lived out of state and we had to thoroughly plan in order to spend time together but he definitely did that day.

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Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you? My dress was a champagne, strapless mermaid gown with crystals/beading on the bodice. Shopping was actually much easier than I anticipated. I watched a lot of "Say Yes to the Dress" and thought I was going to be one of those Brides who hated everything. I went with my mother, mother-in-law, matron-of-honor and my daughter. I had a fun experience with them and ended up choosing the third dress I tried on.

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Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more. Only with the music. My family is from Trinidad & Tobago so I definitely had to play some Soca for them.
Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory was the vows Aaron said to my daughter, Kassidy. It was so beautiful and it made me so happy that he included her in our ceremony. It truly showed not just his love for me but for our new family.
Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? My advice is to hire a wedding planner! I started off trying to plan my wedding on my own and quickly became overwhelmed. Planning should be fun and although most grooms are just as excited as we are they don't want to stress about planning either. My planner alleviated my stress so I was able to focus on the important aspects and just enjoy being engaged. I'm so thankful for her expertise. Also, take a moment at the reception to step back and take it all in. It all goes by so fast and I just remember this amazing feeling when I looked around the room at my decor, my guests, and my new husband thinking wow I'm in a fairy tale!

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Wedding dress salon:  Anya Bridal
Wedding dress designer:  
Allure Bridals 
Bridesmaids dresses:  eBay
Bride hair:  Trina at Stlin Crazy Hair Studio/Bride
Makeup:  Nalani Bott
Bridal Party Hair:  Diah
Bridal Party Makeup: Latonya Green  and Nalani Bott
Ceremony location/Reception location:  The Payne-Corley House
photography:  Matt Yung Photography
Videography:  Tony Pombo
Wedding Planner: Lissahn DeVance of Enraptured Events
Florist: Chuck Milne Productions
Cake: The Crafty Cakery
Stationery: (Invitations) Whimsy B Paperie  (Escort Cards) Wedding Sparkles
Mirror decals:  Ten23Designs
DJ: Jaybee of Exquisite Sounds Entertainment
soloist:  Avis Lashawn

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Love Story: Kara + Darryl http://munaluchibridal.com/university-alabama-birmingham-love-story-kara-darryl/ http://munaluchibridal.com/university-alabama-birmingham-love-story-kara-darryl/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:12:12 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=136090 kara-darryl-valiaroseevents-munaluchi12 Darryl visited the Rec Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham more frequently...

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Darryl visited the Rec Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham more frequently than most.  It wasn’t because he needed to use the Rec Center, but because a certain someone that worked at the juice bar had captured his heart.  Kara recalls how her and Darryl would sit and talk about any and everything during her shift, making time fly by.  He would say, "You know you're going to be my girlfriend one day" and she would reply each time with "No, I doubt it." Yet each day, he’d return to keep her company.  After a year of those juice bar visits, Kara still did not express interest in Darryl, and finally he let go.  He stopped frequenting the juice bar, and instantly Kara missed those visit.  So much so that she asked around for his number and reconnected with him.  That was the beginning of their fun, loving relationship that would eventually lead to a huge surprise proposal, and tomorrow, September 17th, will be the start of life as newlyweds!  Read on to learn more about their love story. 

Couple: Kara and Darryl
Occupations: Financial Analyst/ Computer Programmer
Wedding Date: September 17, 2016
Ceremony and reception location: BJCC East Ballroom in Birmingham, AL Engagement photo location(s): Gabrella Manor, Railroad Park, UAB

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The proposal:  "He made me mad that entire day because he came to visit me and I never saw him. I'm like how did you come for me when you've been with everyone else. What I didn't know was he had planned a surprise engagement party and he was busy doing that. So finally at the end of the day, we were in the kitchen and he said it's something I need to tell you and I said I didn't want to know anything he had to say. When I turned around, he was on one knee asking me to marry him. Afterwards, he said he wanted to take me to dinner to celebrate but I had to close my eyes because it was a place we had never been and he wanted it to be a surprise. So after we got there, he walked me inside while my eyes were closed and then everyone said Surprise!! It was a night I'll never forget."

Describe your engagement session: Engagement session took place over a course of 3 days with several outfits. My planner, Joanna Sheppard, assisted with styling, location selection etc. The water front and night scenes were right in the back yard of her home. We were so appreciative of her!

What did you do on your first date? Our first date was at the Movies with his best friend and his girlfriend. It was the day he asked me to be his girlfriend.

What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Ride around in the car and talk/look at houses.

How has wedding planning been so far? Stressful!!!! Would never do it again. But it's much better now since I hired my planner! Joanna got everything under control and its been smooth sailing from here on out : )

What are you looking forward to the most on your wedding day? DJ looking at me as I walk down the aisle.

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Thanks Kara and Darryl for sharing your love story with us! We wish you the best of marriage and a lifetime of happiness.

Vendors:

Planner: ValiaRose Event Design
Photography: DJerome Smedley
Make-up: Precious Harris
Hairstylist: Genile Ingram

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Happy Friday Munafriends! 

What do you get when you mix delectable food, talented vendors, and great music? A showcase that you don't want to miss! Toryn of Exquisite Sounds Entertainment is hosting an awesome showcase next month and we've got all the details! RSVP quickly before space fills up.

Details

Date of showcase: 10/23/2016
Location of showcase: StudioWed Atlanta, 1500 Southland Circle, Suite C, Atlanta, Ga. 30305

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From Exquisite Sounds Entertainment

Conversations with Sound - “The Brunch Edition” is proudly presented by the Entertainment Professionals of Exquisite Sounds Entertainment. Conversations with Sound is our Open House opportunity that lets guests come and converse with one of Atlanta’s Premier Entertainment companies about their special day! We’ll have Food, Drinks, Music and a few special guests, so come out and Let’s Converse!!

Who Should Come: YOU!!! Especially if you’re getting married or planning an event in 2017!! If you’re not getting married or planning something special, but know someone who is, then bring them too!

What will you get: You’ll get to see some of our services live in action, meet our team and learn from some of Atlanta’s Incredible Friendors (It’s a surprise…)

RSVP here. 

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