Munaluchi Bridal Magazine http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:30:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 College Sweethearts Have Romantic E-Session in San Juan http://munaluchibridal.com/college-sweethearts-romantic-e-session-san-juan/ http://munaluchibridal.com/college-sweethearts-romantic-e-session-san-juan/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:41:10 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=70913 puerto_rico_engagement_session_Jesart_photography10123 Love found  Marquette and Jazmyn  their freshman year in college. They became friends when...

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puerto_rico_engagement_session_Jesart_photography10123Love found  Marquette and Jazmyn  their freshman year in college. They became friends when Jazymn, a Spelman student, was paired with Marquette’s roommate during the SpelHouse Brother/Sister exchange. They had an instant chemistry the day they met, but remained friends until their senior year when they decided to make their relationship official.

After years of friendship and dating, Marquette decided to propose in San Francisco overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  He secretly hired a photographer, who approached the couple and asked if they would be willing to model for a silhouette shot he was trying to capture.  They agreed and as they were being photographed, Marquette got down on one knee! Jazymn shares, “I was very surprised and incredibly emotional. We celebrated by attending the Nutcracker, a ballet that Marquette took me to see in Atlanta the night he asked me to be his girlfriend, and then had a small engagement party at my home. The day after he proposed, we traveled to Thailand to celebrate and bring in 2014 together!”

This gorgeous couple is having a destination wedding in Puerto Rico next year, so they decided to do a second engagement shoot there to get their guests excited about the wedding! Their photos by Jesill Ayala of Jesart Photography  are a piece of paradise. Make sure to visit the gallery to see all of their gorgeous shots!

  • Wedding Date: 04/24/2015
  • Wedding Venue: Hacienda Siesta Alegre, San Juan, Puerto
  • E-Session Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Their First Date

We spent a lot of time together as friends before we became romantically involved, and we easily transitioned from being friends to dating, so it’s hard to pinpoint our “first date.” Throughout the years we spent many evenings studying together at Starbucks or the Robert Woodruff Library, but would always end up talking and not getting much work done. One of our more memorable unofficial dates occurred at the end of our junior year. We were both going to study abroad that summer, he in Europe and Africa, and I in Chile, so we decided to get together at a local restaurant to hang out one last time before we embarked on our trips. It was a fun, excitement-filled time, and we spent the following summer sending each other letters across the hemispheres.

Favorite Thing to do as a Couple 

Marquette and I were long distance for a large portion of their relationship; we lived in a combined six different cities from the time we began dating. Over the years we’ve become great at meeting up in new cities and exploring together. We love to travel and have new experiences, but also can’t resist an evening at home with a Redbox movie and a bottle of red wine.

The Engagement Session 

We hail from opposite sides of the United States – his family is from Memphis, Tennessee, and my family is from California – and for that reason we chose to do a destination wedding. We considered getting married abroad, but in the end selected Puerto Rico because it was far enough to be a vacation for our guests, yet close enough such that there were no major travel barriers, like passports, long flights, language issues, or currency changes.

We decided to do our second engagement shoot in Puerto Rico to get people excited for the wedding! We wanted a beach shoot, but were also very attracted to the more formal, black tie engagement shoots – so we opted for both! Our photographer, videographer, and rental company helped turn our vision into a reality and we are incredibly happy with the results!

When we arrived at the beach and saw the photographer, videographer, their assistants, equipment, and all the rentals, I started to get really nervous! We are a laid-back couple, so participating in a production like this was new for us. I was hoping that the beach would be deserted but we ended up in a touristy area with quite a few spectators. Strangers were even taking photos of us during the shoot! Despite our initial nervousness, the team made us feel at ease, and we laughed our way through an amazingly fun shoot!

Wedding Planning 

Planning a destination wedding in Puerto Rico has been great so far! We recently visited to take care of logistics and have the engagement shoot, which was a really fun trip. The hardest part for us has been controlling the guest list!

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Looking Forward to the Wedding 

Being surrounded by our friends and families as we make a lifetime commitment to each other. And the kiss!

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Vendor

Photography: Jesart Photography 

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pink bridesmaids dresses,Maria Demeke and Mark-Andrew Tebong’s nuptials were a true blending and celebration of their heritage and cultures. They met in DC while attending two events being held at a Bar – one for Black Ivy League Alumni and one for Young African Professionals. They caught each other’s eyes from across the bar and the attraction was instant.

When they were planning their summer nuptials,  they knew it would be important to have a wedding that celebrated their multicultural roots! Maria’s family is Ethiopian and Irish-American, and Mark’s family is Cameroonian and British. Maria shares, “We integrated our East and West African cultures as well as our European and American heritage into our nuptials through the food, music and ceremony.” Nadia D Photography beautifully captured the regal ambiance of this gorgeous wedding. Make sure to visit the gallery to see all of their stunning photos.

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Quick Facts

  • Wedding Date: 08/10/2013
  • Wedding Location: Washington, DC
  • Wedding Theme: East Africa meets West Africa in a Royal US Capital Affair
  • Wedding flowers: Pansies and roses
  • Wedding cake flavor: Five layer, fondant pound cake made by Susan Tebong, Mother of the Groom.
  • Favorite item on Wedding Menu: 30 different Ethiopian and Cameroonian dishes
  • First dance song: Ave Maria
  • Bridesmaid’s gifts: Ethiopian purses made by Hana T
  • Groomsmen’s gifts: Engraved Flasks

 

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Wedding Style

For the church and first part of the reception the bride wore a classic A-line ball gown with a tailor made belt. For the second part of their reception, the bride wore a traditional Ethiopian dress with a modern twist. The most striking element of the dress was the traditional hand embroidered tilet cross designed on the back of the dress.

Most Memorable Moment 

Sitting on the church alter, looking out and seeing and feeling all of the love from our family and friends.

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Wedding Advice

Relax and enjoy! Your wedding is one of the few moments in life where your collective family and friends gather to celebrate and support you together– relish it!

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Vendors 

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Jean-Ralph Thurin Fall 2015 Collection http://munaluchibridal.com/jean-ralph-thurin-fall-2015-collection/ http://munaluchibridal.com/jean-ralph-thurin-fall-2015-collection/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:51:42 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=70868 bridal_fashion_jean_ralph_thurin 34 All of the gowns in Jean-Ralph Thurin’s Fall 2015 collection are elegant and timeless....

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All of the gowns in Jean-Ralph Thurin’s Fall 2015 collection are elegant and timeless. When you look at the clean construction and exquisite craftsmanship of each gown you can’t help but think, “This is exactly what Olivia Pope would wear on her wedding day!” The collection is the embodiment of simplistic sophistication and classic glamour.

Designers find inspiration everywhere and the inspiration for Thurin’s latest collection came from a very unexpected place: a Faberge egg exhibit! “After visiting the famed Faberge exhibit in Montreal, and being immediately entranced by the attention to detail and sheer beauty of each egg created by Peter Carl Faberge, Jean-Ralph returned to his studio ready to design a collection, which reflected the spirit of these designs. Intricate details and subtle touches of elegance and sophistication are the benchmark of this season.”

Below we have selected some of our favorite looks, but be sure to check out the gallery to see all of the beautiful gowns in this modern yet timeless collection.

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Plum And Peach Wedding Inspiration http://munaluchibridal.com/plum-peach-wedding-inspiration/ http://munaluchibridal.com/plum-peach-wedding-inspiration/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:16:30 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=69977 Plum14 When looking for wedding inspiration, you can truly get it from just about anywhere....

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When looking for wedding inspiration, you can truly get it from just about anywhere. Today, I happen to be inspired by fruit; the plum and the peach. Although the thermometer says that it’s winter, the calendar says that it’s still fall and plum and peach are beautiful colors for the season. You have the dark, bold color of plum that’s brightened up by the soft peach hue. It’s not a color palette that you may readily think of when planning your wedding, but I’m sure you’ll agree that this plum and peach inspiration board is rich, bold, and vivid. The two colors work very well together. Enjoy!

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Claire Pettibone Fall 2015 Collection “Gothic Angel” http://munaluchibridal.com/claire-pettibone-fall-2015-collection-gothic-angel/ http://munaluchibridal.com/claire-pettibone-fall-2015-collection-gothic-angel/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:45:55 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=70080 finale_02_lo Claire Pettibone never fails to bring ethereal glamour to every one of her bridal...

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Claire Pettibone never fails to bring ethereal glamour to every one of her bridal collections and her Fall 2015 collection is no exception. This year’s gowns feature intricate beaded glass, French lace and silk embroidery all designed to mimic the majestic feel of Gothic cathedrals.  What really sets Pettibone’s gowns apart are the exquisitely designed backs that truly exemplify the marriage of fashion and art.  If you are a bride who is a fan of carefully crafted detailing, this collection will blow you away! Let us know what you think and check out the gallery to view more detail shots!

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Styled Shoot: Vintage Art Deco Glamour http://munaluchibridal.com/art-deco-styled-shoot/ http://munaluchibridal.com/art-deco-styled-shoot/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:40:38 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=70024 art-deco-shoot-prince-photography-munaluchi034 The era of 1920’s continues to provide inspiration for many brides. It was a...

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The era of 1920’s continues to provide inspiration for many brides. It was a time period characterized by advances in fashion, architecture and entertainment. The flapper movement, chic automobiles, night clubs, Art Deco architecture, movies, art and jazz all brought glamour, glitz and unapologetic fun to this time period.  Today’s styled shoot, expertly planned by N-joy Events and beautifully photographed by Prince Photography showcases all of the exquisite elements associated with this luxurious era. We chose a snippet of our favorite shots below. Make sure to visit the gallery to see all of the chic inspiration.

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N-joy Events on the inspiration behind this shoot: “Our inspiration for this shoot was the venue, a 1920’s bank turned wedding and event ballroom. We wanted to feature the amazing architectural details that remained from its Art Deco days, including gorgeous crystal chandeliers, a detailed and geometric door, and an incredible old style bank vault.

We carried over the Art Deco elements into our decor. Touches of gold were everywhere. We featured a champagne and brandy bar, and we flooded the bank vault with candle light. A three piece acoustic band and an antique car gave it a vintage touch.

This shoot was steamy! Our two models, who had never met before that day, really got into their roles as new husband and wife. We really wanted this shoot to showcase some of the intimate moments of a wedding day, which as planners we so rarely see! So many couples rush through the day and spend so much of their time with guests that they barely see each other until they go home exhausted. We wanted to portray some of the private moments bride and grooms can have during their day such as the car ride from the ceremony to reception, a private dining moment, and their first dance.”

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A Yellow Wedding with a Contemporary Flair in Atlanta http://munaluchibridal.com/yellow-wedding-with-a-contemporary-flair-in-atlanta/ http://munaluchibridal.com/yellow-wedding-with-a-contemporary-flair-in-atlanta/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:42:18 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=68504 Collins_Wedding_0037 Sometimes mixing business with pleasure can lead to true love.   Ayana and Savill met...

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Sometimes mixing business with pleasure can lead to true love.   Ayana and Savill met during a business meeting. Ayana was a fitness and aerobics director, and Savill was a sales manager for a fitness company.  Savill was supposed to sell Ayana his company’s newest treadmill, but instead he sold her on the idea of love at first sight. They talked for 15 mins about the treadmill and spent the rest of their meeting discussing their similar interests.

For their first date, Ayana agreed to see an Atlanta Falcons game with Savill and a few of his family members.  Talk about pressure; they had just met and Ayana was already meeting his family.  Luckily, things went well and a week later they went on their first proper date alone.

The couple knew early on in their relationship that they wanted to get married, but they decided not to rush things. When the time was right, Savill pulled off a surprise proposal.  After a round of golf, he casually sent a text to Ayana suggesting they go out to dinner later.  He took her to an elegant restaurant. As always, they had a great conversation, and Ayana thought nothing of it until Savill decided to order desert. When the waiter returned with the desert menu, Savill turned to Ayana and said, “Before I order dessert I want to do something.” He got up, walked around to her side of the table and dropped to one knee. The women at the table next to them started cheering and before Ayana could reply to Savill’s proposal, the ladies responded, “Say yes girl!” After Ayana said, “Yes,” their friends and family came from around the corner of the restaurant to celebrate with them.

Ayana’s dream proposal turned into a dream wedding. The couple went for a contemporary feel for their spring nuptials.  Pops of yellow created a bright and vibrant spring vibe throughout their décor, and black accents brought a touch of chic modernity. It will be impossible not to smile when you look at their stunning photos by  Scobey Photography! (Make sure to view more images of this gorgeous wedding in the gallery!)

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  • Wedding Date: 04/26/2014
  • Wedding Location: W Midtown Hotel Atlanta
  • Wedding Theme: Contemporary
  • Wedding flowers: Round styled bouquet of white peonies, white catleya orchids, white ranunculus, white tulips, soft yellow stock, yellow mokkara orchids, yellow calla lilies and yellow garden roses.
  • Wedding cake flavor: Multiple flavors- strawberry, red velvet & lemon pound cake.
  • Favorite item on Wedding Menu: Coca-Cola Braised Beef
  • First dance song: “Best of Me”- Anthony Hamilton
  • Bridesmaid’s gifts: Their wedding day jewelry and a Nike workout bag.
  • Groomsmen’s gifts: Wedding day accessories.

 

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Wedding Style

My wedding theme was contemporary. My wedding dress was designed by Marissa. It was trumpet style lace dress with and beautiful open back detail. My favorite accessories were the diamond earrings and bracelet my husband gave me as a wedding gift.

Incorporation of Culture

Savill and my parents are who we use as examples for what a marriage based on Godly principles looks like. Collectively they have been married for close to 90 years. I wanted to include them in the ceremony. So before our recessional, our parents came up to the altar and Savill’s brother in law, James Parker led us in a unity prayer. It was a beautiful moment.

Most Memorable Moment

For the both of us, it was seeing each other as I walked down the aisle.

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Wedding Advice

Hire a wedding planner if at all possible. Even if it is just for the wedding day. On your wedding day, you shouldn’t have to worry about any of the details.

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Vendors

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Laid-back Engagement Session in Downtown Memphis: Nykkia + Justin http://munaluchibridal.com/laid-back-engagement-session-downtown-memphis-nykkia-justin/ http://munaluchibridal.com/laid-back-engagement-session-downtown-memphis-nykkia-justin/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:31:07 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=69562 engagement-session-memphis-bel-momento013 Wedding date: 4.25.15 Wedding location: The Columns – Memphis, Tennessee E-session location: Downtown Memphis...

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Wedding date: 4.25.15
Wedding location: The Columns – Memphis, Tennessee
E-session location: Downtown Memphis

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First date?

Our first date was actually a causal meeting. We decided to meet each other after talking on the phone for a couple of weeks. I meet him when he was getting off work one afternoon. We decided to go see a movie and we ended up going out to eat after. We sat and talked all night. It was great to actually see the man that had been on the other end of the phone for those weeks

Favorite thing to do as a couple?

We love traveling together. We enjoy going out of the country as well as loading the car and taking road trips. We plan vacations and also go on “impulse” trips. We have great times exploring new things and relaxing. We can not wait to see the world together as husband and wife!

E-session details…

For our engagement session, we really did not have a theme. I sort of had a look and a feel that I wanted. I told our photographer, Amanda Eval Writesman with Bel Momento Sudios, and she nailed it. She made our session so easy. We had so much fun during our engagement session. By the end of the night, we almost forgot that she was there. We were just that comfortable.

Our shoot was mainly downtown Memphis. I did not want the tradition trolley and Beale Street shots. One day we were going out of town for a marathon with another couple and they actually pointed out this funky piece downtown in front of the Cannon Center. We told Amanda that we wanted to shoot there for sure. Then, we began walking downtown and snapped a few photos at this beautiful fountain. Justin is a firefighter, so we decided to capture a few moments at the Fire Museum and at a local downtown fire station.

We went back to the place where Justin proposed to end the night. That was our first time back since he proposed and I was so excited. We ordered glasses of sauvignon blanc to mimic the glasses he proposed with. Justin was whispering jokes in my ear and we really were able to unwind at the restaurant. We even took pictures with bartender. We had a great time.

Wedding planning thus far…

The wedding planning was been great so far. We started early and we have been able to enjoy our engagement . We also have a great wedding planner, Andria Lewis of Andria Lewis Events. The planning process has been fun and exciting for us. I think we have picked a lot of great vendors that will make our special day fabulous! I do not have a major focus about the process. I am not like most brides being obsessed with the dress, cake, shoes or anything. I just want a beautiful ceremony in the presence of God and our family. And not to mention a gorgeous and banging reception.

This has really been one of the happiest times of my life. My advice to any newly engaged couple would be to start early and take time to enjoy the engagement and each other.

What you’re looking forward to on the wedding day?

I am most looking forward to walking down the aisle and Justin and I seeing each other for the first time. We both are excited about sharing our day with close family and friends.

Vendors

Photography: Bel Momento Photography

 

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Texan Couple brings Music and Pops of Color to E-Session http://munaluchibridal.com/texan-couple-brings-music-pops-color-e-session/ http://munaluchibridal.com/texan-couple-brings-music-pops-color-e-session/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:47:16 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=68365 Lloyd-Candice-Engagement-1176-_-Kristen-Curette-Edit “I was willing to do just about anything to change her last name” were...

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“I was willing to do just about anything to change her last name” were the words spoken by Lloyd Owens about his now fiance Candice Williams when he finally collected his nerves to tell her he’s had a crush on her for at least 10 years!

For Lloyd, it was pretty much love at first sight when he first laid eyes on Candice, but he knew at that moment that there were a million and one reasons why that wasn’t the right time for them. So he watched from afar , seeing her at church and still unable to say anything other than a weak, “Hello.” “Our timing wasn’t right,” he said. Until one day things changed. Lloyd returned home from Atlanta to be back with his family when he had a talk with his mom which inspired him and gave him enough courage to do what he needed to do with Candice.

So one Sunday morning, Lloyd had collected all his nerves and approached Candice. He told her how he’s felt all these years about her and they haven’t looked back since. Lloyd recalls, “It wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it. She was armed with her short list of non-negotiables… and it just went from friendship, to courtship, to engagement”.

It was Mothers day and Lloyd cooked dinner for Candice, her mother, his sister in law as well as his mother. Once dinner was finished everyone gathered in the family room to listen to his son recite a poem he had written in tribute to the mothers. It was after his sons recital that Lloyd grabbed the billboards he created with “Dear Her” poems he had composed for Candice. He read each billboard, tossing them off to the side as he was done until he got to the last three which read, “Will” “You” “Marry Me” with an arrow pointing up at him. With such a beautiful proposal Candice of course said, “Yes!” Lloyd made the most beautiful statement saying “I get to marry my best friend!” which are words every girl dreams of hearing in her lifetime. The happy couple plans to wed on October 19, 2014 and we couldn’t be anymore excited for them!

To capture their very fun E-Session was Kristen Curette Photography. She was able to capture the very essence of this fun loving couple and shot the most beautiful and colorful E-Session ever! The Future Mr. and Mrs. described their E-Session as ” Music Lover meets the best Picnic Ever”. They met with Kristen and they were able to share their story, how they met and their love for music. Kristen shared a couple of her ideas and the rest was history, so adorable, vibrant and fun! “She is so amazing and so easy to work with. Her ideas, direction and ability to turn almost any scene during the shoot into something amazing make her stand out in a crowd…Kristen is so freaking awesome!” said by the Future Mr. and Mrs Owens!

Wedding Venue: Rob Fleming Park, The Woodlands, TX

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First date

Our first date took place at the French Festival held at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston. We left the festival to walk through downtown and ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe. I thought it was really sweet and different because it was a change from the normal dinner and a movie routine. It was really relaxed and gave us time to really just talk, people watch, act silly, and get to know each other better.

Favorite thing to do as a couple

Is there just one… We both love music and water, so if we can find both of those together we’re there. We spend a lot of time in The Woodlands where there are beautiful parks that have ponds and there are frequently concerts happening at The Pavilion. Since we spend so much time in The Woodlands we chose to have the wedding there.

Then there is cooking/eating! Guess you can say we’re in heaven if there’s live music, water, and good food!

How has the wedding planning been so far?

Quite interesting since event planning really isn’t my thing, yet still we chose to be very DIY. There may or may not have been a headache here and there but for the most part its been amazing. Honestly, the whole thing has brought out creative parts of me that I forgot were there. I created the centerpieces for the reception. My fiance designed our invites, wedding website (www.hefoundher.com) and the CD cover for the CD of love songs will be giving out as souvenirs. My fiancé’s really good friend Yadiyda Sandra Oppong, @yadiydasclothing in Atlanta is creating my dress for me as a gift to us! So God has been good to us through this whole process. He has showered us with his provision and favor.

What are you looking forward to the most on your wedding day?

I am looking forward to the sweet, loving, and romantic atmosphere of the small, intimate wedding we are planning. I’m am looking forward to being surrounded by those who support and love us. And I’m looking forward to marrying my best friend!

Vendor

Photography by: Kristen Curette Photography

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Some of the best love stories happen when fate brings two people together after years of separation. Marcia Dixon and Jimond Pugh had grown up in the same church in their hometown of Pensacola, Florida but didn’t see much of each other after their childhood days. Fifteen years later, they reconnected on social media and things quickly went from casual conversations on Facebook to meeting up in person. They soon realized they were destined to be more than friends and a promising relationship sparked.

The Atlanta couple got engaged last October. Jimond surprised Marcia by asking her to marry him in front of family and friends while tailgating at the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Alabama. “He was behaving strangely right before he proposed, and I had no clue what was going on until he was on bended knee,” says the son-to-be bride. “His words were so genuine and heartfelt that I’m sure to remember the entire experience for a lifetime! During our engagement, Jimond has been so thoughtful to give me a personalized card on the fourth of every month as a countdown to our wedding.”

The loving couple kept things casual and romantic in their engagement shoot. With the city as a backdrop , the joyful start to their new journey together is captured in each photo by Todd Baugh Photography.

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Wedding Location: Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia

What the First Date was Like
Our first date was at a tavern near where I lived at the time. Jimond was in town briefly visiting family and I had friends visiting from out of town but we both were able to steal away for a moment. Our first date went smoothly, with both of us feeling a sense of ease around each other. The rest is history!

Favorite Thing to Do as a Couple
Given this very exciting and busy time in our lives right now, Jimond and I enjoy a nice home cooked meal and a movie but traveling is also a favorite pastime of ours. However, saving and planning for a wedding has temporarily decreased travel right now.

The Engagement Session
Our engagement session took place in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia on April 27, 2014. We did not have a specific theme but since our wedding will be held in Atlanta we wanted to be sure to capture the nature of this landmark park and essence of the city which our photographer did beautifully.

How Wedding Planning Has Been
With just under a year to plan, wedding planning has been a fun and overwhelming experience at times. I appreciate thoughtfulness and attention to detail and will try to incorporate those characteristics into our wedding. Jimond and I have learned a lot about each other during this process of engagement and planning a wedding and feel we have grown together as a couple. Having a wedding planner and supportive family and friends has also helped.

What They Look Forward to Most on the Wedding Day
We both look forward to starting our future together as man and wife and are most excited about saying our vows before God, our family and friends. The party planned afterwards is also highly anticipated by the both of us.

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