Munaluchi Bridal Magazine http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:17:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Burnt Orange And Brown Wedding Inspiration http://munaluchibridal.com/burnt-orange-brown-wedding-inspiration/ http://munaluchibridal.com/burnt-orange-brown-wedding-inspiration/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:51:58 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=71889 Ora18 Thanksgiving is a time where we like to gather around with family, friends, and...

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Thanksgiving is a time where we like to gather around with family, friends, and plenty of delicious food. It’s also a time where we see plenty of reds, burgundies, browns, and oranges. The fall is my favorite time of year for the crisp, cool weather. But, the time right around Thanksgiving really brings about the earth tones of burnt orange and brown and all of the smells of the holidays. These colors have also been quite poplar in many fall wedding color palettes. So, for this Thanksgiving, enjoy this vivid burnt orange and brown wedding inspiration board. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Lissahn DeVance is a contributor for Munaluchi Bride Online and owner of Atlanta Wedding Planning company, Enraptured Events.  To keep up with her, follow her on Instagram or Twitter

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The 1920’s was a pivotal time period for women’s fashion. Dresses were more revealing, extremely intricate, and allowed for movement, which translated into a sense of physical and mental liberation. For the Autumn / Winter 2015 season,  Galia Lahav has decided to bring us back to this stunning period with 1920’s inspired wedding gowns. This collection features intricately detailed patterns made of lavish lace and stunning pearls. Metallic Art Deco inspired embellishments add an edgy touch of sparkle and shine. Each form fitting silhouette is elegant yet sensual. This collection is definitely for the bride who isn’t afraid to show her curves.

Visit the gallery to see the full collection, and make sure to take note of the amazing accessories Lahav paired with her designs. They are equally as stunning.

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[Styled Shoot] Glamorous Garden Wedding Inspiration http://munaluchibridal.com/styled-shoot-glamorous-garden-wedding-inspiration/ http://munaluchibridal.com/styled-shoot-glamorous-garden-wedding-inspiration/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:16:56 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=71638 styled_shoot_garden_wedding_inspiration_Ben_Quintanilla_Photography080 Are you a bride who dreams of having a romantic outdoor wedding? Then today’s...

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Are you a bride who dreams of having a romantic outdoor wedding? Then today’s glamorous garden wedding styled shoot is sure to give you plenty of inspiration. Ebony Peoples Events & Design along with a talented group of Dallas wedding professions, mixed unexpected decor elements to create a soft, whimsical garden atmosphere. Peoples-Wordlaw shares, “We selected a color palette that included peach, shades of pink and red, and metallic gold. These colors perfectly complemented the natural outdoor elements in the garden at Marie Gabrielle. Our goal was to include lots of details that were a bit outside of the norm including a farm table, candied apple place cards, and a garden soil ceremony.” 

The photos below by Ben Q. Photography are only a snippet of the gorgeousness featured in this shoot. Be sure to visit the gallery to see more!

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Here is what planner Ebony Peoples-Wordlaw of Ebony Peoples Events & Design had to say about this gorgeous styled shoot:  

“Our Garden Glam styled wedding shoot took place on a perfect spring Dallas day! The husband and wife duo behind Ben Q. Photography were on hand to capture all of the details with film photography! Ducky Bob’s provided our farm table and the elegant gold tabletop dinnerware. The Southern Table did an amazing job with creating our floral decor using lush springtime blooms! The Bee’s Knees designed all of our wedding stationery, including rhinestone embellished invitations. Sugar Bee Sweets created a beautiful floral adorned, iced wedding cake! Binzario provided a jaw-dropping, couture bridal gown with lots of intricate detail. Marilona Makeovers and hairstylist, Ashley Bristo, were on hand to ensure that our bride looked absolutely stunning! Nails by Avonne provided a manicure for our bride complete with a chic, lace overlay! De’Ana Davis and Kelvin Wilson acted as our model bride and groom for the day!”

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“Sex in the City” Themed E-Session in Atlanta http://munaluchibridal.com/sex-city-themed-e-session-atlanta/ http://munaluchibridal.com/sex-city-themed-e-session-atlanta/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:56:25 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=71524 Atlanta_engagement_session_Milanes_Photography001089 “If love is the treasure, laughter is the key” ~ Yakov Smirnoff Sindi and Errol Bennett’s love...

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“If love is the treasure, laughter is the key” ~ Yakov Smirnoff

Sindi and Errol Bennett’s love story started with laughter. Sindi recalls, “Errol and I met while waiting for our cars in valet at the Cheesecake Factory in Buckhead, Atlanta. I started a conversation with him with a slightly inappropriate joke. He laughed and the rest was history.”

After a surprise proposal in front of family and friends, the couple decided to celebrate their engagement with a “Sex and the City” themed photo shoot photographed by Milanes Photography. The beautiful Atlanta Skyline served as a stunning backdrop! View their e-session below and make sure to check out the gallery for more images from their chic shoot.

  • E-Session Location: W Hotel Atlanta Downtown
  • Wedding Venue: KINGPLOW Arts center, Atlanta GA

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The Proposal 

I thought we were going to his company’s Christmas Party at the Ellis Hotel in downtown Atlanta. As I walked into the ballroom, all I could see were my closest family and friends and a million I Phones staring at me screaming “Surprise!!” I looked to my right and Errol was on his knee. I barely heard him ask if I would marry him because everyone was screaming. I just nodded my head YES, because I knew I would agree to whatever he asked me lol. (Even if I couldn’t hear him). We danced the night away and I was glad I was able to share that moment with the most important people in my life.

Their First Date

We met up for dinner at Kiku Japanese Restaurant on Camp Creek.

Favorite Thing To Do as a Couple 

Going on our weekly sushi dates to our favorite restaurant Blue Fin (now Kuroshio Sushi Bar and Grille) . They know our names and what we will order as soon as we sit down. It’s our little “Cheers” LOL

The Engagement Session

We wanted a “Sex and the City” photo shoot with the beautiful Atlanta Skyline. Our AMAZING photographer Cathi Milanes with Milanes Photography recommended that we shoot in the lobby and on the helipad of W Atlanta Downtown. The décor of the lobby and the helipad were perfect. It was fun having the guests of the hotel cheer us on while we took our pictures!!

Wedding Planning 

It has been exciting and stressful at the same time!! I am so thankful for my wedding planner Eliana w/ EllyBEvents. I just do what I’m told, even though it might not be when she wants me to. LOL

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Looking Forward to the Wedding 

Seeing the look on Errol’s face as I’m walking down the aisle.

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Vendor

Photography: Milanes Photography

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Vibrant Yellow and Grey Wedding in North Carolina http://munaluchibridal.com/vibrant-yellow-grey-wedding-north-carolina/ http://munaluchibridal.com/vibrant-yellow-grey-wedding-north-carolina/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:53:12 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=68601 North_Carolina_Weddings_Yellow_Decor_Casey_Hendrickson_Photography_IMG1922_low052 Jinitza and Brenton Daniel’s love story began on May 14, 2006- their graduation day from...

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Jinitza and Brenton Daniel’s love story began on May 14, 2006- their graduation day from UNC Charlotte. As most graduations from universities go, there were several celebrations for all the graduates who had worked hard over the years to achieve their ultimate goal: walking across the stage in front of family and friends to proudly receive their diploma. Jinitza was scheduled for the afternoon ceremony and Brenton was scheduled for the morning. As fate would have it, they just so happened to show up at the same graduation party that evening, and instantly caught each other’s eye. Through life’s tests, career ups and downs, and moving from city to city, they kept in touch and waited for God to bring them together again.

After reconnecting and dating for several years, Brenton decided to propose during a trip to Mexico! Jinitza shares, “We were in Mexico, celebrating the upcoming union of our friends. On our first evening there, Brenton woke me up in the middle of the night and said he wanted to talk. I was a bit annoyed, but he quickly started telling me all the things he wanted for our future and pulled the most beautiful canary yellow diamond ring out of his pocket. I was totally shocked and surprised!”

The couple decided to build the yellow and grey color scheme of their wedding around Jinitza’s gorgeous yellow engagement ring. For the couple, the color yellow signifies unbridled happiness, and you can feel their joy in each photo captured by Casey Hendrickson Photography.  Make sure to visit the gallery to see every moment of their vibrant nuptials.

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Quick Facts

  • Wedding Date: 08/31/2014
  • Wedding Location: Asbury Park Grove, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Wedding flowers: Yellow Calla-lillies & Roses
  • Wedding cake flavor: Butter Cream Vanilla
  • Favorite item on Wedding Menu: Balsamic Glazed Salmon
  • First dance song: “Best of Me”- Anthony Hamilton
  • Bridesmaid’s gifts: Personalized Wine Glasses, Kimono Robes, Reception Shoe, Bridal Jewelry.
  • Groomsmen’s gifts: Customized Fraternity Cufflinks, Color-Coordinated Socks & Bowties.

 

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Wedding Theme

Our theme was built around my canary yellow diamond engagement ring. I adore the color of yellow and the many shades that reflect the sun and happiness.

Wedding Style

Lace, sheath ivory dress. My favorite accessory were my tear drop earrings I purchased from Icing. They were simple, but a true statement piece.

Incorporation of Culture

We played a mixture of Spanish and Reggae music. My family is from Jamaica and Puerto Rico and  family is from Trinidad.

Most Memorable Moment 

Dancing with my father to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire.

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Wedding Advice

Hire a wedding coordinator to help the you the month of the wedding. Also don’t wait to the last minute to get help from your friends and family, so you won’t be overwhelmed towards the time of your wedding date.

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[Styled Shoot] Ethereal Bohemian Wedding Inspiration http://munaluchibridal.com/styled-shoot-ethereal-bohemian-wedding-inspiration/ http://munaluchibridal.com/styled-shoot-ethereal-bohemian-wedding-inspiration/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:50:35 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=70950 styled_shoot_ethereal_romance_boho_bride_kirill_bordon_photography001059 Today’s styled shoot is full of ethereal, bohemian wedding inspiration. Floral crowns and bouquets featuring...

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Today’s styled shoot is full of ethereal, bohemian wedding inspiration. Floral crowns and bouquets featuring a touch of blue, serve as organic statement pieces. There is a simplistic elegance in every shot taken by Kirill Bordon.  The setting, a hidden beach in West Vancouver, Canada, is a stunningly tranquil backdrop, and the chemistry between the models, Nicole and Brendan, is so palpable because they are a real couple! They first met on the film set of Varick Lane – a short horror movie where Brendan was the cinematographer and Nicole was the lead actress! You will truly be inspired by these lovely images, so be sure to visit the gallery to see all gorgeous natural light photos from this amazing shoot.

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The Shoot Planner and Photographer Kirill Bordon shares this about the shoot: “The shoot took place at a hidden beach in West Vancouver with large west coast stones and forest surroundings. This is definitely one of my favorite locations, as the light can be very magical here. It was November and it was quite cold but Nicole was a real trooper : )

We featured gorgeous and elegant gowns from Truvelle, exceptionally beautiful jewelry from local designer Zula Jewelry, hand made bow ties from ExhibitB and unique floral arrangements from Our Little Flower company. These local wedding vendors are bringing you the best bridal inspiration!

I shot the entire session on film and used my Contax 645 camera with a mix of Kodak Portra and Fuji Film.”

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Wedding Planning Advice: Do you have a rain plan? http://munaluchibridal.com/rain-plan/ http://munaluchibridal.com/rain-plan/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:14:37 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=71196 north carolina_weddings_rain_sweet_southern_exposure_munaluchi Outdoor weddings will always be popular amongst brides. Nature provides the perfect backdrop for...

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Outdoor weddings will always be popular amongst brides. Nature provides the perfect backdrop for any ceremony. The problem, however, is Mother Nature. Planning an outdoor wedding months, if not a year in advance means that you’ll need a backup rain plan, as the weather can be so unpredictable. Having a rain plan proves to be essential to the planning of your wedding and something that you should at least plan for, even if you won’t have to use it. When planning your outdoor wedding, here are a few tips you should consider that may assist you with your plans.

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1) Check the Farmer’s Almanac to get an idea of what the weather may be on your chosen wedding date. If the weather is not favorable, try choosing a date based on the almanac’s prediction.

2) When looking for your outdoor wedding venue, look for one that will accommodate a beautiful indoor ceremony as well as the one you’re envisioning outdoors.

3) Look for a venue that may have an overhead structure that can protect you from the rain.

4) Rent a tent to shield you and your guests from the rain. Tents come in various sizes and with our without side panels. With a tent, you can still have the beauty of the scenery of outdoors and still decorate it very beautifully.

5) If rain is suspected and you’re still not ready to move your wedding indoors, provide your guests with umbrellas, just as you would provide a fan shaped program to cool them off in the summer heat.

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When you are planning a wedding, you are able to plan for a number of things that you have control over. With that being said, there are still things that are left to chance. The rain doesn’t have to ruin your special day.  After all,  it’s said to be good luck for it to rain on your wedding day.

Lissahn DeVance is a contributor for Munaluchi Bride Online and owner of Atlanta Wedding Planning company, Enraptured Events.  To keep up with her, follow her on Instagram or Twitter

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Yumi Katsura Fall 2015 Collection “Modern Love” http://munaluchibridal.com/yumi-katsura-fall-2015-collection-modern-love/ http://munaluchibridal.com/yumi-katsura-fall-2015-collection-modern-love/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:06:02 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=71215 Wedding_Dresses_Bridal_Fashion_Yumi_Katsura_fall_2015 0119 Yumi Katsura’s newest collection is a true celebration of femininity. With its sultry silhouettes...

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Yumi Katsura’s newest collection is a true celebration of femininity. With its sultry silhouettes and unique use of soft, romantic lace, Katsura’s gowns are tailored art in motion. Here is what Katsura had to say about her newest collection: “This season the look of bridal lace have been modernized and reimagined in beautiful ways. I love the patterns and the diversity found on lace. Lace in itself is a wearable art form.”

What makes Katsura’s collection even better is that many of her designs come in plus sizes! She creates gowns that are figure flattering no matter your size or shape.

Visit the gallery to see the full collection and to see the back of  Katsura’s dresses, which are just as stunning as the front.

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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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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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