Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:37:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.13 “We are one” – Derrick and Joel’s Stylish Wedding in Atlanta Georgia http://munaluchibridal.com/one-derrick-joels-stylish-wedding-atlanta-georgia/ http://munaluchibridal.com/one-derrick-joels-stylish-wedding-atlanta-georgia/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:06:46 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=140630 derrick-and-joel-wedding_enraptured-events71 Defining moments of bliss are found in the ability to express love for our...

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Defining moments of bliss are found in the ability to express love for our most significant others. The true joy of a relationship is the comfort of knowing that wherever you are in the world, at any given moment on any given day, someone has dedicated themselves to you; navigating through life by guidance of conscientious winds sensitive to your emotional health and well being - and that you have the privilege of reciprocation.

On a seemingly random day of ordinary shopping, the powers that be, gifted Joel with, as he affectionately describes, "a beautiful angel...in real time." It was a mutual gift, for in finding our "angel" we are also an angel found.
After setting aside his fears, Joel made his approach in the parking lot immediately upon exiting the store to realize that Derrick was equally as smitten -  and, "from that night on, our love story began."

In less than two years together Derrick and Joel already knew their relationship was destined for marriage. And on Christmas Eve of 2014, during a holiday road trip to Derrick's hometown, at a posh martini bar, Joel asked Derrick to be his partner for life. It was a moment filled with "surprise, tears of joy and uncontrollable laughter."

Continuing reading all about Derrick and Joel, their stylish Atlanta wedding, and make sure to visit the gallery - so many wonderful images!

Couple: Joel Floyd-Morton & Derrick Floyd-Morton
Occupations: Joel Floyd-Morton - Founder and Owner of English for a Lifetime Language Institute, LLC. Derrick Floyd-Morton - Post Doctoral Scientist.
Wedding date: July 29, 2016
Wedding location: The Piedmont Room, Atlanta, GA

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: Our initial meeting was at Perimeter Mall located in Atlanta, GA. We met on a fall evening on September 27th 2012 in Urban Outfitters. While purchasing a t-shirt, I (Joel) noticed Derrick behind me, waiting to purchase some items.  Upon noticing Derrick, I could not take my eyes off of him. It was like a beautiful angel had caught my eye in real time.  I hurried and paid for my item and quickly exited the store, while looking back three to four times at Derrick. When he exited the store into the parking lot I, exterminating all fear, made my approach (a little creepy, I know). From that night on, our love story began.

As our relationship progressed, Derrick and I seriously entertained the idea of marriage and a life together within a year and a half to two years into our relationship.  As we talked about marriage, the conversation became serious and on a Christmas road trip to Derrick’s hometown in Lexington, Kentucky, I had a plan to ask him to become my partner for life. Derrick had no idea that he would be leaving his hometown engaged.  Moreover, after a snowy day in Kentucky, we journeyed to the Big Blue Martini located in downtown Lexington on Christmas Eve of 2014. It was that night that I made another major move asking Derrick to marry me. The moment was filled with surprise, tears of joy and uncontrollable laughter as his first cousin, Whitney, recorded the whole engagement.

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Wedding Style: Our groomsmen wore black Calvin Kline tuxedos with white handkerchiefs and the groomsmaids wore flowing custom ivory gowns. The gowns were a custom one-shoulder design that each groomsmaid loved.

What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding shopping was exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. As we began to plan, there were so many options to choose from like our save the dates, wedding invitations, and wedding colors.  Joel loves an array of colors, so it was a challenge for us to finally come to an agreement that ivory and gold would be our final colors.  We also knew that we wanted custom tuxedos and it was a bit challenging searching for the right vendor to make them for us.

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What is your best memory from your wedding?  The best memory from our wedding was the sharing of vows in front of our most close family and friends. About a year to the date of our marriage, we were not permitted to legally marry in the state of Georgia and this moment was extremely emotional for both of us as we were able to profess our love for one another amongst those closest to us and our union be recognized by the state of Georgia.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? We encourage engaged couples to stay focused on the bigger picture. It’s best to focus on what you want out of your wedding. Family and friends do matter, but it’s your special day, so do whatever you want so long as you and your partner are happy. We also encourage couples to spend within their means.  It’s easy to get caught up in the image, but never forget you have to live after your special day. We believe that simplicity with style is KEY!  

Gifts: Groomsmaid's gifts - Earrings, bracelets, and make-up. Groomsmen's gifts - Personalized beer mugs for each groomsman and custom sneakers from Creative Recreation shoe company.
Favorite item on menu: Shrimp with thai-chli sauce
First dance song: "We are one" by Ledisi

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Vendors: 

Venue: The Piedmont Room
Planner/Designer - Enraptured Events
Floral Designer: Tulip Blooming Creations
Photographer: Ross Oscar Knight Photography
Wedding Cake: Perfect Wedding Cake
Cake Topper, Ring Bearer Sign, & Decals: Ten23Designs
Estate Table Cartier Chairs: Sweet Seats
DJ: Premier Entertainment Atlanta
Stationery: 1420Dezigns
Grooms' Custom Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse
Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse
Groomsmen T-shirts: Etsy
Custom Sneakers: Creative Recreation Shoe Company
Groomsmaids Dresses: Dessy
Groomaids Robes: Etsy
Custom Aisle Runner: Starry Night Design Studio
Trolley: Georgia Trolley Services
Wedding Hair: Hair by Diah
Wedding Day Makeup: Tiera Hogan

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We are pleased to present our first Makeup Master Class in partnership with Fashion Fair Cosmetics at this year’s Coterie Retreat happening in New Orleans!

Enjoy a private afternoon of cosmetics and conversation. Get personalized attention from the experts. Learn the best techniques based on your eye shape and face shape. No more fumbling trying to find your best foundation match. Get your custom foundation match because you need to be perfect for your event!

Special appearance by Desiree Rogers, Fashion Fair CEO and former Social Secretary to President Barack Obama.

Cost: $20 redeemable against purchases

Times:
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4pm-6pm

Spaces are limited so register early.

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Lavender and Sage – Monique and Larry’s Beautiful Rustic Wedding in Woodbury NJ http://munaluchibridal.com/lavender-sage-monique-larrys-beautiful-rustic-wedding-woodbury-nj/ http://munaluchibridal.com/lavender-sage-monique-larrys-beautiful-rustic-wedding-woodbury-nj/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:15:37 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=140845 monique-and-larry-wedding99 It is often said our futures are written in the stars...composed by the divine...

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It is often said our futures are written in the stars...composed by the divine powers of fate, our destinies lie before us predetermined. That for each of us a soulmate exists, wandering the paths of their individual journey in life until that path crosses our own.
Considering the amount of people in the world, the chances of this meeting seems almost as vast as the endless expanses of space. Though stories like Monique and Larry's, of relationships coming together so comfortably and completely as pieces in a puzzle, certainly keeps me a believer.

Having met online in 2011, one would think it too good to be true that your dating website would discover such a perfect match, but for Monique and Larry this is completely the case. One by one their commonalities continued to reveal that in each other they have found "the one." Enjoying so much of the same entertainment, comforts, and conveniences, they also not only share the same astrological sign, but have birthdays within a day of each other. The relationship of a Cancer & Cancer astrological sign is said to be of the deepest devotion and endlessly loyal. It did not take long after initial email conversations and those first dates for them to realize all of this, and during a "cozy winter night" on Christmas Eve of 2012, unable to wait till his originally planned New Years Eve proposal - Larry asked Monique to be his wife.

Continue reading all about this match made in heaven and their beautiful lavender and sage rustic wedding!

Bride & Groom: Monique & Larry Freeman
Occupations: Bride - Public Relations Manager, Groom - TV & Film Production.
Wedding date: July 19, 2015
Wedding location: Auletto Caterers in Woodbury, NJ

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: Larry and Monique met in the winter of 2011 when they crossed paths on a popular online dating website. It was Larry who made the first move when he noticed that Monique had listed one of his favorite authors, Tananarive Due, as her favorite author on her profile. That wasn’t the only thing the two had in common. They also discovered they both shared the same astrological sign, Cancer. And if that wasn’t enough, they also learned their birthdays were only a day apart. Emails exchanges led to long conversations over the phone and both realized that they had a strong connection. The couple soon met up in person and fell for each other and began dating soon after. On Christmas Eve of 2012, Larry and Monique were enjoying a cozy winter night watching an episode of LOST, one of her favorite TV series that she had recently starting re-watching to introduce Larry to the show. The episode they had been watching coincidentall y involved a character proposing to his girlfriend. After the episode was over, Larry who had been planning to propose to Monique a week later on New Year’s Eve at a party with all of her friends and family to witness it, realized that he couldn’t wait any longer and realized he wanted the proposal to be intimate---just the two of them. And so on that night, he popped the question.

Wedding Style: I wore a 2014 Provonias St. Patrick wedding gown. Wedding shopping for me was a little frustrating in the beginning because I wasn’t sure what type of fit I was looking for. I just knew I wanted something elegant and romantic that wouldn’t be too fussy. I wanted to be able to breathe and actually dance in my dress. And honestly, I wasn’t willing to sacrifice comfort for style. After visiting about four different stores, I found my dress at a small local bridal boutique. It was a lace fit-and-flare that hugged my curves and I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it on. On my wedding day when I looked in the mirror and saw my reflection staring back at me in that dress, I never felt more beautiful. And I knew I had made the right choice.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We didn’t really incorporate any culture into the wedding. But there were a couple of things that we did to make the wedding special and memorable. The first was the wedding date itself. We decided to have the wedding on July 19 to coincide with our birthday weekend. Monique’s birthday is July 17 and Larry’s is July 18. July 19 was also significant because it was the day that Monique’s grandfather passed away. Larry also had a grandmother who had recently passed away. To honor both of them, we had both of our parents come up to the altar and light candles before Larry and I lighted our unity candles. Another special part of the ceremony that was special to us was at the end of the ceremony when we released butterflies. We decided to do this because when we were dating we’d often have picnics in the park and every time we did we’d always have butterflies fly around us. When we released the butterflies it created a funny moment for everyone because it didn’t go as planned. The butterflies were supposed to fly to create a nice photo opp. Instead the butterflies fell on the ground and some of them landed on Larry and I! We couldn’t help but laugh and smile and so did all of our guests. In terms of the wedding theme, both Larry and I are old souls (Larry probably more so than me) so we decided to have a wedding with vintage and rustic elements. Our colors were lavender (my favorite color), sage and cream. We also played up winery elements because our venue had a vintage wine cellar, which was where our cocktail hour was held. We also incorporated a lot of DIY elements in many of our wedding details.

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Larry: Our first dance, going off script during my vows (lol), and our exit (we used sparklers!)
Monique: Exchanging our vows, my sister’s maid-of-honor speech, and having all of our family and friends waving the sparklers as we made our way out the wedding venue.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Be in the moment and enjoy being engaged. Don’t feel like you have to immediately start wedding planning right away. We actually were engaged for a little over two years because we wanted to make sure we could plan it carefully and save for it, as we also ended up purchasing a home together before the wedding. Saving for a wedding and a house at the same time required some sacrifices. Once you start planning, don’t take yourselves or others too seriously. If you do, you will STRESS yourself out. And be true to yourself and don’t compromise on your special day. From the very beginning, Larry and I knew we wanted our wedding to be small and intimate, which meant we only wanted family and close friends there. We stuck to this and kept our guest count under 100. Most importantly, remember the most important thing is actually not the wedding day, but the marriage itself. Another important thing to remember is to take your time finding your vendors and selecting a venue. You want to go with people who you can trust and be yourself around. We were very lucky to work with amazingly talented vendors across the board, some of which became friends! Also make sure you eat breakfast the morning of the wedding because you will be so busy you will probably not have time to eat (lol).

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Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids gifts: Bath robes with each of the bridesmaids’ names engraved, amethyst stud earrings w/ diamond accents, designer travel perfume tubes and handwritten cards. My maid of honor got everything the bridesmaids did plus a diamond necklace and a bottle of her favorite perfume (Chanel). Groomsmen gifts: Handcrafted cigar cases with their names engraved.

Favorite item on the menu: Artisanal Ice cream from Zsa’s bicycle cart

First dance song: “You And I” by John Legend

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Vendors:

Wedding dress designer: St. Patrick by Provonias
Wedding Dress Salon: Dolores Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Lenkoff
Hair: Blush Salon (stylist Rachelle)
Makeup: Celebrity makeup artist Kim Baker
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Auletto Caterers
Photography: Meghan Burke Photography
Videography: Pierre Coleman
Florist: Cook’s Florist
Cake: Termini Brothers Bakery
Rings: Ritani
Wedding Party Accommodations: The Westin, Mount Laurel
Ice Cream: Zsa’s Ice Cream
Invitations: MINTED
Wedding Favors: For Your Party

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“With an Open Heart” – Nicole and James’ Haitian-Themed Wedding in Garner North Carolina http://munaluchibridal.com/open-heart-nicole-james-haitian-themed-wedding-garner-north-carolina/ http://munaluchibridal.com/open-heart-nicole-james-haitian-themed-wedding-garner-north-carolina/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:26:32 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=140527 nicole-and-james-wedding-session-garner-nc70 "With an open heart..." Upon exploring these wonderful wedding images, one quickly discovers the meaning...

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"With an open heart..." Upon exploring these wonderful wedding images, one quickly discovers the meaning of this beautiful sentiment in the loving looks and blissful smiles of Nicole and James on this most special of days. Having met on a blind date, those initial sparks ignited an ember of love uniting Nicole and James in an official relationship one month later. Over four inseparable years that ember burned brighter into the flame of romance that warms their lives - moving James to the grandest gesture of love. After her graduation from college, James threw Nicole a party of celebrating this monumental achievement and, in an act that would certainly make the night even more unforgettable, asked her to spend the rest of her life with him as husband and wife.
Together, as Nicole so elegantly states, "we have learned that love tends to happen when you just step out on faith with no expectations and with an open heart."

Continue exploring Nicole and James' regal and luxurious Haitian-themed wedding, which truly is a "royal affair."

Bride & Groom:  Mrs. Nicole Grace Louis and Mr. James Louis
Occupations: Bride - Lawyer. Groom - Area Manager for a Beverage Company.
Wedding date: September 12, 2015
Wedding location: Grand Marquis Ballroom-- Garner, NC

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: We met on a blind date set up by two of our best friends. One month later, James asked me to be his girlfriend by hiding a note that said, "will you be my girlfriend" on a piece of paper at the bottom of movie theater popcorn. From that moment since, we have been inseparable. Four years later on May 12, 2012, the same day I graduated from NC State, James threw me a graduation party and surprised me with a proposal. All of my family and friends were aware except me. Funny thing is, I thought he had bought me a car because just a week prior he was asking me what type of car I wanted. I guess that was a part of the surprise but I ended up with something even better. We have learned that love tends to happen when you just step out on faith with no expectations and with an open heart. James sees me as his queen and I see him as my king. Hence, the wedding theme of a royal affair also known as "The Louis Affair."

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Wedding Style: My wedding dress was a white ball gown. I’ve always dreamt of having a fairytale wedding since I was a young girl. The first wedding store I went in, I automatically knew that I didn’t want to try on any other type of dress except a ball gown. Though my mother and sisters encouraged me to try on other silhouettes, I knew I couldn’t. The very first ball gown I cried in, it solidified the fact that my dreams were coming true. When I paired my ball gown with a cathedral veil, it was love at first sight.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? My husband is from Haiti and we made sure to incorporate his Haitian culture. We decided to go with Caribbean inspired food such as chicken with rice and beans and mango salsa for one of our meal options. We gave out miniature Haitian flags to be swayed during our first dance song, which was a mix of a Haitian song and an R&B song. We also came out for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Louis waiving a huge Haitian Flag in which my husband wrapped around me as we came out to Haitian carnival music. Throughout the night, our guest enjoyed Haitian music and dancing.

What is your best memory from your wedding? Him: Seeing my beautiful queen walking down the aisle with her dad and thinking she was the most beautiful woman on earth. Her: Being able to have my dad walk me down the aisle. Many didn’t know but my father had just gotten out of the hospital just a week before our wedding from the ICU and we weren’t sure he was going to be able to participate in the wedding.

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What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Hire a wedding planner! If you can’t afford a wedding planner, at least have a friend or family member who can be your go to person. Our wedding planner eased all of our fears. She made sure that we got everything we wanted but also was there to ensure that we weren’t going crazy on our budget. She also wanted to keep our stress at a minimum, which thinking back, we are truly grateful for.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids—Emergency wedding day kit filled with essentials such as hygiene products, medicine, and snacks. Also, the bridesmaids were given turquoise Chinese silk robes. Groomsmen: Crystal Whiskey Glass set with matching glasses.

Favorite item on the menu: Rice and Beans

First dance song: 2 Song Mix of 1) "Share My Life" by Kem and 2) "M’envie di’ou" by Daan Junior

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Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception location: The Grand Marquise Ballroom – Garner, NC
Wedding Planner: Cheylaina Fultz of Creative Purposes by C.Fultz
Photography: Joe Payne Photography
Videography: Shawn Scott of Preeminent Productions
Florist: Creative Touch Events
DJ: Randal Calloway of 360 Elite Entertainment
Emcee: Valonda Calloway of 360 Elite Entertainment
Caterer & Cake: Cake Couture Boutique
Makeup: Krystal Cherry of Roxie Kae
Hair: Lindy of Carmen Carmen Salon
Linens: C.E. Rental
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridesmaids Dresses: Henkaa
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Stationary: Indian Wedding Card

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Today MunaLuchi shines the coterie spotlight on Videographer and Photographer, Ashley Canay. Based out of Tampa, Florida Ashley Canay has been blessed with a unique vision, an eye for detail, and creative instinct. With a degree in Telecommunications and career experience as a television production teacher and graphics coordinator, she brings a knowledgable and well-rounded background to the fields of Videography and Photography.

The beautiful, dream-like ethereal quality of her images, flawless appeal and fluidity of her videos, and overall compositional choices of her work certainly distinguishes Ashley Canay from her peers.

Read all about Ashley in this MunaLuchi coterie-member-spotlight interview while enjoying a portfolio sample of her wonderful work!

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Describe your wedding photography style in 5 words or less:

Fresh, Clean, Airy, Light, Natural

What part of the wedding is your favorite to photograph?

I love shooting the Wedding Prep. I have a fun personality and recognize the gravity of the day so a smile on the bride and groom's faces before they walk down the aisle is my first priority. After that, let the tears start flowing!

What do you shoot - film, digital or both?

I love shooting Digital Photography. 

What keeps you inspired?

Knowing that I have been charged with such a GRAND task of capturing such a momentous occasion inspires me to Be Great! Also seeing other people excel! I always root for my supporters and my Supporters root for me. 

When you're not shooting weddings, what do you like to do?

I love watching movies, that's where I get a lot of my inspiration from. I also Coach a Step Team of High School Girls after school twice a week.

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What advice can you give to couples looking for that perfect photographer?

A photographer or cinematographer can't change their style overnight. Take a gander at their portfolio, if you want Dark and Dramatic, Light and Airy, Crazy and Creative make sure you see that in their content. 

Tell us a location that you'd love to shoot.

I would love to Shoot in Paris. I've never been to Europe or across the Atlantic for that matter. 

Based on your experiences, what would you like every couple to know before their wedding?

Hire a Coordinator and I always tell my brides "The party doesn't start until you walk in!"

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Now - lets switch things up and have a little fun!

What’s in your handbag right now?  I keep everything I need in my Phone Wallet Case. If it can't fit, it's in my car.
iphone, blackberry or android? Team Droid!
Mac or pc? Both
If you could travel to any location right now, where would it be? Somewhere with Pretty Mountains!
Favorite song? book? tv show? I love 90s RnB; The Bible; The Boondocks
Guilty pleasure? Pillsbury Holiday Cookies
Something that recently inspired you? Visiting this 21-acre upscale resort hotel in Orlando. It was absolutely gorgeous and I felt so Blessed to be able to shoot there.

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“Growing Together” – Brittany and Donald’s Beautiful Scenic Wedding in Atlanta Georgia http://munaluchibridal.com/growing-together-brittany-donalds-beautiful-scenic-wedding-atlanta-georgia/ http://munaluchibridal.com/growing-together-brittany-donalds-beautiful-scenic-wedding-atlanta-georgia/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:21:49 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=140415 brittany-and-donald-cook-wedding-lajoy-photography42 "Growing together" is the strength that builds the foundation of every relationship. In all...

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"Growing together" is the strength that builds the foundation of every relationship. In all of us exists the emotional materials necessary to construct a partial bridge to the rest of our lives - completed by the significance we find in each other. For Brittany and Donald, the strength of that foundation grew over ten years of friendship, shared moments, love, caring and understanding - creating a bridge certain to weather any storm.

From college friendship to a scavenger hunt proposal, Brittany and Donald's story is sure to continue adding many more wonderful chapters of life.

Continue reading below to learn all about the incredible scavenger hunt proposal and beautiful scenic wedding in Atlanta Georgia.

Bride & Groom: Brittany Austin & Donald "Ziggy" Cook Jr.
Occupations: Bride - Marriage and Family Therapist. Groom - A&R for Global Management Firm
Wedding date: 10/2/2016
Wedding location: Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club, Atlanta Ga

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: The couple met in 2005. It was Brittany's senior year at Spelman College. They were at a club in Atlanta, Ga and Ziggy walked over to her with the biggest smile. They developed a friendship over the years and started dating in 2010. After growing together for the next 5 years, Ziggy proposed in Montego Bay, Jamaica in September of 2015 while they were on vacation. Ziggy created a scavenger hunt of clues throughout the day leading up to the proposal. He enlisted a flight attendant, hotel staff, Brittany's closest friend and brother to provide her with clues leading to a romantic dinner on their resort. As he proposed at dinner, Ziggy had enlisted another vacationer from the resort to sing "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker. Brittany also walked down the aisle to the same song. Understanding how important family is to Brittany, Ziggy had also prepared a video from Brittany's parents to show her after the proposal giving their blessing. They were on vacation in Paris at the time.

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Wedding Style: My wedding dress was by Pronovias. I wanted a dress that was sleek and sophisticated but sexy. I wanted the dress to be comfortable with a long train. Those were my only must haves! I shopped with my mother, brother and best friend in California over the Christmas holiday. It was a wonderful experience and I really didn't want it to end.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? No we wanted to keep the wedding simple and classic.

What is your best memory from your wedding? Brittany's best memory was walking down the aisle with her father and seeing Ziggy smiling at the alter. Ziggy's best memory from the wedding was sharing his vows. They both also enjoyed hanging out with family and friends at the cigar bar during the reception.

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What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? To make sure you enjoy your day and your family. Don't sweat the small stuff because everything will work out the way it is suppose to. Also, hiring a good wedding planner is a must! Planners help keep the stress at a minimum and keep things organized.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids received monogram robes and matching flip flops. The groomsmen received monogramed flasks.
Favorite item on the menu: Steak & lobster for the bride and groom, crab cake appetizers and the wedding cake!
First dance song: "At Last" by Etta James

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Vendors:

Photographer: LaJoy Hunter
Wedding coordinator: Jan McBee of La Fete Weddings and Events
Wedding cake: Blooming Flour Bakery
Videographer: MSA Entertainment
Stationery: Lisa Zachery at Papered Wonders
Floral & décor: A Divine Event
Caterer: Gabe's Downtown
Wedding Dress: Dress by Pronovias bought at Janene's Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Bradley Mischka, Nordstrom
Groom Tux: Miguel Wilson
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella's Bridesmaids
Groomsmen Tux: Men's Warehouse
Hair: friend of the bride, Amber Cain
Makeup: MiMi J. from The Glamatory
Ceremony & Reception Location: Legacy Lookout at Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club

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“Love Stuck” – Patricia and Obinna’s Elegant Nigerian Themed Wedding in Savannah GA http://munaluchibridal.com/love-stuck-patricia-obinnas-elegant-nigerian-themed-wedding-savannah-ga/ http://munaluchibridal.com/love-stuck-patricia-obinnas-elegant-nigerian-themed-wedding-savannah-ga/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:34:36 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=140367 patricia-and-obi-wedding-lajoy-hunter-photography37 "Love stuck," a perfect term used by Patricia to describe her then-future-husband, Obi's emotional state after...

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"Love stuck," a perfect term used by Patricia to describe her then-future-husband, Obi's emotional state after the evening in which he first laid eyes on her. A few months would go by after this fateful social gathering before they would finally meet again, thanks to the persistent guidance of a mutual friend, who hinted that she had "an admirer." But Patricia wasn't the only one who'd left an impression that first evening, Obi also held a place in her thoughts - Patricia knowing she "would also like to get to know Obi."

It wasn't too long after regularly communicating that Patricia realized in Obi she had "found a gem, someone who only wishes the best" for her, and that as they "grew closer, we knew we would like to spend our lives together" - a reality Obi was certain to bring to fruition. And, during an impromptu trip, on an isolated Island beach, Obi asked Patricia to be his wife.

Continue reading all about their meeting, proposal and elegant Nigerian themed wedding below!

Bride & Groom: Patricia Ihuoma Chimezie & Obinna Okafor
Occupations: Medical doctor & Electrical Engineer
Wedding date: Sept 10, 2016
Wedding location: Savannah Trade Center, Savannah, Georgia

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal: We attended an evening social gathering organized by a mutual friend of ours, Sam. We sat almost next to each other and although we made contribution to the general conversation, did not interact directly to each other. Following that gathering, Obi got love stuck . I received frequent invitations from Sam but was unable to make most of them. A few months later, Sam hinted that I have an admirer and I knew I would also like to get to know Obi. It took a while longer for us to meet again, thanks to persistence from Sam. Obi and I exchanged contacts and started talking. I knew I found a gem, someone who only wishes the best for me, someone who understands that I am less than perfect but accepts me anyway. As we grew closer, we knew we would like to spend our lives together. After getting my father’s permission, Obi planned an impromptu trip to Jekyll Island for the both of us. One of our favorite things to do is take walks on the beach. We both find it relaxing and romantic. Obi found an isolated spot on the beach in Jekyll Island and there, he proposed.

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Wedding Style: My wedding dress was a ball gown with a long train. I wanted to go all out with the dress. I wanted something that makes me feel like a princess and a style of dress that I may never wear again. Wedding shopping was crazy, I am extremely picky and price con opus at the same time. I ended up buying about 4 dresses before settling on one that was custom made for me.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Both of our families are of Nigerian descent. We both wanted to show case our culture during our reception with our music choices, traditional African dance and incorporation of African attires. During the reception, we incorporated "breaking of the kola nut" a traditional ritual used to welcome guests.

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What is your best memory from your wedding?
Our first dance was quite memorable. I saw Obi with his best dancing shoes. This was also the moment that it dawned on me that we are really married.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Planning a wedding can be stressful and rewarding at once. Take it all in, and enjoy the experience. Remember everyone is there to celebrate you. More importantly smile!!! I wish I listened to this advise when it was given to me.

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Vendors:

Photographer: LaJoy Hunter
Event Planners: Matwell Events and Rentals
Bridal Consultant: KEY Events
Decorator/Designer: Victoria Brown
DJ/Band: JayOh
MC: Seyi Brown
Caterer Nigerian Caterer: Chef James Ikon
Videographer: Jonathan Armour at Personal Touch Photography
Officiant: Rev. Eddie Tomberlin. Phone: 912-658-9699
Venue: Contact Cate Cox
Make-up Artist for Bride:Bola Oyeku at Boundless Beauty Makeup
Make-up Artist for Bridal Train: Marie Wallace Make Up. Phone: 912-401-2175
Photobooth: Mr. Marshall Young
Transportation/Limo: Greg Rolf at Southern Comfort Limousine
Wedding & Cocktail Hours Band: Renee Montague
Cake/ Sweets: Mollie Stone
Child Care: Guardian Angels Sitting Service: Erika McGoldrick

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Charming, endearing, enchanting...these are a few of the words that come to mind after reading the love story of this most beautiful couple. Danielle and Adam's first chapters were a few years of coincidental meetings and casual exchanges; Adam 's approach being "flirtatious," and Danielle with a unique "funky style" and "sophistication." It didn't take long for Adam to recognize that Danielle possessed great "substance...style, character, beauty, intelligence, and a personality to match."

On an idyllic spring evening, after vibrant conversation and a brief happy hour, Adam sitting at a table of friends across from Danielle realized that for the first time ever he was completely won over by another person. It was in this moment that grew a "determination to win her heart, no matter the circumstances..."

In a clumsily endearing attempt at demonstrating resourceful bravado, Adam tried to help Danielle construct a bed frame for her new condo only to succeed in breaking the bed post. Danielle "could only smile and laugh at his appologies and explainations." Though he failed to construct her a bed, he continued to build a place in her heart.

Read all about their Danielle and Adam's endearing meeting and proprosal, as well as the stunning luxurious wedding below. Don't forget to watch the videography of their beautiful story, also featured by MunaLuchi Bride Magazine here!

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Bride & Groom: Danielle and Adam Mahone

Occupations: Program Analyst and Associate VP of Services

Wedding date: June 4, 2016

Wedding location: Univ. of MD Memorial Chapel and Riggs Alumni Center

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal:

Danielle's Story:

I knew Adam for nearly 2 years prior to him asking me out to dinner. We always seemed to bump into each other at mutual friends' events and I remember him constantly asking me, "Danielle, why are you single? Where's your man at?" in flirtatious tone and only they way Adam could ask. However, he never asked me out and it wasn't until a Spring Happy Hour at Ulah Bistro in DC that he asked me for my phone number.

Shortly after that, I departed for a trip to South Africa and Adam emailed me every day or so to check on me until I returned home. When I did, he offered to help put my bed together in my new condo. Being as arrogant and as self assured as I've ever witnessed the man, he proceeded to break my bedpost by "miscalculating its weight and size" and let it slam to the floor. As angry as I was at this man, I could only smile and laugh at his apologies and explanations and can honestly say that could've been the end of our story, but it was only the beginning…

Adam's Story:

There was always this tall, beautiful woman with a funky style and headstrong attitude showing up at random functions. We had never really had a substantial conversation other than "hi" and "bye" and my occasionally flirtatious jokes and comments, but Danielle always carried herself with a certain demeanor and sophistication that not all men can appreciate and recognize.

On a beautiful spring evening in 2013, a mutual friend invited me to attend a brief happy hour for drinks and appetizers. As I navigated the District in rush hour, I was greeted by a cheerful "Hey, Adam. You going to Ulah?" When I turned right I saw Danielle who I proceeded to follow until we both parked our cars. As we walked to the restaurant, we held a vibrant conversation, laughed at each other's jokes and in my mind began to confirm that this woman has substance. Not to mention, style, character, beauty, intelligence, and a personality to match.

Later that evening as we drank and conversed with friends, I remember looking across the table at her and for the first time ever saying to myself about a woman and genuinely feeling, "I could stare at this woman forever." And there began my determination to win her heart, no matter the circumstances…

The Proposal (Danielle):

On Friday, May 15, 2015, I planned a private birthday celebration for Adam that included 20 of our closest friends.  To me, it was a celebration in honor of his 35 years on earth, but unbeknownst to me, he had a totally different agenda.

Leading up to the event, no detail was left unchecked, but I was wondering why Adam was so distant and uninvolved.  I also was curious as to why his parents and all of their friends were in the restaurant’s bar and lounge area.

Once the dinner was served, and the birthday toasts were given, the lights went down and an unplanned video appeared on the big screen.  About two minutes into the video it hit me… “He’s about to propose!”  The waterworks started, he got down on one knee, and with Musiq Soulchild playing in the background…  my life changed forever.

The Proposal (Adam):

The proposal video took a lot more effort, research, and assistance than I expected.  Everyone knows how technologically illiterate I can be.  But luckily with a little misdirection and a lot of friend support… the iMovie, audio track, and A/V system at Sobe performed exceptionally.

I received the most special gift a man can ever receive that night.  A woman who respects, loves, and understands me.  This woman is honored to spend the rest of her life with me and I couldn’t have asked for a better present on my 35th birthday.

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Wedding Style:

I actually wore two dresses, one for the reception and one for the ceremony.  The idea of having two dresses was a little extravagant, but I knew that I wanted a mermaid styled dress.  However, I couldn’t dismiss the idea of always envisioning myself on my wedding day, walking down the aisle, with a princess ball gown.  My now sister-in-law, and one of my friends, traveled with me to Kleinfeld’s sample sale in New York to go wedding dress shopping.  The experience was so much fun.  Ellie, from Say Yes to the Dress was my consultant.  I walked back and forth down the hall in a variety of dresses and everyone from the staff to customers were complimenting me, giving their opinions, and encouraging me to make a selection.  10 dresses, and after 2 hours later, I was stuck deciding between a white Tony Ward ball gown and a champagne colored Danielle Caprese (namesake!) mermaid gown.  Both gowns fit perfectly! I called my mother who was in the Dominican Republic at the time, and asked her what to do because a girl needs her mother on this day.  My mother convinced me that my wedding day only comes once in a lifetime and told me to just get both! So I headed on a train back to Washington, DC with two dresses in-hand.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? 

Our wedding was a Harlem Renaissance-themed wedding.  We appreciate the culture and the history of the 1920s era so we tried to incorporate that into our design and décor.  For example, we included ostrich feathers in florals, sequin and bling, and art deco lettering and colors (black, gold, and ivory).  Instead of table numbers, we labeled our tables after famous Harlem Renaissance actors, poets, and musicians.  We wanted to give our guests a Cotton Club vibe.

What is your best memory from your wedding?

One of the best memories of our wedding is the first dance.  While dancing to Luther Vandross, So Amazing, reality hit us that we were finally married.  After a year of planning, the wedding day was finally here.  We just kept saying to one another, “We really did it, we really did this.”  Another would be our awesome caricature artists!

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What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?

I would recommend that couples really sit down and draft a concrete budget.  If you find yourself splurging in one area, don’t increase your budget, make a sacrifice some place else.  I would also suggest that brides convince grooms to spend at least 20% of their budget on photography and videography because once the wedding day is over, memories are all you will have.  Hindsight is always 20/20.  Finally, I would encourage couples to really prioritize their wants.  Consider what’s important and devise ways where you can save money.  For example, if you have a photo booth at the reception then you do not need to do wedding favors.  The pictures are the favors.  Also, a lot of couples waste money on open bar.  Venues want you to pay $14 or more per person for the duration of your reception when in reality, everyone will not opt for an alcoholic drink.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: For Bridesmaids- robes, necklaces that they wore on the day of, tote bags, personalized hangers and hair and makeup for the day of.  Groomsmen received- personalized etched growlers and cigars.
Favorite item on the menu: Everything!
First dance song: "So Amazing" by Luther Vandross

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Vendors:

Bridal Gowns: Kleinfield Bridal - Tony Ward and Danielle Caprese
Florals: Davinci's Florist and Travis Gabriel Floral Designs
Weddings Stationery: Alexandria Lindo
Invitations: Blush Events Boutique
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Reception Venue: Samuel Riggs Alumni Center
Ceremony Venue: Univ. of MD Memorial Chapel
Hair: Nicole Whalen (@alldolledup) All Dolled Up Salon
Makeup: Nadia Mercado (@Nadiamercado.mua)
Groom’s Tux: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Second Tuxedo Jacket: Enzo Custom
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groomsmen Tux: Vera Wang
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Photography: Natarsha Wright Photography
Videographer: Chip Dizard
Wedding Planner: Jayne Heir Weddings
Photobooth: Charm City Photo Booth
Caricature Artists: About Faces Entertainment
Cellist: Benjamin Gates

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MunaMommy: The Babb Family at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico http://munaluchibridal.com/munamommy-the-babb-family-at-white-sands-national-monument-new-mexico/ http://munaluchibridal.com/munamommy-the-babb-family-at-white-sands-national-monument-new-mexico/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:32:36 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=140017 the_babb_family_ashley_gonzales_photography7 Family is the constellation from which we navigate the deserts of life. Guided by the...

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Family is the constellation from which we navigate the deserts of life. Guided by the light of each other, our paths are illuminated with love, hope, and the memories of time spent together. These sentiments are certainly clear in the bright eyes and blissful smiles of the Babb family – bringing the red carpet to the desert in this beautiful family photo session.

Read all about their photo session experience and reflections on family life on MunaMommy.com.

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photos: Ashley Marie Photography

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