Munaluchi Bride http://munaluchibridal.com #1 chic and stylish magazine catering to brides of color. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:10:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.18 Melissa and Anwar’s Vintage Hollywood-Glam Wedding in the Bahamas http://munaluchibridal.com/melissa-anwars-vintage-hollywood-glam-wedding-bahamas/ http://munaluchibridal.com/melissa-anwars-vintage-hollywood-glam-wedding-bahamas/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:00:34 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=157047 Melissa_and_Anwar154 Melissa and Anwar's love story began in Nova Scotia while the two were students...

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Melissa and Anwar's love story began in Nova Scotia while the two were students of accounting. During a visit to his cousin, Anwar was introduced to her friend, Melissa. "Anwar was instantly smitten." They would remain acquaintances for some time before creating a friendship that "blossomed into unconditional love." A love that on February 25th in Nassau would lead them down the aisle to become husband and wife in a beautiful cathedral wedding with a vintage Hollywood-glam themed reception.

Read all about Melissa & Anwar's love story, intimate balcony proposal, and experiences in their beautiful Bahamas wedding - perfectly captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Stanley Babb of Stanlo Photography.


Bride & Groom: Melissa & Anwar
Occupations: Accountants
Wedding date: February 25, 2017
Wedding location: Nassau, Bahamas

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. The pair met in Nova Scotia, Canada while both students studied accounting. During Anwar’s visit with his cousin (who attended a separate university), Anwar met the beautiful Melissa who just so happened to be her friend and college mate. The pair exchanged a simple glance, accompanied with a friendly "hello" and Anwar was instantly smitten. The couple ‘met’ a number of times over the years but the meeting that mattered most was…the Heineken bus! As Anwar would put it in the words of Beres Hammond “what one dance can do.” After years of distant glances and suggestive comments Melissa finally came to her senses and started looking at Anwar the same way he had been looking at her all along. Over time they grew stronger in their bond and slowly their friendship blossomed into unconditional love. After an amazing 3 year courtship and much discussion regarding their future; the couple knew they were destined to be together forever. Anwar began to speak with close family and friends regarding his desire to marry Melissa, and later requested her parents’ permission for her hand in marriage. Following their blessing - Anwar was ready. Knowing the importance Melissa placed on loved ones and close friends, he opted to propose during her family's Easter Sunday brunch at Island House in Nassau, Bahamas. With a breath-taking, balcony view as his backdrop, and friends hidden away in the restaurant, Anwar got down on one knee and surprised Melissa with the most beautiful diamond ring. And of course she said yes!

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What was wedding shopping like for you? I visited Kleinfeld Bridal in NY but did not find anything within my budget that I liked. On my layover back to Nassau I stopped in Florida, went into Happy Bride Couture haphazardly, tried on two dresses and chose the second one which was a 2016 Kittychen dress and made a deposit. A few weeks later Kittychen had released their 2017 line and I fell in love with their Ivana dress in ivory and champagne. I immediately contacted the retailer and she in turn contacted the designer to make a special order for the 2017 Ivana dress that had not even been shown to the trunk show at the time. Luckily they granted my wish and I was able to collect my dress one month before the wedding without having seen it in person!

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We had an Old Hollywood Glam theme so our décor and entertainment was reminiscent of that with our live jazz band during the cocktail hour and much more.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids gifts were monogrammed robes, personalized wine glasses, a bottle of their favourite wine, and sandals for the reception. Groomsmen gifts were a part of their attire- personalized socks, lapel flower pins, suspenders and whiskey.
Favorite item on the menu: Conch lollipops
First dance song: "Fools Rush In" by Haley Reinhart

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Our first dance!

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Stick to your budget and do exactly what you want to do. After the day is gone you want to be able to look back and say you did it your way and it was worth it all.

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Vendors:
Wedding dress designer – KittyChen Couture
Wedding dress salon – Happy Bride Couture
Bridesmaids dresses – Mori Lee
Makeup Artistry – Fab Faces Makeup Artistry
Hair Styling – Aline at Waves Hair Studio
Shoes – Aminah Abdul Jillil
Ceremony location - St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Reception location – Ocean West Boutique Hotel
Photography – Stanlo Photography
videography – King of Hearts Media
Wedding Coordinator – Elana Walker
Florist – Kim Bastian
Cake - Sugar Euphoria
Stationery – Creative Weddings
Event designer – Victorine at Bahama Fantasies
Caterer – Hans Moncur at Six Stars Catering
Band – Anja Bowe
DJ – Dj Tank
MC – Osvon Pratt
Transportation – Ultimate Limousine
Beverages – Burns House

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Elegant Glamour – NOLA Inspired Styled Shoot by Sensational Soirees http://munaluchibridal.com/elegant-glamour-nola-inspired-styled-shoot-sensational-soirees/ http://munaluchibridal.com/elegant-glamour-nola-inspired-styled-shoot-sensational-soirees/#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:00:16 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=156478 Sensational Soirees Styled Shoot2 New Orleans...a city of rich, vibrant culture; distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, Cajun...

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New Orleans...a city of rich, vibrant culture; distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, Cajun cuisine, Jazz music & Second Line marching bands, Mardi Gras and much more - a place of great inspiration. In this beautiful and sophisticated styled shoot, MunaLuchi Coterie member Shalyce Tyson of Sensational Soirees drew on the inspiration of the historic city - elegantly incorporating details that reflect it's rich culture into a styled shoot composition of chic luxury.

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New Orleans is full of inspiration, and I breathed so much of it in while traveling to this charming city for the Inspire Design Workshop. I was drawn to the many quaint shops that housed tons of beautiful chandeliers, which solidified that I wanted my shoot to have a very glamorous feel.
I opted for details that would reflect elegance and pay tribute to things that remind me of New Orleans, like feather masks for Mardi Gras. My model Bianca stunned in a white, luxiourous feathery style gown from Pedram Couture, that added the glamour I was going for. In addition, I chose a complimentary, black feathery linen for the tablescape that was absolutely stunning. The elegant marble stationery, crystal candle holders, red blooms on the place settings and more, all worked together cohesively in setting the scene at the beautiful Il Mercato for this glamorous shoot.

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Vendors:
Designer: Shalyce Tyson of Sensational Soirees
Event: Inspire Design Workshop
Photographer: Gabby Chapin Cowsert of G. Chapin Studios
Bouquet: CeCe Designs
Centerpieces: Dawn Hubbard
Bridal Gown: Pedram Couture
Cake: Bittersweet Confections
Stationery: Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design
Beauty: Just Face It, LLC
Model: Bianca Finch of Launch Model & Talent
Venue: Il Mercato
Furniture & Linens: Event Rental
Calligraphy: Melissa Benhoff

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Alicia and Arthur’s Intimate and Stylish Engagement in North Carolina http://munaluchibridal.com/alicia-arthurs-intimate-stylish-engagement-north-carolina/ http://munaluchibridal.com/alicia-arthurs-intimate-stylish-engagement-north-carolina/#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:58 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=157018 IMG_9726.jpg At the recommendation of a friend, Alicia, apprehensive at first, decided to create a...

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At the recommendation of a friend, Alicia, apprehensive at first, decided to create a Tinder account and explore it's options. It would be on this platform that Alicia and AJ would swipe right into each other's hearts, and a week after their initial encounter, a dessert bar would be the setting of the first date. An unforgettable evening in which Alicia remembers "getting lost in wonderful conversation...It was by far the best first date I had ever experienced and it left me smiling for hours after.."

Read all about Alicia & Arthur's love story, sweet and endearing surprise proposal, and wedding aspirations.
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Bride & Groom-to-be: Alicia & Arthur Jones (AJ)
Occupations: IT Recruiter & Logistics
Wedding date: November 11, 2017
Wedding location: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - Charlotte, NC
Location of Engagement shoot: Midtown Park in Charlotte, NC and Element Uptown Apartments in Charlotte, NC

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. In the summer of 2014, Alicia's best friend convinced her to download the popular dating app, Tinder. She was hesitant at first from several stories that she had heard from friends, but she decided that it would be harmless, so she gave it a shot. Soon after she downloaded the app, she came across AJ Jones. He messaged her on June 16th 2014, saying 'You have a great smile, Ms. Alicia." The rest, as they say, was history!
Fast forward a little over two years: in August 2016, he started coming up with a sneaky plan to propose to Alicia. Little did she know that he would have her involved in setting up her own proposal moment. Her parents had planned a vacation to North Carolina for a week in late October and he decided that it would be the perfect time to propose. A few weeks before her parents came, he said that he wanted to do something special for Alicia's parents since they're always doing nice things for them. Her parents are not very into material gifts, so he had to think of something outside of the box that they would enjoy. One thing they do truly love is taking pictures at every gathering, so he decided to create a scrapbook for them. Throughout the week, Alicia and AJ put together a scrapbook full of memories from the past 2 years including as many of their favorite pictures as they could. AJ was very adamant about making it a countdown of their favorite memories since they had been together. He decided that since Alicia's parents were in town that he would coordinate a dinner so that both families could meet each other while everyone was in North Carolina. On Thursday, October 20th, they met at Alicia's Aunt's house in Mint Hill, North Carolina. AJ's family had come into town from Greensboro, NC. Alicia was under the assumption that everyone was there just to meet each other and spend time together for an evening, but oh was she wrong! AJ went to grab the scrapbook from the car and brought everyone together so that they could see. He started going through each page, counting down from 10 to 1. Once he got to the end of the book, he began telling everyone about why he intentionally left the last page blank. He explained that it was representative of the number 0. He continued by saying that, zero to some people can be seen as an ending but he thought of it more as a beginning. Zero could also be seen as nothingness, but he viewed it as the potential for something to grow. He then said "Personally, zero is significant to the fact that zero is the number of days that I want to spend without this beautiful woman in my life." In that moment, he got down on one knee and popped the question! Alicia was completely caught by surprise and she began to cry, but nodded her head immediately to say "YES!"

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Describe your engagement session. Our theme was centered around showing off parts of Charlotte that we enjoy. We met here and fell in love in Charlotte, so we wanted to showcase some of our favorite things about it. We thought it would be a great idea to utilize some of the more serene outdoor areas (Midtown Park) and also utilize the the Uptown skyline as a beautiful backdrop during sunset. We caught the city lights at a perfect time to truly illuminate our favorite part of Charlotte.

What did you do on your first date? About a week after we first met, AJ asked me out on our first date and took me to a local dessert bar in Charlotte called "Crave." What was originally intended to simply be a short first introduction date turned into a full night of getting lost in wonderful conversation and enjoying each other's company. It was by far the best first date I had ever experienced and it left me smiling for hours after. I was certainly looking forward to seeing him again and what the future could potentially hold.

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? We love to go to concerts together! It would be safe to say that we are "concert junkies." Both of us are huge fans of almost every genre of music and nothing is better than being able to experience our favorite artists perform live together. For Valentine's Day last year, AJ surprised me with tickets to go see my favorite artist, Beyonce. I would have to say that concert, by far, has been our favorite concert-going experience to date!

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How has wedding planning been so far? So far, wedding planning has gone much more smoothly than I initially expected. Thankfully, AJ has been very involved in the entire process and has been more than happy to help so that it takes the pressure off of me, with my busy work schedule. Both of our parents are retired, so they have also been very helpful with a lot of the planning as well. I'm very thankful and lucky to have a great support system during this process.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. There are so many things that we are excited to experience on the big day, but I would have to say the thing we are looking forward to the most is just being able to share that time with family and friends, and make memories that we will look back on for the rest of our lives. Our family and friends have been a huge part of our relationship and are very important to us both, so we truly value the opportunity to share this milestone with them all!

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Vendors:
Makeup Artistry - Briana Nicholson of Dolled Up by Bri
Hair Styling - Devin Raysor of Beyond Extensions by Devin Raysor
Photographer - Chris Bollinger of Bollinger Images

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Christina and Nikita’s Wedding in the Bahamas http://munaluchibridal.com/christina-nikitas-wedding-bahamas/ http://munaluchibridal.com/christina-nikitas-wedding-bahamas/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:00:49 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=156937 ChrisNikWedd-592 Having initially met in the tenth grade and first began dating during the beginning of...

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Having initially met in the tenth grade and first began dating during the beginning of college, over the years Christina and Nikita have developed a relationship founded in love, trust, and support. The plush, light-hue pink and blue bridal party color themes are complimented by the beautiful topical atmosphere of the Bahamas in their lovely Nassau wedding. Some of Christina's most memorable moments include the first dances with her husband and father. And for brides and grooms-to-be she offers the advice of "keep it simple! No matter what happens remember that your love for each other is what brought you to this point."

Read all about Christina & Nikita's love story, sweet surprise proposal, and experiences in their wedding in the Bahamas - featuring the photography of MunaLuchi Coterie member Leo Creary of Legacy of Love.
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Bride & Groom: Christina & Nikita
Occupations: Visual Artist/Graphic Designer & Architect
Wedding date: July 1st 2017
Wedding location: Luciano's of Chicago: Nassau, Bahamas

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met in the 10th grade at Temple Christian High School and started dating the 1st semester of college. Nikita proposed by taking me to New York (my favorite city) for the Memorial Day weekend. He created a scavenger hunt that led to the MOMA Art Gallery (my favorite gallery). My sister who I had not seen in months popped out of no where and I was in so much shock that I did not understand what was going on when I turned around and saw that Nikita was down on one knee. That was when he asked me to marry him.

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What was wedding shopping like for you? It was quite easy I already knew the style I wanted and what works for my body type. I always loved the mermaid dress style so when I went into David's Bridal I collected a few mermaid styles with some ball gown dresses. I tried on about four dresses and the first dress won.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Yes, we incorporated Junkanoo. Junkanoo is a one of a kind representation of Bahamian music, dance, and costume.

Favorite item on the menu: Conch Chowder
First dance song: "Turning page" by Sleeping at Last

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What is your best memory from your wedding? That's a tough question. I think it was the first dances with my husband and my father. I was quite nervous while doing both but in that moment I felt so secure and overwhelmed with joy.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Keep it simple! No matter what happens remember that your love for each other is what brought you to this point. It may be stressful at some points but it will all be worth it in the end!

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Vendors:
Bride and bridesmaids dresses: Davids' Bridal
Groom's suit: Kedar in Style
Groomsmen suit: Fine Threads
Wedding planner: Five Seasons Events
Makeup: Skulpt by Lincey Carey & D.C. Faces
Hair: Sher's Studio
Ceremony & reception location: Luciano's of Chicago Nassau, Bahamas
Photography: Legacy of Love by Leo Creary
Florist & Wedding Decor: The Wedding Salon Bahamas
Cake: Take a Bite Bahamas
Stationary: Christina Darville Studios
MC: Stephan Lightbourne
DJ: DJ Delli

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Renee and Chavez’s Museum Engagement in Miami http://munaluchibridal.com/renee-chavezs-museum-engagement-miami/ http://munaluchibridal.com/renee-chavezs-museum-engagement-miami/#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:00:06 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=156884 Renee_and_Chavez5 "A Facebook request in January of 2012 sparked a friendship that would last forever...

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"A Facebook request in January of 2012 sparked a friendship that would last forever and an unconditional love that would grow between the two..."
Renee and Chavez's  romantic and classy engagement session takes place at the Vizcaya Museum in Miami. The bride and groom donned sophisticated formalwear and stylish casual outfits on the grounds of the stunning national historic landmark villa.

Read all about Renee & Chavez's love story, romantic proposal and wedding aspirations in their museum engagement - beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Stanlo Photography. View the entire vendor list below and see the complete selected gallery here.


Bride & Groom: Renee & Chavez
Occupations: Teacher & Police Officer
Wedding Location: Renaissance Hotel in Plantation, FL
Engagement Shoot Location: Vizcaya Museum in Miami, FL

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. A Facebook request in January of 2012 sparked a friendship that would last forever and an unconditional love that would grow between the two. Social media brought Chavez and I together and we have spoken everyday since. Literally.
After about five years of dating Chavez decided to propose. I was completely caught off guard. At the time Chavez had recently tore his achilles tendon with his leg in a cast. I was told by my best friends that a modeling agent wanted to meet me, but before we went to meet the agent, we had to make a pit stop at my parent's house to pick up my best friend. I unlocked the door, turned the corner and there he was...on one knee surrounded by rose petals and candles. Soft music played in the background. I was so in shock I had not even noticed the crowd of family and friends gathered in the background. I was zeroed in on Chavez, my boyfriend, now fiance, soon to be husband, down on one knee with his leg in a cast. The love of my life. A love so selfless, so pure.

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Describe your engagement session. Our shoot did not really have a theme. I just wanted a romantic classy look!

What did you do for your first date? Funny, our first date was at Ihop. At the time I was obsessed with Ihop!

Favorite Thing to do as a Couple? Eat! My fiance and I love to try different restaurants.

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How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning has been quite the experience so far. From budget to different opinions. Everything can become overwhelming, however as we get closer to getting married I am more confident. If my budget doesn't allow for something that I want but do not need then I can do without. And as for opinions, I can do without all outside opinions on OUR wedding.

Tell us what your looking forward to most on the wedding day. I am most looking forward to the ceremony. God's presence will definitely be felt as my fiance and I become one! The emotion I will feel that day is unfathomable!

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Vendors:
Photographer - Stanlo Photography
Makeup - @BeautyAmazonMua
Hair - @HairAddictInc

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Pharah and Graham’s Intimate and Elegant Wedding at the Waterfall http://munaluchibridal.com/pharah-grahams-intimate-elegant-wedding-waterfall/ http://munaluchibridal.com/pharah-grahams-intimate-elegant-wedding-waterfall/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:00:35 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=156777 Sheronda_Seawright_Photography (93) Pharah and Graham's love story began in 2005 when they first met at Clarion...

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Pharah and Graham's love story began in 2005 when they first met at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Fast forward to Philadelphia 2014 where Graham would ask Pharah to live with him forever as husband and wife...over the course of those nine years the couple developed the foundation of their love with trust, support, caring and understanding.
Looking back on their wedding day a most memorable moment is of Pharah being walked towards her soon-to-be-husband by her loving father who struggled to hold back his tears... Pharah's advice for brides and grooms-to-be is to "plan ahead of time and do not wait until the last minute..."

Read all about Pharah & Graham's intimate and elegant wedding at the Waterfall - beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Sheronda Seawright of Sheronda Seawright PhotographySee the entire vendor below and view the complete selected gallery here.


Bride & Groom: Pharah & Graham
Occupations: Psychiatric Technician & Securities Based Lender
Wedding date: 4/30/2017
Wedding location: The Waterfall (Claymont, DE)

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Graham and I met at Clarion University of Pennsylvania through a mutual friend in 2005. Graham proposed a month before my birthday at Morton's Steakhouse in Philadelphia in 2014!

What was wedding shopping like for you? My wedding dress was a combination of modern and elegant. Wedding shopping for me was not as stressful as I thought it would be. I found the perfect dress at the 3rd establishment I visited.

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Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Our wedding was traditional. Outside of the Caribbean station at the cocktail hour (which we did not get a chance to enjoy) there was not any additional cultural flair to the ceremony.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids - Robes/Personalized Hangers/Earrings/Makeup. Groomsmen - Accessories (Suspenders, socks, cufflinks).
Favorite item on the menu: New York Steak
First dance song: "Fortunate" by Maxwell

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What is your best memory from your wedding? Pharah: "Graham’s moves when removing my garter; he has moves like Jagger!"
Graham: "Watching Pharah walking the aisle with her father who was trying his best to hold back tears..."

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Plan ahead of time and do not wait until the last minute. Also take care of yourself; do not stress out!

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Vendors:
Wedding dress designer: Eve of Milady
Wedding dress salon: L & H Bridal 
Bridesmaids dresses: Designers: Da Vinci / Impression
Hair: Nadahandz Lounge
Makeup: Complete Turnaround MUA
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony location: The Waterfall (Claymont, DE)
Reception location: The Waterfall (Claymont, DE)
Photography: Sheronda Seawright Photography 
Photo booth: Instaglamour Photobooth
Videography: LoveStruck Pictures
Wedding planner: Pharah Nkanza
Florist: Prestigious Petals
Cake: Desserts by Dana
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Magnet Street
Event designer: Pharah Nkanza
DJ: DJ Zimo
Tuxedos: 4J Couture
Transportation: Ace Limousine
Officiant: Terri Swadey

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Initially meeting through friends, Adara and Jabon would find themselves always "running into each other." After numerous "chance" encounters they decided perhaps it was something more than serendipity bringing them together and began to get to know each other. After months of building a friendship they went out on their first date to a location that would come to hold even more significance as it would be the very place of their engagement...

Read all about Adar & Jabon's love story, intimate and sentimental proposal, and experiences in their beautiful ballroom wedding in Connecticut.
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Bride & Groom: Adara & Jabon
Occuptations: Probation Officer & Financial Trainer
Wedding date: 11/11/16
Wedding location: Trumbull Marriott Ballroom. Trunbull, CT.

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met through mutual friends. We kept running into each other. Eventually we started speaking over the phone and built a friendship. A few months into us speaking we had our first date at Starbucks and it's been our favorite date spot ever since.
Jabon proposed on 11/11/15. We decided to go on a date to the Starbucks where we had our first date. We hadn't been to that particular Starbucks in over a year. It still didn't seem suspicious to me. We ordered our usual lattes (him chai and me green tea) and sat there chatting like we did on that first date there 4 years ago. Jabon started asking me questions about that first date. We sat there reminiscing, then he said that he knew that the next time we came to this Starbucks he would be asking me to be his wife. He then told me how on a previous date, to a different Starbucks he saw an old friend whose wife had on an engagement ring that he admired. He told me that in that moment he knew wherever that ring came from, he would buy mine. He then pulled out the ring box and sat it on the table. He began to tell me how he had sneaked and looked at my phone one night when I had left the room - he was getting my father's phone number to ask for my hand. Jabon said that when my father called earlier that day and asked to speak to him, it wasn't just to say hello. My dad was asking him if he had done "it" yet. At that point Jabon opened the ring box, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes. No one noticed us in our own little world. We had a perfect, private, intimate moment that we'll always remember.

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 What was wedding shopping like for you? I went to two bridal shops before deciding that I wanted to have my dress made. I took the most flattering elements from the dresses I tried on and along with my designer, Joel, created my one of a kind, dream dress. My wedding dress was a lace, fit and flare, blush gown. I felt like Lisa in Coming to America. That dress made me feel so beautiful. I loved the volume on the bottom, my incredibly long train and cathedral veil. It was better than anything I dreamed up in my head.

Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? I had the bible that my grandmother carried when she got married sitting out, where we said our vows. It was important for me to have a piece of her there. She was at the end stages of dementia and wasn't well enough to attend. We also had black cake (Jamaican rum cake) as favors, to pay homage to my West Indian roots.

Bridesmaid's and Groomsmen's gifts: gift cards towards their shoes, wedding day jewelry and wedding day make-up. Groomsmen gifts: ties, tie bars and socks for the wedding day.
Favorite item on the menu: wedding cake, each layer was different (sweet potato, banana pudding and carrot cake).
First Dance Song: "Just Me and You" by Tony Toni Tone'.

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Describe your wedding style. We describe our wedding style as Urban Chic, with a touch of Glam. I wore a fit and flare, blush gown. Jabon wore a navy tuxedo. Our wedding party wore navy and blush as well. The girls in high low dresses and the guys in complimenting tuxedos. For the reception we all changed to our favorite sneakers, so we could dance comfortably all night.
It was important for our day to be a reflection of who we are. We wrote our own vows and were very candid and honest about our feelings in them. We are a very private couple so this was an opportunity to give people a peak into our love. We also wanted to show everyone the joining of our two families. Jabon has a 12 year old son (we call him by his middle name Vaer). He needed to play a big part in our day, as he has played a huge part in our relationship. Vaer served as Jabon's Junior Best Man and stood by his father's side.

What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory is saying my vows to Jabon. We're normally so private, it felt good to express my love in a room filled with people who have supported us throughout our relationship. Jabon's best memory was doing his little dance, while taking off my garter belt. He later told me how he practiced and went over the music with our DJ.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? The best wedding advice would be not to sweat the small stuff. Everything will not go as planned the day of... Plan as best you can and just enjoy the journey. Also, make time for your significant other throughout the process. It can be easy to get caught up in planning but life doesn't stop. Make time for check-ins, to make sure each other are holding up okay.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Chike Photography
Wedding Dress Designer: Joel Edwards
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmad Shoes: BCBG (from DSW)
Emcee: Premiere Emcee LLC
Flourist: Blossoming Blessings
Make-Up Artists: Jade Staton, Angelina Kendall
Hair Stylists: Sharon Joy Hair Salon (Sharon Clemons, Joy Brown)
DJ and Lighting: Buddha LuvJonz
Cake, Wedding Planner and Event Design: Edible Couture
Ceremony & Reception Location: Trumbull Marriott Grand Ballroom
Wedding Invitations: Minted
Wedding Ceremony Programs: Robina Pierce

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Brittany and Jamar’s Romantic Beach Engagement in Galveston http://munaluchibridal.com/brittany-jamars-romantic-beach-engagement-galveston/ http://munaluchibridal.com/brittany-jamars-romantic-beach-engagement-galveston/#comments Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:00:18 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=156316 BJ_Engagement-131 Brittany and Jamar's romantic beach engagement session in Galveston, Texas perfectly captures not only their...

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Brittany and Jamar's romantic beach engagement session in Galveston, Texas perfectly captures not only their love for each other but also their playful personalities. Featuring a charming and stylish day shoot followed by a formal evening session of champagne celebrations and intimate pier lighting decorating the night sky - this engagement photoshoot inspires much love and romance.

Read all about Brittany and Jamar's engagement story and wedding aspirations below - featuring the photography of MunaLuchi Coterie member Daniel T. Davis Photography. View the entire selected gallery here.


Bride & Groom-to-be: Brittany & Jamar
Occupations: Educational Diagnostician & Construction Supervisor
Wedding date: 01/13/2018
Wedding location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Location of Engagement shoot: Galveston, TX

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Tell us all about the proposal. The entire month of September, Jamar and I were busy with work, family, and friends. We had not been on what we call a “Fancy Date” in a while. I brought it to his attention, and he told me that I was right, and we will go on one at the end of the month. When the end of began to approach, he told me that he wanted to surprise me with the location, since I always would tell him that I would like to be surprised more. I got all excited! He told me to get all dressed up because he was taking me somewhere nice. October 30, the day of our date arrived. We got dressed, and ended up at City Centre. We valet parked, and as we began walking, I noticed a large group of people in the middle near the grassy area. I asked Jamar what does he think is going on? He stated he did not know. As we got closer to the group, whose backs were towards us, they all of a sudden turned around with signs that stated “Will You Marry Me?” The group was actually our friends and family. I instantly stopped and was in total shock. Jamar got down on one knee, told me that He loved me with all of his heart and he is ready to spend the rest of his life with me, and asked me to marry him. I said YES! We all then went into Cyclone Anaya’s, which is exactly where we had our first date for a surprise engagement dinner.

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Describe your engagement session. We had the opportunity to shoot with Daniel T. Davis. Due to us having a destination wedding, we wanted a beach theme engagement shoot.

What did you do on your first date? On our first date, we went to dinner at Cyclone Anaya's in Houston, TX.

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? We love to workout at the Fit Factory Houston.

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How has wedding planning been so far? I have enjoyed every part. I have not had any stress because I have some amazing friends and family.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. I'm looking forward to the first time he sees me in my dress.

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Vendors:
Photographer: Daniel T. Davis
Makeup Artist: Karem Gonzalez
Wedding Planner: Donielle Miller
Event Producer: Moments to Cherish

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Priscilla and Jeffrey’s Intimate Villa Wedding in Atlanta http://munaluchibridal.com/priscilla-jeffreys-intimate-villa-wedding-atlanta/ http://munaluchibridal.com/priscilla-jeffreys-intimate-villa-wedding-atlanta/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:19 +0000 http://munaluchibridal.com/?p=156641 Priscilla and Jeffery Wedding24 Ever since first laying eyes on him, Priscilla knew she "wanted" Jeffrey, "there he...

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Ever since first laying eyes on him, Priscilla knew she "wanted" Jeffrey, "there he was standing tall, dark, brawny, and handsome," it was love at first sight. After three months of waiting for the right opportunity and the appropriate amount of courage, Priscilla reached out to him, initiating the first of what would be many more wonderful dates to come...

Read all about Priscilla and Jeffrey's love story, heartfelt proposal, and experiences in their intimate villa wedding in Atlanta - featuring the cinematography of MunaLuchi Coterie member B. Bryant Productions.


Bride & Groom: Priscilla & Jeffrey
Occupation: Paralegal & College Recruitment Consultant
Wedding Date: April, 29, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA.
Venue: Hyatt Perimeter Villa Christina

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. I knew I wanted Jeff since I first laid eyes on him. There he was standing tall, dark, brawny, and handsome. Because we did not speak, I spent the next three months thinking of ways to connect. Atlanta is a small city, we both had mutual friends, and I knew I would see him again. It was only a matter of time... I finally gained the courage to reach out to him. I got his number from our mutual friend and gave Jeff a call. I only needed one chance to talk to him. We finally met and I reminded him of our first encounter and how I was waiting for the right time to tell him how I felt. I asked him to go out on a date with me, and the rest is history...

Proposal: May 30, 2017. Houston, TX. Very early in the morning, we had received devastating news. Jeffrey’s uncle, “Uncle Avalon” had passed. Uncle Avalon was very instrumental in Jeffrey’s success as a top high school college recruit and college football national champion at Florida State University. We spent the rest of the day trying to enjoy ourselves by visiting friends. He seemed to be in good spirits despite losing his favorite uncle. Later that evening we returned to our hotel room to shower and get ready for a night on the town. While I was in the shower, with my eyes closed, I could hear Jeffrey coming in to join me. He spoke, “babe.” With my back turned and eyes closed as I was washing my face, I turned around and opened my eyes. He was on one knee, “will you marry me?” I immediately said yes! I was so proud of him! Despite having a somber day, he still found the energy and courage to propose. I had no idea! He could have easily waited for a better time, when he felt better. But he didn’t…

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What was wedding shopping like for you? My wedding dress shopping experience gave me sleepless nights and plenty of anxiety! I just could not make up my mind. There were so many options and styles to choose from. I finally settled on my dress, and after some customizations, it came out perfect - sexy, mermaid, with extended train.

What is you best memory from your wedding? I decided to color my hair on my wedding day, and it came out GREEN! I cried…I cried…I cried. Like, who does that! I had GREEN HAIR! I was still a beautiful bride.

What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? To all of my brides….please, please, please hire a videographer. Your wedding day will go by fast, and you won’t get a chance to see and capture every moment. So if you have a video of your wedding, you can see and experience more.

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Vendors:
Venue, Cake & Caterer - Hyatt Villa Christina
Wedding Coordinator - 9eighteen Events
Bride dress - Anya Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses - Simple Dress
Photographer - Memorable Reflections
Floral - 2000 A.D. Inc.
Men's Formal Wear - Savvi
Musician - O. J. Harper
Stationary - The Paper Lover
Officiant - Earl Cornwell
Cinematographer - B. Bryant Productions

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Thaina and Samuel first took notice of each other during a rival basketball game in which their high schools played against the other - Thaina a cheerleader for her school, and Samuel a basketball player for his. It would be three years before their paths would cross again, this time as co-workers followed by classmates - their acquaintanceship would lead to friendship and friendship to romance. Together for seven years, their relationship has survived the test of time - becoming stronger after each step until, as Samuel puts it, "the time came to become one..."

Read all about Thaina & Samuel's love story, surprise botanical gardens proposal, and wedding aspirations in their "Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets the desert" engagement session at Joshua Tree National Park.
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Bride & Groom-to-be: Thaina & Samuel
Occupations: Thaina - therapist, graduate student and fashion blogger. Samuel - educator, photographer and web designer.
Wedding date: November 5th 2017
Wedding location: San Diego, California
Location of Engagement shoot: Joshua Tree National Park, CA

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Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We first met in high school while our rival schools played against each other. I was a basketball player, she was a cheerleader, and we went our separate ways. It was three years before we reunited, first as coworkers, then stumbled into being classmates, fell into friendship, and soon became much more...
Fast forward seven more years of ups, downs, struggles, successes, rainy days, and shining sun…the time had come to be more than just together. The time came to become one.
Thaina had been dropping hints that she had never been to the local botanical gardens so I (Sam) set up a photo shoot for her at the botanical gardens. What she didn’t know was that I invited all of her local friends and family to hide just off the path. While she was in the midst of modeling, her friends trickled in to watch her do what she does best. When it became obvious that the crowd watching her was not there by chance, a violin player began playing “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. I choose this song because it was attached to some bad memories previously in our relationship and I wanted to not only create new memories but change past ones if I could. The time to play my part came and I had a long speech prepared. As soon as I saw her beauty I had only one thing to say: “Will you marry me?”

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Describe your engagement session. We love fashion and we love hiking so we wanted to choose a theme where we could incorporate both. If I had to name the theme I’d say "Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets the desert." We wanted it to be simple, polished, organic, with a hint of sass. It was also important for it not to be too posed so we hired a couple that understands us as a couple to be our photographers.

What did you do on your first date? We had been texting and talking for a while but Thaina wanted to take it slow. A mutual friend needed to take a long drive late at night so Thaina decided to invite Sam to tag along. They spent the whole night talking about music, culture, and the east coast. Once at their destination, Thai and Sam snuck away to take a late night walk on the beach. That night, the waves were illuminated by (what they now know was) bioluminescent (green glowing) plants and animals in the water as Thai and Sam walked along the shore – laughing and enjoying the warm California night.

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What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Eat. We seriously love discovering new recipes and restaurants.

How has wedding planning been so far? Wedding planning is equally stressful as it is exciting. It’s difficult to try and balance saving towards our life together and spending towards our special day. We’re blessed to have a strong community to support us along our journey.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. The wedding night!

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Vendors:
Photographers- Carlos and Grace Luna
Sam’s Suit- Macy’s
Thai’s Dress- Meshki Boutique

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