Sunday, August 21, 2011

Destined to Be Jinan Sumler and Julian O'Connor

Talk about a couple predestined to be together.  I was amazed by Jinan's love story around the world of their many encounters and how God united these two together.   I am such a mush for love!  With Jinan’s permission I was able to share with you their lovely story.  Their first casual sighting was in 1997 at a “Teach for America” training facility inside of Moody Towers in Houston, Texas.  They only exchanged a few words not knowing this would later meet again.  The second encounter was in 2006 at a birthday party in Brooklyn and Jinan and Julian recognized one another and went the next step by exchanging business cards.  And you would think through those two encounters they would of got the hint but yet no avail there was no communication between these two.  Until the “third time” arose under the Tuscany Sun at a castle atop rolling hills outside of Florence, Italy both Jinan and Julian were vacationing with their friends not realizing they would meet again thousands of miles away.  This time they could not resist to engage in conversation.  They couldn’t escape destiny especially when they realized they both shared something in common “a Tattoo”.  Yes they both shared the same exact one of a West African Adinkra symbol called “Gye Nyame”. It has few meanings, but it is worn to represent respect for the power of God.  And can you believe they both received this tattoo the same year?  See how God joined these two people miles away and gave them various signs for them to finally submit to LOVE!

The wedding was beautiful and displayed great aspects of their culture. I adored the beautiful violin music played by Jeremy Street. Jinan and Julian were always fun and pleasant to work with along with their family and friends!

Please check out the fabulous photos taken by David Kim. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and his team. He captured the joy Jinan feels through every photo that made my heart rejoice as I viewed every image. I loved it!

Congratulations again to Jinan and Julian you were a pleasure to work with! And continue to keep on smiling in the years to come.

Vendors of Service

Photographer – Dave Kim
Ceremony and Reception – The Grand View
Photo Session – Locust Grove
Florist – Flowers by David Anthony
Deejay – Soulful Sounds
Violinist – Jeremy Street
Hair - Natasha Paul
Makeup - Miyako J

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lanre & Lola Olla-Olukitibi Nigerian Wedding

Within a few months I was contacted by one of my vendors Adewole regarding a client that needed help with her final details.  Lola Olla had the vision but needed some help on putting it together. She had a very sweet spirit and a burst of excitement would pour out of her when she completed a task.  Lola was always on the go from meeting to meeting and carefully made sure her family was involved throughout the process.  So when we met, we went through every detail for hours. Through every African wedding I have planned or coordinated I've grown a deep respect for their culture. Family is very important and to see the guests honor the parents is marvelous.

The wedding was beautiful and I thank you Lola and Lanre for allowing my team to coordinate such a special day.  Shout out to Jenny Dolcine for coordinating the bridal preparations and the ceremony!

Services of the Day
Ceremony: Christ Apostolic Church
Reception: The Royal Indian Palace
Photographer: Ola Akanbi Photography
Videographer and Deejay: Adewole of First View USA Studio

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Dream Fulfilled of Stephany & Jean Fresnel's Wedding

The Jones don't have nothing on the Fresnels. They are known among their family and friends to have big hearts and to be huge givers and God indeed blessed them throughout their wedding planning. Stephany and Jean demonstrated the true principle of sowing and reaping. Even to the very last hour the blessings from Heaven poured down (rain showers) on their wedding day that made it the best day for them.

From the first time I met them I knew we would have an inseparable friendship. I was with the couple for every step of their wedding planning process. They looked at me as their family and not their planner. Once I experienced the same love from their friends I was determined to provide them with the wedding of their dreams.

On the wedding day, Stephany looked absolutely stunning and you can tell she felt it. Oh and let's not forget Jean in his designer suit. Nothing could steal the joy on their faces from this special day. I was glad to be a part of their wedding day. Congratulations to you both and I wish for continuous blessings everlasting in your lives.

Vendors of Service
Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst
Reception: Chateau La Mer
Photography and Videography: Rendezvous Wedding
Florist: Flowers by Topaz
Hair and Make-Up: GStar
Limo: Royalty Limousine
Hotel: The Hilton Garden Inn Melville
Invitations, Programs, Table Numbers and Cards Sign: DFMI Designs
Dresses: The RK Bridal
Groom's Suit: Bloomingdales