May 16, 2019
May 15, 2019
May 15, 2019
Hello! Thanks for dropping by! Last week i shared some images from Ayanna and Anthony’s beautiful wedding. Today, i have some images to share from their traditional engagement ceremony. This was a beautiful union of two different nationalities and it was awesome. I definitely enjoyed being a part of it. Make up was done by the talented Adebola Oyeku of Boundless Beauty. Event was planned by Fisola Adepetu of Plum Jewel Events. Event took place at the Heritage Sandy Springs. Check out some images from the day. Enjoy!
The process of bringing in a “fake bride”
Shout out to past bride Stacie Morris!
Hello there! I hope your year is off to a great start! I have a few weddings from 2014 that i am yet to share and today I am excited to share Ayanna and Anthony’s beautiful fusion wedding (Check out there engagement session which was also feature on Essence). Ayanna is a southern gal from Georgia and Anthony is Nigerian. The wedding was not just a celebration of love but also the merging of two unique cultures (Stay tuned for more as i’ll be sharing some images from the traditional engagement ceremony). I enjoyed many moments like when Ayanna was walked down the aisle by the three important men in her life (her two brothers and her dad). Also loved when Anthony dance with the Junior Bridesmaid. Priceless moments. I had such a great time with the couple and everyone at the wedding. I am so glad i was able to witness the union of two wonderful people. I wish Ayanna and Anthony a blessed and love filled married life. The wedding took place at the beautiful Ivy hall @ Roswell Mill. Check out some images from the day.
Hello Friends! Thank you from dropping by. Last year i took a trip to Houston for Dami and Toyosi’s Engagement Session. We started out at the Crystal Ballroom @ the Historic Rice Hotel then proceeded to the beautiful Water Wall and finally to the Museum of Fine Arts. It ended up being a two day shoot and i enjoyed every moment. Dami and Toyosi kept me entertained throughout the trip and there was not one dull moment. I am already looking forward to their wedding. Congrats on your engagement guys! Check out the proposal story below. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did!
The Proposal (According to the Bride):
Toyosi and I always celebrate the 16th of every month because this is the date that we first began our relationship. He always gave me the impression that he is not romantic, and I will be the one in the relationship to initiate most of the creative, romantic ideas. So I would often plan what event/activity that we would do on the 16th of each month.
Well the month of August 2013 rolled around, and Toyosi told me that he would like to plan our “16th” for this month. I was a bit hesitant and worried, but I agreed. A week to the date, I reminded him that he would be the one to plan for the celebration, and says “oh, I am. I completely forgot.” “Maybe we would just go to Chinese or something.” At this point, I started abusing him, and I refused to go. Little did I know, I was about to miss my blessing. Eventually, I came back to my senses and I agreed to go out with him. He told me to be ready by 7pm that he would come pick me up at my apartment.
He picks me up, and he just starts showering me with words of love. I just thought that this was a normal day. His smile was extra big, and he had this confidence that I haven’t seen before. Toyosi usually doesn’t know how to navigate through downtown Houston, and usually, he would ask me to help me GPS our destination, but he didn’t ask on this day. I just started thinking, “where is he taking me too”. “There is no way that this guy knows more Houston restaurants than me.”
We park and walk into the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Houston, and I was completely taken back. I am still thinking that this guy went all out for our “16th”. We took the elevator to the top level, and at the top was a restaurant called “Spindle Top”. The restaurant spins, and your view are the city lights and downtown area. I was again thinking “Wow, this is nice. He really went all out for our “16th””.
When we entered the restaurant, Toyosi was greeted by the manager, Hector. They talked like they haven’t seen each other in a while. At this point I am thinking, “What other chick did he bring here?” “How does he know the manager?” “When will he have time to come to this restaurant?” The waitress sat us at our table, and Toyosi starts caking in my ear. Im still pretty impressed. I didn’t think a Naija man had it in him. The manager would often walk by our table and say “Oh what a beautiful couple.” The chef came out and said “Is this a special night?” I was still completely clueless. You know they born me in a bush. I thought their mannerisms was customary.
The time comes for dessert, and they bring out his dessert first. I thought that was weird but was having a great time, that I did not care. The next few events were just a blur. The manager walked towards me with a message in a bottle and a box that had a light on a platter. I didn’t realize it was the ring at first. At the same time, the chef placed my dessert in front of me and it wrote “Will you marry me?” on the plate. I was sooooooooooo shocked!!! I was just like “ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!” Thats all I could say. I cried like a baby. Toyosi was on his knees. Dont know if he said anything. Dont care. I said yes, and here we are today.
Good times. Good times.
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Hello there! Sorry for the break in blog posts. It was extremely busy over the past two months. I am excited to feature Briona and Kris on the blog today! I met both of them for the first time on the day of the shoot and everything with them was just so effortless. I simply love their laid back and fun attitude. They are true friends and you can’t go wrong with that! It was so cold on the day of the shoot and i commend Briona and Kris for making it look like it was 70 degrees..lol. Congrats on your engagement guys! Check out how they met and proposal story below!
How we met
Kris and I went to college together at Alabama State University. We both are members of the Divine 9. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Although we never actually met in college, we knew who each other was because of the Greek affiliation. One random day I received a message on the infamous facebook and it stated verbatim “You are amazingly beautiful”. I thought to myself, “he must tell this to every pretty girl on facebook”. That’s how it all began. I didn’t recognize him at first because he lost a lot of weight and once I facebooked snooped…it all came back to me. Lol We dated a year and a half before he popped the question!
June 28th, 2014. Kris, my immediate family and I all went to a local baseball game (Birmingham Barons) in Birmingham, Al. Maybe…around the bottom of the 3rd inning I look at the jumbotron and saw that they were doing “Sweetheart of the game”, then I saw myself on camera. By that time I was so embarrassed! I was laughing and trying to hide my face! Then the guy that’s always talking on the mic and the mascot came walking up to me. They handed me a dozen roses and gave Kris the mic. He then got down on his knee and proposed right there…meanwhile it was all being shown on jumbotron! It was the sweetest thing ever! So after he proposed we were about to leave the game and all I saw was a group of ppl running towards me! He had all of my friends and family there!! But the total shocker was that he flew my best friend, that lives in California out to be a part of everything! I could not stop crying!! It was beyond perfect!!
Hello friends! TGIF. I have a great maternity/family session to share today. I shot Jessica’s first maternity session and also her newborn session. When she contacted me about doing another maternity session I was so happy for her and grateful she once again decided to use me. I had a great time with this lovely family. Check out a few images from the shoot. Enjoy!
Hello everyone! Happy new month. I have an exciting engagement session to share today featuring Cadesha and Tramaine (TJ). The first time I met Cadesha I knew I wanted to be a part of her day. I truly enjoyed our conversation and we instantly clicked. I met TJ for the first time on the day of the shoot and from our brief chat together I realized we had a lot in common. Cadesha is a Lawyer and TJ is a Personal Trainer/Former Football player. We wanted to the shoot to be uniquely different and I believe we accomplish that! It was such a great shoot. We all had so much fun and you can tell from the images. Congrats guys! I am looking forward to the wedding next year! We started off at the Grady High School Stadium then to Rooftop 866 and ended the Shoot at Atlantic Station. Read about the couple below. Enjoy!
How they met:
It depends on who tells the story. LOL. TJ and I met in a bar at the bar literally. If you let him tell the story we met at a nightclub at the bar but that’s his version. I went out with a friend of mine which was totally out of character for me because it was the Sunday before the last day of classes and the day before “Reading Week” (the study week before law school final exams) started and I had been studying the entire day and for some reason my friend and I decided at the very last minute to go out for drinks but before we left we decided that we wouldn’t stay out long because I had class the next day & she had work. I was at the bar ordering a drink & the guy next to me (who I never even saw walk up) gives me some corny pick-up line complementing my lips of all things. I said thank you and turned to walk away without thinking anything else of it & he asked me for my number and because he wasn’t rude or I gave him my number & to this day we still laugh about this because I usually would give a fake number but for some reason I blurted out my real number. It must have been the universe’s plan for me to meet TJ because I wasn’t supposed to go out that night & he definitely wasn’t supposed to get my phone number.
I remember it vividly. My nephew Alonzo and I went to a sports bar and as I was walking thru the front door I see this beautiful female next to the bar. I said to myself “OOOOhhh I got to get her”. I remember she was rocking that Rihanna low haircut and I was attracted to her dark chocolate skin. She was leaving the bar I was approaching the bar so I stopped her & the rest is history.
I had mentioned causally to TJ that I wanted to see the Christmas light display at the Botanical Gardens. I never thought we would go because that’s not his thing. A couple of weeks later TJ told me we were going to the Botanical Gardens that night. I was a little surprised and I got really suspicious when he suggested I wear a certain dress. Truthfully, I got a little aggravated because I planned to wear that dress to a friend’s upcoming wedding but I complied. We arrived at the Gardens and it was beautiful all lit up & kind of romantic so I started thinking “oh he might propose” especially since he was kind of rushing us through the gardens so every time we turned a corner or were in front of a nice display I would prepare but he never proposed. We left the Botanical Gardens & I let the idea of him proposing go. So we are in the car & TJ is being so weird he keeps looking at his phone & keeps getting lost so we are just riding around in circles in Midtown. At this point I’m starving & started to get aggravated because we keep passing the same buildings as we ride in this circle and then we passed by this building & everyone is dressed in Santa Claus & Miss Claus outfits & I blurt out “I hope this is not where we are going”. So TJ speeds off and we finally go to dinner. After we finally eat he goes into a speech about our relationship & how much I mean to him & proposes. I wasn’t expecting it all because I was so distracted from the riding in circles & the crazy costume party we passed. He later told me we were going to that lounge with the crazy costume people but after he saw my face and the costumes he changed his mind at the last minute.
I originally planned to take Cadesha to the light display at the Botanical Garden at her friend’s suggestion and propose to her at this nice lounge. I coordinated the night’s events with her best friend Vanessa and planned to meet her at the lounge but we didn’t know that a Santa Clause costume party was scheduled at this lounge for the same night but things didn’t go quite as planned. When we finally arrived at the lounge it was easily 100-200 people lined up outside with Santa Clause costumes on & Cadesha blurts out “I hope this isn’t the place”. So I abandoned the mission with Vanessa inside ready to capture the moment with her camera and we ended going to dinner. After dinner, I told Cadesha how much I loved her and how my world has changed since we met and asked her to be my wife. She said YES. Later that night at home, I got on one knee and asked her the old-fashioned way.
Hair: The B. Jen’ee Experience styleseat.com/Iambjenee
Makeup: Kristi Jones Instagram MUAKisses
Planner – Niq Williams Events
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Hello Friends! TGIF!! I have a lovely engagement session the blog today featuring Ijeoma and Gene. They also had their traditional engagement ceremony recently and i hope to share soon. This session showed two people that are not only lovers but true friends. We got shots from different locations in the city and we had a great time. Congrats on your engagement and upcoming wedding! Check out some images from the day. Enjoy.
Hello friends. Happy Monday! Remember the super stylish , vibrant and fun couple Chrystol & Jason (Check out their e-session pictures here)? They were featured on essence “Just engaged”. Definitely check it out and read their love story. Thank you so much Essence for the feature.
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Hi! I hope you are having a great week so far. Very excited to share Demi & Ife’s Wedding was featured on Essence Bridal Bliss! I remember this wedding like it was yesterday. It was a blast. Head on over to Essence to check out their story and pictures. Thank you!
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