Let's Get Married! Wedding Tips and Ideas
May 2004

Wedding experts are located in every nook and cranny. This can be quite time consuming if you don't know what nook to look in, and what is a cranny? A bridal show can help narrow your search. Attending these events will allow you to view experts products and/or services. Weed out the businesses that look promising and discard the information that is not to your liking. Many of these shows are listed on the web. Begin your search by using Google. Type in Bridal Shows (the city in which you live). If you don't mind traveling to one show, type in the city you'd be likely to travel to. Brides are usually treated to great give a ways like trips, spa days, and discounts. It would be well worth your time to attend a least one of these events.

April 24th, Dearly Beloved gave its annual event at the Akwaaba Mansion. Ahead, a review of this event and links to keep your wedding stylish. Your search just got narrower.

Stylish Wedding Ideas
  • Extrodinary Cake Toppers
  • A Wedding At the Mansion
  • Contact Info
  • A Bridal Show Near You

  • A Wedding At the Mansion

    Saturday April 24, Dearly Beloved held its annual wedding event at the Historic Akwaaba Mansion. It was a wonderful day and an opportunity for a look at a very different kind of bride. Many of the bridal magazines boast beautiful women in very traditional styles. Lovely as they are there are still many women who do not look anything like these magazine images. Dearly Beloved wanted to give the audience a taste of style they have been longing to see and wedding ideas that touch the soul of who they are. Yes I am bias, but this event was fabulous.

    The Mansion, which has its own elegance, was the backdrop for the models to glide through the rooms with gowns designed by Cassandra Bromfield. Gina, the makeup artist, created beautiful wedding day looks on each of the models. Khamit Kinks coifed the hair perfectly in natural styles, braids and locks. Beauloni headpieces delicately intertwined with the hair to create the crowning glory of a bride's day. Bed of Roses bouquets were so fabulous no bride would want to toss them. You would certainly have to ask for a throw away bouquet. Tiny ankhs with crystals, thin thin bangles of silver and long necklaces that draped across the body by Amaka Jewelry pulled it all together.

    The informal modeling was not the only show stopper. If you your wedding is to be unique you must give Maximum Glory a call. By using fabric, branches, roses and more, they can set the mood for any type of wedding. It was really unique how they tied branches to the banister along with dried roses. You could even get a sweet sent as you walked by. Zawadi Gift Shop has a wonderful selection of wedding accessories and they brought many of them with them that day. The dining room table was set with toasting glasses etched with Adinkra symbols. That's just a taste of what they you must visit the shop and see all they offer including the Jumping Brooms.

    Music is so important to any wedding day and we didn't miss a beat with Sounds of New York. They have the perfect blend of old and new. New and old family coming to town for the big day, say Thank you with a gift basket by Basket Wraps. Sara can personalize each gift and can create them as centerpieces.

    Our caterer for the day was The Fork Goes On The Left. Mellanee R. Harvin created not only an elegant menu but she never stopped it coming. The salmon, chicken, vegetables, and more all taste were accommodated as one guest put it the food never stopped coming. Then the bride cuts the cake, Nana Pearls, makes a cake so beautiful you won't want to cut it but please do the taste is out to this world. As I like to say, the eggs, butter, and sugar were not only in the kitchen she really did put it in these cakes. At the end of the day the guest were scraping the bottom of the serving dish. I don't even think I got a piece. It was wonderful.

    There are many ethnic and cultural wedding books on the market and Brownstone Books has a great selection including Jump the Broom by Harriette Cole. We were also very excited to have her speak that day.

    The day could not have been more perfect, but wait there is more. Sponsors like Washington Mutual provided our guest with valuable info on home buying. Crane & Co. gave a gift of stationary that valued over $100. Guest left with Pathfinders Travel Magazine, the travel magazine for people of color; there are great ideas for honeymoons, family reunions and more all inside. The Association for Wedding Professionals, International gave away a 4 day 3 night stay in Jamaica or the Bahamas as a door prize, Wow. I was so excited to give the news to the lucky winner. Akwaaba got into the act by giving away a one night stay at the inn. Now that's a wonderful day!


    Contact Info

    • Decorative Choices of Maximum Glory: Maxine Baxter 718-941-1627 Gloria Cones 718-377-1972
    • The Fork Goes On The Left: Mellanee R. Harvin 718-390-7468 melsfork@aol.com
    • Bed Of Roses: Steffi St. Clair 201-563-8278 roseyone@verizon.net


    A Bridal Show Near You

    Dearly Beloved created a unique bridal event in Brooklyn New York. While in Chicargo Brides Noir helped brides plan their weddings with a bridal event of their own. Back in Brooklyn 4 W Circle gave brides a tour of businesses in their area. Creative events are all around and below are just some events you may want to attend.

    • Khamit Kinks Annual Hair Show: Kinky In The City June 27th for more info log on to Khamit Kinks

    This is just a few from what I found on the web. Your local newspapers will have some listings that never made it in your search. Also Evite.com, here they have public listings of pamper parties, makeup lessons, and more activites for brides. Happy Hunting.


    Extrodinary Cake Toppers

    Imagine this couple on top of the cake. No not literally but figuratively. Carol Sakai, will actually sculpt your likeness as a cake topper. I thought this was a very unique idea. So many couples are looking to express themselves and this is a wonderful icing on the cake. Visit the site and see how you get started. I found this company through BlackBride.com. You will find them in Quick Links along with other interesting services.

    More on Carol Sakai Unique Cake Toppers....
    Quick Links...

    Black Bride

    Pathfinders Travel Magazine

    Wendy G. Photography,LLC

    Sahara Secrets

    Zambezi

    Charlese: A Wedding And Home Magazine for Todays Unique Bride



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