Muna Serenade: A Curated Couples’ Date – Ode to Brooklyn

To Serenade is to entertain one's love by display of talent in hope of winning their deepest affections. In our journey to inspire love, MunaLuchi has created Muna Serenade: A Curated Couples' Date, to present the opportunity for engaged couples to experience the serenading together in an unforgettable date night experience. Produced by members of the Coterie - MunaLuchi's curated collective of elite wedding vendors, selected couples are provided with a photoshoot, videoshoot, fine dining, and more.

This beautiful "Ode to Brooklyn" Muna Serenade took place at the 1860s Italianate villa landmark, the Akwaaba Mansion. Featuring lead event planning & design by MunaLuchi Coterie member Suzette Spann Scarborough of Envisioned Events by Suzette, culinary dishes by MunaLuchi Coterie member Mellanee Harvin of the Fork Goes on the Left, photography by MunaLuchi Coterie member Nana Annan Photography, videography by MunaLuchi Coterie member Luxor Wedding Films, linen and decor rentals by MunaLuchi Coterie member Jai Event Rentals & Design, florals by MunaLuchi Coterie member ARJ Signature Design, decor and furniture rentals by MunaLuchi Coterie member Accent Decor Rentals, DJ performance and musical entertainment by MunaLuchi Coterie member Finer Touch Entertainment, makeup artistry by MunaLuchi Coterie member Felecia Graham Beauty, cake and confections by MunaLuchi Coterie member Desserts by Dana, stationery by MunaLuchi Coterie member Oda Creative, violin performance by Mylez Gittens & Devon Webster as Dev x Mylez, custom couples’ gift by Portia Nicole Creation, signature cocktails by Red Carpet Bartending, Brooklyn street signage by MJ Sullivan Art, mirror signage by Twinsprint Brooklyn, and dinnerware & glassware by Party Rental Ltd. Read about the design details below.

We incorporated elements of Brooklyn into the decor and experience with photos of famous Brooklynites and landmarks that were framed and placed around the parlor room. Photos of Biggie Smalls, Spike Lee, Jay Z, Shirley Chisholm, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Arc were created. We added gold metallic votive candles, burgundy red florals and framed menus of the drinks and hors d'oeuvres as nice compliments. The Signature Cocktails were named after Brooklyn Movies: Bride's Drink - "She's Gotta Have It," Groom's Drink - "Do the Right Thing" and Dinner Drink - "Saturday Night Fever." Brooklyn street signs were placed around the Ballroom on mini stands. Streets like: Nostrand Ave, Fulton St, Eastern Parkway, Stuyvesant Ave and Flatbush Ave. As it turned out, one of the Brides-to-Be grew up on Eastern Parkway and really appreciated the signage. The mirror in the Parlor Room had a gold vinyl design that read "MunaLuchi Bride" and the mirrors in the Ballroom read "Muna Serenade Ode to Brooklyn." The custom Glam Bottle Keepsakes had a Bridge design to represent the Brooklyn Bridge, with each couple's name engraved in it for them to take home. The acrylic menus on each plate had a hand sketched drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge as a base and the New York skyline in shiny gold stood on top to create a 2-D look. The songs in our full length video are from Brooklyn/NYC artists. The Ballroom experienced an "Extreme Makeover" when we bought in the custom designed white flower wall with a large red heart in the center. The white drapes were add to fill the bay window area that housed the beautiful black cake. We bought in floor and tabletop candelabras, along with a variety of of candle shapes and sizes to romantically light the room. The up-lights added the extra glow we needed. The hors d'oeuvres, four course meal and drinks satisfied our couples nicely and the music got our couples dancing without hesitation. The couples also enjoyed the instrumental versions of familiar love songs and the couples also made requests. What an amazing, amazing time the couples and the Team had that night. I was sad to blow out the candles when the evening was done. Excellent Teamwork! #strongertogether

~ Suzette Spann Scarborough of Envisioned Events by Suzette 

Lead Event Planner & Designer (Coterie): Envisioned Events by Suzette | Suzette Spann Scarborough
Chef (Coterie): The Fork Goes on the Left | Mellanee Harvin
Photographer (Coterie): Nana Annan Photography | Nana Annan
Videography (Coterie): Luxor Wedding Films | Kalechi Noel
Linens & Décor Rentals (Coterie): Jai Event Rentals and Design | Julia Roberts
Florals (Coterie): ARJ Signature Design | Al-Nisa Reid-Jenkins
Décor & Furniture Rentals (Coterie): Accent Décor Rentals | Vanessa Williams
Music/DJ (Coterie): Finer Touch Entertainment | Harold Johnson
Makeup Artistry (Coterie): Felicia Graham Beauty | Felicia Graham
Cake & Treats (Coterie): Desserts by Dana | Dana Herbert
Stationery (Coterie): Oda Creative
Violinists: Mylez Gittens & Devon Webster as “Dev x Mylez”
Custom Couples’ Gift: Portia Nicole Creation
Signature Cocktails: Red Carpet Bartending | Akilah & Kendra Griffith
Venue: Akwaaba Mansion | Monique Greenwood
Brooklyn Street Signage: MJ Sullivan Art | MJ Sullivan
Mirror Signage: Twinsprint Brooklyn
Dinnerware & Glassware: Party Rental Ltd

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