Written by Nonie Okoye
It was two years until Imonite finally broke the silence between them. Jennifer and Imonite worked at a hospital together and would always see each other passing by. Jennifer was hesitant and resisted every time he would ask her out. But Imonite was persistent and eventually won her heart. Six months later, on Cinco de Mayo, they went out on their first date.
Traveling is one of the things this adventurous couple loves to do together. These jet-setters have been to many far distant lands and beyond. For the proposal, Imonite chose the perfect destination to propose to his leading lady. Paris, the city of love, would set the tone for his romantic declaration to Jennifer. Jennifer felt she knew what was going to happen on their trip there but Imonite added a twist. After a day of sightseeing in the historic magical city, they went to the gardens of the Musée du Louvre. There, he led his future bride into an enchanting beautiful field of flowers. He got down on one knee and proclaimed to Jennifer how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Jennifer was ecstatic and little did she know that Imonite had a photographer capture the entire moment! It was a perfect fairy tale ending to this wonderful trip.
For the wedding, family and friends from all over the world traveled for the couple’s special day. It was a weekend filled with celebrations! Jennifer and Imonite had two different ceremonies on different days. The first one celebrated Imonite’s Bendel Nigerian culture, with a traditional ceremony. Jennifer was a showstopper in her asymmetrical gown that fit in perfectly with her chic black, white, and blush theme at the American traditional ceremony the next day. Jennifer recalls the best memory of her big day, “The best memory from my wedding was my father walking me down the aisle to my future husband and seeing all my friends and family from different aspects of our lives filled with so much happiness and joy.” The wedding was truly a moment of Jennifer and Imonite’s life that they will cherish forever.
This seriously stunning blush, black, and white wedding was planned and designed by Coterie member elly B Events, with florals by Andy Beach & Co. You can find this beauty in our Fall/Winter 2015 issue, available online and on select newsstands.
Wedding theme: Chic black, white and blush wedding.
Wedding flowers: Orchids, garden roses, spray roses, and ranunculus
Favorite item on menu: Grilled flank steak with asher bleu cheese and wild mushroom demi served with parmesan roasted mashed potatoes and broccolini.
Bridesmaids/groomsmen gifts: Personalized robes, monogrammed wine glasses; wedding jewelry, and wedding day makeup / monogrammed flasks, custom lapel flowers, and pocket square
First dance song: “At Last”- Etta James
Bride’s dress: Mark Zunino
Bridal salon: Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Valentino
Bridesmaids dresses: Lazaro
Cakes/desserts: For Goodness Cakes
Catering: Bold American Events
Ceremony: The Foundry at Puritan Mill
Event decor/design: elly B Events + Andy Beach & Co.
Event planner: elly B Events
Flowers: Andy Beach & Co.
Groom’s attire: The Black Lapel and The Tailory NYC
Groomsmen attire: The Black Tux
Hair: Sharonda Smack of Smack Hair
Lighting: elly B Events
Linens: elly B Events
Makeup: Sophie West
Photography: Milanes Photography
Reception venue: The Foundry at Puritan Mill
Rentals: (chairs) Sweet Seats
Stationery: elly B Events
Videography: Focal Blu Films