Our very own Muna Coterie Wedding Photographer, Shagari Jackson, and his gorgeous bride-to-be, London Curry, celebrated their love in a stylish engagement session at Little Rivers Studios in Miami, Florida.
London and Shagari are the ultimate power couple, and this shoot is bursting with boss energy! Captured by another fabulous Muna Coterie member, Reem Photography, their engagement session features three looks: a sleek orange dress and gray suit, a sparkly golden gown and sharp black tuxedo, and a casual professional look featuring a fitted black suit dress and relaxed jacket. A classic vintage car is another highlight of their fashionable photo shoot.
We are so excited to see this dynamic duo tie the knot next year in 2023! Keep scrolling below for more about their love story and details from their stylish engagement session (and check out their feature in MunaLuchi Bride Magazine, Issue 26 here!).
- Couple: London Curry & Shagari Jackson
- Occupations: London is a Digital Marketing Strategist & Shagari is a Wedding and Portrait Photographer, Owner of Achroma Studio, and a Real Estate Agent
- Wedding date: March 11, 2023
- Wedding location: New Orleans LA
- Location of Engagement shoot: Little River Studios – Miami, FL
How they met…
We met at a party in 2009 and then connected on Twitter (Shagari slid in my DMs) shortly after.
Their first date…
We got crawfish and a daiquiri and talked for hours. The key to a woman’s heart in Louisiana is to buy her crawfish.
We planned a trip to Tulum, Mexico for some much-needed “r&r”. This was good cover as Shagari had been working nonstop. On the second day of our trip, we started the morning at Yaan Healing Sanctuary with a two-and-a-half-hour couples treatment. It was so relaxing and therapeutic. That night we visited Kin Toh Azulik, a treehouse restaurant nestled in the Mayan Jungle. As we were being led to our nest to eat we were interrupted by the restaurant staff asking if they could take a picture of us for their social media account. We followed them across the property and settled to take photos in a beautiful secluded location near the water.
While taking the photos, Shagari got down and popped the question! Turns out, the photos were not for the restaurant’s social media page! Shagari is a photographer and understood the importance of having this moment captured in time. He hired a photographer to come out and play along with his master plan to surprise me with a proposal. I said yes of course. We returned to our room where the staff had champagne, a beautiful bouquet of roses, and rose petals adorning the room. Our travel agent and everyone had been in on everything the entire time.
When Shagari knew London was “the one”…
London is everything that any man would want. She’s ambitious, smart, caring and beautiful. She’s supportive and trustworthy. Our story isn’t the perfect love story and we have had our share of disagreements and breakups in the past. In our time apart, nothing came close to the feeling of being in her arms. Nothing has ever felt quite like our love. When we disagree over trivial things I always go back to what life felt like without her. We wake up and choose one another every day.
She’s already my best friend. She gets me and I always want to be better for her, myself and our future family. I admire how loving she is with her friends and family. It’s the sweetest thing to see her get excited about everyone’s special moments and how much she values family. She’ll be a great wife and mother. I love her smile and all of our inside jokes. It’s a feeling you can’t buy. So it’s not that I can’t live without her. She’s the one because I feel so much more alive with her. She’s the one I would choose over and over without hesitation.
When London knew Shagari was her soulmate…
I knew he was the one when I felt in my soul that I was loved, safe, and comfortable in his energy. I had a feeling that I could undoubtedly trust him to lead us as a family. Being with Shagari has not only made me think about our long-term future but actually plan it out by sitting down and talking through how we plan to achieve each goals or milestones in our timeline.
He is kind, smart, thoughtful, loving and a great communicator. He’s my absolute best friend and I can be my whole, weird and goofy self with him. I admire his work ethic and drive to succeed. He makes me want to be better every single day. I’ve had so many friends and family tell me since I’ve been engaged that I’ve been radiating with love and lightness. He makes life easy for me. I never feel like I have to stress over a situation without him jumping in to help find a solution. We share the same values and that is what is important to me.
Engagement session & theme…
Our engagement session took place at Little River Studios in Miami where our photographer is based. We thought it would be a great way to sneak in a little trip and get another much-needed break. We didn’t have a theme but wanted the looks to be timeless. The location allowed us to do both indoor and outdoor with several different backdrops and looks.
Favorite thing to do as a couple…
We make self-care and traveling a priority so we don’t lose ourselves in work and become disconnected. We love anything that involves food and new experiences, lol. So, it’s a pleasure when we get to combine them into one. We both enjoy traveling and trying new things. The first thing we do after booking a flight is research all the restaurants we would like to try in the area. London is a true foodie so our meal itinerary is always an adventure. We make sure to have date nights even if it’s not always out, we will plan romantic dinners at home or a backyard movie night.
Wedding planning so far…
Wedding planning has been easy and enjoyable since the start. We were able to secure all of our preferred vendors without any trouble and we have documents and spreadsheets set up to help us stay on track monthly with our planning responsibilities. We like to bounce ideas off of each other on how things should look or how we want people to experience things on our big day. It’s been fun to combine our creative strengths to make one of the biggest days of our lives magical.
Shagari’s knowledge of weddings as a wedding photographer has also been so useful in our planning process. He’s been to more weddings than the average person and knows how the flow is supposed to go, what guests enjoy and how couples can make the most out of the experience.
What London is looking forward to…
The first look. Both of our primary love languages are quality time and we know we will spend the majority of the day celebrating with our loved ones so this small period where it will just be the two of us is something we are both looking forward to. To make it extra special, we’ve decided to share our private vows during this time.
What Shagari is looking forward to…
I get to take the next step and become one with my best friend, a woman I have loved relentlessly. We are sharing this moment with the people that mean the most to us. My father is an ordained elder who will be performing his first wedding and it happens to be our wedding ceremony. I already felt blessed getting to marry London, but to have my loving father do this makes it that much more meaningful.
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