It Takes a Village

Everyone has heard the adage, “it takes a village to raise a child,” but no one could envision an African village quite like actress and singer-songwriter Naturi Naughton’s “it takes a village” themed baby shower. With Caribbean roots flowing through her veins, a typical jungle theme with cartoon characters just wouldn’t do for the mother to be. “I wanted something different. I wanted something that was more realistic, unlike the usual animation jungle characters,” Naturi said.

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Engagement Shoot: Love and Basketball

Beyond the love they have for each other, this romantic engagement shoot captured this couple’s love for basketball and higher education.

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Paula & Tricien

Paula and Tricien met by chance when he asked for her business card at her salon booth after passing by her workspace several times. That chance encounter brought them together, and later down the aisle. When asked about her wedding, one unique experience Paula recalls is the stress free experience. She said, “My wedding was unique because It was obstacle free. Most wedding stories I’ve heard start off with how stressed the bride was and all that went wrong. But I didn’t have a hitch and my only concern that day was walking down the aisle.” Working with Eliana from ellyB Events, the wedding style was classic and beautiful with a hint of royal inspiration. Choosing The Temple House for their venue was the perfect backdrop for both the ceremony and reception. Accents like lush purple mood lighting, highlights of gold and pink, and a 7 layer white and gold masterpiece cake engraved with the couple’s initials and created by Lux Cakery helped to create the timeless and elegant style. Paula’s gown by Pantora Bridal featured gorgeous beading and an off the shoulder style. The reception decor included trees of fresh flowers by Akeem Clayton Designs, as well as a rose background for the ceiling and walls – to add a romantic touch. Honeymooning in Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica in a bungalow over the water was the perfect piece of paradise for this lovely couple to celebrate their newly spoken vows. Paula has some simple advice for brides who want a stress free experience — hire ellyB.

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Myla’s Easter Bunny Birthday Bash

While most children go looking for an Easter egg hunt, Myla Ellis’ family brought all the fun to her!

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Styled Shoot: From Africa, With Love

This event designer took us to Africa with this Safari-inspired wedding shoot and we love everything about it!

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Thank Heaven for Little Girls

Bon Apetite! A chic exclamation that provided event designer Jennifer Brown of The
Carousel Factory with the perfect inspiration for an over-the-top high tea party styled shoot that any fabulous little girl would be honored to attend. “The development of this design was
inspired by the print design of an elegant placemat.”

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Brandy & Cornelius

While Brandy and Cornelius Miller’s family members were patiently waiting for their wedding day, the stealthy couple was in fact planning an elopement in the most romantic city in the world. “Besides my husband and I, only three people knew what we were up to! As we planned our elopement, we led our family and friends to believe we were having an actual wedding. We did everything from sending out wedding invitations, to creating a wedding website,” Brandy said.

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Birthday Party: Bailee’s Olympic Gymnast Party

Some girls dream of being the next Gabby Douglas or Simone Biles. One parent wanted to give her 10-year old daughter an Olympic celebration she would never forget.

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Dr. Carstarphen Graduation

Graduations usually mean a time of celebration. But with long, hot robes, drawn out ceremonies and sometimes nagging family on hand, glam may not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of the day you turn your tassle. Not the case for Dr. LaToya Carstarphen who pulled out all the stops for the celebration of her doctoral degree. “First off, I knew I wanted glam! I chose a color palette of deep purple, fuchsia and red because of how regal and lush the colors are together . I definitely wanted something outside of the norm in regards to a graduation party,” LaToya said. She says event planner Valia Rose took that color palette and ran with it, conquering her elaborate party look effortlessly! “My planner is known for taking dated facilities and giving them a breath of life. I knew with this venue she would be able to do her magic and give us a wow factor; and she did!” LaToya said. The Valia Rose concierge team assisted with the guest of honor’s custom gown fittings, food tastings, grad photos and more. And speaking of those photos, one was displayed on the dance floor at the party making LaToya truly the center of attention for her big night!

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Real Weddings: QD Dare & Andrea

QD Dare  and Andrea ‘s love story is one that gives butterflies, and twinkling eyes. The two met in such an unexpected way, that what seemed to be a coincidence, turned out to be God’s plan. Proving his undying love for his queen, QD Dare not only proposed once, but twice, only this time upgrading…

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