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What do you get when you pair Haitian heritage, Filipino charm, soul food and a historic Victorian estate?  A whole lot of "slap-me-that's-so-pretty" outbursts.  Today's real wedding inspiration was captured by Samantha Shay Photography, and I'm honored to share it with you.

SCENE #1 - THE BRIDAL CHAMBER

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Rachel, a Spelman College Alum of Haitian roots, and Tony, an Oral Roberts University Alum of Filipino-Haitian roots, chose June as their month to say "I Do" in style.  By style, I mean gorgeous hair, classic make up, and custom made gifts made of ivory and blue freshwater pearls (lucky bridesmaids!).

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SCENE #2 -  A SOULFUL CEREMONY

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Veering away from whimsical or nondenominational settings like Central Park or the Empire State Building, Rachel and Tony stayed true to their beliefs by holding their ceremony at the historic Bethany Baptist church in Brooklyn.  The tune of gospel and romance echoed through the glass mosaics, but quickly shifted to a more festive Caribbean tune, complete with mango punch and speeches in creole.

To witness the follow up to Rachel & Tony's big day, see Part 2 in Wedding Nouveau.

Vendors:

Images by Samantha Shay Photography
Florals  by Sharyi Harris of Brownstone Florist
Bridesmaid's accessories by Lynette Silver from Chuchulyn
Bride's Make up by Jigga Jewel Whinfield; Bride's reception dress by Catcista
Bride's Jewelry by Givenchy
Catering by  Spoonbread Catering and Event Planning
Reception music by Entertainment Integrators
Ceremony at Bethany Baptist Church (Officiant: Rev. Clinton M. Miller)
Reception at The Victorian}

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