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Apr 042017
 

Contributor: Vintage Noire Photography

Of the myriad of things that a bride and groom to be think of when planning their special day, strategizing about how to achieve beautiful pictures on their wedding day is something not to be overlooked. It goes without question that a lot of thought should go into picking the photographer with the skill set, technical expertise, personality, and package options that are most appealing and suitable for your needs. Yet, you should also consider consulting with your photographer on not just the poses and products that you desire. You should have a serious discussion between you, your photographer, as well as your planner about how to create the optimal environment for picture perfect wedding shots. Here are five (5) tips to incorporate in your wedding photography planning. We hope you enjoy these, and we will post more tips in the upcoming weeks.
1. When you select a venue for your wedding, be sure to think of lighting. Pick a venue with good available natural lighting, if at all possible. Consider outdoor venues or venues with a good number of windows. Atriums are also good choices. Natural lighting helps with achieving sharp pictures with rich colors and contrast. Natural light is also very flattering to skin tones. If it is not possible to pick a venue with good natural lighting, plan on an outdoor session as part of your after ceremony shots.
2. Remember that the best times of day to take pictures are early in the morning right after sunrise or right before sunset, during the blue or golden hours. Since most weddings are in the afternoons and evenings, be sure to allot 30-45 minutes near sunset for your photographer to capture some special outdoor moments between bride and groom.
3. For gorgeous night time shots, string lighting and professional uplighting are excellent choices to incorporate as part of your wedding decor. Also see if your photographer has portable lighting that he/she might consider bringing to the venue for the reception. (There may be an extra charge for this.) Photographers can do wonders with extra flashes,strobes, video lights, and LED lights.
4. Be sure to consider the backdrops for your pictures. Flower gardens, trees, and water views make good backgrounds for pictures. Look for venues with interesting architecture and character details such as spiral staircases, cherry wood paneled walls, beautiful mirrors, textured walls, artwork, stained glass windows, aged barn doors, and vintage or ultra mod furniture.
5. If you are strapped for time with a tight wedding day schedule, or if the weather was inclement on your wedding day, consider an outdoor after wedding session that allows you and your fiancé an excuse to don your wedding clothes a day or two, or even a few weeks after the wedding, and capture those romantic, relaxed, intimate photographs that you often do not have time to take during the hustle and bustle of your wedding day.
Feel free to email info@vintagenoire.com if you need a wedding photography consultation. We cannot wait to hear from you. Be sure to like us on Facebook!

 Posted by at 10:19 pm
Apr 022017
 


This fun loving couple are united in their love of rugby and their fabulous sense of humor. Both love to give back to the community, whether it is Boy Scouts, teaching young people martial arts, or dedicating their efforts on behalf of charitable agencies. We truly enjoyed capturing images from this large family and friends fete at St. Patrick’s Church (where the groom romantically proposed) and on the USS Yorktown. The laughter rang throughout the night and the dance floor remained full!

Check out more photos from their beautiful day here:
http://www.vintagenoire.com/Blogs/Kristine-and-Tyewhans-Wedding-Blog/

Vendors
Wedding Coordinators:
Vicki Zelenko and Bonnie Randall

Photographer: Vintage Noire
Caterer: Top Shelf
Bakery: Publix
Flowers: Lotus Flowers
Dress: David’s Bridal

Feb 152017
 

Only ten days away from the nuptials of this lovely couple, Kristine and Tyewhan. This fun loving couple are united in their love of rugby and their fabulous sense of humor. Both love to give back to the community, whether it is Boy Scouts, teaching young people martial arts, or dedicating their efforts on behalf of charitable agencies. We can’t wait for this large family affair at St. Patrick’s Church and on the Yorktown on February 25!

Enjoy these photos from their recent engagement shoot.




 Posted by at 10:48 pm
Dec 262016
 

On behalf of CMBEA, we would like to send our congratulations out to all honorees and a big thank you to all of our guests. Over 75 guests joined us at the Charleston Visitor’s Center, 375 Meeting Street, on Friday, December 2,2016.
Here are some of the photographs from the event:
from Vintage Noire: 2016 Best of Photos
from Love Shots by Sunil Ford:Photos from Love Shots

Here is a list of winners and runners up:2016 Best of Winners and Runners up

If you enjoyed the delicious cuisine of 787 Bar and Grill, beverage service by B.Y.O.B., beautiful decor by Larger than Life Events and Design, desserts by Simply Shuga, music by DJ BMB, media coverage by 2XPOSU, and our gracious hostess Stephanie Gilmore, the vendor information can be found within the program link below.

CMBEA 2016 Best of Program Download: CMBEA 2016 Best of Program

Please look for our quarterly newsletter discussing upcoming events and vendor showcasing. Email us at info@cmbea.com if you would like to be a sponsor for our February 10, 2017 Business Mixer at Grand Luxe Event Center (2060 Harley Street,Suite B, North Charleston), or the upcoming December 8, 2017 Awards Ceremony.

Also, if you or a business you know would be interested in joining CMBEA for 2017, please use the link provided below to pay your annual membership dues of $100:

Join CMBEA

Your CMBEA trade association membership fees may be IRS tax deductible, so take advantage of the tax break!
View our current member list at :
CMBEA 2016-2017 Members

We look forward to seeing you again at our upcoming events in 2017!

 Posted by at 11:09 pm
Oct 272016
 

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Team Leaders: Outstanding Occasions By Dell

Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Outstanding Occasions By Dell
Photographer: Ricardo Richardson
Flowers: Larger than Life Events and Design
Lighting:LMS Studio

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Oct 272016
 

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Wedding Couple: Bride & Groom: Troy & India Richardson

Wedding Vendors:
Decor: Inspired By Annette Event Planning & Rentals, LLC (www.inspiredbyannette.com)
Planning: Timely Expressions – Lakisha Dantzler
Food: Robyn Kendrick – ParaClete Catering
Photography: Monifa Basdeo – Picture Perfect Photography
Videography: Shawn Maxwell – Shawn Maxwell Cinema
Venue: Gateway Conference Center, Richburg, SC
DJ: DJ D Dubb
MUA: Hannah Makeup Artistry
Musicians: David Richardson & Jasmaine Smalls
Photobooth: Shots Photobooth Co. by Jordan Schaffer
Wedding Cake/cupcakes: Lita’s Treats
Invitations/Programs: Leslie M. Harden
Florist: Blossoms and Blooms with Nicole Dantzler

 Posted by at 8:21 am
Sep 192016
 

Mindy and Albert are one of the most fun loving and joyful couples we have had the honor of shooting over the years. Mindy works in telecommunications and Albert in IT. They share a love of travel, adventure, and adorable canines. They are truly a match made in heaven!
Their love shined through every frame, and it was hard narrowing down which pictures to include in their post–every one of them looks fabulous. Their family is also amazing and sent us the loveliest thank you note after the e-session: “Just a quick note to tell you how much I appreciated being able to see the engagement photos, they were absolutely breath taking! You truly captured the love between Mindy and Albert! Thank-you for putting a smile on my face and a tear or two in my eyes! Can’t wait to meet you next year.” We can’t wait to capture all of the precious moments during their Spring 2017 wedding.

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May 262016
 

Imagine twenty years after your wedding, your grandchildren ask to see your wedding photos. What will you show them? A CD or USB drive that might be outdated? A post on facebook, instagram, or twitter? Wouldn’t it be better or more nostalgic to have a beautiful album to proudly display your cherished memories? Every couple should definitely have an album or coffee table book, as they are enduring mementos to help keep the memories of your special day alive in beautiful, artistic form. After the cake is eaten, toasts are given, the bridal attire is taken off, and the decor taken down, all you have left are your albums and photobooks as physical evidence to recall the colors, emotions, and memories from your wedding day or special occasion. You can share this heirloom with your grandchildren in a way that digital files cannot. Each Vintage Noire album or photobook is exquisitely custom designed by our graphic artist, so you’ll never see two books exactly alike. You may also request special wording and/or special design features to make your album uniquely yours.

Album pricing ranges from $200-$2000, based on the quality of the book, the type of paper, size, type of cover options selected, and the number of sides. At Vintage Noire, we try to offer a range of albums to fit every budget, while providing excellent quality. Albums usually take 4-12 weeks to produce and print after the order is placed. Couples should pick 10-20 must have images from their online wedding galleries, and the photographer may recommend the others. Couples will have online proofing approval of the design and album layout before the album is printed, during which time pictures and layouts can often be changed within a designated number business days, free of charge. Call us at 888-905-0045 or email us at info@vintagenoire.com to ask about any of these albums, or to place your orders. We work with professional photographers and traditional clients to design custom albums and photobooks.

***Please note that often when discussing albums and photobooks, album makers refer to number of sides instead of pages. A traditional page is comprised of two sides, front and back. A spread covers two adjacent sides, with the content or picture flowing across the margins. The spread may have a small gap (gutter) between pages or have a seamless appearance.
Glossy photos have a shiny, reflective appearance, while matte photos present flat, non-reflective photo surfaces (less sun glare).

Types of Photobooks and Albums

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Photo Book: Photobooks, sometimes called coffee table books, are comprised of wafer thin pages that are book or library bound and often do not lay flat. The effect is similar to a magazine or yearbook. Photobooks are often good options for guest books or memory books.
Our custom designed coffee table book is color photo-wrapped or leather bound with a hard cover and includes full page photographs. The book can be upgraded with additional pages or more pictures per page. This makes a great guestbook or memory book.

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The Layflat, Flush-mounted Wedding Album: This album is called flush-mounted because it is comprised of thick pages and high quality photo paper glued to cardstock. It lays flat when you open it. The photo ink is of a higher quality than photobooks. Cover choices include photo-wrapped, leather (with the option of a cut out picture), metallic, acryllic, wood, or fabrics like linen. This album usually comes standard with 20 sides.

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Vintage Album: This handmade vintage inspired fabric (usually silk or linen) covered album includes single photos on each page interwoven with protective glassine or glossy pages that are water and grease resistant. The book is bound with luxurious silk ribbon.This album is truly a top of the line stunner.

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Neoclassic Flushmount :
One of the most luxurious of books, this album features vibrant, bold 6 color printing (traditional printers usually use 4 color ink, so 6 color printing offers a richer range of dynamic colors), and thick, glossy or matte pages. There is the option of a customizable, photo album box/case.

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Presentation mini album/CD/DVD case: This lovely keepsake includes a small 5×8, 8-12 side mini album insert, a box, plus a slot for a usb drive or cd.

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Matted Albums: These albums are traditional in style and include single size pictures encased in white, black, or gray mats (card stock borders). The edges of the pages can be gilded in gold, silver, blue, red, or purple.

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Album boxes can be custom designed cases that beautifully protect your albums. They are made to fit the size of your album. You have a choice of photo covered, acrylic, wood, fabric, etc.

For more on albums, see http://ezphototemplates.com/albums/pacific-albums_only/

Mar 082016
 

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Tips for the Engagement session

    • Pick a location or two that is meaningful for you as a couple. The place you met, got engaged, enjoyed spending time together, etc. are all good options.
    • You should expect your engagement session to last 1-1 ½ hours in length.
    • The engagement is an excellent time to get comfortable with your photographers, as you experience how we gel as a team, and we uncover which poses and photography style fits you best as a couple. Think of the engagement session as a fun filled, relaxing dry run for your wedding day, in terms of photography.
    • Always know that our goal at Vintage Noire is to make you look “picture perfect in any era.” With that goal in mind, please make sure that you have hair and makeup as top priorities on your to do list, as you prepare for the shoot. We recommend airbrushed makeup to keep your makeup in place, or having your makeup artist present for touch ups during the engagement shoot. Let us know if you need referrals for makeup artists or hair stylists.

 

  • Make sure you think carefully about what you will wear. You want to your attire to say something special about you are as a couple, or have your clothing represent something that defines your personal style. You can also have a bit of fun and channel your favorite era in time or your favorite movie. Many of our couples opt for our fusion option in which they wear vintage or theme oriented attire for one portion of the engagement session and then they dress up a bit in an urbane, sophisticated or stylish manner for the second half of the shoot. We have had brides pick themes centering on the 1920s, Harlem Nights, 1960s Black Power Movement, Dallas Cowboys, and an Officer and a Gentleman, for example. Rule of thumb: Let your personalities and, most of all, the love between you two shine through what you wear.

 

  • Think of any props like floral laurels for your hair, picnic supplies, chalkboard signs, etc. that will add a special touch to your engagement sessions.
  • Remember that oftentimes the best times of day to take photos are in the early mornings or near sunsets (the golden hour). These times offer good natural lighting for pictures and the weather is often more temperate.
  • Please share with us, your photographers, your ideas and desires for the kind of pictures you want for your session. Telling us what inspires you and what you love about pictures helps us to envision the photography plan for your special day.DSC_0297 DSC_0309 108 IMG_0467-1662799777-O IMG_0042
 Posted by at 9:43 pm
Dec 262015
 

Let us give a warm welcome to our 2017-2018 CMBEA Development Corporation Board of Directors: Mildred V. Moore (chair), Shirley Daley (vice chair), Troy McClain (treasurer), Dr. Nina Davis, Earl Newell, Atosha K. Barboza Bennett (Events Committee Chair) , Dr. Valerie Frazier Gresham (CMBEA DC Professional Development/Education Administrator), and David Gresham (CMBEA DC Executive Director and President). They are charged with setting our vision and course in the upcoming year, for professional training and workshops and charitable events. We are excited to see what the future has to offer.

Mildred V. Moore, Chair

She is the owner/lead photographer of Moore Memories Photography.

SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT ME (Mildred)
1. I was born before Hawaii was a state (my son informed me)
2. I am left handed, so I don’t point out directions well, I take the create way, LOL!
3. My first language is Spanish, so I sometimes have my words in the wrong order,
i.e., “we need to buy some “paper toilet” for which I would get some weird looks
from the kids.
4. I was the first one in my household to get a motorcycle license…my husband was riding for 30 years, so I appointed myself the president of our 6 member
household club.
5. My first club rule after appointing myself motorcycle club president, “If you want to stay family and friends don’t ask to ride my bike”.
6. If traveling was free, you would have to look me up in the “Yellow Pages.” I have worked in an Industrial Industry for the last 33 yrs. I have worn many hats while
in that industry along with a hard hat. I am a skilled driver and operator of heavy equipment. The last 6 years I had been the shipping/logistics coordinator, dispatching,
receiving, scheduling, tracking on time shipments via containers and flat beds.
I am a certified internal/external ISO 9001 Auditor
I have represented my Co. in functions from meeting Gov. Haley to visiting our parent Co. in Tokyo, Japan.
I am a wife and the mother of three. I have been a photographer in the Bridal/ Events world for over 15 years. While many changes have and are taking place, it is still a very exciting industry.
I am a good communicator, team player, and accountable.

Shirley Daley, Vice chair

Shirley Daley was voted 2016 CMBEA Most Valuable Member, and was the marvelous producer for our 2017 CMBEA Experience Fashion Show.

Shirley Daley lives in Charleston, SC. She has graced the globe with her passion for design and fashion production. Her quest for perfection led her to study design in North Carolina and Atlanta, GA, where she worked as an assistant designer. While in New York, she had the opportunity to collaborate with other famous designers, and further her career in the fashion industry.

Next, she moved to Hawaii and became a well-known designer working with the US Marine, US Navy, and US Air Force Black Collation, and 5 Stars Production.

Shirley has designed for D’LaTroy Creation, masterfully creating ensembles for full-figured, fabulous clients. The Inspiration of her Lauren DeVaughn designs comes from her granddaughter, Lauren Brown.

Shirley graduated from college and worked at NC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, AIG International Insurance Company-NYC.

Some of her past projects include an elaborate exhibition as part of the Wine Dine & Design Fashion Show (The Walker Foundation for the Deaf and Blind School of Columbia SC), Charlotte International Fashion Week, Shirley Murdock Gospel Concert & Spring Fashion Show, Columbia Style Fashion Week, Columbia Style Exhibition Fashion Week, Lowcountry Exposure Fashion & Beauty Expo, SC Style Fashion Week, 2008 Designer Competition Atlanta GA, second place winner, and the Bronner Brother International Hair Show.

 

Troy McClain, Treasurer

Troy is a native Of Charleston, South Carolina, where he still resides. He is the second oldest child of five boys and two girls. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in religion. He is a local business owner, musician, preacher, missionary, community & social activist, an Author of his new self-published book entitled “I want It All”. Troy has also been nominated by the Geechie One awards for Business Man of the year and Book of the year, but most importantly a servant. Jesus said “that the greatest among you will be your servant”, and Troy believes that. He is also the Founder of a mentorship program called The “I AM Foundation,” a non-profit designed to enrich and empower the life experiences of inner-city boys by helping them develop independent living skills. They aggravate, cultivate, and culminate the greatness that lies within young men. Despite many challenges he faced during adolescent years in school and life with God, he prevailed and desires to inspire, motivate and empower others to have all of what God intends us to have out of life and not settle for mediocrity. In February 2015, Troy along with Karen Thrower started an event called ‘The Awakening Series”. Each month a local black business is featured to tell their story while educating, inspiring and empowering aspiring Entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals to build a business. It is his passion and commitment to advocate for the community and local businesses to progress and grow. His prayer is to compel others to Trust God and adhere to their imagination and go where it takes them. His favorite quote is “It’s often the person that no one imagines anything of, that go on and do the things that no one can imagine.” He challenges people to Live their PURPOSE on Purpose.


 

Atosha Barboza Bennett, CMBEA Events Committee Chair

Atosha  is  the 2016 Founders’ Award winner, the 2016, 2015 and 2014 CMBEA People’s Choice for Best Florist and the 2014 runner up for CMBEA Rising Star and 2014 runner up for People’s Choice Best Planner/Decorator/Coordinator. She made a huge splash with her chic and stylish Adult Lounge designer room at the 2015 CMBEA Experience.

Atosha K. Barboza Bennett, along with husband Charles, owns Larger Than Life Events and Design, a full service event management and design company that specializes in event and floral design, which was officially established in 2010. Atosha, who hails from New Jersey, is a self described Diva Fashionista and lover of ALL things PINK!!.She takes great pride in being at the cutting edge of the field of event planning, and she manages events with precision, while fusing contemporary design elements with whimsical touches.

Her Larger Than Life Events and Design business is a member of the Munaluchi Bride Coterie. Her work has been published in multiple publications in print and online.

Fast Facts:

Largest Wedding Party ever coordinated – 42

Most guests ever at an event – 700

Most popular wedding color – Purple (9 weddings in 2 years)

 

Dr. Nina Davis, CMBEA DC Board Member

Dr. Nina Davis is currently employed with the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC), where she is Associate Director of Alumni Engagement and Career Services. She is also an Instructor for the college skills class. Nina Davis has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts in Human Behavior & Conflict Management. Nina also has a Doctorate of Education in Human Services Administration.

Dr. Davis volunteers with several organizations and enjoys working with & mentoring young people and conducting workshops and presentations. Some of Nina’s volunteer work includes volunteering with the Delta GEMS program, Ladies Enriching the Community, The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club and serving as an Assistant Advisor for the collegiate chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at the College of Charleston. Nina is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Charleston Alumnae Chapter). She is a current member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group, a member of the local area steering committee, former Ambassador and former ChairWoman of the Chamber Ambassadors group. She is a Board Member for Ladies Enriching the Community, Inc. and conducts workshops and presentations for various schools, churches, community centers and TRiO programs and conferences in the area. She conducts workshops and presentations on Dressing for Success, Interviewing Skills, Professionalism, Professional Branding, and Conflict Management.

Some of Dr. Nina Davis accomplishments include: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture Award, Phi Gamma Sigma International Professional and Honor Society, Charleston’s Forty under 40 (Charleston Regional Business Journal) and SC Black Pages Forty under 40. Dr. Nina Davis also enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends and trying new restaurants. Dr. Davis is a woman of faith and a firm believer in “writing the vision!” Her favorite quote is by Marian Wright Edelman and the quote states: “Children must have at least one person who believes in them. It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could be you. You never know when a little love; a little support will plant a small seed of hope.”

David Gresham, CMBEA DC Executive Director and President

David Gresham is a Mechatronics Engineer at Daimler. He designs and programs electrical and hydraulic systems for custom trucks, RV’s, and buses. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering with a core focus on Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering from the University of Georgia. He is a Renaissance man who enjoys photography, drawing, and graphic design. He is lead photographer at Vintage Noire Photography.

Dr. Valerie Frazier Gresham, CMBEA DC Professional Development/Education Administrator

Dr. Valerie Frazier Gresham teaches African American, American, and multicultural literatures at the College of Charleston. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and M.P.A. from the College of Charleston and University of South Carolina. Her research centers on contemporary African American, postcolonial, and women’s literature. She loves reading, cooking, photography, and anything wedding related. She previously worked as a community development officer/grant writer for the City of Charleston. She is the creative director at Vintage Noire Photography and Event Planning. She specializes in planning large scale business and educational conferences.

Project that David and Valerie are working on together: They founded the Charleston Multicultural Bridal and Events Association(CMBEA) in 2012, which is a lowcountry masala of culturally diverse vendors that provides networking, professional development, and one stop website event planning for brides, event organizers, and the general public (cmbea.com). With Charleston continuing to be the number one wedding and tourist destination in the country, they have found that there is an increasing need for culturally diverse representation in the Charleston bridal market. CMBEA fills this void by providing a portal for brides to access information about highly qualified multicultural vendors and the latest trends in the wedding industry.

 Posted by at 2:25 pm
Dec 262015
 

CMBEA Development Corporation (CMBEA-DC) is a non-profit organization, federal and state recognized 501 (c) (3)  that works towards increasing the representation and visibility of multicultural vendors, as well as helping them to leverage available educational and financial resources to facilitate the success of their businesses.  CMBEA Development Corporation provides professional development and educational workshops for vendors. In addition, it sponsors community outreach programs such as charity community photo shoots for families who cannot afford professional photography or coordination of the nuptials for special needs couples who want to experience the joy of  a wedding.  Additionally, the CMBEA Development Corporation offers small scholarships for vendors  to attend  regional and national professional conferences in order to develop their skillsets and network on a regional and national level. The CMBEA Development Corporation will also, at a future date, open a wedding and special events studio/meeting space for the use of its members and the general public.

 Posted by at 2:09 pm
Dec 262015
 

We would like to congratulate the winners of CMBEA’s 2015 BEST OF People’s Choice Award. These individuals have been proven by public opinion that their superior services, outstanding products, and overall superb business ethics are what it takes to be acknowledged as successful and trusted vendors.

2015 CMBEA Icon Award
DeBorah Green of DeBorah’s Bridal of Charleston

2015 CMBEA Rising Star Award
Shirley Daley of Lauren DeVaughn

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Best Photographer/Videographer
FoKAS Photography

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Best Planner/Coordinator/Decorator
Michelle Summers of Your Signature Events by Michelle Summers

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Best Chef/Caterer/Restaurant
Duvall Catering and Event Design

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Best Cake Artist/Desserts
Artistic Cakes by Linda

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Best Florist
Larger Than Life Events & Design

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Best Bridal Attire and Jewelry
DeBorah’s Bridal of Charleston

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Musical Bands, DJ’s, or Dance Entertainment
DJ D-Nice

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Business Award: Best Linens and Rentals
Your Signature Events by Michelle Summers

2015CMBEA People’s Choice Award: Best Hair
Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Award: Business and Community Networking
Stephanie Gilmore Show

2014-2015 Wedding of the Year
Banks Wedding, Team Leader:Shanna M. Scott of E’ellesse: Event Logistics Solutions

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Award: Best Make up or Skin Care
L’Tonya Scott of Favour Makeup Artistry by L’Tonya

2015 CMBEA People’s Choice Award: Best Fashion Designer
Shirley Daley

2015 CMBEA Founders’ Award
Courtney Shaw Scipio of Inspired by Annette

2015 CMBEA Most Valuable Member (MVP)
Michelle Summers

*ALL WINNERS ARE GIVEN A FULL 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO CMBEA
Benefits included but are not limited to the following:
-Free access to all CMBEA sponsored events.
-Low (Fixed ) Vendor Table Fee for any CMBEA sponsored vendor opportunity.
-Free full page color ad for your business for all major CMBEA events.
-Free full page profile with clickable links to your site on CMBEA’s website.
-Free opportunities to introduce your business in front of Attendees.
-National exposure via website and collaborations with national publications.
-Showcase of your event via blog and social media.
-Opportunities to use your image/work in our event advertisements signature room.
-$50 photoshoot/videography about your business to play on social media, radio, television.

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 Posted by at 12:31 pm
Aug 042015
 

It is always a pleasure to capture the special day of a wonderful, loving couple, and never more so that when you shoot the wedding for a loved one, our brother Kavazeo and his lovely wife Nina. Enjoy a few pictures of the details from their nuptials. It was also great returning home to the land of the UGA Bulldogs in Athens, GA. Look for more posts from this wedding to come:)

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 Posted by at 11:30 pm
Nov 302014
 

Thomas were inspired by nature for their August vow renewal ceremony in celebration of their tenth anniversary. Their colors were lime green, charcoal and black. High school sweethearts who married very young, this joyous, spirit filled couple wanted to share their love in front of family and friends who had not attended their first intimate ceremony.

Octavia loves being a mother of three beautiful daughters. She is a nurturer and relishes spending time with family and friends. Thomas is a wonderful dad, fill of laughter and fun. This couple is fun loving, religious, and dedicated to one another.

The couple believes in putting God first in their lives. They are inspired by the scripture: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

They will continue to build their family and serve as an inspiration to other young couples–an example of how love endures. They are a match made in heaven.
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Nov 092014
 
 Posted by at 7:44 pm
Jun 162014
 

Even though torrential rains the day before the wedding threatened to dampen their ceremony, nothing could take away from the joy and happiness of Ron and Shawnta. Ron is an IT specialist and Shawnta is a supervisor at Verizon. Their love shown through to brighten the day for family and friends. We loved their Pretty in Pink theme, and the picturesque setting of their wedding venue, the Island House on the banks of the Stono River. We loved it so much we had to return for an after wedding shoot. Please enjoy some of our favorite pictures of the couple’s wedding.

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 Posted by at 8:23 pm
Jun 122014
 

Bridgette Bartlett-Royall headshotRecently we at CMBEA had the pleasure of meeting Bridgette Bartlett, founder of Black Bridal Bliss, the ultimate online destination for black brides. We tremendously enjoyed getting to know Bridgette, a newlywed herself who married Anthony Royall in Charlotte, N.C. in October 2013. During our two hour interview, we learned a lot about her, and Triple B, as she affectionately calls Black Bridal Bliss. We encourage everyone to check out this valuable resource for the destination black bride who wants a big day that is both fabulous and budget friendly.

An award winning columnist, Bartlett-Royall has an impressive resume. She has served as writer/editor for Essence, Juicy and People magazines. Moreover, she worked for over eight years as an editor at Essence Communications, expanding their coverage of real life weddings and weddings of celebrities, such as basketball player Chris Paul. Bartlett-Royall has interviewed a wide range of well known celebrities such as Alicia Keys, LeBron James, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Steve Harvey, and Rachel Zoe. She was also the featured guest on an episode of TLC’s bridal reality show Something Borrowed, Something New.

Her website Black Bridal Bliss, which just celebrated four year of existence in June 2014, is a portal with 12,000 unique site views per month. Some of the features of the site include “Tie the Knot Tuesdays” (which showcase real life weddings and engagements), destination wedding planning, bachelorette party location suggestions, celebrity interviews, and “Bridgette’s Picks,” which feature Bridgette’s wonderful fashion and style picks for brides to be. One aspect that makes Bridgette’s site unique is its focus not just on the glitter and glamour of wedding planning, but also the hurdles that couples face during their first years of marriage and the joys of single mothers finding love and matrimony.

We came to meet Bridgette when her husband surprised her with a post honeymoon trip to Charleston, S.C. They enjoyed visiting local tourist sites downtown and in the surrounding areas. Bridgette, not surprisingly, could not resist checking out the Charleston wedding scene, which she loved, and hopes to develop further collaborations with CMBEA and its vendors. We look forward to welcoming her back to the lowcountry in the near future. Contact info@cmbea.com for more information.

Be sure to check out http://blackbridalbliss.com/

Jan 262014
 

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o Remember to bring a nice hanger or stylish garment bag to display your gorgeous wedding dress to best advantage.

o Consider having a long, trailing veil or stunning jewelry or accessories to make for dramatic pictures of a sure to be exquisite bride.

o Consider a first look before the ceremony, either between bride and groom, or to add a new twist, between father and daughter. These pictures make for some of the most heartwarming and they allow for a special, quiet moment between loved ones before the hustle and bustle of the rest of the day.

o Try for a long slow kiss or several kisses and embraces once the officiant pronounces you husband and wife, so that your photographers can capture this most special of moments and you have a kaleidoscope of images of the first moments of your life as a married couple.

o Let your photographers know if you have a special first dance, dip, or special entrance into the reception planned, so that every moment can be recorded and stored away for future memories, without skipping a beat.

o Remember to fake toss your bouquet at least once before you really throw it to your adoring single lady friends. It ups the ante in terms of the excitement and anticipation of the crowd, and the wonderful expressions on the bride’s face are not to be missed.

o Be sure to think about what kind of exit you would like from your wedding. It could be the couple leaving with friends and family showering them with a spray of bubbles or rose petals, the couple rushing underneath a military Saber Arch, a London bridge, or sparklers. Or the crowd could be cheering as bride and groom exit for a carriage or yacht ride. As an old school throwback, the couple can leave the reception and drive off in style with bottles or cans tied to the getaway car. Whatever your exit is, just make it memorable and heart felt.

o Don’t forget to include your photographers in your reception meal count, so they don’t have to leave the premises for an hour or more and lose valuable shooting time.

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