Gabrielle & Jonothan!

I'm not a fan of long engagements. I basically have your wedding planned in my head in like, the first few months, if that. So when Gabrielle told me that her engagement would be almost 2 1/2 years long, I already liked her so I was in. The only way to get through it was to make timeline jokes and keep it moving. The hidden gift in their long engagement was my relationship with Gabrielle. She's like the little sister that I never had and I'm so grateful.

In 2 1/2 years, I was able to see how Johnathan and Gabrielle worked as a couple, which was beautiful. Gabrielle would have an idea, or I'd have one, and she'd present it to Johnathan and the answer would always be yes. Well, there would be questions first but in the end, the answer would be yes. The ONLY time he said no was when it came to doing a first look. He was so opposed to it that even I was worried that I wouldn't be able to convince him, which I can ALWAYS convince a couple to do a first look. Thank goodness they listened to'll see from their photos how magical it really was. Get comfortable because as usual, Elle Danielle shot her life away!


Ikeda & Shaun!

When I tell you guys that Ikeda and Shaun are magical, I mean it in every sense of the word. I worked with them for about a year and in that time I witnessed their little honey pie, Kingsley, go from a baby in a stroller to a walking little girl. I promise, my main goal in our meetings was for me to get Kingsley in my arms and then get down to business. The love and tenderness that they have for each other is inspiring, and when it comes to their little honey pie, it's palpable. Some couples reinforce my idea of love...Ikeda and Shaun are definitely one of those couples for me.

As you remember from their engagement shoot, they come to SLAY! Ikeda's gown...her GOWN, you guys!!! Her shoes, her headpiece, her everything! Shaun's tux...their flowers...their smiles... basically, get comfy because I love all 10,000,000 of their photos. Mecca, you KILLED this!!!


Courtni & Mike!

Let me tell you a little about Courtni and Mike...The first time we met, we talked for at least two hours. I wsay "at least" because it very well could have been longer. Mike had just as many ideas as Courtni and they were both in-sync when it came to the details of the day. We worked together for two years so I was able to observe how they communicated and how they were both wonderful parents to their little honey baby Jaxon. Their wedding day was the most perfect day and I'm beyond excited to share it with you guys!


The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation - Careers In Entertainment

I had the pleasure of participating in the Will and Jada Family Foundation Careers In Entertainment event at Morehouse. The Careers in Entertainment Tour gives young people from undeserved backgrounds an interactive, fun and useful guide to working in the entertainment industry. 

My Simply Perfect Events was asked to provide insight into the life of an event planner. I decided to have a party within the event. Robot Booth provided the photo booth, Stylish Stems brought my photo booth dreams to life with this enchanted jungle backdrop. In a was EVERYTHING! 

You can find the full set of photos here.


Zhaleh & Mike!

To say that Zhaleh and Mike's wedding was epic would be an understatement. I remember when they first told me how many people they were inviting: "It'll be probably around 800 on the guest list so we're anticipating about 500..." And that's what they got! They chose a venue that was probably the most perfectly fit venue for a couple that I've ever seen. If you've ever been to AfroPunk you're aware of 787 Windsor. Yes, the huge warehouse with beautifully covered walls that lend to endless to photo ops. Basically, a dream.

Zhaleh and Mike walked down the aisle together to Bootsy Collins' "I'd Rather Be With You" surrounded by 500 of their friends and family members. I've never heard guests cheer so loudly for a couple and it set the tone for the whole day...a beautiful celebration. Get comfy because I have PLENTY of photos to share with you all.