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Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
By Ezinne Ukoha
Tis the season to be wed! And for those seeking alternatives to rival the traditional bridal attire: look no further. Here is a list of options that will be sure to satisfy your need to add some spice to your day and help you and your bridal party stand out in an unforgettable way!

Photo Courtesy of www.cassandrabromfiled.com

This gorgeous patchwork number covers all the facets of African imported fabrics and is available at Cassandra Bromfield’s Company located at Boerum Street Brooklyn, New York.  The elegant corset detail adds a nice simple appeal and the full skirt fulfills the princess aspect that every bride strives for on her big day. Services are by appointment only and you can expect fully-personalized attention, plus your pick of elegant traditional and afro-centric gowns that run the gamut. Call 718-388-2055 or email: cabcom@AOL.com for more information.


Photos above courtesy of tk-designs.com

African inspired attire always evokes the spirit of regality and the two toned gown with the magnificent head - piece certainly lives up to the hype. TeKay Designs, a retailer of all things wedding inspired, including ethnic gowns is headquartered in Houston, Texas. You can only order online but that should not deter you from giving them a try when it comes to outfitting yourself and the entire wedding party in Afro-centric regalia.   They go out of their way to accommodate all the needs of the bride, taking time and cost into consideration, along with   any special requests you may have.  They have a factory in Ghana, West Africa and that guarantees that you are getting premium quality material like the gowns featured on the bride and her groom and bridesmaid – brocade, a very popular fabric in West Africa was the fabric of choice. The embroidery features hand stitched beads and it is details like this that make Afro-centric gowns worth the trouble. For pricing and inquiry visit tk-designs.com.


Photo courtesy of weddingbee.com

A lot of brides who opt for a more ethnic look for their big day are inspired by the traditional aspect of the idea and go the extra mile to encompass every last detail in their attire. White and gold seems to be the two-toned colors of choice for most Afro-centric gowns and the gown above, from designer Therez Fleetwood is made form 100% silk shantung and the embroidered Adrinka symbols showcased in front of the gown are also hand - painted and they represent love, honor and respect which are quite fitting given the occasion. Therez Fleetwood has been designing African inspired gowns since 1996 and is known for her intricate and one-of-a-kind creations. She is based in Dallas, Texas. Call 972-682-9485 for more information or to book an appointment. 


Nigerian designer Thony Chukwuemezie Anyiam started Anyiam Creations in 1991. Based in Maryland, he is known for merging his African heritage with Western influences to produce colorful and eclectic ensembles for formal occasions. The perfect headpiece always trumps his wedding gowns as you can see from the photo above. He is by appointment only and his studio is located at Bladensburg, MD. Call 301-277-5789 for more info.

Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding but the perfect dress takes precedence above everything else. Hopefully these options for those looking to add a more ethnic vibe to their day will prove helpful and inspiring. Happy Wedding!



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