Oh Happy Day! Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Do we ever have a treat today! Munaluchi Bridal magazine is debuting online today, and it’s just waiting for you to feast your eyes on. This gorgeous magazine dedicated to African-American brides is pure wedding inspiration bliss. Our good friend and floral designer maven Janie of The Bride’s Cafe, along with photographer Amelia Johnson, event stylist Dana FitzGerald, created this editorial photoshoot that will fill your heart with glee.

Head on over to Munaluchi Bridal to view the entire first digital issue HERE!


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From the calligrapher, Moya of MM Ink: I wanted to create lettering for the Oh Happy Day stationery pieces that was fun and included playful flourishes throughout. I started with hand lettering the bride and groom’s names and adding fancy swirls to make them stand out. This became the inspiration for the rest of the calligraphy I did for the invitation, RSVP card, monogram and place card paper ribbons.

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For the menu cards, I wanted to emphasize the idea of a celebration filled with excitement and cheer. So I really had fun with the lettering and incorporated lots of flourishing for the Menu header. The swirl banners for each course was a nice addition that also sparked the idea for the heart seals. The very talented Lisa Hladish of Paper Daisies Stationery printed the calligraphy on beautiful custom cut paper she provided and assembled all of the stationery pieces. I think the stationery items are the perfect fit for a happy wedding day!


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View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Photographer: Amelia Johnson Photography / Floral Design and Stylist: Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe / Creative Director and Stylist: Dana FitzGerald / Assistant Stylist: Anita Pouncy / Calligraphy: MM Ink / Stationery and Printing: Lisa Hladish of Paper Daisies Stationery / Wedding Cake: Kristine Bender of K Rose Cakes / Ribbons: Midori Ribbon / Makeup: Erika Nixon (makeupondeman@comcast.net) / Hair: Kamala Bhaghat of Naturals Salon & Spa / Hair Accessories: Lo Boheme / Shoes: Macy’s / Flowers: Florabundance / Mercury Glass: Pottery Barn / Wedding Dresses: Veronica Sheaffer Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid, Twobirds Bridesmaid, and Monique Lhuillier / Backdrop: Drop It Modern / Bellinis and Napkins: World Market / Apothecary glass: Michaels / Models: Kia Haley, Soliel Paden, Ayesha Philogene / Cake topper wreath, wreath Oh Happy Day banner, Heirloom Pom Garland, Place card poms and paper confetti: Potter and Butler on Etsy / Ring Pillow: KGDesign on Etsy / Pinwheel Cocktail Napkins: Reflections by Lola on Etsy / Paper Pinwheels: Rule42 on Etsy / Yellow Banner and celebratory paper flags: Liddabits on Etsy / Ribbon wands with bells and stripped straws with custom “Oh Happy Day” flag: bbond0520 on Etsy / Coral clutch: FallenSparrow / Large moss wreath: Faye Marie / Taffy: Mehlenbacher’s Candies / Gumballs: Candy Barrel

16 comments
  1. Patrice

    Oh my God, drop dead gorgeous.

  2. Shafonne Myers of Pretty Pear Bride

    I had to catch my breath because this is truly breathtaking!! ?

  3. Keri @ East Coast Bride

    Wow! Are those invitations available for purchase?

  4. Adrienne @ Love Well Styled

    Talk about eye candy! This is such a stunning shoot, so much talent in one place! Well done.

  5. Calie Rose

    Adore the different boutonnieres, the moss/succulent/ranunculus wreath, the brides hot pink shoes, the subtle yet chic color palette, and that gorgeous brides bouquet! Beautiful shoot!

  6. Cortney Van Jahnke

    Such a beautiful shoot. Love the ideas and details. It’s very fresh, light and airy and HAPPY! :)

  7. Amelia Jonnson

    Oh wow Amanda. I love your picks! Thank you for this beautiful feature. Oh happy day!

  8. Jessica Marschall

    Another beautiful example of Amelia Johnson Photography capturing colors and textures in a way that makes you feel them come alive. Just gorgeous!

  9. Judy Irving

    Every picture luscious, rampant artistic instinct throughout one gorgeous shoot. Full throttle joie de vivre bouncing through each shot.

  10. Pauline Dulaine

    LOVE this gorgeous and joyful wedding. Photos are tres belle!

  11. Cecilie

    OMG the shoes! I want to have those exact shoes – can someone help me find them? It says Macy´s but can you be more specific? Available online?

    Amazing shot!

  12. Beverly

    WOW! Every picture is so vivid and beautiful. Amelia is a gifted photographer!

  13. Lisa McCartin

    Beautiful job Dana. You are so talented!

  14. Kat

    There are so many adorable weddings on this blog, but this one stands out to me. It’s perfect. Love the simplicity!!

  15. Jackie Nwobu

    Thanks so much for sharing our fun shoot and the new digital mag with your readers. Truly appreciated!

  16. Emily

    Absolutely gorgeous shoot! I love the maidenhair fern in the bouquets!

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