Shoes say a lot about a couple. Malonda’s fuchsia satin open-toe pumps by Glint ‘Addison’ Peep Toe Pump added just a bit of spice that was needed. Omowale opted for Mezlan alligator Venetian shoes by Johnston Murphy.
“I love African drummers and dancers, so I had one of my closest friends perform for our guests prior to the party entrance,” says Malonda. “My friend Ateya, who performed, will be one of the dancers in the Kankouran West African Dance Company performing for President Obama for the inauguration.”
In addition to traditional cake, The Sias had a candy bar in apothecary jars which featured some of Malonda’s favorite candy treats from her childhood. There was also a self-serve sundae bar with six flavors of ice cream and fixings.
“I love my bouqet, I made it myself,” she says. “I purchased the rhinestones for the bouquet from a Web site, the rhinestone wrap from MJ Designs in NY and the roses from Costco. The end product was gorgeous, and I saved so much money without sacrificing style.”
Omowale and Malonda display their great sense of humor. After the ceremony, Malonda produced, directed and starred in a surprise wedding video for Omowale which was played during the reception. I lip-synched “No One” by Alicia Keys.
“I did a Woman of Honor presentation for all of the special women in my life including my mom, mother-in-law, grandma, great aunt, and my preschool teacher who came from Florida,” says Malonda. "I gave each one of them a bouquet of flowers and acknowledged them in front of all the guests.
Malonda’s ring was a calla cut engagement ring with a butterfly diamond and 1.2 carat and the Quest Jewelers custom wedding bands were 1 carat.
Omowale’s ring was personalized by John Christian with their names, Malonda, Omowale and Omolonda (the couple’s names together). The rings are white gold and platinum with each of our birth stones as well as the stone for the month Of July, when we got married.