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Bride: Michaela Brathwaite, 34, Supply Chain Management Professional
Groom: Mohamed Amine Samoudi, 30, Restaurateur
The Big Day: 8/13/16
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Style/Theme: Colorful Moroccan/Bahamian Fusion
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"The answer is simple 'love,'" said Amine when asked why he chose his bride as his wife. "Michaela has all the qualities that I was looking for in the woman that I wanted to marry. I also went through some difficult times at work and with family and without her I would not have made it through."
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During her wedding day, Michaela wore two handmade crowns from the Ukraine. What a sweet touch!
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Michaela wore two dresses on her big day and one of them was designed by someone extra special.
"My second dress was designed in Morocco by my wonderfully talented mother-in-law!," shared the bride. "The dress consisted of two layers. The top is “Takchita” which was a white silk garment embellished with gold and the second one was a white “Kaftan.” She also customized a pearly Moroccan Kaftan Gold belt. It was just an absolute honor to wear a dress that was customized by my mother-in-law for me. I loved, loved, loved the care and detail with which it was made!"
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Michaela wore not one but two crowns during her wedding day and they were both divine!
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"The feeling of being a bride is one that I can never forget," shared Michaela. "I was nervous, happy, worried, joyful and grateful all in one. It was a feeling that cannot be matched and was better than I could have ever dreamed of. I felt like royalty."
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Michaela's bridal shoe was a beautiful choice!
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"The man that I married is loving, family oriented, professional, respectful, driven and loyal," said the bride. "He has been my absolute rock through some very tough times and continues to be a great support system."
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Michaela's dad had the honor of walking her down the aisle on her wedding day and the moment was so sweet!
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The bride wanted her bridesmaids dresses to stand out in the crowd so she opted for a dress in a vibrant color with a little bit of flare in the style. "I knew that I wanted something different, something that mirrored the strength and grace of my wedding party– ‘Wonder Women’ and ’Superheroes!” – so I stuck with the idea of a cape," she said. "The attire of the women from around the globe had to reflect the brilliance of who they are in real life, only a cape would do."
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"I love his positivity and pure heart," said Michaela of Amine.
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"Michaela is a very special lady," said Amine. "Since, the first time we met I fall in love with everything about her. Our first date was a week after we met in my Restaurant and that’s when I was a hundred percent sure she is my soul mate."
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"Honestly, it is really hard to describe my feelings at that time," shared Amine. "I was extremely happy and blessed to finally have my soul mate. I was so proud and I felt over the moon. And, YES I CRIED!"
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"I felt like Cinderella [with] her prince charming as my life story is far from a fairy tale," shared the bride. "I felt so blessed and honored that God sent this man to love me."
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They did it!
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"The reception décor was colorful! And was a combination of Bahamian and Moroccan motifs," shared the bride.
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"She is the kindest and most generous woman I have ever met," said Amine of Michaela. "She is also a very outgoing person who loves, help, respect everybody around her."
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"He understands me better than anyone I know. He appreciates that I am an accomplished strong woman and is not intimidated by that," said Michaela of Amine. "He appreciates my culture, my religion, my roots and I love that!"
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"I can honestly say that I ever expected to find true love as I had not really experienced love in life as I mentioned, I had a bit of a difficult upbringing," shared Michaela. "During my relationship with Amine each day I was taught what love was."
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When asked if he believed he'd ever find true love, Amine simply replied,"honestly, I did not really think I would find true love. But guess what, Michaela changed my mind."
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Michaela, Amine and their 140 plus guests should all agree that their wedding day was the best day ever indeed!
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"I felt like a king celebrating his marriage to his queen," said the groom of how he felt on his wedding day!
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To incorporate Amine's culture into the reception decor, the bride used Moroccan Lanterns as a focal point on the tables. It was certainly a great choice!
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"Michaela is supportive, family oriented and a very caring person,"said Amine of his bride. "She also has a massive positive energy that she does not hesitate to use to influence others."
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To incorporate her Bahamian roots, Michaela had Junkanoo Headpieces at various tables during the reception for an added pop!
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"I love her heart," said Amine of Michaela. Sometimes, it's just that simple!
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Now this is what we call a sweet treat!
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"I said yes because he was everything that I could dream of," said the bride. "He is my soulmate. We were raised different in that he is Moroccan and raised with Muslim ideals, whereas I am Bahamian with Bajan roots raised in a Christian nation. It feels as if he was sent to enrich my life and I thank God. Even though we have had struggles external to us as individuals, we pushed through and have proved that race, religion & national origin was no match for true love."
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Guests were given customized chocolate bars with the bride and groom's name on them as a favor following the wedding. That's always a wonderful touch!
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"Amine is incredibly family oriented and the love of his family has spilled over to me and they are wonderful," said Michaela. "This was the case from day one and I knew from our first actual conversation that he was 'the one.'"
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Indian jeweled boxes were placed on the table for decoration and were also given to guests as favors. How fab!
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How great do Amine and his groomsmen look!
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For dessert, the bride and groom offered their guests an array of options including French macarons, cupcakes, meringues, a Moroccan Styled cake and imported Bahamian sweets.
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When Amine proposed to Michaela she said, "My heart skipped a beat! It was the happiest moment of my life." The look on her face during her wedding day says it all, she's definitely in love!
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