Brides: Monifah Carter of R&B Divas and Terez Thorpe, now Mrs. and Mrs. Carter Thorpe

Wedding Date: February 8, 2014

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Wedding Producer: Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino, Event Excellence

Photographer: Frank Amodo Photography

Ceremony/Reception: The Modern Honolulu
Brit Bertino dishes on the special day: “Following a surprise engagement on the TV One series R&B Divas, Monifah and Terez set out to share their love in a beautiful and meaningful, music-filled wedding. Their stunning celebration included a custom bridge built over a pool for Monifah’s entrance and over 4000 stemmed ombre orchids place over a driftwood canopy, accented by delicate petals lining the aisle.

We drew inspiration for the design of the event from Monifah’s engagement ring, an amethyst stone. The color allowed us to bring in some natural earth elements, and to incorporate nautical touches, as both brides wanted an earthy feel to the overall design. We carried the ombre concept through the stationery, linens, cakes, signature drink and florals, and the result was as unique as the beautiful couple themselves.

Music was another one of the most important elements. Mahi performed during the ceremony, as did Rahsaan Patterson. Other close friends performed at the reception, including Keke Wyatt and Syleena Johnson. DJ Spark, also a friend of the couple, presided over the reception festivities.

Another special feature of the wedding was the “Fat Snack” table, which Terez simply had to have. The sweets included vegan-gluten free peanut butter cookies made specially for her by the chef. Vegan diets were taken into consideration when planning dinner entrees selections, as well.

In lieu of a traditional guest book Terez and Monifah asked their honored guests to write down their best wishes and advice for the couple at the “Keys to Success” table, on how to keep and maintain a successful marriage throughout the years.