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    Milestone Same-Sex Wedding Airs as Monifah Carter Weds Girlfriend

    History has been made in the LGBTQ community, as R&B Diva star Monifah Carter’s recent wedding to her longtime girlfriend Terez Mychelle aired on TV One June 25 at 10pm EDT. The event, which took place February 8, 2014, in Honolulu, marked one of the first same-sex African-American weddings on television in the US.

    The R&B singer-songwriter was first surprised with an amethyst engagement ring on the season two finale of R&B Divas. The celebration, produced by celebrity same-sex wedding planner Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino, Event Excellence, included a custom bridge for Monifah’s processional, a ceremony canopy featuring 4,000 stemmed ombre orchids, and special music performances throughout the day by Mahi, Rahsaan Patterson, Keke Wyatt and Syleena Johnson.

    “We initially drew inspiration from Monifah’s ring,” explains Bertino, who divides her time between her Las Vegas and Los Angeles offices, but traveled to Hawaii to oversee the wedding weekend. “The brides sought natural elements and we proposed a modern ombre concept to complement this vision.”

    Other special touches included the “Fat Snack” table, which included vegan-gluten free peanut butter cookies made especially for Terez by the Chef. In lieu of a traditional guest book, the couple asked their honored guests to write down their best wishes and advice for the couple on how to keep and maintain a successful marriage throughout the years.

    Carter worked alongside Atlanta-based couturier Gizzelle James to design her own wedding gown while Mychelle wore a custom jumpsuit by New York couturier Walter Foster.

    The couple currently resides in New York.

    Photo credit: Frank Amodo Photography
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