Celebrity Wedding – R&B Divas Hawaii Wedding

Congratulations to Monifah Carter and Terez Thorpe’s R&B Divas Hawaii Wedding which is also known as a monumental milestone for LGBTQ.  With the recent legalization of Same Sex marriages in the State of Hawaii, this wedding is even more meaningful being the first ever African American Same Sex wedding couple televised in the US.  The wedding was produced entirely on the island on Oahu, Hawaii.  Additional features about this monumental day were noted in CNN, Essence, Ebony, GayWeddings.com and Popsugar!

Monifah Carter, who stars on the reality TV series R&B Divas, wed her girlfriend, Terez Thorpe on TV One.  Wedding producer Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino, Event Excellence along side planner/florist  Carolee Higashino of White Orchid Wedding designed the tropical affair, creating a “beautiful and meaningful, music-filled wedding.”  The beautiful images below were captured by Frank Amodo Photography.


“Their stunning celebration included a custom bridge built over a pool for Monifah’s entrance and over 4,000 stemmed ombré orchids placed over a driftwood canopy, accented by delicate petals lining the aisle.” states Brit regarding some glamorous details of the wedding.

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More Details from Brit Bertino:

Inspiration and Design

“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 ombré concept through the stationery, linens, cakes, signature drink, and florals, and the result was as unique as the beautiful couple themselves.

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Wildflower Linen’s amethyst table linens and signature ruffled Juliet chair sleeve covers along with White Orchid Wedding’s florals were the perfect addition to their decadent affair.

“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 entrées selections, as well.

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“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.”




Wedding Producer: Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino, Event Excellence

Photographer: Frank Amodo Photography

Ceremony/Reception: The Modern Honolulu

Decor/Floral: Teresa Sena Designs and White Orchid Weddings

Linen: Wildflower Linen

Cake: Cake Works

DJ: DJ Spark

Invitations: Paper and Home

Entertainment: MRS-Events

Audio Visual: PSAV

Hair: Derek J

Makeup: Reign Brice

Officiate: Dr. Allyson Abrams