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Munaluchi Bride Magazine: A Sweet Ghanaian & American Wedding in Maryland! Shirley & Bryan’s Special Day




BellaNaija Weddings in collaboration with Munaluchi Bride Magazine brings you Shirley & Bryan‘s pretty wedding in Maryland.

Shirley and Bryan’s proposal story and wedding day epitomize all things sweet. The Ghanaian-American couple had so many personal touches in their charming outdoor ceremony and elegant reception. After proposing to Shirley in the dessert, it was only appropriate they gave away honey as wedding favors. The wedding programs that doubled as fans for their wedding guests were thoughtful & the signs held by the ring bearers – oh so adorable!


Bride: Shirley Boateng
Groom: Bryan Lapek
Wedding date: June 8 2013
Location: Middletown, MD
Photography: PW Photography

Proposal – it was really “sweet”!
From the bride:
On a cold night in February, Bryan came over to see me. Something was a bit different though. He was exceptionally nervous, and he actually ended up falling sick to his stomach, having to spend the night. That was a Sunday and it was the night before we were supposed to go out to celebrate Valentine’s Day (we intended to celebrate it early so as not to deal with large crowds on the day itself). I figured because he was so sick, our plans might not go forward on Monday night. However, I was wrong. Bryan called me from work on Monday to confirm our dinner date for the evening. I figured it was going to be just like any other dinner date. Boy, was I wrong!

When Bryan arrived on Monday night, he was looking especially dapper. Anyone who knows him knows that he loves to wear jeans and t-shirts. On this night, he was dressed in his suit and came bearing valentines gifts of a cute teddy bear and a box of chocolates, along with a card. Typical Valentine’s Day gifts, I supposed. When we got to the restaurant, Ristorante Picolo, the atmosphere was totally amazing. There was a musician serenading guests at individual tables. The place felt special. All through dinner, Bryan seemed to be a bit nervous. I suspected that it was because he still had a bit of the stomach bug from the previous night, especially when he got up to use the restroom after dinner and before dessert. Before he left for the bathroom (again), Bryan had given me a crossword puzzle. When he came back and sat down, the waiter followed shortly thereafter and delivered a cheesecake to Bryan and just a plate to me. I said to myself, “why do I just get a plate?” Maybe it had something to do with the crossword puzzle. But, then I looked at it again and it had “Will You Marry Me?” written on it in chocolate icing – the sweetest proposal ever! The phrase also happened to be the answer to the crossword puzzle, which I was finishing just as the dessert was delivered! Bryan was very nervous though, as he initially just placed the ring box on top of the table by my plate. I had to ask him if there was something he wanted to ask me 🙂 He then proceeded to attempt to get down on his knee to ask me properly, but his nerves got the better of him as he fell over and knocked down the chairs as well. LOL.

He did finally get the question out of his mouth, and put the ring on my finger, as I said “YES!”. The entire restaurant cheered and gave us a congratulatory ovation. We finished our desserts and proceeded to leave. It was then that Bryan’s nerves got the best of him again, as he had forgotten where he had parked the car. He did find it 2 car garages later and did take me home. It was a very interesting and unique proposal, one that I am sure we will never forget. Bryan does regret the embarrassment of the night and wishes that he had been less nervous, but it is all fine by me as I am happy to be marrying such a wonderful man.

I am Ghanaian and my husband American so we knew from the start that we wanted to honour both cultures. We chose a DJ with experience playing multi-cultural weddings and events. We gave him a list of Ghanaian songs to blend in with the more traditional American wedding songs. For our food, we had a traditional caterer but we were also able to have them serve several Ghanaian dishes along with their selections.

For more of Shirley and Bryan’s sweet day, visit

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Dress Salon: Demetrios Bridal –
Bridesmaids Dresses: Eden Bridals –
Makeup: Melanie Jones –
Shoes:  Angela Nuran –
Ceremony & Reception Location:  Stone Manor Country Club –
Photography: PW Photography –
Videography: Black Tie Video –
Florist: Ory Custom Florals –
Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes –
Stationery: The Organized Bride –
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  1. Miss Flygerian

    July 31, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Beautiful wedding. LOL @ the little boy holding the board that says “hurry up, I want cake”. 😀 😀

    • NanaNa

      July 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Abeg clap for am. The boy get sense.!

  2. Mwechi

    July 31, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful wedding!

  3. Antwiwaa

    July 31, 2013 at 7:31 am

    This is so lovely

  4. Mbonyiwe

    July 31, 2013 at 7:58 am

    So much beauty in simplicity. Lovely couple!

  5. Chuchusweets

    July 31, 2013 at 8:05 am

    i love that “HURRY UP I WANT CAKE” sign…too cute

    • Omo1

      July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Me too..

  6. Chuchusweets

    July 31, 2013 at 8:06 am

    And ofcourse congrats to the lovely couple…wishing them all the best.

  7. eniola

    July 31, 2013 at 8:21 am

    BEAUTIFUL! God bless the couple.

  8. ME

    July 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

    My husband,my husband,my husband! where ever you are locate me by fire in Jesus name Amen.

    • ccc

      July 31, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Lol! Amen sis!

    • Syl

      July 31, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Amen sister!

    • chiquita

      August 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Na only by fire? lol

  9. Hurperyermie

    July 31, 2013 at 8:25 am

    wow!!!!!! HML lovely couple

  10. Kathy esan

    July 31, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This is so beautiful and the proposal was very hilarious

    • Iris

      July 31, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Honestly! It was like a proposal from a comedy scene LOL. Soooo cute

  11. nickyminaj

    July 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    awwww cute

  12. lara

    July 31, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Happy married life, God bless your union and may your marriage stand the test of time.

  13. ejogene

    July 31, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Beautiful! and i love that “hurry up i want cake” HML

  14. Regina

    July 31, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I wish the couple a HML.

  15. Fashionbabe

    July 31, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Great! Simple and Elegant. HML.

  16. theeto

    July 31, 2013 at 9:17 am


  17. Ann

    July 31, 2013 at 9:23 am

    HML. Love the photo where he kisses the bride and the little guy with the “hurry up, i want cake” sign was really trying to see them kiss. Best photo in the bunch. That said its so cute how he went to all the trouble to make the proposal special. God bless this couple

  18. Ani

    July 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

    @ ME looool. Don’t worry, he will locate you in Jesus name. Its a beautiful thing to be married to the ‘RIGHT’ person. And happy married life to the couple.

  19. Oyinmomo

    July 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

    So sweet. ‘Hurry up i want cake’ How

  20. Berry Dakara

    July 31, 2013 at 10:17 am

    #1 – LOVE his flustered proposal story!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #2 – HAHAHAHAHAHA at the little boy’s sign “Hurry Up I Want Cake”

    #3 – Beautiful wedding. Have a wonderful, forever marriage!

  21. ms lala

    July 31, 2013 at 10:32 am

    God bless their union…

  22. Maritlc

    July 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

    This is too sweet, happy marriage life to the couple….My favorite picture is where the bride and groom kisses and the small boy with the “Uncle Bryan here comes your Bride” sign peeps to have a proper view of the kiss…love is a beautiful thing 🙂

  23. metche

    July 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

    @Me, I no fit laugh ooo. He is going to locate U IJN. Lovely couple anyway. Wishing them HML

  24. Tess

    July 31, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I laughed sooo much at this line “but his nerves got the better of him as he fell over and knocked down the chairs as well.” What a hilarious proposal!!! Anyway we all wish you a blissful marriage.

  25. nino

    July 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    @ me…it will happen sooner than you expect…How do I know? I have seen God do it a few times…
    I have two friends who in January were very single…
    One is getting married in September, The Other in December…
    While you wait, Plan your wedding and be thankful…

    Ps _ The girl has my engagement ring, its from Kays…Love it and that i want cake sign…uber cute

  26. Camille

    July 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    so sweet…HML

  27. Kristin of byPetronella Photography

    July 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I LOVE the proposal story! What a beautiful couple and such thoughtful, cute wedding favours 🙂

  28. Lady B

    July 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    All the wedding post these days have very few pictures… what happened to the good old days of loads of pictures for a wedding post.. Belle ogini? cute couple tho!

  29. Tariro

    July 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Awww very gorgeous wedding gown…simplicity and elegance at its best….HML guys 🙂

  30. Temmy

    July 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Simply beautiful! I love…

  31. popo

    July 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    The small cute boy stole the show for me. See him peep to see the bridal Kiss!! God bless this union.


    July 31, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Very cute. Happy married life!

  33. teq

    July 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    check the lil boy during the first kiss…lol

  34. fifi

    August 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

    awwwww i lyk the cake….btful wedding

  35. Grace

    August 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I love that boy at the wedding with “Hurry up i want cake”placard or something(dunno the right word to use)but lovely wedding

  36. Clover

    August 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Congrats to the beautiful bride and her hubby. All the best for the future. May you live to see your childrens childrens pikins. Luv their make up.

  37. Girlgotanopinion

    August 2, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Dear ME,

    Amen sista o
    I hope the husband locates you by fire na na na in the name of Jesus!!!!! No joke oooo!!


  38. Beverly

    August 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    The proposal almost made me shed a tear lol sweet nonetheless

  39. HOTTY

    August 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    i will get married soon like this lovely couples ijn AMEN

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