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Munaluchi Bride Magazine: An Elegant Eritrean Affair – Feven & Petros’ Splendid Wedding

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BellaNaija Weddings in collaboration with Munaluchi Bride Magazine brings you the  traditional and white weddings of a beautiful Eritrean Habesha couple – Feven & Petros. Once childhood friends, they later met at a conference at the groom’s university – where their love story began.

When Petros wanted to propose, he first tried some romantic waterside proposals at spots meaningful to the both of them, but they were flooded! He finally popped the question in the city, where before that day, they would meet up after work to hide from the probing eyes of their parents.

The beautiful bride and groom, both registered nurses, had two splendid wedding days. For the white wedding – a pretty peacock theme, Feven glowed in a classic strapless beaded ball gown by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal and a mixed flower and feather bouquet, while Petros wore a white jacket and white tie, with a peacock feather pin.

The next day, for the traditional Habesha affair, the bride was adorned in henna, gold jewelry, fabric and braids while the groom coordinated in a gold waist coat and white.

Both ceremonies were gorgeous, and decor was lovingly (and beautifully) done by the couple’s families.

Enjoy!
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Bride: Feven Kiflai
Groom: Petros Gebreab
Wedding Date: July 28 2012

How They Met
From the bride Feven
We both knew of each other as we grew up as kids but eventually grew apart. After many years went by, we reunited at a conference at Petro’s university and the rest was history.

How He Proposed
From the groom Petros
I always knew Feven was the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with long before I dated her. When the time came around for me to pop the question, I decided to take her to the first place she took me overlooking the Mississippi River where we watched sunsets together. Little did I know that the area was flooded. So I decided to go with my plan B: our most visited spot where we used to go to escape both our families and sit by the river. To my surprise that spot was flooded over as well. By this time Feven was probably wondering what I was doing and probably confused and worried by my frantic demeanor. I eventually realized I probably shouldn’t propose by any body of water due to the high probability of it being flooded. So I took her into the heart of downtown St. Paul, to a spot I normally would wait for her to get off work so we could enjoy the little time we had before heading back home before the parents would suspect anything. That is the spot where it all began and where our relationship took flight. I nervously got down on one knee and before I could even ask the question, Feven screamed out “Yes!”

Culture
Both of our families were extremely helpful in the planning process…at times a bit too helpful. We went with a peacock theme for Day 1 and had a traditional Eritrean wedding for Day 2. The biggest challenge we faced during wedding preparations was to gain our parents consent for a “fusion wedding,” blending Eritrean traditions with our American traditions.

For more of Feven and Petros’ sweet day, visit https://munaluchibridal.com/?p=31922

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Traditional Eritrean Habesha Wedding
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Vendors
Photography: Lace Hanky Photography
Venue for Getting Ready: Embassy Suites
Ceremony: Emmanuel Mennonite Church
Reception: Dancer’s Studio
Decor: Family
Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang – David’s Bridal
Limousine: Gold1Limo
Florist: Flowers on the Park
DJ: Trinno Muzik

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41 Comments

  1. Naija 4 Life

    August 21, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Lovely Eritrean couple. So Konjo (Beautiful)

  2. viv

    August 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Different, refreshing. Makes me feel like falling in love. Wish them perpetual bliss.

  3. sideeyeblankstare

    August 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

    beautiful people and culture

  4. fidelia

    August 21, 2013 at 7:54 am

    This is beautiful….

  5. Berry Dakara

    August 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Oh wow, this is certainly different. It looks wonderful though. Congratulations!

  6. billionaire in grace

    August 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Yeah so different and nice to other people culture

  7. ejogene

    August 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Rich culture, beautiful couple HML

  8. Eve82

    August 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

    My Burundi friend married an Ethiopian guy, and I remember in the wedding party, they passed around flower stems, and we danced around with it towards the couple just like in the photograph above. Apparently we were supposed to leave with it bc they shared out all the flowers from the vases. They also did the shoulder dance, and the food was amazing! I love it when I get to see how things are done from other cultures.

  9. Fad

    August 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Nice!
    The second to the last picture reminds me of survivor!

  10. Godslove22

    August 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Very nice…..Thumbs up to bellanaija for showing us different culture wedding pics…..This is beautiful 🙂

  11. juliet

    August 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Awww, bella. You guys are a-mazing. I totally loove weddings. And you’re seriously making me blush. Thank you!

  12. nkechi

    August 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Bella, Bella. I’m a lawyer, but you’re making me wanna become a wedding planner. This is to cute *crying*

    • Bleed blue

      August 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

      My sister, this lawyer thing taya me too jare…especially in the face of all the beauty and colours other professions can present to you. But for us na so so black and white up and down the whole place…

      Anyways, somebody’s got to do it 🙂

      And yeah, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL, beautiful wedding!

  13. BubblyBliss

    August 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Love their culture! So beautiful

  14. mama

    August 21, 2013 at 10:32 am

    beautiful wedding, so loving the mix of cultures…..wish u guys a very happy married life.

  15. X- Factor

    August 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful!!!

  16. Sir Farouk

    August 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Beautiful wedding beautiful people, lovely culture

  17. JUMMIE

    August 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Beautiful!

  18. Joan

    August 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    So beautiful!!
    Eritreans are such good looking people. I met one Eritrean man once…*fans self*

  19. dlapikin

    August 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful!! Very simple and beautiful!!

  20. e-voice

    August 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    What a lovely lovely culture and beautiful people. Diversity is miraculous.

  21. Nwachidinma

    August 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    So beautiful!!!!!!I love their traditional hairstyles too.

  22. GreenDiamond

    August 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    absolutely beautiful!!

  23. Ginika

    August 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Just beautiful!

    Love the richness of the culture 🙂

  24. truetalk

    August 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful! Nice seeing something different other than flashy weddings that make you want to ….

  25. Okechukwu Ofili

    August 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    THey looked so beautiful in their traditional wedding…her hair was awesome. I don’t know why we like doing white wedding and wearing weave #okbye

    • OmoMakun-www.ankarafestla.com

      August 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Ofili you dey look for trouble o! Don’t let the Weave Voltrons come and finish you today…lol!

  26. Amirah

    August 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful couple. I love how habesha women do traditional
    hairstyles, it looks so beautiful. May God continue to bless
    them.

  27. royalty

    August 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    This is TOO BEAUTIFUL!! OMG! Look at dat Hair! natural beauty evrywer… Soo pretty!!! congrats and HML to dem!

  28. tatafo!

    August 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Habehsa people are so gorgeous!

  29. fashionandstylepolice

    August 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Refreshing. May God bless their home.

  30. Weddingfan

    August 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    This is beautiful!!

  31. eritreangoddess

    August 22, 2013 at 1:21 am

    thank you BN for featuring other cultures…my culture is so beautiful. #Habeshastandtall

  32. Omo1

    August 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    So nice to bring in something different from the usual Nigerian thing. This is lovely..and I love the hairdo. Seems like a traditional hair for the Eritrean people. Nice!

    • Meron Tesfaye

      July 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Not only Eritrean…it’s a hair style worn by both Ethiopian and Eritrean. Beautiful people inside out they are

  33. adelegirl

    August 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful! Great to see another beautiful African culture showcased in such splendour. Thanks BN.

  34. Kristin of byPetronella Photography

    August 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Absolutely beautiful couple and culture. The vibrancy of the colors fused with modern elegance and rich culture … love!

  35. PrettyGorgeous

    August 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Reminds of me of Fulani weddings…refreshingly different. Love it.

  36. Yori B

    August 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    African culture all the same across many communities! Shame on senseless borders drawn by some scrambling idiots in 18th century!

  37. Habesha Dresses

    December 16, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Beautiful!

  38. Meron Tesfaye

    July 24, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Absolutely Stunning! May God blesses your union beautiful couple.

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