" Queen of the Brides introduces a re-imagination of the conventional wedding. When we saw photos of these dresses on the Internet we knew the Queen of the Brides gowns would be a great fit for our bridal showcase." explains Alhambra's CEO Tracey Dechabert. Harlem is a place of history, ethnic diversity and there exist a cultural pride about African aesthetic. Harlem's brides need to see that there is a cultural alternative to contemporary bridal fashions. The gown, just like cuisine can set a tone to your wedding day that intuitively shares your families heritage. The fusion between cultural fashions and cultural foods can be an experience that resonates throughout generations. " Says Dechabert.
Queen of the Brides offers formal gown creations that includes quality pieces of jewelry that reference a historical time period. The collection exemplifies diverse cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity. The collection includes gowns named after Queen Nefertiti, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal - Mughal Queen of India, Queen Manta Tisi of South Africa, Queen Padmini of India, Queen Amina of Zaria Nigeria, Queen Nzingha Amazon of Matamba West Africa, Empress Candace of Ethiopia, Queen Consort Margherita of Italy, etc. The menswear line is culturally inspired with aesthetic themes that ranges from historic to contemporary design.
"We are really honored to have been asked to present Queen of the Brides to the Harlem community. New York is a melting pot of ethnic cultures and that's what makes this city an ideal place to present gowns that represent queens from varied cultures. Now, anyone can express their heritage and be a royal bride." Explains Fashion Designer, Kimma Wreh.
The bridal showcase was interactive, entertaining and offered a variety of food dishes for sampling. The fusion between fashion, food and music stimulated every sense to create an experience that offers couples unique cultural ideas for creating their special wedding day. Dechabert states, "Harlem is also growing more culturally diverse and we wish for this bridal showcase to be all-inclusive with vibrant cultures. At the Alhambra, we take pride in delivering on request for many types of international cuisine from our ethnically diverse clients."
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Willie Mae Scott-Daney is the current CEO of the Alhambra Ballroom, Inc. located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, NY. The Alhambra originally opened in 1926 and played host to legendary performers such as Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Frank Manning and singing waitress, Billie Holiday. But with all good things, it came to an end. But now it's back! The ballroom fell into disrepair in the 1960s, but, was reopened in 2003 as the "Alhambra Ballroom, Inc." which hosts weddings, parties and other social events. The Alhambra Ballroom is proud to present its two extravagant ballrooms. The Alhambra Grand Ballroom" can accommodate up to 400 guests and "The Alhambra Crystal Ballroom" can accommodate up to 125 guests. No expense has been spared in the grand reconstruction of the Alhambra. For many years, the Alhambra Ballroom has provided quality service for all types of private events and weddings.
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