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This was my first year, and I was blown away by the level of excellence that was given to us every day. The rounds went higher on each day with the speakers and events.

I’m still high on a cloud.
I’m glad to call this community family.

2017 can’t get here fast enough.
#strongertogether
— Chad Pennington - Sobitart Photography
Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. That is what we have within the Coterie. We are stronger together and all the relationship capital that we build and walk away with from this retreat will be what propels us forward as a collective into our future. This retreat was amazing for me as it showed me what I am a part of. It helped me to recognize that I am not alone in my business and that all I need to do is reach out because there are so many hands available to hold me up or carry me. I am looking forward to a fabulous year of collaborations and growth with colleagues who have becomes friends and to working with a platform that can define the next generation of wedding professional internationally.

Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. That is what we have within the Coterie. We are stronger together and all the relationship capital that we build and walk away with from this retreat will be what propels us forward as a collective into our future.

This retreat was amazing for me as it showed me what I am a part of. It helped me to recognize that I am not alone in my business and that all I need to do is reach out because there are so many hands available to hold me up or carry me. I am looking forward to a fabulous year of collaborations and growth with colleagues who have becomes friends and to working with a platform that can define the next generation of wedding professional internationally.

Ophellia McKnight - The Destination Collective


The Coterie Retreat was an amazing event. The speakers were fantastic and shared a wealth of information that we could use in our businesses and lives. The networking was phenomenal. Everyone seemed opened and ready to make new connections and collaborative partnerships. The welcome party, white party and gala were fabulous. The attention to detail was superb -- from the decor, food, gift bag, entertainment -- down to the tiniest detail. Thank you to Jackie, Chike and the Coterie Retreat team for such an amazing event. I was definitely glad to be a part of it.

The Coterie Retreat was an amazing event. The speakers were fantastic and shared a wealth of information that we could use in our businesses and lives. The networking was phenomenal. Everyone seemed opened and ready to make new connections and collaborative partnerships. The welcome party, white party and gala were fabulous. The attention to detail was superb -- from the decor, food, gift bag, entertainment -- down to the tiniest detail. Thank you to Jackie, Chike and the Coterie Retreat team for such an amazing event. I was definitely glad to be a part of it.

Shelby Tuck-Horton - Exquisite Expressions and Events


Words will never share the true impact that the 2014 Coterie Retreat made on everyone attending. The unity, sharing, and truly caring about one another and each of our businesses. I have no doubt that caring about others is the heart beat of Munaluchi Magazine and those that are Coterie members. The business savvy sharing of every guest speaker, the beauty of every room entered. As a planner/florist I so appreciated the attention to every detail. My thoughts for events I do, is: "when too much isn't enough~add more! More was in every hug, handshake, smile, and all that was done for a time that ended way too soon! Love the increase of my wedding professional family! Thank you for knowing just what was needed for giving all of us a jolt of joy! I returned to my business ready to give it more!!!

Words will never share the true impact that the 2014 Coterie Retreat made on everyone attending. The unity, sharing, and truly caring about one another and each of our businesses. I have no doubt that caring about others is the heart beat of Munaluchi Magazine and those that are Coterie members. The business savvy sharing of every guest speaker, the beauty of every room entered. As a planner/florist I so appreciated the attention to every detail. My thoughts for events I do, is: "when too much isn't enough~add more! More was in every hug, handshake, smile, and all that was done for a time that ended way too soon! Love the increase of my wedding professional family! Thank you for knowing just what was needed for giving all of us a jolt of joy! I returned to my business ready to give it more!!!

Ivory Morgan-Burton - Storybook Events


#CoterieRetreat15 was even more amazing than I imagined it would be! I wasn't able to attend the first one due to a scheduling conflict, but there was no way I was going to let anything stop me from attending this year. Being able to meet all of the "friendors" I've connected with via social media in person was a real treat. The accommodations in Barbados were top-notch. Looking at the view of the beach outside my balcony every morning is what dreams are made of! The parties were phenomenal! Elly B and her team truly outdid herself with creating a luxurious environment for the awards gala. The guest speakers, panel discussions, and focus groups were awe-inspiring. I mean, what other opportunity would I have to not only see Mindy Weiss give a presentation live, but to also chat with her one-on-one?! I walked away with a wealth of knowledge that will only propel my brand into 2016 and beyond. I haven't been this excited about the possibilities since I started my company. I couldn't be more grateful for this feeling of hope and achievement!

#CoterieRetreat15 was even more amazing than I imagined it would be! I wasn't able to attend the first one due to a scheduling conflict, but there was no way I was going to let anything stop me from attending this year. Being able to meet all of the "friendors" I've connected with via social media in person was a real treat. The accommodations in Barbados were top-notch. Looking at the view of the beach outside my balcony every morning is what dreams are made of! The parties were phenomenal! Elly B and her team truly outdid herself with creating a luxurious environment for the awards gala. The guest speakers, panel discussions, and focus groups were awe-inspiring. I mean, what other opportunity would I have to not only see Mindy Weiss give a presentation live, but to also chat with her one-on-one?! I walked away with a wealth of knowledge that will only propel my brand into 2016 and beyond. I haven't been this excited about the possibilities since I started my company. I couldn't be more grateful for this feeling of hope and achievement!

Victoria Nee-Lartey - Victorious Events


The Coterie retreat proved to be an incubator for cultivating relationships that are sure to last a lifetime. I expected to receive information that moved me in regards to my business, but the unexpected surprise was the movement that I experienced within myself. I'm forever grateful for this experience, and can't wait to be mentally and professionally taken to another level during the next retreat. Munaluchi, you absolutely rocked it!!

The Coterie retreat proved to be an incubator for cultivating relationships that are sure to last a lifetime. I expected to receive information that moved me in regards to my business, but the unexpected surprise was the movement that I experienced within myself. I'm forever grateful for this experience, and can't wait to be mentally and professionally taken to another level during the next retreat. Munaluchi, you absolutely rocked it!!

Robyne Gordon - Carrie Belle Events


The Coterie Retreat in one word was POWERFUL! I left feeling empowered and eager to engage with the talented event professionals that I experienced this journey with. I know the new mentors and friends I met will be in my life for years to come. Thank you for this much needed oasis of solidarity and sister/brotherhood!

The Coterie Retreat in one word was POWERFUL! I left feeling empowered and eager to engage with the talented event professionals that I experienced this journey with. I know the new mentors and friends I met will be in my life for years to come. Thank you for this much needed oasis of solidarity and sister/brotherhood!

Yodit Gebreyes - Favored by Yodit


The Coterie retreat was an amazing experience! It was more than what I expected. It was great to finally connect in person to the wedding professionals I associated with via social media. I made new friends and business associates. There was never once a feeling of competition. Everyone made you feel like we’re all a team and we’re here to support each other and push each other to our highest potential. We shared our best practices in hope it’ll help someone else – which is rarely done in our industry unfortunately. The sessions were interesting and informative. The parties were beyond awesome! I knew being a part of the Munaluchi Coterie family was something special, now I really know how special it is. Thank you Jacqueline and Chike for developing a platform for brides of color and wedding professionals alike. It’s like none other! Blessings to you always!

The Coterie retreat was an amazing experience! It was more than what I expected. It was great to finally connect in person to the wedding professionals I associated with via social media. I made new friends and business associates. There was never once a feeling of competition. Everyone made you feel like we’re all a team and we’re here to support each other and push each other to our highest potential. We shared our best practices in hope it’ll help someone else – which is rarely done in our industry unfortunately. The sessions were interesting and informative. The parties were beyond awesome! I knew being a part of the Munaluchi Coterie family was something special, now I really know how special it is. Thank you Jacqueline and Chike for developing a platform for brides of color and wedding professionals alike. It’s like none other! Blessings to you always!

Lucretia Williams - Distinct Event Planning