Awed By Monica’s 40th Birthday Dinner

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“Find Your Tribe and Love Them Hard”

I am really lucky that I have an amazing group of incredible friends.  They constantly encourage, motivate, inspire, encourage, and pray me so that I can be the very best version of myself.  My friends always show up for me, and for that, I am sincerely grateful.  It is an honor to be surrounded by strong women who want nothing but the best for me.  

Eating With Erica Erica , Titilola Sogunro 
Coco Bassey, Shannae Ingleton Smith, Monica Awe Etuk, Erica Key, Titilola Sogunro 

One of my friends is fashion blogger and style extraordinaire, Monica Awe Etuk, of Awe By Monica who recently celebrated her birthday. Monica has a heart of gold and is truly a gem.  I am oh-so so lucky to call her my friend.  One day, I was at lunch with Titi and Monica.  Monica casually mentioned that her birthday was coming up and that she was on the fence on whether she wanted to have a party or not.  

Instantly feeling creative, I asked her what does her vision look like when it comes to her birthday.  Once she told me her vision and what she desired, I planned to make it happen.  Even if it’s sunny outside, I will use that as an excuse just to celebrate.  So, of course, with this milestone, I convinced Monica that I would plan her party.   The only thing that she would need to do is just show up.  

I love planning events, especially for my loved ones.  And since Monica had friends and family coming in town for her birthday, I knew it had to be superb.  Needless to say, the birthday dinner was fabulous, so fabulous that Monica had two outfit changes. 

Coco Bassey, Erica Key, Monica Awe Etuk, Titilola Sogunro Shannae Ingleton Smith,

I loved meeting all of Monica’s friends and family.  Everyone was so kind and sweet.  The food, drinks, and fellowship were delightful, and Monica was happy.  That, in itself, is what mattered most to me.  It was a thrill to have had the opportunity to bring her vision come to life.

Shannae Ingleton Smith, Eating With Erica, Titilola Sogunro 
Shannae Ingleton Smith. Monica Awe Etuk, Eating With Erica, Titilola Sogunro 

Florals:  Plume Florals 

Photography:  Reynolds Rogers 

Video:  Media Lifted Films 

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