Bride: Donyale Carter
Groom: Shyhein Ghaffari
Wedding Date: November 27, 2019
Ceremony and Reception Location: Woodland Park, NJ

How They Met

Shyhein and Donyale met eight years ago at Shyhein’s nightclub, “Club Pouyas”, located in Roselle NJ. From the moment he saw her he knew that he liked her, you could say it was something like like at first sight. His like eventually turned into love and his love led him to wanting to marry her.

“Shyhein is an amazing man and I love him for who he is, I understand him. He is very selfless (too much at times), caring, honest, funny, genuine, giving, protective, and most of all he loves me for me. We dated 7 years before he proposed” the Bride-to- Be explained.

The Proposal

Shyhein proposed to Donyale on February 3, 2018 at the Chart House in Weehawken NJ. Being that their birthdays are five days apart, the couple had a birthday party together. Halfway though the party he got up and made a speech thanking everyone for coming. Donyale at first, was a little confused by the way he was speaking. He then had the DJ play Matrimony by Wale as he invited her to walk to meet him at the dance floor where he proposed.

“All of our friends and some family members were recording in excitement and full of emotion. It was like a movie, I wasn’t expecting it nor could I have asked for a better, more thoughtful proposal. The night was perfect and I was on cloud nine for months after. He really surprised me, I knew that it was gonna happen sooner or later due to our conversations but I didn’t expect it to be the night of our birthday party. ” Donyale said with excitement.

The Engagement Shoot

When asked what her inspiration was for their engagement shoot, Donyale told us:
“I honestly didn’t have an inspiration for my engagement shoot. I used Instagram and Pinterest for some looks and inspirations but that was it. We wanted it to be fun, intimate, sexy, and classy. Being that Sha and I met at a nightclub, we wanted it to have that social feeling. We also wanted to have a view of the New York Skyline being that we got engaged at the Chart House in Edgewater, NJ. The Hyatt House was perfect for the feel that we wanted. Amy and Dexter shot photos and videos of us in the bar area as well as outside on the rooftop. We then finished up at Liberty State Park. Both locations gave us the feeling and view that we wanted. Our Engagement Shoot was amazing and if I could do it all over again I wouldn’t change a thing!”

The Wedding Planning Process

The vision for their soon to be nuptials is elegant, classy, and fun. As the Bride-To-Be stated “I want my wedding to be a VIBE!” Their colors are plum, mauve, white, and silver.

Donyale detailed “At this point in the planning process my wedding is exactly two months away! I have all vendors secured, my dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, grooms suit ordered, and groomsmen suits picked out. I had my first dress fitting and I am in love. Selina from Vainglorious Brides has made this process to easy and smooth for me. I am now preparing for my second dress fitting, food tasting, vendor meetings, and day of timeline/details. I know that these next few weeks are going to fly by. I am ready to marry the love of my life and become Mrs. Ghaffari. Some joys of wedding planning is the anticipation of the big day, planning, and the love and support you get from the genuine people around you. A has been budgeting and sticking to it. Advice that I would give to fellow brides is to enjoy the process, don’t allow anyone (family or friends) to ruin your joy of it all, and to take it one day at a time. It is about YOU and YOUR HUSBAND/HUSBAND TO BE!”

We couldn’t have said it better! Happy wedding planning to this lovely couple. Check out the gorgeous images from their engagement session with Amy Anaiz Photography below!

Wedding Vendor Collaboration
Bridal Stylist/Assistant: Selina Howard
Photographer: Amy Anaiz
Videographer: Dexter
Entertainment/DJ: Ricky (Pulse Sounds)
Makeup Artist: Abby (Juicy Looks By Abby)
Officiant: Roxanne Birchfield (Married By Rev Roxy)
Invitations: Damilola Okuboyejo

Engagement Shoot Vendors
Photographer: Amy Anaiz
Videographer: Dexter
Hair- Giovani (Geo)
Makeup Artist: Abby (Juicy Looks By Abby)
Formal Gown: Leonard
Suit: Styled by William Sonli
Locations- Hyatt House Jersey City, NJ and Liberty State Park Jersey City, NJ