TeKay Designs Embraces Culture at African Fashion Week Houston

TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the first annual African Fashion Week Houston, an event that united Houstonians and international guests in celebration of African fashion, dance and music.

View video of TeKay Designs fashion show at African Fashion Week Houston. Video by Next Level Multimedia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AnfbbJ6jJM8
Models wearing TeKay Designs at African Fashion Week Houston.

This was a grand affair designed to bridge the gap in cultural diversity by bringing together and presenting fashion designers, musicians, performers of different arts and comedians from different parts of the world.

TeKay Designs Bridal WearInternational fashion brand, TeKay Designs, showcased their African-inspired formal and bridal attire with vibrant colored geles, a headpiece worn by Africans on a global scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TeKay’s presentation was comprised of brightly colored garments made of Ankara print, jacquard, cotton brocade, satin, george, kente, and embroidered laces.  During the event, we released a preview of our Spring 2015 formal collection comprising of sexy and fitted evening gowns, semi-formal attire and casual wear.
TeKay Designs evening and bridal gowns

The detachable train on several short sets made with Ankara print mixed with solid fabrics allow easy transition from day to evening look which makes the outfit versatile. Gold, yellow, green and purple are the dominant colors in this collection.
TeKay Designs African print dress and detachable train

Guests were wowed by models wearing stunning African fashions in the elaborate ballroom decorated with chandeliers, covered chairs, ceiling drapes, floral arrangements, DJ, live band, catered food and drinks.
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The shimmering gold embroidered lace and beaded satin bodice on our new couture gown represents wealth and prosperity globally which is fitting for a Nubian Queen. The purple color on the gele (headpiece) personifies royalty in most parts of Africa and the world.

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Headpieces are symbolic in many parts of Western and Southern Africa, and for some Africans, an outfit is not complete without the headpiece.

TeKay Designs Gold Couture Pageant Evening Gown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show opened with an electrifying performance by Dundunba cultural dancers and special appearance by Nnenna Agba, America’s Next Top Model contestant.

Dundunba cultural dancers at African Fashion Week Houston
The three day event included a meet and greet fashion mixer, a fashion and arts workshop, and the Fall of Signature Essence (F.O.S.E.) runway show and concert.

TeKay Designs on the red carpet at African Fashion Week Houston

Photographer: Next Level Photography

ABOUT TEKAY DESIGNS INC.

TeKay Designs is an international fashion house, based in Houston Texas, that offers custom designs and couture bridal gowns, formal attire and statement fashion jewelry. Founded in 1998, TeKay features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. The designer brand is most noted for providing unique ethnic attire and non traditional pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers. The company facilitates production in Ghana, Africa and Houston, Texas.

Contact Information:

TeKay Designs Inc.
Email: customerservice@tk-designs.com
Website: http://www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeKayDesigns?ref=hl
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com
Phone: 281-807-0589

TeKay Designs celebrates culture at The Dallas International Fashion Event

TeKay Designs was a featured designer at the second Dallas International Fashion Event co-hosted by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine to spotlight global fashion and the cultural heritage of Africa, including a mix of Asian and European cultures.
TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides

Held at the Dallas City Performance Hall on May 16, 2014, the event was a platform for international relations.  The evenings lineup featured dancers, entertainers, members of the Dallas City Council, foreign dignitaries, and international fashion designers.

View video of TeKay Designs and Queen Of The Brides fashion showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STvU0M1Iz4k
TeKay Designs: Queen Of The Brides at Dallas International Fashion Show 2014

The event was presented by Trendy Africa Magazine to benefit the Dallas Youth Council.  Nigerian Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Dallas Councilwoman Vonciel Jones-Hill, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa and Publisher May Olusola were among the honorees to receive the distinguished Tammae Award.  TAMMAE is an annual mothers appreciation concept by Trendy Africa Magazine to honor individuals who have impacted their communities through personal and professional efforts.
TAMMAE Award recipients at Dallas International Fashion Show

 

The prestigious event was attended by special guests including: Dwaine Caraway (Dallas City Councilman), Karl Z. (City of Dallas), Lee McKinney (Assistant Director, office of Economic Development City of Dallas), Honorable Abike Dabiri Erewa (Chairman Diaspora committee Federal House of Representatives Nigeria, Ime Udo-member National Council for Arts and Culture Nigeria), Bob Brunner (Vice President – Arik Air International), Eeefy Ike-  International Motivational Speaker and Designer), Regina Onyeibe (The City of Dallas Africa liaison officer), and Chinwe Isaac (Nigerian Actress and Producer). dif-trendy-247  DIF-QOB-2014-6ORIG DIF-QOB4535 DIF-TK4339crop DIF-TK4347A DIF-TK4350 DIF-TK4358 DIF-TK4376A DIF-TK4383

Dallas Texas is recognized as the ninth-largest city and a highly culturally diverse city in the U.S.  This fashion platform provided the Dallas community an opportunity to experience alternative fashion styles that are accessible here in Texas.

 

 

 

 

A Celebration of History and Cultural Style

Excitement was in the air for guests that attended the inaugural celebration of black history and cultural style at the Wyndham Hotel in Houston TX on February 23, 2014. The Black History Month Fashion Show was a benefit event sponsored by EZCall-EZTalk Prepaid Calling Solutions and endorsed by The Liberian Association of Greater Houston. The affair was as educational as it was entertaining. The activities included fashion shows, music, cultural dancers, live painting, and influential speakers. The Master of ceremony, Ms. Ajali, a radio personality with local Houston KTSU radio station, entertained the crowd.

Fash-Philetta Designs

Fash-Philetta Designs

The models opened the presentation wearing contemporary fashions with cultural adornments and traditional African fabrics. The opening looks are titled “The Cross Over Collection” by fashion designer, Philetta K. Phillips of Fash Philetta Designs LLC. A Liberian native and Houston resident , Phillips creates custom formal gowns and casual attire inspired by her African heritage.  She launched her clothing line to showcase a blend of African inspired clothing with European fit to the community in Houston and abroad.  This includes kente ties and vests, short dresses, matching couple attire, and formal ethnic wear made of colorful print and solid fabric.Fash Philetta Designs

“Black History Month is an appropriate time to acknowledge diversity within the African-American communities of Houston, Texas.” explains Philetta. “There is a steady demand for trendy African fashions in Texas and beyond. For the twelve plus years that I have resided in Houston, people of all races and ethnicity inquire about my African inspired dresses and culture. I decided to produce the Black History Month Fashion Show to pay homage to my African heritage and promote cultural awareness through fashion.  Through a grass roots effort, we extended invitations to various residents of Houston and surrounding areas via flyers, social media, radio and word of mouth.”

The second fashion presentation was a bridal collection by TeKay Designs of Houston, TX. This was a spectacle of glamour that included embroidered and beaded gowns from TeKay’s Modern Bridal, Ethnic Bridal and Queen Of The Brides collection.  Each fashion look in the Queen Of The Brides collection is inspired by a woman of royalty and historic significance from various countries around the world.

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TeKay Designs

Keynote speaker Isis Brantley addressed the audience with an insight into the under reported dynamics of ethnic style in America. Isis is known nationwide as Naturally Isis, the style guru of Natural Hair Care. As founder of the Institute of Ancestral Braiding in Dallas Texas, Isis stands for preserving collective economics and cultural identity for African-Americans. Isis set forth a tone for self appreciation and cultural insight that was appropriate for an ethnic fashion celebration.

Isis Brantley delivers keynote speech at Black History Month 2014 fashion show wearing TeKay Designs.

Isis Brantley delivers keynote speech at Black History Month 2014 fashion show wearing TeKay Designs.

There were numerous vendors representing local businesses and start-up ventures.

Netash Creations at Black History Month 2014 Fashion Show

Netash Creations at Black History Month 2014 Fashion Show. Photographer: Amos Mulbah of AME Production

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Black History Month Fashion Show

Black History Month Fashion Show 2014 Models and Designer Philetta K. Phillips

Africans in attendance who may have forgotten their industrious history certainly received an educational finale on what is happening in Houston that is cultural style.

Fash Philetta Designs LLC
Philetta K. Phillips
Houston, TX
Phone: 832-339-7975
fashphiletta@gmail.com
www.philettakphillips.com


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P.O. Box 692454
Houston, TX 77269
Phone: 281-807-0589
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www.queenofthebrides.com
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Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week 2014

TeKay Designs, an international fashion label based in Houston Texas, presented the Queen Of The Brides collection comprised of luxurious bridal and evening gowns at Couture Fashion Week in New York City.  The fashion show was held on Sunday February 16, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel, marking the label’s first showing at the prestigious event.

Models representing historic queens and women of royalty walked the runway in couture bridal gowns and pageant dresses accessorized with high end fashion necklaces, statement headpieces or veils. View more pictures of the fashion show at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.544907648950482.1073741839.141463822628202&type=1

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides is an international collection representing gowns named after renowned queens from various countries and cultures around the world.  New York City is a fusion of culture and diversity.  It was important to showcase the Queen Of The Brides collection in New York City because of the diversity in the Queen Of The Brides wedding gowns.

For the Fall / winter 2014 season, the collection was expanded to include couture wedding gowns and accessories representing queens from Italy, Sweden, Liberia and Nigeria. In addition, the label showcased gowns representing Queen Cleopatra VII (the last pharoah of ancient Egypt), Queen Isis of Egypt, Queen Mumtaz Mahal of India, Queen Eleanor of England, Queen Regnant Christina of Sweden.

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

We also created new bridal headpieces including our pearl and crystal headpiece with dangling pearls to match the Queen Cleopatra Selene gown.

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

About Couture Fashion Week

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and
receptions. The event is held twice a year in New York City and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique promotional opportunities for luxury products and services.

Website: http://www.CoutureFashionWeek.com

About TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs is a renowned international fashion house that offers couture bridal and formal gowns, pageant dresses, statement fashion jewelry, and trendy ethnic designs. TeKay Designs specializes in handcrafted pieces that appeal to clients who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. With more than 16 years in business, TeKay Designs has been featured in numerous print publications including The Knot, Bridal Guide Magazine, The New York Times, Self, and Get Married Magazine. TeKay Designs’ statement necklaces have been worn by celebrities including tennis superstar Serena Williams, and actress Ashley Rickards. The company facilitates design and production in Houston, Texas and Ghana, Africa. Designing high quality products is TeKay Designs’s pledge to their customers.

Website: www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: http://blog.tk-designs.com

About Queen Of The Brides

Queen of the Brides was launched in 2012 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeKay Designs Inc. which was founded in 1998. Queen of the Brides offers high-end historical bridal and formal gowns that include quality pieces of jewelry representative from the same time period. The Queen of The Brides collection has been featured in numerous publications including Wedding Pages magazine and Wedding Style Guide International. Designing high quality products
is our pledge to our customers.

Website: http://www.queenofthebrides.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebrides
Blog: http://blog.queenofthebrides.com

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

Queen Of The Brides at Couture Fashion Week New York 2014

TeKay Designs celebrates Equatorial Guinea Independence Day

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November 21, 2013

TeKay Designs celebrates Equatorial Guinea Independence Day
The program included a fashion show where TeKay Designs was the shining star.

Houston, TX, November 21, 2013– October 19, 2013 was the Houston celebration of Equatorial Guinea’s Independence Day. The festivities included beverages, food, music and a fashion show. TeKay Designs amazed the crowd with their breathtaking designs, full of vibrant colors, innovative lines and gorgeous accents with African influences. Their designs can be seen on their website at: www.tk-designs.com.

“TeKay Designs is thankful to the Consulate of Equatorial Guinea for the opportunity to present our diverse cultural and contemporary fashions to the citizens, friends and guests of Equatorial Guinea.  TeKay Designs has a strong connection to Africa with a design and manufacturing center in Ghana.” – Kimma Wreh, Creative Director, TeKay Designs

The Honorable Domingo Mba Esono Nsang, the Consul General of Equatorial Guinea, and the Honorable Ruben Maye Nsue Mangue, the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to the US, spoke at the event to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the nation’s independence. The mayor of Houston, through a representative, declared October 19 as Equatorial Guinea Day in the city.

The TeKay Designs that were presented included African men’s suits, sexy short sets, couture bridal gowns, hand-made necklaces and extraordinary evening wear.  Most of the designs were influenced by African patterns, style and colors. The crowd gathered to celebrate the event were wowed by the incredible beauty of Wreh’s design.

“For the bold and discerning bride that does not want to see herself coming and going in a typical bridal dress, TeKay Designs has one-of-a kind bridal gowns and jeweled pieces that are works of art. For a true couture experience, designer Kimma Wreh will design and craft a bridal gown that is both unique and elegant with artfully created accent pieces that are absolute show stoppers.”- Diane Sulpizio, Fashion Stylist.

TeKay Designs is a renowned international fashion house that offers custom designs and ready-to-wear ethnic and modern bridal, formal, casual maternity and fashion jewelry. TeKay Designs features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. TeKay Designs is most noted for providing unique ethnic wear and contemporary pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers. The company facilitates production in Ghana, Africa and Houston, Texas.  Designing high quality products is their pledge to their customers.

Photo Credit: Chibuzor Okonta and Marc Allen PhotographyPhoto Credit: Chibuzor Okonta and Marc Allen Photography

TeKay Designs bridal gowns at FIAT Connecting Fashion Worlds

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PRLog (Press Release) – October 29, 2013 – HOUSTON — TeKay Designs showcased regal looks and headpieces inspired by historical queens and women of power throughout history at FIAT Connecting Fashion Worlds – The EDGE show.  The event was held on September 28, 2013 in the Hotel Indigo (5160 Hildalgo St, Houston TX 77056). The runway sparkled with models wearing couture gowns and jewelry representing historical Egyptian monarchs Queen Cleopatra and Isis, Queen of Sheba, Indian Queen Mumtaz Mahal, etc.

“Queen Of The Brides” is a limited edition collection that features couture bridal gowns complete with statement headpieces and necklaces representative of a distinct time. The “Queen of the Brides” collection offers premiere wedding gowns that personifies royalty and includes quality jewelry, veils or headpieces. The inspiration for the Queen Of the Brides collection are historical fashion icons from ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, Ghana and South Africa.

According to Creative Director, Kimma Wreh, “We extend our thanks and appreciation to Connecting Fashion Worlds for providing the opportunity to showcase at the prestigious fashion show.  The collection includes several one of a kind jewelry pieces such as the Cleopatra headpiece and necklace. We are pleased with the positive response from the audience at the event.”

The significance of Queen Of The Brides collection is that each gown is named after a queen or woman of historical relevance and power. We researched and designed a complete look for each fashion icon that includes the gown, headpiece or veil, necklace (for strapless gowns), bracelet or armlet, and the footwear.

The gowns and jewelry in the collection encompass Egyptian, Grecian, Victorian, Vintage, Indian and African influences. Gold and silver colors are prevalent in the Queen Of The Brides collection as there is a meaning to the colors. Gold, both the color and object, symbolizes power, elegance, luxury and quality, wealth and prosperity. The color silver is often seen as glamorous, distinguished, and energetic.

The highlights of the collection are gowns with gold or silver embroidery, beaded lace, fabrics embellished with crystals and rhinestones, detachable trains, statement headpieces and crystal necklaces.

ABOUT TEKAY DESIGNS
TeKay Designs is a renowned international fashion house that offers custom designs and ready-to-wear ethnic and modern bridal, formal, casual maternity and fashion jewelry. TeKay Designs features handcrafted pieces that appeal to those who appreciate elegance with a contemporary twist. TeKay Designs is most noted for providing unique ethnic wear and contemporary pieces for customers in the U.S.A and international customers.

Website: www.tk-designs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tekaydesigns
Blog: blog.tk-designs.com
Email: tekaydesigns@gmail.com

ABOUT QUEEN OF THE BRIDES
Queen Of The Brides offers high-end historical bridal and formal gowns that include quality pieces of jewelry representative from the same time period. The initial Queen Of The Brides collection features gowns and jewelry representing ancient queens and women of royalty and power from various countries the world including Egypt, India, South Africa, and England.

Website: http://www.queenofthebrides.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenofthebrides
Blog: blog.queenofthebrides.com
Email: info@queenofthebrides.com

Queen Of The Brides

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Pageant Gowns by TeKay Designs

TeKay Designs is pleased to be the Official Wardrobe Designer of Ms. Florida America 2013 – Amanda Sibeso Wamunyima.

Ms. Florida America 2013

Ms. Florida America 2013

The Ms. America pageant will be held in Southern California from June 20 – 23, 2013. More details on the pageant, visit:
http://www.msamericapageant.com/3/miscellaneous14.htm

Ms. Florida America 2013, Designer: TeKay Designs, Photographer: Kimma Wreh

Ms. Florida America 2013
Designer: TeKay Designs

Black Bride & Groom: featuring TeKay Designs

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Black Bride & Groom is the number one resource for Multicultural Brides and their Grooms.

Devon and Albert incorporated various African customs into their wedding as it was incredibly important for them to honor their ancestors and celebrate their African ancestry.

Best wishes to the beautiful couple and click here to read about their incredible love story.

TeKay Designs Releases: Queen of the Brides Collection

TeKay Designs Inc. announces the launch of Queen of The Brides couture bridal and jewelry collection via a new website and fashion shows.

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Queen Tiye of Ancient Egypt Gown

TeKay Designs Inc. announces the launch of Queen of The Brides gown collection and new website during runway presentations in Houston and Dallas, Texas.

“Queen of the Brides” is a limited edition collection that features historical couture bridal gowns complete with jewelry and headpieces, a staple of Tekay Designs’ aesthetic. TeKay has been diligently creating ethnic bridal gown concepts that personify royalty.

The inspiration for the Queen of the Brides collection are historical fashion icons from ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, and South Africa.

The gowns represent women of power throughout history and are infused with cultural elements from a distinct time in history.

The initial collection includes gowns named after Queen Nefertiti of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II of Egypt, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal – Mughal Queen of India, and Manta Tisi – The Queen of the Wild Cats in South Africa.

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Each bridal ensemble is worn with a headpiece or veil, jewelry and elaborate embroidery or beading stitched onto the gown. The fabrics include silk, embroidered lace, beaded Dupioni silk,  Duchesse satin, Poe de Soua, Aso-ake, Vintage lace trim, crystal and rhinestone trim.

The dominant colors in the collection are gold and silver which is symbolic. In ancient Egypt, yellow was the symbol of gold and immortality, white represented happiness.  Necklaces, armlets, bracelets, and anklets were made of gold, coral, pearl, agate, and onyx.  Collars made of shells, beads, and precious stones set into gold were worn as a necklace or attached to a neckline made of cloth or leather.

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To accommodate themed ceremonies, each ensemble can have a matching gown set for the brides’ maids and suits for grooms men.

“To embrace historic culture in present day ceremonies is very meaningful and symbolic. To know your past is to know your future. Cultural themes set a forward thinking tone of confidence and success for a groom and his queen,” says Creative Director Kimma Wreh.

 

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Queen of the Brides was launched in 2012 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeKay Designs Inc. which was founded in 1998. Queen of the Brides offers high-end historical bridal and formal gowns that include quality pieces of jewelry representative representative of the same time period.

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The Queen Of The Brides collection has been featured in Wedding Pages magazine and Wedding Style Guide International. Designing high quality products is our pledge to our customers. TeKay Designs, Inc. is an international fashion house with headquarters in Houston Texas. We specialize in bridal, formal, ethnic, accessories and fashion jewelry for all sizes.

Get up to the date information regarding Queen of the Brides on our Facebook Page!

Trends in African and Ethnic Wedding Gowns

As far as trends, Designer Kimma Wreh of TeKay Designs sees a surge of color coming into gowns. “Color is definitely in bloom and many of my clients want to color coordinate their wedding attire with the wedding color scheme.” Bride and groom outfits made of ivory, butter, and white are frequently contrasted with embroidered colors of bronze, gold, silver, green, red, purple, or shades of blue for a stunning effect.

Veils and head pieces are a must for most brides, spanning from simple to elaborate. Some brides prefer to incorporate beads or hand painted cowrie shells into their head piece and veil. Bridal veil with gold trim Another trend is to match the bridal gown with coordinated ethnic inspired floral arrangements and jewelry set. “Several TeKay Designs’ gowns have gorgeous color coordinated head pieces, jewelry set (necklace, earrings and bracelet), bouquet and matching boutonnière.”

TeKay Designs also outfits entire wedding parties. “Brides love the one stop shopping experience that we offer because we can custom make and color coordinate clothing for the entire bridal party including maid of honor and bridesmaids, best man and grooms men, flowergirls and ring bearers, mother and father of the bride and groom, and ushers.”
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Bridal parties are also starting to include kente vests, kente shoulder wraps and hats to match with the kente on the bride and groom’s outfit. “We custom design kente to match the wedding colors with option to include Egyptian hieroglyphic or Adinkra embroidered symbols.” Ankh (key of life), Sankofa (Going back to your roots), Gye Nyame (Omnipotence of God), Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan (power of love), and Nyame Dua (tree of God – alter) are popular symbols.