The black bridal designer behind Danielle Brooks’ wedding dress
The wedding bells have rung for Danielle Brooks, the actress known for her role in Netflix Orange is the new black and for her Tony Award nomination for her role in the 2015 Broadway production The purple color. Brooks debuted her wedding photos exclusively on vogue, and we can’t forget her gorgeous wedding dresses, so it was a must that we review the designers on the labels of both dresses.
Brooks wore a Christian Siriano three-in-one dress to reveal herself to her groom as they gathered to take pictures together ahead of the official ceremony. The dream ensemble went from a princess dress, to a bodycon dress, to pants perfect for the party dance afterwards. However, between the reveal and the dance floor, Brooks walked down the aisle in her second wedding dress designed by Alonuko, a black-owned bridal brand founded by Gbemi Okunlola.
The bride described the Alunoko dress as her dream dress for vogue – it was an ethereal, flesh-colored mesh top that covered Brooks in white flowers, which were custom-embroidered, and flowed down her sleeves and continued seamlessly into the extravagant skirt. She wrote in the caption of her Instagram post: “It was very important for me to find a black wedding dress designer. When I tell you that I hit the jackpot @alonuko_bespoke, I hit the jackpot. It was amazing to work with her and she even drove all the way from London two days before my wedding to make sure the dress would arrive on time. Thank you for your talent and professionalism! Brides, hire her!!! Thank you for adding to my special day!”
Alonuko was originally established in 2013 by Nigerian designer Gbemi Okunlola as a brand specializing in luxury women’s clothing and bridal wear. Since then, the brand has become famous for its incredible flesh-toned mesh designs that gracefully accentuate the bride’s features and create the most beautiful dreamy wedding moments.
The black-owned bridal brand is based in London and holds initial consultations in its London studio with Okunlola. However, given the brand’s international clientele, they also offer virtual consultations to fulfill wedding dreams around the world. Okunlola’s process follows with four fittings to achieve the perfect fit, and culminates in Okunlola being present on the special day to personally dress her clients and ensure the fairy tale vision comes to fruition.