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My name is Hililina I’m 27. Ethiopian:) University of Miami grad, 2011and studied physiology. Currently I  work as a teacher to homeschooled students and give private training for SAT/ACT. Also studying a masters degree in Mental Health counseling. I met my hubby through a friend. I was in Ethiopian working on my first Amharic Christian album (Egziyabeher Telek) and he happened to be best friends with the person who took a main role in making the album happen. During our 6 months anniversary. He took me to a nice place for dinner, we ordered, and when the food came he asked me to pray for the food and our relationship lol (it was bizarre to pray for our relationship when we were about to eat but I guess he was trying to buy time and I did it anyways lol). And when I opened my eyes after the prayer, he was down on 2 knees lol, apparently my prayer took too long, so he couldn’t stay on one knee anymore. Haha My first thought … “This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made” 🙂

Our wedding was in Ethiopia and when I woke up on the wedding day I remember feeling excitement and peace. Having my bridesmaids also made me feel complete! My wedding gown was everything I imagined. Just perfect for me. And the moment of walking down the aisle I was so happy. I couldn’t believe the day actually came!  The overall theme for our wedding was glam but simple to create a classic, vintage look. When we walked into our reception I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was! The most memorable moment of the night was my hubby reading a poem he wrote for me. And the worship time we had :)) Kal singing! The only thing I would have changed for the day would have been to not have a lunch and dinner reception. It made the day too hectic.



The traditional days that we celebrated were the Melse and Kilikil. The habesha elements that were a must were the Dabo Sim ceremony, traditional libs, decor and food. I picked my kemis because it was just beautiful. Made perfectly for me! For my girls we had them match with my dress. One piece of traditional day planning advice I would give to other HabeshaBrides would be to order the libs a few months ahead and make sure you do a couple of fittings! Good Luck!

Vendor List

Wedding Gown Vendor Name Vera Wang & Allur bridal
Ceremony Location Name Beza International Church. Wouldn’t have done it anywhere else. Love my church :))
Bridal party Attire Vendor(s) Name(s) Bridesmaids – dress by Ralph Lauren from Macy’s. I was 100% satisfied! The material, look, quality, and design was just perfect!
Photographer Vendor Name Ambassel photo Studio – they are the absolute best! Was very happy with their service and photos.
Videographer Vendor Name Johnny Video. They were ok. Wasn’t very impressed but they did an ok job.
Reception Venue Name Lunch at 1917 park, beautiful location very happy with how it turned out.
Dinner at Capital Hotel, amazing food, great service and beautiful hall.
Makeup Artist Vendor Name? Make up by Atkilt. She was amazinggg! One of the best in Ethiopia. Look for her at her sap (Soreti Spa) in welo Sefer.
Contact – 0910618727
Hair Stylist Vendor Name? Stylist Biruk! He is the best hair stylist in Ethiopia, hands down. I would not go anywhere else.
Contact – 0933586969
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