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The Lodge of Nashville
October 29, 2016
Alma Mater of Bride
Tennessee State University
Alma Mater of Groom
A.I of Fort Lauderdale for culinary arts
Current City where you live
How did you meet?
We both attended TSU but never cross paths. It wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced us that we finally dated. He would mysteriously show up at their house every time I was there. Later my friend told me that he would tell Ivan when I was over.
How long did you date?
This was our second time at love, we dated when we were younger. In my granny’s words, we courted for a year before the proposal.
How did he propose?
When did you know he was the one? I didn’t know he was the one, I prayed and asked God to reveal things for me and He did. Plus, Ivan was so persistent that he would never gove up no matter how mean I was.
What is the cutest thing he has done for you without you asking?
Ivan made a book of our engagement, it is so cute and he was so proud of his work. He shows it to everyone and even travels with it in his car.
What is something you love about him that has completely changed your life?
How much he loves me and puts my needs before his. Also, he helped me step my faith game up. Ivan was given 3 months to live in 2008 due to kidney failure, spent six years on dialysis before receiving a kidney. Yet daily he moves around and never complains, speaking life daily. My faith and outlook on life is better because of him.
What part of wedding planning made you crazy?
Details, just wanting everything to be perfect. And I will admit that Ivan was a bit of a groomzilla.
What part of wedding planning could you not live without?
I could have not made it without the support of my team which included friends, family, co worker’s and of course Pinterest. I don’t know how we planned weddings beforehand.
What was your first thought the day after your engagement?
Holy smokes, I’m getting married!
What was your favorite part about the ceremony?
Having all of my love one’s in the same place at one time. And looking into my husband’s eyes as we said our vows, along with his expression when I walked down the aisle.
What was your favorite part about the wedding?
Dancing with my father and epic garter toss performance the groom and groomsmen surprised me with.
Did you do any DIY?
If so, what? I was the DIY queen. I made photo canvases of the wedding party instead of programs, printed signs,flower girl baskets,and ring bearer box. I also made the table numbers for each table,decorated our card box,unity candle and wedding invitations.
Who were your wedding vendors?
Invites: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Lauren Marie Designs
Catering: Corky’s BBQ
DJ/Entertainment: Harpist, Sarah Crocker
Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding Planner: Angela Proffitt of Vivid Experiences
Photographer: Melanie Grady
Videographer: Calvin Hobson
What were your wedding colors?
Blush, gold, and ivory
What was your wedding theme?
I didn’t have a theme but I wanted it to portray romance and timeless beauty.
What is your favorite part about being married to each other?
Just being able to wake up every morning to the one you love. Because we dayed long distance so seeing each other daily is a treat.
What did you learn about each other through the wedding planning process?
I learned that we can be mean, lol. I didn’t think we would make it down the aisle but we did. Planning puts your nerves on edge and we learned how to handle conflict. In addition, we found that when we focus on a goal nothing can stop us.
What southern traditions did you do at your wedding?
For southern traditions, we had an outdoor wedding because Nashville is gorgeous in the fall with the leaves changing colors and the cool brisk air. Of course, there were pearls for the girls.
Did you have any southern food on your menu?
Well for our meal we decided on chicken, brisket, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and of course sweet tea. Doesn’t get more southern than that! The groom really wanted to have a meal that made him think of family and comfort for the wedding.
What southern decor did you include in your wedding?
We had southern glam for the reception, string lights and tons of greenery and candles. We all know how important football is in the South, so the groom’s cake was his favorite football team.
What did you love about being a southern bride?
I loved everything from the bridal showers to going to bridal shows with sorority sisters. Everyone makes you feel really special and loved during your bridal season.