[section title=”The Planning”]
[field title=”Wedding Colors”]We went with a romantic palette of deep reds, blush, and gold. We wanted it to feel opulent and reminiscent of old Hollywood. [/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]For our wedding, the design, vibe, and vision is a luxurious and elegant “Old Hollywood Glam” theme, featuring a red carpet entrance and romantic atmosphere. That’s why we chose The Beverly Hills Hotel. We aim to create an immersive and memorable experience for us and our guests, with the use of timeless music adding to the classic and sophisticated feel of the event. The atmosphere we wanted to create is one of glamour and romance, making it a perfect celebration of our love. The use of timeless music, particularly jazz standards, serves as an ode to my deceased father who loved that era of fashion and music. Our wedding day was not only a celebration of our love, but it also served as a tribute to my father and his memory, as well as my husband’s grandfather who was unable to attend. We included special touches and details throughout the day to honor them and keep them close in our hearts. It made the day even more special and meaningful for us.[/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Loni Love introduced us during the Pandemic in 2020. We dated on facetime for a month while I was shooting a film in Canada. A year later he proposed. I was beyond surprised and overjoyed when Nick took me to Wally’s in Santa Monica for what I thought was a dinner meeting, but it turned out to be a party with all of our closest friends. To make it even more special, he had Getty images there (which is our own inside joke). He even went the extra mile by browsing my Pinterest board to buy my dream ring, with the help of my friends (who showed him the board) and Kelly Rowland, who even took him ring shopping. We took engagement photos by the beach and continued to party the night away with friends and family. It was truly the best surprise of my life and I couldn’t be happier.[/field]
[board_carousel title=”Getting Ready”]
[board_carousel title=”Bridal Portraits”]
[section title=”The Fashion”]
[field title=”Wedding Gown”]
I was so fortunate to have met my bridal stylist, Simona Sacchitella, who introduced me to the talented Italian designer, Balde. He was able to bring my vision to life by custom-making all of my bridal shower, rehearsal, and farewell brunch looks. I wanted to incorporate a touch of nostalgia by incorporating lace and buttons, which was a nod to my mother’s wedding dress and a tribute to my parents’ love story. The lace embellishments and button details added a beautiful and timeless element to the overall look of my wedding. I couldn’t be happier with the results and I am so grateful to Balde for his amazing work. I have always been enamored with the elegance and glamour of black Old Hollywood and the 1950s Dior aesthetic. For my wedding dress, I wanted to channel the timeless style of iconic actresses like Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, and pay tribute to designer Anne Lowe. I decided to customize a Galia Lahav dress from their ‘Make a Scene’ line to add even more drama and make it truly my own. The incredibly talented Matthew Reisman got to work on customizing the dress once it came in. He did so much more than alterations, he customized my gown until I felt like a Disney princess. The finished look was magical.
I was so excited when I got to work with Tal Kadeem for my second wedding dress. Their bridal fittings were truly a dream come true. They made me feel so special and allowed me to try on all of their beautiful dresses. I fell in love with one in particular and wanted to make some adjustments to it, shortening the length to allow me to dance comfortably while still keeping the train for a dramatic effect. My husband loves my legs and I couldn’t be happier with the final result. It was the perfect balance of fun and romance for me to enjoy my guests and dance the night away. Not only that, I fell in love with a sparkly feathered embellished jumper that I wore for my bachelorette party. The dress and the jumper were perfect and I couldn’t be more grateful to Tal Kadeem for creating such beautiful pieces for me. I’m so lucky to have the talented and friend, Charlie Lapson, as my jeweler. He created custom jewelry for me and my bridal party that was truly special and unique. For my daughter, he crafted a stunning diamond tiara that she could wear with her ballgown. He also made a charm with my father’s picture that I could carry with me on my bouquet, which was also adorned with my father’s cufflinks and rings as a way to honor him on my special day. He even designed something special for my husband, so he could sparkle too. I wanted everyone to feel special and shine alongside me on my wedding day, and Charlie truly delivered.
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]I couldn’t be happier with how my bridesmaids’ dresses turned out for my wedding. They were inspired by my show “Run the World” and we chose Amsale dresses in the color “slate.” Our costume designer Tracy L. Cox and Patricia Field styled them and they were timeless and elegant, which was perfect for our theme. Amsale was even kind enough to provide the fabric for my man of honor’s suit so that it matched the bridesmaid dresses. It was a collaborative effort and it all came together beautifully with our decor.[/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]Nick actually changed looks for the wedding day too. For the ceremony, he wore a gorgeous black velvet tuxedo jacket with satin shawl lapel complete with a white pique shirt and black velvet bow tie. Then for the reception he changed into a black brocade jacket with peak lapel and a white sateen stretch shirt with satin bow tie. Both looks were custom made by ALBA.
The groomsmen wore handsome Calvin Klein black shawl collar tuxedos with a traditional white shirt and black satin bow ties. [/field]
[board_carousel title=”Bridal Party”]
[section title=”The Details”]
[field title=”Food & Drink”]Our food and drink choices for the wedding were carefully curated to reflect the elegance of the night. We chose an Old Fashioned as our signature cocktail, made with Whistle Pig whiskey, which is the bride and groom’s favorite and also my favorite. I also crafted a Kentucky Mule to keep it sweet and cozy, also with Whistle Pig whiskey. For the dinner, we decided on a steak and a fish entree to reflect the elegance of the night. We also kept it simple with Caesar salad, which is our daughter McKenzie’s favorite. To represent the decadence and richness of the night, we also decided on a variety of chocolate desserts. We wanted to make sure that all of our guests had a great time and enjoyed the food and drink as much as we did.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The florals and décor for our wedding were carefully chosen to create a beautiful and cohesive look throughout the ceremony, cocktails, reception, and after party.
For the ceremony, we wanted to create a romantic and intimate atmosphere, centered in love and faith. Our wedding ceremony was truly a beautiful and meaningful celebration of our Christian faith and Black heritage.
For the cocktails, we chose to keep it simple but elegant with tall centerpieces that featured a mix of flowers with deep, rich color, and silver candle holders.
The reception décor was designed to be grand and opulent, with a combination of tall and low centerpieces in shades of deep reds, blush and gold. The tables were adorned with beautiful candles and crystal glassware.
And there were personal touches throughout. My mom even crocheted the cake table overlay that our cake sat on top of. It coordinated with the décor beautifully and now we get to keep it as a family heirloom. It’s so beautiful and she spent so much time on it; I just love it. She also made my garter belt and additional accessories too.
[field title=”Wedding Cake Details”]Our wedding cake was absolutely stunning, adorned with beautiful flowers. We chose a pink velvet cake as the main layer and added different flavors for each layer. It was a delicious and elegant addition to our special day, and it was a hit with all of our guests. We also served a variety of chocolate desserts. [/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Our wedding ceremony was truly a beautiful and meaningful celebration of our Christian faith and Black heritage. We incorporated the tradition of jumping the broom, which holds such deep significance for us as a couple. We also paid tribute to my father, who was a singer, by having the choir sing his favorite gospel song “The center of my Joy” in his memory while we took communion and braided the unity rope.
Having our friend and Grammy recording artist, MAJOR., officiate the wedding was such a unique and personal experience. He sang his classic hit “This is why I love you” as I walked down the aisle with a string quartet accompaniment, it was an unforgettable moment.
The choice to say our vows in private and not see each other until the ceremony added an extra layer of anticipation and excitement to the ceremony. Overall, it was a beautiful, personal, and meaningful celebration of our love and heritage.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]My main priority for my wedding day is to have a wonderful time with my husband. I want to start the day off right by beginning with prayer and gratitude. I’ve invited my closest friends to join me in prayer before we start getting ready, it’s essential for me to focus my heart and mind on building a strong foundation for this next exciting chapter in our lives. I want to make sure that I am fully present and in the moment, surrounded by love and positivity as we start our journey together.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″][/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″][/field]
[board_carousel title=”Couple Portraits”]
|Share this gorgeous gallery on|
Photography: John And Joseph Photography | Videography: John And Joseph Photography | Event Planning: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Floral Design: Mark’s Garden | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Joanie & Leigh’s Cakes | Jewelry: Charlie Lapson | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Wendi Miyake | Hair: Kendall Dorsey | DJ: Tendaji Lathan | Band: The Unit featuring Crystal Starr & Martin Kember | Groom’s Attire: Alba | Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Ceremony Music: West Coast Music | Venue: Beverly Hills Hotel | Wedding Venue: Beverly Hills Hotel | Alterations: Matthew Reisman | Bridesmaid Hair: Sabrina Porsche | Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Mark Quirimit | Draping: Edge Design & Decor | Fashion Stylist: Simona Sacchitella | Groom Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Reception Dress: Tal Kadem | Rentals: Luxe Linen | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Whiskey: Whistle Pig
© Style Me Pretty, %%06pm28UTC%%. |
Post categories: The Blog