Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Shantae B

Shantae B

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

My husband and I met doing theatre together in college. We're both singers, and did a few musicals together. He asked me out many times, but it took me over 2 years to finally say yes to a first date and thank goodness I finally did!

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

He proposed in the craziest way! He got his mom to convince me to throw him a surprise party so the entire summer I thought I was inviting everyone over and preparing for his birthday party, and when we showed up I yelled "surprise!" but really the surprise was for me! He proposed in front of 60 friends and family members!

Name of Wedding Venue?

Our wedding venue was Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, RI

How Many Guests Will You Have?

We had 230 guests!

I Am Most Excited About:?

Our wedding was absolutely perfect! I kept making sure to just stop and look around and remind myself that everyone we loved was there to celebrate us and that nothing mattered more than our love.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

We didn't really have a theme for the wedding, I guess I would say it was traditional. Colors were yellow and gray, and the ceremony and reception had all the traditional stuff like garter toss and cake cutting.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

My favorite thing about my groom is how he balances me out. I can be high strung and he is laid back so we definitely complement each other!

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

My bridal party was 3 of my best friends and my two sister in laws. We asked our party by sending them a video and they had to respond back with a funny video, and man were the responses great!

Biggest Saving Tip:

My biggest saving tip is to just make sure you shop around. Real flowers are expensive so I chose a company called ecoflower, or just use silk flowers. But I love that I get to keep my bouquet forever.


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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Evelyn L

Evelyn & Jake

Cincinnati, OH

October 14, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

We met through a mutual friend while we were at two different high schools. I was only 15 years old while he was 16 years old. It all started on January 1, 2010 when our friend gave him my number and he started texting me. A couple of days later we ended up meeting up at our local mall. When I first saw him in person, I was thinking to myself, yeah he is pretty cute!! Then a month later I asked him to go to my schools Mardi Gras dance with me and he said yes! Then while the song Fireflies by Owl City was playing at the dance, he asked me to be his girlfriend. We have been together ever since! Even though we were young, I knew that he was going to be the one for me!

How Long Have You Been Together?

We have been together for about 7 ½ years!

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

So like I said, we started talking on January 1, 2010 so every year besides celebrating our anniversary of when he asked me out, we would celebrate the day when we first started talking. So on January 1, 2016 he wanted to take me out to a nice restaurant just to celebrate another year together. So he took me to Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse right in downtown Cincinnati. We got all dressed up and I wasn’t thinking anything of it. Once we got there to eat, I thought it was weird that Jake wouldn’t even look at me the whole entire dinner! I knew something was going on with him, but just wasn’t sure what it could have been. After dinner he said that he wanted to go to one of our favorite parks just to hang out for a couple of minutes. We ended up at the park, and even though it was so cold and the view was gorgeous I was thinking like okay, let’s go somewhere warm! As we were just standing there looking at the view of Cincinnati, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! One of the awesome parts of this was that he had our friends there to take pictures of it all happening (smart move Jake ;) )! It was one of the most amazing and best days of my entire life!

Name of Wedding Venue?

Ceremony: Anderson Hills Methodist Church Reception: Clermont County Fairgrounds

How Many Guests Will You Have?

Between 250 to 300

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

My biggest wedding day fear would be that nothing starts on time! The good thing though is that we have hired a wedding coordinator for the day so she will be taking care of things because I know that I would be freaking out about everything if we didn’t hire her!

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

Shabby Chic!

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

I have so many favorite things about Jake, but if I had to choose one favorite thing about him it would be how he is always there for me no matter what. No matter what the problem is, he always stands by my side and is there for me. I am very lucky to have a man that is so caring!

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

One of my favorite things to do with him is go to one of our fav restaurants called Terry’s Turf Club and then once we are finished go to one of our favorite parks to just walk around!

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

I want them to say that they had a great time dancing and spending time together. One of my favorite things to do at any wedding is just dancing to good music and be with the people I love, so I am making sure that we have good music!

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

I have 7 people total in my bridal party! I have my sister Nora, who is my maid of honor. I have my best friend from high school, Emily who is like my other maid of honor but we call her the special bridesmaid. Then I have Jake’s sister, Sarah. Then my other best friends Sammi, Robin, Hadley, and Catherine. They are all so close to me and I am so excited to have them stand by me on my big day!

Where are you currently in the planning process?

As of right now, we have pretty much everything planned! We just have to order the catering but the catering place that we might go with only wants our order like 2 weeks before our wedding. I am trying to get our invites organized and finished so that next month all I will have to do is just send them out! Since we have been engaged and planning our wedding for about a year and a half we have had time to just to plan throughout that time. I do have to say, I am so ready to be married and for this to be other with! It can be stressful at times, but I just need to remember that all what matters is that our day is meant for me and Jake. It will be the best day ever and I am so ready for it to be here!


Proposal Photos: Hannah Belfeld

 

Engagement Photos: Madison Blvd Photography

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Cristina T

Cristina T & Peter B

Neptune City, NJ

2/18/2018

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

This is always such an awkward question to answer because it is totally not what you would imagine for a meet-cute story. Peter and I met at one of the most least romantic places one can imagine – a bar in the summertime. A friend of mine at the time had known Pete from working on the beach where he was a police officer and introduced us. We talked for a little the night we met, but then I had to go away for 3 weeks of training with the military (I’m a Field Artillery Officer in the National Guard) so I didn’t speak to him for almost a month. When I came home we all went out again and this time, Pete made it apparent that he liked me and we ended up talking the entire night. He finally asked me to be his girlfriend a month later (it took FOREVER) and the rest is history.

How Long Have You Been Together?

This August will be 3 years. Some people think that it hasn’t been “that long” but I honestly can’t think of anyone else who really knows me as well as Pete does.

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

Pete and I had always talked about getting married, but had never put a real stamp on when it would happen. The summer before we got engaged, my unit was told within the next two years we would likely deploy and this announcement was made during a summer picnic Pete was in attendance for which is what I think really got him thinking more about our future together. Pete said he had been saving for a ring for over a year, but the proposal didn’t happen until December 20, 2016. I was out to dinner with one of my friends from high school (who is coincidentally a bridesmaid of course) and she suggested we go see the holiday tree lit up at the Asbury Park Convention Center – a beautiful building with rich history that Pete and I frequent for numerous events and beachside walks. As we were driving to the location, I failed to notice my friend vigorously texting Pete that we were on our way. Once we got there, I walked closer to the tree and then saw Peter walking around from behind it with a box in his hand. In true Peter fashion using as minimal romantic wording as possible, he immediately got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I of course said yes and here we are now!

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

We decided Sunday February 18, 2018 would be perfect for a few reasons. First, winter and Sunday dates tend to be lower cost which allows us to spend more of our budget on things we really wanted. Second, despite being a Sunday, since it’s President’s Day weekend majority of our guests would have off the following Monday since it isn’t really a full-out celebrated holiday. Third, the date and year are easy to remember and it just sounded right.

Name of Wedding Venue?

The Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune City, NJ

How Many Guests Will You Have?

Right now the list is at 215 since we both have such big families so it should be interesting!

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

Hardly anything at all to be honest. I was not one of those girls that had been pinning their dream wedding for years so when it came time to plan, I was clueless. My saint of a sister and Maid of Honor got me a wedding planning binder by Mindy Weiss so I could get the process started. Also, working in public relations gave me the blessing of excellent research skills.

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

My mom of course! She’s my best friend so naturally I told her the news first. She already knew because like a true gentleman, Pete asked her permission before asking me. I simply called and she had asked me to come over her house to show her the ring with my sister there. After calling several other family and friends, we went to my cousin’s comedy show (ironically a comedy show was our first date) to share the news with my dad’s side of the family.

My Wedding Must Have:

A supportive set of friends. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without my beautiful bridesmaids helping me along the way. Between deciding on colors to picking favors, there’s a lot of decisions to be made and while Pete is an excellent food taster he lacks interest in pretty much everything else. My friends have been the glue to hold me together, plus many of them have some great talents or recommendations that have been a real help!

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

I did say yes! Back in April I found a gorgeous dress on my first trip the the lovely Castle Couture in Manalapan, NJ. I probably tried on around 20 dresses but my dress was dress #3 and in a way the decision was unanimous among my immediate family with me. Whenever I go to formal functions, it usually is only for military events so I wear my uniform. This is the first time I have ever had a dress this formal or shopped for something this formal since high school prom.

I Am Most Excited About:?

Spending my life with my best friend. This is probably such a cliché answer, but it is so true. I don’t need a fancy venue or expensive ring to be happy – just Pete.

Biggest Wedding Planning Headache?

Opinions! There are just so many of them and sometimes having a bunch of them conflicting can be such a struggle. My mom and I have very different tastes and my grandmother (a true Italian grandmother) likes to be involved as well. I love them, but sometimes I really must step back and make decisions on my own with Pete. Also, planning around a drill schedule is kind of difficult too.

Best Planning Tip:

Take time to step back from the stress and decompress. Pete and I make a point to go on a date once a week and not talk about anything wedding-related. This really helps us clear our heads so that when we do carve out time to do wedding things, we can be level-headed. Compartmentalizing your time is so crucial to keeping your sanity and your groom’s.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

Rustic, romantic elegance with a hint of contemporary color using burlap, lace, glitter and wooden touches.

Doing It Yourself?

A few things we are actually doing ourselves like signage (I have a graphic design background) that will be displayed all over to include ceremony cards, menus and more. Pete’s grandfather is a woodworker so he is making our table numbers for us and my aunt who also does graphic design made our save the dates and will be doing invitations.

How Did You Know Your Groom To Be Was The One?

I feel like there was no true pivotal moment where I had realized it, it had just felt so right. If I really had to nail down a time when I knew Pete would be there for me forever was when he was there for me when I needed him most. My great-aunt had passed away about 2 ½ months into dating and Pete was there the night it happened with me. I was very close to my aunt and Pete knew I was in a lot of pain so he made sure he was there for me. The funeral fell on Pete’s birthday and instead of him saying he would see me after, he came to the funeral because he knew it would be a hard day for me having to give a eulogy and say goodbye to my aunt. He stayed with me, comforted me and was a strong support for me and my family which is why I think they all love him so much.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

Pete is the most thoughtful person I know. I’m in a male-dominated branch of the military (like literally the only woman in my unit of 74 soldiers) and him taking on the role of the supportive spouse means everything to me. Usually the group is women, traditional army wives but that doesn’t bother Pete. Most of the guys joke that he’s a wife in his own rite but he doesn’t think twice about showing me support and helping me grow as a leader and as a better person altogether.

Have You Cut Any Traditional Wedding Details and Why?

So despite my grandmother’s warning Pete and I decided to do a First Look instead of waiting until I am walking down the aisle as the first time we see each other. I just feel like a intimate moment for just us is so necessary right before the wedding since it can seem a little awkward in front of all our friends and family to share such a personal feeling. Plus I probably won’t see him the night before so I’ll miss him! We also decided against the bouquet and garter toss since most people don’t particularly like being publicly acknowledged as a single person during a wedding apparently. One thing we decided to add though was a cake cutting using my commissioning saber (the fancy looking sword) since many of my military friends will be there and it has such a huge part in our lives now.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

14 altogether - whatever we have a lot of people we love!

Biggest Saving Tip:

Sunday afternoons and winter weddings are the way to go! We have saved so much money with all of our vendors thanks to the season we chose to celebrate our wedding. If you don’t care about an outdoor venue then this is the move people.

Where are you currently in the planning process?

According to our little gauge on Theknot.com, we are at the 50% mark which is nice since we got a lot done, but now have twice as much to still do.


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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Courtney

Courtney & Teldrin

Charlotte, NC

September 22, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

We met on October 25, 2012 at a Fall Residency Showcase at the Downtown Marriott in Columbia, SC. We were both in our last year of pharmacy school and considering residencies upon graduation. I saw this fine, young brother walking around in a heather gray suit! Unfortunately, we spoke, but that was all. During lunch, a late professor of mine saw Teldrin and blatantly told me that Teldrin would be a great guy for me and that he was going to introduce us. I literally begged him not to (I mean, how embarrassing). Of course he did it anyway! So he broke the ice and to my surprise, we ended up talking the entire day. As the event was coming to a close, Teldrin asked me for my business card.

How Long Have You Been Together?

We have been together since November 3, 2013. As of today, 3 years and 8 months.

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

His proposal was so heartfelt and well thought out! It was a Saturday morning and he told me to get ready because we were going to Asheville, NC to visit the Biltmore Estate. After a two hour drive, we finally arrived. I was ready to take pictures! The Biltmore Estate was already on my Pinterest board and I knew exactly what shots I wanted us to get. So, we walked onto the bridge overlooking the front lawn and began taking pictures. It was really hot out so after a while I needed some shade underneath the trees, but he had other plans. After snapping one last picture, I turned to him and he was on one knee with a ring in his hand. Speechless at this point, I listened as he poured his heart out to me and asked me to marry him. Without hesitation, I said yes! I was and still am the happiest woman alive. Taking it all in, we then heard a round of applause. Apparently, everyone witnessed and admired his proposal from afar. Best day yet!

Name of Wedding Venue?

Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina

How Many Guests Will You Have?

135 guests

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

The first person I told about the engagement was my mother, followed by my best friends. One month later, we shared our news with other family members and friends.

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

Yes. I tried on about 12-15 dresses and ultimately said yes to the very first dress. It was also my Mom’s first pick so that made it even more special.

I Am Most Excited About:?

I am most excited about marrying my best friend. I get to spend the rest of my life with an amazing man who was created, in God’s likeness, just for me.

Best Planning Tip:

Stay organized and focus on what is most important to you and your fiancé. Nothing else matters.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

A Candlelight Rooftop Romance.

Favorite Love Story:

The Notebook

How Did You Know Your Groom To Be Was The One?

I knew he was the one for me the first time we said ‘I love you’. As cliché as it sounds, he was different. His heart, his patience, his kindness, the respect that he shows me, is immeasurable. I knew at that moment that this was going to be a special love, unlike any other I thought I knew before. He has proven it all to be true.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

I love his heart. He is such a genuine, caring, loving man.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

Travel the world! We are the true definition of travel buddies. I will travel to the stars and back as long as we do it together.

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

I want my guests to say that they felt the love at our wedding; everything was beautiful and they had the time of their lives.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

Our wedding party consists of 13 of our best friends and family members. Six gorgeous ladies in the bridal party, 5 groomsmen, 1 flower girl and 1 ring bearer.

Dream Honeymoon Destination:

We will be traveling to Thailand for our honeymoon.

Advice to single ladies waiting to meet the one?

Be patient. God has a man that he designed for you and His timing is always perfect!


Professional Photography: Cynthia Ndelo Photography

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Nicole T

Nicole & Adam

Chicago, Illinois

October 15, 2016

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

My husband and I met three years ago at a new hire orientation at our place of employment. I truly believe our crossing paths was fate. I almost didn’t even accept the job. The job was working in the suburbs and I feared it wouldn’t be fast paced enough. For me, all of my prior positions were amidst the flashing lights of the exciting city. I had two other offers on the table and was torn professionally on choosing the position that would be the best fit for my bubbly personality, passion for diversification, and programmatic background in training and development. I decided to attend the orientation just for the heck of it and decide later whether to keep the position. Adam, who is now my husband was the first person I saw when I walked through the door. I remember like it was yesterday. I was running late and strutting as quickly as I could in four-inch heels and a little pink dress. I was trying to juggle my laptop and purse in one hand and praying I didn’t drop my caramel Frappuccino in my other hand. I had no idea where I was going. Sensing I was lost, Adam stopped and asked what room I was looking for. To my surprise, we were going to the same location. We walked to the room together and when we got inside we both were forced to sit right up front as there were not any other seats open in the room. As you can imagine as with any orientation, we did a lot of group activities, pair and shares, and open discussions. Since Adam was sitting right next to me, we were partnered for all of the activities. Orientation was five hours daily for one week. Each day, Adam and I came right in and sat together. We worked collaboratively on our projects. In a short time, we quickly became great friends! I noticed Adam was humorous and kept the training class thoroughly entertained. I liked his charismatic personality; but, thought nothing more of our friendship. Adam thought I was a pretty girl and was impressed by my intelligence and ability to command the attention of everyone in the room as well. I had no idea we would soon become much more than friends. One day Adam got the nerve to ask me out on a date and the rest is history. On our first date, we stayed at the restaurant for hours laughing and talking about everything from politics, to family, to our individual five-year plan. To top it all off, as if I wasn’t already totally impressed, I found out Adam lived literally two blocks up the street from me! And get this, we found out we were members of the same church. We both just hadn’t been in a while. The man of my dreams had been walking distance from me all these years. How ironic was it that we’d never met? How awesome is it that this job, that we have both since left for better opportunities, became a stepping stone to us finding one another. As our first date continued, we went on for hours talking about everything we had in common and also how we admired one another’s ambitions. It was as if time stopped. Suddenly I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was our waitress. We were being put out of the restaurant as it was past closing and we were still sitting there laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Talking to Adam was effortless and we had so much fun with one another. After our first date, we were inseparable! Adam and I joke all the time about this, but seriously not one day went by since our first date that we didn’t see each other and/or talk on the phone for hours. We were inseparable, spending vacations, holidays, and birthdays together as well as many other priceless moments.

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

I will never forget when Adam proposed. It was Christmas Eve. We both value family over everything so he made sure that my family and his were present. We always open our gifts on Christmas but he kept trying to get me to open this one gift early. It was a scrapbook that he had put together especially for me. Although Adam and I had discussed marriage, I didn’t have any idea that Christmas Eve would be the night. Looking back, I should have had an inclination. My dad urged me to change shirts that day. I had been out at the mall all day getting last minute Christmas gifts for family and friends. Ironically I had on a screen t-shirt with a curse word on it from Express (blasphemy)! My shirt said, “Wake up, Kick ass and Have a good day!” My dad kept urging me to put on a normal shirt or even a cute little dress. He knew tonight was the night as Adam had asked for my hand in marriage six months prior. My mother and sister didn’t know. If they had known, they absolutely would have told me to put on some lipstick, a dress and to curl my hair. They also would have done the same for themselves! Here I was this extravagantly extra diva who wears heels and fur to the grocery store in in a screen t-shirt with a curse word and ripped jeans. Oh yeah, and might I mention that right before Adam came in with his mom, I actually wasted tomato sauce on my t-shirt. Long story short, Adam convinced me to open the scrapbook on Christmas Eve. As I flipped through the pages, I saw page after page of countless beautiful pictures and hand written memories. Half way through reading the scrap book, I felt lights on my face coming from all different directions so I looked up and noticed his family and mine taping me with a several different cameras and phones. Before I could fully process what was going on, I saw Adam drop to one knee. I began to scream and jumped on him, almost knocking him over. I said, “Yes!” before he could even get the full question out. It was one of the best days of my life.

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

Our wedding was Saturday, October 15, 2016. We picked this date intentionally as it is Sweetest Day, a romantic holiday to express love.

Name of Wedding Venue?

Double Tree by Hilton on the Magnificent Mile

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

My wedding dress style matched my every day style, which for anyone who knows me knows is over the top glam.

Dream Honeymoon Destination:

Within hours of our wedding, we went straight from our wedding to our honeymoon. We spent a little time in our honeymoon suite. However, before we could even shut our eyes, it was time to catch our 8:00 a.m. flight to Puerto Vallarta. We wore matching Mr. and Mrs. shirts on the plane that said “Established 10-15-2016”. We had a blast on the honeymoon. We swam with the dolphins, went hiking in the mountains, rode ATVs, went dancing, shopping, to casinos, sat poolside daily, smoked cigars outside our beach view room on the cabanas, and made some great friends. We are still in contact with a few of our new friends to this day.

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

My dress was very sparkly and had hand crafted pearls and Swarovski crystals over every inch of the dress (with the exception of the bottom). The bottom of the dress flared out with a tulle bottom. My cathedral veil had crystals on both sides and extended 10 feet. The dress itself was gorgeous and sparkled effortlessly every time I moved. Dress shopping was fun. I went to about five high-end boutiques before I found the dress of my dreams. The experience was priceless. I had my mother; sister and a couple bridesmaids alternate with me between locations. We had champagne and a lot of laughs. The dress reveal was spectacular. Ironically, I ended up finding my perfect dress at a beautiful hidden spot called Volles Bridal that I never would have thought to check. This particular day it was just my mother with me. My mom suggested we make an appointment since we were already out that way. My mother actually found and picked the dress for me and I fell in love with it the second I tried it on. The dress was from the Allure Bridal Couture Collection. I added several custom alterations to make it special and one of a kind for me. My absolute favorite part of the dress is the back. The back drops low and is sexy, yet classy, with embroidery to die for.

1 Thing I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Wedding Planning:

My best advice to engaged couples is to enjoy the moment. We put countless hours of work into hand crafting the perfect wedding and ceremony. Although the planning took an extensive amount of time from tastings to vendor meetings, to rehearsals, etc. our actual day flew by. Don’t be so busy navigating the day of logistics that you don’t get to enjoy your day. Designate someone you can trust to take care of that stuff for you i.e. - family member, wedding coordinator, etc. We were thankful to have both for our wedding. On our day we were able to party like rock stars with no interruptions.


The Most Memorable Moments From Our Wedding:

Walking down the aisle and seeing my future husband waiting there for me at the end of my journey with tears of joy in his eyes as I walked towards him is my best memory. 

Our wedding was nothing short of amazing from the heartfelt moment we said “I do”, to the live entertainment, dancing on a cloud first dance, and sparkler exit. My father stole the show during our Father Daughter remix with his rendition of James Brown’s Funky Good Time.  My grandfather surprised everyone by bursting out into a song during his speech. Of course, we had a ton of coworkers, our family and lifetime friends there to help us celebrate. 

Even after the reception was over, several members of our bridal party stayed and we had an after party on the hotel’s rooftop followed by a second dinner at 4 a.m. at the bar across the street.  Still beaming on high, several patrons who didn’t know us from a can of paint celebrated in our honor.

 

Did You Incorporate Any Culture Into Your Wedding? If Yes, Tell Us More:
Yes, we jumped the broom and incorporated the sand ceremony. We also prayed together as a part of our ceremony to bless our union. 

 

 

 

Bridesmaids Gifts:

The bridesmaids received beautiful pink custom engraved robes and bedazzled wine glasses. They also received a matching necklace and earring jewelry set.

 

Groomsmen Gifts: The groomsmen received personalized antique wooden Humidor cigar boxes with their names engraved on them.

 

Wedding Day Gift From Husband to his Wife:

My husband, Adam, sent a beautiful bracelet with an engraved locket attached that said  #TeamTaylor. The locket also had our wedding day inscribed on it. Adam sent the gift upstairs to my suite via the concierge. The bracelet and locket were so gorgeous and came in a beautiful sterling silver heart shaped jewelry box that read “To my wife, this is our day”. There was a card to accompany the locket and jewelry box. Adam had written a personal message in the card and signed it, “Love your husband”. The concierge delivered the locket seconds before I entered the elevator to head down stairs to make my entrance into the wedding. I was so overwhelmed with happiness and still wear the locket from my husband to this day.

 

Favorite Item On The Menu:

Filet Mignon and Peach Sorbet Basil Ice Cream that accompanied the cake. Our star-studded Chef Emilio was amazing. Everyone raved about our cooked to perfection selections.

 

 

 

First Dance Song:

My husband has an old soul and I let him pick our first dance selection. We danced to You’re My Latest, Greatest Inspiration by Teddy Pendergrass.  The song had personal meaning to him, as it was one of the first songs we danced to when we first met. He later told me that every line in the song depicted the love story we later grew to share with one another. I still remember to this day my favorite part of the song that he sang to me: “More Beautiful than the Mona Lisa, worth more than gold and my eyes have had the pleasure to behold”…”Things within never felt clearer, peace within never felt nearer. I plan to give you all that I have. I will be everything, everything you think I am. You make life a joy to live.  It felt like heaven as we danced on the clouds (thanks to the fog machine).  The experience was serene.  Family and friends bordered the dance floor to capture pictures. 

 

 Adam and Nicole Wedding Video

Photography:   George Street Photography and Video

Videographer:  Caleb Fortune Creative Director, Iconic Arts

Bride’s Dress: Allure Couture Collection

Bridal Shoes:  Badgley Mischka Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Jorel Lansey 

Wedding Coordinator:  Rolanda Koreng

Florist: Steuber Florist & Greenhouses

Cake: Allegretti’s Bakery

Hair: Amber Wells of Don’t Ask Me, Ask My Hair Studio!

Makeup: Davenda Thompson of Paint Gal Studio

DJ :  Jon Doh of Al Okyne Media Lab

Violinist: Windy Indy

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Lisa M

Lisa & Danny

Tulum, Mexico

March 18, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

Danny and I met on Friday December 13th, 2013 at my cousin’s birthday dinner. My cousin Richie is my best friend; he has been there for me through all my heartaches and disappointments. Surprisingly, Danny and my cousin Richie grew up together, playing baseball from little league through high school, and their friendship continued even after. Richie and I have grown up with the same circle of friends since high school, but through the years I never met his friend Danny. It wasn’t until almost 10 years later that I finally got to meet his friend Danny. The moment I laid eyes on him, I knew he was the one. Sounds cliché, right? Trust me, I never believed in love at first sight either until I met Danny. I can honestly say I fell in love at first sight. If you met him, you would fall in love too! And the day we met is the reason why Friday the 13th is our lucky day!

How Long Have You Been Together?

Almost 4 years

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

This took a while to pick and lots of research was involved. Why? Danny and I decided we wanted to have a destination wedding in Tulum Mexico. I wanted to make sure the weather was going to be not only beautiful but with the least humidity possible! I had to think about my hair and I knew it didn’t work well with a lot of humidity. Selfish, I know. But hey! I’m the bride, right? We really wanted to get married on Friday the 13th (since it’s our lucky day) and March was the month with the least humidity. Unfortunately, March 13th didn’t land on a Friday so we picked the week of the 13th and settled on the 18th.

Name of Wedding Venue?

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

How Many Guests Will You Have?

30 guests total including us!

How Much Did You Know About Weddings Before Getting Engaged?

Aside from knowing they are expensive, NOTHING

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

Danny asked my father’s permission a week before he asked me, so my parents were the first to know. My dad didn’t tell my mom on purpose fearing she would let the cat out of the bag.

My Wedding Must Have:

There wasn’t just one! Definitely my dream wedding dress, good music, and not to worry!

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

I went to one wedding store, Deborah’s Bridal in Montclair California. I tried on about 10 dresses, but I knew what I was looking for and was able to find it there!

Dream Dress Style and Favorite Designer?

Gahlia Lahav has beautiful dresses. I did not have $10,000 to spend on a wedding dress, but I was able to find similar styles for more than half the price.

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

0! Planning a destination wedding was not stressful at all. Am I weird? Dreams Tulum wedding packages include an onsite wedding coordinator which made planning a breeze! Yesenia Garcia was our wedding coordinator and she executed our wedding EXACTLY the way I wanted. Stress free and beautiful!!

Biggest Wedding Planning Headache?

Figuring out how to save money by bringing my own wedding decorations/favors/gift bags and avoiding upgrade fees with the resort.

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Just like most brides, weather.

Best Planning Tip:

Google everything! There are so many great wedding planning resources, take advantage! I read a lot of blogs, watched lots of YouTube videos, and stalked my venue on Instagram! Especially with a destination wedding, it’s not as easy to plan from a different country. I used BestDestinationWedding.com quite a bit! It’s a great forum for brides planning a destination wedding. Lots of tips and information that current and former brides provide, it helped so much!

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

Romantic with hints of Mexican spice wrapped into it.

Ring Details:

My ring is rose gold pave band with brilliant cut diamond. My wedding band is rose gold pave to match. I wanted simple but I think the brilliant cut high set diamond makes a statement. My mother in law gifted my late father in laws wedding band to my husband. He is the youngest and unfortunately his father passed years ago. This gift was so special.

Doing It Yourself?

We ended up making our wedding favors, which were colorful maracas with a thank you note on them. I didn’t have any colors for the wedding, I wanted everything white. The colorful maracas brought color to our table settings and were fun to use during the reception.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

One of my favorite things about Danny is he is just so easy going. Nothing ever bothers him and he is the most sweetest person you will ever meet.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

We love going to baseball games and concerts together! We are best friends, we have the best time together!

Describe Your Bridal Style In One Word:

Diva glam

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

I just wanted them to have fun! Traveling thousands of miles, I wanted them to enjoy themselves!

Have You Cut Any Traditional Wedding Details and Why?

We definitely did not have a traditional wedding. We chose a destination wedding because we wanted a small wedding. If we would’ve planned a wedding back home it was not going to be a small wedding. We wanted to be able to enjoy our wedding with our guests and not have to constantly walk around greeting everyone. By having 30 of our close friends and family there, we could eat and have fun! And we did!

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

I had one “man of honor,” my cousin Richie, and my sister was my maid of honor. Danny and I made gold mini pinatas with pull strings on the bottom. Once they pulled the strings I had written a note asking them to be my man/maid of honor. We had 4 total in our wedding party. I did not want to deal with drama of finding bridesmaid dresses, accessories, etc. Especially being a destination wedding, it would make people feel obligated to go and what if they didn’t have the means available? This made wedding planning so much easier! I did not have to worry about any of that. There was only 4 people to worry about! So easy!

Biggest Saving Tip:

If you are planning a destination wedding, try to bring your own table settings/decorations. I brought my own table cloths and wedding favors. We went to a thrift store and bought big suitcases to use for the decorations. Pack your decorations and leave the suitcases there! That way you don’t have to bring the suitcases back and you aren’t spending a lot on the actual suitcases.

Biggest Splurge:

We got married in a chapel and had our reception on the beach. I didn’t want my guests to be dancing in the sand, so our biggest splurge was purchasing a light up dance floor. I’m so glad we did! It brought a great addition to our ambience and our guests could dance without sand in their toes!

1 Thing I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Wedding Planning:

I would tell any bride to not stress over the little things. I am so happy that I could relax on my wedding day and just enjoy the whole day! All the pretty details don’t matter. What matters is the love between you a your new husband. I love all the glitz and glamour, trust me I’m a girl! But I went with simple yet elegant details because I wanted to have a good wedding experience. I didn’t care about anyone else’s opinion except mine and Danny’s! In the end, this one day goes by so very fast and you want to be able to enjoy every second of it. Don’t let the little things ruin it. Just go with the flow and have fun!

What Wedding Decision Has Been The Most Stressful and Why?

I would tell any bride to not stress over the little things. I am so happy that I could relax on my wedding day and just enjoy the whole day! All the pretty details don’t matter. What matters is the love between you and your new husband. I love all the glitz and glamour, trust me I’m a girl! But I went with simple yet elegant details because I wanted to have a good wedding experience. I didn’t care about anyone else’s opinion except mine and Danny’s! In the end, this one day goes by so very fast and you want to be able to enjoy every second of it. Don’t let the little things ruin it. Just go with the flow and have fun!


Wedding Resource Every Bride To Be Should Have:

I referenced theknot.com, engaged to the details.com, and destinationwedding.com!

 

 

 

Photography: Catello Cimmino-Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Venue: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Wedding Planner: Yesenia Garcia – Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

Dress: Stella York , Deborah’s Bridal

Suit: Kenneth Cole

Hair & Makeup: By the Bride! Lisa!

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Stephanie

Stephanie

New York

May 28, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

My fiancée and I met through one of his good friends who at the time was my coworker at the GAP. I was invited out for drinks with a couple of coworkers and I decided to go. Arnie (fiancée) was invited as well, when we met no sparks flew we were both actually in relationships. For about 2 years we would go hang out as friends at a hole-in-wall bar called Acapulco's close to 42nd st. We were not even old enough to drink but no one ever ID us lol. Time went by, Arnie was working at Bloomindale's and got me a job as a cashier. We worked side by side and we began to get to know each other more. We did not expect it but sparks flew out of nowhere.

How Long Have You Been Together?

9 years

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

He proposed to me in the most thoughtful way. Yes I'm tearing as I begin to write this...... I am always up for an adventure and I had always said I wanted to ride on a hot air balloon. Well he planned a trip to do just that which I thought that alone was so sweet. What I didn't know is that he had invited all his family as well as mine to propose to me after the hot air balloon ride. We drove to New Jersey the night before to be close to the air balloon since we were taking the first ride of the morning. The morning of we were told we cannot get on the air balloon due to bad weather, this was at 5am. I was bummed but I went to back to sleep. But little did I know Arnie was freaking out because things were not going as planned. Arnie was very determined to make this proposal happen. When I woke up Arnie told me we were going to eat brunch at a place I would love. On our way there he told me to blindfold myself. I just thought he was just trying to make up for the fact that we were unable to ride the balloon. We got out the car and I was very anxious yet excited to see what was such a big deal and not to mention I love surprises! I take off the blindfold before I could register who or what was happening, I heard these loud excited screams from a group of people. With all the commotion, it took a couple of seconds to see that the man of my dreams was on one knee, one hand holding the RING AND THE OTHER A PUPPY! And the screams were all coming from all of our family. Elated was an understatement!

Name of Wedding Venue?

Ceremony: Annunciation Church in NY, NY Reception: Tosca Marquee in Bronx, NY

How Many Guests Will You Have?

100 guests

Biggest Wedding Day Fear?

Is it crazy that I don’t have any fears? I have been planning this wedding with much anticipated time and have been clear on my needs and wants. I am determined that nothing will bother me the day of as long as I marry the man of my dreams and dance the night away. If one minor detail does not pan out I will be fine, the only one to notice is me, myself and I.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

My wedding will incorporate antique pieces throughout the reception; a vintage 1920’s romantic feel.

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

Other than he is a giant teddy bear. He is patient and keeps me level-headed. I can be impulsive at times (I want what I want, when I want it) and he tends to bring me back to earth and helps me see things from another perspective.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

Indulge in thrill seeking behavior, my favorite went skydiving while on a trip in Florida.

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

I was told guests remember good music and good food which that there will be. I am all about a good time but I also want them to see the love and thought that I put into every detail, everything has an emotional touch to it.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

My bridal party consists of my little sister who is the maid of honor, my cousin and three best friends from childhood. I asked them to be my bridesmaid using a wine bottle with a special message on it. For my sister (maid of honor) I had a picture of us printed with the message “Can’t do this without you, will you be my maid of honor?” Below is a picture of us ready for Bridal Wars. A very fun event that I recommend every bride to look into doing with their bride tribe.

Biggest Saving Tip:

A venue that includes food and alcoholic drinks. But our biggest unexpected savings is that our family actually offered to help us. My parents are paying for my custom made dress. My mother-in-law to be is getting us the cake and my sister paid for the photo booth and the DJ.

Where are you currently in the planning process?

Everything is in process. Save the dates are sent out, measurements for my dress are being taken this week, down payments for just about everything has been put down. Is all matter of bringing the small details together. I wanted my mother in law to decorate the venue and given our schedule the day of the wedding I do not think that is a good idea. So now we are looking for someone to bring my vision together that day. Feel free to checkout our wedding website www.weddingwire.com/CRUZingthruLOVE


Photography: Mandaline Photography

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Chanet

Chanet

New York

Thursday May 24th 2018 & Friday May 25th 2018

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

He proposed in our house that we purchased together on Christmas day!  While my family awaited outside. I was definitely shocked since he convinced me that he could not afford the ring since we bought the home. It made me feel extra special that he made our home extra special by solidifying our family.

Name of Wedding Venue?

Thursday May 24th 2018 & Friday May 25th 2018 (after wedding brunch on a yacht)

First Person You Told About Engagement & How Did You Share The News:

My Grandma

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

I have said yes to 2 dresses! And yes I am wearing two dresses! And a jumpsuit!

I Am Most Excited About:?

The vending machine that dispenses the take home favor. The banana-pudding cart with 5 different flavors of banana pudding. The hip-hop music being played on the piano.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

Fashion-forward

Ring Details:

Rose gold Tacori ring with a round diamond and halo. My dream ring.

Tell Us About Your Bridal Party!

7 bridesmaids and groomsmen

Biggest Splurge:

The venue I definitely wanted a place private so that we can make the day what we wanted

What Wedding Decision Has Been The Most Stressful and Why?

The guest list because obviously want EVERYONE to be a part of your big day. but realizing that it’s not about the guests it’s about US is something I have to constantly remind myself.


Check out our feature in the New York Times  on the hot new trend, video invitations!

 

Photography: Jocelyn Roman 
Jumpsuit and Gown Designer: Shades of Shea by LaShea Diaz
Makeup: Khadeen Ellis

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Brittany

Brittany

Texas

Fall 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

We met in college and were both very involved in our sororities and fraternities. My roommate and him were best friends in high school so we had met a few times in passing and at parties. One night we all took a party bus to Billy Bobs (if you’re not familiar with this, picture a huge Texas bar with square dancing and live music!). We ended up two stepping ( I still joke about his “coordination”) and totally hit it off! The rest is history…

How Long Have You Been Together?

We have been together for 5 and a half years and are hoping to tie the knot next fall, 2017. Carlos and I have created so many fun memories together such as traveling, attending sporting events, spending the day at our favorite winery, as spending time with friends and family.

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

Ugh! This day feels like a dream. He took me to “our spot”, an amazing vineyard called Mitas Hill on a brisk Sunday afternoon in Texas. He asked me earlier in the week if I wanted to have a day date and naturally I said yes, never dreaming of what was to come next! He picked me up around 2 PM and the second I got in the car, he grabbed my hand to hold (this isn’t out of the ordinary) but I was teasing him about how sweaty his hands were. When we arrived at the winery he parked towards the back of the building and noticed that there was a set up for a wedding and suggested we take a look (we had always talked about wanting to get married there). We walked towards the wedding set up which had the most gorgeous view of the vineyard. We lead me to the bottom of the steps and right then and there, popped the question with the most beautiful oval ring. I looked around after I realized I wasn’t dreaming (haha) and noticed my friend Madison who is a photographer (Madison Lyle Photography) taking pictures, an ice bucket with our monogram and proposal date engraved on it as well as my favorite wine from the vineyard + two wine glasses. Just when I thought the surprises were over, he walks me to the cobblestone patio and there are my parents and his family! We all celebrated with lots of wine, wood fire pizza and cake. The day was PERFECT!

Favorite Thing About Your Groom To Be:

Where do I even start?! There are so many things I love about Carlos (obviously) but my favorite would have to be how he wants the best for me and puts me first. This is was such an important quality for my husband-to-be to have and he surpasses my expectations. He goes above and beyond to make me happy and truly wants the best for me whether it be me having a fun night out with my girl friends or me getting my way with decorations for our future house! Haha! He truly is the best man and I’m so blessed that he is going to be my forever.

Favorite Thing To Do With Groom To Be:

Ah! Just like the last question, it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite but I’d have to say going to Mitas Hill! Like I said before, it’s “our spot”. It’s the perfect place to get away and escape for a while and well, the wine isn’t bad either ;) …. We have long talks and really get to spend some quality one on one time together which is so important to both of us since our schedules are a little hectic. Carlos is an investment analyist at Wells Fargo and I am a personal stylist for Front Door Fashion as well as am the co-owner of BTB Jewelry (my mom and I started this together) so as you can imagine quality time is few and in between! Besides the vineyard, we love to watch football together, spend time with friends and family, have game nights, attend sporting events and travel!

Describe Your Bridal Style In One Word:

My bridal style in one word would have to be….CLASSIC (with a hint of vintage).


Engagement Photo Credit: Madison Lyle Photography

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Meet Engaged To The Details Bride: Maquita

Maquita

Maryland

May 28, 2017

How Did You Meet Your Groom To Be?

Facebook, in 2009 courtesy of my groom’s revenge plot to get back at a mutual friend who started courting someone that he was also interested in. He saw that our friend had recently commented on my Facebook wall, and decided to send me a friend request, although I took the initiative to send HIM a message =)

How Long Have You Been Together?

It will be 7 years this upcoming February 2017

Tell Us About Your Proposal! Where And How Did He Pop The Question?

In November of 2015 we were all packed and ready to travel to Paris, France & where I was so sure that Eric would ask me to marry him while on the trip (which I later found out was the plan). Those plans however were foiled by the tragic terror events that unfolded in the city just two days prior to our scheduled departure. We were obviously devastated however, also relieved to have not already been abroad during such a horrific time. We cancelled all travel plans and I put my hopes of a fairy-tale proposal on hold with that...until the day of our housewarming when surrounded by all of their family & friends, Eric got down on one knee & asked me to be his wife!

How Did You Select Your Wedding Date?

After discovering that most of the venues we were interested in had the Memorial Day weekend available, we decided that we wanted a “Memorial Matrimony”.

How Many Guests Will You Have?

135

Have You Said Yes To The Dress & After How Many Tries:

Yes, I’ve said yes to the dress after trying on 13 during my 1st shopping trip (but I went to another shop just to be sure it was the one).

Current Stress Level On A Scale Of 1-10:

4...trying to keep it that way for as long as possible

I Am Most Excited About:?

Seeing the look on his face when I walk down the aisle, and marrying my best friend!

Best Planning Tip:

Start ASAP, the more you do ahead of time the easier and more stress free your life will be.

Describe Your Wedding Style/Theme In Minimum 1 Sentence:

We are having a theater theme wedding (#TheSellOut2017) and the style is glam/Gatsby

What Do You Want Guests To Say About Your Wedding:

“WOW!”


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