Brittni and Emanuel
Charlotte, North Carolina
Brittni and Emanuel
Charlotte, North Carolina
Brittni & Emanuel had a beautiful ceremony on 11/16/19. I met this couple at a wedding show back in March and we connected immediately. This couple represents true love, glam and the true essence of marriage.
I was moving into the apartment complex and he was my next door neighbor. We ran into each other in the stairwell and made basic introductions and the first thing I noticed about him was that gorgeous smile. Imagine my surprise when I figured out that he lived directly across the hall! I ran in the house and told my sister Rhetta that I met the Hottie across the hall and we gave him the nickname “Neighbor Bae”. A few days later he happened to knock on our door and asked to use my phone because he had gone out the night before and left his in the taxi. We ended up chatting for 3 hours getting to know each other and as I listened to this handsome charming man laugh this surreal feeling settled over me… by the end of the conversation I knew I was talking to my future husband.
I wanted to propose to Brittni for a few months before I actually popped the question, but understanding how family talk, I told no one. This was one of the hardest things to keep a secret as I did not tell any of my friends or family members until the week I decided I was going to proposed. Thanksgiving is one of Brittni’s favorite holidays, and since we were hosting both of our families in our new home, I knew this would make the proposal even more special. I had planned that once the prayer was over and everyone opened their eyes I would be on one knee and once the amens were said it was time… I asked Brittni to marry me, and that has been one of the best days of my life.
Our wedding style was contemporary romance with a touch of glam. We really wanted to convey a powerful Black Love. For our colors we chose Black & Gold. Emanuel wore a rich cranberry paisley tuxedo jacket by Joseph Abboud and I wore a deep V cut mermaid gown with 3 layers of Chantilly and French lace with a horsehair grosgrain ruffled train by Justin Alexander.
Groom: Mens Wearhouse made everything very easy. Bri came with me and we had the Groomsmen’s outfits picked out in 20 minutes.
Bride: Don’t get me started lol… I tried on 30 dresses and said “Yes to the Dress” twice before actually finding my real dress. The first time I went to try on dresses, I took a picture of a floral laced dress on the way out of the store, promising myself that I would come back to try it on during my next appointment. I never ended up going back to that specific store. About a month later I was still unsettled about the dress that I had chosen as I felt like I had settled for a dress that was beautiful but didn’t match my vision at all. On my lunch break one day from work I ran into a bridal shop around the corner from my job. When I walked in I was greeted by a beautiful African American attendant whose nickname happened to be Yaya (the name of my Matron of Honor and oldest friend). We pulled about 5 dresses but after trying on the 1st dress I told her to take every other dress back to the racks because I had found THE ONE! A few days later I went back into my phone to look at the pictures of the dresses that I tried on and realized that the dress that I actually chose was the one that I had taken a picture of on my way out the door after my very first appointment.
We made sure that we chose all black vendors as we wanted to pour our money back into our community. The bride requested that everyone who was able to stand dance the electric slide to Before I let Go by Frankie Beverly & Maze.
Groom: Saying our vows to each other and our first dance.
Bride: We didn’t do a first look before the actual ceremony so when the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle and we saw each other for the first time. Reciting our vows to each other.
Don’t compromise your vision. Its your day! Things will go wrong but as long as you stay connected with your partner, at the end of the day all will be well. Also, spring for the videographer!
What gifts did you give to your bridesmaids and groomsmen?
Groom: Personalized flasks and initialed lapel pins. Handwritten Thank you notes.
Bride: Personalized stemless champagne flutes, personalized bridesmaid hangers, Wedding earrings, Personalized Thank you notes
Gifts for one another: Bride to Groom: Personalized Flask & bottle of Jameson
Ceremony entrance song: You & I by John Legend
First dance song: The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson