Chontelle and Foster

Columbia, South Carolina

 

 

Photography | Carlton Adams Photography

Venue | The Lace House and Governor’s Mansion | @southcarolinalacehouse

Event Planner | The Diva Wedding Planner | @thedivaweddingplanner

Event Designer | B Rose Event and Floral Design | @broseeventdesign

Veil | Bridals by Lori @bridalsbylori

Hair Stylist | JCPenney Salon | @jcpenney

Makeup Artist | Shades of Kim Beauty | @kim_beauty23

DJ | DJ T Mobile

DJ | Shejay

Band | Party Bonehamm and Friends

Musicians | Jon Rooks Music

Transportation | Camden Carriage

Caterer | Southern Way Catering | @southernwaycatering

Bartending | Ed’s Bartending | @edsbartending

Cake Designer | Bonnie Brunt Cakes | @bonniebruntcakes

Once Upon a Time…

In April of 2007, a young Chontelle was dancing the night away at a club party with her girlfriends. She glanced up at the DJ booth to see what she knew right away would be her forever & happily ever after… DJ Frosty. Too afraid to speak, her friend approached the DJ booth to point her out. He joined her on the dance floor to introduce himself and it was love at first sight. The two have been inseparable ever since. It was a long, hard road; but nothing worth having comes easy. Chontelle & Foster have overcome some of life’s toughest trials and tribulations but have withstood the tests of time.

 

Love conquers all!

 

Fast Forward…

August 16, 2018 started the beginning of the rest of their new lives together. The happiest of family vacations to Disney World is what brings us to this joyous occasion. The trip to Disney World couldn’t have been more perfect. The entire family was together, and having just celebrated their daughter’s 6th birthday, Foster made the trip even more memorable with a magical Disney proposal.

 

The Proposal…

It began with a meet & greet with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Chontelle was probably more excited to meet them than the kids. Little did she know they had a special surprise coming her way. Foster had it all planned out, as soon as his future bride-to-be would show Minnie her Disney inspired manicure, Minnie would give the cue for the biggest surprise yet… popping the big question! Minnie motioned to Chontelle where her wedding ring was… as expected, Chontelle gave Foster a hard time- & very playfully said, “I know right? Tell him to get on it!”. This was it! He approached her, ring in hand. Giggling, she looked at him to say, “She’s asking, ‘Where’s the Ri-“. And before she could finish the word “RING”, there it was! Down on one knee, Foster presented the most beautiful, sparkling ring a girl could only dream of. Smiling from ear to ear she could say nothing other than YES…

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

I had a few different inspirations but the biggest influence on our wedding was New Orleans. I have always had a love for New Orleans music, food, and culture. My dream was to get married in New Orleans but seeing that most of our guests lived in South Carolina we opted out of having a destination wedding. I found the perfect solution when I found The South Carolina Lace House at the Governor’s mansion. It’s a beautiful historic mansion built in the late 1800s by whom I later found out was an architect from Louisiana! It looked like a house straight from the French Quarter right in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC and apparently no one had ever thought to bring New Orleans to The Lace House, so it was perfect! We had an eclectic style wedding of rustic & vintage/antique elements and our color scheme was neutral and gold tones. We incorporated some New Orleans traditions from the food to the music and even a highly anticipated second line parade, known to almost all New Orleans weddings. We also included the African tradition of jumping the broom.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Well, I have always been a crafty, creative and a DIY kind of person. Our wedding just gave me tons of ideas of what I could make, which ended up being almost everything. Doing so is what revealed my hidden talent and passion for event & floral design to what has now jumpstarted my business, B. Rose Event & Floral Design. I really have a love for vintage and old, rustic things so I was going to find a romantic and elegant way to mix the two styles and it turned out beautifully. I like unique pieces so I didn’t want the typical floral arrangement centerpieces I usually see. I had been collecting wine bottles for a while and knew I was going to recycle them somehow for my centerpieces. So I spray painted them different colors of golds like matte gold, rose gold, copper, etc. I then distressed the bottles and decorated them using different style ribbon, like burlap, lace, pearls, old wooden buttons, things like that to adorn them with. There were three to a table with the center bottle holding a rustic type of plant and were placed on top of a round wood slice and accented with candlelight. Alternating tables had stacks of vintage hardcover leather library books I shopped around for that were draped with string pearls and accented with candles. Our linens were alternating satin and lace with gorgeous antique plates accented with gold chargers and gold utensils. It really played well with the historic charm of our venue.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Again, I like unique touches to just about everything I do, so when it came to flowers I wasn’t really for the typical roses and hydrangeas centerpieces. I really wasn’t even sure I wanted many flowers at all. I ended up using synthetic rustic plant-like stems for my bottle centerpieces, burlap floral pieces to make my bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres, and fresh flowers for the large beautiful arrangement for the arbor at the alter. For my bridal bouquet, I made a beautiful antique looking brooch bouquet and tied in some burlap pieces to coordinate with the bridesmaids’ bouquets. I used different brooches to incorporate the “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” tradition by collecting pins from family members.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Our wedding was nothing short of amazing, we tried to leave no stone unturned when it came to details. We had a lot of fun elements from the New Orleans style cuisine of fried gator bites, shrimp & grits and even beignets to our live singer at cocktail hour, live Deejay & New Orleans style jazz band. We had a Mardi Gras bead toss and our grand finale, a traditional second line wedding parade where we marched to our awaiting Clydesdale horse and carriage ride! it was so much fun for us and our guests. The second line parade was by far my favorite and most anticipated part of the day. Our guest lined up with their wedding favor second line handkerchiefs, as the band played and my husband and I exited the double doors with our beautiful traditional second line umbrellas and we had a blast. We surprised our guests with the second line and they really felt like they were in New Orleans, the band was amazing and really brought the high energy and fun we were looking for.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted to stick to the vintage vibe for my wedding dress so I knew it had to have lace. I also didn’t want it to look too old fashion so I was looking for a modern type of lace with some bling, it had to be sexy but classy. I was nervous about if I was going to find something to fit the New Orleans vibe I was going for, but I had great help from the professionals. I found my dress in Atlanta at Bridals by Lori, while filming for the hit TLC show, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was the one. Although I tried on a few more dresses, I came back to the first one and that was that! As far as my bridesmaids, mix-matched dresses are very trendy right now and I loved the idea of my girls picking a dress (within the look and light gold color I was going for) that would be true to their own style and flatter them best for their different body types, which coordinated so perfectly. For the guys, we knew we wanted a more casual look, so we chose to have the guys in suits. I always loved the vibrant blue suit with caramel brown shoes and belts. My husband’s suit was custom made by Woodbury Collections, and the guys were to match. It was such a nice hue of blue and the guys looked amazing.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

My husband is a Deejay and on-air radio personality, DJ Frosty, and we met at a club he was deejaying at back in 2007. We dated on and off for many years before deciding it was time to settle down. Last summer while at Disney World with my entire family and our children he surprised me with such a magical proposal. We were meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse for the first time little did I know he had them in on the surprise. Minnie was motioning to me where my ring was, and like always I started to give my now husband a hard time. Jokingly telling her “I know right?! Tell him to get on it” I then looked at him and said, “she’s asking where’s the ri-” and before I could finish saying RING, he was down on one knee with the most beautiful ring, and the rest is history!

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

Besides kissing my husband for the first time!- The second line parade. We had been keeping it a secret from every one, no one knew we were bringing out the live New Orleans style jazz band or had the horse and carriage waiting. It was nerve-racking to pull off a surprise exit like that because it just had to be perfect, I wanted to transport our guests to another place and stay true to the New Orleans traditions and we pulled it off. It was a major hit and it was so fun and energetic and it really brought all our guests together in the best way!

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Try your best to not let this process stress you, take each milestone of planning one step at a time. At times it will get overwhelming, or stressful but don’t lose sight of what really matters your union with your life partner. Just focus on the love you two share, and sharing those moments with the ones you love and care for and if mishaps happen… It’s OKAY. As perfect as we want our wedding day to be, things do come up, my veil fell off TWICE walking down the aisle and it was still the most beautiful walk because at the end of that aisle was the person I love most waiting for me and that’s all that mattered. So just take a deep breath and enjoy this journey into marriage always keeping your eye on the prize – the person you love.