This Atlanta wedding at the Opera Nightclub was filled with the couples love for music and all things glam. The bride, Lakeisha Drayton, planned every aspect of the wedding and everything turned out just as planned.
From the Bride:
Our Love Story: We met at the music studio in 2006, Kelvin’s brother, who is an R&B singer and one of my best friends was working with the same producer. Kelvin would always flirt with me but we remained as just friends from 2006 to 2009. During this time period Kelvin remained his busy self and I worked on my degree. In 2009 I graduated from college and we officially became a couple.
The Proposal: Kelvin proposed at our housewarming which was also his 30th birthday party. We had just purchased a home together in February 2014. Our initial plan was to have a huge 30th birthday party in April so we decided to combine the two occasions. Little did I know that Kelvin was planning to propose! At some point in the evening, he called everyone into the kitchen to thank them for coming to celebrate with us, and ended his speech on one knee proposing. The day was all about him, so I was not expecting a proposal. I stood there like a dear in headlights for about 10 seconds until I snapped back into reality. Everyone was yelling “Kiss, Kiss!!!” It was the perfect time, because all of our family and friends were there.
The Planning: I immediately began planning. We decided that we wanted our wedding to be modern and sexy, but still be a relaxed and fun atmosphere for our family and friends to celebrate our union and dance the night away. I incorporated the black and white striped pattern with shades of purple, red, pink, and gold to make things pop. We chose the Opera Nightclub in Atlanta for our venue, hence the name and our wedding theme of music. My now husband and I are both music lovers, so we themed our wedding around music. I did all of the planning and wedding design myself, as I just started an event planning and design company. I had a blast doing it. I definitely represented for the DIY bride and created everything myself- with the exception of my floral arrangements and invitations. Every month leading up to our wedding day I had a new project. I created Vinyl record save the dates, our 50ft gold Sequin aisle runner, our jumping broom, glitter table numbers, and my favorite, our 8ft by 8ft paper flower wall. Pinterest was my best friend! We incorporated music in our save the dates, our guestbook was also vinyl records (please record your name), and wedding favors were custom CD’s I made with our favorite love songs. It was all a labor of love.
Advice for my fellow Coordinated Brides: Have fun while planning and don’t get stressed. The most important part is two becoming one. It’s always best to be well prepared, but no matter how much you plan, there will always be something that will go wrong out of your control.
Photographer: Dwight Ladd // Event Designer: Sharpe Designs by Lakeisha // Planning: Arielle Haskins with Pure Pizazz Events // Videographer: DP Weddings // Florist: Fugi Floral Design // Invitations: Jeneze Designs // PhotoBooth: Shutterbooth Atlanta // Cake: Intimate Eats // Linens: Impact Events // Bridal Gown: Impression Bridal // Bride Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson // Bridesmaids: Eartha Whitfield // Groom’s Bow Tie: Dleak Bowti