Bernard and Ivory are getting married on December 18, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

How We Met

Bernard “Bj” and I met through mutual friends at a graduation party in May 2004. Soon after, the we discovered that we not only shared interests, but a mutual attraction.  Many conversations, hangouts, and awkward moments later, we were smitten with each other.  Bj and I started dating in January 2005, had our beautiful daughter in October 2006 and the rest, as they say, is history!

The Proposal

October 17, 2015 our families gathered for what I assumed to be a celebration for Brielle’s Pop Warner homecoming game.  When Brielle Jackson’s name was called on the intercom Bj and I escorted her to the center of the field and to my surprise Bj got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I responded with an enthusiastic and joyful, “YES!” I have never been so speechless in my life. It couldn’t have been any more perfect.

Our Wedding

The wedding colors are ivory, red, black, and champagne

My theme is “Classic Hollywood Glamour”.  I love bling, glitz and sparkle. I immediately fell in love with the classic reds and feathers. Since our wedding is taking place around the holiday season of Christmas and New Year’s, I felt what better way to celebrate this wonderful occasion by using my name sake colors.; Ivory Red(Rose)?

The Wedding Planning Journey

One of the joys I can say that has happened during the process was finding my dress. I know every girl may feel like that. I was in a wedding last summer before getting engaged and I saw this dress that caught my attention while getting fitted for my bridesmaid dress.  I didn’t want to spoil the brides’ moment so I waited and went back later and tried the dress on. I said God this is my dress. Fast forward to a few months later when I got engaged and had to go “ACTUAL” dress shopping. Surprisingly, the dress was still there!! I tried it on and it was the PERFECT FIT!! I knew for sure that was the one.  When I  returned to pick up my dream dress I decided to browse while I waited.  A beautiful dress caught my eye.  While I was browsing, the Sales Associate says, “Ivory, I’m sorry but I tried calling you to tell you that we had a problem ordering the dress you wanted.”  I was HEART BROKEN.   I remembered the dress that I saw while browsing and decided to try it on.  It HIT me immediately and I began to cry as this was the one. I could see Bj’s face as he would love this one!! That’s how I found my dress!!

One of my pitfall and saddest moments would have to be not being able to share this moment with my mom. She died of cancer when I was 14 years old. Being her baby girl I know she would have been so proud.

Advise for fellow Coordinated Brides

Do what makes you happy. Everyone will have an opinion, but you and your fiancé’ is all that matter.  Make sure you have a praying and strong bridal party. Their support is definitely needed!! Have fun and enjoy the moment.

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 16 00 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 23 59 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 11 54 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 8 42 40 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 09 08 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 12, 10 18 23 AM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 10 52 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 46 16 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 40 27 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 09, 6 55 16 PM

The Coordinataed Bride Mark Dickinson Photography Photo May 16, 11 27 59 AM

Vendor Collaboration

Bride and Grooms name: Ivory Loper and Bernard (BJ) Jackson Jr.  || Ms_rose_petals (IG) BJIZZLE93  || Wedding Date: December 18, 2016 || Wedding website: www.LightsCameraJackson.us || Ceremony and Reception Location: Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor Daytona Beach, Florida || Mark Dickinson: Mark Dickinson Photography

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