The Coordinated Bride Tiffany Tells All
Terrence and I met the last semester of our undergrad year at Howard University in Washington, DC in 2012. Even though we were both from Chicago and had mutual friends we never crossed paths until we were about to graduate. After graduation, we dated long distance for about a year and a half before Terrance moved back home to Chicago.
The proposal was unexpected. We had been dating since February 2012 and he proposed November 2017 – 5 years. One of the years was long distance! Terrence used to be an event promoter in Chicago, so he staged an art event with social media fliers and told me that he was putting on an event for a local artist in Chicago. He told me to get dolled up because the artist wanted it to be a classy affair. When I arrived it was just him at the venue with a ton of pictures of us on the wall from over the years and a huge painting of us hanging in the gallery. He then got on one knee and asked me to be his forever. How could I not say yes to that!? I’m very thankful to our friends for capturing the, view.
The biggest joy of wedding planning was working with my soon-to-be husband on the vision for our day. We absolutely loved thinking of creative ideas to ensure our personalities would shine throughout the wedding. We definitely captured that with many elements but the one that stands out is our entrance into the reception. We entered the space through an oversized metal door that doubled as part of the backdrop to our sweetheart table. Guests were not expecting our entrance as our parents and bridal party were introduced in a door on the opposite side of the room. When the metal door opened and the beat to the music dropped our guests celebrated us like we have never seen before. It was pure excitement, surprise and an intense party mood.
A pitfall I experienced would have to be allowing our friends and families ideas and opinions to influence how we planned our wedding. It was really easy to get caught up in listening to everyone else’s two cents. So we made sure we remembered that it was our day and our day only. Which helped to mitigate some of that frustration.
The vision for my wedding was classic, elegance. Our ceremony venue, Lyric Opera exudes pure elegance and beauty. The drama of the high ceilings and being able to take pictures on the stage was breath taking and everything we wanted. The reception venue was an open floor plan, which allowed us plenty of space to be creative and add as much drama as we wished. Terrence always mentioned that he wanted the entire wedding to be a wow moment and it definitely was because of our venues. Our colors were black and gold which were brought to life through our wedding party’s attire, our invitations and decor at the reception. However, as we were having a Spring wedding, we wanted to intertwine some softer tones like light pinks, whites and greens that were represented through our cake and florals.
Reception Venue: @ovationchicago || Photographer: Rush Darwish @rushphotovideo || Groom’s Tux: Purple Label by Ralph Lauren || Groom’s Shoes: Suit Supply || Bride’s Dress: Enzoani || Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Groomsmen Suit/Tux: Black Tux || || Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka || Bridesmaid Dress: Badgley Mischka || Makeup Artist: Lena Clark Beauty || Hairstylist: Jahlani Mckinny IG: @hairby_Lani || Florist: Juliet Tan Floral Design IG: @juliettanfloraldesign || Wedding Coordinator: Elle Kay Events IG: @ellekayevents || Caterer: D’absolute Catering IG: @dabsolute_events || Bakery: Alliance Bakery IG: @alliancebakery || DJs: DJ Jae Murphy and DJ John from Style Matters DJs || Invitations and Day of Signage/Calligraphy – Pun Dulce Studio IG: @pundulcestudio || Rentals – Satin Chair and LD Big Xpressions, IG: @ldbigxpression