Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: The color scheme, including the floral choices, was based on the sunset and skyline shades of a Charleston, SC dusk. We chose Charleston because it is my hometown, and chose Hotel Bennett because it is black owned. Black ownership in Charleston is especially meaningful in light of the treatment of our ancestors there.
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: As the wedding pictures reflect, a large flower arch was the centerpiece of the ceremony’s decor, and the reception was also floral-forward. None of the decoration was DIY. We relied on YSH.
Q: 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?
A: The ceremony backdrop was a focal point for the entire event, with the bridal bouquet not far behind. Flowers were centrally important throughout the event, as they are also integral in our daily lives at home.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: The dinner was personalized to guest tastes and the food and drinks were outstanding. We hired Philip Adair for the music, which was capably performed as always when left in his hands. Our favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony, to which we’ve long looked forward.
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: I wanted something that was timeless and classic. The moment when I tried on this particular dress in Chicago, I knew it was the one. The tuxedo and shoes were standard issue.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met in Nashville, and were engaged in Montreal one year to the day before the wedding, while staying in the John Lennon Yoko Ono Suite at the Fairmont, where they held their protest bed-in fifty years earlier.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: The revealing of the event space in final form, especially the floral arrangements, was the most anticipated moment.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Rely on professionals to ensure that the day is low in stress, and get everything you want. Do not sacrifice your happiness for others.