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Real Wedding: Kisha & Issac

[Updated with new pics!]
Fellow blogger and planner extraordinaire, Brittiny, brings us our first installment of of our Real Wedding series. Today we meet Kisha and Issac who tied the knot this year in Louisiana (my home state, btw). They have some very interesting things to say about the planning process and good advice for brides-to-be.

We know there can be challenges for women-of-color who are planning weddings. Kisha says, "One challenge that I faced as an African-American bride was getting people to think outside the norm of what they know as traditional African-American weddings." But in the end, they did it their way with no reservations. For their ceremony, for example, they choose the unity sand ceremony over the well-known candle ceremony.

Their favorite highlights of the wedding included their personalized decor (which included a personalized aisle runner and cake topper created by Brittiny), the live string ensemble, the special message Kisha read to Issac, and their first dance at the reception.

Here's Kisha's final advice for women who are preparing to take a trip down the aisle, "plan well, stay within your budget, and ultimately let your day be yours. Don't let anyone ruin it by trying to take over. And HAVE FUN!"

Wedding Coordinator: LaSonja Brooks (weddingsandeventsbylasonja)
Reception venue: Stage One Reception Center
Decor/Stationary: Yashica Butler (Yashi Designs)
Aisle Runner/Cake Topper: Brittini Howard
Photography/Videography: James Carter (JC'S Photography/Videography)
Wedding Cake: Ambrosia Bakery
Bride/Bridal Party Attire: Alfred Angelo
Hair and Makeup Taryla Cooper-Mack (Celebrities Only Hair Firm)
Music: Christopher Frazier and Company, Baton Rouge Magnet High School Orchestra, Shaun Ward
Transportaion: Murlon Webb (Classic Car Transportation)

The Bonus of Doing It Yourself

Has anyone noticed how many brides-to-be are creating their own accessories, centerpieces, bouquets, and even dresses? Last week, I read about a study showing that 9 out of 10 engaged women "DIY" something for their weddings. I think it proves what a lot of us knew all along: DIY isn't just about the economy. It's also about the added benefit of personalizing your nuptials and feeling pride about being unique- even in some small way. I remember back when I was getting married, for example, making my own cardholder and thinking that even if I messed it up it would still be a "one of a kind." So don't be afraid to grab your do-it-yourself wedding supplies and get started with whatever projects you have in mind. If you're not sure about how much you want to do on your own, just start with small tasks and take if from there. Need a head-start? You can get an idea of what's out there by browsing some of the popular suppliers online such as FactoryDirectCraft.com or OrientalTrading.com. Good luck, crafty girls!

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