[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)