Adia, 31, an actress, and Kelvin, 44, a DJ, met when she worked at the pizza parlor across the street from his apartment. She resisted his attempts for awhile but eventually she couldn’t deny his charms. Four years later they were married in Oak Park, California on May 11, 2012.
“Jasmine Couture designed my dress,” says Adia. “At the time I found it, I went to David’s Bridal and tried on three dresses I wasn’t in love with. My bridesmaid Esther and I went to a Bridal Expo. When we walked in, I did a double take and saw my dress. I knew I loved it, but wasn’t 100 percent sure if it would fit me or the wedding.”
“I knew Kelvin was the one when he told me how he and his brother would call their mom almost every night to pray with her together,” says Adia. “He was really close to his family. Since I wasn’t close to my biological family, I really admired that.”
Adia and Kelvin are true romantics at heart. On the eve of their wedding, the lovebirds went to see a late night movie with a few bridal party members to be sure they got ticket stubs with their wedding date on it. What a sweet keepsake idea.
“During the ceremony, we had our friend Iris Leonardo sing and play the guitar,” says Adia. “We selected four songs that meant a lot to us: ‘Ribbon in the Sky’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Lucky’ by James Mraz, ‘Whenever Wherever Whatever’ by Maxwell and ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley, but we changed the words to ‘This is Love’.”
“We were looking for a venue that would allow both the ceremony and reception to be at the same location, and would also fit our budget,” says Adia. The Oak Park Community Center met all of their needs.
Not that you need another reason to love Adia and Kelvin’s wedding venue, but in case you do, this should do it: The couple chose the location because it reminded the bride of the place where her parents were married.
Adia treated her bridesmaids to some serious savings when it came time to purchase their gowns. “We knew that those dresses retailed for about $200 each,” says Adia. “My mother found the dresses in a boutique store in Atlanta for $40 each in the peacock blue color that we wanted the girls to wear. It was perfect.”
To stick to their wedding budget, Adia and Kelvin found smart ways to save. “When it came to the food, we looked at low cost options such as food trucks,” she tells us. “We also limited our alcohol beverages to wine and champagne.”
“My godmother was such a massive help when it came to the planning,” says Adia. “I’d call her the wedding planner. Her style is so flawless; it only made sense to ask her to assist. The tables for the reception were completely her idea, all the way down to the napkin rings that we made by hand the weekend before the wedding.”
The newlyweds even decorated their wedding cake with love. This three tier delight had a yellow cake base with chocolate filling and two red velvet cake tiers with cream cheese filling. The icing was a butter cream. Yummy!
Yes, “We honored my parents,” says Adia. “They are both no longer with us, so we had little tributes to them all around. We had a photo of them on our table and the two family tables. We also had, with the help of our florist Sam, red and yellow tulips on our head table. Red was my mother’s favorite color and yellow was my father’s.”
When it came time to plan their dream wedding, Adia and Kelvin decided on a $6,000 wedding budget, and almost stuck to it. When her godmother joined the process things went a little over, but thankfully, Adia says she more than helped out when it came time to pay those bills.
“The day was an amazing day,” says Adia. “I feel that everything went perfectly and I wouldn’t have changed anything if I could.” Congrats you guys! See more photos from their lovely wedding over at The Bride’s Cafe. Want to see your wedding featured on Bridal Bliss? Email us now!