Mutual friends make the best matchmakers! Just ask newlyweds Jessica and Chris who got together, broke up and got back together when they realized they are the happiest together. Share their love!
Made For Me
“As the poet laureate Common Sense penned, ‘We broke up, and got back together, and to get her back, I had to sweat her,’” groom Chris tells us pf how he knew Jessica was The One. “When we started dating again, I knew it was all or nothing. I realized something changed: I couldn’t imagine life without her again. I started thinking, talking and expressing the future and realized how aligned we were. My wildest dreams, most outrageous goals and everything that I wanted in life included her. It was then that I knew how lucky and privileged I was to find true love; not just in the abstract, but in the concrete.”
“Day-to-day I wear my natural hair - curly, kinky and usually pulled up,” says the bride. “For my wedding, I wanted something old Hollywood glam and vintage. I decided on a straight look and down instead of my usual pulled up styles. Many Pinterest pins later, I decided on a side-swept look that I’d worn before. I wanted something that I loved and felt like me, instead of something that felt foreign.”
“Luckily, we had a great planner; Jade Lee,” Jessica shares. “She not only planned, but her and Ansley (her right hand woman) handled décor as well. The flowers for the bridesmaids, groomsmen boutonnieres, and flowers on the table were all picked by Jade and Ansley, but inspired by our theme.”
“I knew that this person was going to be the one to endure the ups and downs, the rough and smooth patches and still love me on the other side,” says Jessica. “He wis my best friend and my partner, and with him I feel like I am part of a super team.”
“When I put on the dress, despite trying on a sample size at least a size too small, I finally felt the sparks,” says Jessica. “Boom. Crack. And Sizzle! It was totally different than what I came into the shop requesting, but it still fit what I was looking for. I wanted something unique and full of sparkle with playful nods at my vintage Harlem Renaissance theme.”
“When Chris proposed, I felt, like, oh my God, someone is asking me to be their wife!” says Jessica. “For life! Forever! Of course, I started feeling that flash of heat you have before the tears start flowing. I snapped out of it and said ‘yes, of course I’ll marry you!’”
We love the deep midnight color Jessica chose for these beauties. “I was absolutely dead against a traditional bridesmaid dress found in the ‘bridesmaid’ sections,” Jessica says. “And by doing this, I signed myself up for a completely independent search for five dresses that had to be in stock and all different sizes. I fell in love with this gold, embellished, navy Virgos lounge dress on ASOS. Of course, they had one size left! Never the person to accept ‘no’ on the first try, I looked up the designer and reached out to them directly to see if they would make the additional dresses for my wedding.” Smart thinking, lady!
“I honestly never wanted fantasies, dreams or fairytales,” says Jessica. “I wanted an event that felt like us and looked like us. I was really careful not to do things just because traditional prescribed. In the end, I felt like myself the entire time.”
Jessica wanted the first man to ever have her heart to walk her down the aisle; her dad. “I chose ‘At Last’ by Etta James,” she adds. “We wanted something that would call everyone to attention. All our songs had character, elegance and were anthem-like.
“We had a traditional Christian wedding led by Pastor Darrell L. Armstrong,” Jessica tells us. “He is the Pastor I grew up with and it meant so much to have someone who has watched me grow from a child to an adult commence this next chapter in my life.”
“I felt fortunate and focused looking into her eyes at the altar,” says Chris. “It’s the most awkward moment, because you want to be zoned in completely, and simply adore how beautiful your wife is, but on the other hand, you’re like, I hope I don’t mess up the vows and I hope I don’t have to go to the bathroom. Oh and I hope my tux and shoes are dope.” We hear you Chris. The pressure is certainly on.
“We chose the standard vows led by Pastor Armstrong,” says Jessica. “The last thing we wanted to do was memorize vows and potentially flub anything in front of 200 people. I had enough pressure just walking down the aisle in a strapless dress with towering heels and a train.”
The couple selected Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You So Long” for their first dance tune. “We wanted that old school crooning feel, so we fell in love with the words and the mood this song puts you in.”
“We researched some Harlem Renaissance themes and key people, and had the prints as the backdrop to the menus, and food station descriptions,” says the bride. “We had signature drinks as well that were inspired by Paul Robeson and Josephine Baker.”
“DJ Eclazz rocked our wedding,” says Jessica. “We picked him because we wanted an experienced club DJ. He had the party rocking! It felt like we were at one of the best parties we’ve been to and we were just getting honored.”
“Some of our favorite wedding memories were having so many friends and family involved, and aving so many well-dressed people leave our wedding sweaty and disheveled because they had an amazing time dancing all night,” says the bride.
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