Kahran Hill, 31, and Regis Bethencourt, 34, met in an online forum for graphic designers and instantly fell for each others’ wit and charm. It was love sweet love and it was at that moment that their road to the altar began. On September 3, 2011, the lovebirds were married at the Porterdale Mill in Georgia before their closest friends and family. See their fun and modern wedding photos now. (We promise, you’re gonna love ’em.)
“After searching for a few dresses online, I knew this was my dress before I even went to the store to try it on,” Kahran tells us of her fabulous wedding gown. “It was exactly my style and added a bit of glam to the day.”
Fun-loving couple Regis and Kahran made a point of planning a “morning-after” photo shoot so they would have plenty of time to goof around and take memorable photos like this one. Plus, as Kahran says, “I got one more chance to rock my dress!”
“After being a bridesmaid myself, I knew it was important to pick a dress they could reuse and I wanted something that spoke to their individual styles,” she says. It looks like she chose wisely — just look at those smiles.
“My bouquet was handmade from Japanese paper Kusudama flowers mixed with Baby’s Breath,” says Kahran, who opted to use paper flowers throughout her wedding because she’s never been a huge fan of real ones.
Kahran was no bridezilla, but her groom had a few demands he hoped would be met on their wedding day. “Reg had two requirements for his attire,” she says. “No tuxedo tail and no dress shoes. The guys were all in casual sweater vests with grey Chucks.”
Exchanging vows was the highlight of their day, but Kahran tells us that she and Regis were overcome with joy when his father, whom he hadn’t seen in 22 years, showed up at their wedding to support his son.
Kahran and her new hubby jumped the broom to complete their ceremony ritual. (Reg made the broom, by the way!) Everywhere we turn, more and more couples are partaking in this timeless African American tradition.
The littlest bridal party members share in Regis and Kahran’s wedding day joy. “We are very involved with our nieces and nephews and wanted to include them all,” says Kahran. What’s not to love about this picture?
“The venue was an old mill that was renovated into loft space,” says Kahran who wanted an empty space to fill with their personalities. “The outdoor area where the wedding took place faced the scenic Yellow River.”
When it came to her wedding centerpieces, Kahran decided to make up her own rules and do away with tradition. Instead of using roses or seasonal blooms, she went the more unexpected route, and used Manzanita branches mixed with paper Japanese Kusadama flowers and wheat grass.
“We chose a local DJ (DJ Underground) for our wedding entertainment,” says Kahran. “Our first dance was interrupted with Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Apache (Jump On It)’ and Reg and I broke it down on the dance floor.”