Jason reflects on the road to he and Kia’s special day. After seven years of dating, he surprised her with a proposal at the Atlanta University Center spot where they first met. He was a sophomore at Morehouse College and she was a freshman at Clark Atlanta University.
After constantly looking for dresses, Kia found her dream gown in a magazine spread. She shared the image and her slight adjustments with Atlanta designer Maria Harper, who created the form-fitting gown.
“I loved my dress!” Kia says. “It was exactly what I wanted and I felt so beautiful.”
When Kia tried to play cupid by attempting to hook Jason up with her friend, he revealed that he only had eyes for her. Her initial rejection didn’t stop him from trying again when their paths crossed in the same spot weeks later.
One way to save money for a fabulous wedding is to decide which items you can do yourself. Kia added the faux pearls to all the M’s on the back of the reception chairs, tied lace on her invitations and completed many other projects herself for the special day.
“I became the Black Martha Stewart,” she jokes. “A lot of the things for a wedding you really can do yourself.”
“We budgeted $20,000 for our wedding, but within the first couple months of planning we went over that limit. After that we stopped adding because we didn’t want to know the real number,” Kia adds with a smile.
A perfect wedding day doesn’t mean everything will go just as planned. Kia’s veil wouldn’t budge when she tried to remove it for the reception, so she left it in place and worked the room with a smile.