New Yorkers Tania and Ken met in tropical paradise 1,000 miles away from home, fell in love, then realized they worked just three blocks away from each other. It was love at first sight. On April 21, 2012 they were married in their Brooklyn brownstone in a lovely backyard wedding. Share their love!
Vocalist Lucia Bradford-Wiggins sang Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” as the beaming bride and her proud papa made their way down the aisle. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. She also sung a selection during the couple’s candle lighting ceremony.
“With a full time job, a 3, 4 and 14-year-old, researching and developing two business ventures and wedding planning was becoming very stressful,” admits Tania. A quick thinker, she ultimately hired an assistant to help her get the job done.
Tania and Ken exchange rings.
You Touched Me
When Tania’s sister passed away just five weeks before her wedding day, she found that she was touched and moved by the words of Bishop Bradford, a family friend who spoke at the wake and funeral. Although Tania had already booked an officiant, at the last minute, she asked Bishop Bradford if he would do the honors. “He spoke to us like family,” says Tania. “And, he encouraged and embraced our love for one another."
In order for Ken and Tania to have their dream wedding at their home, it took years of working together to renovate the space to their liking. “The blood, sweat and tears that we shared working side by side renovating our home are one of my favorite memories that we share together,” says Tania.
Just around 6 p.m., guests were asked to turn their attention to the entrance, where Ken and Tania were introduced for the first time as husband and wife and walked out to the sounds of Beyoncé’s sweet hit “Love On Top.”
As guests arrived at the cocktail hour they were greeted by the lovely sounds of a live band and handed signature cocktails. The band jammed for two hours while wait staff served yummy hors d’oeuvres, like bacon wrapped scallops, crab cakes and mini patties.
“I wanted to transform my backyard into a very romantic and swanky venue,” says Tania, who used Chinese paper lanterns to create a sense of all over beauty in the space. “I’ve always loved what paper lanterns and drapery did for outdoor spaces.”
“Many people tried to talk us out of having a wedding at our house,” Tania recalls. “Mainly because it wasn’t a church and because logistically, they just couldn’t see our vision. I was determined to prove everyone wrong. I knew in my heart there was no place more blessed or filled with love than our home.”
“We wanted the wedding to be very reflective of who we are as a couple,” says Tania. “We had a top shelf bar and we hired a top of the line catering company and staff to ensure that our guest were catered to.”
Tania found her wedding band in a most unusual manner. "One day while waiting for the C train at Fulton Street station, I heard a band jamming to “Rock With You” down the platform," she says. “Since that’s one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs, I made my way over and asked for a card. The rest is history.”
Their lovely wedding cake, which was quite the scene-stealer, was designed by Genelle of Sweet Dames Bake Shop. It was a coconut cake with pineapple filing. “It tasted like pina colada on a plate,” remembers Tania. “It was so yummy.” Genelle was a life savior for the couple, whose original baker disappeared on them after they made a verbal contract.
Wedding planning can really take a toll on a bride-to-be. Tania was lucky to have Ken, the perfect partner, there to help. “I get these great ideas, then I get overwhelmed with the details,” she admits. “Ken comes in, keeps me focused, helps me to make a decision and then together we follow through.” Now that’s teamwork.
A True Success Story
After successful pulling off the fabulous at-home wedding of their dreams, Tania and Ken kick back in style. See more photos from their big day over at The Bride’s Cafe. Want to see your wedding featured on Bridal Bliss? Email us now for submission guidelines!