Vanessa and Hakim caught each other's eye from across the room during a business meeting. From that moment on, the two have been inseparable. Their lavish wedding was fabulous from start to finish—Lauryn Hill even performed! Share their love.
I Just Knew It Was You
“I knew Hakim was the one for me the very first time I laid eyes on him,” Vanessa admits. “And, after our first conversation, I knew he would be the man I would marry.”
"My 'something new' was my garter belt, which was given to me by my mom," Vanessa tells us. "My 'something borrowed' was a handkerchief from my mom and mother-in-law and my 'something old' was my grandmother's necklace and my grandfather's handkerchief. Both were sewn into my dress."
"My dress was an Allure Bridal gown," says Vanessa. "I actually had another African dress custom made, but I never got to change into it. Finding my bridal dress was hard, but fun! I’m a former pageant girl, so dress shopping is one of my favorite things to do. The problem was, I thought I found the dress three different times."
Hakim originally designed his own wedding day look, which had an ethnic yet contemporary feel to it, but it was made in the wrong measurements. Three weeks before their wedding, he had to come up with a new plan. He had another designer overseas meet him halfway on a new design and the new digs arrived just in time for the big day.
When it came time to plan all of the little details, Vanessa requested only the best. The bride's cousin Felicia was the florist at their wedding. Vanessa requested hydrangeas and roses be used throughout her wedding day. Celebrity hair stylist Shasha Leee Exclusive created her lovely updo.
"I chose Vanessa because of the woman she is and how complete she makes me by complementing all of my flaws and inspiring my strengths," says Hakim. "I have lots of great women in my life, like my mom, aunts and friends, that set the bar high as to what a woman should be and to find someone that embodies most, if not all of them, in some way shape or form is amazing."
"We wanted to have a grand wedding, the likes of which most, if none, had ever seen before," says Vanessa. "Our bar was set pretty high from the beginning. The venue we chose, The Venetian, was number one out of about six we had on our list based on reviews and research." A custom aisle runner lead guests to their seats as they prepared to watch the happy couple tie the knot.
"Looking into her eyes, I felt reassured and on top of the world," says Hakim. Vanessa was totally smitten and moved by the moment too. "It was so magical," she tells us. "At no point that day did I feel nervous. And, once I laid my eyes on his, I felt an even stronger sense of peace come over me."
To stay close to their movie premiere wedding theme, Vanessa and Hakim had a custom step and repeat backdrop created for the "red carpet" arrivals at their wedding reception to allow their guests to pose in style. We love, love, love this idea!
Tall centerpieces filled with lush hydrangea and decorated with hanging crystals were placed on each table. Candles and roses were also sprinkled throughout. Gold and ivory linens pulled the entire look together making the total visual effect a real stunner!
Movie fanatics Vanessa and Hakim wanted to feel like royalty on their big day and pay proper tribute to their theme. They entered their grand reception party to the sounds of "The King's Motorcade" song from Coming to America. What a sweet, fun and romantic touch! #toocute
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