Bridal Bliss: College Sweethearts

Bridal Bliss: College Sweethearts
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 13, 2011

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Nkechi and Mitch admire each other on their very special day.

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In the beginning, the happy couple recall spending all night long on the phone fighting sleep as they continued to want to get to know every single they about each other.

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“We joke around and say that we are mutually obsessed with each other,” the bride tells us about their bond. “We just love spending time together.”

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“The dress was the easiest part of the planning process, “ says Nkechi, who wore a stunning trumpet style Monique Lhuillier gown.

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“I’d actually never seen anything like it and I feel in love with it,” Nkechi recalls, when speaking about the first time she saw her dress. “I was the first to purchase it at Saks.”

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell are a vision of true love on their wedding day.

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The groom gets a little last minute help from friends and family before his big photo opp.

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The entire bridal party poses to perfection beneath a giant tree on the beautiful property in Savannah.

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Mitch and the guys keep their cool in this photo shoot.

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Nkechi and Mitch’s American ceremony was a continuation of their traditional Igbo ceremony. “Mitch loves everything about who I am, including my Nigerian culture and that means a lot to me,” she says.

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Nkechi’s wedding day look was absolutely stunning from head to toe. Here she shows off her beautiful gold drop earrings and fierce bird cage veil.

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Nkechi found herself dealing with some unexpected drama when she found out the flowers hadn’t made it to the right part of town. The beautiful blooms made it just in time to start the ceremony.

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All eyes are on beautiful bride Nkechi as she puts the finishing touches on her wedding day look.

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Nkechi’s at peace as she’s zipped into her gorgeous wedding gown.

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The bride chose black open toes to compliment her dress and her wedding color palette.

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The bride, being an event planner by day, took the reigns and planned the most elegant church ceremony. The photographer shot the ceremony using a gorgeous vintage black and white effect.

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“My name means ‘the one that God gave me, is the one I will have’,” Nkechi explains. “Mitch has that engraved in his rose gold wedding band.” (Aww! We love these two.)

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The bride and groom participated in the African American wedding tradition of jumping the broom, which represents sweeping away the old and bring in a new life together.

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After making it official before their friends and family the lovebirds beam as they head back down the aisle.

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Nkechi and Mitch chose to host their wedding cocktail reception at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. “The renovated Victorian mansion is glamorous, charming, and comfortable,” says the bride.

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Guests received old fashioned mason jars (the groom’s favorite) filled with dry cookie ingredient mix and custom navy blue aprons as tribute to the couple’s shared love for all things culinary. “It had an illustration of us!”

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Nkechi and Mitch work together as husband and wife to cut their lovely three tier wedding cake.

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We’re in love with Nkechi and Mitch’s all-white wedding cake, it’s so classic and so chic.

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The couple’s guests dined at round tables decorated beautifully with organic themed mason jar displays of fresh flowers.

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Guests could leave love notes and messages for the newlyweds here, while revisiting some of their favorite framed memories.

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The bride cuts a rug at the reception.

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Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell share a laugh as they pose for portraits in the garden.

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Clearly all wrapped up in love on their very special day, the newlyweds bask in the moment and share an intimate squeeze.

Visit The Bride’s Cafe to see more lovely photos from Nkechi and Mitch’s wedding day. Photography by: Jen Huang Photography.


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