Summer Plum Wedding in Winston-Salem: Jessica + Nathan

Jessica and Nathan's Alpha Kappa Alpha and Omega Psi Phi sisters and brothers surrounded the newlyweds at the reception of their beautiful plum wedding last June in North Carolina. After a long distance relationship that crossed thousand of miles, Nathan proposed to Jessica over the skies. The full love story is below!

Wedding Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Wedding Location: The Millennium Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
First Dance Song: For the First Time” by John Legend
Favorite Item on the Menu: Seared Chicken Breast with Dijon Cream Sauce
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Gifts: The bridesmaids received Tiffany & Co. crystal glass wine tumblers, earrings, and matching pajamas while the groomsmen received engraved pocket watches.

Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!

In 2010, Nathan and Jessica met at a Halloween Party in Charlotte, NC. They began to date and during the summer of 2011, they both relocated for their careers – Nathan moved to San Antonio, Texas and Jessica moved to Boston, MA. Their long distance relationship continued and in 2012, they both relocated to Dallas, Texas. Originally from the Carolinas, both Nathan and Jessica often traveled home for the holidays and special occasions. So on December 21, 2013, on a holiday flight from Dallas to Charlotte, Nathan proposed.

Wedding Style

Wedding dress shopping was a dream come true! I’d always imagined walking down the aisle in a white, fit and flare gown... and that’s exactly what I found. After trying on several styles, my heart was set on the Maggie Sottero Primrose gown with a sweetheart neckline and corset back closure. My vision came true with the custom made cathedral veil.


It was extremely important to incorporate all of my grandparents into the wedding day. In 2015, my paternal grandparents celebrated 57 years of marriage and my maternal grandparents celebrated 55 years of marriage. We honored my grandparents and asked them to join the dance floor where all three couples celebrated a dance together.


Our best memory from our wedding was walking into our reception as husband and wife. It was the first time we were able to see how beautiful our special day really was. We were surrounded by our closest family and friends and, we had an amazing time at the reception. Our reception felt like the best party ever, and we didn’t want the night to end! I remember sitting down at after our first dances and leaning over to my best friend and Maid of Honor and said “Wow, this is truly amazing and the room is gorgeous. This is the happiest day of my life.”

Help a bride-to-be out!

  1. While it is easy to get caught in the fun, and sometimes stress, of wedding planning – remember to make time for you and your fiancé, whether it’s a date night out or pizza and a movie at home.
  2. Do what is best for you and your fiancé!
  3. Enjoy and have fun!


Photography: Ashley Green, ArtbyAsh Studios
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Wedding Dress Salon: New York Bride and Groom
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mori Lee
Hair: Quanita Bowden, Juvi Hair Spa
Makeup: Tanisha Walk, In God’s Image
Shoes: Aldo Shoes
Venue: The Millennium Center  
Wedding Planner: Muse and Delphia
Florist and Event Designer: Designs by Devereux
Wedding Flowers: White Roses and Hydrangeas
Cake: Cakes By Manfred
Stationery: The Stationery Bar
Violinist and Cellist: Andrew Emmett and Jennifer Alexandra Johnson
Reception DJ: DJ JLee
Veil: Custom Made by The Westwood Collection

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