It's a story of true Coleman love. Kirstie, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Taron, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, got engaged at one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was during their annual international summer trip and this year had taken them to Cancun, Mexico. They were visiting Chichen Itza when Taron decided to propose in front of the Kulkulkan Pyramid and thousands of tourists.
The couple wed in a stunning vintage chic ceremony with peacock elements. The awe-inspiring wedding, planned by Coterie member Sabrina Seymore Events, paid homage to the culture of the 1940s. Tables were named after great musicians like John Coltrane and Etta James. Deep blues, vibrant purples, and luxurious greens gave the reception space an air of opulence. Peacock feathers flown about the day, influencing wedding programs, utensils, and the grand cake display. In true African-American tradition, the couple leapt over the bride's hand-made broom adorned with the themed peacock feathers. 2&3 Photography captured the gorgeous images of this vintage chic peacock inspired wedding.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids received all of their accessories which included, rhinestone earrings, shoes, and feather & rhinestone fascinators that I made by hand to adorn their hair. Groomsmen received watches, “funky socks,” themed shot glasses.
Favorite item on the wedding menu: Smoked Brisket with BBQ Glaze
First dance song: Beyonce & Marc Nelson - "After all is said and done" Performed by live band J Renee
Bride: Kirstie Turner
Groom: Taron Turner
Wedding date: 06/06/2015
Wedding location: Barclay Villa
How would you describe your wedding gown and how was your shopping experience?
I would describe my wedding dress as 1940s vintage with a sexy modern twist. It was a beautiful trumpet style gown with a French Alençon lace bodice , strapless sweetheart neckline, and tiered organza skirt followed by a chapel train. The back of the gown was decorated with beautiful white buttons that almost trailed the entire length of the gown. To add a little more flare and accentuate my waist, I purchased a belt with rhinestones and beading and had it sewn onto the bodice. Surprisingly very low stress. I created a mood board at the very beginning of planning to help establish the vision for the overall wedding. The board included everything from the color pallet, to the approach for décor, to style of dresses under consideration. Our theme was “Vintage Chic” so I knew I wanted something reminiscent of 1940’s but modern and ultra-feminine/sexy. I fully expected to visit several stores to narrow down to the perfect dress but I found “the one” at the very first boutique I visited. I’ll admit I was a bit worried about the dress when the sales consultant brought it in the dressing room because of the all the volume at the bottom ----- but once I tried it on I knew it was the one. To make sure I did my due diligence, I did go to another bridal store to try on more gowns, but I kept comparing each one to the one at the first boutique, so that more than confirmed it was the one.
What are some of your favorite memories from your wedding day?
I purchased my gown nearly one year before the wedding. So I was nervous and excited to see Taron’s reaction when he saw me in my gown for the first time. I was overwhelmed with emotions, so I could not see Taron’s face but looking back at our photo’s our photographers captured the moment perfectly. In Taron’s words the following was going through his mind as I walked towards him“ Beautiful, sexy, elegant …. beautiful.”
Was culture incorporated in your wedding?
Yes we incorporated two cultural traditions in to our wedding. After saying our marriage vows we chose to incorporate the African-American tradition of jumping the broom to symbolize the joining of our two families and paying homage to our ancestors. To add a personal touch I actually made the broom using supplies from local party supply and craft stores. We hope to pass it down for generations to come. Taron and I are both members of historically African American Fraternities and Sororities therefore we incorporated our respective fraternity and sorority songs and dances into the evening.
What advice do you have for our brides-to-be?
Take time to enjoy the wedding planning journey but don’t let planning completely consume you that you forget to also focus on building a foundation to sustain your relationship after the vows are exchanged and the wedding ends. Remember to carve out time to continue to date and get to know your future spouse (i.e. what drives and motivates them, what’s their love language etc) as well as build a solid plan for your new life together.
Congratulations to Kirstie and Taron. Your wedding was truly breathtaking and we are honored that you've chosen to share your special day with us!
Wedding Planner/Designer - Sabrina Seymore Events
Makeup Artist - Sharon Davis MUA
Photographer - 2&3 Photography
Videographer - Twenty One Films
Venue - Barclay Villa
Florist - Fresh Affairs
Cake - Art of Cake
Bridal dress boutique - Traditions By Anna
Bride's dress designer - Paloma Blanca
Bride's Shoes - Blue by Betsy Johnson
Bride's head piece - David’s Bridal
Tuxedo Rental Boutique - VIP formalwear
Groom's tux designer - Joseph Abboud
Groom’s watch- Movado Sapphire Collection
Rental - Party Reflections
Caterer- Intimate Affairs and Catering
Transportation - Roaring 20s limo
Grooms Cake - Mavella Cakes
Hair Stylist - Dedra Hines of Amaka International Beauty and Spa
Lighting - Five Star Entertainment
Live Band - Jasmine Renee
DJ - DJ Icee Stan