Tylethia and Kevin’s love story began in high school, where they shared a kiss under the staircase.
Though they remained close, it wasn’t until after high school when in their 20s that they began to officially date. Realizing that they were meant to be, Kevin found the perfect proposal opportunity during a trip to Costa Rica while celebrating Tylethia’s birthday. Surrounded by the love and support of family and friends, Tylethia and Kevin were married in a beautiful mansion wedding in Maryland.
Bride & Groom: Tylethia & Kevin
Occupations: Portfolio Accountant & Manager
Wedding date: August 17, 2018
Wedding location: Valley Mansion located in Cockeysville, Maryland
How did you meet? We met in high school. Kevin was a sophomore and I was a freshman. Kevin was the first person to introduce himself to me on the school bus. He joked with me about not being able to sit in the back of the bus with the “cool kids”. We shared one kiss in high school under the staircase. Kevin always joked that I had on Blistex! We did not formally date until later in our 20s.
Tell us about the proposal. We traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate my 32nd birthday. I knew this would be a memorable trip but little did I know! The next day after we arrived we were refreshed after a long day of travel. Kevin got down on one knee (at 7:30 am!) and asked me to marry him. He then followed up with how he didn’t want to go the entire trip with saying I was his girlfriend because he felt I was more than that! It was the best trip ever!
What was the wedding shopping experience like for you? My wedding dress was not the initial dress that I had picked out. I had a situation where the first bridal shop sold me a dress that had been previously altered but failed to mention. We bought the dress knowing it had to be taken out a little or I lose weight. Bad idea! As the time got closer for alterations the seamstress let me know that she could not do anything for me. There was not enough fabric in the dress to be taken out and it couldn’t be ordered. This was 6 weeks before my wedding and I cried real tears! The only other option was to purchase a whole new dress which ended up being the absolute perfect dress for me! This dress was too big but could easily be altered this time! Mermaid style with beautiful embellishments. My reception dress was a party dress! Silver sequins all over and just a show stop stopper. I felt like a true Queen. Kevin wore a gray tuxedo with engraved cuff links.
Quick Facts from the Bride:
Wedding Party Gifts: Groomsmen received engraved flasks. Bridesmaids received engraved makeup bags, travel totes, and wedding day robes.
Gifts for Each Other: Tennis bracelets
Ceremony Entrance Song: Kevin had a special entrance by himself to “Still Not a Player by Big Pun. It was an EPIC moment. I came down the aisle to “Never Felt This Way” by Brian McKnight.
First Dance Song: “Summer Rain” by Carl Thomas
What is your best memory from your wedding? The outpouring of love and generosity from friends and family who are near & dear to our hearts.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Remember it’s about the couple and no one else (easier said than done)!
Wedding Coordinator: All About Perfection Events
Stationery: Chi Chi Paperie
Party Rentals: 4Eazy Rentals
Photo-booth: Lovely Day Photo Works
Limousine Service: American Limousines
Wedding Venue: Valley Mansion by Martin’s
Photographer: Clapp Studios
Videographer: Hendrix Photography
Decorator: The Party Chica
DJ: DJ P-Drama of Oh So Proper Events
Florist: Scentsational Florals
Cake: Elite Treats Custom Cakes & Sweets
Bride’s Dress: Mori Lee
Bridal Salon: Brides and Grooms Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Headpiece: Something borrowed (from Bridesmaid)
Bride’s Veil: Mori Lee
Bride’s Jewelry: Givenchy
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Matron/Maid of Honor Dresses: Brides and Grooms Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amazon
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Michael Winston
Bride’s Makeup Artist: Kristina Menaker
Bridesmaids Makeup Artist: Ashley Horne
Nails: Lovely Nails
Wedding Officiant: Pastor Michael D. Hayes