You’ll swoon over the details of this romantic garden-themed wedding featured in our Winter 2021 magazine !
It was a chance meeting at Morehouse and Spelman Colleges’ homecoming in Atlanta that brought Tiffany and Brian together. Once Tiffany caught Brian’s eye at an event they were working on, he had a hard time concentrating on his duties. He spent the day flirting with Tiffany and she eventually gave him her phone number. They would keep up with each other on social media for six years before connecting in 2013.
Five years later, Brian would propose during a Fourth of July trip to NYC. After a long day of hanging with friends and doing touristy events, Tiffany suggested going ring shopping in Manhattan the next day. She was obsessed with a local ring store. Little did she know, Brian had an engagement ring tucked away in his suitcase. He asked Tiffany to be his wife on the stroke of midnight on July 5th, 2018, the anniversary of their first official date.
The handsome couple decided on an enchanted garden theme for their fall nuptials. After their traditional church ceremony, guests headed to their reception that featured rustic farm tables, adorned with lush white florals, and vibrant greenery nestled between romantic candles. Self-proclaimed foodies, Tiffany and Brian ensured their guests dined on delicious southern cuisine including candied bacon and shrimp and grits. Stylish attire, stunning decor, scrumptious food, the Coleman’s wedding had all of the elements of an enchanting southern fairytale.
See all of the details below.
- Couple: Tiffany Lewis & Brian Coleman
- Location: Atlanta, GA
- Wedding Date: September 1, 2019
How did you both choose your wedding day look?
My wedding gown was NOT traditional at all. I thought I knew what I wanted, and then I tried on the gown at the first store I visited, and all other ideas went out the door. I loved the gown, but the idea of being so outside of the box was a little scary at first. When I made the decision to choose the Milo gown in “hydrangea” from Hayley Paige, I knew that I would have to put my girls in complementary gowns that were not too distracting, and that wouldn’t clash with my dress; black is classy, chic, and sexy, so it was an easy choice. I also wanted something they could potentially wear again.
Brian attended Morehouse College, an all-male HBCU with a strong historical background. He comes from a long lineage of “Morehouse Men,” so we wanted to pay tribute to that connection, as well. We achieved this by picking a maroon-colored dinner jacket as part of his attire, a nod to “Morehouse Maroon.” The groomsmen wore black tuxedos which also complimented me, Brian, the bridesmaids, and the overall décor and theme beautifully.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Initially, we opted for a “first look” to save time after the ceremony. You never know what your reaction will be until the moment happens. The first look ended up being much more than a time saver. For me, it was the moment between Brian and that I didn’t know I needed. I was super emotional when I saw him, and it all melted away once we embraced. Another tender moment was a video dedication I compiled featuring Brian’s deceased mother. It was a surprise and VERY emotional moment for many guests, but I really wanted his mom to be a part of our day in some way.
What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Brian and I love food and are self-proclaimed foodies. Delicious food was top of mind for us. From the candied bacon to the shrimp and grits, and the melt-in-your-mouth wedding cake, everyone couldn’t stop talking about our menu selections. We also incorporated a “mirror” photo booth at the reception. It’s a tall interactive mirror, and speaks to the “selfie” age we’re currently in. Guests enjoyed it! One of the most unexpected moments of the day was our first dance. We included a “dancing on the cloud” feature. where fog filled the dance floor during our dance, followed by a grand finale of cold sparklers erupting. The guests were so surprised and loved it! As a result, the images captured of the dance were so beautiful and reminiscent of a fairytale.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
If for one second you think you want a wedding planner, go with your gut and budget for it. I think my wedding planning process would have been a whole lot more stressful if we had not made this a must-have. Yes, it is an added expense, but it’s well worth it in the end. Fellas, although wedding planning seems like something solely for the bride, she really does want your thoughts and opinions, even if she ultimately chooses the opposite of your suggestion. That’s okay, still, be as supportive and involved as possible. It means so much. At the end of planning, when the big day arrives, live in the moment. It will fly by, so don’t let anything detract from this once-in-a-lifetime event.
- Event Planner: Niq Williams Events
- Photographer: Kiyah C Photography
- Jewelry: Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
- Transportation: Cooper Global
- Hair Stylist: Shawnese McDaniel Hair Couture
- Makeup Artist: Bee Wade Make Up Artistry
- DJ: Premier Entertainment Atlanta
- Lighting: Luxury Lounge
- Equipment Rentals: Sweet Seats
- Musicians: Orchestra Noir
- Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Modern Gent
- Calligrapher: Captivating Calligraphy
- Invitation Designer: Sandi Spells Design
- Lighting: Uplight Your Event
- Cake Designer: For Goodness Cakes
- Caterer: Soiree Catering
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Algernon Johnson
- Dress Designer: Hayley Paige
- Dress Store: J. Andrews Bridal
- Professional: Eric Blanks Media
- Reception Venue: The Westside Warehouse
- Ceremony Location: Friendship Baptist Church
- Floral Designer: Niq Williams Events