It’s Throwback Thursday! Today, we’re bringing you a beautiful fall orange and gray wedding from college sweethearts, Nadia and Jude who tied the knot and danced to Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky” on September 20, 2013. After a New York City Christmas proposal, Nadia and Jude were well on their way to planning their big day, incorporating both their Haitian and Jamaican cultures. Find out how they did below!
Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
We met at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2007 through mutual friends. We were friends initially but started dating in 2008. Jude proposed on Christmas in 2011 in front of my paternal grandparents in New York. He hid the ring in a large box with a nice sweater. It was so well thought out.
We both love simplicity. We decided to go with the colors orange and gray. We decided because of our venue’s look, we would go with a more vintage feel. Initially, the men were going to be in black suits but we were able to find great gray suits and incorporate orange accents for their ties and handkerchiefs.
As for my dress, I probably tried on 11 or 12 different styled dresses. I finally settled on a beautiful Allure dress with a scalloped laced train and beautiful beaded accents all over. It wasn’t the traditional white, it was champagne colored and so beautiful.
Both of our families are from the Caribbean. His family is Haitian and mine is Jamaican. We had cremas at the wedding, played Kompa and Zouk music…and for my Jamaican side, we played reggae music and enjoyed a traditional Jamaican black wedding cake (rum cake). Yumm!
My favorite memories from that day were when I was getting dressed with my best girls, having my younger sister sing “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri during the ceremony, and stealing away moments to take photos with our favorite photographer.
Help a bride-to-be out!
If you are worried about having a large guest list and have a tight budget, evaluate who you have and have not spoken to in over a year. It will probably be okay not to worry if they aren’t invited. Also, realize during the planning process, people will have plenty but it is all about you and your hubby to be. Finally, do not skimp on your photographer! Pictures are forever.
Photography: Mark Dickinson Photography
Wedding Planner: Bride
Wedding Venue: Estate on the Halifax
Event Designer: Bride
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure
Wedding Dress Salon: Angelus Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Hair: Studio 10 Salon
Makeup: Bride’s Mother
Florist: Gay Rita Boros
Cake: Vanilla Bean Cupcakery
Catering: Aunt Catfish Catering