Tiffany and Kim’s initial meeting feels like fate, played out in the pages of a romantic story. During a girl’s night out with her sorority sisters, Tiffany, waiting by herself outside of the Brooklyn Museum, was approached by a “tall and handsome man…with a huge smile on his face.” Tiffany, knowing that there was “something was special about this chance encounter” immediately felt a connection with Kim, their conversation naturally flowing. Kim, so “enamored and intrigued” with Tiffany, asked her out on two dates. From that point on their connection only continued to grow along with their feelings for each other. Knowing he had found the one, Kim soon began planning their perfect proposal…
Read all about Tiffany & Kim’s love story, proposal, and experiences in their vibrant lux wedding at Somerset Park – beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Sheronda Seawright Photography, and makeup artistry by MunaLuchi Coterie member Juicy Looks by Abby.
Bride & Groom: Tiffany & Kim
Occupations: Associate Director of Audits and Inspections & Manager of Finance
Wedding date: August 24, 2018
Wedding location: Ceremony – Rose of Sharon Community Church (Plainfield, NJ) Reception – The Palace at Somerset Park (Somerset, NJ)
How did you meet? It was the summer evening of July 7, 2012. My sorority sisters invited me for a “girl’s night out” at “First Saturday’s” at the Brooklyn Museum. Towards the end of the night, my friend wanted to meet up with her boyfriend who was also attending the event. As I waited for my friend, a tall and handsome man approached me with a huge smile on his face.
We exchanged greetings and the conversation began to flow. I knew that something was special about this chance encounter. We talked for a while and I shared that I worked in Jersey City and later learned that he worked for the same company as my Mother. Kim and I would later learn that we also had mutual friends. Ok, God was this a sign?
Kim, enamored and intrigued, asked me on TWO dates—the first in Jersey City and the second in Manhattan. Charmed by Kim’s persistence and sense of humor, I agreed. Kim quickly asked me for my phone number before I was whisked away by my friends. Later that evening, I received a text, checking to see if I made it home safely (a true gentleman).
Fast forward, and on September 29, 2012 Kim asked me to be his girlfriend after we spent a fun-filled day with friends at the Smorgasbord in Brooklyn. Our mutual love for one another, travel, family, faith, food, new experiences, and laughter was the tie that bound us together.
Tell us about the proposal. August 19, 2017, my life forever changed. Unbeknownst to me, Kim had devised a master plan and included my family and closest friends to pull off the most thoughtful, sweet, and beautiful engagement. Kim proposed on my father’s birthday at Il Castello’s, a fine dining Italian restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ surrounded by my family and best friends. Later that evening, Kim took me to Echo Tap & Grill in Mountainside, NJ where he organized 30 of our friends and family from near and far for a surprise engagement celebration. It was perfect!
What was the wedding shopping experience like for you? Tiffany: “My shopping experience was intimate and simple as I only shared the initial experience with my mother. We went to three bridal boutiques before I found the dress that was meant for me. I envisioned myself in a timeless, yet glamorous but sexy wedding gown. I knew I wanted a mermaid silhouette and something that made me feel beautiful.”
Kim: “I wanted a classic, clean and tailored look. I went to Tessuto in Somerville, NJ, a menswear and formalwear store owned by a high school buddy of mine. The process was professional, seamless, and the customer service was impeccable. We were greeted with champagne and even played mini golf!”
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We did a sand covenant and unity candle during our wedding ceremony. It symbolized the coming together of two people and our families uniting into one and blending our lives together.
Wedding party gifts: Bridesmaid Gifts – “Bride Squad” robes, earrings, bracelet, necklace, bridesmaid hanger, purple fan, & makeup services. Groomsmen Gift: Ace of Spade Stainless Steel Bottle Opener.
Gifts for each other: Bride to Groom – Gold Michael’s Kor’s watch & personalized “Mr.” shirt. Groom to Bride – Pearl necklace & diamond pendant.
Ceremony entrance song: Groom – “I’m Ready” by Tevin Campbell. Bride – “Forever Yours” (1 Mic 1 Take Version) by Smokie Norful. Bridesmaids: “Fall for You” by Leela James. Groomsmen – “A Couple of Forevers” by Chrisette Michelle. Flower Girls & Ring Bearers – “Ave Maria” by Beyonce.
First dance song: We did a compilation, the first songs was “Fruition” by The Dream, and “Summertime Magic” by Childish Gambino.
What is your best memory from your wedding? Tiffany: “Walking into the church and seeing Kim for the first time was my best memory from the wedding. Seeing the emotion on his face was priceless and such a special moment for me.”
Kim: “Seeing Tiffany walk down the aisle.”
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Set aside time daily to pray with one another throughout the wedding planning process. Your wedding guest list is your own. Learn to let go on the day of the wedding, you’ve researched and assembled your team of vendors. Focus on having fun and the covenant you are about to enter with your spouse. Take a moment to take everything in, look around the room and see how much love and support surrounds you.
Wedding dress designer: Eddy K
Wedding dress salon: Jefre Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair: Deidra’s Beauty Palace
Makeup: Juicy Looks by Abby
Bridal Party Makeup: Ashley Allen Artistry
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Ceremony location: Rose of Sharon Community Church
Reception location: The Palace at Somerset Park
Photography: Sheronda Seawright Photography
Videography: Pope Cinematography
Day of Wedding Coordination: You’re Cordially Invited
Florist: Brandywine Floral Design
Cake: The Palace at Somerset Park
Stationery: Inviting Treasures
Event designer: Balloon Palace
Event Rentals: More Than a Gift
Groom’s attire: Tessuto
Groomsmen attire: Tessuto
Harpist: Sweet Harmony Music
Master of Ceremonies: Chris Atwood
DJ: Absolute Celebrations
Photo Booth: Absolute Celebrations
Limousine: (Phantom & 32 passenger party bus) Santos VIP Limo
Barber: House of Blades
Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Somerset
Musician: Marquis Duncan Rose of Sharon Community Church
Officiant: Rev. Mae Belin Rose of Sharon Community Church