What originally was a scheduling conflict can certainly in hindsight seem an act of fate, for when the assigned trainer for Tiffany’s fitness assessment became unavailable it was Aaron, her future husband, who took their place. With a strong impression left on both of them, they took advantage of every opportunity to get to know each other more when at the gym. It wasn’t long before a first date was scheduled and they were well on their way to happily ever after…
Read all about Tiffany & Aaron’s love story, proposal, and experiences in their timeless elegance wedding at the Waterfall in Delaware – captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Sheronda Seawright Photography, and featuring event design & florals by MunaLuchi Coterie member Event Loft, and MunaLuchi Coterie member & officiant Married by Rev Roxy.
Bride & Goom: Tiffany & Aaron
Occupations: School Based Teacher Leader & Fitness Sales Director
Wedding date: November 11, 2018
Wedding location: Claymont, Delaware
How did you meet? In February 2010, Tiffany was beginning to wonder, “What good could ever come out of Philadelphia?” She didn’t feel a connection to Philadelphia and missed the fun she had when she lived in Washington, DC. As a result, Tiffany decided to focus on herself and really invest in all aspects of her life, to include her health and wellness. This new personal initiative lead her to joining her local gym and scheduling her fitness assessment with a personal trainer. When she arrived she was informed that there was a mix up due to a scheduling conflict. Aaron, being the Manager of the Department, realized the mix up and offered to fulfill the assessment session. After casually talking in the gym when Tiffany would come in, Aaron offered to take Tiffany with the guarantee that he would show her the best that Philadelphia had to offer. Although he rescheduled their first date because he was “too tired,” she knew there was something special about him. Their date was rescheduled and from that moment the stars began aligning perfectly in their favor sparking the very love story that led them to the altar.
Tell us about the proposal. Aaron proposed to Tiffany on July 22, 2017 in Lancaster, PA. However, Aaron initially planned to propose while on their vacation in Jamaica that was scheduled for August 2017. However, the more he considered all of the many things that could go wrong with getting the engagement ring to Jamaica, he decided to change the plan. Instead, he took into consideration Tiffany’s interest in exploring different places and trying new food, and decided on Lancaster, PA, a trip they had been planned for last summer but fell through. Aaron was committed that this trip to Lancaster would be one that Tiffany would never forget. The day trip was to include shopping, a visit to a ice cream factory and dinner. As Aaron opened the door for Tiffany to get out of the car, he told her that this trip to Lancaster would be one that she would never forget. Tiffany casually said okay and reached in the back seat for her purse. Upon turning around, Aaron was on one knee and proposed that they spend the rest of their lives together.
Describe your wedding style. From the beginning, Tiffany wanted her wedding dress to be elegant but make her feel equally sexy. The groom wanted the guys dressed in a traditional black tuxedo. It’s timeless and sophisticated. The theme of Philly Sophistication was woven throughout the attire of the bridal party as well.
What was the wedding shopping experience like for you? Shopping for my wedding dress was quite the experience. Aaron and I had an engagement party at our home about two months after our engagement. My aunt came from Boston to attend the party and at the end of the night shared that she bought me a Zac Posen wedding dress. Shocked is an understatement to describe how I felt. She told me that there was no pressure as she came across the dress at an amazing price, thought it was perfect for me and couldn’t leave without buying it. I tried it on, liked it, but didn’t know if I loved it as I had not tried on any dresses. My mom encouraged me to keep it, but that is was necessary for me to try on other dresses. In December, I went to Boston for Christmas but also to try on wedding dresses. I tried on the dress that my aunt bought first to remind myself of what I looked like in it. Then went through several silhouettes and immediately felt the sexiest in a trumpet style dress. As soon as I tried on the Oleg Cassini dress, I fell in love. It was fitted at the top with a dramatic flare at the bottom. I continued to try on more dresses, but kept thinking of the Oleg Cassini, which is how I knew it was the one.
Did you incorporate any culture in your wedding? We incorporated hand fasting into our ceremony. Our officiant is known for incorporating this cultural component into her ceremonies. However, to make it our own, one of the bridesmaids read the poem, “These Hands…” as our officiant fastened our hands together.
Wedding party gifts: The bridesmaids were gifted with monogrammed robes and earrings. The groomsmen were gifted with engraved glasses and a miniature bottle of their favorite spirit.
Gifts for each other: We wrote each other notes on the morning of our wedding in custom-made cards.
Ceremony entrance song: “At Last” by a Quintet.
First dance song: “Best Part” by Daniel Ceasar featuring H.E.R.
What is your best memory from your wedding? Bride: “Our first look was hands down my favorite memory. The look on Aaron’s face when he turned around and saw me in my wedding dress for the first time will forever be engraved in my memory. We were able to laugh, cry, and pray alone before we embarked on the festivities of the day. I am so glad that we had a few minutes alone!”
Groom: “Dancing on the dance floor with my wife was my favorite memory. We are able to relax and enjoy the fun of the evening. It was wonderful to look around and see our family and closest friends enjoy themselves as they danced the night away, all of our hard work and decisions paid off!”
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Don’t lose yourself in the planning process. So many decisions are made with your guests in mind as you constantly ask yourself, “Will this be fun? Will our guests enjoy this?”, but find one or two things that you select or plan that is solely done because it will make you and your husband/wife happy. For us it was hiring a quintet and having dessert stations at the reception.
Wedding Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini
Wedding Dress modifications and alterations: The Tailory
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedo: Sagets Formal Wear
Bridal Makeup: Joy the MUA
Bridal Party Makeup: Joy the MUA and MS Artistry
Ceremony/Reception Location: The Waterfall
Photographer: Sheronda Seawright Photography
Photo Booth: Instaglamour Photo Booth
Videographer: Quintessence Videography
Day of Coordinator: Trilogy Event Design
Officiant: Rev. Roxanne Birchfield
Custom-made Cards: The Honey Shop
Stationery: Penned By Pink
Florist and Event Designer: Event Loft
Cake: The Master’s Baker
Hair Stylist: Terra Johnson