Wedding: Tomi and Kenny

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How did you all meet?
We were introduced to each other through my cousin that attended law school with Kenny and is also good friends with him. It was fall of 2013 and we both happened to be single, he took a look at my Facebook profile and wanted to know more about me. So he texted me that he would be moving to Boston, MA soon for a graduate program and that he got my contact info from my cousin. He wanted me to tell him more about the area and even teach him how to ice skate. I was amused so kept chatting with him. Eventually, I made arrangements to meet him for the first time in person, in Dallas, TX where he lived at the time. We both knew from the time we spent together in Dallas that we had a very strong connection and began dating a few months afterward.

Anything super unique about the big day?
My favorite memory was the first dance, which was “You Are” by Charlie Wilson and “You are so Beautiful” by Joe Coker. Both songs have very meaningful lyrics and represented our connection very well. The Room reveal took our breath away, it was all we envisioned and more with the design.

Where did you all go on your honeymoon?
Covid put a damper on those plans!

Any tips you would share with other couples getting married?

Definitely hire a planner that will take care of many of the details and larger items. Planners can also negotiate on your behalf and will know what mistakes to avoid. This will give you peace of mind, even when things get crazy.

What was your planning experience like?
We hired a highly sought wedding planner in Dallas, TX to help us plan our wedding. Considering that we were planning a destination wedding in Dallas from New Jersey, we needed someone who knew what they were doing and had been in the industry for years. Jewel came highly recommended and after our consultation with her, we were sold! She didn’t make it seem like we were planning from thousands of miles away, she was very understanding, answered our questions, and helped us stay on track with our budget. She took over the event design and also made us feel like we were a part of the decision making with all the vendors. It was a great planning experience.

Where did you wed and why did you pick the venue/site?
The Knotting Hill Place in Little Elm. We chose this venue because of its grand appeal, it was the perfect location for our Elegant Black Tie Affair.

The Fashion
Tell us about the wedding dress!
I wanted a vibrant and romantic theme. I was originally looking for a mermaid dress, but found out the ball gown style of dresses was a good fit for me. I knew I wanted lace and beading, so my allure dress definitely delivered.

Describe the Groom’s and Groomsmen look
My groom wore a custom ivory tux with black pants, he went for the classic look and the guys wore a blue tux.

Your Wedding Style
What inspired your theme/style? What was your color palette? Why was it important to you?
We had a Holiday Romance theme, our wedding was in December about a week from Christmas so we definitely wanted holiday vibes filled with romance. Our colors were all shades of pink, purple, and heavy on the red tones.

Ceremony & Reception
Tell us about your ceremony décor.
Our ceremony was beautiful and took place at the venue’s chapel. We repurposed the fresh florals from the reception for the ceremony, but we had some beautiful mirror structures instead of the traditional vases that the arrangements were set in.

During the ceremony did you use and religious or cultural elements or traditions?
We are Christians and just had the traditional Christian wedding ceremony. We did have a traditional wedding the day prior though.

What inspired your reception style?
We were getting married in December and we asked our planner to come up with a design that would infuse Christmas and Valentine together (our favorite holidays) and it was perfect. We totally trusted her judgment and her design and floral vendors and were very pleased.

What menu items did you serve?
We are Nigerians and it was important for us to have Nigerian food. We served some Jollof rice, chicken, beef, moinmoin, plantains, and some swallow with vegetable soup.

Describe your cake.
We wanted a simple classic cake adorned in cascading flowers and our planner’s preferred baker executed to our vision. Our cake was all real and the flavors were champagne vanilla, amaretto, and red velvet.