So, have you ever wondered what happens when you mix bright colors and blended families? Well wonder no more, because you’d get Brenton + Crystal’s city chic DC style wedding, in the heart of North Carolina’s Triad. Brenton + Crystal wed at the Bride’s home church, New Light Missionary Baptist and then continued their celebration at The Empire Room. A day full of love, laughter, and a few tears (but only the good kind), were shared among family and friends, as Brenton + Crystal commenced their future together.
Empire Room Wedding
Complete with insights from the couple!
Update January 12th, 2018: We’re pleased to share that Brenton + Crystal’s Empire Room Wedding Reception was published on Munaluchi Bridal Magazine!
Brenton + Crystal
July 29, 2017
The Empire Room
Share with us how you two met:
The two officially met at the Gate City Alumni Chapter, Young Alumni Mixer in 2009.
Tell us about your proposal:
Crystal planned Brent’s 35th birthday party. The irony is she also planned the Alumni mixer that brought them together initially in 2009. While Crystal was consumed with making sure that her love, Brent, had a great time on that evening; Brent was more concerned with making a lifetime of great memories together. Prior to the party, Brent actually had no plans to propose but the power of God and his love for Crystal were so overwhelming that he could not let that moment pass by. An hour before the party it was final in his heart, this was the day that he would ask her to be his wife. So, in front of over 100 guests and with the last-minute blessings from her parents, just five minutes before, Brent dropped to one knee and asked his now fiance’ for her hand in marriage. Immediately following the disc jockey played “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge. Because of their shared commitment to family it came as no surprise to those witnessing that Brent decided to do something so special on his birthday (July 9, 2016) in front of all of their loved ones. His loud cry of “I love her” and her resounding “yes” to his question only reaffirmed what everyone else already knew; they were made for each other and this was indeed their season for LOVE.
How about your wedding shoes and jewelry:
I had a vision on what shoes I wanted to wear however finding them locally was a task. It wasn’t until I was in Seattle for work that I happen to go shopping and found my shoes in my size, this just made everything come together.
Tell us about your hair & makeup:
Hair was very important to me and my stylist knew exactly what I wanted and that I did have this on my day. My makeup was awesome and done so beautifully.
How about the wedding invitations & stationery:
Let’s just say that I have always felt that the introduction of your wedding is based on the invitation so that area had to be done right. And I must say Carole (Southern Engraving Co) created our brand for the wedding and the invitation is still being discussed among the family till this day. Some of the stationary was also created with the help of my planner and one of our groomsmen Isaac Smith.
Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
After a few tries, I found the right one! I was with my mother and other family members and they were all in support of my decision.
Tell us about his groomsmen:
Having the right guys near him was important, from his brothers to his childhood friends.
Tell us about your bridesmaids:
Everyone that was with me on my day are close to my heart and I love them dearly, they were my tribe and I’m glad they were there.
Any bridesmaids/groomsmen gifts?
The girls received personalized bags with individual gifts based on personality and they also received their jewelry for the day of.
The guys also received personalized toiletry bags and special socks that they were to wear the day of.
New Light Missionary Baptist Church Wedding
How / why did you choose your ceremony venue:
The church is the foundation of their faith and it was a must that they confirm their love inside of a church and one that Crystal called “home away from home.”
Tell us about your flowers:
Coral, fuschia pink, teal – bride was sooooooo in love with her bouquet – she felt that Cindy really captured her vision of what she was wanting – E’MAGINE provided the jewels for the bouquet to give it that added touch.
Read more about our wedding photography.
Empire Room Wedding Reception
And your decorations:
Our decor was fabulous – it was totally beautiful – Brent is still talking about how the dance floor was not what he was looking for.
And your cake:
Our cake was created by Edible Artistry and the grooms cake was created by Divine Sweets one of my bridesmaid. The cake topper was created by Lauren with Ten23Designs.
What songs did you choose for your wedding ceremony and reception, and why:
Brenton is all about music and this was dear to him to make sure the right selections were made from beginning to their first dance.
Any wedding favors:
Glass coasters, flip flops for dancing and the photo booth.
Tell us about your reception venue
We selected Empire room to be a centralized space for the hotel and the church so that everything would be within minutes of each other.
Tell us about your honeymoon:
Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta – Mexico
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
When working with your guest list find all means to assist with your selection process – especially when you have large families on both sides.
What is your best memory of your wedding?
The moment I walked down the aisle and we both said I Do. Also, when we came back into the reception with our jumps suits on.
Any final thoughts/thank yous:
Wedding Vendors involved –
Wedding planning & Design – E’MAGINE weddings & events (provided some rentals)
Dance Floor – E’MAGINE Art Floor Decor
Stationary – Southern Engraving Co
Lighting – AVEX
Cake topper – Ten23Designs
Cake – Edible Artistry and the grooms cake was created by Divine Sweets
Makeup – Pink Diamonds Tiwa Lawrence
Host Hotel – The Marriott downtown GBO, Holiday Inn, and Proximity Hotel
Reception – Empire Room
Ceremony – New Light Missionary Baptist Church
Caterer – Painted Plate
Flowers – Bontanica Flowers and Gifts
Candy Bar – Something Barrowed
Rentals – Party Reflections of Greensboro
DJ – DJ Weatherman
Videography – One Love Productions
Photography – In His Image Photography
Transportation – Bridal party – Premier Limousines and the Bride was with Flying Start Car Service