We believe there are no truer words than the advice that our bride Sarah Ann shared for engaged couples. She explained that “although the wedding is the union of two, it is actually much more than that. It is a union of family, friends and loved ones. It is a celebration that involves the hopes and dreams of so many. Understand that the day is not just about you but so much more. The love between the couple is only the beginning, the movement that the two of you create together is why people are there to celebrate!” ~We couldn’t agree more. Please join in with us as we present Kyle + Sarah Ann’s Mint Museum Uptown Wedding!
Mint Museum Uptown Wedding
Complete with insights from the couple!
Kyle + Sarah Ann
September 30, 2017
Mint Museum Uptown
Share with us how you two met:
We met at the Brooklyn Museum during a monthly event called First Saturdays which is a free art and entertainment event. Kyle spotted me while walking through the crowd with a mutual friend Lucy and he requested an introduction. I was charmed by Kyle’s big smile and unique fashion sense (he was wearing shorts and a cardigan in the middle of the summer). At that event, Kyle and I exchanged Facebook monikers and we were on our first date no less than a week later.
How about the wedding invitations & stationery:
We ordered our wedding stationary through Wedding Paper Divas thanks to a fantastic deal on Gilt City.
Tell us about your proposal:
Kyle surprised me by bringing me back to where it all started, the Brooklyn Museum. One day in the middle of March 2016, I thought Kyle was taking me on a regular date night but knew something was different when our train ride took us from our home base of Harlem into Brooklyn. On arrival to the museum, Kyle appeared more nervous than normal but I ignored it until I looked down and he was on one knee. A soon as I nodded yes, our families burst through the side doors and ran towards us in celebration. I was so overwhelmed that I did not even put on the ring and Kyle stood there, ring in hand, while I hugged everyone around him. After I finally put on the ring, Kyle arranged for an onsite photo shoot. After the proposal, Kyle had planned a dinner for the families but to my surprise, it was actually an extension of the proposal celebration with friends from near and far present to celebrate.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail (include dress & tux designer). What was wedding shopping like for you?
Sarah Ann: I simply wanted a dress that reflected my unique style and our venue. The goal was a contemporary dress with a touch of glamour. Through the recommendation of a colleague, I discovered the Glamour Closet, a boutique that offers deep discounts on high-end designer gowns. On a lunch break, I went to Glamour Closet by myself and found my dress. It was everything I could imagine: modern, chic, form-fitting and detailed. I was unsure if I should buy it on first look but after consultation with my style team (my mom and close friends) I bought the dress and it became the star of the day.
Kyle: I wanted a well fit tuxedo in navy blue with sleek accents. After trying on several designers, I went to the Studio Store for Paul Smith and found the perfect suit. It was navy with a black upper lapel
Tell us about your ceremony venue and what attracted you to it?
In searching for a venue, we wanted a central location, easily accessible, handicap capable that captured the beauty of Charlotte. The Mint Museum Uptown captured that and more. The ceremony space was spacious with floor to ceiling windows spanning 3 stories. It provided a natural beauty that was easily accented with simple decor. The cocktail hour space provided indoor and outdoor space and in place seating. Last, the reception area offered amazing vistas of the city at night and an expansive area for seating, buffet, and dancing. It provided every type of ambiance we could possibly desire for our day along with movement between areas that was fluent and easy.
Tell us about your bridesmaids:
Stephanie Norton was the maid of honor, she and Sarah became were introduced the summer of 2002 during a pre-freshman program at Xavier University of Louisiana and have been sisters ever since. The junior bridesmaids were the bride’s nieces, Talayeh Anderson and Aaliyah Anderson.
Tell us about his groomsmen:
Kyle’s best man was his close friend Lael Chappell. The two became close friends while playing on a flag football team and through a shared love all Atlanta sports. Lael has been a true friend to the couple and supported them throughout their 7-year journey.
Any bridesmaids/groomsmen gifts?
Matron of Honor Gift: Silk robe, personalized tote, and spirits
Best Man: Versace cufflinks
Mother of Bride Gift: The bride gave the mother of the bride a personalized clutch that had a photo of the two from Sarah and Kyle’s engagement party. It was a special gift from Etsy.
Mother of Groom Gift: The bride gave the mother of the groom a personalized compact that said “Thank you for raising the man of my dreams”
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration for your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?
Our inspiration was Modern art, contemporary, clean lines with a touch of whimsy. The concept was based on where we met and where Kyle proposed (Brooklyn Museum) and our wedding venue. Our color palette was navy blue, ivory, gold, and touch of blush.
Mint Museum Uptown Wedding
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Our decor was completed by Designs by Devereaux. We spoke of how I wanted clean lines with the color scheme of navy blue, gold and ivory with blush accents alongside some whimsical elements. He exceeded expectations. The ceremonial decor was to accent the space and magnitude of the room as well as the beautiful natural lighting. The reception decor went along with the clean chic lines of the city line visible from the reception room.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
I wanted the florals to be large full flowers with some succulent accents. The flowers were woven throughout my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquet, floral accents in the ceremony and centerpieces. I loved that the succulent and floral aspects were also in the boutonnieres. Through the florals, I really got to incorporate my desired color accents of ivory and blush.
Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? If yes, tell us more.
We incorporated the unity braid as a part of our ceremony which was a novel tradition for us. We loved the scripture “A cord of three is not easily broken” and the unity braid was an awesome representation of that scripture. We also jumped the broom, an African-American tradition that was done by our enslaved ancestors who sought the legitimacy of marriage by jumping over the broom and into the bonds of domesticity. This was a fun tradition that we both envisioned for our wedding day.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
My childhood friend Leticia Thomas-Duran served as our officiant. She had never before served in this capacity and was terrified of the day. We believed in her love for the both of us and that she would know intuitively what type of ceremony we needed. She was absolutely perfect in the role so much so that she was asked afterward if she was a minister and was interested in officiating other weddings. It was so special to have her soothing voice and smile join Kyle and me together.
I invited a dear friend from college, Dr. Byron Jasper to be our DJ. I trust his musical taste and ability to make this a party that I would never forget. The music was such a central part of each major moment of the day and I was so happy he was by my side. Additionally, we had our friend Dr. Byron Young function as the Emcee, I knew undoubtedly he would have everyone laughing and jubilant.
Our close friend Christian Mitchell also commissioned a watercolor piece from artist Debra Cartwright that was prominently featured on our wedding day. This piece was a watercolor rendition of one of our favorite engagement photos.
Do you have a honeymoon planned? Tell us about it.
We went to Cartagena, Colombia and stayed at the Hyatt Regency. It was the perfect combination of a new culture and history, beachside and sports mania.
Read more about our wedding photography.
Mint Museum Uptown Reception
What songs did you choose for your wedding ceremony and reception, and why:
1. Stevie Wonder: You and I – This was the processional music for the grandparents and parents, it is such a beautiful song and set the stage
2. Childish Gambino – Redbone (Instrumental) – Kyle’s processional music along with the best man, matron of honor, junior bridesmaids and ring bearer. This song is a favorite of Kyle and Sarah’s. Kyle knew that this song would help minimize his jitters about the day and sure it did.
3. Jesse Powell – You. Brides Processional. As an imaginative teen, I imagined that one day I would find an occasion to play this song. The smooth and clear voice of Jesse Powell and the powerful delivery of the song really reflected my emotions as I saw Kyle down the aisle.
1. First Song – Allen Stone – Is This Love – We both love Allen Stone and this song embodied how much we wanted
2. Father-Daughter Song: Monica – For You I Will – My father has loved this song since he first heard it. When I hear it reminds me of driving in the car with my dad and him belting this song out at the top of his lungs.
3. Mother-Son Song: Nat King Cole – What A Wonderful World – Kyle’s mother loved this song and notes that this song always reminds her of her love for Kyle.
Tell us about your cake.
Initially my mother and I had lofty aspirations of making the cake, however, due to her moving overseas we trusted our design to Nona’s Sweets Bakery. My mother sat down with Nona and showed her our sketch and Nona brought it to life. We also wanted very distinct flavors for the different layers of our cake, Red Velvet, Strawberry Champagne and Confetti Cake, and each layer was absolutely delicious.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? What is your best memory of your wedding?
We both were very excited about the vows. This had been a point of contention because we both struggled to find the time and actually sit down to write them. However, when we finally were able to present the vows it was amazing how we encapsulated the entirety of our love and relationship in words. It was cathartic and emotionally powerful.
Kyle: My best memory was seeing Sarah walk down the aisle, she took my breath away.
Sarah Ann: My favorite moment beyond our vows were the times that I stopped and simply observed who was there to celebrate with us. The jubilance was tangible and I could see it emanate from everyone there, especially my family and close friends. Having my dear friends be so involved in my day truly made it special.
Tell us about your wedding planner:
Sabrina Seymore Events was recommended to me within one week of our engagement from my close friend. She knew that I wanted a planner that would understand and execute well my wedding goals as well as understand the cultural components I wanted in my wedding. Sabrina and her team were the consummate professionals from the very beginning through the wedding day.
Tell us about your wedding photography:
Sabrina Seymore Events recommended In His Image Photography with her highest recommendation. It was very important that we hired a photographer who would capture varying skin complexions in the best light as well as candid photos of the day. Kyle and I are both very expressive and we wanted as many candids as formal photos. Dajuan and Lauren were fantastic. They knew how to stage photos that still allowed us to feel and look comfortable. Also, the pictures they capture of our guests on the dance floor are the photos I treasure the most. I can relive the entire experience through these photos and that was my greatest hope.
And your videographer (if you had one):
We were introduced to our videographer Creative Discount Design through my father and we were pleased with how seamlessly he incorporated himself into our day.
Any wedding favors:
Our wedding favors were homemade jams made by the bride’s Mother Teresa Anderson. We chose peach to represent Georgia, Kyle’s home state and strawberry which is Sarah Ann’s favorite flavor. Sarah’s aunt Debra Evans found the labels that said “Spreading Love” and it was just so apropos for the day!
What’s your favorite image from your wedding day, and why:
It is very difficult to choose one but our favorite photo is our first true family portrait with both sides of the family represented. Our union was bigger than us and this picture showed that. Now there are reception photos that are some of our favorites, one of Kyle dancing with his group of male friends and mine is when my friends are wiping me down during a sweaty dance session.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? Any advice for future brides:
1. Trust your vision as a couple for your wedding day
2. Trust your wedding planner and their ability to execute your vision
3. Have a clear plan of how you will pay for the wedding and do not overextend your budget
4. Understand it is not only your day and there will be concessions you may have to make to appease others, that is ok!
5. Do not forget to step back sometime during the day and simply observe the celebration, you will never forget the love in the room