Talk about swiping right!
Meet sensational Stacey and Brandon – an illustrator and art teacher, this gorgeous American couple met on a dating app (hurrah!), and celebrated their real life love on a snowy day in Brooklyn. A little unexpected, but it makes for amazing photos!
Stacey and Brandon are the epitome of a stylish modern couple who made their own wedding rules, they chose Stacey’s wedding dress together, had a first look and had their very own best woman.
Blending their cultures together, the couple decided to acknowledge New York as part of their wedding day, since it’s the place where they ultimately found one another and started their amazing love story and got married in Brooklyn, Dumbo (yes there is a place called Dumbo!) Stacey also ensured she paid tribute to her Ghanaian heritage through her jewellery and fashion.
Captured through the lens of Rose Kaz talented photographer at Rose Photo – enjoy these images and all the details from Stacey!
Brandon and I were on the West Coast for a friend’s wedding. After spending time in LA and the surrounding areas (Disneyland, Venice Beach, DTLA), we drove to Las Vegas for more excitement! Then we wanted to have a slow day and took a drive to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. About fifteen minutes into the park, Brandon pulled over at a clearing to “take pictures”. After setting up the tripod, we posed for a picture, but it was actually recording. He got down on one knee and you can figure out the rest!
We both moved to NYC from other parts of the US and found each other here, so it was only right that this formed part of our wedding theme. For our wedding invites we used MTA (train) maps and logos (S and B trains; we’re getting hitched!)
I also knew I wanted to bring a little bit of my culture into our wedding day so my earrings, bracelet, and necklace were my mom’s and are from Ghana. For the reception, I changed into a custom-made Kente dress, made from fabric my dad brought back from his most recent trip.
We chose Rose Kaz from Rose Photography as our photographer and we would recommend her till we are blue in the face!
I also want to mention Rosehip, who did our centrepieces and boutonnieres – they were simply gorgeous. Brittney Garrison did my make up, our matron of honour, and best woman. We looked flawless the entire day!
My dress was a Zac Posen from David’s Bridal. I wasn’t looking for a particular designer but a silhouette (fit and flare). It took just two trips to find the dress. The first time, I went with my mom and sister and that was uneventful. The second time, I went with Brandon. (Nu Bride: love this) I tried on a dress from the first visit, one he picked (lots of lace) and another I picked. I tried on the one I picked last and we both knew it was the one! A strapless satin trumpet style with lace details in the hips and train, sweetheart neckline with tulle in the bodice, and a dramatic bustle and train… it was my dress! (Nu Bride: Stunning Dress!)
Brandon: I did a search on Pinterest for a suit and the dark blue ones looked the most modern and unique. I went to Suit Supply.com, saw they had a store in SoHo, went and got fitted for a suit to match my body type and that was it! As for my tie, I got a light pink to match the rose quartz theme in our wedding.
On our wedding day, we woke up to a grey day with white flakes falling from the sky. There was talk of snow but we weren’t sure if it was actually going to happen! Brandon being the eternal optimist and artistic director was excited because he knew this weather would make for beautiful outdoor pictures. I, the native Floridian, was wondering how my friends and family would manage! (Nu Bride: You did well to brave the elements!)
By 5:30 we arrived at Deity. It was nice and warm, a sharp contrast to the outside weather. Yulia and Ava whisked us up to the loft, where they asked if there was anything they could do for us and our wedding party. They were so attentive and caring; it was the best feeling anyone could ask for on such a nerve-wracking day. As the party sipped on green tea or water, we waited while listening to the smooth sounds of a mix played by Deity. Then it was showtime!
At 7:30, curtains were pulled back as Father Anthony walked down the aisle. Then DJ Jamal started our curated list for the groom and wedding party.
Then my dad and I.
It was surreal. There was such a beautiful glow in the room. The feeling was pure love.
On either side, all our loved ones; behind, the supportive Deity staff. The Episcopalian ceremony went off without a hitch. DJ Jamal cued the recessional song (“Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross) and the crowd loved it!
We wanted white flowers that were in season so we got Hydrangea’s. They were placed in similarly sized but different shaped ink bottles.
Some of our most memorable moments of the day were our photos in DUMBO (the snow fell throughout our outdoor photo shoot!), dancing down the aisle as Mr and Mrs Garrison, and the intros for our parents, wedding party, and us! The speeches from the Best Woman and my uncle were also hilarious!
I had a dress change in the evening – for my reception dress, my father found a Kente which had the same magenta that was one of our wedding colours. Since Kente has to be at least three colours, the marigold and butter yellow were accents. I was fortunate to find a West African seamstress who had worked with Kente before.
Our first dance was to Michael Jackson’s ‘Lady in My Life’. The minute the first note dropped, there was an audible gasp from the guests.
Challenges and Triumphs
The hardest part of wedding planning was finding a location in a relatively short amount of time.
We considered West Palm Beach, FL , my hometown and Detroit, Brandon’s hometown. Once we figured it would be in Brooklyn, trying to figure out venue, reception, catering, etc. was a headache. Luckily, Deity Events is all-inclusive and was available! A true triumph!
Carving out time to actually plan (I was in my first trimester of pregnancy, Autumn semester of grad school, and we both worked full-time, so it was a challenge.
Lastly, getting my dad to stop inviting people! (Nu Bride: LOL!)
Top tip for other couples
It’s YOUR day! Do what YOU want! Make sure you communicate your wants and needs for your very special day. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Now how can you argue with that! Thank you so much Stacey and Brandon for sharing your wonderful day with Nu Bride!
Photographer: Rose Photo
Venue: Deity Events
Reception dress: Custom
Jewellery: Beads from Ghana
Shoes: Steve Madden (we took pictures in the snow in boots and I forgot to change once we got to Deity!)
Makeup: Britt Garrison
Suit: Suit Supply
Bridesmaid Outfits: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Whole Foods Bakery
Flowers and Décor: Rosehip
Food: Deity Events
DJ: In-house Deity DJ, Jamal Reid aka DJ Trauma