Teshieka and Derrek's Wedding

The Bridal Suite: Teshieka & Derrek’s Real Wedding

Zeta brings me so much business! But she also brings me great friends. I was referred to this beautiful bride by my undergraduate advisor and her line sister. The bride was in Columbia, SC, but she asked if I’d be willing to give it a shot. Given the referral and the fact that it’s not too far from ATL, I decided Suite14A could make it work. I called her once. She asked me a few questions. Now we’re friends. ūüôā

 

Before Teshieka and I were¬†able to meet in person, we had a couple of meetings via Skype. Later, she planned a trip to our home office to discuss details. Y’all…I was SICK!¬†Not a cute lil runny nose and a cough sick. I had the fever all day, body aching, don’t make me get out of the bed, flu. I felt terrible. I wanted to be excited and chipper, but instead when she showed up, I was wrapped in a blanket and refusing to hug her for fear of spreading my germs. But she was so gracious. She pulled out her wedding planning notes, spread them on my floor and we spent the entire evening planning.

 

That one day set the tone for this entire journey. Teshieka and Derrek were so much fun to work with. I could not believe that they seriously wanted to invite one million 500 people to their wedding, but after meeting their friends and loved ones, it’s easy to see why. They really love them individually and as a couple and couldn’t imagine not being present for their big day. ¬†This ginormous wedding was a huge test for Suite14A, but everyone was really happy with the way things turned out. Including me.

 

We had settled on a vintage, but modern look with a charcoal grey, sparkly silver, and Tiffany Blue color scheme.

Inspiration Board

All the stationery for the event was done by Scripted Ever After. I proposed a newspaper program that the bride loved, so we worked backwards from there. The entire suite featured this pattern that Jamie replicated from some linens she saw on our Pinterest board.

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Scratch-off Telegram Save the Dates

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Invitations

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Newspaper programs w/ matching hashtag pencils

The ballroom at the Columbia Conference Center proved to be a perfect blank space. It had all the room and equipment (and FANTASTIC menu) that we needed, but it didn’t quite have that pizzazz required to meet the bride’s vision. So A Touch of Drapery draped the entire ballroom in white and we decorated everything in silver and charcoal. ¬†Perfect Entertainment¬†provided the uplighting that created the beautiful Tiffany blue color she wanted throughout the space.

 

before-and-after

At the bride’s request, the only flowers present were the bouquets and boutonnieres from By Design and the small bunch or rose petals I sprinkled at the altar. Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, we opted for an abundance of candles and chic white lamps for a¬†more romantic ambiance.

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

With over 30 members, I’ve affectionately named the bridal party the Pugh Mass Choir. They were a great group and they came to PARTY.

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

DJ Perfect seriously had everyone on the floor the entire night, including our photographer Trevor Mercer, who couldn’t stop talking about all the fun he had. We took a quick break in the action for a special presentation¬†by the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Omegas and Zetas

When your wedding planner slides through for the sorority photo w/ no make up on. #shame lol

 

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Bonnie Brunt put BOTH her feet in the cakes, which is fitting given the grooms cake being a fresh new pair of gold boots. They were probably more delicious than they were beautiful, if you could believe that.

At the end of the night, the couple chose to share one last dance with all their guests and stayed behind to say goodbye and thank everyone for coming.

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Check out the groom’s reception shoes. They were customized with the wedding date on the soles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great night and I’m so happy I was able to be a part of it. Check out my portfolio here to see the full wedding album.

 

A very special thank you to all the vendors who made this day a great success!

Event Planning and Design: Suite14A

Photography and Video: Trevor Mercer Photography

Venue: Columbia Conference Center

Stationery: Scripted Ever After

Cakes: Bonnie Brunt Cakes

Bridesmaids Gifts and Vinyl Monograms: Designs by Ashlee’

Hair: Creme de la Creme Hair Gallery

Makeup: Lifted by Lady K

Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Carolina Couture

Bride’s Second Look: Brides by Nona

Drapery: A Touch of Drapery

DJ, Photobooth, Uplighting: Perfect Entertainment

Dancefloor and Chair Rental: Party Reflections

Flowers: By Design Holiday and Events

Monogram Sign and Acrylic Card Box: Ten23 Designs

The Mbali Experience

The Go Generation: Mbali Experience, South Africa Destination Launch Event

Referrals are EVERYTHING! About seven weeks ago, we got a text from a friend who had a friend who needed a planner. The very next week, we had a new client. #BOOM Six weeks later on a dark, stormy and sleet-filled night,  a group of brave women (and men) traversed the Atlanta city streets to attend the inaugural event for The Go Generation where we celebrated the launch of the Mbali Experience.

 

 

When we first got the call, we did a little research to see what The Go Generation was all about. What really got us interested was that they’re a lot like us! The Go Generation focuses on Luxury Experiential Travel, where they custom design individual or group trips based on your personal travel dreams! How cool is that?! #SOLD So, I¬†called the owner, Jason Elliott, to get the deets about the event. He explained that it would be centered around the Mbali Experience that was designed specifically for ladies “seeking a deeper connection with a destination, its culture, and its community in the company of a small group.”

 

Three things that guided the style and theme for the event were

 

  1. ¬†Mbali means “flower” in Zulu
  2. The first destination for the Mbali Experience is South Africa
  3. This beautiful inspiration image featuring a field of yellow flowers

The Mbali Experience

 

Well, it was obvious that yellow was a must have in the color scheme. We decided to pair it with a rich charcoal grey, champagne gold for a bit of sparkle, wood grain for a natural element, and feathers for texture. Here’s the inspiration board:

Suite14A: Mbali Inspiration Board 2

 

Here’s the before picture of the room:

Before

 

Now, let’s see the transformation:

 

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The venue for the evening, Trees Atlanta, had a sculptured tree built right into the center of the room. It was a gorgeous addition to the design. It really gave the impression that guests were having dinner outside under beneath this beautiful tree.

 

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta

 

The buffet featured an abundance of deliciousness, including some South African themed items that coordinated with the event theme including Biltong, a S. African jerky and chicken skewers with a spicy peri peri sauce.

 

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta
Keeping with the theme, the guests were treated to a wine tasting with some of the best from South African wineries.

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta

 

 

And each guest received a complimentary Mbali wine glass to remember their Mbali Experience here in Atlanta.

 

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta
Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta
Before the event was over, Jason shared a little bit more about his company and the Mbali Experience. You can watch part of the presentation video and find out more information here.

 

Suite14A w/ The Go Generation

 

You check out more photos in the event gallery in my portfolio.
Before it’s all done, we couldn’t have done it without our¬†SUITE vendor team:

 

Planning, Florals, and Design: Suite14A

Venue: Trees Atlanta

Photography: The IvyArts Gallery

Catering: Zest Atlanta

Lighting: Uplighting America

Drapery: A Touch of Drapery

Audio/Visual: Pro Sound Rental of Atlanta