The words "I think I found my wedding planner" are the words that the former Imani Brodie spoke in our initial consultation after only 45 minutes of talking. She and her fiancé walked in my office a week after getting engaged with hopes of getting married six months later. I never take the journey of planning a wedding lightly. Actually, it's something I take to heart. For me, it's more than about planning one of the most special day of a couples lives but it's also about forming a lasting relationship- and that is just what happen on this short planning ride.
Spunky, energetic, courageous, compassionate, trustworthy, confident, smart, faith driven and extremely humble are just a few words that come to mind when I think about Imani. Brave, bold, fearless, decisive, adventurous, caring, and loving are what I think of when it comes to Chris. After meeting them, it won't take long for you feel and see their love. The common respect they have for each others thoughts, opinions, and feelings are very evident. One key thing I picked up early is the way they make each other smile, naturally.
Along the journey, I got to know Imani and Chris personally. Their likes and dislikes. What made them tick and what made them give me the side eye. Knowing these things helped in creating a day that Imani and Chris will never forget. Where some ladies come to us knowing just what they want, Imani had a different approach. She knew what she liked but was very trustworthy in letting myself and the designers take full rein of her wedding day. Don't get me wrong, she would tell us quickly what she did and didn't like but was extremely easy to work with in creating her dream day. She said it a million times- "Crystal, I trust whatever you, Ericka, and Jonathan put together for us. I know it will be fabulous."
I'd like to take you on a visual wedding day journey with me. A day that Chris and Imani Surratt will never forget.
Many thanks to all the wonderful vendors who made this day so very special:
Wedding Planning: Fabulously Created Events
Wedding Design and Florals: Carolina Luxury Event Rentals and Clux Florals
Venue: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Photography: Smitten and Hooked Photography
Videography: Carlisle Videography
Officiant: Pastor Colin Pinkney
Entertainment: The Company Band
Pastry Chef: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Hair and Makeup: Styles by Sheena
Wedding Favor: Eric Melton Illustration and Caricatures
Stationery: Sweetest Beginnings
Bridal Attire: Ladies of Lineage
Grooms Attire: Tom James of Charlotte
Bridesmaids Attire: Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsman Attire: The Formal Touch