Being from the same hometown, Jessica and Darrin already had a lot in common. The hometown sweethearts became the closest of friends after college, falling in love shortly after. Following three wonderful years of dating, Darrin realized it was time to make their love forever after, and on Christmas Eve of 2015 there would be one extra special present behind the tree...
Read all about Jessica & Darrin's love story, romantic Christmas proposal, and experiences in their "Summer Soiree" wedding in North Carolina - with planning and design by MunaLuchi Coterie member Nouveau Events, and photography by MunaLuchi Coterie member Artije Photography. View the entire vendor list below.
Bride & Groom: Jessica & Darrin
Occupations: Attorney & Quality Specialist
Wedding date: June 10, 2017
Wedding location: Rose Hill Conference Center, Nashville, NC
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Darrin and Jessica met as they’re from the same hometown. After college, they became very close friends. After dating for approximately 3 years, on Christmas Eve, December 2015, Darrin led Jessica to the Christmas tree in his parents’ house and told her there was a gift behind the tree for her. When Jessica turned around, she found Darrin on one knee asking her to be his wife. Jessica burst out in tears and gleefully said yes. From there, it was history!
Wedding Style: Summer Soiree
Describe your wedding dress: I knew that it was “my” dress as soon as I put it on! It was the first dress I tried on that truly made me feel like a bride. It was off the shoulder and fit in all the right places – just what I wanted.
What was wedding shopping like for you? I went shopping with my mother and mother in law. We opted to go to a place that had a boutique feel but with lots of dress options. Each of us grabbed a few dresses and met back in the dressing room. It was the third dress I tried on – but afterwards I didn’t want to try on any others.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids – personalized robes and tote bags to carry wedding day essentials, wedding day jewelry. Groomsmen – Amazon echo dots, sunshades, and pocket squares.
Favorite item on the menu: Fried mac n’ cheese bites.
First dance song: "You & I" by John Legend.
What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory is walking down the aisle to my husband. A runner-up is concluding the night with fireworks under the stars with our family and friends.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Stay very organized and get a coordinator if possible. You want to leave the month before the wedding to fully soak the experience in.
Wedding Planner: Nouveau Events by Monica Noa
Venue Coordinator/Caterer: Nicole Marion
Photographer: Artije Photography - Ronald Parker and Tamaro Johnson
Videographer: Walter Jennette Media Solutions
Keyboardist/Singer: Sam Harmonix
Rentals: Party Reflections - Amanda Peoples
CE Rentals- Vicki Phaneuff
DJ: Anthony Garnes - DJ Harlem
Florist: Tre Bella Florist
Wedding Cake: Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe
Officiant: Pastor Al Gee
Fireworks: Munnerlyn Pyrotechnics
Makeup: Just Face It Makeup Artistry by Shatara
Hair: Danielle Nicole Hair Studio - Danielle Benjamin