After a beautiful birthday proposal in Jamaica, Helen and Kaleem jumped the broom at The Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia, a setting you may have seen in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1. The lovely couple opted for a simple, traditional spring wedding ceremony for the day they'll most definitely cherish forever.
Wedding Date: May 16, 2015
Wedding Location: The Swan House/Atlanta History Museum
First Dance Song: ”That's How Strong My Love Is” by Alicia Keys
Favorite Item on the Menu: Cake! Also, fried macaroni balls with bacon marmalade (bride’s choice) and tofu and rice noodles (groom’s choice)
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Gifts: Bridesmaids received goodie bag with their names on each tote. The bags contained items needed for the wedding day and everyday beauty items tailored to their for each personalities. The groomsmen received engraved flasks and bottles of Caribbean cognac.
Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
We went to Jamaica to celebrate Helen’s birthday and on the last night of vacation, Kaleem proposed on the beach after dinner. Helen was not expecting it and cried in excitement, grinning from ear to ear, as they returned to the United States.
Helen wanted a simple, but traditional dress for her big day and that is exactly what she got. The dress provided a great neckline, plunging back that flowed to a medium length train. She went dress shopping with her mother, aunt, cousin and two best friends on Mother’s Day weekend in 2014.
We jumped the broom and had both our Grandmother and God Parents participate in that portion of the ceremony.
Our favorite memory was leaving the reception and seeing all of the neon glow sticks, making a path to our getaway car. It was just as we imagined and more.
Help a bride-to-be out!
Enjoy every moment of the day. Take some time and look out into the crowd and soak in the moment. It will be over before you know it.
Photography: Alternative Life Photography
Wedding Planner: Stella Harper Events
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Swan House
Decor + Florals: Bloomin Bouquets
Wedding Dress + Bridesmaids Dresses: Bel Fiore
Groomsmen Attire: Savvi
Hair: Derek Johnson
Makeup: Jennifer Nieman
Stationery: Blacky Designs
Catering: Bold American Catering
Cake: Frosted Pumpkin
DJ: Chris Smith