Shavon & Kofi, undoubtedly are the most picture perfect couple, as well as the best dressed to-date, on Wedding Colors and their love shines as bright as the sun that shone down on their wedding day. Their charcoal grey and red color scheme, paired with lots of sparkle, red roses, and a breathtaking backdrop translated into awe-inspiring pure southern romance. Really I had such a hard time picking the photos for their feature. Yes, they are really that good; I wanted to feature them all! But alas, all is not lost, because we still have lots of lovely captures by Jessica Roberts Photography to gaze upon below.
PSST…Brides comments at the end of the post.
From the bride, Shavon:
How did you meet?
Kofi and I met at our alma mater, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. I heard his name was Kofi (pronounced like the drink except spelled differently) and as he walked by one day, I stuck my head out of the door and yelled “Hi Kofi!” He immediately turned around, smiled and waved. I was so embarrassed and wasn’t expecting him to respond (because that proved his name was really Kofi) so I ran back inside. A couple of days later, he asked for my phone number and when I gave him his phone back he noticed I saved my name as “Shavon Robinson Jack.” He looked at me like I was crazy and I smiled and said “we’re gonna get married.” Imagine the look on his face! The rest was history and almost six years later, here we are!
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
We have a tradition of going to the Daytona Beach New Year’s Eve block party celebration and then going on the actual beach itself for the big firework show at midnight. It’s also our tradition for the last five minutes of the year to talk about the highs and lows of our relationship from that year and our personal lives/careers and what we plan to accomplish for the upcoming year. At midnight he gave me a quick kiss and I yelled “Happy New Year” to him. I noticed he didn’t say it back so I turned with a slight attitude to ask him why he didn’t say it only to find him down on one knee with a ring. His first words of 2014 were “baby will you marry me?” I didn’t believe him so I kept asking him was it a joke, started crying, made him take out his phone and put his flashlight on the ring so I could see he wasn’t joking around, and then I remembered I had to answer him. I said yes! It was a complete and very unexpected surprise proposal along with an amazing firework show.
Describe your bridal attire and overall look:
I had an Oleg Cassini gown from David’s Bridal complete with a jeweled veil from David’s Bridal as well. I also had a second veil which was cathedral length to add that special touch. My wedding shoes were bedazzled Giani Bini heels from Dillard’s. Sandra Brown, my hair stylist since I was about 9 years old, gave me a soft yet chic up-do to the side to give me a southern belle appeal. I admire classic and elegant looks so my make-up artist, Nicole Smith ensured I had a soft, natural, golden look with a touch of glam with my eye lashes (cut by her), eye shadow and lipstick. My bridesmaids’ makeup (also done by Nicole) included smoky tones for a subtleness with a red lip for a little pop as to complement their elegant dresses/my wedding colors. Their accessories included simple pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet with matching French manicured nails to embody the southern belle look. I wore my mother’s earrings for my element of something borrowed and ended up keeping them (sorry Mommy). Since my gown was already jeweled out, I didn’t want jewelry that would make my look “busy” so I only wore the necklace that Kofi gave me for my 23rd birthday which has very sentimental value to our relationship.
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
Kofi and I have always been that classic, elegant, chic, yet fun and down-to-earth couple. We wanted our wedding to scream elegance and style with a lot of fun. Besides the wedding colors guiding us, we based our search for wedding party outfits in accordance with style, grace, and what just felt right with us. It was important to us that whatever we put our bridal party in should reflect what we would actually want to wear if we were in their positions. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from David’s Bridal and the Groomsmen had Vera Wang tuxedo rentals.
Without a doubt we knew Kofi had to stand out so it was a no – brainer for him to wear white while his guys wore black. Kofi’s tuxedo jacket was purchased from Dobell in the United Kingdom and shipped to our home while his shoes were classic leather wingtips from Clark’s. I wanted the charcoal gray to stand out with the pops of red roses and my white dress. I also aimed for dresses that were very elegant, floor length, and just downright appealing and not boring. When shopping for my dress, I wanted something very over the top to match my dramatic and over the top personality. I think we succeeded exceptionally and we’re very content with how we all looked that day!
How did you decide on your venue?
It was decided from the beginning that my church would be the ceremony site because it has such a special place in my heart. As for our reception venue, we loved the ambiance of the Embassy Suites and their event planner was amazing. The food was extremely tasty and their packages were great as well.
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design?
Our favorite color is red so we started with that color and collaborated together on what colors would look good with red. Then we agreed a charcoal gray with black and accents of white would be complementary so that helped direct us towards an elegant theme in our heads. Of course we googled “red and charcoal gray weddings” and did the same on Pinterest. After every decision we made for our design, we would ask “does this look like us? Is this our level of elegance? Does this feel right?” It sounds crazy but it really helped us make decisions!
Three things you’re glad you did.
1. We paid for our own wedding. Although particular family members helped with certain items, we paid for our own wedding. I believe there is a special perspective on marriage (communication, trust, collaboration included) that is granted when you work 2 jobs, save, and sacrifice for a union that the two of you truly desire and want. We learned so much about each other during that time of saving and sacrificing and I thank God daily that He allowed us to do that.
2. Hired Jessica Roberts of Jessica Roberts Photography! She is AMAZING! Not only are her pictures and skills to DIE FOR but she is the most humble, dedicated, respectful, professional, and hilarious photographer we’ve ever encountered! She was actually not within our budget but we worked more hours at our jobs and sacrificed just to make sure we could afford her. She was the best investment that day. She made us so comfortable during our big day and we received so many compliments on our pictures! When I look at her work, memories come rushing back instantly of my special day and I start to cry all over again.
3. We continuously communicated with each other. There are a lot of outside pressures (mainly family) when it involves decision making. Kofi and I respectfully heard other people out, but we always came back to each other, talked it out, and went with what we felt was best for us. Remembering that we are the only ones who matter at the end of every day when it comes to our wedding and marriage truly helped us out.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
There are so many! In short, the fact that my best friend (maid of honor) was able to fly in from California on the day of and fly back out the next morning at 7 a.m. despite all of the circumstances that kept intervening is something I still thank God for! When I walked down the aisle and saw him standing there is something I will always cherish. The look on his face and the countless moments he cried during the ceremony (yes, he cried more than I did) is something I constantly reflect on and smile about. Kofi is a part of the Greek organization Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and he prepared a surprise stroll for me with his two line brothers when he took my garter off. I have watched that video in awe so many times since then! Also, I did a surprise Beyoncé inspired dance routine for him and I even cut all four of Beyoncé’s songs together myself for the performance! He was so surprised and happy (as was the entire crowd) and we both absolutely loved that moment!
Do You have any advice for other brides?
There is so much that I can say but I’ll simply narrow it down to the three things.
1. Remember that the wedding day is definitely important but “you don’t get married for the wedding. You get married for the anniversaries.” As much time as you invest for the big day to be “perfect,” invest three times as much into ensuring your marriage lasts. Communicate. Laugh. Choose to love unconditionally. Put each other first. Pray. Be honest. Respect each other.
2. Be sure to do what is true to you and your spouse. Of course you want to please your mom, dad, grandma, etc. but they are not the ones in the marriage; the two of you are. You only have one wedding day so do what makes you happy!
3. Enjoy it. Yes, things will definitely go wrong leading up to the wedding or even on the day of but as long as you’re able to say “I do,” that is what truly matters. Instead of investing energy into crying and/or losing your cool, focus on what brought the two of you together in the first place. All of the “that wasn’t supposed to happen” moments will definitely make fun and hilarious memories that you’ll reflect on later. Have fun and live in the moment of being a bride and getting to start the journey of forever with the love of your life!
Photographer: Jessica Roberts Photography|Floral Designer & Event Planner: Amazing Moment Wedding Flowers & More|Apparel: David’s Bridal|Reception Venue: Embassy Suites|Shoes: Gianni Bini|Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal|Ceremony Location: Reid Chapel AME church