Dia Stylist Ashley married the love of her life, Simeon, in a renovated loading dock in Connecticut in front of family and friends. The night was a spectacular celebration of love and the lively dance party was not to be missed. We asked the beautiful bride Ashley to share with us some of her favorite photos and memories of the big day.
My husband Simeon and I met in Brooklyn and currently still reside there. We love our borough and thought, “What would be more Brooklyn than having an industrial-chic, minimalist vibe?” We got married at a venue named The Loading Dock, a former functioning loading dock, in Stamford, Connecticut. This was the first venue we visited and we both fell in love with the exposed brick, ductwork ceilings, and art gallery hallways. The raw space felt intimate and true to us!
I thought it would be cool to fill the space with all-white floral arrangements, candles, and warm lighting. We loved how the ghost chairs looked in the ceremony room along with the brick walls.
Jumping the broom is an African-American wedding tradition in which the bride and groom jump over a broom to conclude their ceremony. My husband’s cousin makes the brooms for the women in the family for their wedding day. I was extremely honored to have this broom made for us and included in our ceremony. My husband and I will cherish this gift and we’re excited to hang it in our home in the future!
I ended up finding my dress at Kleinfeld Bridal. I knew I wanted something minimal with minor detailing and fitted to accentuate my waist and bust. I’d be lying if I said wedding dress shopping was a breeze. At a size 14/16, I was a bit intimidated because sample sizes are much smaller. Some of my anxiety was calmed once I did my research and reached out to other plus brides on social media for tips and suggestions. Initially, I was totally against a sweetheart neckline and straps but when I started trying on dresses, I found myself loving things I thought I disliked and disliking things I thought I loved! My best advice for brides-to-be who are shopping for their dress is to throw away all of your expectations and just have fun! You’ll know when the dress is just right.
The groom’s suite at our venue included an arcade room for the guys! I thought this was a pretty cool touch.
The gallery hallway at our venue was filled with portraits from our Brooklyn engagement photoshoot. We had a lovely photographer and family friend Shane Purrier photograph us last spring around Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, and along Eastern Parkway.
My husband and I had a memorial table for our parents that passed away. Our family and friends really loved seeing this table upon entering our cocktail hour.
I was absolutely obsessed with my bouquet of white hydrangeas and roses accented with greenery provided by Enza Events. I added a small picture locket with my dad’s picture so it was like he was walking me down the aisle right alongside my mom!
The food tasting was one of our favorite wedding tasks on our list. My husband and I opted for a simple designed cake with layers of funfetti and red velvet flavor!
The below image captures us in a nutshell: big kids at heart!
Our food was catered by Abigail Kirsch who is known for her bold flavors, fun plating, and presentation.
We literally danced the night away. I do not remember sitting down. We love a great party and our reception was definitely one to remember. Everyone was totally engaged and immersed in having a great time on the dance floor.
I couldn’t have done it without my bride tribe, the most supportive and loving group of women who celebrated me every step of the way! Truly the most unforgettable day and moment of my life!
A big congratulations to the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Brown! Because beautiful wedding inspiration that features plus-size brides is so hard to come by, we’re excited to share the stories of gorgeous brides in our community. If you recently got married or have a wedding coming up and would like to be featured on the blog, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.