Georgia Brides: Nikki & Bridget
Nikki and Bridget invited 65 of their favorite people to witness their marriage at the Old Courthouse on the Square in Decatur, Ga. on Aug. 24, 2013. “We only wanted people there who supported our union and have been there since the start,” Nikki said.
The brides first met in May 2009, at the church they both attended, Tabernacle Baptist Church in East Atlanta.
Bridget surprised Nikki with a marriage proposal in March 2012, during a weekend getaway in Chattanooga. Bridget had seemed preoccupied all weekend, but Nikki brushed it off. Then one morning, over breakfast in their room, Bridget got down on one knee and proposed. “She had already received my family’s blessing and of course I said ‘yes’,” Nikki explained.
When it came to wedding planning, Nikki took the lead, and she spent countless hours over the course of a year developing their theme, ‘elegant tropical paradise,’ with their designer. “The room was dramatically changed for the reception and truly the designer brought my vision to life,” Nikki said. The brides chose to marry at the Old Courthouse because they found it beautiful and elegant, as well as being centrally located for their guests. The brides also worked closely with their officiant to develop a ceremony that incorporated traditional and non traditional elements. Their favorite part was the vows. “She worked with us individually to really help us express our thoughts and our love,” Nikki said. For all newly engaged couples, Nikki offers this advice: Take your time and decide what you want. I planned for over a year and we truly had the wedding we wanted. However, we chose to do it our way, on our terms, so that means it was our money that had to pay for it. We chose to really save and eliminate vacations, gifts and anything expensive so we could pay for it without charging or putting ourselves in debt. So please take your time and do what’s best for you.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.