Friends Before Prince Charming

Growing up, little girls dream about the day they will get married. The venue, the flowers, the dress and the shoes. We can picture it all. It's a beautiful, perfect day.  There is only one thing missing from our vision...the groom.  We have no idea who this lucky guy will be but we know he is going to simply be the best.  He's educated, has a career, a sense of humor, and his number one priority is his lady. I've read my fair share of love stories and know that many of them start with the girl and guy being really good friends before realizing that they have something much more than that.

Image Courtesy of: This Modern Love Photography

Image Courtesy of: Michael D Images

Prior to finding our Prince Charming, we may have to wade through a few not so good catches.  When opportunities for dates present themselves and we get ready for that first date, think for a moment about meeting a new friend and not a potential husband.  Although a husband may be our ultimate goal, think of the great future you could have if before you met your husband, you met your best friend. Friendship, after all, is the foundation of any great relationship. I’ve heard many brides say “he’s my best friend” I mean; does it get any better than that?

Image Courtesy of: Sharon Theresa Wheaton

Image Courtesy of: Matt Yung Photography

I'm so fortunate and blessed to have a job where I work with some awesome brides (featured above) and get to witness amazing friendships, blossoming love, and those who have found their Prince Charming.

The Groom's Side of the Story

As we approach the last day of “love month”, for this Men Talk Monday post, I wanted to share love from the groom’s perspective. I had the opportunity to plan a romantic dinner for three newly engaged couples, through a contest that they entered on Munaluchi Bridal. As a member of the Munaluchi Coterie, the contest allowed the winners to have an experience with other Coterie members and enjoy their products or services in the industry as well.

The couples were selected based on their stories; how they met and how the grooms proposed to his bride. When I conduct my consultations, hearing the couple’s story is one of my favorite parts and often brings a smile to my face. Of course, the bride entered the contest, so we wanted to do something a little differently. We captured the love story from the grooms' side! Who doesn’t like a great love story? I invite you to take a look at the video, by Frank and Mia Wedding Films, and share in their joy. I dare you not to smile. :)

Hearing the grooms' side of the story and hearing how he knew his bride was the one, what made her special, and how he proposed to her was so endearing. As the couples dined on a wonderful meal, prepared by Sonesta Gwinnett, you’ll also see that they looked as though they’d been friends for years, although they’d just met moments before! Now that you've seen the video, enjoy some of the pictures, so beautifully captured by Images by N’neka.

Venue & Meal- Sonesta Gwinnett

Photographer- Images by N'neka

Videographer- Frank and Mia Wedding Films

Florals- Perfect Petals Design Group

Linens- Chair Covers & Linen

Menus- Ink & Elegance

Infinity Chairs- Sweet Seats

Makeup- Samantha Reese

Flute Player- McClenton Institue of Music