Hello! Angelica here, checking in after an engagement, a wedding, and a pandemic. In case you missed it, I’m married! I’m so happy to finally be sharing our wedding story with you guys. With everything going it didn’t seem right to share our story while so many people were having to postpone theirs. Like always, we find a way to shine bright during the darkest times. I’ve been inspired by couples who refused to have their love locked down during quarantine. I have a few wedding posts coming your way soon, but first, let’s talk about this wedding.
My husband and I had a pretty short engagement. If you follow me on IG (@genuinely_aa), I’m sure you noticed we got hitched pretty fast. Did you miss our proposal story? If so, hop over here to check it out. If you’re feeling lazy, here’s a quick recap.
How He Asked
Anyone who knows DJ knows that he loves to pick and play A LOT. It’s something that I’ve grown to love about him. He keeps me playful.
Now let me paint the picture for you, it’s our anniversary weekend. We’d been in each other’s lives for about five years at this point. The day before the proposal, I went and hung out with a few of my friends. They kept telling me this weekend might be the weekend DJ pops the question. I brushed it off because I didn’t want to get my hopes up. We’d talked about getting married, but I didn’t have any suspicions that he would pop the question. He’s not predictable and that’s pretty predictable, right?
As time goes on, he starts acting a little weird. I’m completely unaware that he has my ring at this point, so once again, I brush it off. When it’s our anniversary we hang out, do date night, and go on about our day. It’s rarely a weekend-long thing. So when Sunday rolled around, I was preparing to head home and get ready for the upcoming work week.
DJ didn’t seem to like that idea and wanted me to stay a little bit longer. He thought we should finish the movies we ordered from Redbox. After all, “the whole weekend is our anniversary weekend.” Strange in all our five years, he’s never said anything like that.
We compromised with him getting groceries and snacks for the movies while I worked on a project in the meantime. His mannerisms were kind of off and my investigator mode set in. What was he up to? Why was he acting so weird? I texted my best friend to let her know I thought something was up. Seeing as everyone knew he had the ring, she knew it was only a matter of time before I found out what his plans were.
Shortly after leaving the house, he called me to see what we needed snack and grocery wise. Me being me, I got annoyed because he usually makes a list and I wanted to get this project done before he got back. The whole time I walked down the stairs I grumbled about how he should’ve made a list and it was getting late.
Once I got to the fridge to check the food stash, our phone call cut off. Weird. Then, all of a sudden I heard a knock on the back door. I immediately start to panic. I just knew someone was trying to break into the house. Why would they knock before crashing into the kitchen? Regardless, I was freaking out! As I pull a classic movie phone fumble while I’m trying to call DJ back, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. Teeth? Or was it a smile?
As I walked over to the door and pulled back the shades, I realized it was DJ. Before I could even start to fuss I saw Tiki torches and candles in the backyard, along with the roses in his hand. That’s when I realized, he got me. I was unprepared for my favorite person to ask me to stand by his side for the rest of our lives.
Our proposal was simple, sweet, and just the two of us. It was only normal that he gave me a heart attack moments before and ended it on a sweet note. The engagement went by so fast and our big day was here before we knew it. By the grace of God, we made it to the altar before COVID-19 made its debut.
I gave myself about two weeks to enjoy the moment by sharing the news with our family and friends. After that, it was time to plan a wedding. I knew that we were in an official race against time and the holiday season was coming up. This meant that I needed to knock a few big-ticket items off of to-do my list before Christmas. After all many venues and vendors would close until the new year. The first two things I wanted to find were my venue and my dress.
Luckily I’m a gal that loves to think ahead. I looked through some screenshots I had from earlier in the year. One dress that I liked online happened to be on sale, less than half its original price from when I first saw it. I sent the dress to my mom, my mother in law, and my cousin to get their thoughts. Their responses were the same, “It’s beautiful Angelica, it looks just like you.” That’s all I needed to hear. I did something I never thought I’d do. I bought my wedding dress online without trying it on.
What’s the worst that could happen? I mean it was on sale for a steal and I’m tight on time here. I pretty much hoped for the best and moved onto my next project: a venue. Spoiler, it ends up working out perfectly.
If I could describe my interior style it would be bohemian rustic with a touch of glam. If that sounds like a lot, it is. I looked at venues all over my local area and I couldn’t find one that Dj and I both loved. I can’t even remember how I can across the Oakland Farm but I’m so happy that I did. I reached out to the manager Kaitlyn and set up an appointment that Dj and I could attend together.
Once we arrived, I was a little nervous to see what DJ’s thoughts were. After our tour, he said, “This is nice.” The price was perfect, we could have outside vendors, and the first thing we both said when we walked into the barn was “Wow.” I was sold. I set up payment arrangements and then I moved onto my next project: decorations.
Since we originally planned to get married during the fall, burgundy and navy were at the top of my list when it came to ceremony and decoration colors. Despite it being March, our wedding date still took place in winter. This meant that I didn’t have to change my color scheme too much, if at all (score)!
My mom and I worked on centerpieces for the tables and floral arrangements for the ceremony. Out of all the flowers we had for our big day, only my bouquet, Dj’s boutonniere, and our corsages had real flowers. This meant I spent a lot of my time crafting! There was one thing I didn’t have to DIY though and that was our drapes. After partnering with Kaitlyn and explaining my idea, she directed me to Decoraciones Sonia. They added drapes to the barn which added that perfect element of soft glam.
All in all, everything came together beautifully. Our delicious menu was crafted by Tamiko Williams of Savor Catering. I was so happy I was the bride because I needed two plates! My sister who owns Tailored by Teri helped make our party favors—marble coasters with our initials on it. Tiera from TG Floristry created a stunning bouquet. Our baker from Rob and Mickie’s Cafe did an amazing job incorporating my vision and our wedding colors to create our rustic cake. We ended up going with three flavors, lemon, red velvet, and carrot. All delicious and yes, all necessary.
The result was an amazing day spent with amazing family and friends, creating memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to CraigsPick Photography for capturing every moment of it.
I’m so grateful to the team at Oakland Farm who worked so hard to make our big day special. The venue was amazing and has the perfect amount of rustic charm. Throughout the reception, we got so many compliments on how nice everything looked. I knew the venue did most of the heavy lifting for us. If you’re looking for a gorgeous venue with plenty of privacy for you and your guests the Oakland Farm is the perfect fit for you! Their manager Kaitlyn is flexible and works to find solutions to all your needs. Planning a wedding can be stressful, so it helps to work with people who make it easy.
Again, thank you to Kaitlyn and the Oakland Farm for having us. A huge thanks to my in-laws for hosting us at my new church home. Of course, thank you to my parents for helping me with everything. Shout out to my coordinators who worked together to make my big day run a smoothly as possible. To my sister, who played a dual role as my MOH and a vendor, I appreciate everything you did for me. To our bridal party, I love you guys! I hope you know how special you are to DJ and I. To all my vendors, thank you so much for working with me on such short notice. The hard work and attention to detail didn’t go unrecognized.
And to all of you, allow me to reintroduce myself, I’m Mrs. Rich.