Story BY MELODY SIMPSON
Crystal and Scott have known each other since college in the mid-late 90s, but it wasn't until 2009 that the two reconnected at a friend's wedding. The timing still wasn't quite right though as both were in relationships, so a few more years went by. The next time their paths crossed, both were surprised to find each other on the same dating website.
After two years of dating and not long after having major knee surgery, Scott proposed beside Crystal and the two were married five months later in a modern romantic outdoor wedding under the stars. Because after all, love was always in the star for these two.
Wedding Date: September 3, 2015
Wedding Location: First Look: Old Westbury Gardens, Ceremony + Reception: Chateau Briand
First Dance Song: "Our Love" by Gregory Porter
Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
Scott and I have known each other since college, back in the mid-late 90s. We didn’t attend the same school but he knew my roommate's friend. We were just friends and occasionally hung out as a group at parties etc. and I would sometimes see him at church. After years of not seeing each other, in 2009, two of our close friends got married and we were both in the wedding party. We caught up over the rehearsal dinner and exchanged emails to keep in touch. Since we both were already in relationships, contact stopped after Scott invited me out to dinner. Fast forward to 2013, my previous relationship had since ended and after being peer pressured into joining a dating website, I reluctantly joined for three months. After two months, I received a message from the site from someone saying, Crystal? I thought to myself, Who is this person that knows my name? When I opened the message and saw the picture, it was Scott. We had our first date later that week on Good Friday. The timing wasn't right back in 2009 but we were meant to be together at the right time for both of us.
After two years of dating, Scott proposed. A few weeks before the engagement, Scott had major knee surgery. On the night of the proposal, we went to one of my favorite restaurants and as we were leaving, there was a bench outside. Since he couldn't bend on his knee, he sat down on the bench and spoke of how he knew when he first saw me walking out of my apartment for our first date, that he was not going to let me go...and proposed. We married five months later.
I would describe my wedding dress as modern chic. The dress shopping experience was great; I found my dress in the third and last bridal store. The overall experience was not arduous as I've heard from other brides. I did a lot of research online before going into bridal salons which helped.
The wedding theme was West Indian Carnival. Our wedding took place during a time of year in New York when the Brooklyn West Indian Parade takes place and with me being from Brooklyn, I have participated in the parade in the past. Scott being Jamaican along with a lot of our guests and bridal party being of West Indian decent, the theme was fitting. We asked our guests to come with their island flag and each couple in the bridal party came out to a particular West Indian song of their choice, waving their flag.
I don't have one particular best memory from our wedding. The whole entire day after Scott and I saw each other at the First Look was the best memory.
Help a bride-to-be out!
Enjoy the moment and take in everything because the day goes by very fast.
Photography: Lighthouse Photography
First Look Venue: Old Westbury Gardens
Venue: Chateau Briand
Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston, RK Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Flowers: Flowers By Brian
DJ: DJ Dynamight
Photo Booth: PhotoSnap
Limo: Serenity Limo
Hair + Makeup: Jhenelle Hill, Prim & Perfect
Cake: Francisco's Bakery
Invitation: Just the Write Touch