THROW BACK THURSDAY! Our Bride Crystal Featured on MunaLuchi !!! Bridal Summer Night Carnival Wedding in Long Island: Crystal + Scott

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.

Wedding Style

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.

 

Culture

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.

Memories

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.

Vendors:

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
MC: Benji
Photo Booth: PhotoSnap
Limo: Serenity Limo
Hair + Makeup: Jhenelle Hill, Prim & Perfect
Cake: Francisco's Bakery
Invitation: Just the Write Touch

7 beauty blogger tips to disaster-proof your wedding look

The countdown to a wedding is one of the most magical times in a woman’s life, but it can also be the most stressful. Gowns and jewelry, venues and shoes…between all those items and the decision on whether to sit your two aunts who haven’t spoken since The Great Thanksgiving Disaster two years ago anywhere near each other, you have a lot to think about. Which means that decisions around your hair, makeup, nails and skin can feel utterly overwhelming.

To save you some of that stress this wedding season, we reached out to beauty industry insiders to get their best big-day tips and tricks and things they wished they’d known when they walked down the aisle. 

                                                   Jenny Studernoth-Gerson

                                                   Jenny Studernoth-Gerson

Jenny Studenroth-Gerson

DIY your skin and hair fixes
Jenny Studenroth-Gerson, founder of Born To Be A Bride, has two tips — one made famous in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

“I woke up the morning of my wedding with a huge pimple emerging. I gently washed the inflamed area with cool water and foaming cleanser, patted it dry, and iced it to reduce swelling. Then, I broke out the Windex, sprayed it onto my fingertip, and gently patted it onto the affected area. If you repeat the ice and glass cleaner trick every hour until makeup time, no one will see a thing." 

Summer humidity is an enemy of coiffed hair, she adds, so "no matter how perfect your hair looks when your stylist sends you down the aisle, keep a tube of thick, clear lip gloss in your clutch or with your bridal attendant. When applied to fly-aways, the gloss holds hair without the stiffness of a full-on hairspray.”

Plan for emergencies
“I can't stress enough how important it is to keep two things with you at all times: adhesive bandages and petroleum jelly," says Bryce Gruber of The Luxury Spot. Bandages applied over blister-prone spots will prevent chafing, while plain old Vaseline, "is perfect for creating a barrier between heels and good-looking (but perpetually evil) satin shoes," she explains of a lesson she learned the hard way. "I know at my own wedding my shoes looked beautiful, but by the end of the night they’d caused painful blisters. I was nearly limping as I gave hugs and kisses goodbye to my family and friends."

                                     Julia DiNardo

                                     Julia DiNardo

Julia DiNardo

Give your pout extra staying power
"It's so easy to do it, but don't let yourself get buried in a sea of white,” advises Julia DiNardo, editor of Fashion Pulse Daily, who balanced a classic bridal gown with crimson lips. “I agonized whether I could pull off a red lip on my wedding day — it could have been too high maintenance to deal with — but it wasn't at all and was totally worth it for what turned out to be spectacular photos!" Her tip: "Avoid lip stains, since the main lip layer can crack and dry out, and find a long-wear lipstick that you love. Set it with a bit of powder, and then just remember to reapply before photos and after dinner!"   

Pack your own polish
“Chip happens — so for my wedding manicure, I plan to take my own polish to the salon," says bride-to-be Annie Tomlin of The Glowhow. "That way, if the lacquer gets nicked before the big day, I can touch it up. Also, because I'm going with a sheer pink, a chip might not even be that noticeable in the first place. One less detail to worry about!”

To thine own self…
“Women often think their wedding day should be their Hollywood Princess moment. I think it's better to look in the mirror and see you staring back, rather than a stranger," Nadine Jolie Courtney, the blogger behind the namesake site. "Whatever makeup and hair look you choose, make sure it reflects you, rather than feeling like a mask or costume. I did my own makeup for my wedding (although I did let a hair pro take over!) and it was the best beauty decision I made. I didn't feel like I was wearing heavy war paint, and my husband loved seeing me — not a red-carpet-ready stranger — walk down the aisle.”

Jeannine Morris

Trust your gut
Jeannine Morris, founder of Beauty Sweet Spot, was literally heading off to her wedding day as she was giving her tip. “When doing hair and makeup trials, pay attention to the energy of the stylist or artist. Of course, they have to be talented and understand your vision, but their personality is just as important. You want to work with people who are positive and calm on your wedding day. I did my homework and am excited to work with my glam squad, because they're a triple threat: talented, creative and cool.”