Kimberley Dalton Mitchell and Christopher Chalk
Overview (Theme, Colors, Venue etc.)
Our wedding will be just like the TLC album Crazy Sexy Cool. We are two funny people, so there will be a bunch of crazy comedic moments throughout the day. We’ve asked all of our guests to dress in what makes them feel sexy. And the Cool…well it’s springtime in the mountains of Asheville, NC so it should be pretty cool outside. lol There will be some “cool” elements added to our ceremony, starting with glasses of champagne upon arrival. Our good friend will be officiating and we’ve crafted our own ceremony flow with several cultures and religions included.
With a special surprise for our guest. We’ve asked our Crew aka bridal party to wear Metallics of their choice including gold, silver, bronze, and rose gold for the ladies. A sexy red carpet styled tuxedo(ties optional) are the selected look for the fellas. Everyone gets to make their own choice. However, I did create a lookbook for the guys. When it comes to style, they can’t always be trusted. We chose two venues that were grand in their own right, so we saved a lot on decor. Our ceremony will be held at the NC Arboretum outdoors, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our Party / “reception” will be at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Ballroom in Biltmore villiage. The Bohemian is an upscale tudor inspired hotel, with actual gold walls in the ballroom that will add that wow effect for our Sexy Metallic theme.
Tell Us the Hardest Part About Planning Your Wedding?
Everything! I had no idea how hard it was to plan a wedding. We live in NYC and are planning a NC (our home state) wedding. Most of my communication has been via email. I’ve felt overwhelmed scheduling tours and it’s been hard to stay within budget.
What vendor are you most excited about having there?
We’ve hired a few old yellow school buses to transport our guests from hotel to ceremony and back. I think a little bit of nostalgia will get everyone pumped for the occasion ahead.
Did you cry when you found your dress?
No. lol I did some serious internet research on dresses and only tried on those five or six, and all of them worked. I chose the dress that I looked the best in. The dress wasn’t the most important thing to me. I would have married Chris in a white tee, white jeans and pumps. My old roommate worked at the Designer Loft in midtown Manhattan, years ago. I used to hangout in their showroom and go to all of their fashion shows. I always knew I would buy my dress there when the time came, and I did. So the entire experience truly felt so familiar, like I was surrounded by family. However, I went on a wild hunt for the perfect shoes. I didn’t want a traditional blinged out shoe that I would wear once. I wanted something super fashionable, runway worthy, that I would love to wear many times after the wedding. I had a major shoegasm in Gucci and walked out with my most cherished pair of shoes ever.
What do you hope your partner will say when he sees you?
I hope his eyes light up and he smiles the biggest grin.
How do you imagine your first kiss – Sweet, Sultry, or Sloppy?
I hope its a moment where time stands still and we forget everyone is there. I imagine magic.
What song are you excited to dance to?
I LOVE TO DANCE! I’m excited to dance to “Before I let go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze AND “Back That Ass Up” by Juvenile.
What advice do you have for other brides?
If you are a bride of color make sure you check out all the bridal magazines featuring brides that look like you. I found myself getting uninspired flipping thru the popular bridal magazines because of the lack of inspiration. Also, Pinterest is the truth! I’ve found out the box inspiration from Rock and Roll brides and hippie brides from pinterest. They have a wealth of info that will never be on The Knot. By searching parties and events, other than weddings, we were able to brainstorm cool ways to personalize our celebration. Also, hire a wedding planner!!!!!! Unless you enjoy paying attention to all of the details.
Is any aspect of your wedding DIY?
As of today we are doing our own centerpieces thanks to Pinterest, Spray paint, and the affordable orchids sold at Whole Foods! We also did our own digital invitations. Our email invites (sent by Mailchimp for free) featured a personalized video invite and website (Squarespace) featuring all info and an rsvp page that we created ourselves.