Nicole & Kenneth's Uber Romantic Wedding at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland


Bride and Groom looking stunning in the halls of Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland after the wedding ceremony.
Nicole and Kenneth looking stunning in the halls of Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland

Bride

Nicole

Network engineer


Groom

Kenneth

Program analyst/ system administrator


Wedding Date

Aug 10, 2019


Locations

Prep - Courtyard by Marriott Greenbelt

Ceremony / Reception - Martin's Crosswinds


How You Met

We met at prom in 2008 (although Kenneth was dating someone at the time). So Nicole played her part as the Facebook friend for the next few years. One day, in 2014, Nicole posted about how she was looking for work in the IT field and Kenneth messaged her to help her find a job. From there, we started a friendship that lead to our first date and that's how it all began.


Bridal accessories before the wedding at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland
Nicole's wedding day details including her bridal garter, bridal hairpiece, bridal shoes, and engagement ring.

Bridal portrait showing off the bridal hairpiece, bridal makeup, and bridal nails before the wedding ceremony in Greenbelt, Maryland
Nicole showing off her radiant bridal look during wedding day prep.

Bride showing off wedding day hair in her bridal robe before the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland
Nicole showing off her stunning wedding day hair in her bridal robe during wedding day prep.

Bride and bridesmaids in robes before the wedding at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland
Nicole and her bridesmaids having fun during wedding day prep.

Bride and her bridesmaids showing off their custom bridal robes before the wedding at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and her bridesmaids showing off their custom bridal robes.

Bride and Groom's wedding bands before the wedding at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth's rings among the Bridal accessories.

Groom's watch and accessories before the wedding at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth's charming wedding day accessories.

Groom preparing ascot on his wedding day before the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland
Kenneth's first time wearing an ascot was on his wedding day.

Groom and groomsmen custom cufflinks before the wedding at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth and his groomsmen wore custom engraved cufflinks that bore their initials.

Groom's footwear and socks before the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth's footwear perfectly complimented the wedding color scheme and style.

Groom handwriting his vows before the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth handwriting his vows before the wedding ceremony.

Groom posing for a pre-wedding portrait in the hotel lobby at Courtyard by Marriott in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth posing for a pre-wedding portrait in the hotel lobby.

Groom and groomsmen pose for a portrait in the hotel lobby at the Courtyard by Marriott before the wedding ceremony in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth and his dapper groomsmen before traveling to the wedding venue.

How did you know they were the one?

Nicole: I knew Kenneth was the one before our first date! I was impressed by how concerned he was with making a good impression on my mother! He wanted to make sure she wouldn't mind his tattoos. He was nothing less than gentlemen-like and very honest on our first date and only got better after that! Slowly but surely I fell in love with him and now I am his wife!

Kenneth: Simply put, when I realized she was praying for me. I always tried to grow spiritually on my own, but having a partner in spiritual growth really helps. I always felt that was a gap in my life and lifestyle, and she helps me grow and fill that gap.



The groom is walking into the wedding ceremony area at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth is all smiles walking into the ceremony area at Martin's Crosswinds.

Bride and her father preparing to enter the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and her father exiting the bridal suite together preparing for the grand entrance.

Bride and her father walking into the wedding ceremony area at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and her father are absolutely elegant walking into the wedding ceremony.

Bride meeting the groom at the alter during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The only thing Kenneth could do when he saw Nicole for the first time on their wedding day was smile the biggest smile!

Bride and groom meeting at the altar during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth sharing what was unanimously their favorite moment of the day.

The full wedding day ceremony look at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The beautiful wedding day setup.

Bride gazing into the groom's eyes during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole gazing into Kenneth's eyes during their absolutely delightful wedding ceremony.

Groom stating vows during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth preparing to state his vows to "Nikki-boo".

Groom placing the bride's wedding band on her finger during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth placing Nicole's wedding band on her finger.

Groom showing off his wedding band during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth having the best reaction to finally getting his wedding band.

Bride and groom's first kiss during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth sharing their magical first kiss.

Bride and Groom after jumping the broom during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth after being presented as Mr. and Mrs. Graves for the first time.

Proposal

Kenneth told me that we were going to celebrate us buying a new house! Little did I know, he had been planning for weeks and weeks a surprise dinner with both of our families! At dinner I see our families and I thought I had forgotten someone’s birthday. Then I turn around to see Kenneth reaching out for my hand. He proceeded to tell our love story and then got down on one knee and proposed! I was so shocked and elated that I could barely speak, so I tearfully shook my head yes! And then scolded our families for lying to me about their plans! They all said they were doing other things that weekend. Needless to say, I was surprised and so happy!


Bride and groom taking a classic wedding portrait after the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth taking a classic wedding portrait.

Bride and groom posing for a formal portrait after the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth are adorable in this formal portrait

Bride and groom having fun after the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth in their natural state of adorable silliness.

Bride and groom with their wedding party during the formal wedding session after the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The entire wedding party getting into the fun during the formal wedding portrait session.

Nicole and Kenneth after their wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland
Nicole and Kenneth after their wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland

Wedding Shopping

Nicole: It was stressful for me, I thought I had found the dress for me on the first round but I hadn't. The next time I went looking is when I found the one! And from there it was a breeze! Everything else fell into place after I found my dream dress. Kenneth: It was fun pulling the pieces together first as thoughts and samples. I made several trips to stores to get the perfect combination of style and color. I regularly wear suits, ties, and bowties, and I knew I wanted to do something extra special for the wedding day. To meet that mark I explored ascots and wore my first ascot on our wedding day. It's my new favorite accessory.


The gorgeous couple's table in the Martin's Crosswinds reception hall in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The gorgeous couple's table in the Martin's Crosswinds reception hall.

Elegant wedding cake with gold and red accents during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth's elegant wedding cake with red and gold accents.

Bride and groom's grand entrance into their wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth's grand entrance into their wedding reception.

Bride and groom's grand entrance into their wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Advice for Engaged Couples

Nicole: The best advice I could give would be to get marriage counseling! It is very important to have a neutral party to talk to about planning a wedding, and learning how to properly love one another as well. You want to ensure that you will have a loving and successful marriage. The best way to do that would be to seek counseling! Love is beautiful but you'll need more than love to have a successful relationship and marriage! Kenneth: Keep the opinions and thoughts about your marriage and wedding day out of the conversation. The relationship is between the two of you. Communicate with each other often, even when you don't quite understand each other's points. Clarity only comes through communication.


Describe Your Wedding

I would say our wedding style was romantic and one of a kind! Our colors were burgundy gold and cream.


First Dance Song

Everything - Ella Mai ft. John Legend



Groom embracing the bride during their first dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth embracing Nicole during their first dance at the wedding reception.

Bride and goom share a smile during their first dance at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth look absolutely enamored with each other during the first dance.

Groom embracing the bride during their first dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Bride and groom finish their first dance off with a kiss during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth cap their first dance off with a kiss.

Bride and groom during their first dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Groom and his mother share special dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth and his mother got down to a montage of their favorite songs and signature dances.

Groom and his mother share special dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Groom and his mother share special dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Bride and Father-of-the-Bride dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and her father's dance was one of the most touching moments of the evening.

Bride and Father-of-the-Bride dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Bride and Father-of-the-Bride dance during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The pride on Nicole's father's face is priceless.

Bride and Mother-of-the-bride share a dance during the wedding ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Not to be let off the hook, Nicole invites her mother onto the dance floor for a special moment during the wedding reception.

Favorite Memory

Nicole: My favorite memory is when I turned the corner walking down the aisle and I saw my husband standing at the altar excited and happy! So handsome!

Kenneth: Seeing her for the first time that day as she walked around the corner. Her first words to me when we met at the altar were "Hey!", something so simple, yet amazing, settled the butterflies in my stomach


The best man and maid of honor toast to the newlywed bride and groom during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
A toast to the newlywed couple from the Maid of Honor and Best Man.

Wedding Party Gifts

Nicole: I got my girls personalized travel bags with wallets and personalized silk robes!

Kenneth: I gave the gentlemen custom gold cufflinks with the first letters of their name engraved.


Favorite Menu Item

Nicole: My favorite thing on the menu was the crab cake! It was also the only thing I ate that night!

Kenneth: The steak!


Bride tossing the bridal bouquet during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole was ready to let the bouquet fly to a lucky lady during the wedding reception.

The groom put on quite a show while retrieving the bridal garter during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth put on quite a show while retrieving the bridal garter during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds.

The groom posing with the bridal garter during the wedding reception in Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Groom tossing the bridal garter during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Kenneth sending the bridal garter back to a reluctant group of gentlemen during the wedding reception.

Bride and groom speech during the wedding reception at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Nicole and Kenneth thank their family and friends for showing so much love on their wedding day.

THANK YOU, MR. & MRS. GRAVES!

We had an absolute blast not only on your wedding day, but during the entire process and getting to know you both. We are truly happy for you both and look forward to watching your love grow. Wishing you both nothing but the absolute best -- SR & TS


Vendors

Planner - We planned our own wedding! (High five)

Coordinator - Lolita Brown

DJ - Jon Pratt

Florist - Little House of Flowers

Bakery - Teinisha Bassil

Catering - Martin's Crosswinds caterers

Decor - Lolita Brown

Makeup - Ciara Brown

Hair - Kelly Hubbard

Barber - Nicole Graves, (I only cut Kenneth's hair though)

Bridal Boutique - Nordstrom Wedding Suite

Menswear - Macy's

Officiant - Pastor Colin Pugh




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