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