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Artful Destination Wedding

IMG_0305stBride: Naquaysha
Groom: Kimal
Wedding date:January 11th, 2014
Wedding Colors:  Orange Sunset & Gold
Wedding Location: Maitland Art Center
Wedding Theme: Love & Entwined hearts
Style: Formal, Garden, Destination

Meet the couple

Kimal and Naquaysha are both from Bermuda and they met on Good Friday in 2012 and did not reconnect again until that October. After about 4 months of dating they both realized they were falling hopelessly in love with one another.

Naquaysha says –His wants were my wants and his desires of love and happiness were my desires of love and happiness. We blended together so well. He fits my everyday life, like he has been here all along. We have the same ambitions in life and I love how he is with my kids. This is my reason for why I chose him to be my husband.

Kimal says- When I lay next to her and hear her heartbeat it is soothing and I know I can be with her for life and take care of her for the rest of our lives, she is the one.

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The Ceremony– I was especially excited to do the ceremony for Kimal and Naquaysha. They, along with Kimal’s mother were exceptional to work with. They were well organized and also getting married at the same venue I got married at. They decided on a contemporary ceremony with religious elements. They included a child vow since they both had children along with a small memorial to recognize the passing of Kimal’s grandmother. Since Kimal’s mother was such a big part of the planning process here in Central Florida and Naquaysha’s mother helped her back in Bermuda, I suggested we surprise the parents with a special thank you. It went over very well with very teary eyes included. The Maitland Art Center has a unique outside venue that consists of an outside Mayan inspired chapel and courtyard. The courtyard and chapel have inscriptions and carvings that make it a one of a kind event space.




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   The bride looking beautiful with side swept hair, subtle lips, dramatic eyes and gorgeous calla lily bouquetIMG_0311st

The ceremony space was gorgeous with ivory chair covers and sunset orange sashes. The bright yellow, ivory and sunset flowers brought the bride’s theme to life. The same color scheme was used for the reception area but bits of gold were added.IMG_0205st

The Fashion

 Everyone was dressed very formal for this outdoor destination wedding. The bride looked stunning in her Alfred Angelo strapless a- line lace bridal gown. The men had on black tuxes and the bridesmaids in long sunset gowns.

The groom arrives


    The groom’s mother arrives and the groomsman looks onIMG_0228st

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     The bride and her daughter



Where did you get your Bridal Attire? Tux? Bridal party fashion?
Bride’s Dress – TB Dress
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen – Anthony’s Tuxedo Rental – in Bermuda

Who is the ceremony space and wedding reception designer?  Imperial Designs


Did you have any extra details added or taken away?  To our ceremony we added was a children’s vow, a Memorial picture of Kimal’s granny and a surprise Thank you to our parents.  (the bride and groom placed roses on the table as they entered the ceremony space).


Hair:  Shai “Hair I am”


Makeup:  Regina “Classy Sassy Makeup Artistry”

Shoes? Bakers (brides) and Shoe Carnival (bridesmaid)


Jewelry? Claire’s Jewelry

Rings: Jared’s (they went to Jared’s….sorry couldn’t resist)


Bride’s Accessories: Claire’s Jewelry

Invitations/ Programs: designed by grooms cousin Adenike Carmichael  (the insides of the program were gold flecked paper).

One of the many favors in the bag were little chocolate candies and a wine stopper set. As you can see as of this post I was still unable to open it. My husband finally got the grip pliers…and yes it was worth the effort.



Bouquets: Who designed:  Imperial Designs


Flowers:  White and Orange Calla Lilies


Bridal Party Colors:  Orange Sunset

Bridesmaid Dresses. Where purchased? Who designed?  Alfred Angelo

  the flower girl


    the best man


Wedding Planner or Coordinator:  Mother in law and maid of honor and myself

Venue Location.  Ceremony and Reception- please explain why you chose this location:  

A& H Maitland Arts Center. It was a beautiful venue. I loved it because it was the vision I wanted of an old rustic look.  Loved the arts in the stone.

Catering: Imperial Designs


   the happy couple enter the reception followed by the bride’s parents and members of the bridal partyreceptentst

A family member made the wedding cake


Rentals: Imperial Designs

Photography: Imperial Designs

DJs:  Omar Agard, from Atlanta, GA


the bride and groom’s first dance


     The bride and groom dance with their parents. There was laughter and tears.parentdancest


The DJ dances with his daughter, the flower girl


Lighting: Imperial Designs

Transportation:  Magic Touch Transportation and Tours

Travel/Honeymoon: Carnival Cruise to Nassau and Freeport Bahamas

Provide the names of anyone special you want included in your story: such as children or parents:

Jahquil Hill (son of bride) Kahdae & Kahmi Augustus (sons of groom) Lives in England for school
Cyana Burgess (daughter of bride)
Sherline Butterfield (mother of bride)
Ambrose Hill (Father of bride)
Kim Lewis (mother in law of bride)(groom’s mother)
Aeesha Rogers (Maid of Honor) Good Friend of bride
Ashley Brooks (sister of groom)
Karin Agard for my beautiful cake
Omar Agard for being the best DJ ever


 Any Advice for future brides planning a wedding in Florida at the venue you used? Any vendors that you would like to comment on.  Imperial Designs was a one stop shop. I loved how I didn’t have to worry about a thing.  They made my day more beautiful than expected, especially since I lived in Bermuda.

   some pictures the bride shared

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How was the process for obtaining the marriage license?  Very easy and simple

Testimonial for I DO Weddings by Sheri

I want to thank Sheri for officiating a beautiful wedding. It was such a beautiful ceremony, that I couldn’t ask for anything more. I felt like I had known her for years, because she made us feel at ease for our day.  I loved how she involved our family that was not able to make it, especially our kids that were overseas in school.  I would recommend you to others anytime!!

Thank you so much
Kimal & Naquaysha Matthews

It was my pleasure to be a part of your wedding day. Working with your mom, Kimal, was great. She really has an eye for style and detail. all of your family and friends that made the trip over to support you were fabulous as well. Have a blessed marriage !

*I took pictures for this post as well as the couple having a professional photographer. The bride sent in her own pictures and some from her photographer to share. The pictures I took have my logo on them.

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