Nichole and Brian met in 2005 during their Sophmore year of college at the University of Maryland, College Park. "We were two strangers assigned to work on a group project together in our COMM 101 class. During one of our project meetings, we took a break and decided to play music. The topic of “most played song on your iPod playlist” came up. When asked, I played “Beast of Burden” by the Rollings Stones and Brian played “Nothing Even Matters” by Lauryn Hill, unknowingly one of my all time favorite songs by one of my all-time favorite artists," recalls Nicole. Both responses were the least likely of what you would expect from either of them, based on their outward appearances. That moment sparked a connection and curiosity in both of them, which led them to go deeper and get to know each other better. After 10 years of being together, the couple celebrated their union with a romantic wedding at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD. Check out their special day, captured by Kanayo Adibe.
From the Groom:
I felt very proud of my wife and how far we had come from meeting 10 years prior. It was the perfect celebration after all of our growth as people and as a couple.
From the Bride:
It’s hard to describe all of my emotions from that day. I felt Nervous, Excited, Proud, and Loved. Brian made me feel like nothing could go wrong on our day. Not even the unexpected turn of Hurricane Joaquin heading directly to Baltimore. There was nothing standing in the way of our day being short of amazing, not even a little rain. It was the perfect day, and one I know we, our family and friends will never forget.
What makes your love special?
The ability to always expect the unexpected and bring out the best in each other.
Most memorable moment:
Bride: Our wedding music was especially important for Brian and I. Music has always played a role in our individual lives and relationship. We both have very eclectic tastes in music and it had to be a true reflection of US not of what people expected of us or a wedding. One of my most memorable moments was looking around on the dance floor and seeing all of our friends and family members having a blast. So much love and so many emotions all in one place.
Groom: Being hoisted up in chairs by a few of our Jewish friends to dance the “Hora” while Lil’ Jon “Get Low” played in the background. While this is traditionally a Jewish custom dance during weddings, and neither of us are Jewish, it went with the theme of expecting the unexpected at our wedding.
John Legend – Slow Dance We wanted something that was truly us. And everything about “slow dance” spoke to that. The soulful beat, the lyrics. We just wanted to “forget about the world” “groove” and “let the music make us move”.
Favorite wedding detail:
Our DJ, Titus Touch. We connected on our love for classic 90’s throwback jams. Our wedding playlist had everything from Biggie and Pac to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The perfect eclectic mix to keep everyone surprised, on their feet and on the dancefloor.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
Growing old together. Brian’s always had the ability to make me laugh during the best of times and the worst of times. We’re truly better together and I look forward to growing old with my best friend.
Advice for a Bride and Groom on their wedding day:
Make sure the planning and wedding are truly about you. Incorporate touches that truly speak to you as a couple, not because they’re expected by others. We had the best day ever because we made it about us,
not others and when you put your love in the center of planning, everything else will always fall into place around it.
Photographer: Kanayo Adibe
Ceremony & reception location: George Peabody Library
Bridal gown: Sottero and Midgley/ Elegant Touch Bridal & Tuxedo
Bridal party attire: Watters Bridesmaid/ Betsy Robinson Bridal
Groom’s tux: Elegant Touch Bridal & Tuxedo
Cake & Caterer: Chef's Expressions
Music: DJ Titus Touch
Makeup: Tymia Yvette
Hair: Philip Michael Studio
Flowers: Joe Ennd
Stationery: The Pleasure of Your Company
Lighting and Draping: Event Dynamics