Jasmine & Kevin
October 13, 2019

How They Met
Jasmine and Kevin first met in 2015 through a mutual friend during an event for Jasmine’s sorority at Christopher Newport University. During that time, Kevin was in grad school down the road at The College of William and Mary. After conversing a bit that night, they said their goodbyes, thinking nothing of it. But, they ran into each other later at Kevin’s fraternity party and, Jasmine explains, “I didn’t recognize him!” It wasn’t until they had a few more interactions that Kevin offered to come to a game Jasmine was officiating in Richmond. The two had a slice of pizza afterward and they have been going strong ever since.

The Proposal
Since the start of their relationship, Kevin and Jasmine had been doing long-distance, with Jasmine living in Richmond and Kevin in Washington D.C. Therefore, they were only able to see each other on the weekends. On Jasmine’s birthday weekend, she went up to visit Kevin. Kevin describes the weekend, “Not being a big birthday person, [Jasmine] told me she didn’t want to do much but little did she know I had other plans.” Kevin planned a day full of fun activities, including a “reservation” at 6 pm.

“I told Jas that I had to go by the house to grab something I had forgotten,” Kevin explains. “Once we arrived, she was so shocked to be greeted by all of her close friends and family for a surprise birthday party.” When it came time to open presents, Kevin purposely gave his last. “I gave her a Louis Vuitton gift bag and inside the box was a shirt that read, ‘Girlfriend’ crossed out and underneath was the word ‘Fiance’.” It didn’t register to Jasmine what was happening until she turned around and saw Kevin on one knee, asking her to be his wife.

The Details
When planning their perfect wedding, they wanted a modern venue with natural light and some unconventional areas that you don’t usually see in a wedding venue. They loved The Science Museum of Virginia, and with a guest count of 275, they knew it would fit all of their family and friends. Upon entering the venue, their guests were welcomed with a Saxophone player, the perfect way to kick off the day. Their traditional ceremony was special as Jasmine walked down the aisle to that same Saxophone player. And in front of a gorgeous greenery wall (a DIY project by the newlyweds), they said their personal vows.

These two didn’t have a specific theme in mind, but they did want the vibe of the wedding to be simple but elegant. With black and white and a little bit of blush as their colors, the wedding party looked radiant against the modern backdrop of the Science Museum. At their reception, MOSAIC Catering + Events pulled out all the stops, starting with passed hors d’oeuvres that included a scrumptious spinach and artichoke dip. Their dinner was just as impressive with Firecracker Salmon, Grilled Chicken, and cornbread muffins to name a few dishes. “We had two signature drinks which were the Kev Klassic (Hennesey and Coke) and the Jazzy Blossom (Vodka, Pink Lemonade, and Sprite)”

“Our main goal for our wedding was for our guests to have a great time at the reception. We wanted a party as soon as the ceremony was over. Our three main focuses were good food, good music, and an open bar. I wanted everyone to let loose and have a good time!”

Favorite Part of the Day
Jasmine’s favorite part of the day was the wedding ceremony. “It was supposed to be outside but because of the rain, it was moved inside. This made the ceremony have a more intimate feeling. It felt like it was just me and Kevin in a room of 300!” For Kevin, it was the reception where he could dance and have fun with his friends and family.

Biggest Challenge
“The [number] of guests. Kev has a lot of friends and I have a lot of family in the area, so it was a task to come up with a guest list and then narrow it down.”

Best Piece of Advice
“Come up with a vision and budget and stick to it. Once you have an idea of what you would like at your wedding, shop around and find the best vendors for your event. Have fun and enjoy everything that you have put all your time, energy, and money into.”

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