I am a young African-American science-fiction author. In between writing, I talk about tv-shows like The Originals, Fear the Walking Dead, Westworld, and Game of Thrones. I also talk about life as an African-American blerd and writing.
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We Tied the Knot
Finally! Shawn and I are married.
And while our photographers tease us with a preview photo here and there of our big day I can't help but take this time to give credit to where it belongs.
Consider this a huge thank you to the fantastic men and women who helped make our special day special.
Starting with our patient and gracious parents. Shawn's parents especially jumped in wherever we needed them to and more importantly stepped back when we needed them to. The balance of that ebb and flow is essential to a successful day.
I'd say my top three favorite things to do was to pick my dress, bouquet, and food.
The day wasn't without it's hiccups. I had to ask my new friend to be a stand in maid of honor and she was flawless in doing so, no one was none the wiser. I am grateful that she said yes and came to hang out with me while I got ready.
I was really excited to have a whole family in the wedding. Mom (bridesmaid), dad (groomsmen), daughter (junior bridesmaid) and son (ring bearer) were wonderful and looked great in doing so.
Their daughter is SO POLITE I love her. I can't wait to see what kind of woman she'll grow up to be.
But the main reason for this post is for me to give credit to the craftsmen and women who make these events magical.
Belle owns a bridal shop in Charleston, I love walking into her shop. There's the beautiful fabric woven into magnificent dresses everywhere. It is almost like walking into a fantasy world where you feel like you're walking on clouds.
Like my husband and a few members of the bridal party, she is a WV Wesleyan Alum. When I told her seamstress Kaitlyn that I wanted a dress that was 20s meets Grace Kelly it was as if she plucked the image from my mind.
If you're getting married make the trip to her shop.
Everyone is just wonderful there.
Food was a little trickier to figure out. I don't know how Shawn found Wendy at Meticulous Catering but people were going back for seconds.
She doesn't have a strong online presence since I believe she's a one woman show but I had to go back and thank her toward the end of the reception the food was so good.
Book her if and when you can. I wasn't sold until we got a sampler meal from her a few months before the wedding.
My bouquet is a different story. I actually forgot. Don't be like me and come to whomever you choose three months before your wedding craftsmanship takes time but even still Susie was able to give me exactly what I asked for.
She's in North Canton, Ohio.
I chose her because she was accessible and easy to meet with and I could see and hold exactly what I was looking for. I showed her my dress, told her my vision and a few texts of questions later I had my bouquet and boutonnieres.
Karrie just opened her shop in January and I LOVE her. I wish she had her shop before I moved from West Virginia. She did my hair and my makeup.
I've had so many bad experiences going to salons growing up this part of the wedding gave me serious anxiety. But she's professional, sweet, welcoming, personal, punctual.
I would, later on, find out that there were other makeup artists and stylists in the area that work with minority hair and makeup but if a stylist's portfolio doesn't show that I have no way or knowing.
I got tired of reaching out to salons only to be told they didn't know about cornrows or sew-in weaves. It was frustrating, I ended up asking our photographers if they knew anyone and they were the best, full-service hands on.
Emily posted to her fb page and the suggestions came pouring in and that's how I found Karrie.
Tony the Tailor He's a Charleston staple everyone knows him and his work and his work speaks for itself.
He had all the fellas looking classy and snazzy.
The ladies who worked with us at the state capitol and Women's Club Kim Miller and Linda Red were wonderful.
They were very responsive and even when I forgot to give Linda the setup of how I wanted the reception to look she called me and reminded me, haha. Kim works for the Capitol and even though we never got to meet her she was integral in helping us set everything up.
We went to A-Z Rentals for the chairs. Message us if you would like more information on their services.
I felt loved and I felt as though all of these people were professional and dedicated to providing us the best service they can give us.
I've been incredibly blessed to have perfect days. Or even dare I call them perfect weekends or events.
I'm a simple yet complicated person.
Simple because it doesn't take much to make me happy. Complicated because I need two bags to go away for a weekend.
I'm working on trying to get it down to one, haha.
My love and I just left the Ginos in Summersville a little pit stop on our way back home from staying in Snowshoe for the weekend.
A friend of ours invited us up to hang out and little did we know Wanderlust was going on.
We didn't know what Wanderlust was but after this weekend and saying Namasate as sarcastically as we can throughout the weekend (it got old pretty fast for me but not the fellas) we learned enough about the event to know it looks interesting buy above my pay grade. $400 for the weekend was my estimation.
Snowshoe is great in the summer.
Last year on the last day of the season Shawn and I got a pass where we drove an atv, shot clays and rode hor…
Because of that guy. Well, if you're into handsome, nice guys, then whatever.
But what I don't get is the reasoning behind the twitter attacks. What's happening? Is there a "Yeah! I sure showed her!" moment that happens? Yup, you got her! You got her good! She won't be able to get up in the morning. Darn, your plan, you succeeded.
Sarcasm is so much harder to get across over the internet.
My point is this, Dear Danneel, don't give into the haters by answering them on twitter or anywhere else for that matter! But DO answer the people who actually cheer for you. Be happy! Happy early birthday. And don't delete your twitter account like you erased your facebook account last March (if that was really you). Keep sharing your puppy pictures with us and anything else you may see and feel the need to share. I'm a receptionist at an old folks home I need so…
I listen to a lot of audio. It's because I read SO SLOWLY it's crazy. My husband and mom destroy books like monsters it makes me jealous. So I listen to podcasts, you can listen to them while you drive, clean, exercise, paint, be at work.
I listened to the Westworld Podcast while I was billing invoices. And that's the number one podcast. They kinda brought me into that whole podcast world because Westworld has so much going on they make it more fun to watch.
They have a movie club I've been lacking on. Boo. Getting married and finding a new job will mess up your normal schedule like that ha!
I also started listening to a lot of audible books, which I'll get into later on.
2. Schools In Podcast, this is my cousin's podcast he's on there with two other people who are pretty cool it's a podcast that delves into rap culture and how it relates to society today. They discuss how rap affects society and how …