Unveiled: Olivia’s Wedding

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Wel­come to Gen­er­a­tion Tux’s Unveiled! Here we inter­view real brides from real wed­dings to give you all the inside scoop. Olivia and Jerome’s love sto­ry and wed­ding day details are sure to inspire you and give you all the feels. 

How did you and Jerome meet?

My best friend from high school, Zack, went to the Naval Acad­e­my for col­lege. That is where he met Jerome, my now hus­band! They end­ed up in the same com­pa­ny and in a clus­ter of sev­en guys who all became real­ly close. 

I am 6 feet tall, and Jerome is 6’ 6”. Zack would always joke with me and say, “I have this room­mate named Jerome, and he’s real­ly tall! You would real­ly like him.” He was nev­er there when I went to vis­it, so I didn’t meet him for 2 or 3 years. We final­ly met, and I thought “Oh, he’s tall, but he’s also a real­ly great per­son!” I end­ed up real­ly lik­ing him, and it was just a bonus that he’s tall. We hit it off! 

Bride and groom in midnight tuxedo with wedding bouquet

When/where did you get mar­ried?

We got mar­ried on Novem­ber 3, 2018 in Louisville, KY, where I am from. Our venue was White­hall Estate and Gar­dens. The cer­e­mo­ny and recep­tion both took place out­doors. It was rainy all week, but luck­i­ly we had the most beau­ti­ful weath­er on our day. It was the first week­end in Novem­ber, and all the leaves on all the trees were just gor­geous. 

Tell me about your wed­ding dress!

My dress was an Amalia Car­rara by Eve of Mila­dy. I’m a mod­el. I’ve mod­eled bridal since I was about 16 years old, so I had an idea of what I want­ed before shop­ping for my dress. It was a lit­tle bit out­side of my price range, but I decid­ed to try it on any­way. The top was encrust­ed with Swarovs­ki crys­tals. It had just enough shine, and it caught the light in a real­ly pret­ty way. To me, it looked very time­less. It has mod­ern aspects to it, but it has a vin­tage, time­less feel. That set it apart from the many oth­er dress­es I’ve worn before. 

Bride portrait in fall

What col­ors did you choose for your wed­ding day?

We kept every­thing pret­ty neu­tral. My brides­maids actu­al­ly wore gold sequin gowns. The sequins were more mat­te, though. They had to be just the right kind! We want­ed the guys’ suits to be navy, since most of them met at the Naval Acad­e­my. Jerome wore the Mid­night Blue Tuxe­do and his grooms­men wore the Navy Blue Suit. For the flo­rals, we went with a lot of green­ery with soft, pink and blush col­ored flow­ers. 

Did any­thing go wrong at the wed­ding?

My mom broke her foot the night before the rehearsal din­ner! It was black as night—clearly bro­ken. She pow­ered through and refused to go to the hos­pi­tal. She didn’t want to miss any­thing! She walked me down the aisle with my dad and then danced the whole night. Thank­ful­ly, the day after the wed­ding she went to the hos­pi­tal and got an x‑ray. 

Bride and groom in midnight tuxedo posing with bridesmaids in gold dresses and groomsmen in navy suits

What was your favorite part of the wed­ding?

Of course we were excit­ed to get mar­ried, but one of our favorite parts of the wed­ding was hav­ing all the peo­ple we love togeth­er in one place. Since every­one lives all over the world, the idea of hav­ing this big par­ty was so impor­tant to us. Our fam­i­lies final­ly got to meet. That was the best part over­all. Every­one togeth­er for a hap­py cel­e­bra­tion. 

My broth­er passed away about a year before the wed­ding. Anoth­er spe­cial part of the wed­ding was hon­or­ing and remem­ber­ing him dur­ing the hap­py occa­sion. To me, he was still there. It was the best thing in the world.

Where did you go on your hon­ey­moon?

We went to Jamaica! We didn’t know we were going. It was a sur­prise! My par­ents planned it. Every­one came togeth­er and con­tributed mon­ey as wed­ding gifts to send us there. The morn­ing of the wed­ding they said, “Alright, make sure you have your passports…you’re going to Jamaica!” We stayed at an all-inclu­sive resort, and it was beau­ti­ful. 

Bride and groom in midnight tuxedo recessional

What is some advice you would give to oth­er brides and grooms?

Don’t wor­ry about the small things. At the end of the day, you are not going to care if you had enough Sharpies for the guest book. The only things you will care about are get­ting mar­ried, all the peo­ple that are there, and how much fun you are hav­ing!

Also, make sure you sit down and eat!

What is one thing you have loved about mar­riage so far?

I love being able to say that we’re mar­ried, and call­ing Jerome my hus­band. It doesn’t get old to say it! It’s the coolest thing ever. 

Would you rec­om­mend Gen­er­a­tion Tux to oth­er brides and grooms?

Absolute­ly, we loved work­ing with you guys. It was awe­some! Our wed­ding coor­di­na­tor rec­om­mend­ed Gen­er­a­tion Tux to us. Her name is Shel­by White from White Cat Wed­dings. Like I said, our bridal par­ty mem­bers live all over the place. I thought there was no way I was going to be able to coor­di­nate every­one going to stores to get mea­sured and pick up/drop off their suits. I loved the fea­ture that reminds the grooms­men to order their gar­ments. I had peace of mind that the suits were sent 14 days ear­ly just in case any­thing hap­pens. It was one of the most seam­less parts of our entire wed­ding plan­ning process. As I’ve men­tioned, my hus­band is 6’6,” so I was a lit­tle wor­ried about how his tuxe­do would fit. But every­thing fit per­fect­ly!

Groom in midnight tuxedo posing with groomsmen in navy suits

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