Wednesday, January 21, 2009

199 Days...

according to, that's how many days there are left until the big day, August 8, 2009. We're getting married in Brooklyn because I'm from BK, it's Mr. J's second home (originally Georgia), and we live here.

We are holding our ceremony and reception at the same venue, Akwaaba Mansion located in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Holla!). This is a beautiful bed and breakfast, that is owned by a married black couple (score, that is 4 B's) that we've rented out, including the 4 bedrooms, inside, and courtyard, for a reasonable price. We're staying in the "Jumping the Broom" room for our first night as husband and wife. And yes, we will be jumping the broom.

This is the only link online I've been able to find of a wedding held at our location. They have a smaller guest list and used the ballroom for their ceremony and courtyard for their reception, but you'll get the gist.

The ceremony will take place outside in the courtyard (there are two large trees in the courtyard that shade the entire area), we'd like to get married right in front of the largest tree. After the ceremony guests will go inside to the ballroom for a musical performance by our friends and some cheese, crackers, and fruit and our signature drink. The guests can also mill about in the dining area, parlor, and the sun porch. After the performance (and the outside has been reset) the guests will go back to the courtyard for dinner, drinks, and dancing.

NO ASSIGNED SEATING. Nope, I want people to mingle like they're at a chill lounge. There'll be cocktail tables and enough seating for all the guests, but I want people milling about. We're going to have hors d'ourves and a pasta station with three different types of pasta, an open wine bar, and cupcakes, yummy.

Working on a spot for the afterparty.


Anonymous said...

okay i am GASPING in complete and utter adoration of your wedding site. akwaaba looks like the ultimate brown bride location. my goodness girl! you go!

i'm getting married in a small southern city where all the 'quaint,' non-corporate venues are ex-slaveowners''s depressing.

Melinda said...

I always thought about the plantation mansions as "making massah roll over in his grave." I understand that, though.

Anonymous said...

So, the more black vendors the better? Isn't that a racist outlook? Sure would be if the tables were turned.

A thinking black woman

futuremrsj said...


No one here said anything about "the more black vendors the better." Being black was never a prerequisite vendors, I'm a little confused about how you came up with that comment.

Myra said...

So what if you only wanted to use ALL BLACK VENDORS. It's your wedding day. You can do whatever you want. I ONLY used Puerto Rican vendors. Does anyone have a problem with that?

Anonymous said...

I love your idea about using Akwaaba Mansion. I've been a huge fan of the Mansion since before it became a B&B. Not to mention a fan of the owner, Monique Greenwood, since she was Editor-In-Chief at Essence.

Since it was brought up, YES, I'll say it. In my opinion, the more black vendors the better! Since you're getting married/spending money, and you're black, by all means, circulate black dollars in your own community.

Congrats on your wedding!!!

I Do Love Black Love Too!