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Wedding Date: June 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Evas Bridal of Oak Lawn

The Dress That Found Me

Posted on July 5, 2013 by  Miss Jazzy Bride   //   1 Comment

On February 17, 2012, my boyfriend got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life as his wife. Once I was able to catch my breath and realize I wasn’t dreaming and he wasn’t kidding, I enthusiastically said yes. Just days later, and I literally mean days, I was bombarded with questions from friends and family asking if I had picked colors, the bridesmaid dresses, my dress, and the venue. I immediately felt overwhelmed because apparently the majority of women in America start planning their weddings when they’re 10 years old and pick it up again when they meet the man they want to marry. I wasn’t that little girl, I was more concerned about playing sports in the streets with the boys, and not marrying them. There did come a point in the dating process that I knew I wanted to marry Kyle, but I still didn’t start planning our wedding. Needless to say, when we finally did get engaged I was starting with a clean palette. Sure I had seen pictures of dresses I thought were pretty (mostly because I had a friend who sent me wedding dress pictures for years, because she was that girl that started planning her wedding when she was 10), but I had no idea what I really wanted. When I finally stepped foot into a wedding dress boutique with my mother, I told her I wanted a ballgown. In my mind, brides wore beautiful poofy white dresses. I wish I had taken a picture of my mothers face when I said I wanted a ballgown. I don’t have a picture, but let me tell you what she said, “A ballgown? You have hips, you’re a woman, why hide it?” I have had hips since I was 12, and I haven’t always been comfortable in them. A fitted wedding gown to me meant I was going to look like a sex kitten, to my mom I was simply going to look like a woman.  I tried on a ballgown I loved, my mom not so much. I tried on a trumpet gown, and realized my mom might be on to something. I didn’t try on many dresses before I was introduced to Ciprianna…the perfect compromise between the mermaid gown and a ballgown. I instantly fell in love, I didn’t want to take the dress off!

Meet the beautiful, curve hugging with a touch of poof David Tutera for Mon Cheri Ciprianna! (style no. 112203)

There was a design aspect I SWORE I did not want, and that was bling and detail…as you can see I strayed away from that! However, the detail was so beautifully placed that I never felt like it was too much.

Thanks to my moms vision (that’s her back there trying to zip me in), I walked away with the perfect dress for me. All brides should embrace their curves and run with it; there is a dress for everyone! This dress was made for women with hips!

Oh, did I mention I also have a behind to go with those hips (smile). The guests at the wedding all said the dress looked like it was made for me, thanks David Tutera and Martin Thornburg (who I actually had the pleasure of meeting when I officially picked my dress!).

I may not have known what I wanted when I started the dress process, but Ciprianna found me and we had an absolutely perfect wedding day together.

Photos Courtesy of VicLeDan Photography

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Wedding Date: June 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Evas Bridal of Oak Lawn

Introducing Mr.& Mrs. Jones

Posted on July 3, 2013 by  Miss Jazzy Bride   //   Comment

This time last year I embarked on a journey to openly plan my wedding and expose ideas and frustrations for the world to see. I had no idea that I would hit road blocks, that there would be so many tears and arguments, or that I would find new levels of patience and maturity while planning what would be one of the most beautiful days of my life. The It’s A Bride’s Life family; my fellow bloggers and all of our readers, turned out to be a blessing in disguise. When I needed help finding my dream shoes, it was a reader who found me the link! When I needed to vent, my fellow brides were there to offer support to me. There were times I thought I was fresh out of ideas, and then a comment would pop up that would send me down a new road. After a year of sharing, this bride-to-be has officially gone from Thaisa Gee to Thaisa Jones…someones wife! I want to thank ALL of you for listening to my rants, sharing your ideas, and offering your support. It was only right that I share pictures from my wedding; see how everything came together, physically see where my ideas went, and how I got the party I set out to have. Thanks for everything…I’m not gone…just on to the next adventure!

My absolutely amazing David Tutera for Mon Cheri dress…I love this dress!

All of the men had their names on their cuff…my husband’s idea.

The shoes! They weren’t the original ones I wanted, but they were a GREAT option!

On my way to The First See! I am SO happy that we decided to do this. We took our First See pictures at a beautiful old castle in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

One of my favorite pictures. I was walking up the stairs to meet my groom, the photographer saw an opportunity. Thank God for photographers who pay attention!

What’s a wedding without the funny fella picture!

The weather was absolutely beautiful on our wedding day! We got married on an island during the rainy season, there had been an overcast all of the other days…but on this day the sky was blue and sun was out! Our reverend did an AMAZING job…but we knew she would! Thanks Aunt Bobbi!

Our first dance. Oh, and the falling calla lily centerpieces were exactly what I wanted!

I had no idea I knew SO many members of Delta Sigma Theta! My sweetheart song was fabulous!

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha

Everyone had a great time! This was exactly what I was hoping for…a crowded dance floor!

There absolutely was a Second Line! A special thanks to my Mother-in-law for bringing the umbrella! We circled the room several times!

Our sign-in board…that is now hanging in our living room!

We had an AMAZING wedding. We got everything we asked for! Thank you to everyone who joined us in San Juan…and those who sent their wishes from afar. We appreciate all of the love and support!

Love, Mr. & Mrs. Kyle Jones



Our absolutely fabulous vendors:

VicLeDan Photography (based in NY)

Elite Visions Photography (based in Chicago)

Sweets by Belle (cake, cupcakes, and cake pops)

Soul Music Events  (DJ)

EOS Events (flowers and decor)

ARC Weddings & Events (event planner)

Caribe Hilton (host hotel)

Brava Nightclub (after-party location)

TC Graphics (fan programs and CD inserts)

Dedric Deshon  (hair)

Derrick Rutledge (makeup tips and custom products)


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Wedding Date: June 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Evas Bridal of Oak Lawn

The Starting Lineup

Posted on June 18, 2013 by  Miss Jazzy Bride   //   1 Comment

As odd as it may sound, one of the things I always look forward to at weddings are the bridal party introductions at the reception. It’s like Forrest Gump said, “You never know what you’re going to get!” Has the bridal party been instructed to calmly walk into the room and be serious? Have they been given the freedom to do whatever they want? Will there be props? Will the song make the rest of us want to get up and dance? There are so many options, and I just love to see how the couple decides to get the reception started.

This is a FABULOUS picture! My fiance and I have very “spirited” bridal party…I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, and Photo 5.

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Wedding Date: June 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Evas Bridal of Oak Lawn

Our First Dance

Posted on June 17, 2013 by  Miss Jazzy Bride   //   Comment

The dance. The song. All eyes on you. That is a moment a moment that will live on forever. For years to come, you will say, “Awww, this is our song.” When we first got engaged, I told my fiance I wanted our first dance to start out normal and then all of a sudden break out into a choreographed dance that was fun with lots of energy. Well, we’ve been to a few weddings now where that has happened…so we’re skipping that choreographed dance…but there will be something fun in there!

Jared Wilson Photography

Tango Duos

Cynthia Rose Photography

Will your first dance incorporate two dances/songs? Staying traditional? To each his own! No matter what you choose, it will be perfect for you and your husband!


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Wedding Date: June 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Evas Bridal of Oak Lawn

A Tale of Two…

Posted on June 8, 2013 by  Miss Jazzy Bride   //   Comment

I love to read. I have always loved books. There is something very beautiful about getting lost in the words and confusing the lines between the tale and reality. I fell in love with the idea of a book-themed wedding when I came across the idea by accident. There are so many great titles that could be worked into the wedding, a list of places to host a fun and unique affair, and an endless list of book decoration ideas. My mind is running a mile a minute with ideas that would be great for this theme, but with only a few short weeks until my wedding, I don’t think now is the time to change everything.

What book title would you choose? What tale represents your love story?

Photos: Burnetts Boards, Tie the Bow, IPhotographie, RP Scissors, Boho Weddings, and Intimate Weddings

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