Brandy Lackey & Ted Rosenblatt
January 2, 2021 / Onyx Coffee Lab in Rogers
TED AND BRANDY lived in San Francisco when they met in 2018. Ted was part of a coffee startup and Brandy was a lover of all things coffee. So it was only fitting the two met for a first date over coffee on a Sunday morning in November. In just four enchanting hours, a forever match was made.
In July 2019, Brandy and Ted took a trip to New York City. On their way to a production of "The Book of Mormon," Ted took Brandy to look at engagement rings. She had no idea he was going to propose later that night with a ring he’d had for 19 years “waiting for the one.” After an elaborate dinner date, the waiter brought out a “special dessert for the lady” with the ring. After she said “yes,” Brandy and Ted's friends joined them at a speakeasy to celebrate.
PLANNING DURING A PANDEMIC
They were originally only going to have their send-off brunch at Onyx, but with the shift in wedding plans due to COVID-19, the owners allowed them to host the wedding weekend there. With their relationship starting over coffee, getting married over coffee just made sense.
HOW THEY CUSTOMIZED
The dress Brandy chose at Low’s Bridal & Formal was a perfect juxtaposition of art deco and elegance. Her aunt gifted her a gold antique locket with her grandparent’s wedding photos enclosed. A custom headpiece from her friends at The Hat Girls in Kentucky was the perfect accessory. And to tie it all together, Brandy’s aunt created a bouquet made with vintage family brooches.
As for décor, Brandy and Ted wanted a modern wedding with avant-garde details and drama. With the help of Jessica Kersey of JLK Weddings and PIGMINT Floral Studio, the couple chose white, ivory and gold as their color palette, and decorated with playful elements like custom napkins, floor decals and a neon sign.
The hanging floral installation and mantel décor were the perfect additions to the ceremony and, because it used dried elements, Brandy and Ted were able to take it home after the wedding. The hanging installation is currently displayed in their foyer as a reminder of the best day of their lives.
Guests were welcomed into a speakeasy-style lounge upstairs and enjoyed a coffee bar for a mid-evening pick-me-up. The ceremony and dancing took place in Onyx Dry Storage.
For wedding favors, the coffee-lovers gave a custom roast along with Terrior chocolates and pandemic-friendly hand sanitizer.
Brandy and Ted had a cocktail hour right before the wedding, featuring three drinks that were themed in the same adjectives used on their invitations. The "Love the Winter" wine cocktail, "Devotion" the Onyx Old Fashioned and "Eternity" the French 75.
They served mini cheesecakes as a perfect way to add a sweet ending to a perfect evening.
|WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE|
|Flowers||PIGMINT Floral Studio, Fayetteville|
|Wedding dress||Low’s Bridal & Formal, Brinkley|
|Venue||Onyx Coffee Lab, Rogers|
|Photography||Steph Smith Weddings|
|Planning||JLK Weddings, Bentonville|
|Other rentals||Eventures Party Rentals, Fayetteville|
|Cake, groom's cake, brunch bar||Doughp|
|Caterer||Yeyo's Mezcaleria, Rogers|
|Drink service||The Foreman Bar, Yeyo's Mezcaleria and Onyx Coffee Lab, all in Rogers|
|DJ||DJ ShortFuze of Elite Beats, NWA|
|Accessories||The Hat Girls, Louisville, Kentucky and Jimmy Choo|
|Makeup||Artistry By Veronica, NWA|