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Our Complete Wedding Story: Theater Tea Party

By KristySamone — November 05, 2013

Happy Tuesday Loves!

It’s nearing one month and the upon looking at the wedding photographer Lincolnshire clicked pictures, it feels like it was yesterday. I cannot believe this whirlwind starting with Ralph proposing to me at LAX last November ending with our fairytale movie theater wedding a few weeks ago. Being that Ralph has a love for producing/directing indie movies and I’m a tv producer, we thought having the wedding at the historic Bluebird Theater in my hometown of Petersburg, Virginia was a perfect fit. The Bluebird was built around the 20’s and catered to the public at a time where the movies were an event folks got dressed up for. Hence, we decided on a black tie wedding. In addition, Ralph admires the Rat Pack era as much as I enjoy vintage fashion. With this in mind, we chose to use the wedding as a “shout out” to the 20’s-60’s when single screen movie theaters like the Bluebird were all the rage. I’m a bit of a whimsical chic, so it was important for me to incorporate a tea party feel. I know a tea party and black tie event are exactly opposite, but if there’s one lesson I’ve learned from planning my own wedding it’s you can do whatever you want. This his how our THEATER BLACK TIE TEA PARTY WEDDING came to be. Ha! I wore three dresses: rhinestone cake gown from overseas, a white skater dress by D.Piper Twins NYC named “Jezebel” (hee) and a cobalt blue sequined cabaret style tutu dress that was purchased from a little Petersburg boutique which closed a few days after (glad we got it when we did). I had two veils and one headpiece – the latter a custom black net with crystal creation by Copper Thimble on Etsy. My most treasured addition to my wedding day ensemble were my vintage Chanel posts. Let’s hear it for the boys -Ralph rocked a silver tux by Tazio paired with a Ike Behar silk bow tie and Simon Carter cufflinks.

The theater

The colors were lavender, lilac, purple, pink, teal, cobalt blue and silver – basically pink/purple/blue. I didn’t think a fall wedding would have to limit us to only oranges and browns. The colors we chose bloomed late summer. The flowers were lilies, irises, with lavender and pink roses accompanied by herbs for a kick. The performers, cigarette girl hostesses, mixology girls (cocktail hour served guests their choice of two signature drinks: (1) spiked sweet tea (2) lavender vodka lemonade in tea cups), and gift girls all were dressed with vintage flair. It was vital that we created a “little world” inside of the wedding. A tea party fairytale where folks could watch our “love show.” The tablescape was mixed china plates that mom and I collected all year along with jewel-toned voltives, silver doily coasters and tea cups. Gift favors with names were placed on each plate including either bow tie/cufflinks for men or heart earrings/bracelets/necklaces for women. Guests were seated on the first level and on the balcony. The entire wedding and reception took place at the theater where invitees sat like an awards show. Angel of Richmond’s Tootsies Décor, Balloons and More, created 24 amazing dessert tier centerpieces for each of the tables at our reception.  Handmade with bling embellishments, paper flowers and doilies, they were designed with love! On the top tier, guests enjoyed mini cupcakes in lemon berry, vanilla/chocolate and coconut from Sweetly Smitten bakery (Richmond, Va) in pastel shades. In addition, we ordered regular-sized pink moscato cupcakes for the cake table along with cherry blossom sugar cookies with our initials from the yummy Bittersweet Bakery in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. On the lower dessert tier were sandwich cookies in the flavors of mint, lemon, peanut butter, ginger, coconut hazelnut, and Amy-O! Coffee Liqueur Buttercream (think fancy oreo) from Georgetown, DC’s Dean and DeLuca gourmet store (which were initially shipped from Brooklyn, NY’s delicious bakery Amy’s Cookies). The cake by Baker’s Kitchen was pure white with the exception of lavender blinged out sugar flowers as a topper. On the cake table was dried lavender from Loccitane on silver rosette tablecloth with voltives.

Lavender inspired cakeCutting the cake

Let’s get to the food! VA Diner catered the reception with “make you slap your mama” good southern food including fried chicken, collards, mac n’ cheese, homemade mash potatoes with gravy, from scratch rolls and good things of the sort! The rich and creamy carrot soufflé was the big hit! We donated food after the wedding to a local shelter helping women who have been abused. I will write more extensively about the work their doing and how you can donate in the coming weeks.

Taking it all in from our table

During the ceremony, video from our bachelorette and bachelor parties were projected on the white walls. Richmond, Virginia’s number one burlesque performer Deanna Danger performed during the mixology hour while ballroom dancers Erika and Gregory did the tango to “Blurred Lines” at the close of the event. Despite the rain outside, we wanted a fun day! I’m happy to say that’s what we got.

Currently, we are planning our rooftop wedding party in LA with more focus on all things “Rat Pack.” Thanks so much for looking at the beautiful images taken by Reese Studios!

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The gown

BandsIt is the dayI need one more thingJehan zips me upWith my amazing makeup artist Abigail de Casanova getting ready for the weddingTime to put the shoes onAbigail does final hair fixBridesmaid nailsBride nailsRalph and his boys outside the theaterCheck in deskCarlita the Cigarette Girl Hostess awaits guests


Our amazing officiant Rev.Mrs. M.J. Peterson-Omotola,Pastor M.Div

The Coopers Cake Table: pink moscato cupcakes, cherry blossom sugar cookies and lavender-inspired wedding cakeThe engraved cake knivesRandy fixes the bow tieThe stage awaits the brideLovely guests awaiting the ceremony to beginKristy Samone and Ralph Cooper reception tablescape with custom dessert tier centerpieces, lilies, irises, voltives and rosette tableclothReception table at Kristy Samone and Ralph Cooper wedding


My cool brother-in-law Jeff escorts my nephew, my mom and my niece down the aisle
Ayana and Tolumide
Walking in with daddy
Mr and Mrs Ralph Cooper
"Now, introducing Mr. and Mrs Cooper!"
Best Man walks through the bubbles
Flower girl Asa walks through the bubbles
Kristy Samone Jones and Ralph Cooper JR with silver mega balloons and silver chairs
My wonderful aunt reads the wedding party names
Dancing in
Yvie the Cigarette Girl and Erika the Ballroom Dancer
With Day of Planner Crystal Gentry and lots of bubblesWith my parents and new hubby
Kristy Samone and bridesmaid sisters
Bridesmaid shoes
The adorable flower girls and ring bearers
Get fresh poseDay of wedding planner Antwan Jones plays on the mic with my cuzzo Tajji Sharp
Sitting at our head table
Everyone on the dance floor
Richmond, Virginia's number one burlesleque dancer Deanna Danger
Balcony view of famBalcony view at the Bluebird Theater
Kristy and Ralph with the silver mega balloon
A southern reception is not complete without fried chicken
Feel good reception food catered by Va Diner
Vintage looks with the wedding performers, cigarette girl hostesses, mixology and gift girl
With my dear cousin ToriPosing with dear friends during the receptionGreat friends celebrating with me at the reception
Ralph and Kristy in the last dress of the night
Mixology Girls at mixed drink table serving guests SPIKED SWEET TEA and LAVENDER VODKA LEMONADE
One of our wedding favors were heart earrings
Our engagement photo shoot
Photographer: Reese Studios
Videographer: Karl Webb
Poster Photographer: Robert Rivera
Graphics Design: Jinne Hassan LLC
Wedding Trailer Editor: Yvonne McGee
Printing Boutique: PrintIcon
Venue: The Bluebird Theater
Florist: TJ
Cake: Baker’s Kitchen
Cupcakes: Sweetly Smitten
Catering: VA Diner
Hair/Makeup: Abigail de Casanova
Violinist: Ayana Crutchfield
Vocalist: Tolu Olumide
Vocalist: Mary Estacion
DJ: DJ Strategy
Burlesque Dancer: Deanna Danger
Custom Dessert Centerpieces and mega balloons:  Tootsies Decor, Balloons & More
Officiant: Rev. Mrs. M.J. Peterson-Omotola,Pastor M.Div
Faith Christian Ministry Chesterfield,VA
Wedding Planner: Kristy Samone
Note: pics of outside movie theater posters and hair accessories were taken by good friend Stacey Walker
Pic of Ralph and myself in blue dress taken by my wonderful cousin Rosalyn Jordan AND mixology table by Yvonne Bennett

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I'm a media strategist, fashion fan and whimsical event planner. For years, I've been "reporting" from fashion shows and fabulous events to my loved one out of pure joy. Unbeknowest to me in February 2012 my sister started with photos and letters I'd sent her from New York Fashion Week. She said, "I think you need a blog!" LOL! I've been trying keep us with this and life ever since:) Thanks so much for reading!

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(5) Readers Comments

  1. November 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Kristy, from the pics, your wedding was Fabulous! I love love love everything. You were stunning and your husband looked very handsome on the special day.You two make a very lovely couple. Everything touched my heart and I'm all smiles. I ask God to continue to bless your union and May the both of you live happily ever after.

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      November 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Awww thanks Christal!! You have me blushing! I appreciate your support!

  2. November 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Dear Kristy, you're such a tremendous Flame and incredibly beautiful bride, you should be so proud of yourself! I am so happy for you, words can't even express. You did everything you needed to do for your wedding in style and with so much love for detail - super well done!!!! (Oh I love your Chanel earrings ;)) I wish the two of you a neverending relationship full of love, laughter and care. Thanks for keeping in touch!! Big hug and kisses, Nadine

  3. November 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    PS: Well done on taking both dresses - I would have done the same...LOL!

  4. November 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Kristy, I'm so happy you found the love of your life. I loved the wedding picture script. I must admit that the collecting of mismatch china patterns was not so bad after all.

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