Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I mentioned before that when I saw Nneka's dress on her blog, I literally gasped. Then there was the bright and bold color, combined with an elegant accent, that she chose for the Big Day, topped off with personal touches since she is very creative --and was a very creative-- DIY (do-it-yourself) bride. Today, Nneka tells us about her special day and shares some great advice of why all of it is worth waiting for. Her groom, Armond also shares his sentiments about their Big Day.

Their love story is so inspiring, who wouldn't want to know how the rest of the story went?

Nneka & Armond Mosley
Wedding Date: October 17, 2009
Wedding Location: Petersburg, VA

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
My favorite part of my wedding day was walking down the aisle, surrounded by all my family and friends, and seeing the man I have no doubt in my mind that the Lord made for me, waiting at the end for me!

Did you have a theme?
I did a damask theme and our colors were hot pink, black & white.

Did you do the traditional, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?"
No, I didn't do that

How long did you have to plan?
We had about 6 months.We got engaged in April 09 and got married in Oct 09

How much time did you spend dress shopping? How did you know when you found "the one"?
Dress shopping went nothing like I envisioned it would. I always assummed I would try on a zillion dresses and have all my friends with me. I ended up putting a deposit down on one of the first dresses I saw.... I liked it but didnt really love it...but I figured I was running short on time and people kept telling me I need to hurry up and get a dress.... so I rushed it. The same exact night after I put deposit down on first dress, my best friend sent me a link to a website. I saw a dress I loved so I went to visit the store shortly after and instantly knew that was my dress!!

Did you have a lot of help planning the wedding?
No, I planned the wedding myself and Armond helped out with some things.

You are really creative and used that creativity to make things for your wedding. What are some of the things that you DIY'd for your big day?
Wow, there were so many things I did myself I dont know if I even remember them all! I did our invitations, placecards, bouquets (with the help of a few friends), cardbox, table centerpieces, did my own hair, etc.

How did you come up with the idea of having an Inner Circle?
Armond and I both have soo many great family members and friends who we wanted to include in our big day but didn't want a thousand people standing in the front of the church so we came up with the Inner Circle idea to include them.

What was your thought when you first saw your husband waiting at the end of the aisle for you?
I felt so blessed and happy!

A lot of COAFW readers are waiting for the day when they say "I do". How would you encourage them to wait for the man God has chosen for them?
I would encourage them to trust in God's timing and plan. We often want things to happen when we want them to happen and when they dont, we can sometimes feel like God isn't listening to our prayers. But God's timing is never off and I would encourage anyone waiting on the man God has for them to never forget God knows the desires of their heart. He wont leave you hanging.

From the Groom

Can you share what your wedding day meant to you ?
Wedding day was huge! It was the culmination of a long journey. One that began disconnected with God and concluded with an understanding of His role in my life. That understanding is what allowed me to be in position to receive my wife. And so, that's what the day meant to me. A day that represented restoration that only He could provide.

What were you thinking of before going down the aisle?
Well, I was Nervous because I couldn't believe that I was actually getting married. I always wanted to, but it had come up so quickly. I was thinking how just 2 and a half years ago, I questioned whether or not I would find a mate as a result of my choice of celibacy. Also, I found myself humbled b/c I didn't "really" think I deserved Nneka. She was a reminder of God's awesomeness and I was just thankful that He trusted me enough to have her as my wife.

What was your thought when you saw your wife for the first time?
First thought was "Wow!" In fact, the videographer mentioned after the wedding that he heard me actually say "wow" She was absolutely beautiful. I was I couldn't stop smiling. I was so excited that she would, in a few minutes, be mine...all mine! (LOL!)

Can you reflect on what it meant to you to see how God orchestrated the day that you would say I do" to your wife?
He is so good to us. Even when we try to distance ourselves from Him, He never leaves or forsakes us. And how He orchestrated my wedding day was just an awesome thing. God deserves all the praise and I'll forever remember my wedding day as a gift from Him because we didn't do anything...anything to deserve it.


  1. What a gorgeous wedding! We had the same invites :)

  2. Simple beautiful...!!!!! ~Thanks for sharing

  3. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praying God's everlasting love upon them! #patientlywaiting

  4. I'm curious about the "Inner circle" what is that??

  5. Lovely lovely blog post, and I love even more that she is a creative DIYer like myself. I plan to do most of the work for my own wedding when it comes up.

    I too am wondering, what exactly is this "Inner Circle" is it like an oversized bridal party (bridesmaid and groomsmen) so no one gets left out?

    ~Shae of Afroniquely You

  6. @JessJ and @Afroniquely, effect its an oversized bridal We have alot of friends from our respective hometowns, colleges, professional lives and fraternity/sorority, so it became nearly impossible to pick just a few for our bridal party b/c we didn't want more than 5 people standing on both sides. As a result, we came up with the "inner circle" idea as a way to incorporate everyone who played a role in our development into the people we are today. With the inner circle, we just gave them a color scheme (I gave the gentlemen the pink ties as "gifts" during the rehearsal dinner), so they didn't have to buy tuxedos or dresses (cost saving for them!). Additionally, they didn't stand by our sides during the ceremony either, they just walked in on opposite sides of the aisle during the procession and sat in the first two rows of the church on each of our respective sides. So, in effect, they were the closest people to us during the ceremony next to our parents. It worked out really well and gave us an opportunity to include everyone we love.

    Hope that clarifies!