Meet bride-to-be, Lisa Coleman.

Hey! I am Lisa Coleman (soon to be Lisa Curtis on June 28th) born in Kansas City, raised on the East Coast (Virginia Beach, and Hartford, CT) and currently living in Washington, D.C.  I am a public interest attorney-- and I love it! I have been natural since August 29, 2009. 

I have always been obsessed with all things hair since I was a little girl. And, not just hair but hair health. When I graduated from college in 2003, the natural hair movement was just beginning. I would read posts about ladies growing their hair to bra-strap length and beyond by "stretching" their relaxer touch-ups. So, I started to do that. Just in an effort to grow my hair longer. Then when I moved to D.C. I found THE best hair stylist, and she encouraged me to go natural. I was always curious about my natural hair texture--so I transitioned with my stylist's help for a little over a year.  And, in August 2009 (after making it through a hot and humid summer in Dallas, TX) decided to do the big chop. I haven't looked back since!

How we met (and how he proposed!)

My soon to be hubby and I met when I first moved to D.C. in 2008 through a mutual friend. He was dating someone and I was completely engrossed in my first year of law school, so we started as platonic friends.  Slowly we found ourselves drawn to one another in a romantic way. I think it was because he kept crashing ladies night!  We had our first date in 2011, and the rest is history. In 2013, we welcomed our son, Langston, and we are so excited to be officially united as husband and wife.

We had been talking about getting married for a year or so before he actually popped the question. We would talk about where we would want to get married-- and we just kept saying we wanted to get married in an old historic mansion on the water.  So, the day he proposed, I was supposed to attend a jewelry show with my mom, and at the last minute she cancelled (which she never does!).  All of sudden, I had no plans.

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So, he asked me if I wanted to go for a walk, and grab something to eat.  As we were walking he said that there was actually a mansion in our waterfront neighborhood that he wanted to show me. Unfortunately, the mansion was closed, so I had to peek through the windows to check out the decor on the inside.  When I turned around, he was down on one knee with this beautiful ring asking me to be his wife. I think I was in shock for a few seconds, and then I blurted out YES! A little crowd gathered nearby and congratulated us.  Immediately after my mom called, and hurried over to our place to check out the ring. One of the happiest days of my life.

For our wedding, we are going for old vintage glamour meets southern comfort. Think: the Idlewild movie. We both are fairly traditional people, and down to earth, so we wanted to blend a simple, vintage, classic look with the warmth and relaxed feel of the south.

I am going for a classic, vintage look. I'm a girly-girl, but also pretty simple. So, I like a little bling and glamour, but low fuss.  I will likely be wearing my hair in a vintage low chignon, dewy bronzed makeup, and my dress is a strapless mermaid lace gown (with a hint of glitz!).

I think the most important thing is to stay true to your style and vision of your wedding. Like in life in general, EVERYBODY has an opinion. You have to take the time at the beginning of planning to cultivate a clear vision, because if you don't you could end up with an event that does not speak to who you and your partner are as a couple.

My definition of the perfect wedding is one that is authentic, meaningful, and fun.  At the end of the night, I want people to leave with their hearts and bellies full with love and good food and libations, and their feet and mouths hurting from all the dancing and smiling they did!

Even with that said, it is really just a day-- so relax and have FUN!