Our latest GIGroom is Christopher Bond from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Chris and his beautiful bride, Krystle (that’s right Chris & Krys!) are getting married later this year in a religious ceremony in Montreal, QC where their featured engagement session by KGooding Photography was also shot.
How did you meet?
We met through mutual friends while Krystle was visiting Atlanta. I was immediately interested in Krystle—she was funny and petite—I’d never met another woman like her before. Once I found out she was from Montreal, I knew the first order of business was renewing my passport so I could see her again.
How did you know she was the one?
It was early on that I realised this was it. There was something about her I couldn’t put my hands on, something I never felt before when I was with her. I knew I needed to spend the rest of my life with her and change her last name.
Her sister helped me plan everything. I secretly flew in from Atlanta to Montreal. One of our first dates was ice skating on a lake that freezes over during the winter so. While she was on the ice, I cued the deejay to play one of our favourite songs, Adorn by R&B artist, Miguel. I surprised her with a bouquet of roses. I knew I’d shocked her because she was at a loss for words! While I got her off the ice her friends and some in the crowd recorded the proposal. I told her how much she meant to me then I got down on one knee and asked her to be my wife! Thankfully, she said yes!
How did you choose the ring?
I think I chose a different approach than most men. We had talked about getting married so Krystle knew a proposal was coming. I know women have their own taste in styles and rings, so during one of her visits to Atlanta, I surprised her and drove her to downtown to a jewellery store and let her choose. Krystle loved it—she was like a kid in a candy store! I used what I learned from that shopping trip to determine her style. From there I knew what direction to go in.
Tell us about your style—do you follow the trends or are you more classic?
Honestly, I would say both. I love a good suit and I appreciate the trends.
Does your wedding style have a theme?
Even though I like the trends, for my wedding day I’ve decided to go with more of a classic James Bond 007 look in homage to my last name.
How did you choose your tailor?
My cousin is the owner of Soren Custom out of Toronto. Soren specialises in hand-tailored suits and tuxedos. They took care of me in a major way.
How much input do the bride/groomsmen have on your attire?
My fiancée is very particular, so she definitely had a major input. My groomsmen had input as well, I asked them if they liked what I selected and they did. But at the end of the day I knew how I wanted to look and how I wanted my guys to look. Thankfully it all came together.
Do you have an opinion on what you’d like to see the bride wear?
Of course not! I know she will be the most beautiful bride in the world no matter what dress she picks out. I’m just counting down until I can take in the moment I see her walk down the aisle.
How much input do you have in the planning process?
I’m a typical guy, I defer to my fiancée’s preference. But, in weeks leading up to the actual date, I plan on being very hands-on to ensure our day is a special one and runs as smoothly as possible.
Are you planning the honeymoon as a surprise for your bride?
No, that’s something we decided to plan together.
If you could change anything about the wedding what would it be?
Make the wedding date sooner!