When Cerina and John first met in 2012 there was an instant connection. Their conversation was effortless and it was soon clear to both of them they were meant to be together. They spent the following three years building a loving and stable relationship until John proposed in 2016.
Read all about Cerina and John's extravagant proposal as well as their rustic and chic wedding in North Carolina.
Bride & Groom: Cerina & John
Occupations: Optometrist & Nurse Anesthesia Student
Wedding date: September 16, 2017
Wedding location: Lofts at Union Square in High Point, NC
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. We met through a mutual friend who happens to be my cousin in 2012. Our dynamic was incredible within the first few hours of talking. We became official in May of 2013 and John proposed in May of 2016.
The proposal: Every year post the home-going of my mom, I participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K, to honor her life. May of 2016 was the first time John ran with me. At the completion of the race, many people were brought to a large stage to acknowledge their place, donation winnings, and personal stories. When I was called to the stage, I assumed that I was going to share my mom's story. Little did I know, after stating how I was there celebrating my mother's life, John tapped me on the shoulder. He professed his love, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him in front of thousands of people! It was even on the news!
What was wedding shopping like for you? I enjoyed the process of shopping for a wedding dress! My dress was beautiful and classic.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The bridesmaids received robes and tote bags. The groomsmen received laser engraved personalized footballs.
Favorite item on the menu: Shrimp and grits served in stemless martini glasses
First dance song: "Beautiful Surprise" by India Arie
What is your best memory from your wedding?
My best memory was us locking eyes while I was walking down the aisle, seeing John tear up during that time, and John's reaction to my bridal jumpsuit wardrobe change during the reception. I also loved how intimate, engaging, and fun our reception was. It was a night that I wish never ended!
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Invest in a wedding planner so can genuinely enjoy the day celebrating you two. You'll be stress free and can embrace the moment.
Photographer - Jonathan and Renee McCardell
Videographer - Sugarshack Films
Ceremony and Reception Location - The Lofts at Union Square
Dress - Allure, Classic Bride & Formals
Bridal jumpsuit - Brittany Deshield
Bridal party attire - David’s Bridal and Men’s Warehouse
Groom’s tux - Custom made by Christopher Schafer
Cake - Sweet Josephine's
Caterer - Sweet Basils
Favors - Loco for Coco Chocolate
Wedding planners - Ayesha Oglesby and Stephanie Davis
Music - TJ Johnson at Triad DJ and The Illuminations
Saxophonist - Jashaun Peele
Hair - David Elliot of D Elliot’s Hair Studio, Charlotte, NC
Makeup - Tyneisha Knowles
Flowers - Florist: Sami Price, Just Priceless
Pre Marital Counseling - Deona Frierson, MSW, LCSW