It was an evening seemingly like any other but ultimately would come to change Krystal and Damon’s lives forever. While going through his exercise routine at the gym, Damon was suddenly stunned by a woman on the treadmill - he recalls how Krystal was “looking so good that I just had to go over and speak to her.” Though Krystal was not in the mood for conversation, forcing Damon to turn up the charm. After a few attempts of trying to exchange contact information, Damon was finally able to receive her Instagram handle before leaving the gym - but the challenge of his pursuit was not yet over...
Bride & Groom: Krystal & Damon
Wedding Location: Rockwall, Texas
Wedding Date: November 18th 2018
Photographed by: Teshorn Jackson
Reaching out to Krystal through Instagram, Damon waited without a response before sending another message - that one too going opened but unanswered, as Krystal continued to feel out the situation. Finally, one evening after going to bed, Damon was awakened out of sleep to the sound of his phone alerting him of a message. They chatted through direct messages for a while before exchanging numbers. It was during a conversation about the importance of family that Krystal began to open up. They agreed to meet outside of the gym, going out to dinner, where they “hit it off so well, we started spending a lot of time together.” Over that time their relationship continued to grow as they discovered how much in common they shared - so much so that their meeting began to seem like fate in action.
Damon knew Krystal was the one since the first time he laid eyes on her, though it wasn’t the first time he saw her; having witnessed her in a dream a few weeks before their meeting. He knew then, seeing her on the treadmill when their paths first crossed, that a higher power was guiding him to his future wife. Krystal knew Damon was the one when after spending a long enough time together she realized he fulfilled a checklist of characteristics her ideal husband would demonstrate - the type of husband she prayed for. And so it was on Thanksgiving when Damon would make their love forever, asking Krystal for her hand in marriage. After receiving her parents blessing, and surrounded by their family, Krystal accepted Damon’s proposal with every beat of her heart.
Krystal and Damon’s fairytale wedding was perfectly set within the Castle at Rockwall venue in Rockwall, Texas. Krystal was gorgeous in a custom green gown by designer Ese Azenabor, fulfilling her childhood dream of being married in a brilliant emerald dress. Structured yet still flowing in movement, the green gown was trimmed in lace, hand beading, and was completed with a twenty foot long veil. Damon was dapper in a custom classy tan and ivory suit designed and styled by Don Murphy, with a surprise unique vest depicting the couples picture printed into the material along the back. The couple paid homage to their ancestry by having recitation of their family heritage within the ceremony, as well as jumping the broom into their new life together as husband and wife.
Best Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding? Our best memory is our First Dance. We both really wanted to swing dance to our first dance song, but didn't know if we'd be able to because of the wedding dress being made the way it was made. We started dancing and told each other we're not going to be able to swing dance because of the dress, but we were like, "Lets try it." So we started swing dancing and it went really well. We were so happy that we were able to swing dance to the song, because we had learned how to swing dance just for our wedding, and we would have been sad if we weren't able to swing dance to our song on our wedding day. We actually surprised each other, because we were able to move so well. We can truly say this was a blessing, especially due to the fact that we thought we were not going to be able to pull it off.
Advice for Engaged Couples: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Try to be understanding and accommodate each other’s wishes when planning for a wedding, because there will be some disagreements. Also, plan ahead if you are getting married, because a lot of money will be spent on the wedding. And actually I would advise to take some time and save money so there will be less financial strain when it comes time pay vendors.
Wedding Dress: Ese Azenabor
Brides' Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Grooms' Suit: Don Morphy
Grooms' Shoes: Don Morphy
Bridal Party: Faith Diva Designs
Groomsmen: Men's Warehouse
Photographer: Teshorn Jackson
Videographer, lighting and DJ: Harmland Visions LLC
Bride's Hair/ Makeup and Bridal Party Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Bridal Party Hair: Zaneta Burke
Florist: Kate Foley Designs
Cake: Renaissance Cake Company
Wedding Planner: Inspired by Faith Events
Stationery: Simply Mox
Catering: Beyond the Box Market & Catering
Venue: The Castle At Rockwall
Bride and Groom Rings: Robbin's Brother's