Thinking of postponing your wedding? Maybe consider a small ceremony and larger celebration the following year.
De-Shazo Wilkinson and Jacarra Wilson have had their fair share of wedding planning disappointments in the past couple of years. After being together for ten years, they originally set a date in 2019 but had to postpone their Orlando wedding to make way for a new high-rise. The new date was set for May 25, 2020, in St. Augustine Florida but had to once again be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jacarra was willing, but not entirely thrilled, to postpone, but her fiancé De-Shazo had other plans. He made plans with the wedding venue, The Treasury on the Plaza, to move forward with a surprise wedding ceremony. “[Jacarra] did it all. All I did was listen to her and remember what she wanted, and shared that with our wedding planner,” said De-Shazo.
With the help of their wedding planner, De-Shazo was able to pull off the surprise by telling Jacarra she was going to The Treasury for a photoshoot in lieu of their 2nd postponed wedding date. He had hair and makeup scheduled, and an intimate ceremony with friends and family present for the surprise. The ceremony seating included images of invited guests to honor those that could not attend, and their ministers officiated via Zoom. When Jacarra arrived for her supposed photoshoot, De-Shazo got down on one knee and asked her to be his bride for the 2nd time before the ceremony began. After they were married, they were greeted by a car parade and had their first dance in the gazebo. “This isn’t the wedding that we planned. It just solidifies that we’re in the right place, we’re doing the right thing, and we’re meant to be here,” says Jacarra.
As far as their future plans, the couple will have a one-year anniversary celebration where their 160 friends and family can attend.