D’Juan and Jason’s big day was a classic, story book wedding with Harlem Renaissance themed details and blue & silver color scheme. A wine ceremony was incorporated into the marriage as a tribute to combining both of their families while giving honor to God for their new union. A jumping of the broom was also performed to acknowledge their cultural history. A most memorable moment from the beautiful day included D’Juan’s father politely interrupting the first dance to also share a dance with his son and new son-in-law as a demonstration of his love and blessing for not only them but their union. Love certainly won that day, and for D’Juan and Jason it will continue to win everyday as they begin their new life together as a married couple.
Read all about D’Juan & Jason’s wedding experiences below in their intimate and charming Manor wedding in Georgia. See the complete selected gallery by Six Hearts Photography here, and view the entire vendor list below.
Wedding Couple: D’Juan & Jason
Occupations: Realtor/Senior Accountant, & Human Resource Manager
Wedding date: May 28, 2017
Wedding location: Glendalough Manor, Tyrone, GA
Tell us all about your wedding day! Our wedding theme for our big day was Harlem Renaissance. We wanted a classic, masculine, storybook look for the big day. We, as the grooms, created every single detail of how we wanted everything to look and even completed several projects to make sure the theme was cohesive. We wanted our day to be a day to remember for not only us but for our guests. A lot of times in the LGBT community, you do not get the love and support from family and friends. We are thankful to have that overflow of support from our family and close friends. Our day was a night to remember from beginning to end. From my husband’s aunt and sister walking him down the aisle to my father walking me down the aisle, the ceremony was filled with endless love, laughter and tears. To show that we had our family support and that we are LGBT Christians as well, we wanted to conduct a wine ceremony as a tribute to combining both of our families while give honor to God for our new union. The reception was filled with great energy, love and support and we topped the night off with a sparkler exit. The day was truly remarkable from beginning to end.
Wedding Style: Harlem Renaissance Theme. Our girls wore custom Bari Jay dresses with an overskirt that went precisely with our theme. We wanted a classy, elegant, classic look for the girls. We kept a masculine feel throughout the décor in which we selected and created every part of our wedding
Groomsmaids Gift: Personalized embroidered tote bag filled with wedding shoes and accessories for the big day.
Groomsmens’ Gift: Personalized shot glass set & socks.
Favorite item on the menu: Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Boursin Cheese Cream Sauce and Grilled Salmon with Champagne Dill Sauce.
First dance song: “King” By Tamar Braxton
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Yes, in the African American culture it is customary to jump over the broom. Since African Americans at that time could not legally marry, it was a form to the community that they were in fact now married as one. We wanted to tie our cultural history with our LGBT history and thought that jumping the broom would be a vital, touching moment to give thanks to our ancestors and key players in the LGBT community that were key in fighting for our right to marry. In turn, we did our part by making a contribution to the Human Rights Campaign as a newly married couple as well to honor our LGBT counterparts that came before us as favor to our guests.
What is your best memory from your wedding? The best memory for my husband and I was when my dad politely interrupted our first dance to dance with his son and his other new son, Jason. It really touched us and the crowd to know that the patriarch of one family would do something so profound and selfless to show his unwavering support for the new husbands. It was very natural, seamless, touching and made the grooms cry. Words of wisdom were exchanged from D’Juan’s father to his two new sons and it felt like a rite of passage into life as a new married couple.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? The best advice is to not stress on the big day. We truly took this word of advice from family and friends and really enjoyed our day. The day will fly by. But, taking the time to enjoy the day and letting your wedding planner, director, or whomever you chose, to coordinate your day, will be well worth it. We can definitely say that by doing the aforementioned, we thoroughly enjoyed our big day with family, friends, and all of our vendors. It was like one big family reunion and everyone could feel the love and compassion.
Officiant: Dr. Derrick Tennial
Groomsmaids Dresses: Bari Jay
Hair: Strandz Studios by Aria Sims
Barber: Got U Lookin’ Good Barbershop by Tory Parker
Makeup: SoChevon by Dominique Doyle
Shoes: Stacy Adams Brayden Collection
Ceremony Location: Pergola Gardens at Glendalough Manor
Cocktail Hour: Atrium to Glendalough Manor
Photography: Six Hearts Photography
DJ: DJ Cuttlefish
Photobooth: Robotbooth with FarOutGalaxy
Wedding Planner/Director/Reception Coordinator: Glendalough Manor
Florist: Blueberry Springs
Cake: Cutie Pies & Cakery
Stationery & Wedding Day Signage: Sandi Spells Designs
Cupcakes: Baker Men
Wine Bottle Décor: Custom Grafix
Tuxes: Savvi Formalwear
Groomsmaid’s Bridal Shop: Bridals by Lori
Groomsmaid’s Accessories: David’s Bridal