“…and they lived happily ever after…” This paragon fairy tale ending is the hopeful wish of every bride and groom – the perfect ending to their most special of days. For Monica & Shodre their happily ever after began October 30, surrounded by friends and family within a chic and rustic setting in Durham, North Carolina. The blue and pink wedding party color-scheme sung brightly against the wood and brick backdrop, creating a style both rustic and sophisticated.
Read all about Monica & Shodre’s story and wedding experience.
Bride & Groom: Monica & Shodre
Occupations: Monica is a Clinical Research Associate and Shodre owns a trucking business.
Wedding date: October 30, 2016
Wedding location: The Cotton Room, Durham, NC
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Monica and Shodre met online. The proposal was Thanksgiving Day, 2015. Monica’s family went on a cruise for Thanksgiving. Shodre proposed, out of the blue, before a comedy show on the ship, in front of Monica’s family. She was speechless.
Wedding Style: Fun and Relaxed
Describe your wedding dress: Dress of my dreams. Fun and whimsical, but still regal
What was wedding shopping like for you? Wedding dress shopping for me was amazing! I purchased my dress at Tre Bella Bridal in Durham, NC. My experience was very personalized. I was the only person there during my dress appointment, so I felt extremely catered to. Every fitting appointment thereafter was the same way. I felt like a princess throughout the entire process.
What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory from the wedding is seeing my husband for the first time on that day. It’s like time stood still.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids – personalized robes/Groomsmen – Gift cards.
Favorite item on the menu: Pork puppies! BBQ pork inside a hushpuppy.
First dance song: “This is Why I Love You” by Major
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things out of your control will happen. There were a few things that I noticed during the day that didn’t go exactly as I had hoped, but in the big scheme of things, the day was absolutely perfect!
Photographer: Artije Photography
Videography: CLT Production
Make-Up: Pink Diamonds by Tiwa Lawrence
DJ: Randy Bennett of Bunn DJ Company
Venue: The Cotton Room, Durham NC
Cake: Ashley Cakes, Raleigh, NC
Officiant: Ben Poston