When the lines of friendship and desire become blurred, anxious feelings can arise, but sometimes a leap of faith can lead to true love. Mary and LeAndrew started off as friends when they meet in 2005 at Florida A&M University. However, after remaining friends for two years, it was clear that they shared a deeper connection, and they decided to make their relationship official in 2008.
After a romantic proposal in Las Vegas, the college sweethearts dived into wedding planning. They decided on a theme of “Classic City Glam.” All of their décor had a timeless, romantic, and glamorous feel. Guests were amazed by the immense chandeliers that soared over their heads as Mary walked down a dramatic aisle flanked with towering arrangements of pink and ivory peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and roses. Their color scheme effortlessly mixed blush, rose, ivory, and gold to create a soft ambiance, while gold sequined table linens and chiavari chairs, and the prettiest stationery brought a touch of shimmer.
It was a memorable night that ended with a fairytale exit. Mary shares, “most memorable part of our wedding day would be our exit by family and friends sending us off to our horse and carriage ride. Just to have that first alone time as “Husband and Wife” riding around in the city of Atlanta to reflect on what just happened was amazing. Having people honk their horns and screaming “Congratulations” was fun too.” It truly a magical night, celebrating a lasting love that grew out of an innocent friendship. Enjoy this beautiful multicultural wedding which is also featured in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue on newsstands now. You can get a copy here. Thanks to our Coterie member, Inije Photography, for the gorgeous images!
Wedding Date: 6/14/2014
Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA
Wedding Theme: Classic City Glamour
Wedding Colors: Blush, Rose, Ivory, and Gold
Wedding Flowers: Peonies, Ranunculus, Hydrangeas, and Roses
First dance song: “Spend my Life With You” by Eric Benet and Tamia
Wedding cake flavors: 6 tier cake in strawberry, Champagne with raspberry filling, Red Velvet
Menu Favorite: Herb rubbed French chicken with blackened salmon
Bridesmaids gifts: Swarovski drop earrings, with matching bracelet and rhinestone bridesmaid robes
Incorporation of Culture
Although I am of Nigerian decent and my husband is American. The Nigerian culture was incorporated in the wedding day by close family and friends wearing matching Nigerian lace material made in different styles to symbolize togetherness and support.
In all honesty, we had a few memorable moments from saying “I Do” to the father-daughter dance, but the most memorable part of our wedding day would be our exit by family and friends sending us off to our horse and carriage ride. Just to have that first alone time as “Husband and Wife” riding around in the city of Atlanta to reflect on what just happened was amazing. Having people honk their horns and screaming “Congratulations” was fun too.
He loves…”My caring and nurturing nature, he loves that he knows I always have his back.”
She loves…”He’s loving and thoughtful, I never have to worry about anything because he always makes sure that I’m taken care of.”
Photography/Videography- Inije Photography and Films
Wedding Dress Designer/Salon- Winnie Couture
Bridesmaid Dresses- Watters
Shoes- Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin
Hair- Tranace Sabb
Makeup- Yanique Downer
Ceremony/Reception location- 200 Peachtree Special Events
Wedding Planner- Kathy Grate of Divine Occasions
Florist- Edge Design Group
Cake- For Goodness Cakes
Stationery- Papered Wonders Inc.
Catering- A Divine Event
Dj- Dj King Ola