Call it divine intervention or call it fate, but we simply call it love. Anais and Jamaal had attended the same church but it wasn’t in the house of the lord that they became acquainted. The two crossed paths on a night out on the town where they exchanged numbers. But it wasn’t until a year later that they went out on their first date. They had dinner at PF Changs in Providence, R.I. where they talked and got to know each other.
In March 2015 he presented Anais with a gift of her own. There was a “special” dessert for Anais to open. When she opened it, she found a beautifully decorated cake with, ‘Will you marry me?’ written on it. When Anais turned around, she found the man of her dreams on one knee asking her to be his wife.
The couple had an elegant navy and gold wedding at the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, R.I., putting their love for God and each other at the center of their union.
Favorite item on the wedding menu: Eggplant rollatini and grilled salmon
First dance song: “Back at One” By Brian McKnight
Bride: Anais Arias
Groom: Jamaal Hazard
Wedding date: 10/16/2015
Wedding location: Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, RI
Describe your wedding dress.
My dress has a champagne undertone and delicately decorated with lace. It was the one dress I tried on that made my mom cry. I knew it was the dress for me.
How was culture incorporated in your wedding day?
Anais is Hispanic and Jamaal is Native American and Cape Verdean. The night was filled with lots of dancing– especially lots of salsa, merengue, and bachata for Anais’ Dominicans and Puerto Ricans to get down to.
What advice do you have for our brides-to-be?
Enjoy being engaged and the wedding planning process. Savor every single moment and delight in one another; you are about to make a huge decision and it is meant to be beautiful and forever.
Cake: Wright’s Dairy Farm
Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique
Photography: Shawon Davis
Venue: Kirkbrae Country Club
Make up: MAW beauty
Hair: Hage Georgette-Tutto Family Hair Care
Groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers: Frey Florist
DJ: Upbeat City Entertainment