Ricky and Cherrell were pronounced husband and wife during a picturesque rooftop ceremony in scenic St. Louis, Missouri.
Initially introduced in 2012 by a mutual friend at a small gathering, Cherrell and Ricky’s love story began to take shape over the next couple of months, serendipitously crossing paths. For every chance meeting their bond grew more deeply as they continued to learn about each other. It wasn’t long before Ricky was showing up on Cherrell’s doorstep, a bouquet of roses in hand, to officially make his feelings for her known…
Read all about Cherrell and Ricky’s love story, intimate proposal, and wedding experiences.
Bride & Groom: Cherrell & Ricky
Occupations: Statistician & Project Manager
Wedding Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Wedding Location: Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. As fate would have it Cherrell and Ricky’s love story began in 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. They were introduced during a small gathering at a restaurant by Cherrell’s sister, Cierra, who also happens to be Ricky’s close college friend. Over the course of several months, Cherrell and Ricky would see each other in passing at group gatherings and engage in casual conversation. Eventually, the exchanges turned into some of the best conversations the two ever experienced. As the course of their friendship progressed they began to develop a strong interest in each other. In February 2013, Ricky finally made his interest in Cherrell known. He asked for Cherrell’s number and they began to converse via text. Cherrell, who had just celebrated her birthday days prior, would often joke that Ricky should purchase her flowers as a birthday gift. Determined to make a lasting impression Ricky showed up to Cherrell’s doorstep with the most gorgeous floral arrangement she had ever seen. After successfully sweeping her off her feet with the bouquet of roses Ricky charmed Cherrell even further by asking her on a date. Valentine’s Day of that year marked their first date. There were immediate sparks. The date solidified their connection and the two were inseparable. Since then the two have shared some of the most beautiful moments together including cultivating a new life with God and two beautiful children. Ricky proposed during an intimate dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with family.
What was the wedding shopping experience like for you? Our wedding style encompassed elegance, romance, and classic glamour. The bride wore an alluring white mermaid gown accented with sheer lace beading bodice and train complemented with a cathedral length veil and cascading earrings. For the reception, the bride changed into a gorgeous custom off the shoulder gown by Beeombi. The groom donned a classic black and white tuxedo with silver cufflinks and patent leather oxford dress shoes. Our shopping experience was a fun bonding experience.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We had a table devoted to honoring our deceased loved ones.
Wedding Party Gifts: The bride and groom gifted the bridesmaids with gorgeous draped earrings and the groomsmen with engraved flasks.
Gifts for Each Other: We celebrated our love in Aruba.
Ceremony Entrance Song: “Die with You” by Beyoncé
First Dance Song: “You” by Jesse Powell
What is your best memory from your wedding? We were blessed to have a beautiful wedding day from beginning to end. Our favorite memory of our wedding day was our ceremony. We had an intimate ceremony with family and friends on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel located in downtown St. Louis, MO. Our guests were serenaded with live music from a violinist as they overlooked the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River. The view was absolutely breathtaking but it was no comparison to the love in the atmosphere. Our children filled our hearts with joy and gratitude as they graciously held hands walking down the aisle serving as our ring bearer and flower girl. As the doors opened for the bridal entrance we were overwhelmed with emotion. The moment we locked eyes Ricky whispered to me, “You look beautiful.” We lovingly exchanged vows and professed our love in front of God, our family and friends. It was the perfect embodiment of our love.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? The best advice we would like to pass along to others, especially soon to be married couples, is to always act in love and faith. Choose to honor God, yourself and your partner with every decision you make and enjoy each other every single moment.
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, Downtown St. Louis
Photographer: Zoe Life Photography
Videographer: Wade Hodges of LWFilms
DJ: DJ Nino
Saxophonist: Rhoda G
Hair Stylist: Abra McField (Bride) & Lauren Hudson (Bridal Party)
Makeup Artist: Kysha Marie & Nicole of Nicole Beauty & Wellness
Florist: Rouge Events & Design
Caterer: Four Seasons Hotel
Cake & Desserts: Four Seasons Hotel
Wedding Stationery/Invitations: Minted
Reception Dress Designer: Beeombi
Dress Shop: Frew’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear
Photo Booth: Everyday Elegance Photobooth