For Timia and Brandon’s love story, it was serendipity that guided them together, but a higher power that set them on the path to becoming husband and wife. Career and education opportunities brought them together, then separated them only to bring them back together again – this time for the rest of their lives…
Read all about Timia and Brandon’s love story, sweet proposal, and experiences in their intimate and elegant NOLA wedding.
Bride & Groom-to-be: Timia and Brandon
Occupations: Response to Intervention Coordinator and Technical Support Representative
Wedding date: October 21, 2017
Wedding location: Marrero and New Orleans, LA
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Following my matriculation at Spelman College, I moved to Baton Rouge, LA to participate in an Americorps program called City Year. During this time, Brandon was studying Engineering at Southern University (You know, the University with the “Baddest Band in the Land”). Any-who, I ran into Brandon several times while enjoying the city but never gave him the time of day. I even gave him my number the first time we met but failed to take him seriously and deleted it from my phone (haha!). One day I was standing in line waiting to turn in my Redbox movie and I saw this guy in the grocery store who looked super familiar. It was Brandon but I couldn’t remember how I knew him. I left the store and went about my business. I ended up going out with some friends that night and guess who I ran into? Brandon. This time, I went up to him and told him how crazy it was that we just ran into each other in the grocery store. We ended up talking and dancing the night away. We eventually dated for the remainder of my time in Baton Rouge. Our time was cut short because I got into Teach for America Baltimore and moved away June of 2010.
The proposal… I grew tired of Baltimore’s cold climate and began looking for employment elsewhere. I learned about some teaching opportunities in New Orleans and I decided to take a leap of faith and move to a new city. Brandon and I caught up and slowly begin hanging out again. On August 24, 2013, Brandon asked me to be his girlfriend. We have been inseparable ever since. He proposed to me in a sweet and simple way at home on August 30, 2016. He played a joke on me where he started a debate about gender roles. He ended up telling me how I could propose to him one day. He began acting out what I would do if I proposed to him and then it got very real. He got on one knee and pulled out a box and I finally realized IT was actually happening! I instantly fell in love with my ring (It glistens, y’all!). He is the most loving, sweetest, caring, understanding, and loyal man. I am so grateful God chose him for me!
What was wedding shopping like for you? The best part about wedding shopping was finding all of my bridal items. I meticulously searched for my items including my shimmery hair piece, my sparkly strappy shoes, and my rhinestone garters. I made sure I would shine on my wedding day.
My wedding dress was a lacy sweetheart neckline mermaid style dress that included lots of rhinestones and beading up to my neck and around my waist. I felt soooo beautiful in it.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We incorporated some New Orleans flare by having a second line at the end of our wedding. It was so fun and our guest thoroughly enjoyed dancing around our venue while waving our personalized handkerchiefs. We even had personalized umbrellas made that included our college logos, my love for giraffes, and his love for the New Orleans Saints!
What is your best memory from your wedding? My favorite memory from our wedding is when I walked into the wedding with my dad. “Share My Life” by Kem was playing and it was such a beautiful moment. He told me he almost teared up when he saw me. I was a ball of nerves and did not even look at my husband until he came down the stairs to greet us. He looked so handsome and his haircut was so fly!
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Firstly, all couples should focus on enjoying the day with your new partner. The day flies by! Also, hire a great wedding planner so you don’t have to worry or direct anyone on the actual day. Lastly, never assume anything. Always tell your planner and vendors every detail you cultivated and hold them accountable to making your vision come true! Make sure you discuss everything before your actual wedding day.
Photographer: Jasmine LeFlore
Wedding Planner: the Bride
Day-of-Coordinator: Opulent Productions LLC
Florals: Decor by Donnie
Catering: Champagne Palace
Cakes: Haydel’s Bakery
Music: DJ MJ
Second Line: The Jazz Allstars
Makeup: Tremelda Cobb
Hair: Jill James
Wedding Dress: Celebrations Bridal and Fashion