Keyboard strokes and mouse clicks connected Raven and Darryl. The two “clicked it off” as Facebook friends in 2009 and later met in person after recognizing one another while at a church function. Following a few months of talking and getting to know one another the pair made it official on June 6, 2010. From there – the rest was history.
Darryl proposed to Raven in 2015 on a gorgeous, Easter Sunday evening at Allaire State Park (located in Wall, New Jersey). Ironically the two were taking “Easter photos” at a romantic, vintage barnyard, but in Darryl’s mind it was the ideal location to pop the question. And what was originally supposed to be Easter photos, ended in engagement session photos. So adorable!
Steal some behind the scenes glimpse of Raven and Darryl’s spiritual and romantic wedding by viewing their wedding day trailer created by coterie member, Benjamin and Natasha Davis of Yamean Studio Films and while scrolling on to read more from their love story.
The Couple: Raven & Darryl Gates
Wedding date: 5/15/2016
Wedding location: The Sterling Ballroom, Doubletree Hilton in Tinton Falls, NJ
Describe your wedding dress! What was wedding shopping like for you!
My wedding dress was more of a vintage look. To be honest it wasn’t what I was looking for but once I tried on my lace allure dress it was all I could think about when we went shopping at three different bridal shops. It was as if i time traveled to my wedding day marrying my love when i slipped into my dress.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Groomsmen: Bow ties & socks | Bridesmaids: Customs robes with their nickname and the year we met, jewelry for the wedding, hanky, and a clutch (which they loved) to hold their belongings through out the night.
Favorite item on the menu: Prime Rib & the grooms cake
First dance song: “Shine” by BJ the Chicago Kid
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Make sure that your day is you and your fiancé’s vision. Remember it’s one day and it will go by within hours, but you two will be together for a lifetime – so make it worth it!
What is your best memory from your wedding?
Seeing my fiancé, now husband, crying and in-awe when he heard me singing myself down the aisle. Seeing him so vulnerable and emotional is a moment I will forever cherish!
Videographer: Yamean Studios
Photographer: Shannon Davis Photography
Wedding Dress: Allure
Wedding Boutique: Cinderella Bridal, Matawan,NJ
Bridesmaids Dress: Ivory Lace One shoulder
Florist: Creative D’Zigns
Cake: Chocolate Carousel Belmar, NJ
Photobooth: A++ Photobooth
DJ: DJ Reem at TotalXperience TNT