“If you let God hold the pen, he will write the perfect love story”.  This was the theme of Jessica and Sean’s Norforlk, VA wedding.  The two tied the know on May 29, 2016.
The bride, a New Orleans native, is a local morning news anchor. The groom , a native New Yorker, is a banker. The couple met while both attending a local college football game. A conversation was struck and …
The proposal in the groom’s words:

“Since December of 2014, I knew she was going to be the one I spent the rest of my life with, but I didn’t know how I was going to ask for her hand in marriage. I was informed in early December that her family was celebrating her Auntie Elaine’s 65th birthday party in my hometown, New York City on June 13th. I knew then that that was my perfect opportunity to propose. After several ideas were formulated, I decided to take a sentimental route that highlighted the milestones in our love story.

I created our “1st Date Book” as a walk down memory lane recapping numerous “first date” encounters between us, such as our first walk on campus, our first date, and even our first HBCU homecoming as a couple.  I prerecorded a voice over featuring yours truly, and narrated the timeless collage of memories in a custom-made photo album. The idea in my heart finally started turning into reality. Jessica had no idea I was going to be in New York during the family trip to celebrate Auntie Elaine’s birthday (thanks Mom, Dad and Mom Jennifer for keeping the secret for so long). I solicited the assistance of a few friends and even a new acquaintance who helped execute this very special moment even better then I could have ever imagined. In front of family and friends, the well-constructed plot began.

My friend Costal entered with a bouquet of roses posing as a random stranger that got asked to drop off these flowers to “some news anchor” named Jessica in exchange for $20 dollars. Then a singer Jared walked in immediately after looking for Jessica and sang a melody of Michael Jackson’s “Lady in my Life”. Lastly, my friend Jequan entered with a box containing an iphone and the “1st Date Book.” He asked Jessica to press play.

As my voice over commenced, I slowly began walking in and stood behind her. She still had no clue I was even there. When she got to the final page of the photo album, it read “Proposal Date: June 13th 2015. She started screaming and crying, and when she turned around I was standing there behind her. I dropped down to my right knee and well….. the rest is history. ”

The Wedding 
The plum, white and grey wedding was held at the Slover Library in front of a large book backdrop that Jessica’s coworker and meteorologist Myles Henderson built.   Instead of traditional bouquets, the bridesmaids carried books with a single flower as the bookmark.  Each book was significant to the couple’s journey.
The wedding was complete with an audio narration and soundtrack for the ceremony. The wedding recessions consisted of a tradition New Orleans second line complete with personalize handkerchiefs.
The reception was held at a Nuevo art gallery/bistro. There was a live painter on site that painted a portrait of the couple. The couple both surprised one another with choreographed performances. The evening ended with a concert for which proceeds benefited  Parents Against Bullying.
Special thanks to Apryl of Memorable Events by Apryl  for submitting this beautiful wedding.
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 Vendor Collaboration
Wedding Planner/Designer: Apryl Roberts, Memorable Events by Apryl || Photographer: Jaxon Photo Group ||  Wedding Venue: Slover Library || Reception venue: Work Release  || Wedding Gown: House of Maya || Bridesmaids Gown: David’s Bridal || Cupcakes: Ethereal Cupcakes  || Broche bouquet:  Broche Bouquets by Susan