“We Still Do” Celebrating nine years of marriage, Andre and Shanai had an intimate vow renewal amongst close family and friends in honor of the wedding they never had. The lovevbirds met in high school where they ended up having a physics class together. Andre sat across the class from Shanai and would always find little reasons to come near her desk. Eventually he asked for her number and the rest is history.
These high school sweethearts got the chance to say “I Do’ again! In a simple yet very special and romantic ceremony surrounded by uncontrollable laughs, tears and moments they will cherish for a lifetime.
We were able to get a few details from the bride about her vow renewal planning process, because believe it or not, it’s just as hectic as planning a wedding! Check it out below:
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: “My wedding was our chance to actually have our big day. We got married young, pregnant and broke. I didn’t have any specific theme besides “we still do”. It was our 9 year anniversary.”
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: “I DIY’d everything myself. It was very clean and simple. I handmade my centerpieces as well as my signs. We didn’t do decor for the ceremony because it was an outside space and I felt the nature didn’t need lipstick!”
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: “I’m not much of a floral girl. So really the only flowers were my bouquet (which I also handmade myself from silk flowers) and the centerpieces for the reception. My girls didn’t have bouquets. So no, I can’t say flowers played an important part in the overall style of my wedding.”
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: “My entire wedding was personalized. My family helped with setting everything up, cooking the food and serving as well. I couldn’t have had my day without them. And I’ll be forever grateful for the amount of support I received. My favorite part of my wedding was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing my husband waiting to marry me again.”
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A:” For my wedding day look I wanted to choose something subtle but that would make my husband say wow! He’s not into a full face of makeup and neither am I, but I wanted to show off a little for our special day. My dress was a lace mermaid style with a sweetheart neckline. My shoes were sandals covered in rhinestones. My husband chose a tan suit with a pink bow tie to match my bridesmaid’s gowns.”
Q: Tell us about the proposal.
A: “There wasn’t a real proposal, it was more of him telling me he wasn’t letting me go anywhere. About 2 months after graduation we went to the courthouse and got a marriage license and had a small ceremony in his families church. My dad was deployed at the time so I was adamant that that moment was not our wedding. It couldn’t be a wedding without my dad.”
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: “I think the most anticipated moment of the day was my dad seeing me in my dress. Because he was in Iraq the first time I was married, it was 1000x more special. And I’m his baby girl and the first one to be walked down the aisle.”
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: “Advice I would give to other couples is make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan. Don’t think it’s so far away that you have all the time to plan. Do what you can when you can so you can avoid unnecessary stress!
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