Cassandra’s co-workers convinced her to try out online dating, despite her skepticism. Three weeks later, she received a message from her future husband, Marlon. The rest, as they say, is history.
Bride: Cassandra Lavette Bennett, 39, Coordinator
Groom: Marlon Yaphet Wade, 36, Substitute Teacher/Sports Promoter
Married On: March 23, 2013
Wedding Location: Ventanas, Atlanta, GA
Wedding Style: Modern Glam
When Cassandra’s coworkers told her about all of the fun they were having meeting new people on popular social media site BlackPeopleMeet.com, she was a little leery at first. “I had never heard of it,” she admits. “But, I decided to give the three week trial a try. As her trial came to an end, Cassandra logged on once more and saw a message waiting in her inbox that she’ll never forget. “Hello, my name is Marlon. Please give me a call sometimes.” At first, she was a little nervous, but she figured one phone call couldn’t hurt. “We started chatting all day every day for a month, and he finally asked to take me to lunch,” she recalls. “We met for a meal the following week, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.”
All Of the Lights
Marlon knew that Cassandra loved the city lights in the Atlanta skyline, so when he began to plan a romantic proposal for her, he made sure the city played a major role in it. He remembered attending a party at the Twelve Hotel with amazing views and a great restaurant in the lobby. It was the perfect place to ask the love of his life to be his wife. He went to her father to get his blessings first, then went on to plan a surprise birthday dinner for Cassandra that she would never forget. With a little help from her sister Melody, and the team at The Twelve Hotel, he reserved a suite and made plans for a lovely dinner party, complete with a fancy cake and themed décor. He told Cassandra that they would be celebrating alone, but when the limo picked them up and took them to the hotel, her closest friends and family were there to greet them.
After a fabulous dinner and celebration, the group went upstairs to the suite for cake, wine and night views of Atlanta. After everyone sang happy birthday to Cassandra, Marlon took her out on the balcony to take it all in. She turned her head to admire the view and when she looked back at him, he was on bended knee. “Everything went as planned,” Marlon recalls. Cassandra’s glowing grin and fast “yes” was all he needed to be the happiest man on earth that night. Share their love!
Photos: Inije Photography