Alysha, a stylish Queens, New York, native who earns her living as an embroidery designer, kept her look clean and unfussy for her big day. Here, makeup artist Helen Anderson from a local Face Stockholm boutique accentuates the bride’s natural beauty.
Alysha tapped into her fashion industry connects to score her dream Carolina Herrera wedding gown.
“The company I work for does embroidery for them. I purchased it at a sample sale the day after Thanksgiving and my parents happen to be in town,” remembers Alysha. “It was actually the first dress that I saw. Even my father liked it,” she adds.
A happy groom awaits his bride with younger brothers Donald and Dave by his side.
“The most memorable part of the wedding has to be when I first saw Alysha coming down that aisle. I know this will sound corny but she was even more beautiful than I imagined. I’ll probably never experience those few seconds or anything like it again in my life,” reveals Dwayne.
“We had an amazing officiant, Rev. Dr. Sheila Gay-Gross. She got to know us well. She told how we met and helped to make the ceremony very personable. It was really heartfelt and touching,” shares Alysha.
“Our officiant, Rev. Dr. Gay-Gross, called guests up to give us their blessing. Bringing our friends and family into the ceremony added a personal touch. It was very interactive. I think at the end everyone was thinking, ‘Wow, I was present,’” reveals Alysha.
All 175 guests witnessed the marriage of Alysha and Dwayne on July Fourth Weekend 2009. The couple chose a holiday weekend to take advantage of the holiday and help accommodate their out-of-town guests.
With an eye for breathtaking aesthetics, Alysha opted for an apple green and chocolate brown color scheme. However, all of the flowers used throughout the day were white so the green and brown hues became accents.
Although Alysha recalls Dwayne being reluctant to express his feelings for her initially, the groom admits he was smitten at first sight.
“The night I met Alysha I turned to a friend and said, ‘I just met my wife.’ But, I didn’t want to get too excited and then be disappointed. I figured I’d play it even keel and see what happens,” says Dwayne.
The newlyweds share a private slow dance in the lush gardens at The Belvedere Mansion. Guests were able to take full advantage of the long holiday weekend in the sleepy town of Rhinebeck, located in upstate New York.
“There are nice little cafes, boutiques and places for sight-seeing up there,” says Alysha.
“The best part of our reception was the nonstop dancing. Age didn’t matter! Our DJ was the friend of a friend and wasn’t even a ‘wedding DJ.’ He played lots of feel-good music from artists like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. There was also Poison by B.B.D.,” shares Alysha with a giggle.
The newlyweds say cheese for the camera as they are surrounded by loved ones who took a brief break from dancing.
Alysha shares, “There weren’t any real bridezilla moments. I was trying to rush around to all the tables to speak to all our guests during the reception but then I realized everyone was on the dance floor. So I just greeted them there.”
Brooklyn bohemian buppies Alysha Cassis and Dwayne Shaw tied the knot in a classy and quaint ceremony on July 4, 2009, at The Belvedere Mansion in Rhinebeck, New York.
By: Bridgette Bartlett
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