Though they work in the superficial fashion world, Andre and Latoya know all about living in the real world. They met when she was at the end of a bad marriage and were friends for a year before dating exclusively.
Although Latoya only works with female models, it was still taboo for a model and an agent to date. The two kept their relationship private and some of Latoya’s coworkers didn’t realize until the wedding she was marrying a model, she shares with a laugh.
Latoya’s bridesmaids make sure everything is perfect. She let them pick from a variety of short black dresses to wear on her special day and also style their hair as they wanted. She tied the look together with pearls, that also served as her gift to them.
“I told them, ‘I want you to look your absolute best, however that is,’” she says. “I picked the pearls and had the necklaces made, which also allowed guests to know who was a bridesmaid.”
After picking fights with Latoya on purpose, Andre surprised her with a marriage proposal in a helicopter over Central Park. That night she was in for a bigger treat with an engagement party with all their friends and family.
Latoya learned from her first wedding which had tons of cake left, and opted for cupcakes. Her West Indian parents also gave traditional black cake. She also saved money on invitations by making them on her own.
“They were gorgeous,” she says. “I spent $4,500 on my first invites and $300 this time.”
Andre wasn’t a fan of a big wedding, and the two compromised on a budget of $20,000, which included the 12-day honeymoon in Thailand they left for the next day. Being creative throughout the process helped Latoya pull it off.
“I knew she had the ability to either negotiate the right price or just make it herself. She’s a BAD woman!” Andre says.