From the moment they locked eyes as freshman on the Hampton University campus, Candace and Thomas knew their love would make the grade. Exactly 10 years after making it official, he asked her to spend a lifetime with him during a rooftop proposal that left her smiling all night long. See their tropical-themed wedding day!
The Perfect Start
“I knew Thomas was the one for me from the very beginning,” says Candace of her college sweetheart Thomas. “I could never get him out of my mind since the night we met. The more I was around him, the more I liked everything about him.”
“I wanted a very easy style that wasn’t too fussy and would last all day and go with our wedding style,” says Candace. “I decided on doing a somewhat fancier version of a style I had worn regularly for a few months before the wedding.” The bride’s hairstylist and bridesmaid Joy Allen did her hair and makeup.”
Candace used the lace on one of her two garter belts to count as her "something blue" for her big day. She wore a white, pearl purse that was give to her by her mother for her "something old," her dress as her "something new" and her matron of honor's bracelet as her "something borrowed."
Candace's lush bouquet was filled with lovely orange roses, circus roses, mango calla lilies, pin protea and green cymbidium orchids wrapped in orange ribbon. Rosita's Flower Shop created all of the arrangements for their special day.
The bridesmaids wore gowns from Alfred Angelo. "I knew I wanted them in dresses that were fun, flirty and comfortable," she says. "The dress fit each of the girl's personalities and the color looked radiant on all of them."
The couple held their ceremony at their church home, Bayview Baptist Church, because it was the church Thomas attended throughout much of his childhood. Pretty paper poms in their signature wedding colors lined the aisle to prepare for the bridal party to make their way to the altar.
Only child Candace was escorted down the aisle by her father to the sounds of one of her favorite songs, "Orange Moon" by Erykah Badu. It was a more than appopriate pick considering the couple's lovely wedding colors.
The new Mr. and Mrs. were all smiles in their vintage car as they rode from the churc to their reception site, the Manchester Grand Hyatt. "We chose it because of the beautiful part of downtown it's in," says Candace. "It's right by the water and it has a beautiful ballroom and terrace."
The newlyweds honeymooned in Puerto Rico for two blissful weeks. If you enjoyed their tropical-inspired nuptials as much as we did, leave the happy couple a little comment love below. Want to see your big day featured in Bridal Bliss? Email us now!