Deneisha and Wayne met while caring for a mutual friend who was dying from cancer, but from that loss a beautiful love story was born. Read their touching story and see their lovely wedding day!
The Right Kind Of Man
“He loves and understands me, exactly as I am – quirks and air-headed tendencies included,” says beaming bride Deneisha. “He is so loving, kind, resilient and funny. We laugh daily, through the good and bad.”
“I felt a little conflicted about purchasing a dress without my mother there, especially since she was paying for it,” Deneisha shares. “So, I had to call her and plead my case. She was very understanding. We sent pictures of me in the dress and she approved!”
“My hair was done by my longtime hair stylist and friend, Sheri Simms of Distinktiv Imajz Salon in Somerset, New Jersey,” says the beaming bride. “ She drove all the way to Virginia the night prior to the wedding to be by my side that morning. I felt so loved and blessed that she would do that for me.” Wil Strayhorn of Let’s Face It Makeup and Hair Studio in Virginia Beach was on deck for makeup duty. Kudos to the glam squad!
“I did not expect to even consider dating anyone for quite some time considering the complexities of my previous relationship, says Deneisha. But, that all changed the moment she truly got to know Wayne.
“When Wayne proposed, I was shocked and speechless because I wasn’t expecting an ‘official’ proposal,” says Deneisha. “I was also very nervous because we never discussed my ideal style of ring. I stared at the box and was afraid to open it. Much to my surprise, it was exactly the ring I wanted (thanks to Laura, my friend). More importantly, he asked me to be his wife and life partner.”
“Being a groom was all that I dreamed of and more,” says Wayne. “Our ceremony was so wonderful it even surprised me. I could not believe I was actually involved in something so beautiful. At times it felt like an out of body experience.”
“The first dress I tried on, I fell in love with,” Deneisha admits. “It had everything I wanted and they had it in my size, which was very important considering we were getting married in three months. I tried on other dresses, but none compared. I knew that was my dress!”
“I did not have bridesmaids,” says Deneisha. “I have so many wonderful friends and family members that I did not want to choose. Instead, I involved each one in the process or ceremony in some way. I also wanted the ceremony to be about the two of us and Jackson.”
“Unlike some women, I did not grow up with specific thoughts or plans for my dream wedding,” says Deneisha. “This all came together one step at a time. I felt absolutely amazing that day. I was surrounded by my loved ones and close friends which was very important to me. I could not stop smiling. At times, it felt like a dream.”
“To avoid any delays or lost guests, we chose to have the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all at the same venue,” Deneisha explains. “The ceremony was followed immediately by a cocktail hour in an adjacent room. Our reception was a brunch, which was held in the same room as the ceremony."
“Our cake had four layers and each was wrapped with a wide fuchsia ribbon at the base,” says Deneisha. “Small white pearls studded each layer in a diamond pattern. A few brightly colored fresh flowers were placed on each layer. The cake was topped with a monogram letter ‘E’ with orange and fuchsia Swarovski crystals. The flavors were very hard to choose, especially since I love cake. My mom and I enjoyed every sample presented to us by the bakery. We finally chose alternating layers of fresh strawberry and almond pound cake with raspberry preservatives.”
“My first job was at the Great Big Greenhouse Nursery in Virginia Beach which cultivated my love for fresh flowers,” says Deneisha. “My ultimate dream wedding would have included large bouquets of flowers everywhere, but that did not seem practical for our budget. Our reception centerpieces were made of large bunches of all white baby’s breath in tall vases. We also used these to line the aisle during the ceremony. I wanted full bouquets on a budget. They were simple arrangements, but very classy and elegant.”
"We gave something practical for our wedding favors – brass, elephant bookmarks,” says Deneisha. “I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, so it was fitting.”
“Keith, our photographer, captured our moments perfectly,” says Deneisha. “It showed all of the joy and love we felt that day!” Leave your well wishes for the happy couple below. Want to see your wedding featured in Bridal Bliss? Email us now!