Edward popped the big question to Nicolette at a restaurant on his birthday. “He knew my mother would be in town. I said yes, of course, and we started planning the wedding shortly after,” tells Nicolette.
“My brother, Zharmer (ESSENCE.com copy chief), and my mother, Barbara, walked me down the aisle,” says Nicolette. “My mom gave me life and my brother helped raise me. He has been my father figure,” she proudly explains of her unconventional escort choices.
The newlywed explains her decision not to wed in her hometown and opt for a destination wedding: “I wanted to avoid extra drama. Plus, we felt Hawaii was different. We wanted to give our family the chance to go somewhere they had never been before,” she adds.
According to Nicolette, destination weddings are less stressful than conventional ones. “I couldn’t worry about what wasn’t ‘right.’ I was like, what’s not here is not here—oh well, we have to move on with the show,” shares the newlywed.
The newlywed shares some practical advice for those planning to walk down the aisle soon. “I spent $800 on a cake and we threw half of it away. If you can get your cake at a Costco or a Sam’s Club and have it decorated really pretty, that would be a way to save money,” says Nicolette.
The two University of Central Oklahoma grads have been dating since December 2004 and haven’t looked back since. They wed in an intimate ceremony last September at the Maui Prince Resort in Maui, Hawaii.