When a close friend tells you they know someone that's “perfect for you,” believe them. That’s exactly how Torik met his wife, Stephanie, and they've lived happily ever after ever since.
“I wasn’t expecting Torik to propose,” Stephanie admits. “I thought he was going to do it around the holidays, but instead, he created a moment that was totally organic. When he presented me with the ring, I was so stunned I couldn’t say anything. I finally came to when he asked the second time. The moment was so memorable.”
DIY bride Stephanie styled her own pretty locks for her wedding day and then called on makeup artist Dana Edwards to help with her beauty look for the day. "I didn't have a 'something old' or 'borrowed,' but my 'something new' was my jewelry and my 'something blue' was my garter."
Stephanie’s wedding dress search began in Philadelphia and ended in Richmond, Virginia. “It was a long process,” she admits. “I think I tried on close to 100 dresses. The dress I had in mind wasn’t the dress I went with at all. I wanted all lace but ended up with an organza gown. I added a beautiful vintage sash made of tiny beads and pearls that sparkled beautifully.” Stephanie wound up choosing a gown called Yardleigh by Wtoo.
“The two flowers that I absolutely wanted in my bouquet were peonies and ranunculus,” says Stephanie. “They are such beautiful flowers. I found a photo online of the perfect bouquet, so I was really inspired by that.”
"Evelyn Bagala designed and created the bridesmaids' dresses," says Stephanie. "I couldn't find anything in the color I wanted, so I felt it best to the have the dresses made and the outcome was gorgeous."
His best man, four groomsmen and the ring bearer joined Torik for portraits. "Both Torik and I picked the attire for the guys," Stephanie tells us. "We wanted to go with a color that would complement the soft colors that the girls wore."
Since Stephanie's bridesmaids' gowns were custom made, each lovely lady was able to look and feel her best in the gown because it was made just for her. The bride wanted her girls to look great too, and it shows.
“Honestly, I knew Stephanie was ‘The One’ after our first date,” says Torik. “I felt a strong connection with her. I felt I could be myself, and not just a representative of myself. She felt so comfortable around me that she started eating off my plate by the end of the meal. Afterwards, we enjoyed coffee and engaged in a pleasant conversation that never seemed to end.”
"Our wedding officiant was the pastor of the church, and I wouldn't have had it any other way," says the bride. "I felt a sense of relief and peace at the altar. I was ready to make our love offficial and begin a long journey of happiness together," the groom adds.
“We knew we wanted to get married in Richmond, Virginia since that’s where we both lived,” says Stephanie. “I’ve always loved the pastor at St. Peter’s Baptist Church as well as the interior of the church.”
“My first experience with the Hippodrome Theater was at a Halloween party for my husband’s job,” Stephanie shares about their hip reception venue. “During that time, I was still living in Philadelphia, and we had only been engaged for one day, but as soon as I laid eyes on the venue, I felt like I could have my wedding there.”
“I chose Stephanie as my wife because she is beautiful, modest and intelligent,” says Torik. “Also, because of her heart. She is one of the most genuine and caring people I have ever met. She is a beautiful person inside and out. She is my balance and everything that I am not.”
“Being a groom was everything I thought it would be and more,” says Torik. “I was surprisingly at peace even though it seemed everything went by so fast. I wish I could have slowed the day down a bit.”
When it came to saving for her big day, Stephanie got pretty crafty. "I moved back home with my mother to save money for the wedding," she admits. "She was happy to have me, but towards the end, she was ready for me to leave."
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