Tai and Gavin met their freshman year at Hampton University during step team practice and instantly became the best of friends. They didn’t know it then, but they were destined to become husband and wife. Totally smitten, Gavin popped the question on a Jumbotron at Disney World after they completed a marathon together. See their stunning “I dos” and share their love!
Meant to Be
"When you search for love in all the wrong places, there is a point when you just feel what is right," says the bride. "Gavin and I had always been friends. We never had to impress each other. I always felt comfortable around him, and it just felt right."
"Gavin has helped me grow into myself and into our relationship," says Tai. "He makes me laugh constantly and he's compassionate and really cares for others. He really supports me and challenges me to be better."
"I thought I would never fall in love," Gavin confesses. "I thought I was broken from previous so-called relationships. I was trying to be a bachelor and live a lifestyle I wasn't capable of maintaining."
All the bridesmaids glowed in their floor-length Bari-Jay evening gowns. "The eggplant color was just the right look for the wedding," Tai adds. It was very elegant. I wanted to choose a dress that flattered all of their shapes and sizes.
"Our personalities are fun, unexpected and over-the-top," explains Tai. "We wanted venues that spoke to the both of us. The Abbey in Orlando, Florida is a chic boutique theater with a bar in the back and The Mezz, where we held our reception, was a modern event space directly around the corner from the ceremony location."
"I wanted all elements of our wedding to have a special meaning," explains Tai. "Our ceremony was performed by Reverend Michael Wortham. He went to school with us at Hampton and he was one of my little brothers. Being married by a family friend was very special for us. Everyone knew him."
"I felt an overwhelming sense of emotion at the altar with Tai," Gavin shares. "It was an almost out of body experience that came over me. I am not an emotional guy whatsoever, but it made me realize how lucky and blessed I am to have found my life partner in a world so big."
"Anyone can tell you that I'm not crazy about flowers," says Tai. “I kept our flowers to a minimum for the décor and bouquets.” Florist Flowers By Lesley created the florals for the big day and the bride admits she fell in love with them.” Wait, is that sweet tea we see? Yum!
The new Mr. and Mrs. took to the dance floor to share their first dance as husband and wife to a fun mix of "You Are So Beautiful" by Nicholas David and "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. Fun times!