High school besties-turned-lovers Tracey and Brad gave romance a try after her sisters insisted there was something special there. It only took one official date for them to realize what everyone else knew all along: they were always meant to be together. See their modern wedding in our nation's capitol.
The Only One For Me
Tracey, 28, and Brad, 28, realize now that they were always meant to be together. “Even in high school when we were just good friends, I always wanted the best for Brad,” she says. “Throughout my time knowing Brad, I believed something told me that he would be my husband. But, I never pushed.” With a little help from her sisters, eventually they went on the first date that started it all.
“My search for the dress lasted just one day in one shop,” says Tracey. “I tried on seven dresses! I’m very much a person who knows my style and knows what I want. The dress fit my personal style perfectly — modern, yet classic, and simple with a bit of flare.” She settled on this gorgeous gown designed by Essence of Australia.
"My planned hairstyle didn't work out, so my hairstylist, Latrice Strader of Destiny De've, had to go with plan B," Tracey recalls. "She's an amazing stylist and plan B actually turned out to be a great hairdo that stayed intact throughout the entire day."
“In June 2011, I lost my maternal grandmother who was very close to me,” says Tracey. “To honor her, I had three bouquet charms made with old photos of her. My sisters, who were both my maids of honor, wore them on their bouquets too.”
“I love that Brad is my best friend,” says Tracey. “We can just kick it. I love that I can genuinely feel his love for me and that he’s not afraid to show it in public or private.”
Tracey's favorite flower is the hydrangea. Her lovely bridal bouquet was filled with them. Her florist, Edge: Floral Event Deisgners, also mixed in white roses with feathers and crystals. The bridal party carried a similar bouquet style with black cyrstals.
“Bradley is a fun-loving type of guy,” says Tracey. “He’s very personable and always ready for a great laugh. He is God-fearing and very cautious about making decisions. He has a great work ethic and has worked hard to get to where he is today.”
“I sent out a survey to my bridesmaids beforehand asking what they were looking for in their dresses,” says Tracey. “Taking that info, my sister and I did some web searching.” They wound up falling in love with these stunning color blocked evening gowns from Bari Jay. “I loved the style of the dress!”
Brad's groomsman rented chic Vera Wang suits from Men's Warehouse. "He had the ultimate decision, but I offered my thoughts and they were to have a modern and fitted look — nothing baggy," says Tracey.
“Brad has worked hard to take advantage of opportunities and make the best of them,” says Tracey. “He has used his relationship with his mother and God to disprove the typical statistics for Black men in America — very much like my own father. And, I admire him for that.”
Brad and Tracey chose to hold a traditional Baptist ceremony, but it was still important to the bride that their personalities shined through. "So, being fans of live music, all the music that was played during the ceremony was live," she says. "We hired three soloists, an acoustic guitar player and a pianist."
“My friends can tell you that I am not a romantic, love-story type of person,” says Tracey. “I believed that God would show up in my life in the romance arena just as He has in all other areas of my life. I knew that what God has for me, is for me. I waited on Him, and yes, He sent me my true love.”
You Set the Standard
“Back when I dated, I always compared those that I was dating with the level of friendship that I had with Brad,” says Tracey. “I knew what we had would be a great foundation for a relationship and eventually a marriage.”
Day-of coordinators from The Social LLC were on hand to help Tracey and Brad ensure that every single carefully planned detail went off without a hitch. As you can see, everything went beautifully and as planned.
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