On her wedding day, the bride felt like the luckiest girl in the world. "It was the most beautiful I ever felt in my entire life and those who are in your presence while you’re getting ready have a great impact on how you feel that day. I was surrounded by happiness, love and great energy."
"At the beginning it was a bit difficult to get a style of dress that would complement my slim frame,"the bride shared. "However, I knew that I wanted a mermaid style dress and for the color to be warm, to give me the wintery look. I tried on 14 dresses and my dress happened to be number 12. From the moment I put it on, I knew that this was going to be the dress."
The bride was surrounded my love and light on her wedding day. "My maid of honor was my 13 year old daughter Keshai, and my bridesmaids included my two cousins Schapel and Tiffany and one of my closest friends, Nicole."
"Since I wanted the ceremony to be more traditional I had my father walk me down the aisle," shared the bride. "I love him dearly and wouldn’t have had it any other way. I started to cry while walking down the aisle but my father told me to “woman up” and I dried my eye and continued down the aisle."
Omari popped the question to Shadeen on her birthday. After telling her they were having dinner at one of her favorite restaurants, she rushed home to the ultimate surprise--he had hired a personal chef to fix them something extra special. After their lovely dinner, Omari presented Shadeen with a birthday cake and asked that she closed her eyes to make a wish. "I complied and when I opened my eyes, I realized my wish was coming true…Omari was on one knee proposing!"
"I don’t believe I ever told her this before, but about 9 months prior to us meeting, I prayed that I would find somebody that would love me unconditionally," shared the groom. "When Shadeen and I first started communicating via FB, I wasn’t sure who I was talking too and didn’t know what to say. We talked every day for about two weeks and I realized the conversation was going good, so I took a leap of faith and just asked her out. I just remembered that I had prayed for a healthy relationship and didn’t want to possibly be blocking my blessing. Boy was I glad that we did go out because we haven’t stopped seeing each other ever since."
"When I looked in Shadeen’s eyes, I said to myself wow, this is my wife," shared Omari. "I was ecstatic knowing that she is the woman I would be spending the rest of my life with."
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Something About You
"I knew from the first time we met that Shadeen and I would have a long beautiful relationship," said Omari. "After being with her for a couple of years and truly knowing the woman she is I knew she was the one."
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You're My Only Love
"I said yes because I love Omari with all my heart," said Shadeen. "He’s God-fearing, a great parent to my daughter Keshai and he keeps me completely level headed. He’s the quiet to my storm."
The bride and groom picked the perfect cake flavors for their wedding day but the process wasn't easy. After trying 6 different flavors, they weren't sure what to decide on until they tried the strawberry cake and they know that was the one! "We both immediately knew the strawberry cake was our favorite as well as the Ciroc infused cake. We decided to do a three tier cake with our 3 favorite’s: strawberry, Ciroc infused and red velvet. It was a perfect mix, as it matched perfectly with our wedding colors."
"I knew she was the one from our first date," said Omari. "The energy that night felt right and you could feel a real connection between us. We had so much in common. I remember telling my friend Darlene that we even had similar cars and that we both wore the same colors on that date (gray top and dark blue jeans), lol. I don’t know, it kind of freaked me out at first but I knew it meant something."
The bride and groom treated their guests to something sweet as they partied throughout the night. "Omari and I wanted to add a little Caribbean flare to the wedding so had tropical flavored popsicles. We had them setup around the time we knew the party would start so that our guest had something cold in their hands as they partied with us." What a great touch!