If you’ve ever been to Essence Festival, you know its an insanely busy weekend where anything can happen…even a surprise wedding!

Sunette Thompson and her then fiancée, Lisa Wyatt, had been planning to head down to the 2018 Essence Festival for over a year. Little did Lisa know, there was so much more on the agenda, as Sunette had gathered more than one hundred of their closest family and friends for a wedding she had planned to surprise her with.

The act of surprise has been a recurring theme in their relationship. Lisa had turned her own birthday party into the sweetest proposal. “Hours into the party, I was given a microphone, informed Sunette that it was always an engagement party, bent the knee, and the rest is history! ” Lisa says. In return, Sunette felt as though it was only right to return the loving gesture. “Lisa surprised me with an amazing proposal, so I decided to surprise her with an epic wedding!” she told ESSENCE.

The entire French Quarter got to join in on Lisa and Sunette’s wedding celebration. There was a lively second line procession, good food and all-around good vibes on the last day Essence Fest as these two joined in holy matrimony. Long live love!

Scroll through the gallery and see the most beautiful photos from Lisa and Sunette’s wedding.

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