Bridal Bliss: Andre and Latoya

Bridal Bliss: Andre and Latoya
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 09, 2009

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In the spirit of fashion week, model Andre Brown and model agent Latoya Scott share their love story. They tied the knot in New York City over Memorial Day weekend.

By Charreah Jackson

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Though they work in the superficial fashion world, Andre and Latoya know all about living in the real world. They met when she was at the end of a bad marriage and were friends for a year before dating exclusively.

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Andre is a natural in front of the camera, and is extra clean on his wedding day. He first spotted Latoya outside of the modeling agency he’s signed with and she works for.

“l was inspired to say something to understand why I felt such a strong pull to her,” he says. “It’s totally out of my character to approach strange women. I’m glad I rolled with it.”

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Although Latoya only works with female models, it was still taboo for a model and an agent to date. The two kept their relationship private and some of Latoya’s coworkers didn’t realize until the wedding she was marrying a model, she shares with a laugh.

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Latoya and her bridesmaids got dressed at a hotel in downtown New York, while Andre and the guys got fresh at their Harlem brownstone.

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In Harlem, Andre and his closest friends make their way to the city, for him to marry his special lady.

“I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect partner for myself, that’s why I feel like she was chosen for me. I was just fortunate enough to find her,” he says.

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Latoya cut the cost of a limo by walking to her wedding from her hotel in midtown New York City. The journey also made for a great photo shoot with her bridesmaids.

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Latoya’s bridesmaids make sure everything is perfect. She let them pick from a variety of short black dresses to wear on her special day and also style their hair as they wanted. She tied the look together with pearls, that also served as her gift to them.

“I told them, ‘I want you to look your absolute best, however that is,’” she says. “I picked the pearls and had the necklaces made, which also allowed guests to know who was a bridesmaid.”

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Excited to tie the knot and party with her nearest and dearest, Latoya greets cops along the way.

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The girls get friendly with Marines in town for Fleet Week.

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Latoya stops to give the Tin Man oil on her way to the altar. Clearly there is never a dull moment in New York’s Time Square.

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Latoya on the elevator to the rooftop where she’ll meet her hubby-to-be.

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Andre watches his bride make her way to the altar.

“When we look out of life’s window we see the same vision,” he says. “So what do I Iove most about her? I love how easy she is to love.”

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Latoya’s guests, all dressed in black, root her on down the aisle. She wanted a unified look, after originally planning to get married in the Caribbean with guest in white.

“Everybody already had a little black dress or had an excuse for a new one. It was so chic,” she says.

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Andre’s mom performs the ceremony and prays for the newlyweds.

“Spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically we just fit,” he says of his wife. "We laugh at the same things and speak the same language. Our chemistry is amazing.”

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The duo close the deal with a smooch.

“He’s very grounded and so down to earth,” Latoya says. “When people meet him, they just fall in love with his soul.”

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Pronounced man and wife, Latoya is ready to party.

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The happy couple sign on the doted line and get ready for the party portion of their Memorial Day weekend wedding.

“He’s so full of love,” Latoya says of her husband. “He was raised by women and is sensitive to the needs of women.”

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Latoya cozies up to her dad and her new husband.

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After picking fights with Latoya on purpose, Andre surprised her with a marriage proposal in a helicopter over Central Park. That night she was in for a bigger treat with an engagement party with all their friends and family.

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Both married before, Andre and Latoya both knew marriage is not a fairy tale. They respect each other and work to keep the relationship strong.

“I feel like God literally dropped him out of the sky to me,” she says

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The crowd goes wild as Latoya throws the bouquet, and DJ Beverly Bond provides the music for the night.

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Latoya’s favorite part of the wedding was letting the mic float during the reception, as friends and family shared words of wisdom.

“I wanted this to be unconventional and we had a blast,” the bride says.

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Latoya learned from her first wedding which had tons of cake left, and opted for cupcakes. Her West Indian parents also gave traditional black cake. She also saved money on invitations by making them on her own.

“They were gorgeous,” she says. “I spent $4,500 on my first invites and $300 this time.”

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Andre wasn’t a fan of a big wedding, and the two compromised on a budget of $20,000, which included the 12-day honeymoon in Thailand they left for the next day. Being creative throughout the process helped Latoya pull it off.

“I knew she had the ability to either negotiate the right price or just make it herself. She’s a BAD woman!” Andre says.

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