Bridal Bliss: Brandis and Ronald

Bridal Bliss: Brandis and Ronald
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 13, 2011

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“I knew my husband was The one when i saw him grow spiritually,” says Brandis. “When I saw him loving God more than loving me and wanting to please God more than pleasing me.”

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Brandis puts the finishing touches on her makeup as she waits for her moment at the altar with Ronald.

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Houston bride Brandis hired a Los Angeles based hair stylist and makeup artist who has worked with burlesque dancers to help her achieve vintage beauty perfection.

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Brandis made all the boutonnieres by hand.

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“I have a thing for corset tops, sweetheart necklines, and slim fit dresses so that is how I wanted my wedding dress to look,” Brandis said when describing how she went about shopping for her dream dress.

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Even Brandis’ shoes were certified vintage chic. Excuse us while we have a momentary shoegasm.

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“I knew it would be very hard to find another someone like Ronald,” says Brandis. “Someone who could not only hand me, but could balance and compliment my life.”

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Brandis’ beautiful bridal party. We love that they’re all wearing different vintage era dresses.

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Ronald and his dapper groomsmen share a few laughs as they wait patiently for the ceremony to begin.

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Brandis was determined to craft all the special details for her big day — these peacock clutches she made for her bridal party were an instant hit with the girls. (Brandis will you make us one too?)

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Look at the ladies working those bags…just divine!

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A sweet and tender moment captures beautifully on film.

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Thrilled with seeing his bride to be for the first time, Ronald gives Brandis a dip to show his joy. What a lovely moment.

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Are you wanting to be a part of this photo as badly as we are? Can you someone Photoshop us in please?

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Having just graduated nursing school, Brandis was in search of a one-of-a-kind location for their wedding that held meaning. She chose the eleqgant restaurant Trevisio inside the Houston Medical Center because it overlooked many of the hospitals where she performed her clinical trials.

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The flower girl lets the guests know that the beautiful bride is coming.

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Just look at the beaming bride headed down the aisle toward her lucky groom.

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“Our wedding location was much more than just a beautiful space,” says Brandis. “It has such special underlying significance.”

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“We had a long distance relationship the entire courtship and engagement,” Brandis says. “He lived in San Antonio and I lived in Houston.”

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Brandis and Ronald framed their favorite engagement photos in lovely dark wood vintage frames.

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Guests were encouraged to leave kind words for the newlyweds in a handmade wedding keepsake box.

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Brandis and Ronald cut a rug for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Theodore.

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Brandis drew this cake design and her baker brought it to life. Isn’t this cake a beauty?

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This lovely retro seating chart was another one of Brandis’ lovely DIY wedding day creations. Absolutely wonderful!

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Brandis, who planned the couple’s entire big day herself, left no details unplanned. If we didn’t know any better wed think these wedding photos came right out of an album from 1952.

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Since Brandis and Ronald lived apart their entire relationship, on date nights when they couldn’t be together they’d rent the same movie from Red Box and watch it at the same time. Adorable, isn’t it?

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Brandis shows off her stunning 50s hair ’do and feather fascinator while Ronald stares on at his lovely bride. Can you feel the love? We can!

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“Honestly speaking, our wedding did not have a single blooper,” says Brandis who says she has zero regrets and would love to live it all over again. See more photos from this divine wedding over on The Bride’s Cafe now!