Bridal Bliss: Dalia and Jesse

Bridal Bliss: Dalia and Jesse
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 18, 2011

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Dalia’s hands-on bridesmaids wait on her hand and foot — literally. Now that’s what we call “her day”.

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Dalia’s lovely and dramatic up ’do is bridal hair perfection.

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The bride-to-be has her jaw-droppingly gorgeous jewelry photographed for a keepsake photo.

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Dalia poses for a breathtaking portrait as she waits to meet Jesse at the altar. What a stunning photo.

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Dalia and Jesse’s his and hers ring style is equally stunning.

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Dalia and Jesse designed a custom monogram made up of two "S"s that make a heart and enclose a “T”, both of which are enclosed by a “4” and an “E”. It stands for “Sweets and Swing Together Forever”. Adorable!

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Jesse and Dalia’s got their nicknames back in high school when they met. His friends call him “swing” because of his moves on the court, and Jesse calls his lady “sweets” because he has a sweet tooth for her.

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After watching shows like “Say Yes to the Dress”, Dalia says she knew it was going to take a lot of looking to find her dream dress. She wound up going to boutiques all over Canada and even visiting the U.S. in search of The Gown.

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Dalia selected three shades of pink for her bridesmaids and we just adore how pretty it makes their pictures.

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Dalia and Jesse have been best friends and lovers since high school and it’s clear they’ve kept a youthful spirit in their bond. Here’s Dalia goofing off with the guys.

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Jesse and his groomsman relax and share laughs as they pose for portraits in their sharp grey suits and pink ties.

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Jesse’s groomsman were oh-so-sharp, paying attention to every single detail including the colors and patterns on their socks.

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Dalia and her beautiful bridesmaids strike a pose.

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Mini bouquets = fierce, fun, and fabulous!

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“We always wanted to be around each other, had so much fun together, and couldn’t stop thinking about each other in class and at home,” says Dalia on how she knew Jesse was The One so early on.

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Dalia makes her way down a grassy aisle lined with pretty pink petals as her guests take advantage of the perfect photo opp.

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Dalia says she knew Jesse would be husband the day they shared their first kiss in front of their high school gym. “We just went forward and it felt so natural and so comfortable,” she says. “We were friends, we were inseparable, and we were in love.”

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Although their families maintain close ties to their African and Caribbean roots, rather than incorporate too many elements into their ceremony they chose to say a prayer and to have include a sand ceremony.

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Now this one’s a classic. The groom literally jumps for joy alongside his loyal groomsman. It’s clear Jesse and his friends sure know how to have a good time.

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Dalia and Jesse’s tented reception space looked like a scene from a fairytale.

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Dalia keeps her cool as she tosses the bouquet to all the single ladies on the dance floor.

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Dalia and Jesse went out of their way to ensure their guests got their groove on at the reception. The band was a huge hit!

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How chic is that over-sized pink flower, Dalia chose to spice up her reception hair? We absolutely love the look.

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Adjei thank their guests for coming and helping them celebrate their special day.

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A groomsman shows off his best moves on the dance floor. What a party!

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After all the hard work of planning and budgeting for the dream wedding, Dalia couldn’t wait to let loose. Her favorite part of the reception? “Dancing with everyone and seeing my friends and family have fun.”

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This classic and lovely group shoot belongs in a frame.

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Can’t get enough of Dalia and Jesse’s wedding? See lots more photos over on The Bride’s Cafe now.

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