Bridal Bliss: Kisha and Eric

Bridal Bliss: Kisha and Eric
ESSENCE.COM May, 10, 2010

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New York film producer Kisha Cameron and Chicago real estate developer Eric Dingle celebrated their marriage in a fabulous family affair at the Riviera in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on March 19, 2010.

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Kisha chose elegant, simple make-up with a flicker of gold for her wedding look.

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Kisha puts her headpiece into position.

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Kisha’s intricate cowry shell headpiece was made for her by Sherri Hobson of Beauloni Style.

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The groom shares a toast and some laughs with the guys while getting ready to meet his bride.

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A man is never too old to get some fashion advice from his father.

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On her way to the Riviera, Kisha made sure her limo driver picked up her grandmother Louise Williams from her home.

“She was literally on fire!” Kisha exclaims of her grandmother’s sharp look. “She wore a gorgeous gown and heels.”

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Bridal designer Cassandra Bromfield created gorgeous silk shantung shawls with African-print detail for Kisha’s bridesmaids, including her sister Malika Simmons who stands with her daughter Dominique DeLisle, grandmother Louise Williams, the bride and the bride’s mother Laverne Cameron.

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Eric is on top of the world with all of his Best Men standing beside him on his wedding day.

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Kisha’s wedding dress was a gift from her aunt who accompanied her on a shopping trip in New Jersey.

“I hadn’t planned to buy my dress that day,” Kisha confesses. “My grandmother, my sister, my aunt and my niece were there. I walked out of the dressing room and they had a heart attack.”

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Kisha sits in silence, preparing herself for the evening’s events.

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As the bride glides toward the front of the room to the tune of “Giving Myself” by Jennifer Hudson.

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The newlyweds seal their promises to each other with their wedding bands—symbols of their undying love.

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“It’s a really special honor for a man to ask you to be his wife,” Kisha sighs. “I was very touched and excited and thrilled and happy.”

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The Dingles entered the reception hall to the beat of African drummers, provided as a wedding gift to the couple from their friend Mahen Bonetti.

“All the spirits of our ancestors showed up,” Kisha says. “I really wanted it to feel like Eric’s mother (Gloria Dinkins Dingle who had passed away during the couple’s engagement) was there and I really wanted to feel my grandmother (Ivy Cameron), and they were definitely there.”

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The whole Cameron-Dingle clan get together for snap shot.

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Kisha and Eric added personal touches to every part of the wedding by creating signature cocktails for the event and designing their own rustic centerpieces.

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Kisha wraps her Cassandra Bromfield shawl around her shoulders and snuggles up to her husband for the newlyweds’ first dance to “My One and Only Love” by John Coltrane.

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“Our wedding felt like us,” Kisha explains. “It felt like how we get down and how we live and how we laugh and everyone came and celebrated it.”

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The camera catches this little one dancing to the music.

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Kisha surprised her husband by singing “Giving You The Best That I Got” by Anita Baker.

“I was trying to get him to cry so badly.”

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Kisha and the baker at the Riviera designed her wedding cake together. She and Sherri Hobson, who created her gorgeous headpiece, designed the cowry shell details on the four tiered dessert.

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Eric danced toward Kisha on his way to get her garter.

“The energy of the wedding just kept building on top of itself and the reception was like a big ‘Woohoo!’” Kisha remembers.

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The guys line up to catch the garter and see who will be snatched off the market next.

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Kisha grins from ear-to-ear as she prepares to toss the bridal bouquet to the eager bachelorettes.

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Kisha hugs Focus Features head James Schamus.

“I wanted to make sure that we infused everything with love,” Kisha says of planning her wedding.

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“It’s amazing and sobering and wonderful all at the same time,” the new wife says. “It’s kind of like, ‘Wow! We are married.’ I’m just really happy about it.”

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Photographer Parris Whittingham said of the couple, “I knew in our very first conversation that this was a great connection.”

View more of Kisha and Eric’s wedding day at “The Bride’s Cafe”.

For more of Whittingham’s wedding stories, check out From Parris With Love.

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