Bridal Bliss: LaTanya and Alex

Bridal Bliss: LaTanya and Alex
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 02, 2011

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LaTanya and Alex’s sunny Miami Beach wedding was a dream come true. “I would not change a single thing about the day. It was perfect,” says LaTanya.

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The bride chose royal blue Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps to accent her wedding gown. Fierce!

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LaTanya is the epitome of a beautiful bride as she awaits her walk down to the altar on her wedding day.

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How adorable! The couple’s ring bearer gracefully balances his feather adorned pillow as he walks toward the altar.

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For Alex, seeing his soon-to-be wife for the first time at their ceremony was breathtaking. “My favorite part of the ceremony was seeing Tanya walk down the aisle. She looked so beautiful.”

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One of LaTanya’s bridesmaids gently wipes away a tear as the couple exchanges vows.

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The newlyweds are beaming with excitement as their officiant, a long-time family friend, announces them as husband and wife.

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It’s official! While the bridal party cheers them on, LaTanya and Alex share their first kiss after their intimate wedding ceremony.

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It’s official! Alex and LaTanya share their first kiss as man and wife. “I was so excited that I leaned in to kiss LaTanya before the officiant could say ‘You may now kiss your bride,’” recalls Alex.

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The couple says that after 10 blissful years together and a big move to Florida, they knew the time was right to get married. “We both had stable careers and were enjoying Miami. We grew roots here with a great group of friends,” said Alex.

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The college sweethearts have evolved into newlyweds. LaTanya and Alex take a quiet moment to take in their wedding day on the beautiful beach.

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“I knew 100% that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Alex,” said LaTanya, who flashes a charming smile next to her husband.

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Keeping with the peacock theme, LaTanya chose to outfit her bridal party in dresses of varied colors. “I wanted all my bridesmaids dresses to be in the peacock color family.” The grooms were adorned with peacock feathers instead of flower boutonnieres.

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We love Alex’s enthusiasm on his wedding day!

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The bride’s diamond and white gold wedding band and the groom’s Tungsten wedding band look splendid.

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LaTanya looks stunning in her birdcage veil which she crafted herself. “The veil that I originally wanted was $400, so I made one myself. I didn’t shy away from the DIY aspect of the wedding. At the end of the day it’s about the experience and not how much you paid for it,” says LaTanya.

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Alex says that being friends first has been one of the keys to his and LaTanya’s strong foundation. “Spending the first year as just friends, I was able to see LaTanya in her element without the pressures of a relationship and what comes with it and my love for her only grew,” says Alex.

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The groomsmen strike a pose in their tuxedos. What a handsome bunch!

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The loving couple shares an intimate kiss surrounded by their bridal party near the beach. Absolutely beautiful!

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The bridal party share a laugh with the bride and groom as they pose for portraits off the shore.

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The couple used an enlarged engagement photo for the backdrop of their reception seating chart which was placed on an easel for guests to view during the cocktail hour. The music-loving couple named the tables after their favorite love songs.

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As their 200 guests look on, the couple shares a loving gaze during their first dance as husband and wife.

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LaTanya and Alex enjoy their first dance to “So High” by John Legend. “It’s a beautiful song. We were very choosy about our first dance song and what the lyrics meant to us and felt this song was perfect.”

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Wedding guests cheer in excitement during LaTanya and Alex’s reception. “The love in the room was bananas,” says Alex. “It was unbelievable to see so many people cheering for us and knowing that our love made them so happy.”

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The radiant bride is serenaded by her sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta who joined hands to sing the “Sweetheart Song.”

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LaTanya shows she is not shy on the dance floor when Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” starts playing as her guests gather for the bouquet toss.

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LaTanya and Alex’s white on white cake was adorned with feathers in keeping with their peacock theme.

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The tech-savvy couple takes a minute to capture their big day on Alex’s iPhone. Don’t you love this shot?

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The happy couple ends their magical night with glowing smiles.


All photos courtesy of James Leily Photography.

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