The bride and groom met when they were 9th graders, but their love story didn’t begin until their sophomore year when Trey asked De’Monique for her phone number. The strength of their relationship was tested when he went off to play college basketball at the University of Michigan and she stayed in Columbus to attend cosmetology school, but the distance couldn’t keep their hearts apart. After welcoming their son, TJ, the two made it official in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio in October and their romantic wedding day was everything.
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Bride: De’Monique Ann Nadine Chenault, 25
Groom: Alfonso Clark Burke III, 25 Professional Basketball Player
The Big Day: October 8, 2017
Location: The Ivory Room, Columbus Ohio
Style/Theme: Modern Elegance
Wedding Planner & Designer: Distinct Event Planning
Photographer: JazzyMae Photography
Videographer: Prodigy Cinema
Venue: The Ivory Room
Florist: Griffin’s Floral Design
Stationery: Alternative Hitches Fine Paper
Cake: The Cake Studio
Cake Pops: Sadie Baby Sweets
DJ: Mix Master Ice
Photobooth: Magic Mirror Photobooth
Lighting: Neff Event Lighting
Rentals: Event Source
Limo: Xtreme Limo
Bridal Dress Boutique: Henri’s
Groom’s Attire: SuitFellas
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We're kind of in love with the bride's gorgeous gown!
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"It felt amazing," De'Monique said about being a bride. "It was everything I always thought it would feel."
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Burgundy was a great color for Trey and De'Monique's day and the groom opted for the gorgeous hue in his tuxedo jacket.
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"It felt good to be a groom," Trey revealed. "Everything went the way it was supposed to go and we were both able to enjoy our day without anything going wrong."
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"We were staying out in LA for an off-season summer. It was July 5th and in my mind, just another day," the bride recalled. "Trey comes home and says he wants to take our son and me to Malibu beach with some of our friends and their son so they could have a fun beach play date. Little did I know that’s where he would propose. We get to the beach after a VERY long drive and there’s this huge cliff with a walking trail that he wants to walk up. Of course, I was a little irritated at this point after being in the car for an hour-and-a-half car ride and now this man wanted to me to climb a cliff in beach flip flops! But he insisted that the view was beautiful and worth the walk up so I agreed and we started up the path. While on our way up our friends were taking pictures of "the scenery,” but they were in on it. We finally get to the top and my attitude was gone with the wind because it was absolutely breathtaking and like he said, definitely worth the walk. The sky, the water, the sand, the breeze...it was perfect. Then he pulls me aside and pulls out this bowl covered in foil and tells me to open it so I did. I was a little confused when I seen the burnt up pieces of paper in the bowl but he goes on to explain how this was everything he's done wrong within our relationship through the years and he had confessed them to God and asked for his forgiveness. So he had written them down and burned them to represent starting fresh and now becoming one under God. Then he asked me to pour the paper ashes out so I turned around and did. I turn back around and BOOM. He's on one knee asking me to marry him and of course I accepted!"
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"What I love most about my wife is that I found her before any fortune or notoriety and how she has always stayed the same throughout the 9 to 10+ years we’ve been together," said the groom of his bride. "Her support and belief in God first, then myself, has always been a prized possession!"
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To complement the gorgeousness of the bride’s gown, the florist designed De'Monique's bouquet of hydrangea, roses, spray roses, orchids, dahlias, wrapped with a full crystal and bling wrap.
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Doesn't the bride look simply beautiful on her wedding day!
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"I love Trey's faith and devotion to Jesus Christ and the how he always prays to cover our family."
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The groom wasn't the only man to love on the bride during the big day--their son, TJ, definitely couldn't help but steal some kisses from his mommy!
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"My bridesmaids were my three sisters, my two best friends, and my two sisters-in-law," said the bride.
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"Trey's dad was his best man, his brother, four of his close cousins and, two of his good friends were his groomsmen."
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The bride had plenty of help on her wedding day--especially as she got ready!
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"The only child in the wedding was our 3-year-old son, TJ. He was our precious ring bearer."
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"My mother walked me down the aisle," the bride said. "She was a single mother raising me and my siblings and she’s our rock! There’s no one else I would have walked me down the aisle on my special day."
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"I was surprisingly nervous looking in his eyes," said the bride of being at the altar with the groom. "I even told him after that it was hard for me to look at him because I would get crazy butterflies."
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"He’s been my best friend since I met him and there’s no way I wouldn’t spend the rest of my life with him," said the bride.
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You can tell that the lovebirds definitely know how to have a good time!
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With a beautiful color palette of burgundy, blush, and gold, sparkly blush sequins linens were added which gave the room the perfect amount of shimmer. All of the tables adorned with fruitwood Chiavari chairs, gold beaded chargers, and burgundy satin napkins.
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"I just remember thinking, 'finally!'" said Trey of he and the bride's wedding day.
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The couple shared their first dance as husband and wife to “Until the End of Time” by Beyonce & Justin Timberlake.
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"Trey is handsome, funny, talented, big-hearted, a great man of God, and an amazing father. That's why I love him."
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"The wedding cake was gorgeous and delicious in the signature flavor of French vanilla and milk chocolate cake filled with fresh raspberries and chocolate ganache."
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"Of course, I didn’t think I’d find true love when I did," recalled the bride. "We were just young high school kids but that’s where it all started for us."
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Here's to forever for the happy couple!
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