Maya Darashaw of MadWorks
Harold had always admired Tuwisha from afar when they attended the same college. After getting transferred to another school to play football, he decided to shoot his shot via social media. Lucky for him, it was nothing but net.
Fast forward to summer of 2018, these two lovebirds took their love to the next step by exchanging vows at a gorgeous modern renaissance theme in Staten Island’s stunning Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Surrounded by lush foliage and breathtaking views, Tuwisha and Harold celebrated their union in the most elegant way possible. Their wedding planner, Lisa Brooks, helped bring all the elements together seamlessly for their dream day. Bonus: find out which R&B singer they secured to sing their love song.
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Bride: Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson Groom: Harold Simpson Ceremony and Reception Location: Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY Wedding Planner: Lisa Brooks (@eventsbyml) Wedding Theme/Style: Gatsby/Renaissance Photography: Maya Darashaw of MadWorks Wedding dress: Castle Couture Bridesmaids dresses: Rent the Runway Music: DJ Mark Battle
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"When he proposed, we were hosting our first Thanksgiving together. We all gathered around the table to bless the food. He suggested everyone go around and state what they are grateful for, positioning himself to be last. During his moment of giving thanks, he spoke of how grateful he was for me and our relationship. With tears in his eyes he proposed in front of family and friends."
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"What I love about Tuwisha is her drive to do well at anything she does. I knew she was the one after our first official date."
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"I knew I wanted high glam designer sequin gowns. Given I knew this would be a pretty penny, I immediately contacted Rent the Runway and secured all their gowns that way. Each lady had a dress of similar color and fabric with silhouettes they chose to match their personal style."
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"I didn’t get the dress I thought I wanted. I got the one that was RIGHT for me. My mom insisted we check New Jersey's Castle Couture, noted to have a slew of dresses in “curvy” sizes. I found a dress that was totally Tuwisha. When I saw the detail in the back and learned I can add a belt to snatch the look together, I was sold."
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It didn't take long for Tuwisha and Harold to find the venue of their dreams. "I passed the venue everyday while commuting to work," Tuwusha said. "It's a huge park with various gardens and building including museums, mazes, an old church and a 1920's style hall. I fell in love with the entire park and said to my mom, 'this is that kind of place I want to get married.'"
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In the absence of Harold's father, Tuwisha's dad, uncles and older brother assisted him with his attire, provided pep talks and love on the couple's big day.
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Tuwisha's mother was a key part of the process. From selecting the dress to placing jewelry, mom helped make sure every detail was secured.
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Tuwisha was accompanied down the isle by her father Terry.
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Harold was overcome with emotion seeing his bride for the first time.
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"We had a family declaration of support, Yoruba adopted Four Element ceremony, tying of the Knot and finally a good old fashion broom jumping."
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"My wedding day was the most serene and best day of my life to date," Tuwisha told us.
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"We customized our wedding to ensure the audience and bridal party participated and understood the responsibility of witnessing two people becoming one under God."
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Tuwisha and Harold's wedding colors were gold, blush and black. The wedding was a mandated black-tie affair and reception centerpieces oozed elegance.
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The couple's reception space had cute little cubbies, which they transformed into lounge areas (complete with sequin pillows, tables with mini white and gold themed candy stations. )
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The Simpson's cake was 4 layers of gold and cream perfection. They also had a custom logo that ordinated the cake, invites, dance floor and menus.
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The couple's favorite singer, Eric Roberson, performed at both the ceremony and reception. Tuwisha was able to secure the R&B crooner after sharing her wish on Facebook and discovering one of her sorors is his manager. Look at God!
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The party was just as fab as the ceremony.
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Tuwisha slipped into something a bit more comfortable (but just as elegant!) for the reception.
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Tuwisha and Harold take the first slice of their four tier gilded cake.
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