“When Robert proposed, I was so excited that I was shaking,” beautiful bride Brandi recalls. “It was an unbelievable moment. Robert proposing wasn’t even a thought in my mind. He completely caught me off guard.”
“I designed my wedding dress,” says Brandi. “The top and skirt were by Lazaro. When I tried on the dress I felt like a bride. The train was so luscious and I knew that this was my one time to wear a gown of this design so I had to have it.”
Brandi chose Jimmy Choo to walk down the aisle in style.
“My something old was my grandmother’s rosary,” Brandi shares. “It was wrapped and placed inside my bouquet. My something new was my dress. I borrowed my necklace and earrings from our jeweler Reis Nicholas in Indianapolis and my something blue was my garter given to be my Matron of Honor, Tiffany.”
“I loved being a bride,” says Brandi. “The morning of, I was a nervous wreck. It was surreal to know that the day was finally here. My mother, bridesmaids and planner kept me laughing and calm. One of the most fun parts about being a bride is wearing your gorgeous gown and knowing that it is truly your day.”
“I love the fact that she wants and keeps her family in the best situation possible,” says Robert. “She keeps food in our bellies, soap and deodorant on deck and organizes the chaos.”
“I love knowing that he has a good heart and he always thinks about how he will affect others before making decisions,” says Brandi. “He is very selfless and puts our relationship and family first. I also love his sense of humor. We can joke and laugh about anything and brighten any situation.”
“Robert has an incredible heart,” says Brandi. “He makes sure that I am ok before he takes care of anything else. He was raised to always do for others as he wants done for himself and he stands up to that in every aspect.”
“It’s a privilege to have a husband who values marriage and keeps our relationship and family first,” Brandi shares. “He is also very driven. Robert finds joy in expanding his knowledge and becoming a better person each day.”
“It was after I had a talk with my late mother that I decided to take the leap of faith and ask Brandi for her hand in marriage,” says Robert. “Brandi had a lot of the same qualities that my mother possessed and that in itself is why the initial road was rocky between those two (wife and mom), but smoothed out considerably in the end. They both are independent, strong willed, opinionated women that love hard if you are deserving of it.”
“Our children were a big part of our wedding,” says Brandi. “I have a daughter (Amyiah) from a previous relationship and it was important to me to have her feel like a part of the commitment that was occurring. In doing so we had unity sand with three colors, purple white and black. I was white, Robert black and Amyiah purple showing our unity as one family. Our twin boys, Mason and Jason served as ring bearers and stole the show. Our flower girl was our sweet niece Jacoya.”
“He is the person that I trust the most and have no reservations with,” says Brandi. “He is the definition of a God fearing man and his spirit keeps me grounded but also uplifted.”
“Being with him is easy,” the bride shares. “He’s a simple man, nice and truly goes out of his way to make sure that I always know how important I am in his life.“
“Not in a million years did I think I’d find true love the way I did,” says Brandi. “Robert and I met in a nightclub in Las Vegas while vacationing with friends. Finding true love or even finding someone period was the furthest thing from either of our minds. At that time, I mainly focused on enjoying the single life and having fun with my friends.”
“I knew that I wanted our ceremony to be gorgeous and luscious, yet simple,” Brandi shares. “My main request was to have a modern romantic feel. I wanted lots of flowers and candles. I feel that weddings should have a feeling of love in the air. The design team we hired accomplished that with tons of lush florals and rich linens.”
“We had a traditional Christian ceremony,” says Brandi. “It was outdoors on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the pool on what seemed like the hottest day in June. Prior to the ceremony we had a live band complete with a vocalist play music as the guests were arriving.”
Brandi and Robert opted to exchange traditional vows. “There is something romantic about knowing that 50 years from now other couples will still be saying the exact same vows,” she says.
“It all felt surreal,” says Brandi. “Like I couldn’t believe that after all of the planning, all of the stress, and all of the work we were in the moment. I lost sight of all of the people who were there and directed all of my focus to Robert. It felt like it went by too fast.”
“I felt like the moment was just right,” says Robert. “I had a lot of people tell me that I was overly calm and waited for something to go wrong but I was simply at peace and wanted to enjoy myself because I felt it was my day too.”
Robert and Brandi sealed the deal with a romantic kiss.
Proud groom Robert was so thrilled with his new marital status he practically two-stepped down the aisle.
“Edge Design took on the task of decorating my entire wedding and reception,” boasts the bride. They did an outstanding job of bringing the couple’s classic dream wedding to life.
“Our first dance song was Frankie Beverly and Maze’s ‘We Are One.’” Brandi shares.
Sweet traditions filled the room as Robert and Brandi celebrated their union in a big way.
Romantic uplighting help to set the mood.
“The wedding was very modern and romantic,” says Brandi. “The colors were white, purple, silver and black. All of the hardware was silver and the linens were a mixture of silver patterns and sequins.”
For the groom and his special guests, the couple hosted a celebratory cigar bar.
“We definitely splurged on our wedding but we saved money by not adding anything that did not represent us,” Brandi reveals.
In keeping with their traditional theme, the groom served slices of this fun, cigar-inspired groom’s cake.
“The special surprise for the guests were all of the vendors and yummy treats that they were able to take home,” says Brandi. “We had desserts, photos and cigars. They were under the impression that they were attending a traditional ceremony with dinner and cake but we added a twist and everyone enjoyed themselves that much more.”
Yup, it’s safe to say that the groom had the time of his life out on the dance floor with his new bride.
The lovebirds wedding day was lavish and lovely from corner-to-corner.
“Robert is my best friend,” says Brandi. “We can talk for hours or sit in complete silence and still remain in tune with each other.”