The bride and groom’s love story all started in 2012 when she saw a picture of him on Facebook. Instantly thinking he was easy on the eyes, the 26-year-old substitute teacher sent him a friend request and he slid in her DMs in the smoothest way possible. After officially going out on a date, the sparks flew and their happily ever after began. Take a look at their gorgeous June nuptials that incorporated soft, romantic hues for a wedding we can’t get enough of.
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Bride: Reneé Alexandra Thomas, 26, Substitute Teacher
Groom: Chavez William Grant, 29, Police Officer
The Big Day: 6/10/17
Location: Renaissance Hotel, Plantation, Florida
Style/Theme: Soft Romantic
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"Surprisingly, I was remained calm the day of my wedding," said Reneé. "I thought I would be an emotional wreck, but I was anything but that. I couldn't believe that day had finally come. I truly felt the love from everyone. I was so ready to see my soon to be husband. My wedding day was definitely all I dreamed it would be."
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Chavez coordinated with two of Reneeé's best friends to pull off the perfect proposal plan that involved an agent, a strip club, and her parent's house!
"Once we arrived at my parent's house I got out of the car, walked inside and there he was...surrounded rose petals and candles in a shape of a heart bended on one knee. Family and friends in the background with soft music playing. At that moment he asked me to be his wife, and of course, I said yes!"
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"It felt great," said Chavez. "Although I was mainly concerned about my bride enjoying her day, I enjoyed it as well. It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. It wasn't something I expected so soon, but when the day came and was honored and wouldn't trade the feeling for the world."
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"I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on," said the bride of her gorgeous Vera Wang wedding gown. "The dress and veil fit my romantic theme."
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Chavez described his bride as, "Gorgeous, compassionate, nurturing, loving, beautiful, generous, pretty, respectful, kind, selfless, strong, honest, amazing, mine."
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For her big day, the bride didn't really stick with the tradition of doing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
"I did not stick to the tradition," she admitted. "Honestly, I forgot all about that! However, my garter was light blue."
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We asked the bride to describe her groom and the answer was everything!
"Honest, loving, caring, selfless, hard-working, and FINE!," Reneé said.
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"My father walked me down the aisle," said the bride. "My father is such a hard working man & the epitome of an astonishing husband. I couldn't imagine anyone else by my side but him."
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"When you love someone wholeheartedly there isn't just one thing you love the most about that person," said the bride of loving her groom. "There are many components. I love how he loves me. He's so caring. So ambitious about our love. His love towards me makes me want to love him even more."
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"Her passion for her family and us is what I love most about here,"Her nurturing heart. Her selfless nature. Last but not least, she is beautiful inside and out, absolutely gorgeous and sexy as hell! Yes Lord!"
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It's no secret that Reneé and her bridesmaids are definitely #SquadGoals!
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"I knew I would one day find true love but never did I think I would find love via Facebook," said Reneé. "I wasn't searching for a man let along love when I first met Chavez. I was only 21 when we met. Love just kind of happened. Came out of nowhere when I was least expecting it."
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"I decided to make her my wife because I wasn't going to pass on someone so special and I couldn't fathom the rest of my life without her," said the groom. "We had become one over time. Time helped me decide. My feelings and urge to be with her never subsided. It was a strange feeling I had never felt before which let me know this time was different and forever."
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"No, I didn’t expect to find true love when I did but it came unexpectedly and it was undeniable. I fully expected to be single well into my thirties and still searching for someone to connect with and compliment. Yet, before thirty I found true love in the most unexpected way."
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"There wasn't an exact moment when I knew Chavez was 'The One,' Reneé said. "That feeling came over time. When Chavez & I met when I was in college attending Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Once a month Chavez would either drive 6 hours or hop on a plane just to visit me. He made that commute for almost 2 years until I graduated in May 2014. I knew we had something very special. So patient, so kind, so understanding and for that I loved him."
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"When her mood begin to influence mine and when I began to care more about her than my convenience," said Chavez. "It was a feeling I can't explain. We connected on all levels, I felt comfortable spending time with her. I never felt like I had to portray something I wasn't, is just who I was felt like it was enough and she accepted me. I also never felt like she was being anything other than herself. That spoke to our connection and it became clear to me."
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"I wanted a very simple cake," said the bride. "Nothing extravagant at all. The cake was round and four tiers. The icing was light pink with gold ribbons at the base of each tier. Roman numerals of our wedding date in gold decorated the third tier. 2 tiers of were vanilla & the other 2 were red velvet."
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"I said yes because I knew I would be safe. I said yes because I saw my father in him. Plus he's super funny!"
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"I wanted our wedding to be romantic," the bride revealed. "I aspired for everything to be light, airy & romantic. Like floating on a light pink cloud."
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