Only a love like the one Jessica and Henri Fulgence share could have carried them through some of the darkest times leading up to their beautiful wedding in Queens, New York.

Prior to their engagement in 2017, their year was filled with loss due to the passing of Jessica’s brother and my mother. “Henri stood by my side through both back-to-back tragedies,” Jessica told ESSENCE exclusively. “He made sure that I didn’t fall apart or lose myself in the grieving process. He was consistent and steadfast.” Thankfully, Henri had the blessing of Jessica’s mother for the proposal and the ring before she passed. He even proposed on a day significant to his mother-in-law’s memory.

It’s always darkest before the dawn, though. Thanks to the help of their wedding planner, Victoria Lartey-Williams of Victorious Events NYC, their ceremony fell beautifully into place. The couple’s dream wedding incorporated nods to their respective African and Haitian traditions. The five-hour reception was so lit, guests didn’t want to leave. Best of all, the couple found an artistic way to honor those they’ve lost.

There’s simply no way to not fall in love with this Fulgence’s love story. Scroll through the gallery for the best moments from their modern elegance-themed wedding.

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