In the fall of 2012, Keyva just knew she was due for a change. One year after leaving the military, she was living in Florida and decided to apply for a job in Atlanta on a whim. Within a few weeks, she was off to ATL. “Everything about that move felt like it was meant to be, so off I went,” Keyva told ESSENCE. A few months later, she ran into the love of her life, Gerard, at their office cafeteria. Though she didn’t expect to find love at the moment, it seemed the universe had other plans.

After getting engaged, Gerard and Keyva discovered The Dekalb History Center as their perfect venue. “The marble walls, beautifully arched windows and high ceilings in the main event space were just what I was looking for,” says Keyva. “We saw a few other beautiful venues, but I knew where my heart was.”

After locking down the date, The Dysons put their trust in Shatila Davis of All That Sparkelez Event Planning to plan their big day. “We know the journey to our wedding would have been a lot more stressful if we hadn’t made the smart decision to hire her,” the couple told ESSENCE.

Scroll through the gallery to see all the heavenly whites and golds of Keyva and Gerard’s Georgia wedding.

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