Tinique, 32, an early childhood educator, met Baltimore Orioles player Bill, 32, at a dinner party and their chemistry was instant. A year and a half later, he proposed at that very restaurant while sitting at the exact same table where they first met. Last fall they tied the knot in a lavish Atlanta wedding ceremony and reception. Share their love!
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“Kenny Berry, my hair stylist, and I have a special connection, and when I told him I wanted a soft look with lots of curls he knew exactly what to do,” Tinique says. Isn’t this a lovely beauty shot?
“I kept it simple as far as jewelry, wearing pear shaped diamond earrings and a diamond bracelet,” says the bride. “My shoes were Christian Louboutin Swarovski Crystal encrusted pumps.” Work it, lady!
“On a trip to New York City, I went to the Amsale boutique and loved at least five dresses, but the dress I chose spoke to me most because it had a very romantic, princess feel,” says Tinique of her lovely ball gown.
Tinique and her little ladies pose for the camera. So precious!
“I knew fairly early in our relationship that Bill was special because he treated me so well, and after only dating a month I met his mother,” says Tinique. “She is a very straightforward, honest woman, so when she told me I was special and to take care of her baby, I knew he was serious.”
“I tried on the same dress in three different cities (New York, Atlanta and Houston) for different friends and family — everyone loved the dress as much as I did,” Tinique recalls.
“Two Birds designed the bridesmaid’s dresses,” says Tinique. “It was the first dress we saw and loved. I chose it mostly because it’s a beautiful, very versatile dress. I wanted the girls to feel sexy, love their dresses and look beautiful in them.” Two Birds gowns can all be worn over 15 different ways, making it a popular favorite with brides who have large bridal parties.
Bill’s tux was custom made and the groomsmen wore tuxedos from Men’s Warehouse. “I just wanted them to look nice,” insists no-fuss bride Tinique.
Tinique posed for her official bridal portraits a month prior to the wedding. On the morning of her big day, she and Bill chose to keep with tradition and not see each other before the ceremony.
“We used lots of roses because I love them,” says the bride. “We added peonies, orchids, hydrangea, lily of the valley and gardenias, although there were thousands of the most beautiful roses.”
“We were married in a church, which is something that was important to us,” Tinique shares. “Following family tradition and having our marriage blessed in the house of the Lord was special for both of us.”
“I chose the church because the sanctuary was breathtaking, the people at the church were very welcoming and it was in close proximity to the St. Regis where our reception was held,” says Tinique.
During their ceremony, Tinique and Bill lit a unity candle to unite their families.
The happy couple made sure to include their 9-month-old daughter Sydni in their heartfelt ceremony. Following the formal pronouncement of Mr. & Mrs. William Hall III, by the presiding minister, Sydni was handed to Bill and the three of them walked down the aisle as a family.
We love this pretty portrait of the bridal party outside of the church. It’s more than worthy of a frame.
“I’m drawn to a soft pink, blush and champagne palette,” Tinique admits. “These colors induce a calm elegance that I cannot explain, but never tire of. I wanted the wedding style to be ‘princess’ beautiful, without being too garish.”
“We didn’t have a theme, however, since we are a family, we decided to have a family crest commissioned,” Tinique tells us. “We used the crest on the save the dates, the invitations and throughout the wedding venues.”
Despite the lavish details, Tinique insists that she and Bill had a budget and that they definitely stuck to it.
Bill and Tinique’s beautiful wedding cake was covered in a decadent rolled fondant. The bottom, middle and top tiers were embellished with fondant floral rosettes to match their theme. We love the edible jewel brooch! “I chose the cake style because it fit perfectly with the elegance of the wedding I had always imagined,” says Tinique. “Visually, it was absolutely stunning!”
For his groom’s cake, Bill chose a design shaped like a Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite bag made from chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.
The groom gets a huge group hug of support from his boys. How sweet!
Tinique and Bill hired a jazz band to entertain guests during the sit down dinner portion of the reception and DJ Nabs to get the party started after.
“Our first dance was to Jesse Powell’s ‘You,’ and it was so sweet,” says the beaming bride. “After the first dance, Sydni joined us, and the band played Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely.’”
For the wedding favors, the happy couple gave guests specially made chocolates with their monogram with mini framed pictures of their 9-month-old daughter Sydni.