You may remember Semiko and Kendric from their beautiful engagement session. Since then, the two who became engaged at a National Physique Committee competition, decided on a sultry Hollywood vibe for their intimate black tie wedding. Semiko took a brief break from wedding planning to serve overseas in Afghanistan. When she returned, a red wedding - not that kind of red wedding - followed.
Wedding Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Wedding Location: The Houston City Club in Houston, TX
First Dance Song: Alicia Keys and Maxwell’s "Fire We Make" & Usher's "There Goes My Baby"
Favorite Item on the Menu: Our wedding cake was too die for!
Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
Kendric and I met at a nightclub...the place that I said I would never meet and seriously date a guy. I saw Kendric and I was immediately taken aback. There was something about him that intrigued me. Long story short, for the first time ever, I had a little too much to drink and Kendric assisted me to my car. I ran into him in a local record store when I was with a friend and I immediately noticed him and tried to avoid him because I didn’t know how much of that night he'd remember. I was very ashamed! Well, he noticed me trying to avoid him and walked up to me saying, “Hey, I know you.” I immediately replied “No you don’t.” We went back and forth and he finally stated that he knew me from that infamous night that he assisted me to the car. I denied that it was me and he insisted that it was. I finally broke down and said, “For God’s sake it was me, but I have never needed someone to help me to my car ever!” He laughed and told me that was okay and that he wasn’t worried about it so I shouldn’t be. We went on to talk to each other for a good twenty minutes in the record store before we walked our separate ways.
When my friend and I got to the car, she said, “Hey, I got his number.” She said that he volunteered to help pick up/hand out the rest of the flyers for a comedy show that she was promoting the following weekend. A few days later, my friend called me and said he asked for my number and she wouldn’t give it to him unless I said it was okay. I responded with “Hell yeah, give him my number!” He literally called me 5-10 minutes later and we talked for hours.
Kendric: Our engagement took place at a National Physique Committee competition. We have always worked out together, but training for a competition allowed us to get to know each other on another level… Believe me if you and the person you love can make it through a competition diet and training without appearing on “The First 48 or Snapped” then it is meant to be! I love her and couldn't imagine not spending the rest of my life without her. So I got on one knee and asked if she would give me the honor of being her husband on stage in front of friends and family. It was a great!
I got my dress from Weddings by Debbie in Katy,TX and I was wowed by their showroom. I definitely felt like a bride! My dress was very modest yet a reflection of me. Glamorous yet simple! It was a Sottero-Midgley Couture. I took one of my bridesmaids and my wedding planner with me. I couldn't bear more than one or two people with me. I am very indecisive and I wouldn't have gotten a dress before my wedding with ten different opinions during my dress shopping so I kept it simple.
Help a bride-to-be out!
Brides: It's not just your wedding. If he has ideas, please do your best to incorporate them in the wedding. This will keep him happy. He isn't going to want much, so just appease him when possible.
Grooms: I know you are used to being a superhero but your bride will have your head spinning with last minute "honey dos" so rely on your groomsmen to do the last minute running around. You don't have to do it all.
Brides and Grooms: Don't sweat the small stuff! If you do, you will not enjoy the time you have together leading up to the wedding. Focus on spending the rest of your life with your soulmate. We stressed over many things, primarily people. Do not do it! I repeat. Do not do it! Don't worry about who can and can not come, who didn't RSVP, who made you upset etc.... because the people who are meant to celebrate with you will be there to support you and you will have a blast! Keep the focus on you and your soulmate and not other people.
Finally, surround yourself with people who want to see you win! Get rid of people who are not making your wedding memorable in a positive way even if they are in the bridal party. They will expose themselves. There will be so many moving pieces leading up to your wedding and you will not have time to spend it arguing with someone who doesn't like the dresses that were picked out months ago, who sits where, etc. If they aren't adding to your happiness during this special time in your life, get rid of them.
Wedding Planner & Designer: Ultimate Events Unlimited, LLC
Photographer: Ken Maurice Studios
Videography: DKM Films
Linens & Decor: What's the Occasion Linens
Flowers: The Secret Floral Garden
Wedding Cake: Supreme Kakes
DJ, Emcee, Uplighting: Signature EvenTx
Venue: Houston City Club