Elegant {New Jersey} Wedding at the Mansion: Tracey + Lawrence

Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps showed us years ago that love and basketball are definitely a great mix. Tracey and Lawrence followed their lead: their appreciation for each other began on the basketball court and they have since spent years playing on the same team. Now, Tracey and Lawrence have made it official: they will be playing on the same team for the rest of their lives :). Their very special day was photographed by BG Productions.

The Bride: Tracey Hyman
The Groom: Lawrence Triniwell
Occupations: Bride - Audit Manager; Groom - Police Guard
The Wedding Date: 03.02.2012
The Location: The Mansion, Vorhees, NJ

The Meeting ..... "Lawrence and I met during my junior year in high school (1996) which was his freshman year. During the spring of 1997, Lawrence and I both played in the PAL (Police Athletic League) national basketball tournament in Detroit, MI. Well that was the first time he really caught my eye. From there, a friendship would foster and grow into something stronger that neither of us would imagine; however, this would abruptly end after my first semester in college. Our friendship remained throughout the years, even though Lawrence accused me of being a heartbreaker. During the summer of 2003, a flame would rekindle and lead into time being spent again with one another as we once did in high school. We would travel back and forth to see one another since we now lived an hour and half apart. In spring of 2004, we decided to take our friendship onto the next level. Lawrence wrote on my bathroom fogged vanity mirror, "Will you be my girlfriend? Yes, no or maybe?" I did not notice the question until the following night after taking a shower; of course, I said, "Yes" and the rest is history."

The Proposal ..... "It was Tracey’s 30th birthday and I was on my way to football practice. I decided to stop at the bakery to get her a birthday cake. As I was picking out the cake, the lady at the bakery asked me what I wanted written on the cake. I blurted out, “Will You Marry Me”? Stunned at the words that came out of my own mouth, the lady asked me if I was serious.  I looked at her started to laugh and answered “Yes”. So, I was at football practice nervously looking at the clock counting down until her birthday dinner. During dinner, I sat anxiously awaiting for the birthday cake to be presented. The time had finally come so I gave the waiter the signal to light the cake and bring it out.

The cake was brought out and the children saw the cake before she did and started to sing Happy Birthday. Tracey finally looked down at the cake and realized that it didn't read "Happy Birthday", but instead read, "Will You Marry Me? With mixed emotions, Tracey started crying and laughing at the same time and blurted out, "OMG!" As I sat there waiting for her answer, she finally said, "Yes!""

The Planning Process ..... "Picking our wedding day wasn’t hard for us; we both agreed that a way to honor my deceased father was to get married on his 63rd birthday. However, we both knew planning the wedding would come with some challenges. From the initial time I visited The Mansion, I knew I wanted to get married there and I was determined to do any and everything possible to make it happen. After our initial consultation with the wedding coordinator, I knew I was sold; now the problem was to comprise a “reasonable” guest list. Both of us come from very big families and have a lot of friends. So the easiest way was to spilt the amount of guest evenly 100/100. However we invited a total of 217, with 180 confirmed guest and 177 in attendance!

Since I own an event planning company, I knew the best way to make our wedding day successful was to start planning early which included: setting a budget and setting deadlines. We had a very large bridal party so deadlines were very important and probably our biggest challenge of the entire wedding process. Lawrence and I controlled every aspect of our wedding planning, which I think made a big impact on how our wedding day turned out."

The Theme & Honoring Parents ..... "I decided we wanted a timeless and elegant themed wedding; so, the colors decided on were black & ivory. I paid attention to each detail very carefully but did not want to overdo it. I’m really not into flowers, so I chose red roses and ivory hydrangeas as our wedding flowers. I created custom menus, escort cards, table numbers and wedding programs adding a little “bling” to each item.  Instead of providing wedding favors, I made donations to the National Kidney Association and Gilda’s Club as a way to acknowledge my parents’ struggle with kidney disease and cancer. I framed a memorial poem to my father and place a single rose on his seat at the wedding ceremony."

Finding the Perfect Attire ..... "I wanted a form-fitting mermaid style dress. I knew because of my athletic build I would need a dress to complement my body. I wore a Mikaella gown which I added a rhinestone belt to, as well as rhinestone buttons down the back. Since red was our little splash of color, I wore red Mischka Badgley Randall pump. I kept my jewelry to a minimum and chose a chandelier style earring with a rhinestone bracelet.

For the wedding party, I felt as though black dresses would complement all my girls well and with hints of rhinestones and red to make the black pop. I allowed my girls to pick from 4 variations of dresses since they were all different shapes and sizes. They chose their own shoes because I wanted everyone to be as comfortable as possible. The men wore black tuxes with all ivory underneath with the groom in an ivory jacket and an ivory/black combination under.

As a way to say thank you to our bridal party, I chose personalized custom-made waffle spa robes and customized name hangers for my girls. Lawrence chose custom-made flasks with team logos etched in them along with personalized velour bath wraps."

The Most Unforgettable Moment ..... "Our most memorable part was the "first see". As I walked down the staircase, Lawrence was at the bottom with his back to me. When I called his name, he turned around and at that moment his smile lit up the room."

{You Make Loving You So Easy}

He loves ..... "He loves that I have a big heart and my drive for wanting the best that life can offer. He feels there is never a dull moment when I'm around."

She loves ..... "I love his personaility and how he is the most humble man I've met. His passion for sports and family ties us together. He continuously puts me first, no matter what the situation is."

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VENDORS

Wedding Dress - Mikaella, I Do I Do Bridal
Bride's Shoes - Badgley Mischka Randall, Nordstrom
Groom's Shoes - Ralph Lauren
Tuxedos - Men's Wearhouse
Hair - Irika Slade, Hair Anjel
Makeup - MAC Cosmetics
Ceremony/Reception Location - The Mansion
Photography/Videography - BG Productions
Wedding Planner - Four the Moment LLC
Florist - Betina's Garden
Cake - Isgor Pasticceria 
Lighting - Synergetic Sounds 
Chair Rental - Event Rental Ltd
DJ - Major Impact Entertainment
Jewelry - Statement Boutique
Stationery - Blessed with Crafts; The Paper Route
Bridal Party Robes - Chrissy's Creations 
Flowergirl Dress - David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses - The Bridal Garden

  • Such a beautiful wedding. So elegant and very personal.

  • Kendra Alexander

    The Wedding was soo beautiful and was happy to be apart of yall special day. This wedding needs to be in Wedding Books.

  • WOW! I am so honored and humbled that you have chosen to feature one of my weddings! You don’t know how excited we are at BG Productions. We Love our clients and are so thrilled when their BIG day gets recognized and I know this particular feature along with Ebony.com is a HUGE thrill for Tracey and Lawrence!
    Thank you so much for giving us all this gift today!
    cathie and al

  • DENEEN PHIFER

    I’VE KNOWN LAWRENCE MOST OF LIFE …N I CAN SAY THAT HE COULD HAVE FOUND A MORE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN TO BEE WITH. NO I WAS AT THE WEDDING BUT FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD N THE THE PICS IT WAS BEAUTIFUL..GOD BLESS YOU TWO ON YOUR LIFE JOURNEY TOGETHER.

  • Foxy

    Very special, God Bless.

  • oluchy

    Lovely dress n cake, liked the fact that the dad was honored n donation was made for causes. Beautiful couple.

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