Marline and Oneil's classic elegance Pennsylvania estate wedding incorporated Haitian and Jamaican cultural elements, reflected in the food, drink, and music – complete with a Caribbean food station and signature drinks. Marline wore a traditional Kenneth Winston mermaid, lace dress with cathedral veil for the ceremony, and an Eve of Milady dress for the reception.
Read all about their love story, surprise proposal, and experiences in their classic elegance Pennsylvania estate wedding. Featuring the makeup artistry of MunaLuchi Coterie member Sisi Nike. View the complete selected gallery by MunaLuchi Coterie member Rhea Whitney Photography here.
Bride & Groom: Marline and Oneil
Wedding Location: Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
Wedding Date: July 27th 2017
Marline and Oneil first met at a law school open house. They quickly became friends and remained so for several years thereafter. They would check in on each other from time to time to say hello and catch up on life, until one day they decided to follow their hearts and take their friendship to the next level. Their first date was complete with romantic sparks, and even an act of chivalry on Oneil’s part when after the conclusion of their date Marline discovered a parking ticket and boot on her car. Oneil decided to take care of the ticket and boot without Marline ever knowing just how much it cost. It was in that moment that Marline knew there was something extra special about Oneil, comforting her in a moment of embarrassment. Their love continued to flourish the more time they spent together, each moment seeming more perfect than the last.
Upon returning from a girls’ trip to Greece in celebration of her 31st birthday, Marline returned to a second birthday weekend planned for her by Oneil. Wanting to make up for not being with her in Greece, Oneil put together a birthday brunch. When they arrived, Marline was surprised by forty of her closest family and friends. Following the brunch, Oneil gave a heartfelt speech of his love for Marline. With eyes only for her, he then dropped to one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him as husband and wife.
For Oneil, ever since he first laid eyes on Marline he knew there was something special about her. These instincts were confirmed to him when in a dream, he found himself at her parent’s house, asking her father for her hand in marriage. Months later after they began dating he was invited to her parents’ house, and upon arrival saw the exact balcony envisioned in his dream – it was in that moment he knew she was “the one.”
For Marline, she knew Oneil was “the one” because of how she could so comfortably be herself around him, while also being challenged to be a better person. He was always extremely supportive of her future endeavors, and never failed to have her back.
Quick Facts from the Bride:
Wedding Flowers: Roses
Favorite Item on Menu: Jerk chicken meatballs and Griot (Haitian Fried Pork).
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Gifts: Bridesmaids - Personalized monogrammed robes, miniature champagne bottles, bridal mugs and Victoria's Secret gift cards. Groomsmen - Miniature liquor bottles, personalized socks and hangover kit.
First Dance Song: "This is Why I Love You" by MAJOR. "Malad" by Kai
Best Memories: “Bride - My favorite memory was walking down the aisle to meet my husband and saying our vows to one another.” Groom – “When I saw Marline walked in, I saw everything in slow motion and the sunset was behind her from the open door as she was walking down the aisle.”
Best Advice for Engaged Couples: “We encourage engaged couples to seek pre-marital counseling and godly counsel from other married couples.”
Bride's dress: Kenneth Winston and Eve of Milady
Bridal salon: Arlene's Bridal in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Bride’s headpiece and/or veil:: Maggie Sottero Chesney Jacket.
Bride's shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids dresses: White Runway
Cakes/desserts: Desserts by Dana
Catering: D&C Catering Services
Ceremony venue: Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Event decor/design: Elegance Remembered
Entertainment: DJ OK
Florals: Elegant Events Philly
Groom's attire: La Rukico Custom Tailors in New York
Groomsmen attire: Men's Warehouse
Hair: Hair At Ease Salon
Lighting + Linens: Elegance Remembered
Makeup: Bride's makeup by Sisi Nike; Bridemaids' Makeup by Robin Lynette
Photography: Rhea Whitney Photography
Reception venue: Cairnwood Estates
Rentals: Elegance Remembered
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Videography: Hitched Photography
Wedding Day of Coordinator: Prestige Affairs