Velisha, a Neuro Tech and Mario, an IT Consultant had quite the festive Labor Day weekend as they wed in front of their closest family and friends on the 183 acre property of American Village in Alabama. The two incorporated the Lord's Supper and the Tree Planting Unity ceremony, symbolizing the planting of their new lives together, nurtured in love and grace. The beginning of a love everlasting.
Wedding Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015
Wedding Location: American Village, Montevallo, AL
First Dance Song: “Nothing Even Matters” by Lauryn Hill & D'Angelo
Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!
Velisha and Mario have been dating for the past two years and on her birthday this past December, she was surprised with a birthday engagement, one that Mario always said he wouldn't do…the perfect type of surprise!
Velisha was heading home after work and while chatting with Mario, she never suspected anything was up until she entered the stairwell of her apartment and saw a note saying to Press Play when she entered. Thinking that he invited all of their friends over for a surprise birthday party, she prepared to be surprised upon walking in the door, in her scrubs and all.
Upon opening the door, she found dimmed lights and rose petals. Venturing over to her iHome player, which she only controls on her phone, she searched for this elusive play button. She turned on the power and music start playing and Mario started walking from the back room. She thought, Wait, is this right? and quickly turned off the music, which made Mario retreat back. Then she pressed the button again, as Mario came back into the room and asked her to be his wife!
Help a bride-to-be out!
Sit down together and really discuss your vision and your budget for your wedding. Don't compare yourself or your wedding to other brides, friends or magazines. Be authentic and original to you. As you are talking to vendors, don't feel obligated to make a quick decision. Take a day or so and think about what you need and want to accomplish and if this vendor can execute your vision.
Most of all, try not to stress and enjoy the process. Don't try to do it all by yourself. Ask for help. Having a great wedding planner definitely helps. You will never regret having the help.
Wedding Planner: OneTouch Events LLC
Photography: Sam Jasper Photography
Venue: American Village Citizen Trust
Bakery: Wedding Cakes by Jan
Catering: D’Armond Catering
Florist: Bushel and Peck
Ceremony & Reception: DJ BBrian Crawford
Officiant: Pastor J.B. Sutton, Jr.
Makeup: Trudy Lee
Hair: Mwanna Edwards