A lot of people are nervous when they have to introduce their boyfriend or girlfriend to their mothers. But Brittani Blackshear and Jered Sanders, did not have to worry because it was their mothers who set them up. Brittani shares, “In March of 2009, my mother saw Jered singing at church and she immediately thought he was cute and that he should meet me. After service, my mother approached Jered's mother to talked to her about setting me up with her son.” Jered received Brittani’s number from his mother and called Brittani to set up a date. After months of sporadic dating, they were finally able to spend quality time together during Brittani’s winter break from college. Sparks flew, and they officially began dating in 2010. Sometimes, mother does know best!
Since family and church played a big part in them connecting, Brittani and Jered decided on a wedding theme they entitled “The Spirit of Love.” Brittani shares, “We are spiritual people and we wanted our guests to feel the love we have for each other and God.” Everything about their spring wedding evoked the ambiance of new love, from the soft yellow, mint green and coral color scheme, to their bright and airy outdoor ceremony, and their fun filled reception. All of the precious moments of their nuptials were beautifully captured by Terri Baskin Photography.
- Wedding Date: 04/12/2014
- Wedding Location: Dominion Club, Glenn Allen, Virginia
- First Dance Song: "Greatest Love Song" by Musiq Soulchild
- Wedding Cake Flavors: Chocolate and almond flavored cake
- Wedding Menu Favorite: Crab Cakes
- Bridesmaids Gifts: Converse Shoes
- Groomsmen Gifts: Engraved cuff links
How They Met
In March of 2009 my mother saw Jered singing at church and she immediately thought he was cute and that he should meet me. After service, my mother approached Jered's mother to talked about setting me up with her son. When my mom got home, she called me at school and told me she saw this cute guy at church that can sing and she wanted me to meet him. Jered's mom returned home and told Jered that she "found someone for him" and gave him my number. Jered called me shortly after receiving my number and we set up a date to Ruby Tuesday while I was home on spring break. When I first met him, I was shocked because I remembered seeing him at church when I was in high school and thought he was cute. Jered did not remember me from church but when he saw me he thought I had a cute face with a pretty smile. As time passed, we stayed in sporadic contact and went on a few more dates, but nothing really manifested. December of 2009, during my winter break, I called Jered and we met at A&W for ice cream. It was that moment that we felt an instant connection between us and wanted to know more about each other. After the ice cream date, we talked everyday and started dating officially in 2010.
A fitted, strapless gown with sparkling crystal details on the sweetheart neckline. My favorite wedding accessory was my ring. The veil, shoes, earrings, necklace and bracelet brought the dress together but my ring made it complete.
Most Memorable Moment
I have a lot of great memories but the best one I would say was when they opened the doors and I saw my husband to be standing there waiting for me. Right then I knew that it was real and we finally made it through the trials and tribulations we faced.
The best advice I can give to engaged couples is to not get lost in the planning and enjoy the process. Keep your mind on the main thing and don't allow other people's opinions influence what you want to see at your wedding. Always communicate to each other and keep your bond strong with one another. If you stay connected, the planning process will not stress you out unnecessarily.