Wedding Bells (West) - - Western -

JULY 14, 2018

FROM SHAKEIRA: We met when Ro­man and I at­tended drop-in hip-hop classes in our early twen­ties. We took classes on dif­fer­ent nights, but our mu­tual friend Sharon danced both evenings and in­tro­duced us. We were friends for a while be­fore the ro­mance started. I got great ad­vice to leave an el­e­ment of sur­prise for the wed­ding day. You work so hard plan­ning that it is nice to not know ev­ery de­tail. So I en­trusted the florist with gen­eral di­rec­tions but didn’t know how she would bring it all to life. She cre­ated a beau­ti­ful din­ing area, and the cer­e­mony and dance floor sec­tions were stun­ningly decked out, with loads of can­dles and twin­kle lights. A high­light was when my dad and I did our first look. My dad can be com­pared to Liam Nee­son in Taken, so see­ing him blub­ber like a baby was so sweet. He later gave the most in­cred­i­ble speech and it was touch­ing to hear his feel­ings about Ro­man and me. We mixed up the or­der of events and I loved the flow of our day. We wanted to en­sure guests didn’t feel lulls through­out the night and en­joyed their time with us. We started with the cock­tail re­cep­tion at 5:00 p.m., fol­lowed by a fam­ily-style din­ner with speeches and then the cer­e­mony. We wanted to say our vows un­der the stars with can­dle­light. We signed the pa­pers and did the le­gal part pri­vately be­fore the rest of the cer­e­mony, so we had great con­ti­nu­ity from the cer­e­mony to the Cham­pagne tower to our first dance as Mr. and Mrs.

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