SHAKEIRA MACLEAN & ROMAN MAGBANUA
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.