Sharikia & Shandue
Shandue and Sharikia met in Miami, made a home in New York, got engaged in Mexico and planned a wedding in Greensboro.
“I was leaving a Sprint store when Shandue approached me. When I met him I was very rude and not interested in exchanging information,” she said.
As fate would have it, she ran into him later that same night. He approached her again and asked if she remembered him, “I’m the guy that you were so rude too.” She laughed and the ice was broken.
Shandue said it was love at first sight. He had an instant attraction, followed by some intense feelings of the possibility of a future with this girl.
Fast-forward five years to Sharikia‘s birthday in May of 2013 and a beautiful vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple spent the day shopping in the city. Sharikia felt like Shandue was being a bit secretive and found it odd that she was to not go into his luggage or touch his cell. When they returned to their room, the door was decorated with a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner and the bed was covered in gifts, complete with her favorite candy, balloons and beautiful yellow roses. After hanging by the pool that afternoon, Shandue took Sharikia to dinner.
“At dinner, he started telling me how much I meant to him and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked that he had to ask me again. This time, I said YES!”
The groom works on Wall Street in New York and the bride is from North Carolina.
“We decided to take it back to my roots to get married,” Sharikia said. “I am a southern girl at heart and I didn’t want to get married anywhere but home. The elegant architecture and the beautiful lawns of Grandover Resort was just what we wanted for our outdoor ceremony.”
The bride selected colors that meant something to her; gold, ivory, and a hint of blush.
“Gold evokes elegance, luxury and warmth, and its richness gives a strong vibe that we wanted for our upscale event. Ivory symbolizes purity, simplicity and modernity, perfect for the clean and fresh look we were going for as well. The blush gave the wedding a romantic look with a sense of sweetness.” added Sharikia.
“For the reception, we wanted to create a romantic and dreamy atmosphere. We had lots of candles and soft amber lighting. We used a mix of loosely arranged florals, such as white peonies and roses. The tall centerpieces were primarily white with a hint of blush throughout. The glass vases, with hanging teardrop crystals, enhanced the ambiance. The smaller centerpieces and candles gave the head table and the room a romantic feel.”
Guests were greeted with the couple’s signature drink, ‘Drunk in Love’ (a nod to how much of a diehard Beyoncé fan the bride is). They lounged on the terrace, overlooking the golf course, in a beautifully designed area complete with a chandelier, white furniture, white draping and purple up lighting.
A unique “photo seating chart” featured double-layered table assignments, each one holding two photos. At first glance, it looked like a beautiful picture of the groom and bride. Once table numbers were removed, another picture was revealed.
A good friend of the couple, Anthony “Chico” Bean, is a professional comedian and was recently featured on Nick Cannon’s Wild “N” Out MTV2 show. As a surprise to the guests, Chico performed during dinner for a wildly funny meal.
Sharikia ‘s mother’s family is from South Korea and the bride was overjoyed that some of them were able to be there to see her walk down the aisle in her fit-n-flare dress and cathedral veil. The bride changed into a second dress, a traditional Korean wedding dress, called a Hanbok. Full of vibrant colors, Sharikia wanted to honor her mother, and her heritage, at the wedding.
“One of my favorite events that happened at the wedding was the dove release. We wanted to honor our deceased loved ones that could not be there on our special day. It was a beautiful moment of silence that meant a lot to both of us.
“We had an excellent team of vendors that worked well together to achieve the look and the feel that we wanted on our special day. They were very patient and always willing to accommodate me during the process. I married the love of my life and couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Sharikia concluded.