Phyllis & Tony
Phyllis went to school with Tony's sister and although they were really good friends, they lost touch over the years. One day, Tony reached out to Phyllis on Facebook after realizing she was his sister's old friend. They began chatting, exchanged numbers and eventually had their first date on Valentine's Day in 2009.
“We had a strong connection,” said Phyllis. “Sometimes you just know when you've met the 'one'...Eyes meet, souls connect, love happens, days become weeks and weeks become years in a relationship. When you think about it, LOVE happens to you, two people make a conscious decision to embark on a love journey. We're soul mates, he gets me!”
On May 23, 2015, Tony surprised Phyllis with a marriage proposal at her graduation party, in a room full of family and friends. As the band played one of her favorite songs, “Is It the Way” by Jill Scott, Tony asked Phyllis to dance. After exchanging a few whispers back and forth about their love for one another, Tony dropped down on one knee and asked her to marry him! As soon as Phyllis gained her composure, she answered with a big YES, and the wedding planning began!
With the help of their event designer, Nishaka Proctor of Events by Nishaka, the couple began planning for an elegant and romantic “Purple Rain” wedding at Suite 300. The décor had to reflect their sense of style which meant incorporating lots of sparkle, bling and crystals. And their modern, formal wedding didn't disappoint with the use of tree GOBOs on the wall, purple up lights, candles, mirrored columns, crystals on the vases of the centerpieces, a glittered aisle runner, a beaded backdrop, a crystal wedding cake display and more. Their extravagant florals included a mixture of fuchsia orchids, pale and pink roses and white and purple hydrangeas!
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the rooftop of Kress Terrace, including signature drinks, mini cheeseburger sliders, chicken quesadilla trumpets, honey barbeque meatballs, shrimp cocktail, fruit and cheese, followed by dinner, lots of music and dancing.
“There were so many unique elements about our wedding day. Besides the cake stand and décor, one of the elements I loved the most was the Hand Washing Unity Ceremony which was facilitated by Rev. Dr. Anne Jenkins, a close family friend. The hand washing ceremony was very symbolic and touching way to start fresh in a marriage, and signifies a new start by washing the past away.
“The day could not have been more perfect! There is not one single detail I would change, however, I wish the night could have lasted longer,” remembered Phyllis.