At the suggestion of a mutual friend, Terri and Antwone began their path to happily ever after with a date night of dinner and karaoke. With his singing skills, Antwone, having thoroughly impressed Terri, sang his way into a second date.
A job offer in another state moved Terri away, putting their budding relationship to a test that would only bring their hearts closer together…
Continue reading all about Terri & Antwone’s love story, surprise Las Vegas proposal, and experiences in their elegant and moving wedding in Alabama.
Bride & Groom: Terri & Antwone
Occupations: Acquisition Program Manager & Entrepreneur
Ceremony Location: True Divine Baptist Church Montgomery, AL
Reception Location: Wetumpka Civic Center Wetumpka, AL
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Antwone and I met September 2013 after a mutual friend suggested we go on a date. Our first date was at De’Lish Cafe downtown Dayton, OH for karaoke and dinner. Antwone sang three songs that night for karaoke and I was impressed he could actually sing. Before the night was over Antwone asked me on a second date to a comedy show. I accepted the offer to go on second date. We had a great time on both dates. At the time, I worked in Dayton, OH and Antwone worked as an entrepreneur that traveled for work. So we would hang out when he was in town. In March 2014, I received a job offer to move to Warner Robins, Ga and I accepted it. I moved at the end of June 2014 and we were not sure what God had in store for our relationship. However, it wasn’t until I move to Warner Robins, Georgia that our relationship came full circle. I was in a new city and starting a new chapter in my life. Antwone was still living in Ohio. After living in two different states, many phone conversations, text messages, and traveling to see each other our relationship evolved into something beautiful that included God, love, trust, and respect. Next came an unexpected surprise.
The proposal was on December 19, 2015 during my fiancé Antwone’s birthday trip to Las Vegas, NV. The proposal was a complete surprise planned by my fiancé. Antwone setup the surprise proposal in front of the Bellagio water show. After the Bellagio’s water show was over Antwone turned me around and got down on one knee. He said, “Terri, I love you and I would love to spend the rest of my life with you as my wife. Will you marry me?” I was totally surprised! I said Yes!
What was wedding shopping like for you? Shopping was overwhelming at the time, not being able to shop for my big day with my mother by my sides, so I felt a wave of sadness. I couldn’t share this moment with the one person I wanted to the most, my mother, who had passed away in 2008. I was thankful for the love and support of my father, friends, and family that were by my side the entire time.
I finally said yes to an Allure strapless sweetheart neckline ivory gown that hugs my curves and sparkles with intricate bead. The gown also had a sweep of playful ruffles, with a flair for drama and elegance. My dress fit was perfect on me and I felt amazing. My wedding dress was everything to me!
Antwone was looking very handsome with his ivory tailored tuxedo with black lapel by designer Miguel Wilson.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? Antwone and I incorporated a unity candle symbolizing us joining our families together as one united family.
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: Groomsmen Gift: Emergency kit (custom water, tooth paste, tooth brush, mouth wash, tylenol, advil, tissue, socks, custom flask, travel first aid kit, custom shot glass, miniature liquor bottle, custom flask).
Bridesmaids: Jewelry (earrings), Custom initial embroidered silk robes, jewelry tray, champagne, custom wine glass, fans, lotion, comb with mirror, custom hanger, wedding day makeup, and wedding hair stylist.
First dance song: “Ribbon in the Sky” by Intro
What is your best memory from your wedding? We had so many memorable moments on our wedding day. Our first most memorable moment was walking down the aisle and taking each other’s hand and repeating our vows to one another. Second most memorable moment was Antwone singing “One in Million You” by Larry Graham at our wedding reception and it was a total surprise. It was like an out of body experience for me! I still look back at pictures and videos like, wait – this really happened! I felt so much love in my heart at that moment.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? The planning process was fun but at the same time challenging. The best advice we can give to engaged couples is do not lose sight of the actual reason for the day. Keep your mind on the main thing and don’t allow other people’s (family, wedding planner, and etc) opinions to influence what you want to see at your wedding. Hire the best wedding professionals that fit your style, budget, and do not underestimate the significance of connecting with everyone of them. Professionals with great customer service will make your wedding planning stress-free not stressful. Most of all, plan your special day together and enjoy the journey to the altar. In the entire process put the Most High first at all time.
Wedding Location: True Divine Baptist Church
Reception Location: Wetumpka Civic Center
Photography: Dwight S. Ladd Photography
Videographer: Creative Moving Image / Derrick William
Bridal Dress Salon: J Andrew Bridal & Formal
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure
Bride Shoes: Badley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses : Bill Levkoff
Makeup Artist: CherryChannelle’ s Private Studio ( CherryChannelle Wells)
Makeup Artist: Stunning Face (De De Williams)
Hair: Salon CKim (Chanelle Kimbrough)
Groom Tux: Miguel Wilson
Groomsmen Tux: Evening Out Formal Wear
Wedding Planner: Griffin & Company
Ceremony Coordinator: Ty Burden
Wedding Cake: Cake Design
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