Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: Michaels View: I met Paula on a week long cruise with my family. The evening of the first night was the first time I laid eyes on her and I was determined from that point moving forward to get to know that woman. Every night we would walk the ship, partake in the various offered activities, and end it with a conversation in the same cabana getting to know each other. On the last day of the cruise I had to get her number. Mid week Paula had taken a photo and the cruise staff voted it photo of the day. I asked her to text me a copy of that photo and boom I had her number. We’ve been in contact everyday since.
Paula’s View: As Michael said we met on a cruise. I felt like I kept seeing him everywhere I went on the cruise until I finally saw him together with his identical twin brother. Michael approached me in an elevator, introducing himself. He asked me what I was doing later on and that night we ended up hanging out. We must of stay up until the break of dawn. We talked and joked about any and everything. I had to know more about him and him about me. We just didn’t want the night to end. Every night we would meet up and walk the ship and talk , always ending the night in a the same cabana. He had a bracelet that he said he never took off and meant something to him. so I made sure I took it. He managed to get my number and when he texted me I reminded him I had his bracelet and if he wanted it back he would have to see me again!Michaels View: Once I knew I needed to make Paula my wife, I knew the proposal needed to be special. Out of all the plans I came up with, nothing could beat going back on a cruise to ask her to spend forever with me. With the help of my parents, I planned another week long cruise that included my parents, my siblings and their significant others and her sister and her boyfriend. At dinner I had my brother ask each couple their how they met. When it was time to tell Paula and I story I informed her how much she means to me and dropped down on one knee. With our daughter in her lap she put on the biggest smile and said “YESSS, Of CORSE!!! Paula’s View: We had planned a family cruise for that summer. One night on the cruise we along with all the family went to dinner together. Some how the conversation of how couples met started. So it started off with his parents they told their story and it moved around the table to each couple. Finally it got us and I told my version and mike told his. Of course they were nothing the same, as mike likes to embellish. All of a sudden Michael got serious and began to tell me and everyone how much I meant to him, and how much he loved me. The next thing I know he was on one knee with a beautiful ring! Of course I said YES!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: Michaels View: For me it was seeing Paula for the first time. As I stood on stage in front of everyone I started to get emotional with the anticipation of her coming down the aisle. As she turned the corner to make her way into the room, tears of joy, love, and excitement fell from my eyes. I’m truly a blessed man to call her my wife.
Paula’s View: For me it was hearing Michael vows that he wrote for me. Mike has always had a way with words since we met. I knew he would tell me how he felt in the most loving poetic way possible. He did and it was beautiful !
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: The color scheme was wine and silver. The bridesmaids dresses were wine so I didn’t want their bouquet to be the same . Creative touch staff created beautiful white and ivory bouquets with hints of silver. For my bouquet I had the same with red colored flowers to complement the wine. down the isle I loved the idea of floating candles. at the last minute we changed the look to candle holders with flowers to complement and dress up the aisle even more.
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: We decided to go with Noah’s Event Venue in Morrisville, NC. The venue is fully customizable and it allowed Paula to create a day that would be unique to us. Everything from the open floor plan and bride/groom suits was perfect for what we needed. Our wedding was nothing short of a dream. The only thing Paula was envisioning was “something elegant”. She was able to capture that and some. The color scheme we went with was Maroon and silver.Yes, with both of us being Christian, it was important for one of the first acts as a married couple to take communion. Before our friends and family we took communion with the pastor after we finished up the sand ceremony.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: One of the biggest things we keep getting reviews on was Daniel D. He was our violinist who showed up and showed out. Daniel played for our ceremony, first dance, and during our reception. We also had our MC ask us questions for the shoe game. This provided a pause in the reception with some laughter. Guest found the questions and responses hilarious.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Take your time and really decided as a unit what it is you want. If you find that you are on the fence about fitting photography and videography into your budget, FIND A WAY! You’re putting way to much time and energy into one day to not have it captured to see/relive in the future.
Design and Decor: DJ Harlem (Dancing on a Cloud)//Caterer: Catering by Design//Cake Designer: Love Cakes//Musicians: Daniel D. Music//DJ: Cease Fire Productions//Cinema and Video: AO&JO Photography//Floral Designer: Creative Touch Designs//Design and Decor: Creative Touch Designs//Hair Stylist: Nathaniel Jaye Salon//Photo Booth Equipment: In His Image Photography//Makeup Artist: Artistry by Alicia//Makeup Artist: Natural Beauties by Vee//Event Planner: Cargo & Co. Events//Event Venue: Noah’s Event Venue//Photographer: In His Image Photography//