The Bride: Jacquese, elementary teacher
The Groom: Marcus, electrical engineer
Date of Wedding: September 24
“At last, my love has come along.
My lonely days are over, and life is like a song…”
At the sound of those words, Marcus looked up and saw his bride Jacquese, dressed to the nines in her champagne trumpet gown from Bella’s Bridal, descending the steps of the Sterling Castle. The mini calla bouquet she carried set off the rose tulle flanges on her skirt beautifully.
Their family looked on as they stood beneath the gilded white curtains and read the vows they had written for one another. In accordance with Sterling Castle tradition, they affixed a lock to the gate in front of the castle and threw the keys into the lake, symbolizing a bond that will never break. Finally, they poured sand, teal and gold, into a shadowbox as a keepsake of their union.
After the ceremony, Jacquese changed into her gold and black cocktail dress and joined the reception, which was decorated like a Speakeasy from the 1920’s, complete with whiskey decanters, pearls, and white ostrich feathers.
She took Marcus’s hand, and to the tune of John Legend’s “All of Me”, they had their first dance as husband and wife. That was only the beginning: Marcus regaled his new bride with a song! Together they danced the night away, and feasted on sliders, chicken and waffles, and beef shoulder loin from Chef Bob. As the evening came to a close. their guests sent the happy couple off with a line of sparklers.
“Try to stay calm and not sweat the small stuff.” Jacquese advises. “Some moments of planning may get frustrating if you have a very opinionated spouse. You just have to remember to be selfless and understanding, I know this is the moment we’ve been planning all our lives, but it’s a lifetime moment that you are going to share with your spouse.”