Ciara + Jerry
How did you meet?
I first met my husband on my first day of my freshman year in high school, he was the first guy I laid my eyes on during my first period of my first day of school, I was to nervous to speak to him or make eye contact, but he blew me away I knew he was going to be someone special in my life, he was two years older than me therefore high school went completely by without one word communicated between the two of us.. fast forward to my freshmen year in college we finally met through mutual friends, I introduced one of my bestfriends to her soon to be husband,, who was best friends with him,,, myself and future husband were both asked to be maid of honour and best man, which let us to finally meet and communicate, we fell madly in love and the rest is history. We first met August, 2006, our first date was May 30th, 2011 and we officially became married October, 2019. We privately enjoyed our wedding pictures and now would love to share them with you.
When did you know they were the one?
I knew from the moment my eyes saw him, he was going to be my future husband.. I felt in within my soul he was going to be someone to completely change my life and he did.
What are your three favourite attributes of your partner?
I admire the man he is, the man he was and the man that he will become. He is selfless, family oriented, and has a true heart of pure love. I have never met someone who puts the happiness of other’s before his own, he radiates positivity and faith.
Who proposed and how?
He is proposed, and in my happiest most favourite place on this planet and that is Universal Studios, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He proposed in front of the Gringotts Bank, under the fire breathing dragon in Diagon Alley. I swear this man is made of dreams. He amazes me.
Where did you fall in love with your dress and why?
Hyde Park Bridal in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I researched and found my dream dress, “Stevie” many years ago, I knew it was the one before I even tried it on it resembled such beauty and radiated love, it felt like us… I contacted at the time the closest boutique to carry my dream dress, and scheduled the appointment in which they knew the exact dress I was coming for, once I tried it on it was made for me… I have never felt more beautiful then I did in this dress, I swear to you the stars were aligned and I felt butterflies and truly glowed. I am forever thankful for you
What was the best moment for you at the wedding?
You are now pronounced Husband and Wife, words I waited to hear for far to long. It truly was a dream to be surrounded my those we love, who know our love story and felt consumed in our love.. my uncles who married us, stated.. the love between these two is undeniable, we have all long awaited this moment, you can stand miles away from them and just feel and see it.
What were your favourite details?
Our favourite details were not only our big day but the moments leading up to our big day, the involvement between everyone within our lives who came together to make this day become reality was a true blessing… being present in the moment and having those memories to have for the rest of our lives is something special we will truly never forget.
What advice would you tell other brides?
Enjoy the moment, step back and take it all in.. stand with your husband away from it all and look around at the ones who mean the most to you all in one place both in spirit and in presence and know how special this moment really is, and as fast as the day flys by.. the small things that don’t go as planned will never matter, you are marrying your soulmate and that itself is the greatest gift from god.
Any standout vendors?
The Barn at Kennedy Farms (Kennedy Estate)