Elijah and Donree hit the bullseye of love when they met at Target, and on December 28, 2019, they became man and wife.
Donree exuded beauty and joy in a ballgown with long lace illusion sleeves, lace illusion neckline, and full tiered skirt. She accessorized with a hip-length veil. Her bouquet was composed of an assortment of white flowers. Her maid of honor wore a full-length champagne-colored dress with spaghetti straps, a V neckline, and a ruched bodice. Her three bridesmaids wore the same dress as the maid of honor, but in navy blue. They carried modified versions of the bride’s bouquet.
Elijah wore a blue suit with a blue vest, white shirt, champagne-colored tie and pocket square, and a white rose boutonniere. His four groomsmen wore blue suits with champagne-colored vests, ties, and pocket squares, and white rose boutonnieres.
During the outdoor ceremony, the couple performed a cord ceremony to symbolize the uniting of their lives. Several chairs were deliberately left empty to recognize departed family members.
Inside at the reception, guests dined on classic Caesar salad, potatoes au gratin, fresh steamed vegetables, grilled chicken breast, and flatiron steak.
During the speeches, the bride’s sister spoke about how Donree has always been her rock, and how excited she is to add Elijah to the family. The groom’s cousin called the newlyweds “couple goals” and said it has been amazing to watch their love.
Donree and Elijah’s first dance was to “Heaven” by Kane Brown. Elijah and his daughter danced to “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” by Darius Rucker. Other reception fun included an anniversary dance and the shoe game.
The three-tier wedding cake had white frosting with brushed gold on the top and bottom layers, and a unique “broken cake” middle layer with a blue frosting inset. The cake was topped with an ornament bearing the couple’s last name.
Elijah and Donree left their special day under the signature sparkler send-off.
We wish them all the best in their new marriage!
Photography By: Leslie Ann Photography