In a time when over-the-top “promposals” and flash mob engagements are the norm it’s hard to conceive a young couple planning anything other than an elaborate fairy tale style wedding ceremony. But earlier this year, blogger, Natasha Leeds of “Stylish Lee” married her boyfriend, Manny Duhaney, of 10 years on their 10th anniversary in a stunning and sophisticated courthouse ceremony.
Initially, Natasha was planning a fully elaborate affair–but two months into her planning she had a total Sex in the City moment, realizing the “us” was getting lost and the ceremony had stopped being about them.
“We realized that a big wedding wasn’t for us and over our weekend getaway we both gave careful consideration to what we both really wanted…a short and simple ceremony with just our immediate family on a day where I would be able to spend my special day with him, skip all the hassle and just have a no-frills courthouse wedding.” – Natasha Leeds
Agreeing on a courthouse ceremony in Florida, the pair united before their families.
Photographer and author, Alex Elle exchanged nuptials with her husband, Ryan Spear on May 28th. The couple, who struck up a long distance friendship before they began dating, held their ceremony at Elle’s uncle’s backyard before 65 guests.
“We wanted something small, intimate and meaningful…the entire day was more than we could image.” – Alex Elle
R&B singer Jill Scott married Mike Dobson in a secret ceremony last month. Little information on the event is available but DJ Mars, friend to the groom, released several videos from the event on Instagram which have since been deleted. Scott and Dobson elected for an all white intimate ceremony between friends and family.
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Nakyia Whitty Davis and husband Javonte Davis chose to have a destination wedding in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic after becoming frustrated during the wedding planning process. Along with their six bridesmaids, the couple wed before 30 guests on June 11th.
“Frustrations of family influences, opinions, and just too much going on led us to take a break from our normal planning and eventually pick back up and say we’re doing it our way. Everyone who really wants to make it will be there and that’s whats most important.” – Nakyia Whitty Davis
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