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PHOTOGRAPHY Front Room Photography
RECEPTION LOCATION Bartolotta Catering Company & Events at The Grain Exchange
VIDEOGRAPHY Sound By Design Films
WEDDING CAKE Simma's Bakery
CEREMONY LOCATION Cross Lutheran Church • DECOR RENTALS Heavenly Creations • DJ & LIGHTING Double Platinum DJ • FLOWERS The Flower Garden • HAIR Kristin Alexander • ICE SCULPTURE Art Below Zero • MAKEUP Keiha Roper • MEN'S FORMALWEAR Men’s Warehouse • MUSIC Christopher’s Project, Gifted Sound Productions, Infinite Enchantment Band from Atlanta, National Recording Artist “Case” • OFFICIANT Joseph Ellwanger • TRANSPORTATION High Class Limo Service • WEDDING GOWN & BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Amelishan Bridal
The Wright Love
by Laura Vietmeyer
The #4EVERWRIGHT wedding was all about bringing family together. Candice and Ramard were wed before 275 guests with a wedding party of 34 at their side. They danced their first dance to Jay Z’s Forever Young. “The words to the song describe out way or thinking regarding life and living. We live our lives to the fullest, so when the director yells cut, we’ll be fine!”
I had a sick, 13-year-old Chihuahua named Shadow, who was my best friend. I took Shadow to the vet clinic often and started noticing a young doctor who would look at me from a distance. One day I got a call from the clinic and the person on the other end introduced himself as Dr. Wright. Dr. Wright said that he could tell from the Shadow’s chart that they may need to do a re-check. I took Shadow in that night, and afterward Ramard walked me to my car and that was that. A few weeks after Shadow passed, I went to the clinic to pick up his ashes. Ramard was talking to another client, so I took the ashes and went to my car and wrote my personal number and “feel free to call if you’d like” on one of my business cards. I took the card back in and asked the receptionist to give it to Dr. Wright. He called that night 18 minutes after the clinic closed.
During our dating years I became pregnant with Ramard Jr., Bruce III, William, and Justice-Rain. I had 2 older children from my first marriage, Shaun Jr. and Jeremiah. We have 6 boys total.
I knew Candice was the one early on in our relationship. Her smile and Southern Bell demeanor was very sexy to me. She’s educated, driven, and the yin to my yang. When I started thinking about her more than anyone else, I knew she was the one.
I planned to purchase her ring and to propose on Mother’s Day because Mother’s Day and May where both two things that held bad memories for Candice. Candice’s grandmother died in May 2010 on Mother’s Day. I wanted to make that time a more positive thing for Candice. I proposed May 2015 during Mother’s Day Brunch.
In the beginning our wedding was a thought that included frustration because I couldn’t find the vendors that fit my vision. Then I went to a wedding show at the Pfister Hotel and I left with all the vendors I planned on using for my wedding.
The venue. I wanted the reception to be jaw dropping and that meant the venue had to be “grand.”
The food and “spirits” at the reception, officiant of the ceremony and the cake.
When we attempted to do the “mannequin challenge” and our two youngest at the time where dancing and jumping in the background because they loved the song.
My dress was a total re-do. I found out I was pregnant in July 2016 and the wedding was in November. I had purchased the perfect Mermaid dress from Amelishan Bridal. I rushed and purchased another dress but, it didn’t give me the same feeling. A family friend who happened to be a seamstress told me that she could make my original work, even with me being eight months pregnant. She re-created the dress and I got to wear it on my wedding day. The beading on the back of the dress was what I really couldn’t do without.
I thought, “Wow you can’t even tell she’s pregnant.” Candice always seems to do something amazing. She didn’t want to look pregnant walking down the aisle and she somehow pulled it off.
She was beautiful. We lit unity candles and each of our boys had a candle that we used to light our new family unity candle.
Advice To Future Brides
When it comes to marriage, your spouse must be your best friend! I truly believe that marriage makes two become one and that’s the way I look at my marriage. We are one!