Devrin, unknown to Anshea, took a day off work to set up his holiday proposal. “He met me after work and we went to dinner. When we got home, he had strung Christmas lights all throughout our apartment. There was a poster on the wall that said, “Reasons Why I Will Always Love You.” On the poster, there were a bunch of post-it notes. He handed me the notes one by one and I had to read them aloud. The last note said, “because you said yes!” Then he got down on one knee. It was so sweet and romantic. And yes, I cried.”
125 guests were in attendance for their outdoor October ceremony at Holly Hills Country Club, including seven bridesmaids, one junior bridesmaid, and seven groomsmen.
“Our ceremony was short and sweet. We had scripture readings by our grandmothers. I cried during my vows, but I got them out. Thankfully, Devrin had put tissues in his pocket before the ceremony.”
The couple concluded their ceremony by jumping the broom. “Jumping the Broom is an African American wedding tradition, “ shared Anshea. “Because slaves weren’t permitted to marry, they often jumped over a broom to ceremoniously unite. Today, it is done as a way to honor our ancestors as well as to symbolize starting off the marriage with a ‘clean sweep.’”
The couple chose a theme of wine and gold to match the fall weather. Anshea and Devrin also created a custom cocktail for their reception. “Our signature cocktail was a custom recipe created by my cousin and we named it “The Major Ambush.”’
Anshea is a legal assistant and Devrin is an auto estimator. They currently reside in Perry Hall, Maryland.
First Dance: Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Honeymoon: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Venue: Holly Hills Country Club**
Photographer: Anne Casey Photography
Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Blossom and Basket**
Dessert: Main Street Sweets
Hair: Kim Hosby
Makeup: Tres Belle Beauty