Pleasant Surprise: Rita & Steven

 by Emily Bailey // photos by Kendra Bryson Photography

Rita and Steven attended the same church for years, but it wasn’t until December of 2015 that they formed a friendship that quickly blossomed into romance. The following summer Rita and her sisters planned on taking their mother to a special brunch at a St. Johns Town Center restaurant one Sunday after church, but it turned out that those plans were just a cover for something much bigger. “When we arrived at Maggiano’s I quickly found out that the surprise was on me. I entered a private reception room filled with my closest family and friends, my man at the end of a white runner covered in roses, our favorite love song playing in the background and him reading his love words to me,” says Rita. “I immediately screeched loudly while my mother told me to walk in. I made it to the end of the runner to Steve on one knee saying ‘Will you marry me?’” While they had only been dating seven months she was thrilled to say yes. “It really was an unexpected love that neither of us could have planned.”


WEDDING PLANNER: Events by Marques Wilkes • PHOTOGRAPHER: Kendra Bryson Photography • CEREMONY: Beaches Chapel • RECEPTION: Queens Harbor Country Club • HAIR: Salon PK—Lisa Virgo • MAKEUP: Brianna Hill at Makeup Craze • WEDDING GOWN & VEIL: Allure Bridals • BRIDE’S JEWELRY: Swarovski • SHOES: Badgley Mischka • BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Weddington Way • GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse • GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse • RINGS: Kay Jewelers • CAKE: Love of Cake Jax • DÉCOR: Events by Marques Wilkes • CATERER: Queens Harbor • INVITATIONS: Nettework Designs • MUSIC: D.J. Dr. Doom • VIDEOGRAPHER: Reginald Massey

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