helped bring Ja’Nair and Lummie together. Ja’Nair, a marketing manager, met
Lummie, a professional musician, five years ago when she was organizing a
networking event for her employer. The owner of her company was a jazz
enthusiast, so she searched for a dynamic jazz musician to play at the event.
That’s how she found Lummie. “He and I then worked together on a charitable
event that I organized and we both realized that there was something special
happening between us as we became friends and fell in love,” says Ja’Nair.
picked the perfect occasion to propose. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut,
Lummie had moved to New York to pursue his music career, but his mother and
brother still lived in his hometown and hadn’t had the chance to meet Ja’Nair’s
parents. “Lummie and I thought it would be a nice idea to host a Memorial Day
barbecue so that my parents could finally meet his mom and brother,” says
Ja’Nair. “It was going to be an intimate affair and everyone was excited to
spend the entire weekend together.” Lummie helped Ja’Nair make sure that
everything would be perfect for their guests. Lummie attempted to make drinks
with two brand new blenders that kept breaking before announcing that dinner
was ready and they should all say grace before
eating. “Everyone gathered around in a big circle in the backyard and held
hands as Lummie thanked our guests for coming,” says
Ja’Nair. “Then he turned to me, looked me in my eyes, and began telling me how
blessed he was to have me in his world and couldn’t imagine not having me by
his side for the rest of his life.”
Lummie got down on one knee, Ja’Nair started to cry and could hardly stand
still long enough for Lummie to put the ring on her finger. “I said ‘yes’ and
everyone clapped and cheered,” says Ja’Nair. “His brother even had his father
watching it all on FaceTime.”
The wedding ceremony took place at the Second Baptist Church in
Baldwin. “The ceremony was the most important part of our wedding day,”
says Ja’Nair. “All of the religious elements we included had meaning to us.” Ja’Nair and Lummie decided on a
traditional Baptist ceremony, along with a few special additions including an
exchange of their own written vows, a solo sung by Lummie’s bother, Lindsey
Spann and Lummie’s father Lummie Spann, Sr., a Methodist minister, closing the
ceremony by pronouncing the newlywed’s man and wife.
After the ceremony, the bride, who wore a satin YSA Makino ball
gown and cathedral-length veil, and the groom, dressed in a navy Joseph
Abboud tuxedo, left the church in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, while the bridal party
followed in a Cadillac Escalade stretch limo.
Photo: Déjà Vu Studios
The reception was held in the ballroom of Westbury Manor in
Westbury, which was decorated in various shades of purple with gold accents.
Each table was adorned with gold ruffled chargers, gold napkin rings
embellished with the letter “S”, and alternating lush high-and-low floral arrangements.
At the end of the evening full of celebrating, the couple cut a
three-layer vanilla wedding cake with raspberry-and-French Chantilly cream
filling, covered in white fondant and gold wiring.
“Lummie is truly the man of my dreams and those words we spoke to
each other, witnessed by our friends, family, and clergy were sacred to me.”
The next day, the couple hosted a post-wedding brunch and then
left for a mini-honeymoon at a resort in New Jersey, which was a romantic
getaway before their big Parisian honeymoon in the spring.