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Deziray and Kevin Real Wedding - 12.31.2014

By Ivette Manners
Photography By Deja Vu Studios

Deziray and Kevin’s love story sounds like a funny chick flick with the perfect romantic ending. They met one day eight years ago when Deziray visited her friend Shaun at work, who also happened to be Kevin’s best friend. While Deziray and Shaun chatted, Kevin walked by, and Shaun—in matchmaker mode—quickly said, “Kevin, this is Deziray. Say hi!” Caught completely off guard, Kevin gave a quick hello and walked away with-out making any eye contact with Deziray. “Shaun gave me a look as if to ask if I was interested in Kevin, and I just laughed leaving the question unanswered,” says Deziray. Soon after that near-miss meeting, Kevin started showing up at the same places Deziray would be with friends. “He would ignore me intentionally each time we saw each other, which naturally made me want to get to know him!” says Deziray. A few months later they stared dating and within the year they moved in together. “Turns out we were absolutely perfect for each other,” says Deziray.E

And just like in any good chick flick, New Year’s Eve played a big part in Deziray and Kevin’s real-life romance. They shared their first kiss on New Year’s Eve 2006, and Kevin decided to take advantage of that special memory to propose. He planned to take Deziray to their friend’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, but two days before the party their friend got sick and had to cancel the bash. Not dismayed, Kevin told Deziray that he always wanted to spend a New Year’s Eve alone with her  anyway. “That night he seemed pretty calm, but kept going to the bedroom and bathroom,” says Deziray. “Of course, I asked him what he was doing.” Little did Deziray know, he was practicing his proposal speech. “Two minutes before midnight, Kevin went MIA again, so I yelled for him to come downstairs before he missed the ball drop.” He came running downstairs with intentions to propose, but struggled with the bottle of champagne he tried to open for dramatic effect. They then went outside to watch the fireworks, but were turned off by screaming revelers passing by so they went back in. By then, they were 15 minutes into the New Year, and 15 minutes past Kevin’s planned proposal moment. When Deziray went to change into her PJs, Kevin felt defeated. “He walked up to me looking stiff and nervous, but had a silly, adorable smile on his face and said ‘Today’s the anniversary of our first kiss. I love you. Deziray, will you marry me’?” says Deziray. “We both laughed and just stared at my ring for a few seconds before he finally realized he was supposed to put it on my finger!”

In true style, they wed on the following New Year’s Eve. The short, but sweet ceremony took place at Saint Rose of Lima Church.

Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

The bride wore a crystal-embellished Stephen Yearick gown and crystal-embellished white satin peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids complemented her in black charmeuse mermaid dresses. The groom and his groomsmen wore elegant black tuxedos, black suspenders, and black bowties. The flower girl looked adorable in a black tulle tutu dress, a tiara, pearl necklace, and black sunglasses.

The reception followed with a New Year’s Eve-themed celebration. The tables were decorated with horns and streamers to ring in the new year at midnight, and each place setting featured a Hersey kiss with a personalized label that read “A Kiss for Midnight”. The centerpieces were enchanting six-foot gold-painted trees wrapped with white orchids and strung with white flowers, tea lights, crystals, and crystal table numbers. Gold sequin tablecloths, black napkins with crystal bands, and black chair covers continued the black, gold, white and bling color scheme. Deziray and Kevin made sure to create a true party atmosphere for their guests. They had life-sized cutouts of some of their favorite actors—Bill Murray, Evangeline Lilly, and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn from their favorite romantic comedy Overboard. They also set up a white lounge area and photo booth to allow their guests to mingle. “We greeted as many people as we could after the ceremony and during the cocktail hour, so we were able to spend the time at the reception dancing the night away and having fun,” says Deziray.

Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

After dinner, the newlyweds cut a gold tiered cake wrapped with a crystal garland. The party continued with dancing and a mobile snack truck for late-night noshing. The real fun began right before midnight. “We had a countdown a minute before twelve with a montage of photos showing all of our friends and family from past New Year’s Eve parties,” says Deziray. “At the 10 second mark, we showed some of my and Kevin’s baby photos, at nine we had photos of us as teenagers, at eight there was a photo of when we met, and from seven down to midnight there were photos of us from each new year we shared together.” When the clock struck midnight, there was a confetti drop to ring in the New Year and their new life together. The perfect “happily ever after” ending.


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Deziray and Kevin’s love story sounds like a funny chick flick with the perfect romantic ending. They met one day eight years ago when Deziray visited her friend Shaun at work, who also happened to be Kevin’s best friend. While Deziray and Shaun chatted, Kevin walked by, and Shaun—in matchmaker mode—quickly said, “Kevin, this is Deziray. Say hi!” Caught completely off guard, Kevin gave a quick hello and walked away with-out making any eye contact with Deziray. “Shaun gave me a look as if to ask if I was interested in Kevin, and I just laughed leaving the question unanswered,” says Deziray. Soon after that near-miss meeting, Kevin started showing up at the same places Deziray would be with friends. “He would ignore me intentionally each time we saw each other, which naturally made me want to get to know him!” says Deziray. A few months later they stared dating and within the year they moved in together. “Turns out we were absolutely perfect for each other,” says Deziray.E

And just like in any good chick flick, New Year’s Eve played a big part in Deziray and Kevin’s real-life romance. They shared their first kiss on New Year’s Eve 2006, and Kevin decided to take advantage of that special memory to propose. He planned to take Deziray to their friend’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, but two days before the party their friend got sick and had to cancel the bash. Not dismayed, Kevin told Deziray that he always wanted to spend a New Year’s Eve alone with her anyway. “That night he seemed pretty calm, but kept going to the bedroom and bathroom,” says Deziray. “Of course, I asked him what he was doing.” Little did Deziray know, he was practicing his proposal speech. “Two minutes before midnight, Kevin went MIA again, so I yelled for him to come downstairs before he missed the ball drop.” He came running downstairs with intentions to propose, but struggled with the bottle of champagne he tried to open for dramatic effect. They then went outside to watch the fireworks, but were turned off by screaming revelers passing by so they went back in. By then, they were 15 minutes into the New Year, and 15 minutes past Kevin’s planned proposal moment. When Deziray went to change into her PJs, Kevin felt defeated. “He walked up to me looking stiff and nervous, but had a silly, adorable smile on his face and said ‘Today’s the anniversary of our first kiss. I love you. Deziray, will you marry me’?” says Deziray. “We both laughed and just stared at my ring for a few seconds before he finally realized he was supposed to put it on my finger!”

In true style, they wed on the following New Year’s Eve. The short, but sweet ceremony took place at Saint Rose of Lima Church.

Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

The bride wore a crystal-embellished Stephen Yearick gown and crystal-embellished white satin peep-toe pumps, while her bridesmaids complemented her in black charmeuse mermaid dresses. The groom and his groomsmen wore elegant black tuxedos, black suspenders, and black bowties. The flower girl looked adorable in a black tulle tutu dress, a tiara, pearl necklace, and black sunglasses.

The reception followed with a New Year’s Eve-themed celebration. The tables were decorated with horns and streamers to ring in the new year at midnight, and each place setting featured a Hersey kiss with a personalized label that read “A Kiss for Midnight”. The centerpieces were enchanting six-foot gold-painted trees wrapped with white orchids and strung with white flowers, tea lights, crystals, and crystal table numbers. Gold sequin tablecloths, black napkins with crystal bands, and black chair covers continued the black, gold, white and bling color scheme. Deziray and Kevin made sure to create a true party atmosphere for their guests. They had life-sized cutouts of some of their favorite actors—Bill Murray, Evangeline Lilly, and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn from their favorite romantic comedy Overboard. They also set up a white lounge area and photo booth to allow their guests to mingle. “We greeted as many people as we could after the ceremony and during the cocktail hour, so we were able to spend the time at the reception dancing the night away and having fun,” says Deziray.

Photo by: Deja Vu Studios

After dinner, the newlyweds cut a gold tiered cake wrapped with a crystal garland. The party continued with dancing and a mobile snack truck for late-night noshing. The real fun began right before midnight. “We had a countdown a minute before twelve with a montage of photos showing all of our friends and family from past New Year’s Eve parties,” says Deziray. “At the 10 second mark, we showed some of my and Kevin’s baby photos, at nine we had photos of us as teenagers, at eight there was a photo of when we met, and from seven down to midnight there were photos of us from each new year we shared together.” When the clock struck midnight, there was a confetti drop to ring in the New Year and their new life together. The perfect “happily ever after” ending.


Wedding Professionals:
Reception Site: Crest Hollow Country Club
Photography: Deja Vu Studios
Reception Entertainment: Genesis Events
Invitations/Favors/Accessories: Fairy Tale Affairs
Wedding Gown/Bridesmaids: Bridal Reflections
Flowers: Flowers By Brian
Chair Covers/Linens/Tablecloths: The Finishing Touch
Mens Formalwear: Tuxedo Park
Transportation: Camelot Specialty Limos
Snack Truck: Mobile Delights