Letitia and Andre met through Myspace while she was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. When she returned to the States a few months later, the pair went on their first date to Channelside.
“The chemistry was instant!” Letitia gushed. “We developed a great friendship right away, which stemmed into a wonderful relationship.”
Within two years the Tampa Bay couple were discussing marriage, but before they could act life got into the way.
“We found out we were expecting our first child, so naturally I didn’t want to walk down the aisle pregnant,” Letitia explained. “The wedding was delayed again when we found out we were having another baby! After the stress of having two small children, marriage was not on the top of the list anymore.”
While on a cruise to St. Thomas, Letitia and Andre began ring shopping. Just a few days later, on Letitia's 30th birthday, Andre proposed.
“I was so excited, he says I never said yes!” the bride joked. “So, he actually asked me again a few minutes later and of course I said yes. It had been a long time coming.”
Design and decor were at the top of Letitia's priorities and she chose a purple wedding, complete with draping and lighting to add a luxurious atmosphere.
“Our colors were different shades of purple, which indicates royalty. We felt as if we’re all kings and queens,” the bride said.
“We looked for someone that could bring out our personalities. I can be shy at times, and Andre says he’s not so photogenic,” Letitia explained. “I chose Photo Announce It! because there was an initial chemistry. Deanna has a great bubbly personality that I thought would really work well in bringing out the best in our photos.”
Looking back, Letitia's most memorable moment came during the wedding ceremony.
“When I walked down the aisle and I could see my husband (and everyone else) look at me, the look on his face was priceless. It’s like he saw me for the first time and I was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen,” the bride reminisced.
When I walked down the aisle and I could see my husband look at me, the look on his face was priceless. It’s like he saw me for the first time and I was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. – The Bride.
I chose Photo Announce It! because there was an initial chemistry. Deanna has a great bubbly personality that I thought would really work well in bringing out the best in our photos. – The Bride
What wedding advice would you give to other Tampa Bay Brides?
We didn’t have a videographer, but we really wish we would have. That day goes by so fast! It would be great to capture it all on video.
Tampa Wedding Venue: Rusty Pelican
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Photo Announce It!
Tampa Wedding Florist: Arlene Floral Designer
Tampa Wedding Brooch Bouquet: Bella Zita Designs
Tampa Wedding Photo Booth: Snapshoot Photobooth
Tampa Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake
Tampa Wedding DJ: Downtown DJs
Tampa Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal Vera Wang Collection
Tampa Wedding Invitations: David's Bridal
Tampa Wedding Hair: Malissa Parker
Tampa Wedding Makeup: Nicki Mac Makeup
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