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Toya & Tony: A Formal Wedding in Dallas, TX

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Toya and Tony planned their Dallas wedding in just five months. They chose their wedding date to be one that already had special meaning for them. “My mother, before she passed away from cancer, gave us many of the ideas we used at our wedding,” Toya explains. “We chose to get married on her birthday, May 27th, and dedicate this wonderful day to he ...
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Toya’s two maids of honor wore strapless satin dresses in celadon by Mackenzie Michaels, while her four bridesmaids wore floor-length belted dresses in celadon satin by Alfred Angelo.
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Guests received Harry and David truffles wrapped in gold with a thank-you card attached as well as bubbles to blow for the exit.

Toya & Tony in Dallas, TX

“I’ve never told her this, but it wasn’t love at first sight,” says Eugene (Tony) Shelton. “It was love at first breath. Our first conversation, I knew she was the one for me.” He first encountered LaToya (Toya) Butler at a leadership conference while both were in college. They were friends for two years and then dated for what Tony describes as “the seven best years of my life.”

The Bride LaToya (Toya) Butler, 29, merchandising manager
The Groom Eugene (Tony) Shelton, 32, tech developer
The Date May 27

On New Year’s Day, he took Toya on a picnic at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth (where Toya’s parents had wed). “I was already extremely happy because it was such a great day, but I totally didn’t know it was going to get even better!” Toya remembers. After enjoying a wonderful picnic together, Tony pulled a ring box from his pocket. The celebration continued even after Toya said yes, as Tony also had two tickets for a Dallas Cowboys game. “They didn’t win that day, but I did!” Toya says.
- Kate Wood
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