Blake & BJ

October 18, 2019Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Our Story
How We Met

BJ moved to New Orleans in the Summer of 2015. To help him get acclimated to the city, our mutual group of friends started doing "Staycation Tuesdays." Every Tuesday, we'd act like tourists in New Orleans. BJ is a man of few words, but I thought he was really handsome and kind. My girlfriends kept mentioning that they thought he was interested in me, but I couldn't see it! His best man, Brian, was also telling BJ that I was interested in BJ. Our friends were plotting against us! LOL

In September 2015, my car was stolen while I was teaching! (Another story for another day). When the student who stole my car disclosed the location, I called BJ to take me to meet the police. He never hesitated to come to my rescue! We went to lunch after we found my car and I thought he was sweet and HILARIOUS! After, we kept trying to find ways to hang out, but never admitted we liked each other as more than friends. We continued to spend time together. BJ was scheduled to leave for training for work in October and the night before we left, he kissed me! For the next three months, we talked everyday. The first weekend he got leave to come back to New Orleans, he asked me to his girlfriend.



Our Proposal

BJ proposed August 25th, 2018. We were getting ready to go to sleep, when he asked if I loved him. I told him of course I loved him (All the while thinking that's a dumb question!) BJ then said that if nothing changed in our relationship, he would already be living his dream because he was already spending his life with me. He pulled the engagement ring from under the pillow and asked me to be his wife. I cried, of course, and said yes!

The Wedding

Attire: Cocktail
Ceremony
Iberostar
Punta Cana, La Altagracia 23000, Dominican Republic
Guests should meet in the lobby of Grand at 4:30. Hotel attendant will escort guests to the ceremony location. Ceremony will start at 5 pm
Events

Welcome Dinner
Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 PM
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro All inclusive
Carretera Arena Gorda Bavaro, Higuey, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

Restaurant: La Cana Steakhouse

Attire: Casual

Wedding
Friday, October 18, 2019
4:30 PM
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro All inclusive
Carretera Arena Gorda Bavaro, Higuey, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Attire: Cocktail Attire
Guests should meet in the lobby area at 4:30 pm. Hotel attendants will escort guests to the ceremony location. The ceremony will start at 5 pm.

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Cocktail Hour
Friday, October 18, 2019
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro All inclusive
Carretera Arena Gorda Bavaro, Higuey, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Attire: Cocktail
El Mirador (Grand Lobby Bar)

Attire: Cocktail

Reception
Friday, October 18, 2019
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Attire: Cocktail
National Buffet Menu
Wedding Party

Monique - Maid of Honor

Monique is the Lewis to my Clark! My LM! Monique and I met through working together as Resident Assistants at Xavier University of Louisiana. We didn't really begin to become close until the following year when we did research together as participants in the Ronald. E. McNair program at Xavier and University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. We lived together for three years while we were in graduate school. She has been there through some of the best and worst times in my life. We have spent COUNTLESS hours in Starbucks and libraries studying together. Over the years, she has become my confidante, sister, best friend and now my MOH!

Maya - Bridesmaid

My baby sister! I am 8 years older than Maya. Apparently, when we were kids I told her she would be to young to be a bridesmaid in my wedding. HAHAHA! Thankfully, we have grown very close over the years. I am glad that she didn't hold my past comments against me and agreed to be a bridesmaid in my wedding!

Monica - Bridesmaid

I couldn't even tell you when Monica and I became friends. It happened so seamlessly that it feels like we've always been best friends. One day we were just hanging out all the time and hitting up different happy hours! LOL Monica has always been willing to do whatever crazy thing I've thought up from signing up for a race, going to a new restaurant, or buying plane tickets because I found a good deal! I am very thankful for Monica's friendship and even more grateful that she has agreed to be a bridesmaid in my wedding!

Shantrell - Bridesmaid

Shantrell and I are cousins. My mom was tracing our family's genealogy and contacted Shantrell's aunt. Shantrell and I met while students at Xavier (My Freshmen year and her Sophomore year). We roomed together for one semester before I became a Resident Assistant (Sorry that Wyla used to eat your marshmallows!) LOL Shantrell has a heart of gold and I love her dearly. I was able to stand up for her at her wedding and am thankful she will do the same for me at my wedding.

Brian - Best Man

My Ace! Brian and I met the first day of 3rd grade when I witnessed him and his siblings jump a kid on the bus . Let's just say I made a business decision to "get down" rather than "lay down."

Chris - Groomsman

My little big brother! Growing up I always wanted to be as smooth as Chris, but I realized I was better at being the funny sibling ... This dude has taught me so much about life. I couldn't have asked for a better brother.

Jeffery - Groomsman

Big Jeff! Growing up we did everything together, well honestly we did everything together for the first 30 years of my life! From playing basketball and video games and Grandma's house, to moving to Texas.

Hanso - Groomsman

Coach Legend! Legend and I were roommates at Disney, and the first time we met he almost caught these hands! It was just a misinterpretation of his St. Louis vernacular. Little did I know he would soon become one of my closest friends.