When Stephanie and Roland initially met at a local African restaurant, Roland was immediately attracted to her – intrigued to learn everything about Stephanie.
Stephanie’s “shy and laidback” demeanor reeled Roland right in, and as one date continued to lead to another it wasn’t long before they both realized there was something extra special about their connection. With their feelings for each other falling deeper into love, Stephanie and Roland knew they had found that one person that completed them so entirely.
Bride & Groom: Stephanie & Roland
Occupations: Pharmacist & Navy
Wedding date: May 18, 2019
Wedding location: Royal Elite Palace, Woodside, New York
Tell us how you met. We met at an African restaurant called Amazing Grace and right away I wanted to know more about Stephanie. She was shy and laidback and something about her just attracted her to me.
How did you know they were “the one”? Stephanie: “I knew Roland was the one because he was so patient and understanding. The absolute perfect gentleman who put me above anything and anyone. He’s the one who completes me and makes me feel like the best woman on earth.”
Roland: “I knew Stephanie was the one because of how passionate she is about the things she loves, her caring nature and her selfless attitude.”
What was wedding shopping like for you? Stephanie: “Shopping for my actual wedding dress was the easiest part. My other outfits, especially my reception dress was the toughest part of it all. Overall my event planner was able to help me sort through my outfits and styling.”
Roland: “Shopping for my suit was quite easy. I had my military outfit as my first look and got the second and third suit made in Africa.”
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We had a traditional ceremony the day before the wedding which was filled with so much love from family and friends. Our colorful Igbo and Edo attires we’re heavily beaded and full of glamour and beauty.
What is your best memory from your wedding? Definitely our first dance!
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? Hire a wedding planner and always go with your instincts. Don’t second guess any doubts you may have about certain people and aspects of the day because that’s your gut trying to forewarn you! Make sure to have lots of fun too because everything goes so quickly.
Photography: Mandy O. Photography
Planner: Wima Events
Makeup Artistry: B Dash Makeup
MC: Henry D’Minister
Cake: Cakes by Stefania
DJ: DJ Freshy K Weddings
Decor: Designs by Oochay
Bride’s Dress Salon: Bridal Reflections NY
Wedding Dress Designer: Eve of Milady
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Kleinfeld
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Royal Elite Palace
Bookworm with degrees in English, Psychology, and Fine Art. Interests include cycling, rock climbing, hiking, Tabla, Violin, hoarding books, and poorly identifying birds.