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A decade of dating: No love lost

By Buhlebenkosi Sibanda

Someone once said marriage is when dating goes too far, if I hadn’t known better, I would think, they meant Larry Hosch and Nadia Durham. Getting married on the 10th of the 10th month of the year, after 10 years of courtship was not just symbolic of dating that had gone too far, but of a love that needed love, a lot of it, a love that can love you and never stop. A love that even Covid 19 had no match over.

The couple met through an acquaintance at the art institute of Atlanta. “The proposal was a surprise at the battery Atlanta where all of my family and friends were in a room full of candles with Larry on one knee” says the bride. Fast forward to the magical moment, their modern wedding. The couple wanted an all-white and gold wedding celebration, a large highlight on gold. Therefore, to bring their fantasies to reality, they hired a wedding planner, Russell Wendell. Wedding planners sometimes have to play detective to figure out what brides want and It takes good skills, to find out what they want. With Russell’s genius wedding detective skills together with Nadia’s profession, wardrobe stylist; from the attires to the whole setup, everything was outstanding.

Larry wore an all-black Elis Esq custom suit; with a delicate paisley pattern, while the groomsmen wore all black with ascots, black and gold handkerchiefs. For the three brides, Nate Hutson Collections crafted couture gowns in black, red and blue, whose inspiration was drawn from the movie, Sex in the City. Then the lady of the moment, looked ravishingly stunning in Winnie’s Couture’s bespoke gown, adorned with crystals and featuring ruffled train, “as a stylist, I wanted a high fashion wedding”.

The wedding was held at the Sky Room at the Crowne Plaza Midtown Atlanta. The venue incorporated gold Oz chairs for the guests and an elegant bold design, with both a stage and a golden chrome arch with white florals, done by Christopher Marcs Design. As they say cake design and decoration is referred to as one of the sugar arts in the world of baking, the Pinch Bakery did so much justice in showcasing this art at the same time capturing the couple’s memories, by managing to pull the decagon shape, in symbol of the number 10. And what’s a celebration without DJ Twice’s mix. He set the mood on fire with some smooth R&B and hiphop hits, from the feasting moments till everyone was done and down on the dance floor.

When asked about their favorite moments of the day, Nadia said the vows, by far summed up one of the best parts of the day “We each wrote our own. They are words that we will never forget.”, she added. Lastly for engaged couples, Nadia advices that you “don’t stress, hire a planner and WINE!!!”

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