LaTonya and Will’s Wedding at the King Solomon Baptist Church & Paragon Ballroom.
You know full well that the woman you choose to marry is a very important decision. In fact, it may be the most important decision of your entire life. And as the ceremony draws closer, you know that the words you are about to say not only are a solemn promise to your beloved bride, but you are in fact making a covenant before God Himself. Never before in your entire life have you made a commitment like this…
Grooms have it tough, right?
Now, imagine if the pastor who is marrying you two was not only God’s representative, but also your bride’s FATHER!!!
That’s where Will found himself the day he married LaTonya. Now, it’s not that he didn’t know Rev. Williams (head pastor of King Solomon Baptist Church) would be their officiant, I simply mean that no man knows what it must feel like to say those very important vows of commitment like those men who have said them before pastors who were also the bride’s dad!
It might just be me, but I think that would add a whole new level of stress to the day. Let’s be honest here: the sit downs during the dating / engagement phase are bad enough (… “just what are your intentions with my daughter?”), but to actually have her dad staring you in the eyes as he asks you not only as her dad, but also as a man of the cloth, “… ’til death do you part?”
Will did great, though. Truly a pillar of strength. (And I literally mean, a “pillar”. He was a tower of a man.) He was unshakable, fun, and showed no outward signs of stress throughout the day. But still, I can’t imagine…
LaTonya’s planning was impeccable. Her friends and family were joyous and full of life. But the reception…
…was outstanding! Will and LaTonya both started off their dances with Mom/Dad with a slow dance, soft and sincere. But about halfway through the music picked up and they both broke loose with mom and dad!
Then to top it off, the entire wedding party formed a dance “tunnel” on the dance floor, a la “Solid Gold”, and each took turns showing their moves. I nearly jumped in for a turn myself! (It’s a little known fact that my hulking 6′4″ 280lb. frame can actually cut quite a rug with such signature moves as the “Sending a Fax”, and “Starting the Lawnmower”.) Fortunately, Charlotte saw that tell-tale excited look in my eye and stopped me before I could throw down my equipment and embarrass myself beyond redemption.
Thank you Will and LaTonya. It was an honor and a privilege to be chosen to capture your special day!