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Lucky in Love

By Nicole and Dwayne, Newark, New Jersey
Love is definitely a gamble. Our story begins July 3, 2006…that’s when I met my husband, Dwayne. Dwayne and I met at our neighborhood swimming pool. He had every intention to swim but once we exchanged pleasantries, it soon became a conversation that lasted for hours! When the pool was closing, he asked me out on a date and it was on that date that Dwayne told me he was going to marry me. It was a bit weird for a first date…but I was definitely intrigued by it.

Dwayne and I have tons of things in common but most of all; we love casinos, gambling and POKER! We both thought of ourselves as being lucky to have found our soul mates, so when we started planning our wedding, we came up with the perfect theme…”Lucky In Love.” It was a “Casino” themed wedding! Planning a wedding was super exciting but it was also extremely stressful. With money tight and resources scarce, we were stumped. I got tons of help from friends and family but I started to feel like this wedding was taking a turn for the worse.

Even though we had a venue and a plan for catering, we didn’t have any idea what we were going to do as far as decorations went. We found little things (a lot of little things) here and there but nothing that really pulled everything together. I had started to get discouraged…fast! 

When I found out that David was going to intervene and make some changes, I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much! I welcomed his help with open arms. I listened to everything and absorbed it like a sponge. He caught things that I totally missed and would have never picked up on. He paid such close attention to detail and picked my brain until my vision was his! I have absolutely no regrets at all. If I had to do it all over again, I would have it the exact same way! It was an absolute blessing and an honor to have David by my side!

My family and a few friends knew of my participation in the show. They were just as excited as I was! Although we knew that my wedding was going to be fabulous, we had no idea what to expect. On my wedding day, I felt like a celebrity. I had my hair and make-up done and even had a lady in waiting! Even with all of the primping and getting dolled up for my big day, nothing or no one could have prepared me for what was going to happen next. As if having David create my dream wedding wasn’t enough, he had also arranged for my biological father, who I recently became acquainted with, to come in from California to attend my wedding. It was such a beautiful surprise. What an emotional and moving day!

I was completely floored by what David revealed to us next. It was my vision! No, my vision to the 25th power! I knew he was extraordinary but seriously, this was beyond anything I’ve ever seen before in my life. Not only was our reception mind blowing but David also arranged an extra special ceremony for us. All of our guests held candles as they stood alongside the aisle. To see all of the illuminated faces of everyone I loved was a truly breathtaking. I took a second to take in that unbelievable moment and it was then again that I really and truly felt “Lucky in Love.”