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.
I LOVE LOVE Nicole…or as I called her while filming this episode…Poker Bride. When I met Nicole when she opened the door the first day I feel in love with her as a person and a bride. However I was freaked out by her direction of her wedding. A poker them…really??? The good news is I had a lot to change and little to keep, or shall I say, a direction to take and a lot to revise. My goal always is to make sure I keep the personality and style of my bride and never make this about me but make it all about my girls. A poker them was shocking to me but it was because they both like to play poker. The issues at hand were many.
Nicole showed me the elements she had pulled together for her wedding. Plastic poker chips, over-sized playing cards, red plastic table cloths and the color scheme of black, red and white. The bridesmaids dresses were nothing to remember and trust me my bride and her sisters had personality that needed dresses to reflect just that.