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Being in the Afro Bridal Party that Broke the Internet!

If you have found your way to this article, chances are you have been seeing pictures of the wedding party that I was recently a part of, circulating ALL OVER THE INTERNET. Images of the bride, groom and wedding party went completely VIRAL immediately after camera phone pictures were released. A picture that I posted on my social media was the first to receive massive circulation from reposts on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook.

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Since then, full articles have been written by some of the biggest online publications such as Essence.com, BuzzFeed.com and Cosmopolitan.com, Yahoo.com/Beauty, TheKnot.com, HuffingtonPost.com… just to give you an idea! We’ve been featured on countless pages across all media outlets. Projected shares, likes and comments are incalculable. We really BROKE THE INTERNET!

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This article is going to be a little bit different than the others that you’ve been reading (up and down your timeline). Here at ShesChaRISSmatic.com you get the EXCLUSIVE inside look into the magic of “Nakyia & Jay’s” BIG DAY from the perspective of someone who had a front row seat to the MAGIC… Me! First off, allow me to express… being the Matron of Honor in the wedding of Nakyia Whitty and Javonte Davis was an unforgettable and simply beautiful experience from beginning to end! I have known the couple for a few years now and I can’t say enough good things about them. They compliment each other so well and balance each other out. They are truly the Yin and Yang. Nakyia has a very bubbly personality while Jay tends to be the more laid back one. Both have a wonderful sense of humor and are so much fun to be around! These two are a couple of my dearest friends and I am so proud of both of them!

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In a brief interview with Nakyia and Jay conducted prior to the wedding, this is what the couple had to say:

  1. How and when did you two meet?

Nakyia: Jay and I met at TSU on “the yard” in 2007. He was standing right in front of the student center with his twin brother with this drawn tight backpack on! Lol! I wasn’t looking at him like that at the time. We were friends for a while first. Who knew!?

  1. How did the proposal go down?

Nakyia: Jay surprised me by getting a penthouse suite on Valentine’s Day weekend at Hotel Icon in downtown Houston. He told me we were hanging with friends for Valentines Day. I was excited about it! So we checked into the hotel and drank some wine and he told me to get ready to leave. He took me to McCormick and Schmicks for dinner and he had given me a pair of pearl earrings in a box that looked like a ring box… Nope! Lol! I remember staring out of the window at the construction and trying to fight back the tears. I couldn’t hold it. I complained about how all the money he was spending on this evening could have been a down payment on a ring. He said he was working on his credit and asked me to be patient with him. He took my hand and prayed for peace and understanding in our relationship and that diffused the fire. We left and eventually made it back to the hotel where I walked into a room with rose petals on the floor in the shape of a heart, and family and friends filled the room. I didn’t get it. I was thinking, “Why are they here tonight? I thought we were hanging out tomorrow!” I turn around to look for Jay and he was in the middle of the big rose heart on one knee. I went blank. I remember looking at the Houston skyline through the window thinking this was unbelievable…. The rest is history in the making!

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  1. When and where will the wedding take place?

We are getting married June 11th, 2016 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

  1. What do you love most about your future spouse?

Nakyia: I love how he complements me. We definitely balance each other out and that’s something I really appreciate. Not to mention the fact that he’s extra kind and sweet, and sooo handsome! Lol! That’s my boo!

Javonte: Her internal beauty is as striking as her external beauty. She truly has a good heart. I LOVE that!

Being along Nakyia’s journey to the alter with her was quite the experience. Starting with the fact that I was to work side by side with her Maid of Honor who also happens to be my husbands ex… (Cue dramatic sound effect)! I accepted the honor not knowing what to expect but focused on my duty as the Matron of Honor. After meeting the Maid of Honor, things felt only slightly awkward in the beginning but as time progressed everything got more and more comfortable. The bridal party became a pretty close knit group and I was pleasantly surprised with how the 6 of us meshed so well!

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“Our group chat and combined efforts over the course of almost a year, forged a bound that broke down any and all barriers.”

Rewind to the Bridal Shower. We chose Ousie’s Table in Houston, Texas – a quaint and charming American with a twist fair restaurant complete with an outdoor terrace and everything else a bride could want. “Brunch with the Bride” was successfully executed with complimentary lunch for guests, interactive bridal games and of course lots of lovely prizes for game winners. The bridal party spent the night before, finishing the DIY shower favors and games which was another bonding experience. We’d had several of these bonding events leading up to the shower as well. It was a beautiful event!

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The bridal party just so happened to ALL have #naturalhair. We were NOT selected to be in this wedding just because we are natural. 

Bridal Party from left to right: Kaayla Whitty, Alyssa Whitty, Amber Hawkins, Nakyia Whitty (Bride), Carissa Stephens (Me), Montiana Davis, Teandra Hall.

13263798_10102386593160315_6434517325793061341_nThen, after booking air fair and hotel, choosing the dresses, deciding on hair and jewels, getting the alterations and final details completed, the BIG DAY approached before we knew it! We had all touched down in the Dominican by that Thursday before the Saturday Beach Wedding. I was so happy to be back in the Dominican as I had spent my honeymoon there only two years ago. #DRreloaded was so beautiful from my husband and I’s perspective as we celebrated the union of our friends in the same incredible place that we had celebrated our own. The mini vacation was perfect in so many ways.

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The Bachelorette Party was on the night most of us arrived to the DR. We came ready in our matching racer back tank tops that read “The Brides Drinking Team” and huge kinky curly afros. The moment we touched down in the DR it was plain to see that we stood out and would be treated like celebrities while there. That night we had continuous lines of people requesting to take our picture as we rampaged throughout the resort. #BlackGirlMagic was in FULL EFFECT! #TeamBride stayed out dancing and laughing the night away at the resident “Club Oro” and all throughout the Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana.

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THE BIG DAY was finally upon us! On June 11, 2016, Nakyia Whitty married Javonte Davis, on a flawless day at the beach in Punta Cana, DR. The groom even got a little choked up when he saw his beautiful bride coming down the aisle. The bride wore a mermaid dress with exquisite beading detail and the hair was none other than a fabulous afro with a flower behind her ear. The bridesmaids wore champagne long flowing dresses with hair in an array of natural styles and also flowers in the hair. Of course the bride had the largest fro of all! The wedding was breathtaking! THEY DID IT!!!

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The reception was nothing short of magnificent as well. The food was delicious, guests enjoyed a photo-booth and Polaroid selfie station where they could print out their photos and attach them to their well wishes when they signed the guest book. I gave a heart-felt toast to the newlyweds. Then all guests where directed to head outside where we enjoyed a wonderful fire show!

The couple honeymooned several days after their big day right there in the same place they had gotten married. This wedding was truly one for the ages!!! Congratulations again, Nakyia (@naturally_nakyia) and Javonte Davis (@dr_jay)!!!

Thanks for reading! Xo -Riss (@shescharissmatic)

carissa

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