S: May 21, 2011
FC: Darice & Luther
2: "Where there is love, there is beauty that cannot be described and strength that cannot be broken."
4: "Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the LORD." Proverbs 18:22
5: The happiest day of our lives...
6: The Bellevue Club's rich history and architectural aesthetics were perfect for a regal wedding celebration. Located on the edge of Lake Merritt in Oakland, the Bellevue Club's main ballroom, with a marble fireplace and gold moldings overlooks the birds, boats and beautiful scenery at Lake Merritt. Hand carved ornamentations grace the ballroom's walls between enormous arched windows framed by flowering draperies and crystal chandeliers. Opened in 1929, the Bellevue Club is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
8: "Believe in happily ever after, and it will come true."
9: to love and to cherish | 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
10: Two People, Two Hearts, Two Lives Become One New Life Together
13: Antonio Allen Kenya Williams | John Edgerly Maisha Hicks | Tiffany Lawless-Elsalaam
14: Tillery Grandkids: (left to right) Devyn, Ania, Dion and Naia
15: Left to right: Curtis, Aunt Eula, Aunt Ann, Mom, Dad, Aunt Linda
16: The bride's aunt, Linda Tillery, sang a beautiful and touching version of "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. Linda personalized the lyrics especially for her niece's walk down the aisle.
18: "Two hearts, two souls, one spirit." | The bride's brother, Darwin, rolls out the "white" carpet and also assisted with the music and sound production.
19: Left to Right: Calvin, Darwin, Keriena, Luther, Darice, Dad, Mom, Vickie, Daryl, Ann, Linda
22: Calvin and Debbie | The bride's cousin, Calvin Tillery, serenaded the wedding party by singing "Love Ballad" by Jeffrey Osborne during the processional.
23: The wedding officiant, Reverend Ann Jefferson delivered a beautiful and very personal exchanging of vows.
24: The groom with his sister, Tina
25: Here's to our joy, from this day forward...
27: Eula and Curtis | Cousins Damon Jr, Robin and Damon | Linda and Ann
28: with this ring...
29: Our wedding day has finally come...
32: Laugh as often as you live and love as much as you breathe... Love is not finding the perfect person, but seeing a person perfectly.
34: The reception party was a huge hit thanks to the unique talents of the bride's brother, Daryl, who was the DJ, M.C. and as you can see, a dancer as well. He created the perfect party atmosphere all evening long.
35: Good catch! The bouquet was caught by the groom's sister.
38: Our journey begins... | Jumping the broom is a symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of new beginnings. Jumping the broom was handed down from generation to generation when our ancestors' vows were not legally recognized. We pay homage to our ancestors, whose shoulders we stand on and whose wisdom shines a guiding light on us. By jumping the broom we seal together our past, present, and future.
39: In Loving Memory | Lillie Pearl Jackson (Grandmother of the bride) | Eva Louise Tillery (Grandmother of the bride) | Evangelina Smith (Mother of the groom)