Bride’s Name: Ashley Dawkins
Bride’s Occupation: Attorney
Groom’s Name: Brandon Dawkins
Groom’s Occupation: Physician
Wedding Date and Location: November 16, 2013 —Atlanta, Georgia
Tell us your love story: Bride: My husband and I met in undergraduate school at Xavier University of Louisiana. My roommate invited him to join our study group. While we were talking during one of our study group sessions, we discovered that not only are we both from Atlanta, Georgia, but Brandon also lived in the neighborhood directly across the street from my neighborhood. From that point forward, we spent every school year and summer together during our college years.
When did you know that your partner was the one? Groom: I knew that Ashley was the one when I introduced her to my family. They loved her. This confirmed everything that I already knew. She is so smart, beautiful, and loving. Bride: My dad always told me that he wanted me to marry someone that would treat me like he treats me. I knew that Brandon was the one when my parents and I both felt like Brandon passed that test.
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? Groom: The most memorable moment of our wedding day was the unity candle ceremony. Instead of one parent from the bride and groom lighting their respective candles at the beginning of the ceremony, both of our parents stood with us at the time of the unity candle ceremony. Before the parents lit their candles, the minister discussed the symbolic meaning of the unity candle. Then our parents lit their candles and we took their candles and lit ours. We wanted the unity candle ceremony to be special and truly symbolize the love of two families coming together through our union.
What’s the key to success in your relationship? Both: The key to the success of our relationship is to make sure that God is at the head of our marriage. With Him we can get through anything.