Bride’s Name: Theresa Smith
Bride’s Occupation: Financial Aid Officer
Groom’s Name: Emanuel Smith
Groom’s Occupation: Dean of Students & Athletic Director
Wedding Date and Location: May 29, 2016 — Negril, Jamaica
Tell us your love story. Both: We met while out for breakfast at Sweet Maple Cafe. There was a long line and since my friend and I (Bride) were up next, my friend who happens to be a mutual friend, invited Emanuel and his mentee to join us as they were close to the end of the line. While at the table, Emanuel invited me to his church. Over a month later, I decided to attend. As we naturally became close, he asked me out on a date back to the spot where we met.
When did you know that your partner was the one? Bride: I knew he was the one when I saw how he prayed for me more than I prayed for myself. Groom: After sharing with her some of my flaws, she continued to love me flaws and all.
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? Bride: Before the ceremony, as we were getting ready, I received two gifts from Emanuel that accompanied handwritten love notes. When all we do is text, a handwritten love note is like a breath of fresh air. Groom: Seeing her in her dress for the first time as the doors opened. She was stunning.
What’s the key to the success of your relationship? Both: The key to success for our relationship is prayer and laughter. We love to have a good time and during the not so good times, we pray.