Love Couple: Candace and Gaven Norris

Bride’s Name: Candace Norris

Bride’s Occupation: Legal Services Professional

Groom’s Name: Gaven Norris

Groom’s Occupation: Attorney

Wedding Date & Location: November 7th, 2015—Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii

Tell us your love story: Both: We met volunteering at a fashion show. It was predestined serendipity, both of us having grown up in the same West Texas town, lived in some of the same cities at the same time, and knowing some of the exact same people, yet never crossing paths until 20 years later.



When did you know that your partner was the one? Bride: Gaven says he knew four months into our relationship that he was going to marry me and I was the one to be his wife but was glad that he waited. Having been dating for almost seven years, five of them while living in different cities throughout graduate school and law school, he took an impromptu trip back home (under the pretense of visiting friends) to ask my parents for their blessing to marry me.

How did he propose? Bride: Gaven surprised me with a proposal over Thanksgiving in 2014 under the guise of me planning our “just because” portrait session. Little did I know that I was actually coordinating every single detail for my own proposal as well as engagement photos. In the middle of trying to persistently hold our photographer’s suggested pose with Gaven telling me how much he loved me, he proceeded to get down on one knee. Another surprise awaited us at the nearby Gristmill Restaurant, situated on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River where the celebration continued with family.

What’s the key to the success of your relationship? Both: Compromise. And of course, love.

Why do you want to be included in JET love? Bride: Having seen and followed JET through our subscription as a little girl over 20 years ago, I absolutely fell in love with the couples/stories that were so inspirational in celebrating African American love. I knew that when my big day finally arrived, I too wanted to inspire other young girls with our love.