The Proposal: A mutual friend set Carlton and Christina up on a blind date, and the pair immediately hit it off. Both are in the performing arts professions, Carlton as an opera singer and Christina as a ballerina in the Miami City Ballet. During a performance from a one-man show Carlton produced, he brought Christina on-stage for a dance and a serenade. As the song ended, he dropped to one knee and professed his love for Christina! She was so surprised but immediately said yes!

The Ceremony: The couple held their Wedding at The Phoenician in an elegant yet intimate ceremony. Highlights of the day included Carlton walking his grandmother down the aisle, the wedding party processional set to an original arrangement of the pair’s favorite Christian songs composed by Carlton, the aspiring ballerina flower girls dancing down the aisle to choreography created by Christina, and the couple reciting their vows before family and friends.

The Reception: From a photo booth to heartfelt speeches, the reception was the perfect end to the perfect day. A highlight for Christina was when both sides of their family danced to “We Are Family.” “It really was beautiful seeing that we now have a new family,” recalled Christina. The night ended with everyone still dancing as the couple made their escape to the honeymoon suite.

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CEREMONY SITE: Orchid Lawn at The Phoenician
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Other Vendors: PHOTOGRAPHY: Brooke Marcella Photography | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Eve of Milady from Alessa’s Bridal Boutique | BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES: David’s Bridal | FORMALWEAR: David’s Formals | WEDDING PLANNER: A Joyous Event Planning & Management, LLC | INVITATIONS: Celebration in Paper | FLOWERS: Flowers by Jodi | MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Michael & Tabitha Reed & Company and DJ Dean Michaels | WEDDING CAKE: Piece of Cake Desserts | VIDEOGRAPHY: The Wedding Pros | OFFICIANT: Pastor Warren H. Stewart, Jr. & The Honorable Valerye Boyer-Wells | VEIL: Richards Designs | HAIR: Kim Allison | MAKEUP: Style Stalkers | RENTALS: Us 2 U Rentals | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: The Phoenician and Talking Stick Resort & Spa | HONEYMOON: Paris, France