Coordinator: Jo Byrd-Carter
Officiate: Rev Terrace Grey
Wedding Musicians: Farrin Sherelly, Vocalist
Phillip Steward, Saxophonist
Dr. Ethel Travis
It was the Spring of 2010, in Daytona Beach, Fl, at a Bethune Cookman University graduation ceremony that Ashley and Leonard met. On May 10, 2010, Ashley attended her cousin Syrenthia’s graduation party, unaware that she would meet her Prince Charming. Leonard was on program to play light groovy music as the ceremony took place. Ashley later learned that while playing and throughout the program, Leonard had been watching her all night! Ashley performed a liturgical dance for her cousin and later took on the dance floor as the band kept the party jamming. No words were shared between the two until later on that night when Syrenthia asked her friends and family to join her in enjoying what would be the last of her nights in Daytona. It was then that the two of them were introduced, however Ashley still had no idea that Leonard was crushing on her. As Ashley left Daytona Beach her cousin, made her aware that her friend Leonard desired to talk to her. Being that he was a nice guy and appeared respectful Ashley gave Syrenthia the permission to pass along her number.
Leonard and Ashley began to talk, spend time together and learn more about each other. Love was in the air! Leonard spent countless hours and miles to visit Ashley in her hometown of Miami Gardens, Fl. On December 24, 2010, the connection was sealed as Leonard asked to be boyfriend and girlfriend and a promise ring was delivered!
Time goes on and years go by as their bond continues to grow stronger. By this time Ashley was used to Leonard and all his surprises, however on December 25, 2013, Ashley would get the surprise of her life! Ashley woke up Christmas morning, got dressed and started her morning ritual with her family. It was to eat, open gifts and prepare to visit her families’ homes. While dressing, Ashley‘s parents snuck Leonard into the home to hide out until it was time for his appearance. Ashley was called for breakfast and the doorbell rings. Leonard‘s parents were at the door. Ashleysensed that something was going on but would never guess. Minutes later, Leonard appears and Ashley is elated to see him! As she calms,Leonard expressed the reason he couldn’t spend another Christmas without her. Special words were conversed and to bring home his pointLeonard proposed! Ashley, full of joy and happiness, accepted his proposal and the two started their journey to become one!