Shawnte and Tavia celebrated their love in their Maryland home. Photos by Ashlee Nikole Photography
Shawnte and Tavia recently enjoyed a fall wedding with friends and family in their District Heights, Maryland home. They said the most exciting thing about that day was having an opportunity to share our love with our friends and family. They share more about falling in love and their wedding below:
Black Lesbian Love Lab (BL3): How did you meet?
Shawnte and Tavia: We have a mutual friend in L.A., but we connected on Facebook.
BL3: What attracted you to each other?
Shawnte: I liked that Tavia is beautiful, very firm and set boundaries.
Tavia: I liked that Shawnte has a great sense of humor and is very intelligent.
BL3: How long have you been together?
Shawnte and Tavia: 1 year and 3 months.
BL3: Would you say this was a whirlwind romance then?
Shawnte: Mmmmm we just “got” each other. Felt like we knew each other forever. We decided after committing to a relationship that this was it for us.
BL3: Why did you decide to get married?
Shawnte and Tavia: We couldn’t imagine life without one another. Our bond is unbreakable.
BL3: Tell us a bit about your wedding day. What made it special?
Shawnte and Tavia: Our theme was jazz in the fall and we got married outside with the beautiful fall foliage. All of our friends and family were there to help us celebrate and that made our day extremely special.
BL3: What wedding traditions did you keep and which ones did you get rid of and why?
Shawnte and Tavia: Well, we did not see each other before the wedding and we did not throw the bouquet because it was made out of steel 🙂
BL3: Those blue shoes are the truth!
Shawnte: That was our “something blue.” I changed my shoes two days before the wedding. Had them shipped next day.
BL3: Where was the wedding and reception held?
Shawnte and Tavia: We got married in our beautiful backyard and because of the rain, the reception was in our home.
BL3: How did it feel to exchange vows? Did you write your own vows?
Shawnte: I was nervous, longwinded and very emotional.
Tavia: She was very calm and quick. We wrote our own vows.
BL3: When was your actual wedding date and why did you choose that date?
Shawnte and Tavia: Oct 11, 2014. It’s between our birthdays.
Enjoy more photos from their special day in the slideshow below.
Click here to see even more photos from their special day. The couple was also highlighted in Autostraddle’s list of “21 Queer and Trans Couples of Color that Make our Hearts Flutter.”