Nation’s Capital: Latrice & Elizabeth
Twenty-five years after they met, Latrice and Elizabeth were married in our Nation’s Capital on April 29, 2014, at the Church of the Holy City in front of 13 close friends who traveled with them from Georgia for the celebration.
For Latrice – the bride wearing a dress – the best part of the day was the moment during the ceremony when their officiant underscored the importance of kindness in a marriage. “We’d only met her by phone and email, but she just nailed the two of us and our personalities,” Latrice said. “When she had us promise to always be kind the whole church just started laughing because that matches our personalities so perfectly,” she added.
The brides wanted to keep things simple, so they planned a low key champagne celebration following the ceremony. Elizabeth, however, surprised Latrice with a wedding cake. The day was filled with joy, laughter, and sunshine. The only tears were happy ones. “A few of us in the group, myself included, are criers,” Latrice confessed. She and Elizabeth live in Dublin, Georgia. They met at work 25 years ago, and had a 15-year friendship before it turned romantic. They talked about marriage for several years, until one evening when they were relaxing alone at home, Elizabeth staged a surprise proposal. Summarizing the wedding, Latrice said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Everything just went seamlessly.”
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.