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Their story began at Southern University’s nursing school in Baton Rouge. While it may not have been love at first sight, their love of medicine, aiding others and travel brought Willie and MarQuita together in perfect harmony.

Working as travel nurses, Willie and MarQuita took a weekend trip to San Diego while in California for an assignment. Wille planned to take MarQuita on a private gondola ride, but just before they started their journey, Willie proposed a new adventure when he asked her to marry him. Her “Yes” was made even sweeter when they witnessed two shooting starts blazing through the night sky.

Choosing and emerald and gold color scheme, emerald for their shared birthstone and gold to enhance the the royal theme they wanted, Wille and MarQuita started their path to a happily ever after.

“Our wedding was a display of two ordinary people who fell in love and displayed and showcased that love for everyone to see,” MarQuita said. “It was truly just us two on that day.”

photography: PRINCE PHOTOGRAPHY | ceremony: THE SHAW CENTER FOR THE ARTS | reception: THE LYCEUM DEAN BALLROOM | get ready location: HILTON DOWNTOWN BATON ROUGE | officiant: LEADREW JOHNSON | rehearsal dinner: MANSURS ON THE BOULEVARD | bridal gown: STARDUST BRIDAL SHOP | bridesmaids’ gowns: LULU’S BRIDAL SHOP | groom/groomsmen attire: SQUIRES | florists: JAZZI EVENTS | bakery: AMBROSIA BAKERY | ceremony music: TRENTON JOHNSON | reception entertainment: DJ BOOSIE | makeup: ARJI THOMAS MUA | honeymoon: HAWAII | wedding planner: JAZZI EVENTS | decor/lighting: JAZZI EVENTS: caterer: KAJUN SENSATION | favor: ETSY

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