This Bride Became A Wife And A Lawyer On The Same Day

Marlon A King Visuals & K Perspective Photography

It was only a matter of time before Cherie and Declan met. In 2013, the two were both at the same law school, had mutual friends and those individuals wanted to connect them. Cherie also happened to be a star student at their law school, so her reputation preceded her, making her even more of a draw for Declan. When they finally made each other’s acquaintance at a friend’s birthday party, Cherie was everything he could have imagined and more. “I was finally happy to meet the person I heard so much about,” Declan tells ESSENCE. “I knew that she was smart but I also thought that she was cute. I spent the entire night introducing her to all of my classmates whom she had already met, but she was a good sport and went along with it.”

Declan also happened to make a great first impression with Cherie.

“When I first met Declan, I thought he was really cute and once we sparked up a conversation, I thought he was really kind,” she says. “He had such a gentle and quiet spirit, but was pretty talkative and that made it really easy to communicate with him. We talked all night until it was time to leave.”

The two haven’t stopped talking since that evening. And while they became best friends and danced around their feelings for one another for a while, those feelings were too big to ignore. By the summer of 2014 they made things official as boyfriend and girlfriend. In summer of 2020, after seeing each other through so many things, from tough exams to personal struggles, Declan popped the question to Cherie in front of their family and friends at her parents’ house.

Nearly two years later, the Queens residents recently said “I do” on February 25, 2022 in Long Island, New York at the Somerley at Fox Hollow. The day Cherie became a Mrs. was also the day she became an Esq., a licensed, practicing lawyer. Therefore, February 25 holds double the special meaning to her.

“It’s a dream having two of the greatest moments of my life so far fall on the same date,” she says. “Once I decided on law school, I was confident I’d get to add the Esq. to my name one day, but the Mrs. didn’t really seem like a real possibility until Declan came into the picture.”

The two plan to make many more of their dreams come true together, so it makes sense that they had a dreamy celebration of their love. See photos of their special day below, and learn more about their journey to the altar in this week’s Bridal Bliss.


Day of Coordination, Decor & Floral Design: Hactac Events By Denise A Grant

Venue: The Somerley at Fox Hollow

Photography & Videography: Marlon A King Visuals 

Photography: K Perspective Photography

DJ: Pulse Sounds 

Hair: Glamour by Shaniqua 

Makeup: The Alexis Brand; Whitney Thomas Beauty 

Bride’s Dress: Pantora Bridal

Groom’s Suit: Garcon Couture

TOPICS:  black weddings Bridal Bliss weddings

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