It was love at first sight.
Sheneka Jefferson and her fiancé, Frederick Miller, met just two years ago while working at the same recruiting firm. Miller said it was her smile that captivated him.
“When we met, she had this radiant smile and personality,” said Miller, a senior accountant for a firm in Dallas. “And we have a lot in common, including we both like sports.”
On their first date they went to one of their favorite restaurants near Dallas, no sports bar involved. However, one year after they met, Miller decided to pop the question and he did it in the most appropriate fashion.
“We were at a Rangers game in Arlington,” said Jefferson, who works as an accountant and notary public. “Fred got up out of his seat and got on one knee and pulled the ring out of his pocket.
While rows of onlookers applauded and cheered the couple, Jefferson said she was surprised.
“I just smiled and said yes,” she said.
With the wedding just a few weeks away, Jefferson is getting a good idea of what it takes to get ready for her big day. Standing in the dressing room at the Vineyards at Florence, she waits to try on one of two wedding gowns. Both are strapless gowns with flowing trains — one is classic and the other country elegant, resplendent with ostrich feathers, a corset-type laced-up back paired with lizard-inlaid cowboy boots.
An entourage of professionals surrounds her, including makeup artist Lesa Jarmamillo, who lays out her pallet of colors that will transform Jefferson into a bride, and master hair stylist Sara Lara, who decides which hair style will work best with the feathered head pieces. Waiting in another room, her fiancé goes over some of the wedding details with their wedding planner, Beverly Moon.
Although the couple was determined to plan their own nuptials, Miller said when they started stressing over details, they agreed to bring in a wedding planner. An Internet search led them to a list of wedding professionals and after several interviews they chose Moon, an international event and meeting planner and owner of Unforgettable Events in Temple.
“It is so easy working with this couple,” Moon said. “They know what they want and they express it, and that gives me the opportunity to send them samples or pictures to look through and say, ‘this is what I want.’”
Moon said most couples come to her knowing only that they want to get married but have no idea of the theme, colors or venue they desire.
“That’s when I sit down with them to figure out how they would like their wedding to flow,” Moon said. “Step one is to find out the theme, and step two what colors you would like to have. And then we work on the venue, and I start making the appointments and go with them to each venue until we find one we like. Then we take the next step.”
Miller said many details are involved in planning a wedding — little things he and Jefferson never thought about.
“Beverly helped us find a facility, she does all the coordinating with the vendors and gives us time to just get ready and not have to worry about the details, like venues,” he said. “She’s gone above and beyond to make sure our own experience is unique.”
Jefferson said she looks forward to the ceremony and wedding, and Miller looks forward to the reception. They wanted to do something different and chose to have both their ceremony and reception in one venue for the convenience of their 125 guests, four bridesmaids and four groomsmen.
The couple chose several special non-traditional songs for the ceremony, including “River Flows In You” by Yiruma and “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys for the opening. Jefferson will march down the aisle on her father’s arm to the sounds of “Love was Made for Us” by Cleo, and the couple will perform the unity sand ceremony to Matthew Baute’s “One.”
“It seems like we’ve been together forever,” Jefferson said. “He’s sweet and kindhearted and whatever I want, he gives it to me.”
“That’s when I knew I loved her, because I couldn’t say no to her,” Miller said.