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Real Weddings {California}: Talisha Graves & Eric Dawkins!

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When someone finds the person they were meant to spend the rest of their lives with, some call it fate, while others call it destiny.  For Talisha and Eric, with the help of a little divine intervention, love became their final destination. Eric Dawkins, singer, songwriter and producer, met Tish Graves, model and actress at church in June 2010. It didn't take long for their friendship to blossom into something more. The lovely pair started dating only two short months after their initial meeting and have been together ever since.  Almost three years later Eric and Tish celebrated their union with a ceremony that went viral when their tear jerking wedding video  hit the internet. Check out their gorgeous wedding day captured by the super talented Tiffani Matsuura of Sun & Sparrow Photography, a photography company based in the South Bay and Orange County, California./
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Talisha Graves, 40, Model/Actress
Eric Dawkins, 42, Singer/Song writer/Producer
Wedding location: Private Estate/Woodland Hills, CA
Wedding date: 10/21/12
Honeymoon:  Island hopping the French Polynesian Isles
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Engagement Story ( from the bride) :
"Eric surprised me with a 40th birthday party  on April 22, 2011, the day before my birthday, with about 50 guests in his backyard. That Evening he proposed on bended knee after serenading me with a song he had written "It's Whatever," to which I walked down the aisle six months later."

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Wedding song:

I was so surprised to see Eric singing "It's Whatever,"  as I walked down the Aisle. I was clueless! "It's Whatever," our engagement now Wedding Song was written for me by the love of my life Eric Dawkins.

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From Bride:

One of my biggest fears was from the many stories I've heard from both bride and grooms, that it went by like a flash, they were so caught up in the details and they really didn't  get to enjoy themselves...The best advice anyone could have ever given me was to "take it all in, connect"...and I/we did!  I Felt present in every moment. I can close me eyes and relive it as if it were yesterday. I saw faces as I walked down the aisle that simply filled me with joy... We had so much fun!!! The presence of God was everywhere!

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Favorite detail:  

"OMG!! Everything was picture perfect, from Eric singing and his Dad (Bishop Dawkins) and our Uncle (Elder Warren Campbell) performing the ceremony to the most gorgeous day (it rained Friday and Saturday before the wedding)...the decor was beautiful, the food was delicious, the cake was not only gorgeous, but mouthwatering, DJ Darius set the party off, our friends and family had a ball! If I can say, it was THE BEST wedding I have ever attended! We had so much freakin fun..the presence of God was EVERYWHERE!!!  We literally planned our wedding in 3 weeks from start to finish!...nothing but the Grace of God!"- Tish

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First Dance:

Luke James our dear friend and lil' brother surprised us by performing "I Want You"

Congratulations to the lovely newlyweds Erica and Tish! We wish you many more years of wedded bliss! Want to see more of this gorgeous wedding! Check out their amazing wedding video shot by Dabling Harward of Spin Flight Studios below!

Eric and Tish Dawkins from Spinflight Studios on Vimeo.

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Vendors:

Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography/Wedding Planner: Sandra Campbel/DJ: Darius Farrelly DFEnterprise.com/Event Rentals and Designer: Jennifer Larsen of Dress My Party/Caterer:  Nikita Leone of Italian Soul Catering/Wedding cake: Sara J Pastries/Make-up artist: Stacy Gibson/ Wedding Dress: Lili Bridal /Wedding dress designer: Alvina Valenta/ Videographer: Dabling Harward of Spin Flight Studios

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C.K. Alexander

C.K. Alexander, is the Wedding Features Editor for BlackBride.com and Black Bride Magazine. C.K. is also a wedding and lifestyle expert and the creator of the Single Bride Blog. She is also the owner and founder of Love Ink, a special occasion writing and coaching company, and Brownstone Bridal, an online shop for custom wedding accessories. Keep up with C.K. on Twitter here: @Love_Ink

C.K. AlexanderReal Weddings {California}: Talisha Graves & Eric Dawkins!

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