Inspiration

Frederick and Detra met in 2006 and became great friends over time. " When I first saw him in 2006, it was love at first sight for me. Although we went on separate paths for years, we remained on the same course and we knew when it was God’s time, then it was our time to find each other," said  Detra. The two dated seriously for a year and a half and recently celebrated their union with an intimate Fall elopement in Memphis, TN. Check out their romantic nuptials captured by Amy Hutchinson Photography.

Bride: Detra Holmes, 34, Science Instructional Curriculum Coach

Groom: Frederick Holmes, 37, Assistant Principal Kipp Collegiate Academy

Place of residence: Lakeland, TN

Wedding date: 10/16/15  

Wedding location: St. Andrew AME Church, Memphis TN

Wedding theme: Romantic Memphis Elopement

Honeymoon Destination: Aruba

Engagement story:

It was a beautiful summer night in July on the beach of Biloxi, MS. We were walking barefoot along the beach telling each other jokes. He told me “tonight is our lucky night”, I asked “why” and he said, “tonight is the night I want you to be my wife” (of course he got on one knee.)

From the Groom: 

The day of the wedding was surreal. It was a picture perfect autumn day, great for taking pictures and great for getting married. My Honey Do list consisted of two items: check into the hotel and make sure I was fully dressed at the church with my groomsmen. I was full of anticipation that culminated with seeing Detra come into the room! She was so beautiful and my heart jumped and I was praying Thank You Lord!

From the Bride:

It was perfect. I was not nervous. I was calm and excited. My sorority sister and I just talked and took selfies. It was a very calming day. I was just so happy to be marrying my “one true love.”

What makes your love special?

Our love is special because we are truly friends and God is the center of our relationship.

Most memorable moment:

After the ceremony, we all held hands (myself, groom, best man, groomsman, maid of honor, bridesmaid) and the pastor prayed for us. The first prayer with my husband.

Wedding song:

I Found Love- Bebe & CeCe Winans.

Favorite wedding detail:

Our fusion video that was created by our photographer. This was 4 minute video that depicted still and live shots of our ceremony. Our families were able to be apart of our private nuptials even though they were not physically at the ceremony.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Being happy together as a couple for eternity.

Advice for a Bride/Groom on their wedding day:

Choose what makes you happy as a couple. Take time to enjoy the day. We chose a private ceremony in our pastor’s office as it was the best choice for us!

Congrats to the newlyweds Frederick and Detra Holmes. We wish you many more years of wedded bliss. 

Vendors: 

Photographer: Amy Hutchinson Photography

Ceremony location: St. Andrew AME Church

Hair: Tamika Turner

Makeup: Zaniesha Davis