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Love Story: Sarita & Calvin

Sarita & Calvin renew their vows in a surprise wedding in Atlanta, Georgia along with their close loved ones.

How did you two meet?

We both attended Auburn University. At that time, we would see each other in passing, but we did not develop a friendship until years later.

What did you do for your first date?

We had dinner at King + Duke in Buckhead.

How did he propose?

We were attending an annual fundraiser for Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc. - Atlanta Chapter. Calvin was being recognized as a sponsor for the event. Unbeknownst to me, my family and friends were in attendance, and some were watching the event via live stream. He proposed during his speech, and cheers erupted! It was a moment we will never forget


Why did you choose a surprise vow renewal?

We got married during the pandemic and decided to forgo a large wedding due to the surge in Covid at that time. As we were planning Calvin’s birthday, we thought this would be a great opportunity to celebrate our love with those closest to us, and what better way to do it than with a surprise recommitment ceremony? We had so much fun planning this together, and we did it our way!

How did you feel wearing a Laine London dress? What made you choose your gown?

When I tried on my dress I knew it was THE ONE! I felt beautiful, confident, and sexy. Also, my stylist and the rest of the Laine London team were so incredibly supportive and they were just as excited about the surprise as I was! They made the experience of choosing my gown so memorable.

How do you keep romance in your relationship alive day to day?

We both have busy careers, and we’re raising 3 beautiful children. We have to be intentional with making time for each other, and for romance. We take advantage of every opportunity and turn it into a date night, whether that’s quiet time at home while the baby is asleep, or a romantic dinner in the city.

What’s the most romantic thing Calvin has ever done for you? Or Vise Versa?

Calvin is romantic and has done many thoughtful things over the years. Last Summer, he told me to take a week off for my birthday, and surprised me with a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We flew first class, stayed at a 5 star resort and went on several excursions during our trip. On our last night, he planned a private, candlelit dinner on the beach. It was just the two of us, and a private chef. It was very romantic!

What wedding rules did you break?

We broke a lot of wedding "rules". We wanted this day to be uniquely us, and didn't want to blindly follow tradition. We chose not to:

  • have a bachelor/bachelorette

  • get married in a church

  • have a bridal party

  • exchange gifts

  • have a large wedding guest list

  • toss bouquet/garter

Do you have any advice to engaged/newlyweds?

We believe the most important thing is to care more about how the other person feels rather than being right. Secondly, allow your partner to fully be themselves. Lastly, being patient with each other, and actively listening to one another will help resolve conflict much faster!

Sarita and Calvin are truly a power couple that broke the rules and did their wedding their special way. If you are interested in having the bridal experience Sarita and so many of our happy brides do, book an appointment with us today.


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