During sophomore year in high school, it was rumored that Ike Esedebe had a crush on Spayne Avant. Eventually, the two were formally introduced through mutual friends and discovered how they had opposite personalities. While Spayne was more on the quiet side, Ike was outgoing. They never dated in high school, but they did develop a friendship that they maintained throughout their college years.
After college, Spayne moved back to Texas and reconnected with Ike; and in January of 2016, Ike officially asked her to be his girlfriend. Two years later, he planned a special trip to California for Spayne’s birthday which, to Spayne’s knowledge, was to involve dinner with her parents and sister.
“OUR WEDDING PARTY OF 25 WAS THE BEST.”
Unfortunately, the delayed arrival of their luggage threw a wrench into Ike’s secret plans, and he had to push back the restaurant reservations until later that night. Despite the initial chaos, the couple finally made it to their destination, where Spayne was surprised to see all her friends and family from across the country gathered together. In front of everyone, Ike got down on one knee and popped the question.
The couple enlisted the help of Touch of Jewel to lead them through the wedding planning process and ensure everything came together seamlessly. With so many details to organize – including a 25-person bridal party – Jewel was a wedding planner extraordinaire who pulled off a celebration that surpassed the couple’s expectations. The room reveal was the bride’s favorite part of the day.
“To see our vision and everything we talked about for almost a year come to life was a special moment,” she says. “Everything went exactly as planned with the help of our vendors and parents. Our wedding party of 25 was the best. Their energy was contagious and rubbed off on all the wedding guests. It is a day that we want to relive over and over again.”
One extraordinary moment of the evening was when the groom’s sister gave her speech. While telling the story of Spayne and Ike’s relationship from her perspective, she pulled out a piece of paper from her purse. It was a note Ike had written nearly a decade earlier, before the two had started dating. In the note, Ike had written down that he was married to Spayne, had three kids, a house, and a nice life.
For their honeymoon, the newlyweds enjoyed a blissful trip to Hawaii and stayed at the Alohilani Resort.
Location: Brookhaven Country Club, Farmers Branch, TX, Planning: Touch of Jewel Events & Designs, Dallas, TX; Floral Design: Belle Decor, Dallas, TX; Rentals: Party Rent DFW, Dallas, TX;
Cake: Susie Cakes Bakery, Dallas, TX; Cinematography: Teddy G. Visuals, Denver, CO; Honeymoon Destination: Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI