On Saturday, April 1st, 2017 Michael and Tonica exchanged vows in front of close friends and family at Grace Meadows Farm in Jonesborough, TN. The green rolling hills on the farm and the chandeliers that lined the barn made the perfect backdrop for the couple’s vision of a rustic elegant wedding.
Michael and Tonica met online 11 years ago. They knew before they even met in person they had a special connection. In 2014, they got engaged but decided to postpone getting married right after the engagement to buy their dream home with a barn, which Michael worked to renovate. They had just begun to think about their wedding plans when Michael suffered a seizure while driving. This seizure is what ultimately led doctors to find his lung cancer. Michael was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer this past year, for which he is currently undergoing treatment.
Tonica said the wedding was now more important than ever for them because “tomorrow is not promised”. With everything they have been through they wanted the opportunity to celebrate their love with friends and family and on April 1st that is exactly what they did.
The family each walked down the isle in their own pair of cowboy boots as friends and family looked on with smiles. The couple laughed as they exchanged rings and shared a beautiful first dance together. This day was just about the love that Michael and Tonica have for one and other. We wish them many years of love and happiness, we feel honored to have been a part of their special day.
Thank you also to our amazing wish granters who went above and beyond to make this day happen for Michael and Tonica:
Venue: Grace Meadows Farm
Beauty: Bat N Rouge Beauty
Cake: Embrue House
Catering: Braeden’s Barbeque
Entertainment/DJ: Mockingbird Entertainment
Florist: Southern Knot Weddings
Linen: Nuage Designs
Officiant: Catherine Redwine
Photography (love story): Photo Tech Photography
Photography (wedding day): Cable Photography
Stationery: Stationery Bliss
Videography: Redbird Project 323
Watch their love story video here:
More amazing photos from their special day: