Shonte and Lavoisier: A DC Love Story


In high school, a young lady in marching band and a young man in the JROTC program crossed paths… and have been together ever since. Shonte was presented with a promise ring the night of their prom, and woke up with an engagement ring one morning in college when Lavoisier visited her dorm.

For the past sixteen years, ten of which they’ve been married, Shonte and Lavoisier haven’t known a life without one another. Shonte is a nurse by profession, and in 2006 Lavoisier graduated from ROTC as an Army officer. Lavoisier was in the Army Reserves where he worked in IT Security for the Pentagon until Shonte got diagnosed with breast cancer.


When asked what they value most in one another, Shonte shared that Lavoisier is the driving force behind her positivity during her illness. She says that he has an overwhelmingly calm presence about him, that he’s loyal and that should isn’t sure she’d be able to function without him.

It’s clear that Lavoisier feels the same about Shonte, stating that she’s goofy and can laugh at any time of the day about anything. He says he truly believes that opposites attract and he loves being around her.


No strangers to travel and adventure because of Lavoisier’s military career, the two start laughing when asked about their travels and a memory that stood out to them. When Shonte and Lavoisier lived in Alaska, there were hot springs. Due to the condensation of the hot/cold, Shonte slipped right onto her backside and Lavoisier was cracking up and filming the experience on their video camera!

Shonte and Lavoisier are a couple that know how to laugh and have a good time. They encourage one another and just like their own love story has proven they will help one another through the challenging times and will celebrate together on joyous occasions.


Wish Upon a Wedding Philadelphia is looking forward to celebrating a vow renewal with Shonte and Lavoisier in December of 2016.

Wish Upon a Wedding would like to thank the following Wish Granters for helping to make this Wedding Wish true:

Venue & Catering: City Club DC

Wedding Planner: Marilyn Patterson of Joyous Events LLC

Officiant: Leora Willis of With This Ring I Thee Wed

Videographer: Toy Box Productions

Photography (love story): Toy Box Productions

Photography (wedding): Memories of Bliss Photography

Décor: Gems By M

Invitations: Fingers In Ink

Cake: Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Hair & Makeup: Leontyne Reaves

Entertainment/DJ: Municipal Media Services

Floral: Pretty Petals

Watch their love story video here:

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One Comment

Carolyn Drakeford

This is so beautiful and your marriage represents true love. The both of you take your wedding vows to heart. I am wishing you all what God has for the both of you individual and
together. With all my love!


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