Real Brides & Weddings: Elegant, Unique, Charming

When a lady of Alpha Kappa Alpha fell in love with a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, Amaya and Theo Woodley wrote a love story that was worth sharing. Like many true loves, Amaya and Theo had been right under each other noses all along, after meeting briefly on campus and reconnecting two years later. From college sweethearts to lifetime lovers,
this couple begin their new life together with a daytime brunch wedding that exudes class and glamour, captured by Temilola Ajibulu Photo + Cinema.

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: Theo and I actually met my first day on campus at college as he was my assigned freshman orientation leader. We didn’t start actually dating until my junior year of college after we reconnected during the summer prior and we never looked back. Theo popped the question Christmas Day in front of our family as we were guessing the Christmas character tapped to our backs. Unbeknownst to me, I had the word “wife” on my back which made
for a pretty challenging time trying to guess the answer. After many failed guesses, he pulled the name off of my back and showed me what it said as he got on one knee.

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?

A: Our wedding was brunch theme with a daytime ceremony in a museum with floor to ceiling windows for optimal lighting. We wanted the wedding to feel like a breath of fresh air with the classic color palette of black, white, and gold.

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

A: Because we wanted the wedding to feel like a breath of fresh air we allowed the floor to ceiling windows to be the focal point of the room with greenery hanging from the ceiling. We opted for white table cloths and clear chairs to make the room for spacious and open.

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding?

A: We opted for greenery during the ceremony and reception. My bouquet was made up of artificial flowers that were white with some greenery incorporated. My bridesmaids had baby breaths for their bouquets with gold ribbon tied around the base. For centerpieces we used floating candles in clear vases of various heights.

Q: What was your favorite part of the wedding?

A: My favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony. The aesthetics from the lighting and positioning of the room during the ceremony truly displayed the theme I was going for. As we came together as one it seemed like there
was a sense of peace and calmness that fell over the room.

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

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A: For my senior prom I had a mermaid dress and always told myself for my wedding I wanted the exact same style, so it was a no brainer when I went to try on dresses. I actually think my dress was the first one I ended up trying on. I wanted my husband’s tuxedo to match the color of my dress which was off white and The Black Tux made sure that t the color was a perfect match and the perfect fit for him.

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: Hands down the most anticipated moment of  the day was when I was waiting to walk down the aisle to see Theo’s face.

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: One word- elope!

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