Tonika C. Greenwood, a 2nd grade teacher, met Carl D. Cramond, a registered nurse, on- line in April 2010. Realizing they had both found the one, the wedding planning could begin! Their all-inclusive ceremony and reception was held at the Northgate Country Club. The ceremony was held in the spacious outdoor garden, followed by cocktails in the downstairs lobby and a reception upstairs in the ballroom.
“We fell in love with the ceremony space and the gorgeous staircase in the clubhouse. it was spacious, the food was excellent, and misty was a pleasure to work with,” gushed Tonika.
Sunday,November 18th 2012, Tonika walked down the isle in an Anjolique strapless corset gown, donned with rosettes across the waist and bodice. Monica from The Queen’s Palace styled her hair, while Alaina Salsberry of Color Du Jour created her make up look.
Virginia’s Cakes designed the three-tier strawberry filled cake with butter cream icing, wrapped with a black satin ribbon and crystal brooches. The amaretto groom’s cake was LSU themed, in honor of the groom’s alma mater.
instead of a traditional honeymoon, Tonika and Carl opted for a “minimoon” to New Orleans – one of their favorite cities. They came back home just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. To make up for their shortened getaway, they are planning a stay in Hawaii summer ’13.
Tonika urges newly engaged couples to think outside of the box. Tonika and Carl chose to have an “anniversary dance” for all couples attending as opposed to a newly wed dance. They opted out of the garter/bouquet toss and had a Michael Jackson tribute sequence, complete with black sunglasses and gloves. “it was a huge hit,” Tonika raved.
“Don’t be a bridezilla to anyone – ever! Have the wedding of you and your husband’s dreams and always be true to yourself.”
As a last piece of advice ,Tonika recommends all future brides attend the Bridal extravaganza show. She went in January 2012 and said it was a must do. “It’s like a right of pas- sage on your way to becoming a bride. We were able to hear live demonstrations from divisi strings, who we later booked, as well as taste some amazing cakes and food. it’s a great step to start the planning process.”
– Augusta Neal
Photography By Jaylene Benidctis; Sacred Image Photography