Elegant Chic Wedding at J Verno Studios in Pittsburgh, PA | Shardae & William | August 6, 2016

Brides Full Name Shardae Hughes-Johnson
Grooms Full Name William Johnson

Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
Met: We met during sophomore year at Hampton University and quickly became friends.

Proposal: Will got a surprise photographer during our trip to Paris. On a brisk morning, we went to the Trocadero with has an iconic view of the Eiffel Tower in the background. Will proposed to me, and the surprise photographer captured the whole thing.


Wedding Style: Describe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
Wedding dress was beautiful, unique, and versatile.

Shopping for the wedding dress was an exciting experience. I visited 6 stores in person, and spent many more hours gaining inspiration from online sources. I included close friends in this experience, but still wanted it to be a surprise.

Culture: Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
Not really, just jumping the broom and the sand ceremony

Memories: What is your best memory from your wedding?
Bride – Reading our vows to one another
Groom – Entering the room for our reception

Advice: What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
Enjoy the moment and take it all in. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts:
Bridesmaids – Personalized toiletry bags and jewelry.
Groomsmen – Canvas duffel bag with their initial engraved on it.

Favorite item on the menu:
Vineyard roasted chicken and apple cider braised beef short ribs, and the signature drink which represented our alma mater where we met.

First dance song:
Michael Jackson – The Lady in My Life


Photography: Maura Ellen Photography
Videography: Yamean Studios Films
Day of Coordination: Big Day Little Details
Florist: Blue Daisy Floral
Cake: Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique
Tee Jay Vision
Band: Bridge Band
Photo Booth: Lux Photobooth
Makeup: Makeup By Bo
Ceremony & Reception location: J. Verno Studios