November 9, 2006, over an anniversary dinner on the Moshulu. With the ring box in his pocket, Melvin asked: "Do you want your gift? It's a lifetime gift." Shammara answered yes, and Melvin placed the box on her plate. They celebrated over complimentary champagne.
9 to 5
Shammara, 31, of West Oak Lane, is a secretary at True Light Fellowship Church and a student at Arcadia University. Melvin, 38, also of West Oak Lane, is a mortgage underwriter for JPMorgan Chase in Fort Washington and a community football and basketball coach.
Making a home
The family resides in Mount Airy.
DJ William J. Osborne spun Kenny Lattimore's "For You." "It was just so beautiful," Shammara says. "It seemed like it was just us."
Doing it their way
"It's huge on the bottom," Shammara says of her strapless Cinderella-style ballgown, which she accessorized with beaded white gloves, veil, tiara and a bouquet of calla lilies. Melvin, also in white, gave son Malik, 6, ring bearer duties. Malik's older brother Daivon, 15, walked his grandmother, Margaret Heyward, down the aisle.
Two church soloists sang "Because of Who You Are" and "With All My Heart," during the lighting of the unity candle. At DiPinto's, guests were treated to bookmarks and pastel mint favors in iridescent bags. Mini bells came attached to the escort cards - "for kissing," the bride says. The couple also trotted out what appears to be a withering wedding tradition: the garter toss.
Not a dry eye
An emotional moment combined with rising church temps caused the groom to nearly pass out. "He was so hot, standing at the altar, waiting," says his bride. "They brought him a chair. I was worried."
Just a few minor music-cue goofs during the ceremony.
"Save money. Set a budget. Prepare and plan it out. Make sure you do it the way you want it."
One week in St. Lucia.