Real Couples // A Beautiful Garden and Ballroom Wedding: Marquis + Ruth

The couple: Ruth is a Registered Nurse, born and raised in Haiti. She met Marquis while she was getting her nursing degree at Keiser University; he was studying criminal justice. Marquis is an army veteran who was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and served eighteen months during a tour of Iraq. 

The story: Our proposal was a big surprise to me. Marquis proposed on New Year's Eve at exactly midnight last year.

Our ceremony was beautiful, officiated by Pastor Evans Jean. Our processional song was "A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys, and our recessional song was "Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. We had a brunch reception for one hundred guests that started at 11:30 AM. The toasts were touching and beautiful. We had our first dance to “Amazed” by Lonestar, and we hired a DJ to get everyone dancing! The party ended by 3:00 PM, so our parents decided to throw us another party right after!

Words by Ruth, the bride, as told to Amber Marlow. Photos by Jen Scott of Flashy Mama.

Zac Posen wedding gown in the window
Wedding shoe with wedding ring on the heel
Purple and white bouquet
mother buttoning bride's gown
Bridesmaid putting in bride's veil
Iconic bride portrait
Groom portrait
Bride walking down the aisle
Bride hugging and kissing dad after walking down the aisle
wedding kiss for black couple
Couple coming back down the aisle at their garden wedding
bride and groom together
Groom and groomsmen with a stretch hummer
Bride and bridesmaids in purple satin
Groom in groom glasses
black bride and groom dancing at their reception
dancing at wedding reception
Newly married bride style
bride and groom cutting their classic white wedding cake
bride throwing her bouquet
beautiful post-wedding portraits of bride and groom
bride and groom together in a Flordia garden
Bride being swept off her feet by groom

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Jen Scott is the creator and lead photographer of Flashy Mama, "capturing the moments in between the poses" in South Florida. Jen is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of West Chester University. She has lived in Palm Beach County with her husband and their two photo-fabulous children for seven years. 

Jen describes herself as a chaos coordinator, family girl to the core, Earl Grey tea drinker, travel lover and is — if you can't tell by now — obsessively passionate about the art and creativity of photography! While delivering a comfortable and thrilling client experience, Jen and her team capture the fun, love, and personality that is unique to each of her wonderful couples and families.