It was love at first sight for Richard Hamilton, 32, a shooting guard for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, who spotted his future wife, TJ Lottie, 30, while on vacation in 2005 at the Casa Grande Suite Hotel in Miami. After asking where Lottie worked in L.A., he courted her with phone calls and flowers until the two started dating.
After three years together, the couple returned to Casa Grande to celebrate Lottie’s birthday—or so she thought. Instead, Hamilton showed her a video that he’d made with their son. “At the end of the video, I recorded Deuce shouting, 'Mommy, please say yes!’” he says.
Proof that inspiration can strike at any turn, these place cards were fashioned from engraved silver ID holders that Tina LaMorte’s team at Oh So Fabulous! event designs spotted while shopping at Urban Outfitters.
Create an eclectic feel with a mismatched but cohesive table decor. This setting includes pebbled glass chargers and vibrant beaded napkin rings over brocade tablecloths—all materials that were repeated throughout the venue and enhanced by stunning centerpieces from Always Flowers and Events.
When the band played a Mary J. Blige song, Lottie was taken by how similar their version sounded to the original track. To the bride’s shock, she looked up to find the diva herself entering the room. “I ran straight to the stage in my stilettos!” says Lottie.