Malakia and Donika’s sophisticated, fun wedding at the Stone Ridge Event Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, was accented by Malakia’s red wedding dress and veil and Donika’s cream tuxedo with intricate black detailing. The couple incorporated gold details into their special day, including an elegant gold and cream wedding cake with a red floral decoration.

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

How did you meet?

We met through a mutual acquaintance.

Tell us about your first date.

For our first date, we decided to travel to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. We walked the gardens, listened to a live band and laughed, and talked the entire day; there was never a dull moment. This was the beginning of a great friendship and our love for travel.

Tell us about the proposal.

We had a big fight the weekend before Donika proposed because she said, in front of our friends, that marriage was not what she wanted. Needless to say, the joke was on me because our friends knew she was planning a proposal. On August 9, 2016, we attended a taping our favorite show, Family Feud, and invited my mother and our friends. Afterward, we had dinner at Hudson Grill in downtown Atlanta and Donika got on one knee and asked for in my hand in marriage. Everyone was in on it! —Malakia, one half of the couple

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

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Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

Elegant red and gold Atlanta outdoor wedding

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Photographer: Andre Brown Photography

Event Venue: Stone Ridge Event Center

Event Planner: cTaylorMade ent

Cake: Cakes By LaMeeka