Jenise Lacks and Hans Ruehle of Chesapeake were united in marriage on the evening of Saturday, June 23, 2018, at The Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk with Celebrant Patrick Belisle officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Lacks of Clover. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. Jurgen Ruehle of New Kent and the late Mrs. Janet Ruehle.
The unplugged ceremony was held in The Garden’s Renaissance Court with the bride and groom united under a white arch custom designed and hand built by the groom with help from his father for the ceremony; it included a custom moss-covered bouquet holder and was draped in sheer ivory fabric and adorned with floral arrangements by Leslie Hartig and her floral design team. The couple’s respective immediate families and honored guests were seated on the court and guests were seated on the lawn.
The bridal party advanced to Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” followed by the seating of the family to “Love Was Made for Us” instrumental. Guests were asked to remain seated as the bride made her way down the aisle to “Hold” by Vera Blue.
Escorted by her father, Mr. Ronnie Lacks, who wore a black tuxedo, champagne and ivory bowtie and a seeded eucalyptus and ivory rose boutonniere, the bride moved gracefully behind a cathedral length light ivory veil in an Allure strapless mermaid gown of white, ivory, silver, and gold lace accented with crystal and diamond beadwork. She carried a bohemian hand-tied bouquet of blush and ivory roses, snapdragons, carnations, lavender, seeded eucalyptus, astilbe, hanging amaranthus, and a single orange tiger lily in honor of Mrs. Janet Ruehle.
The groom awaited his bride, attired in a quartz bowtie, burgundy tuxedo jacket trimmed in black and black tuxedo pants. He wore a boutonniere of seeded eucalyptus with an ivory rose and burgundy astilbe, bound in orange silk in honor of his mother.
During the ceremony the bride’s cousin, Ms. Kendra Hendricks, of Baltimore, Maryland read Maya Angelou’s poem “In and Out of Time.”
After their pronouncement, the newly married couple led the recessional to Young Jeezy’s “I Do.”
The groom’s “Gentlemen in Black,” included Mr. Michael Kelly Drake of Richmond, Mr. Kishion Clark of Denver, Colorado, Mr. Zachary Lewis of Goffstown, New Hampshire, Mr. Corbin Coronel of Norfolk, and Mr. Alden Echols of Raleigh, North Carolina. They wore black suits with burgundy ties and suspenders.
The bride’s “Ladies in Black,” included Ms. Renita Coursey of Oahu, Hawaii, Ms. Whitney Carrington of Clover, Ms. Torye Cool of Richmond, Ms. Meaghan King of Richmond, Ms. Erin Hagle of Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. Yolanda Tate of Raleigh. They wore black dresses of their choice and carried keepsake bouquets handmade by Ms. Shawn Claiborne of South Boston.
Mr. Jeron Lacks, the bride’s brother, served as their best man and carried the couple’s rings. He wore a black tuxedo with a quartz bowtie and a boutonniere of seeded eucalyptus and a blush pink rose.
For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Janice Lacks wore a floor length black gown with white lace detail across the décolletage. She, along with the groom’s sisters, Mrs. Mary Ann Echols of Raleigh, and Ms. Katerina Ruehle of Richmond, as well as the groom’s grandmother, Mrs. Ann Hobson of Richmond, were presented with pearl wristlets of blush roses and seeded eucalyptus.
The groom’s father, Mr. Jurgen Ruehle, wore a black tuxedo with a matching black bowtie complimented by a boutonniere of ivory roses and seeded eucalyptus. In honor of the bridegroom’s mother, the late Mrs. Janet Ruehle, an orange tiger lily and ribbon atop Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass adorned a seat for her.
Junior attendants, who preceded the bride, were Miss Hayden Echols of Raleigh, as flower girl. She wore an embroidered lace blush gown, and Mr. Kyza Simon of Clover, carrying a sign announcing the bride, who wore black dress pants, a white dress shirt with a boutonniere, blush bowtie and suspenders.
Following the ceremony, guests were transported by tram to the Rose Garden Hall gazebo for drinks and hors d’oeuvres before the dinner reception that followed in Rose Garden Hall.
After entering Rose Garden Hall, the couple shared their first dance to “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo followed by the father-daughter dance to the Temptation’s “My Girl.” During the reception, the groom surprised his bride with a guitar and vocal serenade of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
After dinner, the bride unpinned her hair, replaced her tiara and veil with three fresh gardenias and changed into a white figure flaunting reception gown of intricately embroidered crystals and pearls, with a scalloped hem.
The groom met his bride and re-entered the reception ready for toasts, cake and dancing.
Guests enjoyed music and entertainment.
The wedding day events were planned by the bride and groom, hosted by the bride’s parents, and executed with perfection by their coordinator and cousin of the bride, Dr. Nettie Simon-Owens of South Boston.
For their honeymoon, the newlyweds enjoyed a two-week road trip, visiting several states: Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado before returning home by train.