A Ritz-Carlton Wedding

“The most emotional part of the day was seeing her walk down the aisle,” said Rodney. “Having all of our family together for a celebration was so special,” mentioned Stephanie.”

July 30, 2022

• Stephanie’s completely custom gown, by designer Nneka Alexander of Brides by Nona, featured hand sewn Swarovski crystals. From start to finish, the dress took six months to complete. 

• The couple requested a “memory table” so that their loved ones who had passed could also be present for their special day.

• Stephanie was walked down the aisle by her three brothers. Her youngest brother, Akeem Tyree Russell, took the lead and met the second oldest, Trence Lamar Russell, further down the isle. Stephanie’s oldest brother, Jerry Earl Russell, handed her off to Rodney.

• Musical special guest Major performed “Why I Love You” for the couple’s first dance. Rodney took to the monogrammed dance floor with his aunt, Mary Martin. Stephanie shared her dance with all three of her brothers. 



Planning Time1 year
Event PlannerKesha Nettles Events
Invitations – Paper Daisies Stationery
Hair & Makeup
GLAM by Maam and La Beautique/Mogul Lashes
FloralsLegendary Events
Cake – The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Catering – The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Ceremony – The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
Reception –The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
PhotographyHannah Forsberg

Appears in the January 2023 issue of Augusta Magazine.

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