Heather Asari Watson & Rodney Alen Haynes
Photography by Meredith Morrison of Meredith Morrison Photography
How we met.
We met at a church where Rodney was a deacon serving communion. I asked him for two servings of wine/grape juice because I had, had a really bad week. He said, “Take what you need sister.”
Our first date.
It was very nervous and awkward. We went to Sake Blue. My car was at the mechanic, and I was communicating with the mechanic by text. So, he thought I was on the phone too much. We hugged at the end of the date and it started to snow.
Our engagement story.
I had to have my car towed to the mechanic, so I was angry. I was also tired. I laid down on the bed and was about to go to sleep when he said we had to go to dinner since it was our fourth anniversary since we’d started dating. So, I got up and went, even though I was sleepy and moody. We were talking about our relationship at dinner. He asked, “Did you think we would be together this long?” I said no. Then, he got down on one knee and started to yell his proposal across the restaurant. I did not understand what was going on until he opened the box and the rest of the restaurant patrons started cheering. I started crying and put on the ring.
Our wedding day memories.
I was worried about the wedding day because we had bad snow the night before. We couldn’t rehearse because of snow and ice. The Second Street Bridge was closed. My hairdresser was not able to do my hair, so I had an appointment with a stranger. I loved getting dressed with my bridesmaids and makeup artist, who had me laughing the entire time. I loved walking down the aisle with my father who was a few weeks out of recovering from major surgery. I loved that my mother was able to attend (and look good), since she has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. I loved our first dance. I loved our photographer and videographer. I loved our caterer and baker. But the thing I love most about our wedding day was walking down the aisle to my husband and saying our vows, and having our pastor pray over us.
Wedding and Reception Venue: Kye’s
Officiant: Pastor Corrie Daniel Shull of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church
Photography: Meredith Morrison of Meredith Morrison Photography
Wedding Planner: Toinette LeMaster of Memorable Moments LLC
Wedding Dress: USA Bridal on Hurstbourne
Accessories: Laurel Wreath Bridal at Eventful 203*
Make Up: Tressa Crayton of WhoDoesYourMakeup?
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Genesis Diamonds
Décor: The bride, Heather Watson
Invitations: David’s Bridal
Catering: Stumler’s Catering
Cake: Kristin Harris of Lavish Cakes
Videographer: James Jamison of Reel Time Jay
*Heather Watson won a wedding dress courtesy of Laurel Wreath Bridal at Eventful 203 after being drawn the grand prize winner at our 2017 Wedding Issue Launch Party at the Calumet Club. Because Heather had already purchased a dress, Laurel Wreath Bridal owner Laurie Haag instead supplied Heather’s beautiful wedding accessories.