Two years after moving to college in Tampa, Florida. Joscelyn looked at Josue at the Bulls Club, a popular hangout for many University of Southern Florida and University of Tampa students. “I remember our connection was magnetic,” says Joscelyn. “We stared at each other from across the room for almost 10 minutes. When he finally decided to take a step, I thought ‘about the damn time’. “Her next appointment was at the Cheesecake Factory (fancy some college kids) within the next week and they dated until 2014 when Joscelyn moved to Atlanta to pursue her career. After reconnecting in November 2017, the two confirmed that they were soul mates who couldn’t live without each other.
On February 9, 2019, Joscelyn received a phone call congratulating her on winning a free dinner for two at the Atlanta Sun Dial Restaurant. Josue suggested without hesitation to redeem the offer that evening. The couple dined in the finest clothing in the beautiful restaurant, which offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city. After Josue had rang in a surprise appearance from Joscelyn’s grandmother, she sat on one knee and asked her to be his forever. Of course she said yes! The whole restaurant went wild.
After their engagement, the couple agreed that they didn’t want the “stuffy” feel of a hotel or banquet hall. Joscelyn immediately went into PIY mode (plan it yourself) and found The Tate House, a beautiful property outside of Atlanta. The bride planned her wedding from A to Z and the couple’s 187s had fun. Fortunately, the wedding and honeymoon declined just before the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. “I don’t think anyone could have imagined that our wedding celebration would be the last social engagement any one of us would have for the coming months and possibly the rest of 2020,” says the bride. Thank god for such miracles!
Scroll through the gallery to see the beautiful photos from Joscelyn and Josue’s winter wedding.
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Meet the Rodriguezes
Bride: Joscelyn Danielle Cooper
Groom: Josue Rodriguez
Venue, Catering and Flowers: The Tate House
Theme: Winter glamor
Wedding planner: The bride!
Cake: Manufacturing perfection
Photographer: Lesleann Brackney
Wedding dress and veil: Belfiore Bridal
Headwear – Etsy
Groom Tuxedos: The gentlemen’s closet
Bridesmaid Dress (Amazon / Split added by seamstress)
Groomsmen Tuxedo: Amazon
Make-up / hair artist: Kris J. Beauty and @Shaniece_Hair
Change of bridal outfit: Amazon and DIY
Emerald Satin Napkins: CV bed linen
Custom flower wall: Rent an Atlanta + Gold Letters Flower Wall from My Party Divas
Uplighting and pyrotechnics: Uplight your Atlanta event
Acrylic signage: Woodland Custom Designs
Vinyl floor decals: GA Kustom Wraps
Vintage Rolls Royce – RIS sedans
DJ – D @ Just_DJ_O
From my heart
Joscelyn and her bridesmaids were moved to tears that the big day had finally come.
Joscelyn’s dream dress
Joscelyn found the perfect cheater for an expensive wedding dress she saw on Instagram that featured a sweetheart neckline, mermaid shape, long train, and off-the-shoulder tips. After getting her grandmother’s approval it was confirmed that this top Belfiore Bridal number was the one.
From one queen to another
The bride and the flower girl exchanged stunning smiles.
Joscelyn’s natural glamor looked so effortless.
Stolen the show
How cute is he
When i see you smile
That moment was everything!
All together now
At the end of their standard lighting, the officer invited the guests to sing along as part of an invocation. From there, the ceremony flowed into the couple’s vows and ring exchange.
You can kiss the bride now
And kiss, he has!
Officially Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez
The just married glow is like no other.
Brave and glamorous
Joscelyn’s bridesmaids looked stunning in sequined ombré dresses. “I was stuck between the bridesmaids wearing traditional gold or emerald,” said the bride. “But when I came across an interesting $ 70 emerald gold ombré dress on Amazon, I couldn’t fight the urge to do both! It was different, bold, and visually appealing.”
Full of glam
In addition to the breathtaking dresses of the bridesmaids, the groomsmen also received their elegant hunter green suits from Amazon.
The eternal promise of love
“It felt surreal to know that all of our time, energy and love that we put into it had finally come to life,” said Josue. “I felt fulfilled when I saw my wife walk down the aisle and knew I had fulfilled my promise I made to her years ago.”
My ride or die
“My wife is so real,” said Josue. “When she believes in something, she puts her heart and soul into it and asserts herself. She brings the same energy into our relationship and that’s what I love most.”
The way you love me
“My husband’s love for the family is second to none,” says Joscelyn. “When I see him ready and willing to give his last for those he loves, I fall deeper in love because I know I am not exempt from his favor.”
All eyes on you
“I knew my husband was the one when we closed our eyes at the club,” says Joscelyn. “That might sound silly, but I’ve always believed that the perfect man for me would see me, stare into my soul, and be brave enough not to look away like a scene in a movie. Our encounter was just that.”
Wave your flag
The couple celebrated Joshua’s Dominican culture when the dance song “Kulikitaka” was played in the background. “His side went MAD with excitement,” said Joscelyn. “Even though my family didn’t understand a word, they loved it and played us up.”
Joscelyn’s uncle Andrew Jackson, an aspiring comedian and actor, hosted the couple’s shoe game.
“When the toast was over and dinner was almost over, the DJ invited my Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters to surround me on the dance floor and sing our anthem,” says Joscelyn.
Simple and decadent
The couple’s 4-tier cinnamon and cream cheese cake was simple with a touch of green. “If it had been up to my husband, the cake would have been green,” says Joscelyn. “For me the cake didn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming … it just tastes good!”
Joscelyn planned a special performance for her new husband that included singing the intro to “4 Ever” by Lil Mo and a two-minute dance routine “Channeling Her Inner Queen Bey”. Work on it sister!
Our day, our way
“Every woman hears about the dreaded blurring on the wedding day, when you are told that you will hardly eat or remember the day, but that was NOT the case for us on our very complicated day,” said Joscelyn. “I remember every moment and I am so grateful for it.”
Joscelyn’s advice to brides
READ YOUR CONTRACTS! If things don’t make sense or don’t seem entirely fair, don’t sign them and hope for the best. If a vendor isn’t willing to work with you, find someone who it is. This is The happiest day of your life and you shouldn’t have to take people with you on this trip. “