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Real Weddings: Tianna Phillips & Timothy Bynum

Apr 10, 2015 05:59PM ● By Anonymous

The Couple. 32-year-old Tianna, a registered nurse for the Department of Defense, and 30-year-old Timothy, an inspector for the District of Columbia government, met through a mutual friend at The Park 14th in Washington. Right off the bat, Tianna says, Timothy was very open with his feelings and the vision he had for their relationship and told her that God had made him just for her. Six months after they met, Tianna invited Timothy to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Then, Timothy says, Tianna told him how grateful she was for him—something he’d never before experienced. Days before Christmas, Timothy proposed at a Christmas party in front of 60 close friends and family—a plan he’d coordinated with their parents, friends, and neighbors.

The Venue. Tianna and Timothy chose the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover because it was new and modern with decor and an ambiance that captured their attention the moment they walked through to door. Convenience to a major airport and complimentary shuttle services to local attractions were other main draws of the space. To date, the couple say it was one of the best decisions they made. “The service was impeccable,” Tianna says, “and it was a one-stop shop”

The Bridal Party. To stand by their side, Tianna chose both a maid and matron of honor, three bridesmaids, a junior bridesmaid, and a flower girl, and Timothy chose two best men, three groomsmen, and a junior groomsmen. The men, including the father of the bride, wore classic black tuxedos with Biscotti vests and ties from Men’s Warehouse.

The First Look. Tianna and Timothy decided against a first look, but instead, chose to exchange greeting cards with personal messages. Then, about 20 minutes before the ceremony, the two held hands through the door and prayed.

The Ceremony. With soft music and low lights, the room—despite holding 130 guests—felt intimate. “Timothy and I have said that the lasting memory is when we made eye contact as the door opened and I walked down the aisle,” Tianna says. “It was the ‘this is it’ moment.”


The Decor. While there was no specific theme, the decor included high and low calla lilly and orchid arrangements in blingy vases, amber uplighting, and floor length ivory linens. Tianna and Timothy created a signature monogram that was used everywhere, including the aisle runner, personalized water bottles, a bird case, and the seating chart.

The Cake. For dessert, guests enjoyed a three-tiered Italian Cream Cake with vanilla custard, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and Swiss raspberry marmalade fillings.

The Highlight. After a perfect day, Timothy and Tianna say that their favorite part was at the end of the night, when the two sat in their hotel room, reading each other cards, and talking about how much fun they had.

The Honeymoon. The newlyweds chose Montego Bay, Jamaica for their honeymoon destination, and report that their accommodations at Secrets Wild Orchid were first class. During their stay, Tianna and Timothy enjoyed a romantic bonfire on the beach, couples games shows, dancing at the nightclub, pool parties, theater shows, and dining on Caribbean, French, Italian, Japanese, and Mexican cuisine. They even ventured into Ocho Rios for a little Jamaican bobsledding, hiked the Dunn River Falls, and took a sky lift through the rainforest. 


First dance:
“Share My Life,” Kem

“Daddy,” Beyonce

“Go Get It,” Mary Mary

“Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur

Potomac Floral, Silver Spring

Terrence Gaskins & Danny Alford

The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover

Artistic Desserts, Baltimore

Galina Signature

Bride’s shoes:
Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid dresses:
Stretch Satin in Biscotti, David’s Bridal

Men’s attire:
Mens Warehouse

Engagement ring:
Helzberg Diamonds

Wedding bands:
Helzberg Diamonds

David’s Bridal & Vista Print

Marc Fuller, Michael Brazda Productions

Carmichael Jennings, Carjen Photography

DMV Photobooth

Hobby Lobby

Janean Allen

Wedding singer:
James Rose

Pastor Duane Dickens