A midnight wedding in Jamaica with a reception the following day was the choice for Kendahl Gardner and John Lucas III, son of Houston Rockets great John Lucas Jr.
The couple chose a luxury villa at the Tryall Club in Jamaica for their destination wedding, which they wanted small enough that bride and groom knew all the guests.
As Kendahl explained, "I didn't want to be introduced to anyone at our wedding." So 130 guests came from Houston and around the country for the festivities.
The midnight hour, actually 12:02 am was the hour that Kendahl was born to Gayla Gardner and Dr. Donald G. Gardner.
"Light the Way" was the theme of the wedding and the bride and groom asked 10 happily married couples to join them each lighting a candle as they walked down the aisle.
The couples lighting the candles included "Hamilton" star Renée Goldsberry Johnson and Alexis Johnson in from New York as well as the couples' grandparents and godparents with marriages ranging from 69 years to 11 years.
"The idea was," Kendahl noted, "that each of these couples that we asked to join us lit the way for our marriage."
Continuing the "Light the Way" theme, the bridesmaids carried lanterns topped with fresh flowers.
The following day, each guest was given a lantern with their names and table numbers for the reception dinner.
The bride's mother designed the 11 bridesmaids gowns, each in a different style, as well as dresses for the junior bridesmaid and two flower girls, all in lavender.
The groom wore a custom navy linen suit (navy is his favorite color) with his name and the wedding date stitched inside, while his groomsmen wore matching navy linen suits from J. Crew.
Groom John Lucas III surrounded by bridesmaids Rachel Gardner, Ana Flenoy, Brittany Ennix, Christina Jacke, Alysha English, and Lauren Poindexter.
The ceremony at the Tryall Club in Montego Bay included traditional vows as well as vows written by the couple.
"I wanted our ceremony to feel intimate, true, meaningful, simple and elegant," Kendahl says. "And I achieved that in this beautiful midnight ceremony."
The couple met at Bellaire High School when he was a senior and she was in the ninth grade. As Kendahl explains, they have been best friends for 15 years.
The bride's gown was designed by her mother and included a secret pocket to carry her grandmother's wedding ring, "something old."
The bride's shoes were custom made by Brian Atwood and were flown in from Italy with a note sign by the designer. The silk shoes dazzled with Swarovski crystals on the heels and were dressed with a beautiful bouquet featuring orchids and lavender roses.
Immediately following the ceremony, family and friends celebrated with a "Cigars, Cocktails & Conversations" gathering at the villa.
The bride and groom and her parents lead the gathering in a champagne toast to the newlyweds.
For the post-ceremony party, the bride changed into a couture Zuhair Murad gown.
The reception was held the following day beginning at 5 p.m. on the villa grounds. For this event, the bride wore a Fendi couture gown with matching Fendi shoes. .
The bride says that the party was a blast with both a DJ and a reggae band. It was so much fun that they ditched the traditional bouquet and garter toss so as not to slow the momentum.
Three generations of John Lucas: the father, the son and the grandfather.
The groom is following his father in professional basketball, an NBA vet, he is now playing with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Development League. His career has included playing for the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, and more.
Mr. and Mrs. John Lucas III seal their marriage with a romantic kiss.