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HBCU Romance Made Official in South Carolina

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A Columbia belle and Charleston beau come together for a beautiful South Carolina wedding. Their charming outdoor nuptials were at the stunning Riverbanks Botanical Garden. The ceremony was infused with elegance that only a BSB can embody completed with touches of grey and yellow.

Bride Name:

Natasha Haynes

Groom Name:

Delandous Haynes



Wedding Location:

Riverbanks Botanical Garden

 Columbia, South Carolina



Wedding Date:

June 4, 2016

Alma Mater of Bride:

South Carolina State University

Alma Mater of Groom:

Claflin University


Current City Where You Live:

Columbia, South Carolina


Groom: Charleston, South Carolina

Bride: Columbia, South Carolina

How did you meet?

We met at a yogurt shop, Yogo Novus, in Columbia, South Carolina.  Delandous lived in Augusta and was in Columbia visiting his mother. This was his first time at Yogo Novus and I guess Delandous wanted to try the place out before getting on the road to head back to Augusta. I just happen to be there to assist him in making his yogurt selection. We spent hours talking at Yogo Novus until they closed. It was there where we exchanged numbers.


How long did you date?

We dated for two years.

How did he propose?

I went to Augusta to hang out with Delandous on a Saturday. He told me prior to coming to wear comfortable clothing.  We ended up going for a 10 mile bike ride along the bike trail at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. When we were about halfway along the trail he stopped, and wanted me to park my bike along the trail.  I was like…..Oh no! What if somebody comes and takes our bikes????? He convinced me that the bikes would not go anywhere. I took his word and followed him. Well….he led me to a steep, rocky area and wanted me to climb down. My, my, my….the things you do when in love. So of course, I struggled climbing down this rocky, steep, slope. At the bottom was a beautiful waterfall! He told me to look at a waterfall, and when I turned back around he was on one knee and proposed. Now he just put this beautiful ring on my finger and wanted me to climb back up to the top where our bikes were located. The climb up was even harder because I now have a ring on my finger and didn’t want to scratch it against the rocks while climbing up. I tried to use every finger, but my ring finger to grab onto rocks while climbing back up to the top. Once to the top, and on our bikes again (which were where we left them), I began to ride my bike with my left hand raised off of the handle bar in fear of bending the band! Lol! It was a very sweet, and memorable proposal.

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When did you know he was the one?

It was not just one thing that stood out. He just changed the way I lived and felt from the beginning and we’ve being growing together ever since.

What is the cutest thing he has done for you without you asking?

It was the simplest things. He cut my grass and washed my car when I was “Living Single” in my townhouse. Random flowers and cards are a plus!


What is something you love about him that has completely changed your life?

I love his compassion, thoughtfulness, and desire to always make feel appreciated.

What part of wedding planning made you crazy?

The decorations!! Although, everything turned out to be a girls dream!

What part of wedding planning could you not live without?

Kendra Waring, wedding planner extraordinaire!


What was your first thought the day after your engagement?

Excited to start a family, and planning my big wedding day!

What was your favorite part about the ceremony?

Walking down the aisle and taking a quick glimpse of friends and family, then seeing Delandous on the other end with a big smile on his face. Also, the signing of the marriage license.


Did you do any DIY?

If so, what? No.

Who were your wedding vendors? 

Invites: Sandra Davis, Woodlark Designs

Flowers: Petals, Pearls, & Lace Creative Design Studio– Charlotte, NC (Deborah “Dianne” Brown-Lloyd)

Catering: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden and Reggie Mclain, Family Affair Catering

DJ/Entertainment: Soundquest DJs – Irmo, South Carolina (Hal & Cheramie Deadwyler)

Bridesmaids Dresses : David’s Bridal

Rentals: Men’s Warehouse -Joseph Abboud

Wedding Planner: Kendra Waring-Columbia, South Carolina, Kreative Event Planning

Photographer: Purple Goose Photography, Tamara Keitt

Videographer: Two Guys & A Camera-Columbia, South Carolina  (David Bellamy& Del Bazemore), 

Cake: Gardenia’s Custom Cakes & Catering-Columbia, South Carolina (Desmond Pringle)

What were your wedding colors?

Grey and Canary Yellow


What was your wedding theme?

Botanical Garden

What is your favorite part about being married to each other?

I love that Natasha has such a giving spirit. She is the greatest gift a person could ever. In addition, our favorite thing is planning for the future and building our home.

What did you learn about each other through the wedding planning process?

Delandous learned that Natasha was a Bridezilla in disguised. Natasha learned that Delandous was a Groomzilla and too much involved for a man… I just needed him to shut up, show up, and say I do.

What southern traditions did you do at your wedding?

We performed a unity ceremony. We built a unity cross.

Did you have any southern food on your menu?

At the rehearsal dinner we had homemade macaroni and cheese, baked chicken, friend chicken, fried catfish and green beans! Lots of  hot sauce!

What southern decor did you include in your wedding?

Garden flowers.

What did you love about being a southern bride?

I loved having our wedding outside in the garden.


Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes :)

1 Comment

  1. LaShawn Robinson
    September 23, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Blessings to the two of you! May God always be in the midst of your marriage doc!!!!

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