A Luxe Glam Wedding in Pompton Plains, NJ

In 2019, Ayisha and Andrae were both attending a supplemental bar exam program hosted at a large New York City law firm when they noticed one another.  Andrae attempted to introduce himself, but Ayisha was laser focused on preparing for the bar exam and did not pay him much attention. After the July bar exam, and a series of “undelivered” text messages, the two finally connected in October of 2019 and have been together ever since. Their modern wedding ceremony, captured by Joshua Dwain Photography, was a true vision of love!

Bride: Ayisha Nelson, 28, Corporate Sports Lawyer 

Groom: Andrae Nelson, 30, Corporate Lawyer 

Photography by: Joshua Dwain Photography

Place of Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Wedding Location: Legacy Castle, Pompton Plains, New Jersey

Wedding Theme/Motif/Inspiration: Modern Classic

Honeymoon Destination: Mahé, Seychelles and Dubai, UAE 

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Briefly tell us about your wedding experience and how the both of you felt on your big day. Include your most memorable moment. 

Andrae: I felt a mix of excitement and anticipation about the big day and all that it symbolized. The most memorable moment for me would be our entrance. I, too, wanted a memorable entrance and decided that I wanted to walk out to the Shaft theme song. 

Ayisha: I did become anxious as we got closer to the ceremony and felt the full weight of what we were about to do. The most memorable moment is a tie between my father’s speech, which evoked laughter and tears, and my sister’s speech. She is also one of my best friends, so her speech meant so much.  

Wedding song, explain choice for song: “Caught Up in the Rapture” – Anita Baker gave melody to our love story – its cadence, how harmonious and easy it was for us from the very beginning to envision a life together with God at the center. 

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple? We are looking forward to continuing to grow in love in a way that reflects our understanding of the true meaning of marriage by intentionally combining our lives and building our family. 

Advice for a Bride/Groom on their wedding day: Take a moment to pause and take it all in. The day goes by so quickly.


Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish them many years of wedded bliss.

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