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Danielle Lewis & Shannon Allison

By March 22, 2011No Comments

The story of Danielle and Shannon’s romance—often described by friends and family as a fairy tale—was told and retold by sentimental guests throughout the couple’s wedding weekend at Cotton Bay Village in Saint Lucia, West Indies. For those who watched the love unfold, it did seem to come from a storybook.
Less than a year before the nuptials, Danielle Lewis—a single, 28-year-old attorney originally from Opelika—had traveled to Italy with a group from Birmingham’s The Worship Center Christian Church. While she jotted observations in her travel journal about the museums, the food and the romantic culture, her new-found friend from the trip, Latoya Ledyard, observed Danielle. Latoya was struck by her warm personality and her faith. She had a feeling Danielle would be a perfect match for Shannon Allison, her cousin and a faithful minister who had been single for more than seven years, waiting for the perfect mate. The matchmaking campaign began via text message even before the trip ended.

Back in Alabama, Danielle and Shannon slipped away from their families for their first meeting—hot chocolate and a long conversation—on the night before Thanksgiving Day. Exactly three months later, Latoya’s instincts proved right when the couple became engaged. Shannon proposed at South City Kitchen in Atlanta, where Danielle believed they were just stopping for dinner before attending an Alvin Ailey performance at the Fox Theatre.
The proposal paid tribute to Danielle’s love for scrapbooking. As she was serenaded by a friend of Shannon’s singing Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky,” Shannon presented her with a scrapbook, which included a collection of mementos from their relationship, including a receipt from that first hot chocolate.
The couple married Aug. 22, 2010, at Pigeon Island in Saint Lucia, on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Danielle’s father, the Rev. Morris E. Lewis, and Minister Cecelia Broome officiated. The bride wore an Alfred Angelo white taffeta gown with sweep train and a tropical flower in her hair.
The entire wedding weekend was elegant, intimate and infused with the relaxing ambiance of the tropics. Reusable welcome bags included mini brooms to sweep sandy feet after coming in from the beach, personalized packages of cookies and even bug repellant. In a nod to Danielle’s hobby and the engagement, guests received handmade, paper-bag scrapbooks with the couple’s engagement pictures and scriptures as a wedding favor.
The couple spent their honeymoon at another resort in Saint Lucia, where Shannon—a nature lover—did his first duties as Danielle’s husband and protector by diligently keeping the tropical bugs out of their villa.
The Rev. and Mrs. Morris E. Lewis hosted a second celebration at Creekwood Castle in Auburn on Sept. 11, 2010, for guests unable to attend the wedding on Pigeon Island and the returning honeymooners.
The couple now resides in Atlanta, Ga., where Danielle continues to scrapbook the love story. In an appropriate ending to the fairy tale, Danielle’s roommate in the photos documenting next year’s church trip will be her new husband.

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