Friday, June 3, 2011

Iz Married!

Soooo....after that Black Love Run post.....I disappeared BUT I had a lot going on, being sick the entire month of March along with work being simply i.n.s.a.n.e. not to mention planning one of the biggest moments in my life (besides being a 26.2 marathoner!) is that I got MARRIED! :) So for those of you who want the update outside of my typical pavement posts then see our wedding story and pics below. Stay tuned on my running entries soon!

Stacey Michelle Richards, 35

Christopher Kerry Henderson, 42

Hometown of the Bride:
Racine, WI

Hometown of the Groom:
Huntersville, NC

Wedding Date:

Wedding Location:
We had a courthouse wedding in Charlotte, NC!

Occupation of the Bride:
Nonprofit Professional

Occupation of the Groom:
Independent Contractor

Alma Mater of the Bride:
Johnson C. Smith University

Alma Mater of the Groom:
North Mecklenburg High School

How they met:
‘Chris and I met nine months ago on a rainy Friday night in August, 2010, at our church singles bowling event,’ Stacey said. ‘We were on the same bowling team.

We really did not take any special note of one another until the end of the evening, when I mentioned needing to get up early to go running. Chris immediately piped up and said he was a runner too and wanted to meet up with me.

We quickly began getting to know each other during our predawn runs each week, and he kept asking me out until one day I decided to give him, and love, a try. We started courting one another within a month.’

The moment they realized they wanted to be a couple for life:
‘There really isn’t an exact moment we can pinpoint that we decided to be together for a lifetime. The more we learned about each other the more we realized we were made for each other.

Soon after we ran our first race together back in October 2010, a half marathon (13.1 miles), and went on a trip to visit my family, we were certain that we had won each other's hearts!

Chris describes our relationship best. He says we are “a match made in heaven reunited on earth.”

The Proposal:
‘When we both decided to enter into a courtship, with the specific intent to be married, we discussed it many times and we prayed continuously that we were making the right decision.

During these discussions we not only talked about how marriage would be for us, but what kind of wedding we would like to have, and before we knew it we were planning a wedding … without a formal proposal.

It was all so natural we just flowed right into it! I always joke that Chris got off easy!’

The Wedding:
‘When selecting our wedding date, we really took a look at the dates and the significance of them. We wanted it to be meaningful.

We selected the 1st of the month because the number one means GODhead, unity and undivided. We both love the month of April since both of our birthdays are in this month and our favorite season is spring. Yes, April 1st, April Fools Day!

This meant we would have just a little over a month to plan the wedding! We thought, 'How appropriate to celebrate our wedding on April Fool's Day, since no one would believe that we got married so quickly.' It fit us perfectly!

The week leading up to the wedding was rainy and we were concerned the actual day would be gloomy, but that afternoon the sun came out and it was simply beautiful.

The trees and flowers were blooming and it was the perfect cool spring temperature.

We were surprised and delighted to see how many couples were getting married on April Fools Day at the courthouse, and as each couple came out there was a wave of cheers that gave an element of fun and excitement.

We selected royal purple as our accent color for the wedding. I had a vintage look in a unique ivory dress, birdcage veil and royal purple shoes to add flare.

We had a small wedding cake celebration afterwards that gave us an opportunity to exchange our intimate and personal vows with each other and express our love in front of our close family and friends. Chris’ mother made the wedding cake which added a special touch to the day.

Some of our guests were oblivious to the ‘special announcement’ we were about to make, which added to the April Fools Day surprise.

Guests had the option to complete a “Love Note” sharing any wedding sentiments or marriage advice to us. This was a unique twist and expansion on the guestbook, as the ribboned cards were later slipped into the extra pages to be remembered.

It was just what we wanted for our wedding day. To be effortless, meaningful and filled with joy!’

The Honeymoon:
‘We took a couple of mini weekend getaways in our wedding month, all of which were centered around the mountains. We visited Biltmore Estates during the Festival of Flowers and got some quality quiet time at a private mountain home. It was a wonderful way of enjoying our wedding bliss!’

Their Plans:
‘Our personal backgrounds made us realize why we were brought together. We know that through a ministry in GOD, we are to help others overcome the obstacles we have been through. We compliment each other in that Chris is a visionary and I am an organizer.

As we plan to work together in ministry, we also look forward to starting a family soon.’

Advice to Others:
‘Make your wedding your own personal statement, and know it is not based on man’s approval but GOD’s approval.

We highly recommend 50 kisses a day (Seriously, it works.) And to always keep GODas your first love, coming together in prayer daily.’


  1. Congrats again! I'm so happy for y'all!!! I wish many, many blessings on your life!!!

  2. Congrats Congrats!!!!!!! So happy for you and many many blessing to you and your husband1 : )

  3. Congratulations!

  4. Good Morning "Crimson"

    Congrats on your nuptuals, many blessings to you both, i'm new to running - 12 min. mile, if you take ladies under your wing to mentor / run with please let me know... Ericka

  5. Beautiful story and gorgeous pics! Absolutely love your dress and THOSE SHOES! :) Many blessings and congratulations to you both. Now back to running and hopefully training for a grand event in the state of Nevada ;)

  6. Congratulations on your marriage.

  7. Congratulations! May God bless you two! You look so happy!!