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Candice Sherrie Cook and Harry Simmons wed

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 10/24/2013, 11:47 a.m.
The socialite wedding of the year occurred between Candice Sherrie Cook and Harry Simmons over the Columbus Day weekend
Intoducing Harry Simmons III and Candice Cook, Esq. (Yvonne DeLaney Mitchell photo)

Bring out the trumpets! Can I have a drumroll please? The socialite wedding of the year occurred over the Columbus Day weekend, and after this celebration, the holiday will never be the same again.

The event was held at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y., high on a hill that overlooked the Long Island Sound—all once part of the vast estate of the late Harry Fox. Nothing about this day could have been better. The sun shone brightly upon the guests, who were seated in the gardens where the sacred nuptials between Candice Sherrie Cook and Harry Simmons III were occurring. It was officiated by the groom’s sister, the Rev. Kandace Simmons, and the processional was accompanied by a trio of harpists and included the seating of Esther Pender, grandmother of the bride, and the seating of Betty Ann Cook and Sharon E. Simmons, mothers of the bride and groom, respectively. The father of the groom was the late Harry Simmons Jr. Yellow roses were placed in the seat beside Sharon to represent his place in spirit. Next came the groom and his best man, J.L. Osei Mevs, followed by the groomsmen, Syed Ali, Duke Amponsah, Steffan P.G. Christie, Vincent Langston Harris, Nehemiah McCombs, Aundre Oldacre and Benjamin Wanzo. The bridesmaids, all 18 of them, were adorned in black, sleeveless, one-shoulder strapped gowns with a split and carried small white bouquets. The bridesmaids included Cassandra Ching, Fatima Cody, Courtney Coleman, Rashida Edwards, Bettina Goolsby, Christy Harris, Mia Khabeer, Candice Langaster, Aisha Langfor, Sarah Langford, Kia Lowe, Fonda Martin, Meca Mohanned, Tara Pasha, Jana Taylor, Simone Ward and Andrea White. The flower girls were Nadia Langaster and Sunnai Pasha, the ring bearers were Jaxson Brown and Owen Mevs, the ushers were Zachary Bodine and Floyd Wood and the hostess was Adriana Ching.

The bride—dressed in a strapless form-fitting gown that bustled out at the waist into layers and layers of ruffled organza from her tiny hips to her ankles and looking like a vision from heaven in a gold-trimmed, cathedral-length veil, which served as a train—was escorted down the aisle by her father, P. Martin Cook. She was truly a vision of loveliness.

The ceremony was nontraditional yet symbolic, as the officiant had the couple pour their individual glasses of water into a pitcher, which represented the two individuals joining together as one. Readers included Brandi Colander, Diane Stratford and Judge John J. Ellington from Soperton, Treutlen County, Ga.

The bride hails from Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Virginia and is an attorney. While in Georgia, she had worked for Ellington, who had only glowing things to say about Candice Cook, such as how he called her “B&E,” short for “bright and early.” He said how other clerks referred to her as “the one who has a halo over her head.”

Though new age, the ceremony still held all of the sanctity of the marriage ritual, as there was the declaration of intent and the blessing and exchange of rings. The couple exchanged vows to one another that they had written themselves. Candice Cook professed that how, in an imperfect world, where nothing is perfect, it was their love and devotion for one another that made their approach to life perfect. Harry Simmons told Candice Cook that she was his dream girl and that it is a dream from which he never wants to wake up. It was all so touching. The officiant pronounced them man and wife and told her brother that he could kiss the bride, and so he did.