Weddings Under Glass: Dominique and Shawn
Jan 18

Weddings Under Glass: Dominique and Shawn

By Genesis Harshell

Weddings Under Glass is a monthly blog series where we highlight the stories of couples who chose to begin their happily ever after in the lush backdrop of Phipps, named one of the best outdoor garden wedding venues by Elle and Harper’s Bazaar.

For Dominique and Shawn, although they had become acquainted in their small-town high school, it wasn’t until years later that their love story began. Being single was something Dominique had grown content with in her adult life, that is, until she ran into Shawn on a night out with her sisters. A quick smile and polite hello turned into a night full of conversation, and a relationship neither of them expected.  

After closing on a new home, Shawn ensured the element of surprise and arrived there before Dominique. She arrived at the house with the simple intention of letting their pets explore their new home. Quick to pull out her phone and record the pets' first moments in the new home, she had unintentionally managed to record Shawn getting down on one knee to propose! 

This couple knew immediately that they wanted Phipps to be part of their special day, with Dominique stating, “The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the lush Palm Court served as the perfect backdrop for [our] intimate September 2022 wedding”. With her tropical themed bouquet in hand, Dominique and Shawn got to share their vows in an intermost ceremony surrounded by family. The guests not only got to be a part of this couple’s special day, but also got to enjoy all the scenery that Phipps has to offer.  

Since then, this couple has celebrated their honeymoon in beautiful Jamaica. They are now back and settling into their new home, excited to see what’s in store for their future! 


Photographer: Caitlin Thomas Photography  

Videographer: Davis Photography  

Florist: Hens and Chicks 

Hair: Mane House of Hair  

Makeup: Rachel Bongiorni Artistry  

Dress: The Exquisite Bride 

Tuxedo: Top Hat Tuxedo 


Congratulations Shawn and Dominique! We can’t be more happy for You.
Dominique came to the store and She shared her love story with us, Her preference was to have a sweet and elegant dress, I remember We had that dress on a mannequin and I asked her to try that dress, She said the dress could be “too much” She tried it on. I saw her smile, She felt the sparkle, It was her dress. She was not even dress shopping that day. But she got her dress. Alterations were very easy, since she always knew what she wanted. This new love story its been written with happiness for the two of them. Cheers!

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