NEW YORK, May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Knot, the #1 online wedding brand and marketplace, will host the wedding of the year tonight for NFL player Devon Still and his fiancée, Asha Joyce. The Knot Dream Wedding will bring together some of the most prestigious wedding professionals to create a personalized and luxurious black tie affair at the historic New York Public Library in New York City for this amazing family. Fans are invited to watch The Knot Dream Wedding on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/TheKnot beginning at 7 p.m. ET, and they can access behind-the-scenes action throughout the wedding day by following #TheKnotDreamWedding and @TheKnot on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.
The wedding is a true celebration, not only of this couple's love for each other and their incredible journey, but also of life. Less than two years ago Devon's daughter, Leah, then only 4 years old, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma.
"After we got engaged we put off on the wedding because my daughter was supposed to be the flower girl," Devon Still said. "When the doctors gave her a 50/50 chance of surviving, we were not sure that we were ever going to get to that point where I was able to watch her walk down the aisle. Now that we are going into the wedding, I think it's finally hitting us that we are over that hump. She really beat cancer."
In March 2015, Leah received the news that she is cancer free, and tonight this 6-year-old will excitedly lead Asha down the aisle in a custom-designed Hayley Paige flower girl dress while wearing a one-of-a-kind bracelet designed by Devon, Asha and the artisans and designers at Simon G. Jewelry. As the couple will be exchanging rings as a symbol of their love, they felt it important to provide something to Leah to represent their love and support for her. They created a timeless bracelet that symbolizes the blending of their families and the love they all have for one another. The bracelet, Leah's favorite type of jewelry, incorporates her favorite color—pink—and includes butterflies to represents transformation into a new, beautiful life. They succeeded in creating a bracelet that conveys that she is the center of their world, today and always. The bracelet is specifically designed to fit her when she is an adult as well.
For the past eight weeks, fans across the country have participated in a weekly vote for the key elements of The Knot Dream Wedding, from the flowers and cake to the wedding dress, honeymoon, rings and more. Tonight, America's top choices come to life in grand form, with a special moment during tonight's wedding when Leah will reveal the much-anticipated honeymoon destination compliments of Secrets Spas & Resorts. The Knot Dream Wedding categories America voted on are:
- Stationery: Gotham Invitations by Atelier Isabey inspired by New York City
- Flowers: Classic blush colored Roses in metallic vessels by David Beahm Experiences
- Cake: Elegant multitier cake with flowers by Sylvia Weinstock
- Dress: Sexy and glam mermaid dress by Pnina Tornai
- Bridesmaid dresses: Sophisticated navy chiffon dress by Allure
- Rings: Vintage-inspired rings by Simon G. Jewelry
- Honeymoon: A romantic beachfront location from Secrets Resorts & Spas to be revealed to the couple by Leah on the wedding night
- Entrance Song: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder
"We couldn't think of a more deserving pair than Devon and Asha as our Dream Wedding couple and they have been an absolute pleasure," said Kellie Gould, editor in chief of The Knot. "We're excited to make their dream wedding a reality with the help and gracious support of the best wedding professionals in the industry."
To plan and book this wedding, The Knot is working with its sponsors—Allstate Insurance Company, Allure Bridals Inc., Secrets Resorts & Spas and Simon G. Jewelry—and top wedding professionals from the more than 300,000 that are listed in The Knot wedding marketplace. The premier sponsor is Allure Bridals Inc., which will exclusively provide bridesmaid dresses in addition to one of Asha's wedding gowns. Associate sponsors include Simon G. Jewelry, which will provide one-of-a-kind wedding bands, Leah's bracelet plus earrings for the bridesmaids; Secrets Resorts & Spas, which will host the couple on their honeymoon at one of their all-inclusive resorts; and Allstate Insurance Company.
Some of the most respected wedding professionals have offered their services to create The Knot Dream Wedding: the New York Public Library as the luxurious historic venue; David Beahm Experiences for the stunning event design; Francesca Events for seamlessly coordinating every detail of the day; Marcia Selden Catering for the delicious food; Élan Artists for the fabulous entertainment; Luminous Designs for providing beautiful lighting; plus Taylor Creative Inc., Atelier Isabey, Joseph Lin Photography, Cloudless Weddings, The Stylish Bride, Camelot Specialty Limo, Hayley Paige, Kleinfeld Bridal, Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits, MG Hair & Makeup, Studio Z, Sylvia Weinstock, Sean John, Teak and Twine, Martin Greenfield Clothiers, Fatty Sunday's, Made in Heaven Cakes and Justin Alexander for Xedo. As the official media partner, People will also share the couple's wedding with their audience via video, print and digital stories on People.com.
Visit TheKnot.com/Dream-Wedding and follow #TheKnotDreamWedding on social media for real-time updates throughout the wedding. In honor of Leah, the couple requests that donations be made to their charity registry, which supports pediatric cancer research foundations, on TheKnot.com/DreamWedding.
About The Knot Dream Wedding
The Knot Dream Wedding began in 2000 when The Knot and TODAY partnered to create one of the first ventures into interactive television, TODAY Ties The Knot. Millions of TV viewers watched The Knot editors preview key elements of the wedding on TV, as they encouraged America to vote online and make the final decision on everything from the dress, venue and flowers to the cake and even the couple. This interactive TV partnership continued for 10 years, and in 2013, The Knot embarked on the first-ever live-streamed, crowdsourced wedding planned by The Knot experts, celebrity wedding professionals and TheKnot.com members. In 2015, The Knot Dream Wedding provided a glimpse into the future of the next generation of weddings by showcasing the cutting-edge technology that can be applied to a wedding in a meaningful, personalized way.
About The Knot
The Knot is the nation's leading wedding resource with a marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of couples in the US through the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that is uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), the premier consumer internet and media company dedicated to helping people navigate and enjoy life's biggest moments, from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
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