LeAngelia Denise Thompson and Michael Shawn Stephan Jr., both of Lexington, were united in marriage April 15 at Palmetto Collegiate Institute in Lexington. The Rev. Jeffrey Williams officiated the 5 o’clock ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Angelette Weston of Columbia and Charles Lawrence of Summerville. She is the granddaughter of Rebecca Riley of Columbia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia College.
The groom is the son of Michael Stephan Sr. of Columbia and Donna Collins Allen of LaGrange, North Carolina. He is the grandson of Doris Collins of New Bern, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Irmo High School.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her uncle Lamont Thompson.
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Maid of honor was Kendra Thompson of Columbia. Matron of honor was Ashley Heatley of Rock Hill. Bridesmaids were Danielle Scott, Janee’ Speight, and Christy Johnson, all of Columbia. Junior bridesmaid was Naudia Thompson of Columbia. Kamya Thompson of Columbia and Journey Stephan of Lexington were flower girls.
Best man was Larry Anderson Sr. of Columbia. Groomsmen were Jamel Scott and Thomas Johnson, both of Columbia, and Ryan Floyd of Lexington. Zoryan Johnson of Columbia was ring bearer.
A reception followed at the Institute.
After their honeymoon in Myrtle Beach, the couple will reside in Lexington.
In her own words
Q: How did you meet?
A: Blind date set up by best friends.
Q: When did you know your spouse was “the one”?
A: I knew Michael was the one when the potential I saw in him being a great man became a reality.
Q: Tell us about the proposal.
A: Michael proposed on Mother’s Day of 2015 at the very first place we ever met, which was on our blind date. We then went to celebrate the remainder of the day at Riverbanks Zoo.
Q: What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
A: My favorite part of the wedding was marrying my husband!
Q: How did you choose the venue where you were married?
A: Fate! I was over searching for an affordable venue that matched our rustic-themed wedding, but a colleague referred me to the venue, and I fell in love with historic building and beautiful scenery.
Q: What was the significance of the music played during your ceremony?
A: The music played was a representation of the bride and groom’s devoted love, hope, and plans for the future. One song was “The Day I Married an Angel” by Jamie Foxx.
Q: Did have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue? What were they?
A: New, Betsey Johnson wedding shoes; borrowed, aunt and uncle’s jumping broom from their wedding; blue: wedding ring (two blue sapphires).