A Room Full of Roses
A deer greets us on this early fall morning at The Grand Hall at Deer Lake Lodge. This new rustic, chic wedding venue is in Montgomery, Texas’ piney woods. Today is the photo shoot for Bridal Extravaganza Show’s Billboard Bride.
This show’s winner, Lakeshia (Key) Zeno, will marry Clarke Isenhower in April 2017. They met on a church mission trip to Colorado in 2009 and became Facebook friends. Three years later Key moved to Afghanistan. She lived there a year before Clarke saw a picture of her and her travels on Instagram and contacted her. They began talking, but Key remained overseas for a couple more years. They started dating one and a half weeks after she returned to the states.
Isenhower pulled off the perfect engagement, with a little help from some friends. They took Key out for manicures (getting her fingers ring ready) and sushi. After a lot of sake, Zeno was taken to Clarke’s apartment where she began banging on the door demanding to be let in. The door opened, lights were off and “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett was playing on the stereo. Tea light candles illuminated a photo collage Clarke put together. A trail of rose petals lead to the center of the room where more petals were laid in the shape of a heart. He put her in the center of the heart and got down on one knee. After she said, “Yes, it’s about time,” they both wiped tears of joy from their eyes. His final surprise was a strategically hidden camera that captured the special moment.
Key attended the Bridal Extravaganza Show and entered the Be the Billboard Bride contest to “inspire people with her love story.” Despite all the negativity in the world, she encourages couples not to give up on finding love.
Today, Key Zeno and her mom arrive at The Grand Hall at Deer Lake Lodge and meet Mayra Malik, owner of Simple Beauty Artistry. Key will soon be on billboards all over the greater Houston area; hair and makeup need to be perfect.
As Malik explores style options for Zeno’s long hair, other vendors work on their projects. Ivan Garcia from Ana&Ivan photography scouts the area looking for the best natural light. This husband and wife team takes incredible photographs, with the perfect balance of technical know-how and creativity. Marissa Greteman assembles bouquets to enhance the photos.
Mrs. Taska Ventura has the stars of the show: three lovely gowns from her extensive collection. Zeno never tried on a wedding gown before applying to be the billboard bride and she loves the experience. From princess to beading to mermaid, this lovely bride-to-be looks great in every gown.
The Bridal Extravaganza Show takes place every January and July in Houston Texas. www.BridalExtravaganzaShow.com. You could be the next Billboard Bride.