Yandy Smith-Harris and Mendeecees Harris’ recently renewed their vows coming from an intimate place in their heart.
Yandy and Mendeecees’ sweet event
The two Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta lovebirds experienced their big event on May 24 at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort – Dubai. The ceremony held about 60 people, including significant family members of both sides, friends, and castmates. The ceremony is scheduled to air on the VH1 hit’s Monday episode and all guests were tested for COVID-19 ahead of the event.
Yandy and Mendeecees’ original plan was to spend their honeymoon in Dubai as a late celebration. Mendeecees has other plans and decided to surprised his bride with an unexpecting re-proposal. The couple made plans to make the trip a family event while being there for the initial reason..to celebrate their love and unity.
“When we got married the first time, when we vowed that we would be together through thick and thin, we were literally walking in through some big times,” Yandy told PEOPLE in a recent interview. “We had a lot of pressure on us. We had a lot of things over our head that — although we love each other — it was [a] really, really emotional time for us [and] for our family.”
“Wev wanted to walk into the next six years or 20 years, 50 years, free and clear of all that was over our heads before,” Yandy added.
When it came down to their vows, Mendeecees says he opted to “say something real short but effective” while Yandy jokes that she “probably talked way too long but it was what was in my heart.”
The international event, which was designed through Ayanna Stephens of Designs by Ayanna, was only prepared in a little time. Opposed to their “extravagant” 2015 wedding, Yandy and Mendeecees wanted to have something sweet and simple. Their 2015 wedding was dripped in diamonds and over $100,000 worth of flowers.
“I wanted it just to be us, one with nature, and just us committing to each other. And we literally stripped all of that stuff away,” Yandy says, also stating it was “beautiful.”
Yandy wore a Swarovski crystal-encrusted rose gold gown with a detachable Swarovski-encrusted overskirt and a 15-foot train. For the reception, she had another dress, she wore a silk satin ivory white mermaid gown with a corseted bodice embellished with gold Swarovski crystals. Both dresses were created by Nneka C. Alexander of Brides by Nona Couture Atelier.
“Anything that even could have been a problem turned out to be amazing, it was just a blessed day.”
“I think that we really love each other, and we both want this to work. So we’re both willing to put the work in. And I say put the work in, [I mean] every day put the work in,” Mendeecees states. “So of course, like normal couples, we agree and disagree. But the best thing about that is outside the agreeing and disagreeing, we respect each other.”
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