Wedding Story: Jada L. Warfield, Thaddeus Henry

Jada and Thaddeus are photographed with Cinderella’s castle in the background.—SUBMITTED PHOTO

Jada Warfield and Thaddeus Henry were married in a beautiful destination wedding at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort in Orlando, Fla., on March 31. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jack Day. The lovely bride, wearing an Alfred Angelo white, strapless satin and organza gown and a chapel length train, was given away by her proud father, Charles M. Warfield Jr. of Newtown Square, Pa.


The Bride

Jada L. Warfield, 34, is a native of Freeport, N.Y. She is a special education liaison for the School District of Philadelphia where she has worked for six years. Jada earned a dual bachelor’s degree from Temple University in psychology and political science. She also earned a J.D. from Howard University School of Law and an M.Ed. from Holy Family University. The bride’s parents are Delores J. Warfield, of Freeport, N.Y., and Charles and Mary Warfield, of Newtown Square, Pa. Her maternal grandparents are the late Joel Jones and Cecilia Jones. Her paternal grandparents are the late Charles M. Warfield Sr. and Ruby Lorraine Warfield.


The Groom

Thaddeus E. Henry, 41, is a native of Philadelphia. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is a professionally trained chef. Thaddeus attended the University of Culinary Arts, in Tampa, Fla. He is currently a sergeant of school police for the School District of Philadelphia. Thaddeus has worked for the school district for 16 years.


How They Met

The bride and groom met on the Jada’s first day as a teacher at Overbrook High School. She was sitting in the special education office when Thaddeus came in to speak with someone. “We said hello and didn't see each other for another four months,” she said. After that, they saw each other at the end of year picnic. They spoke for a moment but not again until fall 2007.

During the fall of 2007, Thaddeus was teaching line dancing classes and his bride to be was a participant. During this time, Jada observed that her instructor was a very patient man. She describes herself as having been “terrible.” That didn’t stop them from dancing on Fridays with friends and they continue to do so. “One thing led to another and here we are,” Jada exclaimed.


The Proposal

The groom asked the bride out to dinner on June 28, 2011. He asked her if she wanted to go to Table 31 and she declined. She had attended an education conference all day and was exhausted. So, the groom suggested that they go to Outback Restaurant instead. Jada agreed. Dinner was normal and the bride didn’t suspect a thing. At the end of the evening, the waitress brought out a dessert, which surprised the bride to be. As she was speaking with the waitress, Thaddeus got on one knee and told her that he loved her and asked if she would spend the rest of her life with him. She said yes!


The Wedding Party

The two lovely maids of honor were Jacqueline Hipps of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Lori Jemison of Laurel, Md.

The dutiful groomsmen were Zachary Henry of Philadelphia, and Charles M. Warfield Jr. of Newtown Square, Pa.


Reflections of the Bride

“It was a beautiful, perfect day. It was very easy and stress-free. We decided to start our lives together with prayer in the morning before we went our separate ways to prepare for the day. Although, it was cloudy in Orlando, it didn’t rain until after the ceremony and photos had been taken. I love how my husband supported my dream of getting married on the beach. He looked so handsome in his tuxedo,” Jada shared.

“The most special surprise about our wedding was that we agreed to go away and marry in a small ceremony without our families present. I had absolutely no idea that Thaddeus had worked with my to surprise me on this special day. As I prepared to walk down the aisle, my father came out and surprised me with his presence. I was so happy to see him. I cried and then he escorted me down the aisle,” the bride added.


The Honeymoon

The happy newlyweds remained in Orlando and enjoyed a small honeymoon at Disney World. They visited all four parks on the Disney property that week. The weather was sunny and beautiful every day. Disney gave them buttons that let people know that they were newlyweds. That resulted in the happy couple being congratulated continuously.


The Receptions and Guests

Jada’s family travelled from New York, including her great-aunt’s Mary Davis and Alice Hill. Cousins of Thaddeus, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Henry also travelled from New York. Her childhood friends belonging to the D’Aguilar Family also came from New York. Her college friend, Addys Castillo, journeyed from Connecticut for the joyous day at Disney World.

An intimate reception was held at the 7165 Lounge in Philadelphia’s Germantown section. The couple’s first dance was to Confunkshun’s “Straight from My Heart.” Jada and her father danced to “Your Joy” by Chrisette Michele. The groom and his mother danced to “So Amazing” by Luther Vandross.

Jada and Thaddeus plan to enjoy a second honeymoon in St. Maarten in August.

“We are very excited to be husband and wife,” said Jada. “We will continue to keep God first in our lives and marriage and look forward to many happy years together. We are encouraged and excited by the new relationships our family members have created with each other and look forward to many years of enjoying the bonds that have grown through our union. We thank our parents for making their day special.”

Best wishes to Jada and Thaddeus. May your dreams and hopes come true.

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