Tika Sumpter details her destination wedding for BRIDES Magazine

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Tika Sumpter’s Cabo San Lucas wedding featured in BRIDES issue on destination weddings

If you’ve been dreaming of a destination wedding, you’re in luck! Bridal Magazine recently released their Destination Wedding issue and look who’s on the cover – our boo Tika Sumpter and hubby Nick James!

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Tika Sumpter’s Baby Moon Inspired Her Cabo San Lucas Wedding Venue

The couple tied the knot on Saturday, May 14, in an adults-only ceremony (excluding their daughter Ella and her two friends) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a location inspired by a previous trip that the pair performed in 2016 when Tika was pregnant with Ella.

“It was so beautiful and it wasn’t too far from California so it was an easy trip,” the Sumpter said. THE NEWLYWEDS.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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Sumpter wanted the wedding weekend to be a casual and relaxing three-day celebration that would also serve as a special way to treat their guests.

“I wanted everyone to feel taken care of, have a good time, and feel like they were on vacation,” Tika said.

“It was an adults-only wedding, and I’ve never seen my friends happier in their lives. They walk around saying, ‘Hey, how are you?’ They loved life, and it felt like something that we were able to give them.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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Tika Sumpter’s wedding dress was one of four she tried on

Tika also spoke with THE NEWLYWEDS about the strapless Galia Lahav wedding dress she wore to walk down the aisle.

“I knew straight away. It wasn’t about the destination. It was about how I felt in the dress. I wanted to feel sexy, but I also wanted to feel like a bride. It’s my first and last wedding, I pray, so I just wanted to blow it all up,” Tika says.

Sumpter wore a mini crown and veil by Galia Lahav to complete her look. She added that getting ready for her wedding had nothing to do with preparing for a red carpet.

“I’m usually anxious in front of a red carpet. There’s a different level of pressure to that,” admits Tika. “It didn’t feel like pressure. Today was one of the most special days of my life besides having my daughter, and I just want to feel and look special. When that feeling came, I knew that was it. A red carpet is for work, right? It’s for our lives.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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While the destination didn’t dictate the dress for the occasion, Tika said the location factored into her decision to keep her hair (done by Annagjd Taylor) and makeup (done by Kristene Bernard) simple for his special day.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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“I didn’t want to get involved, especially for a beach wedding,” Tika said BRIDES.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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Tika Sumpter’s mother accompanied her on her wedding day

The groom got a little emotional as Tika walked down the aisle with her mother Janice by her side, with Ed Sheeran’s song “Perfect” playing in the background.

“My dad, Arthur Curtis Sumpter, died when I was 13, sadly. I’m so grateful that my mom got to see this moment,” Tika told the brides of his significant entry.

“As we were walking down the aisle, all of a sudden the wind really started blowing and I thought, ‘Is this a blessing? What is that ?’ “recalls Tika. “My mum was busy trying to make sure the back of my dress was okay, but I was really at peace. For me, nothing could go wrong at that time.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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So amazing isn’t it? I’m pretty sure the witty people among us would say her dad was definitely there to watch over her too.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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Tika and Nick exchanged vows they wrote themselves, with their daughter Ella by their side at the altar.

“I think we mostly wanted to be honest with each other,” the bride says of their ceremonial promises. “We not only went over the big things, but we also recognized the challenges we faced to get us to where we are now.”

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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“[Actor] Michael Ealy told me afterwards, “Your daughter got to see what love looks like through you coming together,” Tika recalled. “It was wonderful to have my daughter there and to know that she will remember it forever.”

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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For her part, Ella has mostly focused on what comes after the vows — the KISS!

“After the ceremony, we were like, ‘What did you think?’ And Ella said, ‘I was just waiting for you guys to kiss!’ »

Super cute right?

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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Tika Sumpter met her husband in Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’

Michael Ealy wasn’t the only famous face at the event. Tyler Perry actually took to the catwalk to toast the couple, who met on the set of his show “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

“We’re great friends, so hearing both ends of the stories — when things were bad and things were good and everything in between — was so awesome,” laughs Tika.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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Ultimately, Tika Sumpter says having a destination wedding made all the difference in her and her husband being able to truly spend some quality time with all of their guests.

“Nick and I really got to see our guests, talk to them, and I don’t know if that would have happened if we didn’t have a destination wedding,” the bride said.

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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After the wedding weekend, Nick and Tika headed to Bora Bora for their honeymoon, which was actually their first solo vacation in five years! (WE know your parents can relate.) Reflecting on their special day, Tika says there’s nothing she would change.

“The wedding was everything we wanted and more. We laughed, we cried, we danced. At the end of the day the people who mattered the most were there, the place looked beautiful and we are so grateful to be married to my guy,” Tika says. “We had fun. We had a lot of fun!”

Destination Brides wedding number featuring Tika Sumpter and Nick James (Muscarella)

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The BRIDES destination number (their 3rd digital number of 2022) is available now. Get the full story and details HERE.

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