By Rosie Bourget *
What a wonderful opportunity to make your ceremony unique and so much more meaningful by having family, friends, out of town guests and coworkers joining you to help shape your very special day into a celebration to remember !
Sabine Jean Francois, daughter of Ms. Rosie Bourget of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sean Stallings, son of Mitchell and Katherine Stallings of Atlanta, GA, were married March 30th, 2019. The ceremony and reception were held at Che’ne Rouge in Hiram, GA with Rev. Pastor Arthur Grier officiating at the ceremony. The description of the wedding dress was Ball Gown.
The groom’s mother works for Metro Atlanta Transit Authority. His father is a department manager for Kroger Grocery Store in Douglasville, GA. The bride’s mother is a school social worker for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. She received a master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, FLORIDA. She is also a poet and a staff writer for Haiti-Observateur (a Haitian newspaper published in New York.) Moreover, Ms. Bourget has published three poetry books in three different languages, French, English and Creole.
Given in marriage by her brother Jovan Young-Jean Francois, a financial credit risk analyst at USAA in San Antonio, Texas. The bride was attended by her friends Crystal Davis, as maid of honor, a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor in Health Administration. She also holds a nursing degree from Broward College; and with Paris Nelms as matron of honor, a Florida International University (FIU) graduate with a Criminal Justice degree. The bridesmaids were Ashley Livingston, Tamala Sands, Kaylah Tate and Dominique Taborn. The flower girls, who followed the maid of honor, were Laila Davis, M’Kayla Stallings, and the couple’s daughters Skylar Marie Stallings pulling her baby sister Santanna Nia Stallings in a wagon. The best man was the middle brother of the groom, Julian Stallings, a math teacher with a bachelor in education from Georgia State University. Among those who served as groomsmen were Mitchell Stallings, Jr. who is also the big brother of the groom, Phil George, Brian Winkley, Mario Crowder, Tobias Brantley and Henry Halverson.
Born and raised in Miramar, Florida, the bride, 30, is a Claim Supervisor for GEICO in Macon, GA. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations. Enterprise Rent a Car as an assistant manager employed her before moving to Georgia. The groom, also 30, graduated from Stillman College with a master’s degree in Education and History. He is currently employed at Frederick Douglas High School as a Social Studies teacher. Additionally, Sean is a baseball and softball coach as well for the school. After their honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica, the new couple will reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Sabine and Sean met through a mutual friend, Phil George, at their friend’s house on their way to a party.
Sabine and Sean you have my support and love as a couple. and as a family. With all my heart, I congratulate the commitment you have made to each other on this day. May the love you share get deeper each passing day; you wake up next to each other ready to start each new day on the right foot, ready to live a life full of happiness, joy, and goodness. Congratulations on your union have a spectacular life together!
*Rosie Bourget is the mother of the bride
April 3, 2019
ON YOUR WEDDING DAY
To my Daughter Sabine
By Rosie Bourget
I look at you at this moment
So ready to start a new life
So ready to face a new world
But in my heart, I’m thinking
Back to when I first held my little girl,
And I said to myself, gosh,
She is everything I dreamed
I hope she knows how proud I am
To have a daughter
As wonderful as her!
I look at you at this moment
And I’m thinking, it may be time
to let my girl go for good,
but the things I’m keeping for
myself, are my precious memories!
As the time has come for you
to transition from daughter to wife,
May success find its way to your heart.
Tomorrow may bring you the greatest of joy
But today is the day it all starts!
May you and Sean be each other’s
sun and moon as your destinies unfold.
And should you lose sight of each other
and start to drift apart,
May you circle back by following
The compass of your hearts!
March 30, 2019