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I couln't be any happier as you are about to embark on the next stage in your life with your soon to be husband, Scott Sutherland. I remember when we first met at Cal State Northridge during the Summer Bridge program. You said I looked like Stacy Dash and since then we've been inseparable! We laughed, cried and partied together. You have always been a listening ear, a word of wisdom, a shoulder to cry on, and a very reliable person. The qualities that you possess are respectable and admirable. I have always been inspired by your tenacity towards wanting the best in your life as well as your work ethics. You have truly grown into a beautiful young lady inside and out with a heart of gold. You deserve nothing but the best in your future as a new wife and eventually a mother. I am proud to say that I was right there with you every step of the way. On the day of your wedding everyone who loves you will be there to witness you walk down the aisle to marry the love of your life! I am happy to call you my best friend and wish nothing but blessings for you and your family!
Scott and I met in college a ways back while taking classes that would make your brain hurt! While being on similar paths motivating each other to reach higher levels of success we've continued to sharpen one another in many different areas of life. I'm ecstatic that my brother from another mother is getting married and honored to be apart of the wedding.
Congratulations!! Knowing you over the years has been one exciting journey after the next! From sneaking out of classes to being each others getaway drivers (smile). One thing is for sure and that's that a friendship with you has NEVER been boring. I am so glad to have a friend that I can now call a sister. I cannot thank you enough for that. I am honored to be part of your next journey in becoming a wife! I know that your wedding day will be as beautiful as the love that you and Scott have created #theroadtohere
Love your Bridesmaid,
Natasha (always your left arm)
I want to congradulate Scott and Balinda for finally tying the knot. The've been down this path for what a good 10-15 years lol. We all knew they were married already but now they are legitimizing it. I wish the best of luck to the both of them and I hope to see a little Scott Jr running around in the next year or so. Once again, Congtratulations!
It was by chance that Balinda and I became friends. It certainly wasn't planned. It's simply the greatest kind of accident there is. Since we've met she's been such a wonderful person. Kind, warm and welcoming. Honest, true and dependable. She accepts me as I am and expects nothing less. We've shared many stories, experiences and more laughs than one could imagine. I look forward to sharing this beautiful moment with a beautiful person that deserves it.
I met Balinda when I moved to Building 11 at Cal State Northridge. We hit it off right when we met. She was friendly and fun and I found it easy to talk to her about anything. We would always mess with her by saying she was a hair flipping valley girl trappped in a black girls body. Balinda just wanted everyone to have a good time (Miss Mariah Carrey lol). Balinda has been my friend since 2000 and our friendship has only grown stronger over the years. We're able to ask each other tough questions and always keep it real with one another. I truly thank God for having her in my life. We have been through thick and thin. I have so much repect for her as a black woman, a friend and now soon to be Miss Married Lady. We may not party as much as we did in college but we still know how to have a great time (right Best Friend lol)! After all this time you are finally where you want to be. I support and love your union. What God put together, let no man tear apart.
I met Scott a year after I met Balinda and we hit it off. He was a funny guy and I liked to laugh. We have been friends for a long time. We were two young men trying to get away from school and have a good time. Scott was the one who really broke me out of my shell. Hios opion was very important to me and still is to some extent lol. We have been boys for a while. He is like a brother to me. And like any sibling, he gets on my nerves more often than not. But the love is always there. I felt like I knew what was good for him and what wasn't. I have talks with Scott and he always wants to know what I'm doing with his nosey self lol. I am happy you didn't listen to me, man (I tried to keep my best friends apart. The knew too much about me). Scott has always been focused on business and making money. I'm happy he'll have a woman like Balinds who will be by his side through good and bad times.
I remember meeting you a number of years ago and connecting to your kind spirit. I knew that my brother cared about you and I knew immediately why. You have blessed our family tremendously and I am grateful to witness you an Scott's love grow deeper and stronger. I feel completely honored to be apart of this special time and to call you sister.
My sisterly advise to you as a Bride is to enjoy every second of your wedding season. More than the wedding, all of the months and days leading up to it will impact your life and love forever. Make sure that you do not lose sight of the love that you two have created. Nothing else matters except for the love you and Scott have built. Stay focused on that forever and always.
My sisterly advise for you as a Wife i to love HARD...regardless of what is in front of you. Embrace the greatness of marriage and challenges that this life will no doubt present. Communication and an open heart solves everything. Being a wife and one day a mother are both selfLESS roles. Each role rewards you when every ounce of your being comes from a place of love. Never lose who you are (which is easy to do), make time for yourself because each of us can only give love when we insure that we have filled ourselves with love.
I pray for many years of blessings and prosperity in every area of life. Shine bright, Queen. This is your moment!
Scott Lamar Sutherland has been my friend for over 15 years. We met the first day of my freshman year at CSUN and since then he has been a pleasant brother but occasionally annoying. I love him and at the same time want to teach him a lesson (just kidding). Scott does try to push my buttons but at the same time he is about as respectful and humble as any gentleman. I'm very proud of all your accomplishments. And regardless of the cards life has dealt, you turned it all into a royal flush.
I also met Balinda in college and she is an elegant lady. I commend her for having to deal with Scott on a daily bases. I truly believe they are a perfect match and I wish them nothing but LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS. Always remember a family that PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER. Always put God first in your marriage, communicate effectively, understand sincerely and no more "I's" but only "We's". Please don't forget the most important thing besides God are children! Have them quickly. They are absolute blessings and will really change your life for the best! Love you all and God bless your union.
This union was destined to be and I am honored for the opportunity to be apart of it. Scott and Balinda, I love you both and I wish you a lifetimeof happiness together and a love that grows deeper every year.
Congratulations to my man Scott Sutherland for all the sucess and good fortune that I see headed in your direction during this next phase in your life. You're one of my main fellas and it's been an honor getting to know you much better over these past 7 to 8 years. I'm proud of the fact that you stepped up within our group and within our community to be a leader when it comes to so many different areas. Specifically in areas of relationships and business is where I've personally seen you make the biggest strides. In terms of relationsships, being able to watch you and Balinda set the example of what it means to be a young and sucessful black couple striving to achieve all the best things life has to offer has been so beneficial to the everyone in our group, specifically to me personally. And when it comes to business you've set an example that all of us would be wise to follow. Whether we're talking about your property flipping business, laundromat business or insurance business you're setting an example that I'm trying to follow as wellas our other friends. It's been an honor building a friendship with you up until this point and I'm truly looking forward to seeing all that you and Balinda accomplish over the next phase of your lives.
Raising you has been sucha privilege for me. You are such a blessing and I am beyond proud of you. I am so happy that you found someone to love. May the two of you thrive for years to come. I love both of you.
My dear sweet son,
Scottie when you were little you kept a baseball bat under your bed. You would say, "I'm going to protect us, mama!" As of right now I still have that bat under my bed to prtect us.
Man, you took me deep sea fishing and that's something I've always wanted to do with you. I just wanted to say thank you for the great memory.
We both want to say how proud you have made us. You turned into a responsible young man. In life you have to take one step at a time. You have accomplished so uch and now you're getting married! Wow! As your mother I am just elated and I can't wait for the day I'm able to say Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sutherland!
Mom and Dad
This has been really hard for me to type for some reason. I love you so very much. 33 years ago I remember praying for you...a brother specifically. I remember mom being pregnant with you and her making sure that I knew my role as a sister of taking care of you, protecting you and loving you. Every step of her pregnancy I knew that I was going to have a real life baby doll of my very own. I remember the first time I got to hold you...it was better than anything that I could have ever imagined! You have been an AMAZING brother! And from the moment that you could play you have been an even better friend.
I have worried about you, prayed for you and celebrated your victories every step of your life. Becoming a husband, I feel is one of the greatest roles that a man can take on. A husband is so much more than a married man to me. A husband is a protector, provider, confidant, friend and partner in this challenging life that we live here on earth. I know that Balinda has found one of the very best by having you as her life's partner. Love her, Scott. Support her, stand with her and most importantly communicate honestly with her. Together you both can create an empire that generations from now will celebrate the legacy that you have created.
In 1997 mom took us to Jamaica. You were 14 years old and you vowed that you woulkd come back to Jamaica to get married. All of us thought you were so cute for saying something like that at sucha young age...little did any of us know that you would make that spoken dream a reality 20 years later. Continue to chase and conquer your dreams! Nothing is impossible with God and His love by your side. I am proud of you always my love, and praying for God's very best to surround you all of your days.
Love you more than you will EVER know,
Congratulations Balinda and Scotty!!! I'm so happy for you both. Scotty, it seems like yesterday that we were visiting bookstores and reading books on Black History together. I am so proud of you baby bro and the man that you have become. Enjoy your journey and may Gold continue to bless your union!!!
Welcome to the married mans club! I know that you and Balinda will have many years of happiness. You both deserve life's best! Let's get ready to turn up in Jamaica!
You both are a beautiful couple. We hope that all of your hopes and dreams turn into a reality. Black love is a beautiful and powerful thing. We are praying that you stay blssed for a lifetime.
Landon and I want to say that we love you and we're happy that you're marrying Balinda. We cannot wait to be in Jamaica with you.
Jaden and Landon
Congrats UNK looking foward to Jamaica.
We cant wait to watch you both get married. We love you a lot.
As you head down this new chapter in your life, I'm wishing you all the best, today and everyday in the future. It's hard to believe that the years have flown by - it seems just like yesterday that I was feeding you a bottle, holding your hand to walk yuo to school or introducing you to collegiate life by having you by my side ata step show! With laughter and sometimes tears we've shared many moments through the years. Your wedding has finnaly come so I want to extend a thoughtful cheer, best wishes for you two and wishing your wedding will be a dream come true.
On July 3, 2016 I hosted a potluck brunch. This brunch was also a way to show my PowerPoint presention about Jamaica. I was really excited about our Friendship Trip and wanted to tell everyone how we should save and take on this adventure.
Long story short, Scott fooled me at the end of my presentation saying how he wasnt' sure if he wanted to go anymore. I was confused and slightly embarrased. But then he got on one knee and said, "I don't want to go to Jamaica unless you're my wife"! Of course I was completely thrown off (and tipsy). I had no idea waht was going on. Even my friends screaming in the background seemed so distant. I finally said yes after I realized it wasn't a dream.
There are three sides to this story!!!!
I was working and taking summer classes at CSUN. My best friend, Torrance, stopped by my dorm to hang out. He brought and introduced me to his friend, Scott, and we later discovered we were staying in the same dorm building (I think I had met him once before in the quad).
At least once a year Scott would hit on me but I turned him down because I was always involved with someone else. He was a bit arrogant but I thought it was funny.
One night I was at Jamaican Gold (a raggae night club) and I ran into Scott on the dance floor. Of course I was on a date with some guy. Scott had the nerve to text ask me out on a date later that night. I finally said yes (my date was a jerk anyway)!
I met B the summer after my second semester in college. We were both taking summer classes and living in the dorms. Our mutual friend, Torrance, introduced us. It wasn't exactly love at first sight; she eluded my advances initially until one night I ran into her at Jamaican gold. I hadn't seen her for a while after we graduated and that night she was looking absolutely beautiful. I was determined to have her and now here we are eight years later about to get married. Balinda and I have experienced so much over the years. She is my confidant, lover and best friend.
I was walking through the quad with Scott when I spotted Balinda. She was looking good as usual. I told Scott I wanted him to meet my friend I had been telling him about. When they met you could tell his hormones were raging! Balinda had a man at the time and Scott was talking to a few women. Not to put his business out there but we were young doing what young men do. He was supposedly seasoned, let him tell it (NOT!) lol. That was the first love spark and it only grew with time. All of my efforts were to no avail and I'm happy they're able to grow in matriomony with the test of time. Thank God for bad relationships because now they know what a good one looks like in contrast.
I grew up in Alta Loma, California and I'm the youngest of three siblings. I attended college at California State University, Northridge in 2001. I started working in the insurance business in 2009 and have been in that field ever since. I enjoy spending time at the beach, watching boxing and traveling. I look forward to the future and new things to come. I'm so happy that I'm about to marry my best friend. Balinda is an amazing woman and I am a lucky man to have her.
I am a middle child of three siblings and was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Although I have traveled a lot in my childhood, I've lived in California most of my life. I currently have a career as a tax preparer and management. In my free time I enjoy reading (mostly by Eric Jerome Dickey) and watching reality shows on Bravo. I especially enjoy hosting small parties at my house with good friends. Being around people who have seen me through my ups and downs is very important to me.
I can't wait to marry the love of my life. Scott has taught me so many things and has supported me through rough times. He's smart and ambitious; I really don't know what I would do without him. He has truly been my rock and I'm so fortunate to have him in my life.
Balinda Johnson and Scott Sutherland launch their personal wedsite at serenesutherlands.wedsite.com
Welcome to our wedsite! We created this space as a special way for friends and family to participate and celebrate with us - anytime, from anywhere. We hope you enjoy browsing these pages for photos and stories about us and our future plans.
You can read about how we met, meet our close friends and family and RSVP to events that are in the works. We also created a fun poll and a way for you to leave a note in our virtual guestbook.
We really want to thank all of you for showing us love and support throughout the years.
Balinda & Scott