In case you were wondering, ladies, you can find your soul mate at the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. Amber and Paul are living proof. They met at a party during the 2009 festival, and they've been celebrating their love ever since. See their modern “I dos” and share their love.
Connected For Life
“I knew Paul was the one for me when I realized how much he cared for me,” says Amber. “We are completely different people, but we are so connected.”
"I wanted a hairstyle that looked nice with the dress and was easy to manage on the honeymoon," says Amber. "I went with a huge side bun, which was great because I snatched that thing off after the wedding and didn't have to stress about my hair during the honeymoon." And, we're loving that birdcage veil.
“I realized Paul was perfect for me when I started thinking about his feelings before I would make decisions,” admits Amber. “I accepted Paul’s proposal because I just knew I couldn’t say no. I used to find ways to involuntarily sabotage relationships. With Paul, everything that happened made since.”
“I really didn’t expect to find the love of my life the way I did,” admits Paul. “Especially not during the ESSENCE Festival with all of those people there. But, you never know what God has in store for you.”
Amber’s pastor from Birmingham and her childhood pastor were both on hand to officiate their ceremony. “As I was at the altar, all I could remember thinking was, this is my wife, and I am ready to spend the rest of my life with her,” says Paul.
“Since I was getting married in Birmingham and neither of us lived there, we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place,” explains Amber. “We really wanted a big party and somewhere with a view.”
“For our wedding, I wanted something fun and exclusive,” says Amber. “I wanted people to remember all of the fun they had at our wedding from start to finish. I wanted bright colors and lots of natural lights. I also had the grand idea to make all the decorations and special touches myself.”
Amber and Paul felt Alicia Keys' smash hit "Unthinkable" was the perfect choice for their first dance song to represent the unthinkable odds they overcame to find each other and stay together through all they've been through.
"We knew that a number of people would be sad because our fathers were no longer with us, so we really did focus on being happy and enjoying the moment," says Amber. "We wanted our wedding to cater to everyone. I'm pretty sure three of my friends are still dating someone they met at our wedding." Now that's what we call a love connection.
This is Amber's favorite portrait and ours, too. Did you enjoy their modern, southern wedding as much as we did? Tell them all about it below! Want to see your wedding day featured in Bridal Bliss? Email us now!