Naima and Isaiah were boyfriend and girlfriend in the sixth grade but lost touch when his family moved away. Seventeen years later they reconnected on Facebook and fell in love all over again. Their mansion wedding was the sweetest. See the photos and share the love!
I Think I Love You
“I knew Isaiah was the one early on when we were dating and I drove my ‘hoopty’ to his house and got a flat tire on the way,” Naima shares. “By the time I made it to his house there was barely any rubber left on the tire. Without thinking twice about it he just fixed it for me. The whole time he was underneath my car I was thinking to myself, I think I may be in love with this man.”
“I scoured Etsy.com for weeks looking for the perfect and affordable accessories to wear,” says Naima. “I really liked the Swarovski and vintage rhinestone look so most of the items I found fit that theme. I found a crystal belt on a ribbon to wear with my dress at the reception, crystal accents to dress up my very plain white satin shoes and a crystal hair clip to accent my swooped hairstyle. My earrings and necklace were purchased from Macy’s and my bracelet came from Lord & Taylor.”
“My something old was my grandmother’s ‘L’ pendant,” says Naima. “She passed away this past December and I was able to grab a pin she owned with her initial and I placed it on my bouquet stem in memory of her on our special day. It was sweet. It stands for ‘Lillian’ and ‘love.’”
“My wedding dress was designed by ALLURE from their Romance Collection,” says Naima. “I had viewed tons of dresses and look books online to get an idea of what I was looking for before I went shopping. (I’m a very focused shopper.)”
“I said yes to Isaiah because he makes me smile and laugh every day and can always make me laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously,” Naima admits. “He can be serious but he knows when things are not that serious too. He is smart and loving and I know he will be a great father some day.”
Naima’s bridesmaids were stunning in their Amsale gowns. “I decided on the color lavender because purple is my favorite color and I wanted to use that color in a more pastel shade for the spring,” she says. “I decided on the style because it was the most complementing dress for all of my bridesmaids with varying shapes and sizes.”
“Isaiah is smart and very funny,” says Naima. “He can be boisterous at times and laid-back at other times. He is a humble and hard working guy who wants to see others do well. And, he is a giving person, but he also knows when to say no.”
“I come from a single parent home and when I saw the way that her family raised her and the strong morals that they had instilled I know that she was different,” says Isaiah. “I know that a strong family starts with a strong man, but everybody knows that the strong Black woman actually makes and keeps a family together. That is Naima.”
“We decided on using Newton White Mansion for the wedding because it offered a variety of options to host our wedding ceremony, cocktail hou and reception in the same venue,” says Naima. “It also had an indoor option for the ceremony in case the weather didn’t work out for our outdoor garden wedding, but it turned out to be a gorgeous day in early spring.”
“We honored the memory of our grandparents, who could not be present at our wedding, by having their pictures in frames and in the first row of seats,” says Naima. “When the ceremony was over, those framed photos were moved to the guestbook sign in table.”
“I was ecstatic and overjoyed to be looking into Isaiah’s eyes at the wedding ceremony,” says Naima. “He kept gazing deep into my eyes and holding my hand tight. I couldn’t help but to wonder what was going through his head. We just kept smiling at each other.”
“My uncle is a pastor and he officiated our wedding,” Naima tells us. “He did marriage counseling with us and had us recite some lines we had gone over with him in one of our sessions. I found bible scriptures that were fitting for our ceremony.”
“I feel like God had me go through some trial and error with a few guys so that I could realize the blessing he sent me when Isaiah came back into my life. I was able to really receive him,” Naima admits.
“When my grandmother was alive, she once gave me some really great advice to pray for a husband and tell God to send you exactly when you need,” says Naima. “God answered my prayers and delivered Isaiah when I least expected him but right on time. Isaiah is perfect for me. He has a little bit of all the good qualities in every guy I’ve dated before I met him, and then some.”
“It felt really cool to be everyone’s center of attention for a few hours,” says Naima. “The only bad part was that it all went by way too fast. I think between taking photos, greeting everyone and all the ceremonial stuff like the first dances, the entire day felt like it went by in 20 minutes. We did take some moments to savor all that was happening on that day and in the room, so I do have those memories locked into my mind.”
“Our wedding cake was a three-tiered, white butter cream wedding cake with lavender ribbons wrapped at the bottom of each tier,” says Naima. “It was topped with artificial mint green hydrangeas that my mother-in-law made. The cake was banana flavored on the top layer, red velvet in the middle, and white cake on the bottom tier. Those were the flavors we could both agree on.”
“We had an awesome local DJ (DJ Al-V) that we found at a live music lounge we like to visit,” the bride tells us. “We also had a photo booth that our guests used throughout the entire cocktail hour and wedding. Our photographer provided a photo booth and posted all the pics our guests took on our personalized link on his website.”
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