Sadiqa and Ibram met on Match.com and planned a romantic first date. Over dinner, he was so engrossed with her beauty and intelligence he forgot to eat his meal. The lovebirds tied the knot in Jamaica in the spring. Share their love!
Love At First Sight
“I knew Ibram was the one from the first date,” says Sadiqa. “He had such a gentle spirit and was such a beautiful person inside and out. He had a humble swagger that I was wildly attracted to and he was also incredibly intelligent. He seemed to compliment my strengths and makeup for my weaknesses.”
“I chose the bridesmaids dresses at David’s Bridal,” says Sadiqa. “I wanted a rich red color and a few different styles that would complement each bridesmaid’s body type. I also wanted a place that would be easy for all of my bridesmaids, who came from California all the way to Philly, to obtain.”
"I had no idea I’d find true love the way that I did," says Sadiqa. "I had actually gotten off of the dating site and a good friend talked me into getting back on to try it one more time. I met Ibram a few days after getting back on. Needless to say, I am so glad I decided to try online."
“We initially planned to get married in Savannah,” says Sadiqa. “That ended up not working out so we decided then to get married in Jamaica where we took our first vacation. We considered several venues and decided on the Half Moon Resort. It was the perfect place for our union.”
"Instead of traditional vows, we shared our 'first conversation as husband as wife' in which we wrote and shared our goals and plans in our marriage," says Sadiqa. We love that idea. It's so romantic and so real at the same time.
The couple held a ssand ceremony during which both sets of parents scooped sand from the earth into separate jars and Ibram and Sadiqa took the jars from their parents and poured them into one jar to symbolizie the blending of families.
"We wanted something simple yet elegant for the wedding cake," says the bride. "I chose an ivory colored cake with the same flowers that we used in our bouquet as decoration and a delicious vanilla flavor."
"We chose the name Kendi for our new last name, which is from the Meru people of Kenya, and means 'the loved one,'" says the happy bride. "We wanted the name to represent us as a couple as well as our African heritage. We did not share it with our guests until the end of the wedding ceremony."
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"We had a live steel band for the cocktail hour, and a DJ (Devon Reid) for the reception," says Sadiqa. "After the DJ played his final set and we partied hard, we relaxed for the last hour with a huge bonfire by the ocean."