What if one of your first dates turned out to be a transatlantic trip to Europe?! After joking that she was an expert travel deal finder, Justin dared Aisha to find them the vacation of a lifetime, and so she did! What began as a sweet moment together traveling abroad turned into the makings of their happily ever after. See all of the sweet moments from Justin and Aisha's romantic wedding day and share their love.
"It was an amazing experience from start to finish," shared Aisha. "On the day I just wanted to be calm and enjoy every moment. During our prep time we played upbeat gospel and praise music and everyone was dancing and laughing. No stress, no worry. It was important to me to go into my marriage filled with the spirit, I didn’t want any secular music or anything that was not of God."
"The morning leading up to the wedding was great," Justin shares. "The only weird thing was things were happening and I wanted to tell Aisha. Nothing serious but little things like “Guess what happened at the coffee shop” or “No one can tie my bow tie.” I just wanted to talk to her, be around her. I realized that she is who I share things with, not just big things but everything. I was ready to get to her so I could talk to my friend."
Aisha had a bit of a horror story when shopping for her wedding dress after one shop owner told her she was "too hippy" to try on a dress she spotted. Feeling completely defeated, she went home crying with thoughts that she would have to postpone for big day. Fortunately, her groom stepped in giving her the vote of confidence and the nudge of love that she needed to find the perfect dress for her to say "I Do" in.
"Two things: He loves God and has a true desire to live right under the word," said the bride of the things she loves most about her groom. "He prays with me and for. He runs after the word and Christ with passion. Then he is so resourceful, he will literally figure anything out. From completely taking apart a car and putting it back together to perfectly putting up a TV with no mount only a piece of wood."
"I chose Aisha to be my bride because she possessed everything that I had been looking for," explains Justin. "In short, Aisha is just someone that I vibe with on almost every level. Spiritually, emotionally and physically. She is intelligent, outgoing, caring and fun.
I think the fact that I didn't really have a reason not to made me ask for her to marry me. That's somewhat oversimplified but true. Is that to say Aisha is perfect? No and I'm sure she would tell anyone who asks that. That said, she was perfect for me so I asked and she said yes."
"I love the pictures before the ceremony when we prayed together," recalls Aisha. "It was important to do that, just he and I but still not have a first look. The excitement, curiosity and intimacy of those moments was really special."
Aisha's baby brother played a very big part in her big day and during the reception on of her favorite wedding bloopers comes courtesy of him. "When I throw the bouquet my younger brothers girlfriend caught it. I jokingly went to get it back because my brother is my baby. It was funny and everyone laughed. Then he caught the garter which was weird and everyone took pictures of my face while my baby brother put the garter on her leg. Awkward!"
"Justin is the best person I know," said Aisha. "He is genuine and always does what’s right despite the opinion of others. He is honest and goes out of his way to show love in his way. Most importantly I trust him with my life. When I hug him I take my feet off the ground and hang on him. He always gives me a look like 'again' but I do it because I trust that he would never let me fall. Even if it was unexpected. He would be there to hold me up."
"I was getting settled in the mindset of being a 30something with a great career, Chanel bags and a fabulous condo in the city. I stopped comparing my story to everyone else and started to be happy in me and what I had. Then out of the blue I was in Georgetown shopping one day, got my hair done and got a call about a party from my best friend. Now here we are," of the moment she found true love with Justin.