Bride: Aarika Ancelard-Hall, 29, Senior Healthcare Consultant
Groom: Donald Cofer Jr., 35, Senior Accountant
The Big Day: 3/5/17
Location: Dallas, Texas
Style/Theme: Romantic Chic
By his side on his wedding day, Donald had his groomsmen and a best woman to make sure the day went off without a hitch!
This entire wedding party--including our Senior News and Culture editor Christina Coleman--is simply beautiful!
"I knew he was the one on the Valentine’s Day weekend of my second year of graduate school. He was flying from Dallas to visit me in D.C. There was a huge snowstorm that was canceling flights all along the east coast. His trip got postponed to the next day, then the airline tried to cancel it all together. Finally, they offered him a flight to Philadelphia and he hopped on it. It was still snowing pretty bad so he told me that he would stay overnight and take the bus down the next day. I didn’t trust any forms of public transportation at that point so I picked up my cousin and drove in the storm and the middle of the night to come get him. He was so angry with me when he realized what I was doing, but I knew at that point I was willing to risk my life (and my cousins) to not spend another night without him. I knew how much I loved him and how the lengths I’d go just to be in his presence."
It's safe to say that Aarika and Donald's daughter stole the show during their wedding ceremoy who came down the aisle in her wagon. "One guest said “she rode in like the Pope!"
"Being at the altar was like a calm," said Donald who was overcome with emotion waiting for Aarika at the altar. "Everything about what we were doing that evening felt like we were living out a divine purpose. It truly felt like a dream."
"I wanted to use flowers that were soft and romantic," said Aarika. Mission accomplished!
Now this is what happiness, pure love and bliss looks like!