Houston couple Edmond and Mercy admit their journey to the altar wasn’t always a smooth one. Nonetheless, their decade-long love story was orchestrated by God.

Edmond and Mercy met 10 years ago through a mutual friend. At the time, Mercy was located in Philadelphia for medical school, and Edmond was also pursuing his PhD at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Their first meet up was not love at first sight, but that changed when they reconnected a month later. Sparks flew, and they began dating officially. Once Edmond moved to New Orleans for his residency, they decided to pause the relationship due to distance. But the love between them never faded. “I kept praying,” Mercy recalls. “I always knew he was going to be husband. “

After realizing beyond doubt that she was the one, Edmond decided to propose on Thanksgiving. He suggested they stop at her sister’s place before going to his parent’s home for dinner. When they arrived, Mercy saw a path of roses leading to the pool out back. They walk in, and Marcy’s entire family is gathered to witness him drop down on one knee. “I chose Thanksgiving day because I am most thankful for her,” he says.

Two years after the proposal, the couple exchanged vows in a heavenly ceremony, symbolic of how much faith has played a role in their relationship. “I came to realize that planning a wedding can be very stressful, especially for one like ours,” says Mercy. “Coordinating all the vendors is not an easy task. My planner, Dure Events, put so much work and time into this. It would not have been a success without them.”

Scroll through the gallery to see all the fairytale moments from Mercy and Edmond’s fairytale wedding.

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