Bride: Nadia Marie Pappas, 27, Event Specialist

Groom: Taquari Jamar Hatch, 33, Entertainment Manager

Married On: February 22, 2014

Wedding Location: The Cannery, New Orleans

Wedding Style: Sophisticated Elegance

Love Will Find A Way
When it comes to true love, sometimes timing is everything. And, if it’s a bond that’s truly meant to be, it will happen when the moment is right. Just ask newlyweds Nadia and Taquari who first met at a FAMU homecoming event in 2007. There was some chemistry between then, but she was seeing someone else so they settled on becoming Facebook friends. Years later they were reintroduced when he moved to her hometown of New Orleans, and that’s when the magic happened.

Hold Up, Wait A Minute
It was the 2012 holiday season and lovebirds Nadia and Taquari were finishing up a fiercely competitive game of Taboo (guys-vs.-girls) at their annual Christmas party with friends. Taquari volunteered to give clues for the final round to bring the fellas to the lead. His teammate flipped the time and all eyes were on him. Only, he had something far more important to say. “I wanted to ask my best friend—my girlfriend—to be my future wife,” he exclaimed. Nadia would like to tell you exactly what happened next, but she can only remember being overwhelmed with joy as the man of her dreams popped the question in a surprise proposal that left everyone in the room stunned and in awe of the happy couple.

Photos: Studio Tran Photographers

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