The morning of Taalib and Ellica's wedding, I woke up with such excitement for their big day. When I had met them just a few months earlier on a beautiful morning in East Beach, their mutual love and admiration for each other was evident with each movement, each smile, each kiss.
They met just over four years ago at Chinese food with friends. Ellica still remembers Taalib's seersucker suit and paisley tie - even back then, he was a sharp dresser. They developed a friendship over the phone, talking as much as six hours at a time, before it blossomed into something so much more, a love that will last forever, a love celebrated on their special October day.
Taalib is a man full of laughter and good fun, especially around his groomsmen. But around Ellica, he exudes a strong gentleness that ties the two together. Their favorite time is time spent together, and their quiet confidence in each other has created a bond that will last a lifetime. Throughout the whole wedding process, Ellica has been on top of every single detail, and planned everything meticulously so that each detail worked together to make a beautiful day. But around Taalib, Ellica allows herself to be a little more carefree, a little less planned, a little more spontaneous.
Together, Taalib and Ellica complement each other in the best of ways. I'm so grateful that both of them are in my life, and I know we will stay in touch for many years to come. Thank you both for letting me be a part of the most amazing day in your lives! I have grown to love you both dearly, and I look forward to seeing you two grow together!
Ellica's mother spent moths sewing her wedding dress by hand, and the result was amazing...
Ellica added her own special details to the day, like handmade earrings using her wedding invitations.
Taalib and Ellica shared a sweet moment after the ceremony. While everyone was rushing around trying to find family and sort everything else out, they danced together in the place where their marriage began.
We had fun...can't you tell?!
I don't know what Taalib said to Ellica, but it made her smile...these two are precious.
These shoes were the first pair Taalib ever bought for Ellica, and they were what carried her to him on their wedding day.
And then they shared their first dance...
Ellica LOVES her grandfather, and he loves her right back! They had a blast dancing at the reception.
...and so their journey begins!