Happy Wedding Wednesday, folks! I’m really excited to finally feature the work from the team over at AVD Photography! We’ve been following each other for some time now on social media and I love their photography style and that they capture black brides so wonderfully. Prisca and Elie went from being friends to eventually professing their love for each and a surprise airport proposal. Take a look at their sweet vintage wedding filled with lots of laugh and fun!
From the Bride:
We met at church and we were not fond of each other at first. I can pinpoint the exact moment when our friendship began. It was 2008 and we were attending a young adult conference with our church in Atlanta. After the conference we were all relaxing and playing cards and I(Prisca) walked over to him inquiring about another friend of his. We started to talk and before you know it, it was a few hours later. I felt like I was talking to an old friend, like we had been friends forever.I wasn’t ready for how much of myself I could be around him; it was a pleasant surprise. Once the conference was over we still talked here and there and while I was away in college. I remember telling my aunt if there was one person I would consider dating from church, it was Elie. Fast forward about 6 years to 2014 we began to date. I realized I did not want to lose my best friend to another girl(we were dating other people between 2008-2014) so I approached him and told him if you want to see where this will go, I am ready and willing to as well. On July 4, 2016 I was on my way back from a missions trip in Haiti. I was upset that he wasn’t coming to pick me up and even more annoyed that he was sending me “short” messages when I arrived. I’m thinking, “Dude you should be excited that I am coming back home.” Little did I know, Elie, family, and friends were waiting for me at the arrival gate. Greeted with signs, my mother, father and grandmother hugged me super tight and I was turned around facing a drawing of Elie + Prisca = 1. I was in shock and thinking no he did not. I did not want a public proposal but nevertheless it was happening. His friends came out singing all my life and from behind a pillar came Elie, beaming from ear to ear. He got on his knees and asked me, “Prisca, will you marry me?” In fact, he actually whispered it. He was so nervous. The first words out of my mouth was, “So this is why you guys wanted me to change and put on makeup so badly?!” Elie gets up, walks towards me and my brother says, “so wait are you saying yes?” In a loud voice I screamed, “YES!” We drove home to my house to find another surprise. Close friends and family greeted me at the entrance. Even though I did not want a public proposal, he listened to the most important aspect of what I wanted. That was for our family and friends to be there. I was so overwhelmed from the amount of love and dedication everyone put in for this moment in our lives. These people would also play pivotal roles in our journey to the aisle. July 4th became the first chapter in our forever and we are looking forward to write many more.”