It’s been said that when it’s time, love will find you where you are. Who would have thought a chance encounter at work, would lead to the beautiful love story of Elaine & Marcus!
When Elaine first met Marcus at work, she had a fleeting thought, “He would make a great husband”! Flash forward about 4 years later, they became one in an elegant, night time wedding. When I met with this GORGEOUS couple during their consultation, I could instantly tell there was a lot of love between them.
Before we get to their beautiful wedding, you HAVE to read their HILARIOUS proposal story! In Elaine’s words…
“Early Christmas morning around 5am, I (Elaine) received a phone call from my father requesting to drop him and his wife off at the airport. I didn’t want to drive my own vehicle because it was dirty. Marcus had just purchased a brand new truck and of course it was clean. Marcus was still asleep. I thought to myself “maybe I should ask before taking it” but the women in me said “What’s his, is mines, right?”
So I arrive at my father’s house and while he and his wife are loading the truck up with luggage, I go inside to use the restroom. I come back outside to the truck and when I opened the car door, I spot a neatly placed Jared bag on the floor board of the driver’s seat. I didn’t see it before I got to the house, and the bag was sitting there up right like someone had placed it there so I assumed it was a gift my dad was hiding from his wife. (I mean, it was Christmas!) I didn’t want to spoil the surprise so I didn’t say anything about the bag and drove all the way to airport, unbeknownst to me, with my engagement ring underneath my feet!
We get to the airport, and my dad’s wife gets out of the truck. My dad comes around to the driver side of the truck for a hug. I hand him his wife’s “gift” and he looks at me confused. I asked him “is this not yours?” and he says no. That’s when I realized what may have been in the Jared bag. I stuff the bag underneath the seat of the truck and drive home thinking about how I’m going to act fake surprised when Marcus proposes. Marcus had already asked my dad for my hand in marriage so he pre-warned Marcus about me finding the ring.
I arrive home and open the front door and find Marcus standing on the other side of the door and he’s asking me why I had to be so nosey. He walks past me to gets the ring out of truck, walks back in the house and gets down on one knee and says “Will you marry me?. I laugh and said yes! He didn’t get to surprise me but I was happy, loved my ring and loved him so…it worked out lol.”
Their classic black tie wedding was beautiful! Her bridesmaids wore black gowns. The groom donned a gray and black tux as his groomsmen wore dark gray tuxedos. Elaine’s dress was EVERYTHING! It is one of my favorite gowns to date! The gorgeous detail on the front & back of the bodice, paired with timeless Mikado satin fabric on the bottom of the gown was perfectly highlighted by a cathedral length veil. And did I mention her dress had pockets? POCKETS YA’LL!
The couple exchanged vows in front of their loved ones in a tearful ceremony. And that reception? Oh, it was LIT!
Elaine and Marcus, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your memories!
Vendors: Wedding Venue: Pristine Chapel | Bride’s Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses: Anya Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Nina Shoes | Bride’s Jewelry: Olive & Piper | Tuxedo: Savvi Formalwear | Hair: Brandi Frye-Odom | Makeup: D Wood MUA | Getting Ready Hotel: Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel
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