Melissa and Alaa married at the Royal Crest Room in St.Cloud, Florida. Alaa and Melissa met in a college class and after a study group decided to go out on a date. The couple, though from different backgrounds and religions decided to have a civil ceremony rich in love and laughter that talked about their art of their romance. Working with Rev.Glynn Ferguson of Sensational Ceremonies, they wrote paragraphs explaining why the love each other. Melissa wrote:
I remember having so many doubts in the beginning. Did I really want to open myself up to someone again and what if it didn’t work out? I was ready to spend the rest of my life alone until he came along. I remember the first thing that made me notice him was his intelligence (and can’t forget his sweet smile). He’s a lot smarter than he gives himself credit for. We became friends in class and he took the time to really get to know me and for the first time, I felt that he was someone that I could be completely open with, without any fear of rejection or judgment. In the world today, that’s something you don’t come across often.
As the days passed by, we spent more time together and I started to become more and more excited when I knew I was going to see him. I kept thinking “no no Melissa, you know you shouldn’t” but he managed to break down that wall piece by piece. That’s why I call him my spider monkey. He hung on and proved to me that he was different. He is so kind and patient. He knows what to say or when to say nothing at all to calm me. He makes me smile even when I don’t think I can. He is honest and caring, unafraid to show his emotions and affection. Every day, without his knowledge or intent, he manages to remind me of why I want to spend the rest of my life with him. It’s in the simple things that he does, like making me coffee or breakfast in the morning before work or how he texts me throughout the day just to see if I’m having a good day. He has such a loving soul and for the first time in my life when he looks at me, I see his love for me. It’s so hard to really explain and this is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to write. Perhaps saying that he is capable of making my heart, soul and mind feel peace and safety around him is the closest that I can get to truly expressing exactly why I love him. I only hope that he knows how much I love and appreciate him and that I’m able to make him feel the same.
Donna the Flower Lady created beautiful arrangements for the couple, along with the brides’s bouquet and Alaa’s boutonniere.