|As tradition calls, Mohammad asked several times if Nikeesa would marry Kyle on this day, and after the third time, and her father Bill’s approval, Nikeesa said yes…and the crowd cheered! Later on, the bride, groom & Co. danced the night away in the lovely garden room there at the Lange Farm. The bride and her dad performed a choreographed dance routine for their father-daughter dance. There was a traditional belly dancer who performed for the guests during dinner. Then they all shared drinks and toasted each other at the patio bar with fountains flowing and the market lights twinkling in the background. There were vintage polaroid cameras for the guest to take photos of themselves and hang as keepsakes for the bride & groom. This was a fabulous wedding filled with personal touches and home-made details made by Nikeesa and her family. Hi!I am so excited to hear an editor interested in publishing our wedding! Kyle and I actually met online – No kidding, his first email to me was “So do you want to just get married?” I thought it was funny and I was relieved that it wasn’t the normal cheesy “tell me about yourself..” emails so I joked and said something about naming our kids or something, I can’t remember exactly. We emailed back and forth for about a month and I actually stood him up for our first date; He asked me out for coffee but I said I wasn’t feeling well but really, I was just burnt out on the online dating thing and just wasn’t in the mood to get all dressed up and tell my life story to a stranger for the 37th time. The next weekend he asked me out again and I obliged. I almost bailed again but I felt bad so I figured I’d go since he’d already asked me twice, he seemed nice and he was pretty cute :). He had recently moved to Florida from Louisiana so he didn’t know too many people which was great because I live in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Our first date was February 22, 2013 at Starbucks, we had coffee and talked til they closed down and finished the night with a hug. The next weekend we did the same thing, more coffee and talking and a kiss on the cheek. After leaving the second date I knew I should have let him kiss me but I didn’t and now I’d have to wait til I saw him again… I couldn’t stop thinking about him so I called him and he knew exactly why… he told me before I could even mention it – he knew I was calling for a kiss goodnight. I met him in his driveway and as soon as I got out of the car he grabbed my chin and kissed me and I had never had a kiss that made me feel so electric before. I knew then that this was something real and he was going to be part of my life, somehow. We dated for a few months when he mentioned going back home to visit and he invited me to go with him. I was so excited because family is so important to me so this was a big step. I fell in love with his family immediately and felt so at home and at ease when I was in a new state meeting new people, this also struck me as significant because it was so easy, so comfortable and so natural. Fast forward to a short long distance relationship in 2014 due to Kyle working on some projects in Louisiana, it brought us closer and showed me that a test that some relationships can’t withstand, ours did. We talked about marriage but he always turned it into a joke somehow as he is not one to engage in serious conversations like that, which I’m sure if common for most guys. 2015 rolled around and we began to talk about the future more seriously so I started shopping for rings with my cousin. She made sure that he got me exactly the one that I fell in love with (actually cried when I tried it on in the store!). My two best friends planned a girls night out with a group of friends one night in tampa and we were waiting for a table for dinner and my best friend Theresa insisted we got a table in a certain area that was nice and more out in the open. She is normally not picky but I didn’t care so we waited for the bigger table. We were sitting and chatting, munching on appetizers and drinks then Kyle jumps in our booth wearing slack, a freshly ironed shirt (he does not know how to iron) and a tie in my favorite color of purple.