Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
Lateef and Taya Hafeez first met in 2014 when he moved from Atlanta to Columbus to become a pastor at The Gathering Place of Columbus and Taya became an official member of the church. Over time, their friendship grew as Lateef suffered the loss of 10 family members in one year. “Just being a friend and being there for Lateef was becoming what I desired daily,” Taya says.
In September 2018, Lateef asked Taya to be his girlfriend. Seven months later, he proposed in front of their church congregation, friends and family. “It was like a sigh of relief to know that I get to marry my person, my best friend, my soulmate and the love of my life,” Taya says.
Taya and Lateef married Sept. 8, 2019, in front of 300 guests. Taya says that while dating, Lateef asked what her dream wedding would be and “he gave me that and more for our wedding.” When she walked down the aisle, Taya sang “I Believe in You and Me” by Whitney Houston; after the couple said “I do,” they danced back down the aisle and throughout the night as husband and wife.
Wedding date: Sept. 8, 2019
Wedding colors: Plum, white and gold
Attendants: Three bridesmaids, a junior bridesmaid, three groomsmen, a junior groomsman, two flower girls and a ring bearer
Bride wore: Dress from a boutique in Atlanta and accessories from David’s Bridal
Hair and makeup: Hair by Micah Jones at Glam Gallery Salons and makeup by Marquita Marie at M3 Artistry
Groom wore: Suit from Designs by Winborn
Bridesmaids wore: Dresses from David’s Bridal
Groomsmen wore: Suits from Designs by Winborn
Ceremony: Creekside Conference and Event Center
Reception: Creekside Conference and Event Center
Cake: The Suisse Shop Bakery
Photographer: The Comfort Photography
Videographer: St. Lerenz
Cocktail hour band: Ground Zero
Reception DJ: DJ Opzzy (Odis Parker)