Certified Coordinated Bride Kim

Journal Entry #1

Something Always Felt Right

Hello all!  I am Kim Ramatalli.  I am marrying my longtime love, Alfaz Ally in New York.  Our Muslim ceremony will be held on August 26th and we will have our reception the following day.  I am so excited to share our story with you.

How We Met

Alfaz and I had an interesting courtship. We met on our first day of high school in the lunchroom. We had mutual friends who sat at the same table for the beginning of our freshman year. Alfaz was very quiet in school and still is! Over the first few years of high school we became close friends right away, but I always had a secret crush on him. I was too shy to tell him or any of our friends how I felt. Alfaz was known to be the smart one in our bunch, he was in all AP classes. Whenever I needed help with homework or anything he was always there for me. Even though he had a shy and quiet personality, there was something I liked about him. You would think two friends who were so close, that it would be easy to express my feelings. But it made me so much more scared to find the right words to tell him how I felt. Also I did not want to ruin our friendship. He was not like other guys! Alfaz was always was concerned about homework and getting a good grade on a test.

In our sophomore year in high school, there was a school trip to Salem, Massachusetts for Halloween. Alfaz told me that he was going on the trip as well, I was very excited but nervous too about this trip. On this trip I was able to spend the entire day with him and my friends. It was a four hour bus ride. Spending the entire day with him allowed me feel more comfortable with him. So I knew I would get a chance to tell him how I felt all this time. On the way home on the bus, we talked through the entire bus ride. The conversation consisted of homework, our families and what we wanted in the future. As the conversation got comfortable I was finally took the chance to tell him how much I liked him. He was intrigued that I had feelings for him because I never once mentioned anything. We returned back to school pretty late from the trip and it was getting chilly, he insisted that I take his jacket to keep warm.

From then on we decided that we owe it to ourselves to get to know each other better. Shortly after the trip we made it official. We dated throughout our sophomore and junior year of high school. While dating I truly had that head over heels in love feeling with Alfaz. He would always surprise me with flowers or chocolates. Alfaz knew my favorite chocolates were Godiva. He would randomly send me flowers or chocolates just because. I knew he was the one for me since I was 15 years old. There was always something about him that felt just right with me. I thought nothing could tear us apart, that’s how much I was in love.

But of course we had our share of arguments and high school drama, like every other high school couple. When senior year rolled around, things began to change from the childish arguments we had. We knew we were going in different paths, career wise and it was time to decide on colleges, we decided to part ways for our studies. We unwillingly did not sign each other’s year book. I was not ready or going to say goodbye to him and I never did because, Alfaz would always the first one check up on me. There would days that we would talk all day. We still kept in contact all throughout college and my feelings for him never went away. We both had busy schedules with work and school, but Alfaz still made time to reach out to me to see how I was doing. That was something that I adored about him. The simple reason that he still cared about me. He never forgot my birthday even after we broke up, Alfaz always sent me flowers or chocolates on my birthday, We talked quite often, we would catch up during the holidays or any chance we could during our busy schedules between work and school. We still talked into the wee hours of the morning like we were 16 years old back in high school.

Fast forwarding five years of consistently keeping touch with each other, one day Alfaz randomly asked me to go to dinner with him. Of course I said yes! I remember that night vividly, I was so nervous to see him. He made me feel the way I used to in high school, like nothing changed. Every date he took me on had a special meaning because he made me feel like we were still dating in high school. He took me back to the first place we had pizza, it was special to me because he remembered. He still remembered my favorite songs and the conversations we had when we were younger. Sometimes I feel like we never broke up. In all honesty this time, around I was very skeptical of jumping back into a relationship with him. Even though I knew I was still in love with him after all these years. One afternoon we met up at Brooklyn Bridge Park that was our favorite place to go to. Alfaz sat me down and promised me that this time would be different and that there is no more running away from each other. He told me that no argument could tear us apart this time. At the end of the day that’s all I wanted to hear from him. And again he swept me off of my feet, but this time around we were older and wiser and did not want to make the same mistakes that we did when we were younger.

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How He Proposed

It was Valentine’s Day weekend and I thought we were going on nice dinner in Manhattan like we always do. Little did I know that Alfaz was planning on proposing. I remember the night not starting off so well. We tried to take the Long Island Railroad to Manhattan but unfortunately there was no trains going in to Penn Station that night because of a broken track. It was completely strange because that never happens. Alfaz suddenly got so upset when we found out that we could not take that train. I had no clue what was going on or why he was getting so flustered, he is usually the calm one between us. But I guess there was a time frame he had to follow to pull off everything smoothly. We had to take the subway into Manhattan, luckily we were not running late. Alfaz still would not give me a hint of where dinner was going to take place. We hopped in a cab to downtown Manhattan by the piers and it was freezing cold. I finally saw where we would be having dinner. It was on a private yacht! I thought it was private cruise for us. I was shocked he pulled this off without me finding out.

As soon as we climbed into the yacht there was a beautiful cheese and wine platter and all of my favorite songs from high school playing in the background. Although it was freezing cold the captain provided heated blankets and gloves. On this beautiful cruise we saw our favorite spot Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. That was the cue when the captain said it is tradition to take pictures in front of the boat. I was so amazed to be so close to the statue that I did not even notice Alfaz saying his proposal speech. He got my attention and sat me down and in the background was playing “She will be loved” by Maroon 5 and I was speechless, I had no words all I could do was cry. I literally had no clue that was going to propose in front of the Statue of Liberty. My face and hands we numb but I did not care I could not stop staring at my ring. Out of nowhere came a photographer, all I could see was flashing lights. I was in complete shock because he remembered everything that I asked for in the way I wanted to be proposed to and more. Alfaz put so much time and effort into planning this entire night. Despite the weather I am so happy that the night turned out so well. I was happy to take that next step with him.

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Wedding Planning

After being engaged for a few months wedding planning has been amazing. Alfaz helps out so much, he has so much ideas and he has the time to research all the special little things that I want. Every little detail he helps me tweet. One night we discussed what we wanted and what we did not want. From then on he researched a bundle of venues, florist and wedding favors and I picked what I wanted. I am truly thankful to have him helping every step of the way. If I am tired of looking for something he will immediately find it. I know I don’t have to stress myself out to much about every single detail because I know he will hold my hand through it all. We’ve booked everything that was on the top of our list because we did not want to wait last minute for anything. Within a few months we booked our venue, florist, DJ and makeup artist.

Our wedding is in less than a year away, I could not be more excited about our wedding. All we do is talk about the wedding both of our families are so excited about the wedding, they cannot wait to start the wedding fun!

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The days are going by so quickly!  You’ll see more from me in the next few months as I prepare to marry my king!

Xo, Kim