Anthony and Maeling’s love is heaven sent. So it’s not surprising that they met at church. They have a beautiful love story, and their outdoor garden wedding at Flint Hill, a historic mansion in Norcross, GA, is equally as awe-inspiring. Take a seat, because you are going to swoon over their pictures taken by the fabulous Atlanta based photographer Sophia Barrett. You can also check out Maeling’s wedding on our partner site, Ebony.com plus so much beauty in the full wedding gallery here.Groom: Anthony Murphy II- Real Estate Investor/Consultant , member of the Hip-Hop group The Chase
Bride: Maeling Murphy- Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering, creator of the popular blog Natural Chica
Wedding date: March 10, 2013 Location of Wedding: Flint Hill in Norcross, GA Photography: Sophia Barrett
How They Met/The Proposal
After church service one Saturday, Anthony finally convinced a friend to introduce him to Maeling. Anthony recalls, “I walked over cool, calm and collected. I said, ‘Hi,’ and shook her hand and promptly looked away. I was nervous after that.” Coincidentally, Maeling had just been joking with her friends about how there were not any guys their age at their church. She was immediately impressed with how polite Anthony was, and she and her friends invited Anthony to go out to dinner with them later on. According to Anthony, when he made it to dinner he was still nervous, “[my] hands were sweating, face was greasy, but I was going in. Because it’s rare you find somebody so beautiful!” After making small talk at dinner, Maeling suggested that the group go salsa dancing, which is one of her favorite activities. Anthony admits that he had never gone salsa dancing in his life, but he recounts “I had to make sure that when she closed her eyes that night, she saw me. So a brother was going to get out there and try.” Anthony struggled with the salsa, so Maeling decided to come over and help him out. He kept looking down because he was nervous about stepping on her feet. : ) Reminiscing about that moment Anthony says, “It was beautiful. Her hands in mine, moving to the rhythm of the salsa beat…. I left that night without her phone number or email because it was the first day that I had met her and I didn’t want to be pushy. I figured we’d cross paths again (Gotta play it cool!). I left that night so pumped because I knew that if things went right, she could be the one.” And she was! Maeling says, “From that very first encounter, we planted a seed of friendship and a couple years later he proposed to me. I was so excited when he got down on one knee that I ended up joining him on the ground, repeatedly asking ‘is this really happening?’ It was a beautiful moment, and I will never forget hearing those words ‘will you be my wife?’”
Sometimes simplicity speaks volumes, and this is very true of Anthony and Maeling’s big day. Maeling shares, “Anthony and I really wanted to have a simple but elegant day that focused on celebrating our union in the presence of our loved ones. We decided to have our wedding outdoors in the gardens of a historic mansion in Norcross, GA. It was a beautiful and intimate setting, with our wedding ceremony in the gardens and the reception in the grand ballroom of the mansion. We were blessed to have great weather that day, and it truly was a day filled with love, laughter and family!”
Anthony and Maeling were very hands on with their wedding. Maeling shares, “Anthony and I did all the wedding planning together and we were blessed to have the help of family in bringing all the pieces together for a seamless day! I can say that it's definitely important to set the budget FIRST and to then think creatively on how to stay within that budget. Two of our major DIY projects were making our invitations for our ~200 guest count and the table numbers for the reception.” Great advice Maeling!
Maeling is a popular blogger (you may know her as the Natural Chica). Many people follow her blog every week to get natural hair care tips, and healthy life style info. We love how she styled her hair for her wedding. Hairstylist Tamika Fletcher created her gorgeous side swept style. Her flawless makeup was the work of Mimi Johnson. Don’t you just love Maeling’s off the shoulder, lace trumpet dress? It exudes classic, timeless beauty. She purchased it from The Bridal Boutique, in Columbia, MD.
Anthony is multi-talented and stylish. When he is not working in real estate, he is part of the socially conscious Hip Hop group the The Chase. Doesn’t he look dapper in his gray suit.
Most Memorable Moment
Maeling recounts, “The most memorable moment for me was when I was walking down the aisle. As soon as I started walking down the aisle, I locked eyes with Anthony and it really started to hit me that he was about to be my husband! It was such an emotional moment for me and I'll never forget the reassuring look he gave me as I walked towards him.”
When we asked the couple what they loved the most about each other, Anthony stated he loves, “[Maeling’s] warm spirit cultured by her faith in God.” Maeling loves “his sincere and caring nature.”
Does their story warm you heart as much as it does mine? Let us know what you think! We've also shared this wedding with our friends over at Ebony.