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It was love at first sight in September 2002 when tenth grader Jameelah met eleventh grader Michael at Cardinal Leger Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario. Over that year, the pair quickly became inseparable and experienced many “firsts” together, including their first kiss, first relationship, first true love, and… their first heartbreak. Unfortunately, Michael broke up with Jameelah at the end of the school year based on advice from well-intended “elders” who thought the young couple could benefit from some time apart. Sadly, they did go their separate ways, and over a decade passed without communication. The silence was partly due to pride and because life had taken them in different directions, including failed relationships, careers, and even children.
Thirteen years later, fate and intuition intervened when a then-single Michael had a vivid dream about his long-lost first love. Taking advice from a friend, he reached out to Jameelah via Instagram even though he wasn’t social media savvy. Ironically, Jameelah had tried to connect with Michael three years earlier on the same platform, but when she didn’t get a follow back, she unfollowed and once again moved on with her life. Sparked by this new “DM,” they began to chat and discovered they lived less than a kilometre apart. Eventually, they arranged to meet for a casual walk; however, that night, Michael was hit by a taxi while riding his bike home from a volleyball game! Luckily, he sustained zero injuries but had to show up to the big reunion in gym clothes looking dishevelled! Despite it all, they walked and talked for hours catching up on the past decade, yet when Michael asked Jameelah for her number, she refused! “I told him no, as I was interested in someone else and did not want to lead him on,” she recalls.
Michael was crushed but respected her wishes. Yet, he kept dreaming about her (including one particular dream of the pair reaching the top of a hill together in an “ancient” place), so he refused to give up. Eventually, he convinced Jameelah to meet up again. This time she gave him her number, and the rest is history.
Their engagement took place in Athens, Greece, during a trip to celebrate Jameelah’s 32nd birthday. Ultimately, one of Michael’s many dreams came true both literally and figuratively when he proposed to the love of his life on Fillipappou Hill overlooking the ancient Acropolis. He even arranged for photographers to capture the moment Jameelah said, “Yes!”
The couple’s wedding ceremony took place on August 13, 2021, but due to Covid restrictions, the reception took place almost a year later on May 6, 2022. Event planning services were provided by Aisha Munier, a childhood neighbour of Jameelah’s and an event planner at Petals & Pearls. “Aisha was hired for partial planning, but she was with me every step of the way. Covid caused us to reschedule three times. But, she stuck it out for two whole years,” notes Jameelah.
See Jameelah and Michael’s wedding in the Summer/Fall 2022 Toronto Edition of WedLuxe Magazine!
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