Elissa Marie Dowden, better known as Ellie, was in her Junior year of college when she meet James Davis Priester. For Ellie, it was a combination of love at first sight that has truly grown to true love over time.
When Ellie reflects on who her love is, she honestly conveys, "he gives off this ora of happiness and energy." " Sounds corny but its true", she adds, "you don't even have to talk to him to get an idea of how amazing he is...it's really hard not to fall in love with him at first sight! But everyday I've fallen more in love with him as I love him more and more."
These feelings Ellie have for Davis is the reason she so freely uttered the words "I LOVE YOU" first. "He is really the only guy I have ever loved."
Davis undoubtably felt the same for Ellie and on Memorial Day of 2017, Davis surprised Ellie with a memorable proposal of marriage. "I had no idea it was coming. We were about to start watching a Game of Thrones marathon and I was in sweats with wet hair. He asked me to come help him with something and when I followed him, he had set out flowers in his dining room and a series of things he had kept. I had no idea what was happening until he was down on one knee."
Although Ellie was seemingly "clueless" about the impending proposal, she was very clear on the vision for their wedding day. A wedding day filled with classic and timeless elements with a twist of modern elegance beautifully unfolded in front of 330 beloved guests at The Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama followed by a unforgettable celebration at the Country Club of Birmingham.
With so many precious moments to relive from their wedding day, Ellie reports, the most memorable experience was their first look. "I was so calm all day and tried to be reflective but once I saw him, I was giddy like the first day we met." May that feeling never end!