Meki and David, who met at work and were friends before their relationship bloomed, were overjoyed to exchange vows in front of their loved ones at The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22, 2015. But first came the proposal! And then a bubbly and bright engagement session on a sunny March day in Downtown Nashville.
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal!
David and I met at work. He and were both in relationships with other people when we began working together. After about six months into working together, we both became single which was also around the time we began our friendship.
As for the proposal...it was my birthday weekend so I was hanging out with work friends on Friday and with David and other couples on Saturday, which was my actually birthday. David asked if he could take me out to dinner on Thursday (October 16th) because he wanted to celebrate my birthday...just the two of us. I, of course said, "Yes." We went to dinner at Adele's in the Gulch.
Dinner was delicious! As we got up and headed out of the restaurant, I heard music playing. I thought that was weird because there wasn't any music playing when we walked in. I turned to my left and saw a man leaning against the side building playing the saxophone. I looked at David and said, "That's what I want for my wedding. I want someone to play the sax." He smiled at me and said, "I know."
I didn't think anything of it. I looked at him and asked where the car was. We started walking through the parking lot and I noticed David was walking slow and the sax player started following us. My heart started beating fast because I was confused. No girl wants to think this is "the moment" and it's nothing but a coincidence. David grabbed my hand and at that moment I knew.
With the sax playing Luther Vandross's "If Only For One Night"softly in the background, I felt David's hand trying to take mine in the moment. While quietly freaking out inside, David poured out his heart to me. He looked at me, got down on one knee and asked, "Meki, will you spend the rest of your life with me?" Through a few tears, I told him "Yes!" It was the most romantic night of my life. God truly blessed us both when He put us in each others' lives.
What did you do on your first date?
He asked me to go out with him, dinner and a movie, and I said yes. David picked me and we went to Cheesecake Factory. We sat down and ordered, started engaging in good conversation, then I looked to my right... and one of our co-workers was there with his girlfriend. Well, the whole “let's keep this between us for now” went out the window. After dinner, we went to see a movie. I can't remember the movie we saw but I do recall really enjoying his company.
What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?
I know not many people go bowling anymore, but that's one of the things we enjoy doing together. We are both competitive yet playful and bowling gives us the opportunity to trash talk and be silly as well.
One of the many things I love about our relationship, is our ability to have great conversations, especially in the beginning when we were forming a friendship. Our conversations were never stale or superficial. That was one of the things that drew me to him, his intellect.
Besides saying, "I do" to the love of my life, one of the best memories was dancing with my bridesmaids before the ceremony started. I was very chill during the planning process and even on the day; however, right as I heard "Still in Love" by Brian McKnight, I knew that was the song David was walking in on. Then it hit me, "Here we go! I am about to get married!" I got nervous! I was determined not to cry and I looked at my sister and she just knew the nerves had set in. She started singing "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap. We began to dance and laugh and it helped ease my nerves right before it was my bridesmaids' turn to walk down the aisle. Having that moment with my bridesmaids and especially my sister, my best friend, is one I will cherish forever.
Help a bride-to-be out!
Live in the moment! This is a special time to celebrate your love for one another as you enter into this awesome journey marriage. Time will fly by, enjoy it!
Photographer: Forever Exposure Photography & Cinema
Venue: Printers Alley & Pedestrian Bridge in Downtown Nashville & The Parthenon, Centennial Park in Midtown
Hair: N'Styja Design Salon
Makeup: Bride-to-be, Meki