Warm Winter Engagement Session at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas: Jay + Derrick

Jay and Derrick, both teachers, are ecstatic about tying the knot in Dallas, Texas on New Year’s Eve! What a way to ring in a new year! The adorable couple took to Klyde Warren Park in Dallas for their engagement session this past winter and were cozy side by side every minute of the shoot. Find out what smooth move Derrick used to win over Jay below!

Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!

After the Veterans Day convocation, I was waiting on my friends for lunch and this fine upperclassmen approached me. He was very polite and that caught my attention! He asked if I heard the trumpet solo? I exclaimed and told him “Yes,” and my friends kept tapping me, saying how great he sounded! He then proceeded to tell me that he was the trumpeter. My face dropped and I told him, “Oh, You did 'ight!" After that, we exchanged numbers and we have been inseparable ever since.

I just graduated from Grambling State University so my family and Derrick’s family went out to celebrate! In the middle of eating, my family began to tell me how proud they were. Derrick was the last to speak and everyone clapped so I thought it was over. I turned around and he was on one knee with a plate that read Will you marry me?. I immediately cried tears of joy and said, “Yes!” My whole family was crying and clapping! Everyone knew the whole time.

The engagement session…

With our wedding being on New Year’s Eve, we decided to take a Winter Wonderland approach.

What did you do on your first date?

We were both broke college students so we watched the movie, "All About the Benjamins" and talked. Now we watch the movie on our anniversaries.

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?

We love to travel and go on vacations.

How has wedding planning been so far?

It was stressful at first because our wedding is in my hometown and we live in Alexandria, LA. But after my mother recommend Andrea Reese to us, we have been in heaven! She has really been a God sent and has connected us with some great people, including our photographer, Misha Wynn!

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.

I am looking forward to my fiancé's first reaction and consummating our marriage under God.


Photography: Lavishly Lux Studio
Event Planner: Andrea Reese, Bling Your Theme Events

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  1. Danielle Castain

    Gorgeous Couple!
    Love you, Lil Cousin

  2. Chef Yo

    What a small world Muna Family. This is my cousin! Great feature.

  3. kimberly Lawrence

    Love it! So happy for the both of you!

  4. Antoinette and Torey Haywood

    Congratulations! We are looking forward to celebrating with you’ll for New Years! Beautiful people

  5. Ann & Greg Minor

    We love you both so very much and cannot wait to celebrate your union❤️

  6. Leonard Nicholson

    Congratulations again, I’m proud of you both!!

  7. Birdette Hughey

    Congratulations!! I am so excited for you two.

  8. Lisa Smith-Spears

    What a beautiful couple, congratulations on a beautiful life together. From Lisa and D’Trent Spears

  9. Chalice Williams

    Congratulations To You Both!! Beautiful photos and videos!

  10. McClinton Neal

    mighty good!

  11. Patricia Bushnell

    I’ve enjoyed seeing the love and respect you exhibit
    for each each other over the past year and a half.
    Love you both,
    Your cousin,
    Pat Bushnell

  12. Anita Hayes

    Congratulations to both of you! I wish both of you a very BLESSED MARRIAGE WITH GOD ASVTHE HEAD.


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