“It took a lot of persistence and time before Tkeyah saw me as more than just a friend,” Solomon reminiscences about his college sweetheart. But good things come to those who wait.
Tkeyah eventually agreed to a double date with Solomon, and it turned into a beautiful eight-year relationship!
Solomon proposed during a symbolic hike. He shares, “It was one of the hardest hikes we’ve ever done in our 8 years together, and I proposed to her when we reached the peak. I chose the hike because it was symbolic of our relationship — climbing towards a beautiful peak together. When I got down on one knee, I told her, ‘Just like this hike, we’ve been through a lot together, and now that we’ve reached the peak, and we’ll be here together forever.’ ”
The photos from their engagement shoot are just as charming as their love story. See all of the details below.
- Couple: Tkeyah & Solomon
- Occupations: Vice President of Digital Strategy and Full Stack Developer
- Wedding date: August 8th, 2020
- Wedding location: Georgetown, Washington D.C.
- Engagement shoot location: Georgetown, MLK Memorial, and Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.
How did you meet?
Freshman year of undergraduate school we moved into the same apartment complex since our college did not have dormitories. We started off as friends. It took a lot of persistence and time before Tkeyah saw me as more than just a friend.
What did you do on your first date?
Ironically, our first date was a double date with Tkeyah’s best friend from high school to a movie theater. We are actually getting married on that friend’s birthday, and she and her fiance will be married this year with us
Tell us your proposal story.
In January 2018, we celebrated my birthday on a trip to Los Angeles. During the trip, I planned a few hikes, one of them being Mugu Peak. It was one of the hardest hikes we’ve ever done in our 8 years together, and I proposed to her when we reached the peak. I chose the hike because it was symbolic of our relationship — climbing towards a beautiful peak together. When I got down on one knee, I told her, “Just like this hike, we’ve been through a lot together, and now that we’ve reached the peak and we’ll be here together forever.”
Describe your engagement session.
Our engagement shoot was a lot of fun! Our photographer, Angelika, brought our silly sides and we ended up laughing and talking for hours about our goals and ambitions. We began our shoot in Rock Creek Park near Georgetown along the walking trail. Afterward, we moved to the MLK memorial and ended at a DC local bookstore in the Wharf called Politics and Prose. We changed outfits for each location to showcase different parts of our personalities.
We wanted the theme to be simple: our favorite places in the city that we love. This included nature and walking trails, bookstores, and institutions celebrating art and culture.
What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple?
Our favorite thing to do together is finding creative and fun ways to work out. We love the outdoors, so any way we can combine nature and exercise we are all in.
How has wedding planning been so far?
Wedding planning has been a fun and interesting experience. We are tackling the planning process as a team with us having weekly meetings to discuss our tasks and responsibilities. However, with the spread of COVID-19, we have learned to readjust and take the planning process day by day. Our wedding planner has been a saving grace for us as she has allowed us to vent and ask a million questions.
Tell us what you’re looking forward to most on the wedding day.
Tkeyah: When we are done celebrating with family and friends, I am looking forward to Solomon and I reflecting on the day and its precious moments knowing that is just the beginning of a lifetime together.
Solomon: I am most looking forward to seeing Tkeyah in her dress the day of the wedding! I can’t wait just to hold her knowing that at the end of the day we’ll be husband and wife.