Yomi first spotted his fiance Eji when a mutual friend brought her over to his house for a get together. Yomi was immediately enraptured by Eji’s beauty and he made it his mission to get her phone number. Well, Yomi wasn’t successful. Eji had reservations about giving her number to someone she had just met, so Yomi had to settle for her email address. However, to Eji’s surprise, Yomi actually contacted her and they embarked upon a beautiful three year romance. When Yomi was sure he wanted to be with Eji for life, he pulled off the surprise proposal of Eji’s dreams. He proposed to her at a Valentine’s Day event at their church in front of family and friends! To celebrate their engagement this fashionable couple had a gorgeous outdoor e-session. Vanessa Marie Photography captured their undeniable love. We can’t wait to see pictures from their Chicago nuptials which will be coordinated by Kesh Events. Congrats!
Wedding Date: May 10th, 2014
How We Met (Yomi’s Version)
I moved to Philadelphia in August, 2010 and I think it was on a Friday night in October, 2010 that I met Eji for the first time. I was having drinks with a few friends at my place while waiting for another friend before we headed out for the night in Philly. He finally arrived with a guest (Eji) and I remember just being mesmerized by her beauty. I played it off by not gawking or making her feel uncomfortable.
I believe she asked to use the bathroom and I told her the guest bathroom downstairs was occupied but she could go upstairs to use one of the bathrooms in the bedrooms. So while she was in the bathroom, I asked my friend if she was his date and he said that she was just a friend that was new to Philly. At this point, I started strategizing on how I was going to make this woman mine; I just knew she had to be mine.
So we finished up with our drinks, and called a cab to take us out. Eji asked if she could leave her jacket at my place and I enthusiastically told her she could definitely leave it behind. Unbeknownst to her, I was hoping she would have a reason to come back so that I could have some more time to get to know her. So we headed out and did some bar hopping in Philly and I made sure I didn’t get distracted that night by keeping my eyes on the prize – Eji. I proceeded to ask Eji for her number and she said could not give me her number but was willing to take my number (apparently she wouldn’t have called me if I did give her my number). My ego got in the way and I told her that I don’t give out my number either and that we had a problem because I had to see her again. She laughed at my demands, and initially offered to add me on Facebook. I told her I wasn’t a chump and she need to quit playing around. So we came to a compromise with her giving me her email address.
So while I was in Nigeria, I exchanged a few emails with her and finally got her number after I got back from Nigeria. We went on a few dates shortly after that and I knew then that I had to make her my girlfriend. We were both pretty busy during this period; I was studying for the GMAT, while she was studying for her exams. I slipped her a note during one of our study date nights and we have been together ever since.
The Proposal (Yomi’s Version)
After dating Eji for about a year, I knew she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I actually got the proposal idea from her; Eji had mentioned that she would love to have her proposal in front of friends and family. Eji is really into surprising people so I figured why not surprise her instead.
I started off the weekend by surprising her. I told her that we were not going to be able to celebrate Valentine’s day that year because I was tied up with work in Houston and she had study for exams. I felt bad lying to her and knew she was going to be disappointed in me for not coming. What I ended up doing was catching a flight to Philly, and calling her when I landed, to ask her if she was hungry because I knew she was going to be staying up late studying. So I told her that I was going to have Chinese food delivered to her place around 1am, and when she went to open the door expecting Chinese delivery guy, she saw me instead.
I heard from one of our mutual friends that she was going to be a moderator at a Valentine’s day banquet event at our church in Philly. She was going to be taking questions from the audience and asking the married couples at the event to answer the questions. So I strategized with the MC of the event to put her on the spot and have her answer questions about her own relationship. After she was done talking about our relationship, the MC was to put me on the spot too. Then I was to reciprocate and say all nice things about Eji and also give the DJ a hint to start playing Marry Me by Bruno Mars and then I propose to her.
Boy, was I nervous. First of all, I think about how I was going to hide the ring that night. My pants were very slim-fit so I could not put the ring case in my pocket without having a bulging object showing in my pocket. So, I had a hand in my pocket the whole time. Secondly, the proposal speech I memorized all weekend simply disappeared from my head when the MC called me to talk about our relationship. Heck, I didn’t even remember I had to give the DeeJay a cue to play the Bruno Mars song. Anyway, I mumbled a few sentences together and got on my knee to ask her to marry me.
I vividly remember the look of shock on her face when I proposed to her and also seeing the tears of joy on her face made me very happy.
How We Met (Eji’s Version)
I had just moved to Philadelphia about 2months prior and was still getting to know people around the area. On this faithful evening in October, a new friend I had met, Chisom, came to show me around. However, before heading out into the city he decided to take me to see a buddy of his [This would be Yomi]. On getting there, it seemed like they had already started pre-gaming, but I wasn’t paying anyone no mind at the time as I was just interested in seeing what Philly had to offer. Unknowingly, Yomi had been scoping me from the moment I walked in the door and had apparently vowed to ‘have’ me…..lol [see me see confidence!]. Anywho, fast forward to the rest of the evening, he was bugging me for my phone number, I’m telling you, dude was relentless!!!…..lol but I refused seeing that I had just met him and I believed if he really wanted my number, he could ask Chisom for it. Unknown to me, he did already ask Chisom for permission to talk to me, but of course I had to form like a correct babe. Long story short, I guess his bugging got to me, that I decided to just get him off my case and I gave him my email address, thinking “he won’t really email, no one emails in these situations”…WRONG!!! He was in Nigeria for his cousin’s wedding and emailed me unexpectedly.
Next thing we know, we are emailing back and forth and became pretty good friends. A decent while later, while we were studying together, I for a test at school and he supposedly studying for his GMAT, he proceeds to ask me to be his girlfriend….. Coz I was honestly surprised at the question, I didn’t pick an option lol. Apparently, what I said was “Oh, Gosh! You’ve got to be kidding me!” lol. Anyways, I said yes and here we are 3+yrs later and excited to commit our lives to each other.
The Proposal (Eji’s Version)
For some odd reason, boo likes to plan things during my study periods lol. I was preparing for a test the Thursday before Valentine’s Day. We had already discussed that we wouldn’t be seeing each other during this period so I wasn’t thinking much about the season or expecting anything. On this night, Gracie and I were studying in my apartment, and he calls to check up on me. I happen to be hungry (like I always am hehe) so I am telling him about it and he says that he ordered Chinese food for me and it would be delivered to my door (say what now?! Lol). I then jokingly said to Gracie, “watch it’ll be Yomi at my door” and lo and behold, I opened my door and it was him!!!! boy was I shocked! I had spoken to him ALL Dang on day! How did I miss him at the airport?? Lol. Later that night, I asked him if he had any more surprises for me and he answered “no!”. the Saturday comes around, and we had a valentine’s day Twice as Sweet event at church (Shout out to RCCG Living spring SOULution team!!) which we attended. I had to anchor a segment of the event, and surprisingly, I got put on the spot to speak about how I had maintained my relationship all this while (ain’t nobody got time to hear all of that…lol). Anyway, the video explains the rest of it from here on out……