College sweethearts Nikki and Darryl returned to their alma mater for an epic college engagement session on the campus of The University of Georgia.
Meeting during the last freshman orientation on campus, then exchanging periodic flirty Facebook messages, helped these self-professed extroverts strike up their newfound friendship, which led to the couple’s love blossoming while on one of their backpacking trips abroad.
Decked out in Georgia Bulldog sweatshirts, gorgeous formal wear, and rocking Alpha Kappa Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi Inc gear, these two college love birds made this photoshoot an engagement session to remember.
Nikki and Darryl’s photoshoot included locations in Georgia like the Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens, The Arch on the campus of UGA, and the university’s Sanford Stadium.
To read more about their love story and to see more of this hype couple rocking their sorority and fraternity style check out their college engagement shoot below!
- Couple: Nikki and Darryl
- Engagement Location: Athens, Georgia
- Wedding Date: May 30, 2021
- Wedding Location: Atlanta, Georgia
How They Met
During the last freshman orientation for the Class of 2010 at the University of Georgia, Darryl and Nikki talked briefly over Chick-Fil-A in the Bulldawg Cafe. Nikki spent the evening chatting with new friends, who happened to be two of Darryl’s close high school friends. It wasn’t long after Nikki and Darryl returned to their hometowns that the two connected over sporadic and flirty Facebook messages.
What Makes Their Relationship Special?
As two extroverts, Nikki and Darryl love the fact that their lives are always spontaneous and filled with new adventures. The couple loves to “be on the move” and while they love a lazy Sunday, their schedules include concerts, international travel and lots of brunch.
When Did They Know?
Darryl and Nikki started traveling together immediately after undergrad and sought new adventures through international travel. They were both reminded during their frequent trips of the love that they shared for each other and how different life would be without the other. It was during one of their backpacking trips that Darryl and Nikki confirmed that they were meant to be!
Darryl is a thoughtful planner and enlisted the help and behind the scenes support of Kendrick, his best friend and Alexandria, Nikki’s friend. Planning the proposal was nothing short of a mission. Alexandria found a way to get Nikki to the nail salon and Kendrick tied up last minute arrangements on Friday. The night was a rolling set of surprises and it started with a mystery car ride to what was supposed to be a fun date night on February 7, 2020. The ride share GPS blurted out “directions to Arnette’s Chop House”, a place that the couple loves because of the steak and wine selection.
After approaching the hostess stand, a huge cake appeared and the hostess frantically waived off the pastry chef. After an odd moment at the hostess stand, the Manager turned to walk them toward the dining room, but then two large steel barn doors opened up. Two words in gold balloons…”Marry Me?” Along with the tears and sheer excitement, Nikki and Darryl stood in front of family and friends from both Atlanta and Maryland and Darryl asked for Nikki’s hand in marriage. Nikki and Darryl enjoyed a fabulous dinner and the pastry chef was finally allowed to deliver the cake. The next morning, Darryl arranged for the couple to fly to Maryland and surprise her family and friends!
Diamonds Are Forever
Nikki wanted something timeless, so it was an easy choice when Darryl selected her brilliant oval cut diamond solitaire! Her ring is from the Milano collection by Catherine Ryder.
Nikki and Darryl are most excited about curating a celebration with nostalgic tunes for their family and friends complemented with delicious cocktails and signature dishes representative of their hometowns (Atlanta, GA and Gaithersburg, MD).
- Photographer: Social Shots Photography