There is a rampant stereotype that athletes and jocks are womanizers. So when Jarrell Woods met Chanell Perry at Arizona State University, he had to prove that his status as a football player did not mean he was going to play games with her heart. After some convincing, Chanell agreed to a date, and these college sweethearts have been together ever since.
Jarrell pulled off a charming proposal a week after Chanell’s 25th birthday. Sadly, their dog had passed away two months before they were to move into their new home. Chanell didn’t want another dog, so when Jarrell came home with a new puppy, she was confused. Then Jarrell turned the puppy’s collar around, and hanging from it was a beautiful engagement ring. It took Chanell a while to process that it was not a joke, but after Jarrell confessed his love for her and asked Chanell to be his wife, she happily said, “Yes!”
This handsome couple is getting married in Paris this July! To celebrate their upcoming European nuptials, they teamed up with Natarsha N. Wright Photography for a gorgeous outdoor e-session in front of architectural elements in Washington, DC that have a European vibe. We wish Chanell and Jarrell all the best.
How They Met
We first met in college at Arizona State University in the summer of 2008; Jarrell was playing football there at the time. We talked on the phone and texted a few times after meeting. He insisted that we go out, but I wasn’t sure about it because he was an athlete. However, he did seem to be different, so I gave him a chance. We went on our first date, September 3, 2008, which was his birthday and we’ve been together ever since!
The proposal was very sweet, unique to us and completely unexpected. I had no idea what he had up his sleeve! He proposed to me on February 20, 2013, exactly a week after my 25th birthday. He’s the type of person that doesn’t believe an engagement should happen on a holiday, birthday or vacation; it should just be a day all of it’s own. We were actually in the process of packing to move into our brand new home we purchased. Our dog also unexpectedly passed away 2 months prior to that day, so he came home with a brand new puppy. I was confused because I didn’t want another dog. When I came home, he brought the puppy to me, turned her collar around and I saw my ring on it. I was so confused and actually thought it was a joke, until he began to confess his love for me and asked me to be his wife. I said YES, of course!!
The Engagement Session
My e-session was amazing! We are getting married in Paris, France this July, so the idea behind it was to capture elements that could be European. We live in Washington, DC where there are some beautiful buildings and we used the space at union station. I wanted my engagement pictures to match the theme of our wedding, but also to be us. We love traveling and exploring new places and I wanted our pictures to reflect that. My photographer Natarsha Wright was the best! I told her what I wanted and the shoot and location was all her! I knew what I wanted it to look like and it went beyond what I had envisioned.
Looking Forward to the Wedding
I’m looking forward to marrying the man of my dreams!