Shanteal and Whitney’s love story begins on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University where they met byway of a mutual friend. Completely enamored by Shanteal, Whitney would eventually ask her to be his date to the Sigma Ball. That evening would spark the beginning of a romance that would lead to a morning beach proposal on the sands of Ocean City…
Read all about Shanteal & Whitney’s love story, proposal, and wedding plans in this stylish and academic-themed engagement session in North Carolina – beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Artije Photography, and wedding planning by Pearlice Diggs of P3 Weddings & Events.
Bride & Groom-to-be: Shanteal & Whitney
Wedding Date: November 18, 2017
Wedding Location: Fayetteville, NC
Engagement Shoot Location: Bicentennial Garden & North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC)
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. How we met: We met each other in November, 2008 at North Carolina A&T State University campus. Whitney came with a mutual friend to visit me at my dorm room in Aggie Suites. Once we were introduced, I realized I had seen Whitney before, but of course Whitney couldn’t recall. A day later, Whitney finally realized that we had communicated before on social media. Two months later, Whitney invited me to be his date for the Sigma ball and I gladly accepted the invite.
The Proposal: We went to Ocean City beach for a weekend getaway. On the morning of Saturday, April 23, 2016, we woke up bright and early to eat breakfast. I then suspected something wasn’t right, because Whitney isn’t a morning person. Once breakfast was over with, we headed back to the hotel. It had been raining on and off all day then all of a sudden the sun popped out and Whitney wanted to go walk on the beach. We walked down to the beach to enjoy the sunshine. Next thing I knew, I turned around to see Whitney get down on one knee holding two seashells in front of the ocean and asked me if I would marry him. I looked at Whitney and said, “Stop playing with me.” So, I opened the seashells to find nothing in them. Frustrated, I turned to walk away, but Whitney reached out to grab me by the hand and said, “no for real, will you marry me,” as he pulled out a box from Jared’s. Of course, I said “YES” and couldn’t believe that my best friend had finally asked me to marry him!
Describe your engagement session. We didn’t have a theme. Our engagement session was fantastic. We definitely enjoyed taking pictures at North Carolina A&T State University campus where we first met and attended. Our photographers, Ronald and Tamaro were very professional and made us feel like celebrities during the shoot.
What did you do on your first date? Our first date was attending the Sigma Ball, hosted by Whitney’s fraternity Phi Beta Sigma.
What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple? We enjoy going to see movies together and playing video games.
How has the wedding planning been so far? The wedding planning has been a great experience. Thanks to our wedding planner Pearlice Diggs who makes sure we are on schedule with everything.
Tell us what you are looking forward to most on the wedding day? We are looking forward to celebrating our marriage with close family and friends. I can’t wait to see Whitney’s facial expression when I walk down the aisle.