How did you meet?
We met on a dating website in February 2015. We communicated by phone and text before the 1st date. We met for lunch and it was like talking to an old friend. The 2nd date, Kevin met my parents. In August 2015, we went to Louisiana where I met his parents. The next month, we were official engaged.
Tell me about your proposal? How did he propose? Where, etc?
Kevin proposed on September 26, 2016. We were in Charlotte to attend a Panthers game. The game was on Sunday, so we drove down to Charlotte that Saturday evening. It was a rainy and miserable day. I was not in a jolly mood during the drive to Charlotte. I was cold, wet, and had a headache from earlier in the day. On the drive to Charlotte, Kevin asked several times whether I loved him and if I wanted to marry him. I was like “Yes, I love you and yes, I want to marry you.” He knew he was working my nerves (LOL). When we finally arrived to the hotel and checked in, all I wanted to do was eat, watch TV and go to bed. Again, Kevin asked the same question, while I was too busy trying to reach for the remote control. He told me to focus and I answered the questions again, “Yes, I love you and yes, I want to marry you.”
He got down on one knee, and all I could say was, “You better get up cause you know you have bad knees”. He asked me to marry him and I said “Yes”. He put my “big and sparkly” ring on my finger.
Miraculously, my headache went away and I was ready to get a drink and food.
Called my mother the next day and it took her all of 10 second to spread the news.
These two are such a sweet couple! Charlene and Kevin exchanged their vows at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (Old Brownstone Hotel) in Raleigh, North Carolina. After months of planning, their special day had arrived and we couldn’t wait to spend the day with them. When we arrived, Charlene and the ladies were busy preparing the day. Kevin and his groomsmen were also getting dressed. After a little more prep time, everyone was ready for the ceremony. The ceremony took place in one of the ballrooms on the 2nd floor. Their day was filled with beautiful purple flowers and lots of shiny bling decor. The ladies looked amazing in floor length plum and lace bridesmaids dresses while the guys wore black suits from Men’s Warehouse. After there ceremony, we headed across the street for portraits. The weather was hot, but we found a nice shady spot for photographs. Everyone enjoyed dinner, dancing and cake throughout the evening. They even had a clean comedian host, Les Long, during the reception that kept everyone laughing! Instead of tossing the bouquet, Charlene chose to give all of the special people in her life a rose! I thought that was a very sweet gesture that I had never seen before.
Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Brownstone Hotel
Cake: Ashley Cakes
DJ: Brian with Story and Rhythm
Photography: Tosha with Story and Rhythm (special thanks to Donnell P for assisting)
Florist: Teacup Floral
Makeup Artist: Tiwa Lawrence