Delta Meets Kappa Engagement Session | Miami, FL
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Nae & Calvin’s Engagement Session at Miami Beach Botanical Garden
How They Met (His Side)
“Outside at the time, I looked to my left and immediately felt a level of compassion for this woman coming off the bus that just pulled up to drop off the next customers. She got off of the shuttle bus struggling with her luggage approaching the counter. The heel on her shoe broke and a wheel on her luggage was missing. The missing wheel on her luggage left a trail of black scuff marks on the floor behind her and her hair looked as though she sat in the middle seat next to a mother with a crying newborn baby. I mean she looked like she had the worst plane ride ever.
As this struggling woman was renting the car at the front desk, I was outside practicing my lines and smile for my upcoming movie. That’s when I got a call from an agent that they ran out of GPS’s and they needed more. A few GPS units were returned from prior rentals, so I decided to take those to the front and practice my walk and smile that I gave to the actors in the previous movie. I came up the walkway and around the corner to give the front desk the GPS units that I had. Now I have a confident gait. It’s so confident that it appears that I am the finest person in the area (I had to teach this walk to Morris Chestnut in “The Best Man”). When I turned the corner, I looked and saw the struggling woman at the counter and I said to myself, ‘what better way to make her day better than my smile’. Remember, I was practicing this smile outside, so I licked my lips like LL Cool J and smiled at her so smooth, like lotion on fresh washed skin. The smile was so smooth that she had to take the ring finger on her left hand and move her bangs from right to left to get the hair off of her left eye to catch the full smile. I knew right then that she never seen someone as sexy as me before…
After the day she seemed to have, I knew she needed a friend while visiting, so I say, “I’m sorry, you know my name, but I never received yours.” That’s when she informed me her name, “Nae”. I continue the conversation, “Now usually I don’t do this, but appears that you may need a friend while visiting. And although I am a very busy man, I would like to check on you to make sure you’re alright. Now I don’t know if you’re in a rush, but I really need to get back to work, but as quickly as you can, put your number in my phone for me and I will call you.” She puts her number in my phone and we exchange farewells and she drives off. Now I have dealt with some “interesting” women before, and although she may look like a Cinderella, I wanted to make sure that Nae wasn’t crazy. I get back to the booth and print out her rental agreement. That’s when I noticed that she rented the car with an American Express card, so she has a good job with benefits. Six years and an increasing credit score later, Cinderella has the pleasure of marrying the man of her dreams.”
Our First Date
“But our REAL first date was after my other “brother’s” wedding the next month. He picked me up from the reception. I came out in my Orange dress and heels, I know he was loving my look. While driving, I ask him “where are we going?” and he told me Dave & Busters. I told him that was fine, but I needed to change first. What I didn’t know until later was that he really was testing me to see if I was superficial. He took me to his parent’s house so I could change, because who wears a dress to Dave & Busters!?!?! Not I!! It was so much fun, we played games and talked more. I found out that night I don’t like to play against him in games because he will ALWAYS win!! Afterwards we went to Double T Diner to eat and talk more. It was already late and we needed to drive to my friends house where I was supposed to spend the night; however, it was late and snowing. To be safe, he got us a hotel room because I was flying out the next day. I really think he wanted to spend more time with me, but we had such a good time that I didn’t mind. It was the best 2nd first date ever!!”
What do you want to remember about you two right now?
“That no matter what’s happening around us we are always able to depend on each other. We want everyone to know that we are the definition of love. Man… we need to have our on reality show. (He said that) Haha!!”
If you could pick one word that describes you as a couple, what would it be?
“Astonishing… Why you ask? Because I am awesome and she is amazing… When you put that together you get Astonishing…”
What is the vision for you wedding day? What are you looking forward to most?
“We want it to be the Christmas party you don’t want to end. It’s a brunch with plenty of funk!
We are looking forward to….. The dancing of course! But more importantly becoming husband and wife.”
What do you love most about your partner?
I LOVE his loyalty, sense of humor and ability to not take himself to seriously all the time. I love that he knows how to make me laugh hysterically, which is hard to do. He is the match to my craziness. I also love his drive to be a better him. But most importantly I love that he sees me as an AMAZING woman, and knows I want nothing but the best for us and I will be his helpmate at every turn.
What I LOVE most about her is that she fills every stubborn hole in my life. For example, when I procrastinate, she’s proactive. When I’m exhausted, she motivates me. When I am all out of answers, she provides avenues for me to find them. It’s very difficult to change my stubborn ways, but everyday she won’t stop if she knows that it’s going to make me a better man. Now I’m very confident in myself, but she makes me AWESOME, even when I don’t see it in myself.
Describe your Engagement Session
“We had a slight theme for one of our outfits. Since we are both Greek, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta and he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, we though it would be awesome to show that in our pictures. We both wore our “crossing” shirts with all of our crossing information. We wanted to show our Crimson and Kream (Cream) Connection. The more “Romantic” side of the pictures weren’t really a theme, we just wanted to be kind of dressy and stylish.”
How they met (her side)…
“I had flown to Maryland early for a work trip and I was picking up my car from the rental car place. I was talking to the girl at the front desk and I told her I needed a GPS, however she didn’t have one at the time so she had to call down to get one brought up to her. Well while I was standing there speaking with her this guy walks up behind the desk with my GPS and I AM LIKE MY OH MY HE IS FINE!!! So while he is getting the GPS ready to be given to me she tells him, “Calvin, now don’t you put your address in the GPS for this woman.” He was like oh naw naw I wouldn’t do that with a smirk. He leaves and I am left with the, I need his number feeling!! So I tell the woman I need some help with my bags, and the guy, who by the way was slightly flirting with me and I said I had a man, says with an attitude, why don’t you call Calvin? I said “yes please do call him,” I later found out they didn’t even call him. As I was walking to get my car Calvin is walking up and I say, “so Calvin are you going to help me with my bags?” He says “yes” and we are off. We get to the car and after marking off the entire car, showing as if it was covered in scratches and dings, I say “So Calvin are you going to give me your number or what?” He says yes and that is all she wrote!! 6 years later and we are getting married!!! ”
Tell us about the proposal…
“…We bring Nae in the room and I guide her to her seat in front of the TV. She had a look of surprise and confusion on her face because she had absolutely no clue what was happening. We play the video and everything was going well. She was sitting in the chair listening to all of her friends tell her what they love most about her. After that segment of the video is over, I stopped the video for her cousin to speak about her most memorable moment with Nae. That story was kind of scary because it was about an altercation which Nae was involved with some guy and it ended with her cousin and cousin’s husband “handled” the guy. I just didn’t want them to “handle” me. So after Sheena finishes I thought I could continue, but now four more people wanted to give speeches. I mean they just interrupted the whole flow, but I wasn’t mad. I realized how much people really love Nae. After everyone finished speaking, I continue the video presentation. What was supposed to be a twelve minute presentation, turned into a thirty minute proposal. The video concluded with my parents speaking about how much they love her, her mother speaking about her most memorable moment of Nae, and me telling her what she does to me and I proposed to her through the video. Her eyes opened real wide as she turned and I was on my knee with her ring in my hand. She just threw her hand at me and I put the ring on her finger. ‘Til this day she still hasn’t said “Yes.”
What do you like to do together?
“We pretty much love to do everything together but a few things are, going to the movies, concerts, any event that allows us to get dressed up! We love, love to travel. Funny thing is he is the homebody and can stay home, I am the one that likes to get out and do things. But when we do decide to go out we love the movies, which is weird because we like to talk to each other. Our favorite breakfast spot together is Waffle House.”
Describe your perfect Saturday together…
“A great movie, cheesy bread from Little Caesars or Chalupas from Taco Bell…”