9 Real Life Proposal Stories That Will Make You Believe in Black Love

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 22:  Keyshia Ka'oir and Gucci Mane on stage at Gucci and Friends Homecoming Concert at Fox Theatre on July 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Atlantic Records)

9 Real Life Proposal Stories That Will Make You Believe in Black Love

Hold onto hope everyone!

Published January 26, 2017

Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir were the latest couple to wow us with a proposal scenario, but there are also plenty of regular people with impressive stories. These lovebirds are definitely #CoupleGoals, but as we wait for their nuptials, be inspired by these real life couples who chose each other.

  1. Lauren and Chene
    Lauren Jefferson_Credit Daniel Syphax Harris (DSH Photography)
    (Photo: DSH Photography)

    We were on a group trip to Mexico for my 30th birthday and on our last night, we went to a magic show at the resort. Chene left to go to the bar and, while he was gone, the magician called me on stage to help with the act. It was cheesy, but cute. At the end of our segment, the magician said he had one more trick for me and instructed me to turn around. When I did, the curtain behind me opened and Chene walked out and asked me to be his wife.

    — Lauren Jefferson + Chene Rush, Southfield, Michigan

  2. Brittney and Marlon
    Brittney Edwards_Credit Clarence Neal Photography
    (Photo: Clarence Neal Photography)

    My then-boyfriend suggested that we go to a very nice dinner one weekend, and I had a feeling he was going to propose. So when he asked me out to lunch the Wednesday before our scheduled date, I thought nothing of it. He took me to Olive Garden — where we went on our first date. Then we drove to the mall parking lot. It wasn’t until he asked me to be his wife that I realized we were in the same spot where he asked me to be his girlfriend. He even wore black and red like he did on our first date. It was really sweet!

    — Brittney Edwards + Marlon Edwards, Memphis, Tennessee

  3. Jazmine and Yaka
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    (Photo: Jazmine Raveneau-Oyo)

    The night started with a show at Brooklyn Academy of the Arts. We left during the intermission and went for a burger, but he was acting kinda weird. I knew something was up when he spent 20 minutes in the restroom. He came back to the table and said his brother wanted us to stop by his video shoot with Lil’ Cease and Junior M.A.F.I.A. in Brooklyn Bridge Park — did I mention it was January? We went, but I sat on a bench pouting because it was so cold. Yaka asked if I wanted to be in the video and I said, “Of course not.” I was giving him a hard time when he knelt in front of me and proposed. I said yes, then looked up and noticed the video cameras in my face: the whole thing was a setup to get video of the proposal! It was definitely an incredible night.

    — Jazmine Raveneau-Oyo + Yaka Oyo, Bronx, New York

  4. Juanita and Theron
    Juanita Davis_Credit Robyn Robinson Photography
    (Photo: Robyn Robinson Photography)

    We were supposed to be celebrating a friend’s one-year anniversary of moving to Detroit. After five minutes of small talk, Theron asked LaToya — the friend we were celebrating — “How has your year in Detroit been?” She said, “I made a book about it.” She handed it to me, and it was actually a book made by Theron! It chronicled our entire relationship, going all the way back to our first date, and it ended with a picture of my ring. I couldn’t even flip to the next page — I looked up in disbelief and he was on one knee. The restaurant erupted as I said yes. I was whisked to a back room and greeted by my family, friends and sorority sisters. We’re getting married in May!

    — Juanita Davis + Theron Slappy, Detroit, Michigan

  5. Brittani and Justin
    Brittani Ojogho_Credit Kathy DeNinno Photography
    (Photo: Kathy DeNinno Photography)

    We were returning from a quick Christmas trip, and when I walked into our apartment, there were strings of lights everywhere. There were candles and rose petals all over the floor, and in the middle of it all, there was a box. I walked over, picked it up and opened it. Inside was a laser-cut card that read, “Marry me, Brittani.” I turned around and Justin was there on one knee. I instantly broke down into the ugliest cry ever. I’m still glad no one was there to witness it!

    — Brittani Ojogho + Justin Fields, Chicago, Illinois

  6. Latoya and Cavin
    LaToya Newman_Credit Edward Carrington
    (Photo: Edward Carrington)

    Cavin and I were dating long distance for a year and a half when we decided the heartbreak of leaving each other every few weeks was too much. So we began preparing for me to move to Michigan from Atlanta. In the meantime, I got an event management contract for an auto show after-party. It was my first auto show, so I was very excited — and very nervous. Cavin was super supportive. He even took off work the day of the show. One of my responsibilities was to do venue inspections with the police department and fire marshal to ensure the safety of our guests. After completing three inspections, I thought I could breathe a little. But the event organizer called me to the first floor to answer some urgent permit questions. When I got there, our family and friends yelled, “Surprise!” Then Cavin said he appreciated my love and patience and asked me to be his wife.

    — LaToya Newman + Cavin Wilson, Southfield, Michigan

  7. Stephanie and Jonathan
    Stephanie Isaacs_Credit Monica Salazar Photography
    (Photo: Monica Salazar Photography)

    On November 2, 2015, my dad passed away from pancreatic cancer. It was a trying time, but we were lucky enough to go to Florida to be with him before he died. Three weeks later — and two days after my dad’s birthday — Jonathan proposed. Little did I know, he asked my dad for my hand in marriage before he died. We’re getting married in April.

    — Stephanie Isaacs + Jonathan Thomas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  8. Stefanie and Quentin
    Stefanie Brown James_Credit Courtesy of Stefanie Brown James
    (Photo: Stefanie Brown James)

    Quentin scheduled a beautiful day for me: a trip to the spa, dinner at my favorite restaurant and tickets to a concert at The Kennedy Center in D.C. After the show, he blindfolded me and walked me outside. When he removed it, I was in front of a candlelit fountain surrounded by friends and my family, who drove in from Cleveland. And Afro Blue — the a cappella group that we’d just seen at the concert — serenaded me as Quentin said, “Today is a once in a lifetime day — it’s 11/11/11. And on this day, I have 11 words for you: Stefanie, will you spend the rest of your life with me?” I screamed and the rest is beautiful history!

    — Stefanie Brown James + Quentin James, Cleveland, Ohio

  9. Precious and Antoine
    Precious Williams_Credit Kkhorhn Photography
    (Photo: Kkhorhn Photography)

    Antoine’s birthday was approaching and I had no clue how to celebrate. A few weeks before the big day, one of his best friends suggested a surprise party. So I found a venue and invited our closest friends and family. The night of, we went to dinner and as we approached the rooftop terrace, the crowd yelled, “Surprise!” Antoine thanked the crowd, then turned to me and said, “Babe, I know you think that this is a surprise for me, but close your eyes.” The crowd was just as shocked as I was when four waitresses approached with signs that read, “Will,” “You,” “Marry” and “Me.” signs! The icing on the cake was that Antoine had secretly flown to Chicago before the party and, in West African tradition, asked my father and brothers for my hand in marriage. We’ve been married for four years are blessed to have two beautiful daughters.

    — Precious Williams + Antoine Williams, Atlanta, Georgia

Written by Kenrya Rankin

(Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Atlantic Records)


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