Soccer lovers Ann and Emmanuel first became acquainted in High School, exchanging casual greetings while passing through the hallways. It wouldn't be until after high school some time later, upon returning from a trip to visit her family in Nigeria that Ann and Emmanuel would begin to connect on a more serious level...
Read all about Ann & Emmanuel's love story, romantic proposal, and wedding plans in this fun and sophisticated engagement session in Atlanta - beautifully captured by MunaLuchi Coterie member Afolabi Sogunro of Fotos by Fola.
Bride & Groom-to-be: Ann & Emmanuel
Occupations: Ann: Pediatric Registered Nurse & Emmanuel: QA Analyst
Wedding date: 05/26/2017
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. Emmanuel and I met at Jubilee Christian Church International during my high school senior year in 2007 and we would say "hi" to each other at church in passing and had several mutual friends. In November 2014, I went to Nigeria to visit my grandmother and family and was discouraged from going by myself from so many people. I prayed to God for safe journey mercies and if I made it to Nigeria and back to the U.S. safely, I will give a testimony. When I got back from Nigeria safe and sound, I gave a testimony at church about my trip. After church service, Emmanuel approached me and told me he heard my testimony and asked about my trip to Nigeria. I told him about my trip and we had a great conversation. Later that week, he asked me for my number on Facebook. From then on we got to know each other better.
The proposal: Emmanuel and I went ring shopping in November 2016, we designed and picked out a ring together. Emmanuel's original plan was to propose to me on my graduation day December 14,2016. He had the jewelry store call me and convinced me that I wouldn't be able to get my ring, which Emmanuel was the master mind behind. I was stressing about it and Emmanuel didn't want me to stress since I was approaching my final exam.So on December 3,2016, Emmanuel prepared a nice delicious meal after I had a rough shift at work and proposed to me with the ring of my dreams, which earlier he had me under the impression I was not getting and I cried and said "YES!" I thank God for blessing me with Emmanuel, he truly is my other half that I cannot live without and look forward to our happily ever after.
What did you do on your first date? Emmanuel took me to Nan Thai Restaurant by Atlantic Station for our first date. It was a very nice intimate setting and the food was amazing. I remember tearing up my closet trying to pick the perfect outfit for our date. It was a memorable night and I learned so much about Emmanuel that I will never forget.
What's your favorite thing to do as a couple? Emmanuel and I love to travel! Our last trip together we visited Turkey and Japan last year for my birthday and it was amazing. We even got lost in the mountains in Kyoto, Japan but it was the highlight of our trip because we had to work together and think outside the box to find our way home which was in Osaka, Japan. We also like trying new foods at different restaurants.
How has wedding planning been so far? Since I was in graduate school full time for my masters for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and working full time as a RN, I started planning my wedding in December 2015 when Emmanuel told me of his intentions. My great time management skills and organization allowed me to plan my own wedding from scratch while still successfully graduating from Georgia State University. Now that I'm done with school. I've enjoyed every part of planning!
Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day. I look forward to having my father walk me down the aisle and seeing our friends and family celebrate together in one union. Emmanuel looks forward to seeing me walk down the aisle in my beautiful wedding dress.