"Third time's the charm..." Unveiling the truth of our feelings for another can be an intimidating leap of faith. Sometimes we need time, a little "shove" by a friend, or that "right" moment to present itself. For Danielle and Gboluma their interest in the other was almost immediately apparent upon their first meeting by way of a mutual friend, but it wouldn't be until their third meeting after an hours-long engaging conversation into the evening that they would begin to truly open up to each other - paving the way to the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.
Read all about Danielle & Gboluma's love story, romantic proposal, and wedding experience in their striking, bold, and brilliant yellow & blue themed Atlanta wedding. Featuring the work of MunaLuchi Coterie members Fotos by Fola photography, and Sandi Spells Design invitations.
Bride & Groom: Danielle & Gboluma
Occupations: Assistant Mgr at Walgreens Pharmacy & Administration at Marine Corps Recruiting 6th MCD.
Wedding Date: 09/17/2016
Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal. On December 28, 2012 Gboluma was introduced to Danielle, by a neutral friend, Alex Williams at a gathering held at Danielle’s Parent’s home. Gboluma and Danielle saw each other as great eye candy but both did not allow their egos to admit to their desires.
The second time they met again at a party and action was taken! Gboluma couldn’t let Danielle leave without getting her phone number. Danielle did not admit this but she couldn’t wait to hear from him. Once again, both of their big egos got in the way and they briefly texted after their encounter.
AND THE THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM!
The third encounter occurred on January 19, 2013 at a friend’s birthday party. Gboluma remembers asking Danielle’s friend about her coming to the party and looking forward to seeing her. Danielle remembers them staying at the party for an hour and spending the rest of the night talking in her car. They both admit that their conversation was one of the best conversations in a long time.
Because of such great interest, Danielle admits that she couldn’t wait for their next encounter. She drove forty-five minutes and invited Gboluma to assist her in picking out a pair of workout sneakers. It was at the store that Gboluma realized that he was interested in more than a friendship when he saw the salesperson flirt with Danielle. A month later, Gboluma sent Danielle a Valentine gift to her home and invited her to a Valentine's day party. The very next day he asked her to be his girlfriend.
Proposal Story: After spending a year away from Danielle in Okinawa, Japan, Gboluma returned home with the intention of proposing to Danielle on a carriage ride but due to Danielle being fashionably late, that plan failed. Gboluma stated he quickly when into panic mode, not knowing what other ideas he could come up with in such a short time. The next day, Danielle expressed her love for heights and suggested that they take the helicopter tour of Blue Ridge Mountains. Gboluma quickly agreed and planed his proposal. With a big smile, Danielle said she honestly thought Gboluma was afraid when he was pulling the ring out his pocket. She said "YES!"
Describe your wedding style. The theme of our wedding was sweet romance with a vintage look. My wedding dress was an ivory princess ball grown with a sweet heart cut. The designer described it as a dress with Swarovski crystals that are woven into an elaborate design at the slightly ruched bodice. The ballgown's natural waistline falls to a full skirt of English net. My wedding dress shopping experience was fun and quick. I was determined to not stress myself by looking at too many dresses and becoming overwhelmed; therefore, I made it a must to decide on my dress in one day. I took my mom, two of my bridesmaids, my maid of honor and my youngest sister. Ironically, after visiting three dress salons, I decided on the first dress I tried on. For me it was a simple dress that made a beautiful statement and it was so fitting with who I am and my style. Also, it was that dress that got the most tears and wows from everyone.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding? We did incorporate a little of our Liberian culture by wearing African attire for our reception. Also, in some pictures you will see my uncle with a goat tail in his hand. This was in remembrance of my deceased father (bride's father) who carried this during celebrations. Also, the throwing of money on the bride and groom as a blessing of wealth from the quests.
Bridesmaids & Groomsmen gifts: Bridesmaids - Customized hanger and Earrings, Groomsmen - Tie.
Favorite item on the menu: Grilled Salmon Topped with Champagne Dill Sauce.
First dance song: "Thinking Out Loud" By Ed Sheeran
What is your best memory from your wedding? My best memory from our wedding occurred, when walking down the aisle and seeing my husband cry. Gboluma is a true Marine, with a hard exterior that is not easily broken and to see him break down melted my heart and still does when I see that picture and think about that moment.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples? We will tell any engaged couple to keep God first and take marriage counseling serious.
Wedding dress designer- Allure Romance
Wedding dress salon- Anya Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses- Made By Sylvia Reed
Hair- Hair by Jah
Shoes- Badgley Mischka Kiara Platform Pumps
Ceremony location, reception location- Glendalough Manor
Photography- Fotos by Fola
Wedding planner/Event Designer- Mideevents
Cake- Cakes by Lameeka
Stationery-Sandi Spells Design