Passport to Love Engagement Session in College Park: Lillian + Timothy

Lillian Prince and Timothy Mitchell, Jr. have saved the date for May 7, 2016! Lillian, an Editor-in-Chief for an internal government newsletter and Timothy, a contractor and IT Specialist for the State Department, stationed in Afghanistan, are excited for the day that they will say, “I do” in front of family and friends at the University of Maryland chapel in College Park, Maryland. 

A whirlwind romance that began in Dubai with roses and two bottles of perfume waiting for Lillian, the love affair between this couple has only continued to soar. The couple’s wanderlust has taken them around the world, landing at a “Passport to Love” wedding theme. The theme begins with this cleverly portrayed engagement shoot, taken at College Park Airport as the couple prepares to take flight for the next chapter of their romance. 

Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!

Tim and I have known each other for years. At least 10. We met many moons ago at a game night. My best friend, Jernee invited me to play cards with her newly engaged sister and her fiancé, Kevin. Tim was there as one of Kevin's guests. We didn't talk that much other than when we were talking trash to one another during an intense game of Spades.

Fast forward about five years and Tim saw me on a mutual friend's Facebook page. He asked Kevin how I was doing and mentioned that he'd seen me, and that I'd "grown up." From that point on, every single time I saw Kevin, he worked Tim into the conversation. This lasted for about a year. One night, after pretending I wasn’t listening, I decided to follow Tim on Instagram. I commented on one of his pictures and we started exchanging messages. We exchanged numbers shortly thereafter. Since the first day he texted me on September 5, 2013, we've talked every single day.

One day, he told me that the next time he would be home would be in February of 2014. We couldn’t wait that long, so about a month later he had to take care of some business in Dubai and he asked if I would fly out to meet him. I couldn't believe it! I would have been happy meeting him at Six Flags but because of extraordinary circumstances, our first date was a week long in Dubai. We enjoyed each other's company so much. We laughed and talked all night, every night. We had dinner at the Burj Khalifa and we fell in love. 

Fast forward a year and a half later. He came home for Thanksgiving and suggested that I host at my house. I love to host so I figured this was the perfect opportunity for our families to mix and mingle. By the end of the night, I was exhausted. I was dressed comfortably in leggings and a tee shirt that was probably stained from all the food I'd eaten when all of a sudden I heard him say, "Excuse me, I'd like to make an announcement…”

I knew.

He walked over to me and in front of our families said, "The last year and a half has been amazing and I can’t imagine my life without you…” and it ended with him on one knee, our families cheering, and me screaming, “YES!”

Here we are almost two years and five countries later planning our wedding! My best friend that invited me to game night is my Maid of Honor and Kevin is an Honorary Groomsman. I can’t wait! 

What's your favorite thing to do as a couple?

We love to try new restaurants. Since he works in Afghanistan, he doesn't get to eat the "good food" when he's there so we always make it a point to try new restaurants when he's home.

How has wedding planning been so far?

The wedding planning has been extremely smooth. We have an awesome wedding party and they have all been so supportive. Our parents are also really involved and I've made sure to include both sides on all decision making. With Tim being in Afghanistan, I talk to his Mom at least once a week about where we are with wedding plans.

Tell us what you're looking forward to most on the wedding day.

I'm really looking forward to walking down the aisle and seeing the man that God saved just for me, waiting for me. It's going to be an amazing day.

Congratulations, Lillian and Timothy on your engagement! Many blessings to you!

 

Vendors:

Photographer: Memories of Bliss
Wedding Makeup Artist: Blushen by Tiffany
Engagement Session Makeup Artist: Lola's Beauty Mark
Wedding Planner: Jamesa of Jayne Heir Weddings

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  1. Cristi

    Fairy tale come true. So happy to be a part of this …. I am just in Bliss for Lillian and Tim he took my girl but only he could do it. Love u guys

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    • Lillian

      Awww thanks, Love! I’m so happy that you’ll be standing with me on my special day. Love you!

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  2. Joyce lawson

    I love this story. It is truly a love story and I’m so glad to be able to share in their extraordinary day in May 2016! Congratulations to a beautiful couple, love you guys!

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    • Lillian

      Thanks Joyce! We love you too!

      Reply
  3. Henry Spencer

    Great Story! Especially the first date in Dubai. I want to be like Time when i grow up! I was happy to be a part of your engagement theme and even more ecstatic to be a part of your wedding!

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    • Lillian

      Henry, you’re awesome! These photos came out even better than we ever imagined! Thank you so much for bringing our vision to life!

      Reply
  4. Shanika Billups

    This is an amazing love story I’m so happy for you Lillian

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    • Lillian

      Thank you so much, Shanika!

      Reply
  5. River

    I have the pleasure of knowing this beautiful couple. Tim is one of my dearest friends. He is a true example of what a strong Black gentleman looks like. I’m so happy that he has found his soul mate. I can’t wait to watch these two become one. -Riv

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  6. Jelani Tendai

    Congratulations to you both. That was a beautiful story. Cheers!

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    • Lillian

      Thank you so much, Jelani!

      Reply
  7. Sonja Prince-Ward

    So happy for my little sister and new brother! Another example of waiting on God and allowing Him to make all your dreams come true!! Congratulations!

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    • Lillian

      Awww thank you Sister! Your support and love throughout this process is so appreciated. I’m glad we can celebrate each other’s big moments together!

      Reply
  8. Ulysses McArthur "JR"

    Wow!! Where do I began? I love my cousin(Lilian) to the moon and back. Seeing her so happy and in love just brings so much joy to my heart!! Im so very very proud of the woman you have become,and I know Tim will take great care of you. That wedding day is going to be beautiful!! Love You!!

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    • Lillian

      Awwww Cousin!! Love you!!! Thank you so much!!!

      Reply
  9. Jameica Weaver

    Congrats Lil… I’m beyond excited for you and Tim… Welcome to the Wife club…

    Love Meica

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    • Lillian

      Thanks Meica!! I really appreciate that! :-)

      Reply
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  12. les

    Beautiful story and romance. You and your sister have great attitudes and a beautiful smile. May God bless your reunion.

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    • Lillian

      Thank you so much, Les! We appreciate all the positive energy and well wishes that we can get :-)

      Reply
  13. Jhana Prince

    On my way home yesterday I pulled out this article to read on the train. I then realized, my eyes were watering. Why?? First, you know how emotional I am at times. *smile* Second, it dawned on me, I have watched you grow from a pretty loving young lady (19 years ago) to a beautiful, strong, determined God-fearing woman (who happens to be one of the best Aunts ever)! I am so excited about what God is doing in your life with blessing you with the man he saved JUST FOR YOU! Congratulations Shanda on your beautiful love story. Here is to a couple of FOREVERS. Love you!

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    • Lillian

      Awwwwww Jhana! Thats so sweet, thank you so much!! You have literally watched me grow up so I really appreciate your kind words.
      I promise not to forget about my babies when we start popping out our own lol
      Love you!

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  14. Michelle warren

    Hi guys, I happened to be on your IG and noticed the link for your engagement photos so I clicked. I remember you telling me about your passport theme. I just want to say that dre and I haven’t spent much time with you guys but the time we did share was not only amazing but so memorable. We enjoyed your company in barbados and got to see and experience you guys love for eachother first hand. And what a love you guys have. I wish all the happiness that your union with bring to you both. You look gorge!! Tim is a lucky man!

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  15. Gloria

    Soooo beautiful!! I’m tearing up!! I love you guys!!! May you be blessed with many many MANY happy years!!!

    Reply

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