Put A Ring On It: Nicole & Brandon’s Story

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Put A Ring On It Engagement PhotoHere at HelloBeautiful we just love celebrating Black love. Each week we profile newly engaged couples as they describe the moment he decided to “Put A Ring On It”.

Nicole’s Story:

I knew that Brandon wanted to get engaged this year but I had no clue when the engagement would come.  In fact, I’d asked him numerous times before: “Can you just tell me if it will be 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, or 4th quarter?”  Once the summer hit, each time we saw one another, getting engaged was a “possibility” in my mind.

To celebrate Brandon’s birthday (August 31) we headed down to Miami to spend time with my best friend LaTanya and her husband Alex. After I spent the day at the spa and after Brandon went “golfing” (which I later found out was a sham), the four of us headed out to a lovely dinner together.

We were waiting on our dessert orders when the waiter suddenly returned with a beautifully wrapped box about the size of a shoe box! He set it down in front of me and Brandon said, “It’s your belated birthday gift. Open it up.”

Inside was a build-a-bear wearing a cute little tuxedo.  Brandon told me to press it’s paw and when I did, his voice played a short message. “All my love is for you, 18:22, if you don’t know what I mean, open up the box and get a clue.” Now I was truly confused, I had already opened the box!Engagement Ring "Put A Ring On it"

Then Brandon said, “Do you know what the significance of 18:22 is to me?”  Suddenly I remembered him sharing that Proverbs 18:22 was one of his favorite scriptures: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”  I guessed right and he said to me, “Well open the box.”  With a puzzled look, I said: “I just opened the box.”  Then he took my hand and pulled a ring box from his pocket.  I don’t remember what happened next but of course I said “YES!!!”  Then he whisked me outside where a black Porsche was waiting to escort me to a helicopter ride over Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.  I was floored!  When we returned to Miami our friends were waiting to celebrate with us.  It was an amazing night!

As of now, we haven’t set a date, but we plan on getting married next year in the Dominican Republic.

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