Who doesn’t love Black love?! We do and we celebrate it with our “Put A Ring On It” series. Each week, we’ll feature YOUR engagement and wedding stories, romantic photos and even tips that’ll help other Beauties out on their Big Day. Check back each week for a new installment!
This week, we spoke with Lakeisha Hall and John Branch about their online dating love story and how they managed a long-distance relationship for over five months, before deciding to spend their life together.
I met John on BlackPeopleMeet.com in January 2012. I’d interacted with several people on the site, but didn’t have success so after a few months I decided to close my account. I hadn’t gotten around to deactivating the account when I received a message from John. From our initial contact, I felt he was truly interested in me and wanted to get to know me better. We also spoke fairly early in our interactions about expectations and what we were truly looking for in a relationship (we both were serious about finding a life partner/spouse and, ultimately, marriage). We also did not let our online interactions drag on for too long before we decided to meet in person. We met for the first time at a local coffee shop. I was so nervous to meet, but John had the ability to put me at ease. We talked for hours and I found leaving to go home very hard.
After only a couple of months we were officially a couple. Both of us had always had the desire to relocate, but the logistics of both of us finding jobs and relocating at the same time proved to be problematic and unrealistic for us. With John’s love and support, I accepted a great position in Houston, Texas but that meant that we would have to be separated for an undetermined amount of time. We dated long-distance from January 2013 to August 2013, when John was able to also find a job and relocate.
The Surprising Moment
John proposed to me on March 14, 2013 while I was in Florida visiting him during my spring break. He proposed to me at a small jazz club in front of all of the other customers! One of the best memories I have from the proposal was just how nervous John was leading up to the actual proposal. Looking back, that should have been a tip off, but I did not put it together until they invited him on stage to do it! John then invited me up on stage! Although both John and I had talked about the possibility of marriage very early on in our relationship, the actual moment was still unexpected but a great blessing. We are truly in love; he is my best friend and I can’t wait to marry him on June 14, 2014.
NEXT: Check out his side of the story and that BEAUTIFUL ring!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"