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 Nathaniel and Lisa about meeting in college, but reuniting at a baseball game that changed their lives!
As a freshman at Adelphi University in 2003, all of my friends knew I had a crush on Nathaniel. He was a well-known senior that seemed to be friends with everyone except me. The only interaction we had were suspicious texts my friend would send me from his phone during a class they had together. Although she never told him my name, she gave other hints to my identity as his secret admirer. We were not introduced until a Midnight Breakfast event at school, an event that gave a free meal and an opportunity to socialize during Finals Week. After that, we were back to being strangers.
We didn’t speak again until the next Fall. The beginning of the semester kicked off with a party at a nightclub that everyone attended. I saw Nathaniel come in and I had to talk to him. While watching him by the bar with some other alum, I casually pushed past him by “accident.” From there, we exchanged numbers and began our friendship. At that time, we were both in complicated relationships, but would spend time watching movies and making inside jokes. Our flirtatious evenings were some of my most fun nights at Adelphi, but we remained friends and continued our previous relationships.
Over the next 5 years, Nathaniel and I kept in minimal contact and occasionally saw each other at social events. On Sept. 23, 2009, my aunt gave me tickets to see a Mets game. I am not a baseball fan, but wanted to check out the new stadium. I sent out a group text to some friends to see who was interested. Nathaniel insisted on going, even though we would be late for the game because of work. What I thought was going to be a boring baseball game turned out to be the first night of my future. From that day on, Nathaniel impressed me with his romance and sincerity. He had always been fun, but the man that I met that night was the love of my life. We officially began dating Nov. 13, 2009.
THE EMOTIONAL SURPRISE
Nathaniel and I went to dinner on August 9, 2013. Afterwards, he took me to Lincoln Center. The night was clear and the fountain was beautiful. While I was chatting and being playful, Nathaniel asked me to be quiet, which I thought was rude, but realized he was quite serious. Nathaniel got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I don’t remember saying yes because I was crying so much. We are now planning our wedding for Nov. 13, 2015. I would have never imagined that my college crush would be my fiancé 11 years later.
NEXT: Check out his side 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! 🙏😄😄😄"