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

Torian’s Story:

Saturday June 19th: We attended my boys wedding and somehow I caught the garter?!

Sunday June 20th (Father’s Day): We went to Chriny’s parents house for Father’s Day. While Chriny and her sisters went to the grocery store, I asked Chriny’s parents for their blessings to propose to her. Her dad gave me a Coors.

Monday June 21st (First Day of Summer): I asked Chriny to wear my favorite sun dress to work because I was taking her to Shakespeare in the Park and a Jazz concert that evening. In the middle of the day I told her to meet me at work for a late lunch (4pm).  She’d always wanted to have a picnic so I prepared a great lunch for us and headed off the location I chose in Central Park.  As I headed through Harlem carrying a wicker picnic basket,  a random brotha who looked like he just finished running in Central Park yelled out, “She better be worth it!” He followed it up with, “you better have that ring on you!” I took that as a psotivie omen that I was about to make the best decision of my life (but just in case the brother was trying to rob me, I walked in the middle of the street).   When Chriny got off the subway she called me to find out where we were meeting for lunch and I guided her to our picnic.  She was obviously hungry and focused on eating and drinking as opposed to listening to my stuttering monologue and began eating and drinking wine. I finally handed her the card I prepared.  It was an official invitation to our own wedding.  When she looked up, I was on one knee.

Chriny’s Reaction: I was starving that day so when I found him and saw the picnic, I made a plate, sat down and started eating! All the while Torian is talking about our relationship.  Suddenly, I began to notice notice the flowers, the champagne, the card and how he was stuttering along so I stopped eating long enough to get the hint. He asked me what that day was and I had no clue what I was suppose to say. Monday?!  Then it clicked that it was the first day of summer and he passed me the envelope. I opened it and saw it was a wedding invitation and by the time looked up he was down on one knee asking me to marry him.  I was so shocked that I couldn’t stop laughing. I said yes and kept laughing (no tears). I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I didn’t stop right away to look at the ring.  After I calmed down, I saw how gorgeous it was and I asked him a billion questions about who, what, when, where, how he decided to do all of this. After the emotions settled, the phone calls started and we continued to celebrate around town.

Torian and Chrinny will wed this fall in New York City.

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