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Leandra + Marcus  ~ Fort Lauderdale Wedding

 

When I tell you I love you, I am not saying it out of habit, I am reminding you that you are my life.

 

Marcus and Leandra initially met in 2006 at an United Negro College Fund meeting for Historically Black College and University fundraisers. At the time, they were both happily married and working for different universities.

During the meeting, they discovered that they both served as the alumni director and advisor for the pre-alumni council at their respective schools. They developed a professional friendship from that point and ended up working for the same University a few years later.

In 2014, after a divorce and the tragic loss of Marcus’ wife, God saw fit to give them both another opportunity for love. The rest is history!

Marcus and Leandra have several interesting commonalities. They are both graduates of a Historically Black College or University and members of a Black Greek organizations (Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated). In addition, they are both are higher education fundraisers, they love football, and they love to travel. They also enjoy trying out new cuisine and places to eat.
On their first date Marcus and Leandra went to a Brazillan steakhouse for dinner and then to a John Legend concert. It was a wonderful evening filled with great conversation, lots of laughter and great music. Leandra said “I knew I wanted to continue dating Marcus after that night because we had such a good time together.” Marcus had a similar sentiment stating “I really enjoyed our first date. It felt natural and I could sense a chemistry between us, one I wanted to explore further.”
The Proposal:

On New Year’s Eve Marcus surprised Leandra during a dinner with some of  their closest friends. They had planned a trip to Asheville, NC to bring in the new year with their friends months ahead, but little did Leandra know, Marcus had another plan brewing.

That night, they all planned to go to a nice restaurant to eat dinner then go out dancing to bring in the new year. Leandra’s best friend even arranged for all of them to travel together in a stretch Hummer limousine. At dinner, when it was time for dessert, Leandra was the last one to be served. She was so busy laughing and talking with her girlfriends that she didn’t even notice that she was the last to be served.

When the waiter came to bring Leandra her dessert, he was holding a covered silver tray and said “I apologize but we are out of the strawberries and champagne that you ordered so the chef made you something special.” It didn’t register to her that something else is going on. Leandra said “that’s okay, I understand,” and then he placed the tray in front of her. When she uncovered the tray, a small box appeared. Leandra immediately covered her face with her hands and began to cry because knew it was a ring.

When Leandra opened the box, she received another surprise because it was the ring she had admired a few weeks earlier with one of her best friends. When she looked up, Marcus was on bended knee in front of her asking her to marry him. She said yes!

Later, Leandra found out that Marcus coordinated with her best friends to have one of them take her to a store to look at rings a few weeks earlier, so he would have a sense of the kind of ring she would like. He had the ring she liked custom made. She also found out that he arranged for the limo and the private VIP area that they all partied in later that night.

Coordinator:  Experience Love Events 
Flowers: Dalsimer Atlas Floral and Event Decorators
MUA: Kozmetik Kreationz
Sound:  DJ Darren
Cake:  Edible Creation

Published Engagement Session   – Click

 

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