Our Love Story
William and Michelle met in October 2004. He went along with his friends to a movie night hosted by a group of ladies in Howard University's Truth Hall. As everyone introduced themselves, he noticed a young woman he hadn't seen around campus before. Taking a seat next to her on the bottom of a bunk bed, he introduced himself. They spoke briefly, watched the movie, and said goodnight.
What She Says: I thought he was cute, but quiet. When he didn't ask for my number, I actually thought he just wasn't interested. Something about him was kind of mysterious though, so my interest was peaked.
What He Says: I was nervous. Really nervous. I thought she was beautiful. Pretty sure she was out of my league. I didn't know what to say to her so I was pretty quiet. On the way back to Drew I couldn't stop talking about her, but I thought I blew it for sure.
They’d known each other for years by now and they’d known that they were both interested in each other for some time. William had taken her to dinner weeks before (for her birthday) and Michelle had already cooked for him; but this was their first official date. He picked her up on time; relatively speaking. They dined on the patio at U Street’s Ulah Bistro. They laughed, they talked. The conversation was easy, there weren’t any awkward moments. After dinner he suggested that they continue the evening in Georgetown. When they arrived, they walked along the waterfront until they found a spot near the marina. As they sat and looked out over the Potomac, they both remarked how perfect the night was.
What She Says: I couldn't believe we were actually on a date. Even though we'd known each other for years I was still really nervous. I remember sitting next to him at the waterfront, looking out into the water, and wondering where we would go from there.
What He Says: I wanted the night to be perfect and it was. I still remember how beautiful she looked in that little dress with the floral print. It was kind of surreal that we were actually on a date.
He meticulously planned the day and scouted the location. A friend, unrecognizable to her and unseen, would take pictures as they walked.
They spent the afternoon window shopping and stopped for a round of margaritas (her favorite). They watched the sunset and discussed their relationship as they walked through the Georgetown Waterfront Park. They talked about how much in love they were, how far they'd come together - and they discussed the future.
He stepped away to take a call from his sister (actually to check in with the photographer and finalize the plan). When he returned, they sat by the water for a bit. Before heading to dinner, he (not uncharacteristically) wanted to take a picture. Michelle noticed a guy standing near them and told Will to ask him to snap a photo (he was the photographer). Will got on one knee and began his carefully practiced proposal; which she interrupted before he could finish. She cried (of course). He asked, she said yes.
What She Says: We discussed engagement, but I wasn't expecting that- I was completely surprised. I loved how much thought and planning he put into it. I love him.
What He Says: I was nervous the whole day and I definitely needed that drink. My friend was caught in DC traffic and almost didn't make it. When I saw the look on her face, I knew all the planning was worth it. I love her.