Recognize this scene? Krystal and Martin channeled Darius and Nina from the classic rom-com Love Jones for their engagement shoot.
The Best of Me
"Martin is the best man for me because he balances me out," says Krystal. "He is my other half. When I’m too serious or stuck obsessing over something, he brings me back to center. That’s an important quality to have in a life partner. He's someone who brings out the best version of me."
"I love that my future husband doesn’t take himself too seriously," says Krystal. "He is very passionate about his community and his work but knows how to have a good time and is always the life of the party."
“We’ve been avid concert goers ever since our first date,” says Krystal. “We absolutely love good music and just really enjoy going out and experiencing a great live show. Aside from music, we both have a guilty pleasure of watching reality TV, especially anything in Atlanta (Love & Hip Hop, Housewives, R&B Divas, etc.).
“I was on the phone with Martin one day and I cannot remember for the life of me what we were discussing but we were laughing so hard about it,” says Krystal. “I realized then that we genuinely have a good time together and that silly quality he has reminds me a lot of my father. It just felt natural.”
The Perfect Match
Krystal and Martin really nailed this famous scene from the film. We can't tell if that's Nia Long or the bride-to-be.
"Hilarious' is a word most of my friends use to describe Martin," says Krystal. "All of my friends are very comfortable with him. They're so comfortable that several times I’ve accused him of stealing my friends since they start talking to him more than me. (Laughs)"
“I received a beautiful rose gold halo engagement ring with a circle cut diamond and diamonds all around the band,” says Krystal. “It’s gorgeous, unique, and nothing like those other basic rings I was hinting about to my sister.”
"I had a small hunch that the proposal time was nearing but I had no idea when and where it would happen," says Krystal. "I was even going as far as to design rings online and send pictures to my sister just in case. Little did I know, the ring was already purchased ."
“If you’re spying on us on a Friday night, you’ll probably catch us ordering rolls for delivery from our local Japanese spot and hitting up the Redbox,” says Krystal. “That’s if we’re not at a concert, of course.”
“I fell in love with Krystal because she dreams with me,” says Martin. “To this day she wills me to do the impossible and believes in me even when I cannot believe in myself. I fell in love with her because she proved to me we could not fail.”
Best Friends Forever
"I’m looking forward to all the laughs we will share as husband and wife, all of the music we will enjoy and building a family with my best friend," says Martin.
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