"I didn’t want to let him know right away that I liked him," Leigh Ann admits. "But after our first conversation we instantly clicked and I felt comfortable. We talked for the rest of the night. It was three in the morning when the party ended and I planned to take the train home, but he insisted on driving my friend and I home. He walked me to the front door of my apartment building and he was a perfect gentleman."
"The summer after we met Darren went back to Florida to complete his last semester of school at Palm Beach Atlantic University," says Leigh Ann. "He came to D.C. for Thanksgiving and invited me over to his family’s house. They were wonderful, and to this day, I tell Darren that the moment I met his family, they helped seal the deal. I was enamored with Darren and his family. They were so welcoming and loving."
Darren admits that he fell in love with Leigh Ann on their very first date and her basketball knowledge blew him away. "We were at the diner and we began to quiz each other," he tells us. "I was very impressed that she knew where Dwyane Wade went to college and even more impressed that she stumped me; I didn’t know where Robert Horry went, and now I will forever remember that answer, the University of Alabama."
"It's cliché I know, but I most look forward to marrying my best friend," says Leigh Ann. "I look forward to experiencing our individual growth and continued growth together for the rest of our lives. I also look forward to our continued mutual support for our life goals and plans."
"Our first date is one of our most special dates," says Leigh Ann. "Darren took me to the national monuments that evening and we talked and walked for hours. That’s why we took our engagement pictures at the monuments. After our romantic stroll, we didn’t want the date to end, but by then all of the restaurants were closed so we had an impromptu date at a local diner in my neighborhood and talked more."
"I want to thank Leigh Ann’s parents for raising a beautiful and consistent, classy and sassy God-fearing woman," Darren sweetly shares. "Their parenting is a reflection of the great woman she is today."
"We usually try out new restaurants in the area an end with movie nights at home," says Leigh Ann. "We’re both pretty active and we like to incorporate that into our dates by enjoying things like 1-on-1 basketball games, at home exercises, ice skating, amusement parks, bowling and laser tag."
"I am a planner by nature so it’s just fun to embrace the overall wedding planning process," Leigh Ann says. "I’m also having fun meeting all of my vendors. They’re all really cool people and individuals that I see myself interacting with beyond the wedding. This planning process is also giving Darren and I firsthand practice in collaboration. I’ve tapped into his creativity and writing skills throughout the entire planning process."
What's not to love about this adorable shot? We love that Leigh Ann and Darren returned to a spot that held special meaning for them for their engagement shoot and in the process wound up having a wonderful time creating these memories.
I Do Recall
Darren recalls falling so in love with Leigh Ann and how comfortable she is in her own skin. "Everything about her seemed and proved to be very genuine," he shares.