There is never a dull moment when soon-to-be-weds Brian and Tanika are together. Let's celebrate their upcoming "I dos."
Queen of His Heart
Tanika wasn't looking for love when Brian came around. "Dating was fun and I enjoyed being treated like a princess but one day I found a man who treated me like a Queen and made life feel much more meaningful," she remembers.
On their first date, Tanika had a case of the of sniffles. "Though we were laughing and having a good time, by the end of the night my cold was getting the best of me but he insisted on taking me one more place...It was Duane Reade to pick out cold medicine because he wanted to make sure I was going to be alright," Tanika recalls. "He was a total stranger concerned about my well being and he is still the same caring person today."
"We love watching movies together but I can’t say which one is our favorite collectively," says the bride-to-be. "We do enjoy corky indie films though. A date night at Nitehawk in Brooklyn always does the trick."
"I knew he was the one a few months in while we were sitting in his apartment eating burgers and watching the game on a sunday afternoon," Tanika remembers. "It was fun and easy and I knew this is the life I want with this man."
Brian planned an elaborate V-day proposal. "He planned an entire day of activities on Valentines Day," Tanika remembers. "We went to some art galleries, the top of the Empire State building and dinner and a show before he surprised me with a hotel suite downtown. It was during desert that he finally proposed."
"If I had to pick one thing I love the most, it would be how creative she is," Brian says of his future wife. "She sees the art and beauty in everything we do. When I am with Tanika, she makes me appreciate each day, regardless of what we get into."
"We both have lived in New York for almost a decade, but we always find new activities and places to explore," Brian says. "Its the city that we met, and the city that never sleeps, so we enjoy experiencing it together. There are always fun, spontaneous events for us to get involved in."