Childhood sweethearts Shani Ayesha Robinson and Moses Olaseyi A. Tejuoso first met as 12-year-olds goofing around at their neighborhood pool in Tennessee. After dating on and off for nearly 15 years, they finally got serious after college. This summer, they’re headed to the altar hand-in-hand.
The to-be-weds never miss a chance to be out and about together, Shanie tells us. “We like going to open houses. We like live music. We like spending time with our families. My father works at a book store and gets me all the latest conscious books. Moses loves when I read the books to him.”
If you ask Shani and Moses what they see in each other, they’re quick to tell you all the qualities they cherish. “He is very supportive, patient and loving,” says Shani. “She is free-spirited and open-minded and always optimistic about my career, even when my family isn’t,” Moses adds. They’re even going natural together. “When I decided to grow locks he followed my lead and is doing so as well.”
“Immediately after we got engaged my mother told Moses that he can start calling her mom,” Shani proudly recalls. Both their families are very close-knit and the couple’s pleased with how effortless it was to blend their worlds.
“The most exciting part about being engaged is combining our visions about future plans and what we want to do after we get married,” Shani tells us. “We also like the camaraderie that we share with other engaged and married couples.”