Just Engaged: You're What's Been Missing
"Calvin is the only man I’ve ever felt was made for me, and me for him," says bride-to-be Tai. Let's celebrate their love!
Although Tai and Calvin were both raised in Washington D.C. and attended the same college, their love story doesn't begin until after undergrad. "Years later, we met in person within weeks of one another (unknowingly) moving to New York City," says Tai. "Years of friendship blossomed into love, and the rest is sweet history."
Tai is sure that she has found the right man: " Calvin is everything I am not and everything I need in a partner, in a friend, and in a lover."
First impressions are lasting. "He seemed like a genuinely nice and down to earth person – someone you could talk to for hours," says Tai of her first thoughts about Calvin.
"God took time preparing us for one another. And when it hit me, it hit me! I haven’t been the same ever since," says Tai.
Sometimes it's the simple things. Calvin says his favorite thing to do with Tai is to have conversations with her. Aww!
The adorable couple loves spending time out and about with each other. "We love walking around and exploring New York City together on nice days," says Tai.
"It wasn’t until Calvin that I’d realized what I’d been missing," says Tai. "Meeting a lot of Mr. Wrongs taught me about the qualities I most wanted in a man."
Calvin says he knew she was the one right away, "When Tai and I first met at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner, I thought I was seeing a sign from God because she was so radiant and glimmering in the light."
Tai says the best part about being engaged is "celebrating with friends and family." We agree. "There aren’t many affairs in life when you get to have your closest friends and family together at multiple events," she adds.
"My parents and extended family adore Calvin," says Tai. "They knew he was the one before I’d realized it."
Calvin says there's just something different about his love for Tai. "It is unexplainable," he adds. "When I see or hear from Tai, she just brings joy to heart, always."
"Calvin is the only man I’ve ever felt was made for me, and me for him," says Tai of her soon-to-be hubby.
Tai says an intimate conversation let her know Calvin was The One. "That conversation sealed it for me. I loved just talking to him but also realized, after years of just being friends, that we had so much more in common than I’d imagined. I felt that was when I really started to know him. And, I loved who I was getting to know," she says.
"I love his family. They remind me of my own family in a lot of ways. And, he fit in immediately with my family," says Tai.
Calvin had this sweet message for Tai's parents: "Thank you for sacrificing so much for Tai and raising her in such a warm, loving family. I am humbled and appreciative with how you all have accepted me into your family and look forward to the years to come." Um, we need a tissue, stat!
Tai says when it comes to what she's most looking forward to about marriage it's "companionship and lots of laughs" that tops the list.
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"Tai and I would (and still do) spend hours walking around New York City talking about random nothingness. Getting to know her on that personal level sealed the deal for me," says Calvin.
Tai says the man she is looking forward to marrying is humble, kind and hilarious. Great qualities, we say!
Tai says she was in shock when Calvin proposed. "It was surreal. We’d talked about getting married and I knew he was the one but, in the moment, it just seemed like, “is this really happening?” I think those may have been my first words."
Calvin says when it comes to these next few steps he's ready for the journey. "I am most looking forward to building a life together with Tai."
Tai says she loves that her future husband is God-fearing and she can't wait to build a life with him. These two couldn't be any cuter!
"What always stands out to me is how he cares for me," says Tai. "There is no gift or romantic gesture in the world that could replace how he just loves me and is always there for me. He is my rock."
Calvin tells us that when he's looking into Tai's eyes on their wedding day he'll be "ecstatic."
Tai and Calvin are headed to Tokyo and Bali to celebrate their honeymoon. Tai says she's not leaving home without swimwear, restaurant guides and a really good camera. We can't wait to see the pictures!
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