The Lucky Lady: Jahlisa Dodson, 25, Marketing Consultant

Her Leading Man: Kieran Brathwaite, 24, Chef

The Big Day: July 20, 2014

Wedding Location: Bridgewater, New Jersey

Where and how did you meet your man?
Kieran is the son of my mom’s longtime friend. I met him at a family reunion in 2004 when we vacationed in his country, Trinidad and Tobago.

Were you looking for love at the time?
I was actually in a relationship when I met Kieran for the first time, so I was not looking for love, but he definitely had a lasting impression on me. 

Did you play hard to get?
I am the queen of hard to get, so, yes. I needed to make sure that his intentions were in the right place before I gave in. 

Describe your most romantic date ever.
Kieran picked me up from work one evening and said he was taking me out. He wouldn’t tell me where we were going, only that we would be gone for the night. We pulled up at a hotel that looked like a huge castle and Kieran made sure I was blindfolded until we got to the room. Once inside, he took off my blindfold and there was a trail of rose petals leading to my favorite sweets and a bottle of champagne. He told me we’d be having a date night right there in the hotel. It was so romantic and sweet. 

Weirdest date you’ve ever been on?
Since my groom-to-be is a chef, most of our dates involve some sort of eating. The only weird thing has been the food at some of the places.

How long did you date before you got engaged?
Two years. One year was long distance while he was still in Trinidad and I was here. Then, he moved and we enjoyed another year togehter before he proposed.

How did he pop the question?
We were on vacation in Trinidad to surprise his little sister for her birthday. That night, he told me we were going to have dinner with his family at the hotel to celebrate. During dinner we were singing happy birthday to her when the waiter came from behind and dropped a dessert plate that read “Will you marry me?!” When I looked at him, he was on one knee with the ring.

What was really going through your mind as he proposed?
I was in such shock that he was doing it right there. I knew it was going to happen, but I was thinking his timing was perfect because I really didn’t expect it. I couldnt take my eyes off the plate; it was gorgeous.

Who would you cast to play your future hubby in a movie?
Chris Tucker. He’s such a comedian and Chris has a similar humor.

Second to his heart, what’s the other sexiest part of his body?
His booty! LOL (He’s gonna kill me for saying it.)

Photos: DPuzon Photography