Bride: Joy Elaine Swafford, 41, Programmer Analyst

Groom: Troy Edward King, 38, Database Developer

Married: November 8, 2014

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Lovers and Friends

Imagine realizing that your best friend from college is also the man of your dreams. Joy did, right after graduation. She and Troy ran in the same circles in college and were always spending quality time together. Then, just like that, everything changed—for the better. “I think that was a surprise to both of us,” says Joy. “I remember him suggesting one weekend that we bake cookies and watch old re-runs of Soul Train and that sounded like the best idea ever. Something just clicked after that!” Their love was a deeper bond that blossomed from friendship and went on to become the foundation of a beautiful marriage. On Valentine’s Day, during a trip to Paris to celebrate Troy’s birthday, he asked his ladylove Joy to close her eyes and as she did, he popped the question. See their fantastic wedding photos!

Photos: Keith Cephus Photography