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Words by Emily Gilmore // Photos by Monika Gauthier Photography

TOPE & ERIC November 16, 2019

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hen Tope Leyimu relocated to South Carolina to work for a law firm, she needed a little bit of convincing that it was the place for her. But the charm of Charleston soon won her over, as did the charm of the man she met there. Tope met Eric Stallings after walking into her favorite coffee spot and they hit it off immediately. “I found him to be a refreshingly sweet spirit with the warmest smile. We had a great time chatting and he walked me to my car when we both left,” Tope reminisces. The two spent a great deal of time together as friends before falling deeply in love. When Eric proposed, Charleston was at the center of their relationship once again. He convinced Tope to come and have brunch with him, since it was such a beautiful day. Brunch turned into grabbing a bottle of wine and joining their friends for a photo tour of the city. As one of their friends was taking pictures of the couple, a crowd of their friends carrying balloons emerged from behind them. When Tope turned back to Eric the real mission of their outing was revealed. On one knee he asked her, “Will you marry me?” “It was a lovely, perfect, unassuming moment that incorporated the elements of our favorite kinds of days together,” says Tope.

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Jacksonville Magazine, September/October 2020, Best In Jacksonville  

This issue of Jacksonville Magazine includes the results of our Best In Jacksonville and Best In Bride Readers Polls, including profiles of...

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