D E S T I N AT I O N S
MYRINA + JOSEPH
SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
P H O TOG R A P H E D B Y J u l i e N a p e a r P h o t o g ra p hy
Text by Samuel Naumick
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Published on Sep 3, 2019
Regal, luxurious, high-style, elegant, alluring, sensual – the list of words that comes to mind when exploring this stunning styled shoot goes on and on, just like the amount of inspiration you will find tucked within its many seamlessly composed layers.
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Introduced by a mutual acquaintance who thought they would be perfect for each other, Charlye and Stanley were certain of that and much more. After the sparks flew during their initial introduction they continued to burn bright during a classic first date at a lovely Italian restaurant, where, in Charlye’s words, they “talked until they turned off the lights…”
Melisa and Raymond initially met through mutual acquaintances on social media. Having a few friendly conversations online, they wondered if they might run into each other someday. As fate would have it, that very next weekend Melisa was invited out to a bar with a friend, and immediately upon arrival, she crossed paths with Raymond on the dance floor.
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The couple met once before, but due to unforeseen circumstances, with only a year later their paths would somehow cross again. From then on, the story of Elena and Stanley would continue to write itself as years of love flew by.
Growing up together, Tondrea and Lavonte built a foundation off of friendship and mutual support. When they officially began dating, that foundation became the perfect base in which their love would take form.
It would be a seemingly random weekend when Kourtney’s friend while DJ’ing in Alabama, mentioned her to Adeola and passed along her number. Soon after she received a text from Adeola, beginning a conversation that would carry them into their first date, and from there all the way to the altar.
DeJana first saw Lawrence on campus at Hampton University outside of the student center and immediately felt instant butterflies. Though being friends a whole year before dating, the couple found love and an unbreakable bond.
Anna and Grayson's love story began on the campus of Howard University where their paths first crossed as students. Lovers of travel, their pre-planned trip to Italy, Spain, and France provided the perfect opportunity for this gorgeous gondola engagement session in the Grand Canal of Venice.
At the time, Cynthia was pleasantly surprised to be invited to such an intimate gathering, as her friendship with Brayden’s brother was more of a business acquaintance, having been temporary co-volunteers. “I thankfully went,” she fondly recalls, thinking about how she almost didn’t go, “my life would be a lot different now if I wasnʼt there to meet Brayden.”
While enjoying brunch with friends, Caddie's attention was stolen when into the restaurant walked a man she found "immediately attractive." Breaking with tradition, Caddie decided to not allow the opportunity to pass and went over to introduce herself to Kurtillius. The chemistry between was " instantaneous - a true, love at first sight story." Their official first date to a baseball game only further convinced them that their connection was indeed something extra special.
Denaya and Louis first crossed paths on Instagram where Louis “slid into Denaya’s DMs.” Though their love was strong, their initial relationship attempt left them parting ways. As time went by and their perspectives matured, Denaya and Louis found themselves reconnecting and realizing that the love they shared never faded. That love continued to deepen and grow, even stronger than before, with both of them realizing that they were always meant to be.
Having met through mutual friends, Delvyn and Elishaba eventually became lovers and often spent time discussing marriage. Finally, after a lovely dinner at a Philly restaurant, Delvyn popped the question!