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WRC Madison got engaged to Carlin on May 9th in Washington, D.C.!
How did we meet?
Carlin and I met on May 11, 2008, in Washington DC. At the time, Howard University’s annual graduation festivities just finished. I was talking about the weekend and complaining about a boy to my best friend/sorority sister Ashley Blaine Featherson. She suggested that I stop complaining and start dating. She recommended that I go on a date with her childhood friend, Carlin. The ironic thing is that Ashley mentioned him before, during our junior year, but at the time he had a girlfriend. Ashley thought “why not?!” and that going on a blind date would be harmless. Although, she mentioned Carlin before, I needed more motivation to go on a blind date. So, I checked out Carlin’s Facebook page and told Ashley to tell him to call me if he wanted to go out. Carlin called me that night and we talked for six hours. Through our conversation, we found out that we both loved breakfast a night, so we decided to go to The Diner in Adams Morgan for our first date.
How did he propose?
Well, Carlin proposed to me by pranking me. My friend Ashley called me and said she would be in a movie soon. I was super excited and not surprised at her success since she filmed a movie the year before. She said the movie premise was based off HBCU (Historically Black College and University ) life, therefore BET invited her to come to Washington, DC to film her behind the scenes with her college friends. Ashley requested that I not tell anyone until she sent out an email to our sorority sisters. She also requested that I tell Carlin the good news and to ask him to invite his friends because she wanted to have guys there as well. Ashley sends the email and included specific instructions and the location for "behind the scenes " brunch. The day finally comes. Ashley arrived and I am very excited because this movie appears to be the next big thing for her. Ashley advised me to be super cute because BET would want to interview me as her best friend. We arrived at Zengo Restaurant for the brunch. When everyone arrived, Ashley announced that the film crew would be coming soon and she thanked everyone for supporting her career and coming to share this moment. Carlin then requested to speak on Ashley’s accomplishments. Through his speech he then transitioned into how Ashley was the reason we met and thanked her for the introduction. He continues to talk about how we met and how special our relationship has been to him. I start to think “ This is sweet, but what does this have to do with Ashley’s movie?” He then proceeds to ask me to stand up and proposes! There was never a movie, BET never came, and the entire occasion was set up for him to propose!
Thoughts on wedding planning?
So far, planning has been pretty seamless. I have found a venue, dress and a florist!! It is certainly not easy to plan when you are busy however it has been a lot of fun. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product!
I would advise when planning to use your resources! There are so many family members and friends that offer their help and services! Take it! I think the best part of a wedding coming together is having people you know and love be a part of the planning process. Also, pick a location that represents both of you as a couple. The venue is everything and will be the central theme of your wedding. Lastly, when planning financially, be realist. This is a very special day , however do not allow your wedding to be equivalent to student loans. There's not need! There are so many resources and DIY options to help you save.
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