How We Met: When I was a senior in high school my older sister asked me if I was going to prom and I said no because I had no date. So she called her friend Joseph (Folabi’s older brother) and asked if his little brother was seeing anyone, and if he wasn’t would he ask me to prom. I was HORRIFIED! I didn’t want him thinking I was some loser who couldn’t get a prom date!!! lol! So when he called and asked me I told him that I would think about it….I figured he would give up and not call again…but he did! So we talked almost every day until prom night. So he took me to prom and we danced the night away lol. Afterwards we said our good-byes and I thought I wouldn’t hear from him or talk to him again because all he promised to do was take me to prom but he did call me the next day and he never stopped calling…
how they asked, Bukky’s version: So I have always loved ferris wheels, so i have been bugging him for months to take me on the Atlanta Skyview (a ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta). He finally agreed to take me on friday and then we planned to head to a friend’s birthday dinner afterwards. On our way to Skyview i noticed that he was acting weird….quiet, not really paying attention, etc. I asked what was wrong and he said he was tired so i let it go. We went on the ferris wheel as planned (LOVED IT! lol) and after he suggested that we walk over to centennial park by the water fountains. When we got there i told him that we needed to take a break and sit by the benches (My feet hurt, lol). while we were sitting there i heard our song (Joe-No one else comes close:)) And i looked at him and said it was odd because its a slow song and its an old song for them to be playing at the park. He suggested we go closer the fountain and when we got down there i saw one of his friends (Dj Ecool) standing behind a speaker. By the time i turned to him and asked what was going on he had started his “proposal speech” and then the tears came! lol. When he got on his knee, I saw Steve (Fotos by Fola) with a camera and then i heard screaming and shouting and looked up to see a huge crowd of our family and friends running towards us. Of course i said yes and he put the ring (AKA Rock) on my finger! We have been dating since we were 16, so it was truly the best moment of my life as the man of my dreams asked me to become his queen just as the sun set in the background, the water fountain erupted, and family and friends cheered and supported us.
Afolabi’s Version: Planning this wonderful day all began when I approached Steve (Fotos by Fola) about my plans. Knowing he’s been doing this kinda stuff for a long time, he was the first person that came to mind. We sat down I told him I was going to propose soon, the ideas I had in mind and would like for him to be a part of it… I wanted something memorable, not too over the top but at the same time not a cliché type proposal. Since we met in Atlanta and this has been our home for years, I thought I needed do something that ties in with the city we love so much. An idea finally stuck when she told me she found out that there’s a Ferris wheel downtown and she would love to go (keep in mind this was months ago). I didn’t want to take her on it and then use that that again for the proposal so I kept putting it off and coming up with excuse upon excuse every time she reminded me about it. What made it worse was we would drive through downtown and she’ll see it and be like “you still haven’t taken me on the Ferris wheel but it’s cool” making me feel guilty each time. So after talking to Steve, we planned to go downtown a couple of days later to make sure everything worked out precisely. We get there and before we knew it rain started pouring, that’s all it took to start second guessing the entire thing. I said maybe it’s a sign that this proposal plan won’t work but Steve and my close friend (Tobi) convinced me it will work out perfectly. Next step was getting the ring. I knew exactly what she liked since we’ve been ring shopping for months. The following week I went with her older brother (Lekan) to go buy the ring. On our way there I told him what I was getting ready to do and how nervous I was… he could see it all over my face lol. The following day I told her I got some free tickets at work for the Ferris wheel and we can finally go… She was so excited! I was like hey we can go before we head to your friend’s (Kemi) birthday dinner since it’s close to downtown and she agreed to it (Kemi was already in on it too). I had to work some music into my plans so I called up my friend Ebi (dj Ecool) and asked him if he was available on that day to play one of the songs we’ve loved since we started dating. A couple of days later it was time to have “The talk” with Bukky’s mom (Daddy is resting in peace). Scheduling that was already proving to be an issue with mommy being home and Bukky being at home as well. Finally, with Lekan’s help I got mommy to come over to my place. I explained to her my plans and asked for her blessing which she gladly gave along with some really important advice I took to heart.
August 15th, 2014 finally arrived. I get to work and ALL I could think about was the proposal that evening. For everything to work out perfectly as planned timing was really important. Earlier in the week Lekan sent out texts to friends and family I knew she would love to witness this day. After work I get home, she comes over to pick me up and we head to Skyview. The whole trip there I tried to remain as calm as possible reciting my speech in my head at the same time checking in with Tobi and Lekan to see if everyone had arrived. She could tell something was wrong but I played it off and said I had a long day at work and was tired. We finally get there and park the car. I immediately started looking around hoping not to run into anyone I invited. Thank God that didn’t happen. We get on the ride and it was really awesome! The view…seeing the whole of Atlanta…she loved it! I personally didn’t really get to enjoy much of It because I was so nervous. On the inside I was trying to recite my speech… thinking how long the ride was going to last for… thinking if everyone had arrived… just so many thoughts but I managed to keep cool. The ride finally ended. Since we still had some time before dinner, I suggested we walk across the street to Centennial Park. As we’re walking I’m hoping she doesn’t spot anyone and right before we get to where I planned on doing it, she tells me her feet hurt and we should sit down for a bit. Ebi right on cue starts playing “No one else comes close – JOE”. I asked her that we should get closer to the water fountain and by the time we walked up she started figuring out what was happening. The tears started coming, she didn’t even waste time lol. The speech I’d been working so hard to deliver perfectly…I didn’t have enough time to say everything. I hug her and whisper in her ear that I would love to spend the rest of my life with her if she would have me. The tears really came rolling. I get down on one knee and pull out the ring box from my shoe and asked the woman I love more than anything in this world to marry me… she said YES! Our friends and family saw the whole thing and came running towards us and the rest is history… A wonderful day I will never forget!
Photos by Fotos by Fola