Carissa and Stefan

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How We Met

Stefan and I met on Facebook. Although I live in Tampa, I was volunteering in Orlando with a Christian event promotions group, and I came up as a suggested friend based off of people we mutually knew. He sent me a friends request, I briefly checked him out to make sure he wasn’t crazy (LOL), and accepted because he fit the mold of people that I would be advertising our events to. That was on June 7th, 2011. We met in person June 25th, 2011. I sent him an invite to a game night we were hosting and he said he would come specifically to meet me. Honestly, I didn’t believe him, but he showed up right in the middle of me playing UNO. He asked “excuse me, are you Carissa” I replied “No! My name is Antronette! “(Which is my middle name).

He then apologized and proceeded to walk away, then I started laughing and verified he approached the correct person. From what I remember we didn’t talk very long. I made some suggestions of people he should introduce himself to since he worked in radio and there were local Christian artist at the event. There were a few more minutes of small talk and then we parted ways. I think he stayed at the game night no more than an hour. He actually left right when the party was getting started. I didn’t have any interest in him romantically at the time of meeting him. Honestly, the only thing that struck me when we met is how deep his voice was. It’s one of those smooth jazz radio kind of voices. Outside of that he was just another dude LOL! We stayed facebook friends and casually interacted online but I wouldn’t see him again until almost 2 years from that date. And romantic interest didn’t spark between us until April 2016. (Crazy right! LOL)

how they asked

I knew about the proposal date 6 months ahead of time and had no clue he was going to ask. I’ve always had this dream of going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas but I only wanted to go with the man who I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with. (Corny I know, but it’s true!) Since Stefan already asked my father’s permission to court me I knew eventually we would be married but when he was going to ask was a wild card. (He always likes to surprise me. I never know when anything is coming with him) We planned to go to MVMC way in advance and chose the very first day the park was going to do that event.

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Earlier that morning we spent time at Epcot since the food festival was going on at the same time. We made it to the magic kingdom around 3:30pm and I was so sleepy!!! We walked around for a little bit and I think I remember telling him I wanted to take a nap LOL. Well almost the entire time when we first got in the Magic Kingdom he was talking to a friend of his that works for Disney through text.

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He really wanted me to meet her and we were trying to coordinate a time. It took foreverrrrr in my opinion to meet up with her (remember I was sleepy LOL). The park was really crowded and people were lining the street because the 5pm parade was going to start soon. It was the last parade before general admission people had to leave so the Christmas party could start. We had just met up with his friend that worked for Disney and he excused himself to go to the bathroom. (This was really weird because normally he wouldn’t do that after just introducing me to someone in the first 2 mins, but I shrugged it off) So we were there just chit chatting and all of a sudden out of nowhere I see my sister and my mother run out from the crowd and they are being escorting by a Disney employee. They pull me into the middle of the street. I’m super shocked because my sister lives in Washington, DC and my mom was supposed to be back home in Tampa. All I kept saying to her was what are you doing here?! She then tells me to give her my phone and put it on Facebook live.

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I did it because I was confused and stunned that she was there.. and a bit excited because she’s my best friend! I thought maybe Stefan invited her to enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas with us. Then she tells me to turn around and I see Stefan on one knee. And at 4:47 pm on November 11th 2017 he proposed!

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Special Thanks

Anesha Collins
 | Planning
Anesha Collins
 | Photographer
Joh'nea Smith
 | Recording Event