Marshante and Darryn

How We Met

We met in the summer of 2014 in Oak Park, IL while I was home from college on summer vacation. Darryn walked up to me because he thought that he had recognized me from somewhere, like maybe a party. Turns out, his close cousin and I went to grammar school together and were pretty good friends back then.  We talked for a while, and even went out a couple times. He met my best friend, who kept wondering why we weren’t together instead of me and my ex; we were so cute together. But since I was in a relationship at the time, nothing really flourished, and we actually stopped talking for a while when I went back to school. Well, fast forward to a few months later. After my ex and I broke up, I took some time to really reflect and get myself together. At this time, Darryn was in a relationship. We reconnected when I came home from college for good after graduation. After a few more months, Darryn had told me that he and his ex had broken up. We started talking a lot more and began to catch feelings for each other. I can still remember the day we became a couple as if it was yesterday, even though it was July 21, 2015. He was at work one night taking a break. He called me and asked if I would be his girlfriend, and the rest is history!!

how they asked

Both Darryn and I are huge WWE fans; we go to the live shows almost every time they come to Chicago! Well, on April 2, 2017 was WrestleMania 33, the biggest event in the WWE. Rewind to the Friday before: Darryn and I went to get matching Mr. and Mrs. hoodies with our names and the number 15 on the back to signify the year we became a couple. I was somewhat against getting the “Mr. and Mrs.” because we weren’t engaged or married, and I didn’t want the constant questioning, but Darryn insisted, so I agreed. Also, while walking through a store, I scratched my ring finger, to which my fiancé commented “We need to cover that up.” I kept reassuring him that I didn’t need to put a band aid on the scratch because it wasn’t that serious, not knowing at all that he was about to propose two days later. Flash forward to April 2. Every year for Wrestle Mania, my parents throw a party at the house because we are really big fans, so I didn’t think much of it when we walked in the door and saw my entire family. The weird thing was that everyone was standing in one part of the house with their cameras rolling. (We had on our Mr. and Mrs. sweatshirts which he insisted we wear that day).

My fiancé gave me a kiss on the cheek, got down on one knee (at this point I’m tearing up and covering up my mouth in sudden surprise), and said “Baby, you’ve changed my life so much. And I want to know (he opens up the Kay Jeweler’s box), will you marry me?” At this point I’m crying like a baby, so it was hard for me to speak. I nodded my head “yes,” he took the ring out of the box and placed it on my ring finger, the scratched ring finger. Getting engaged to my fiancé was the best feeling ever. He had proposed on a day that we both love, WrestleMania Day, my family was there, just like I wanted, and to top it all off, my best friend and her fiancé, who had been visiting for the weekend and who were supposed to leave that morning, were right in the crowd to see our magical moment. After all the hoopla died down, we enjoyed the show, the food, and each other’s company. Later I found out that many of my family members had known about that day since December 2016, which is when Darryn knew that he was going to propose to me. This was one of the best days of my life, and I can’t wait to be Mrs. Beverly!