Patience and Anwar

how we met

Anwar first saw me at the age of 14, but was too shy to approach me, so I never saw him. He thought I was the prettiest girl in the world so he decided to add me on Myspace through a mutual friend and started to talk to me on there, but we never met in person. He called it “puppy love”. A few years go by, he came across my profile on Facebook and we re-connected on there with little messages here and there. A few more years go by Anwar is attending Temple University and I am attending West Chester University. Then in Spring 2009, my girls and I decide to attend one of WCU college parties. Little did I know Anwar and his guys also decided to drive up to WCU to attend this party. We are all on the dance floor and I see him. I am thinking in my head I know this guy. I approach him and we just begin to laugh and then we danced all night. Since this day we have been inseparable. A year from the day we met, Anwar enlisted into the Navy. It was devastating to know in order for us to continue this relationship it would have to be through long distance. Even though most couples do not make it through, I am truly proud to say that our love for each other pushed us through.

how they asked

Anwar would drive down from Connecticut (where he is stationed) to Philadelphia every weekend to see me. August 17th 2019 was just a normal Saturday, when he decided to book a hotel downtown and make dinner reservations at one of our favorite restaurants. Dinner was amazing, we talked mostly about our future together. After dinner, we went back to the hotel to relax and plan our late night outing. Then, Anwar said lets stop by his best friends gf’s birthday party first, its at his apartment. So we head there, we are going up on the elevator and the doors open and as I walk up a few more stairs I start to hear John Legend’s “All of me” playing in the background and I start to see so many flashes from cell phones and the photographer. I look at Anwar, then he looks at me he says “all of this is for you” I was speechless and crying so hard! My sister then hands me a bouquet of flowers, I walk a few more steps and to see a “Marry Me” sign and candles shaped into a huge heart. Then Anwar gets down on one knee. I said yes before he could even get the words out. I finally turn to see who are all of these people behind me. I was so in shocked to see all of these people. Anwar was able to gather all of our family and friends so they could witness our engagement. Apparently, they have all been planning this for weeks behind my back. It was truly the most amazing night. We celebrated on the rooftop along the Philly skyline and popped so many bottles of champagne all night long. I am still in awe.

Special Thanks

J&J Studios, LLC
 | Photography
Philadelphia City Hall
 | Location
Love Statue
 | Location II