Love is patient, love is kind, love they say will wait till the end of time. This has been the case of Sade and Ayo; childhood sweethearts who didn’t let time and distance rid them the opportunity to enjoy their eternal bliss.
As their feet anticipate the nuptial walk to the altar, the couple keenly look forward to putting those same feet to test on the dance floor.
∼ Photography: Petronella
The How We Met Story:
from the Bride, Sade
We are childhood sweethearts and met as kids in middle school back in 2001. For a long time after that, we lost touch. I am more of a free spirit, so I moved to New York to pursue my fashion PR dreams & being the analytical one, he moved to Scotland for his Masters before settling in London and starting a career as a Project Manager.
But fate brought us back together and in July 2017, we are getting married!
The Proposal Story:
from the bride, Sade
We got engaged during our vacation in Abu Dhabi at the beautiful St.Regis! We were enjoying drinks at the champagne bar with another couple who had been married for 20 years when suddenly Ayo got on his knees to propose. I had no clue what was happening and immediately began to cry.
Apparently, Ayo had told the couple next to us while I was using the restroom that he was going to purpose so they recorded it all for us. It is still a blur but will be remembered as one of the best moments of my life!
From the Groom:
I was so nervous but I wanted to make this moment really special for her. We go on vacation to another country at least once a year and this time we chose Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I had already told the hotel staff that I was planning to propose so everyone at the Champagne bar was ready for our arrival.
As luck would have it, while we were enjoying our bottle of champagne that was severed by the bar host in an amazing presentation, we met this great couple who had been married for 20 years. We connected immediately so when Sade left to use the restroom, I let them in on my plans.
I have to say; they were almost more excited than me hahaha! As soon as I got the courage to go for it and get on one knee, the whole bar turned our way and listened to my words as I proposed to the love of my life. It was a surreal moment that I will never forget and thank goodness she said YES!
Everyone applauded and the moment was captured by all our new friends in photos and video so we could bring back with us and share the moment with our friends and family here in the States.
What makes our love special? I think it’s because we have known each other for so long and despite losing touch for so many years we are still here, engaged to be married!