I love surprises and being apart of them is even better. 🙂 Howard contacted about wanting to pull off a sunrise surprise proposal (try saying that 5 times fast) :} They were staying at North Beach Plantation for the week and the beach is a special place for both of them. So the plan was, Angelique thought they won a sunrise portrait session through the hotel. I had already been down to the ocean and drew out “Angelique, Will you marry Me?” in the sand. The rest was up to Howard. Well, of course she was very surprised and said “Yes!!!!”
So how did yall meet?
Howard and Angelique met on Match.com. The first line in his Match.com profile was “must love tall kids”. Having two kids myself, a daughter at 6’1” and a son at 6’4 “ tall kids is all Angie knew so that immediately drew her into Howard. Match.com is a cliché for most but our love story was meant to be. Both injured and hurt by our 20 plus year marriages ending we both did not believe that we would find each other. Our story began after Howard sent Angelique an email. Discouraged and having just moved to the Raleigh area after a the divorce to be around her family while her kids had left to attend college. Howard was funny, captivating and attentive. Skeptical about the Match.com site Angie messaged Howard and said after a week or so that she was taking herself off the site. After several weeks of talking on text and spending time with family at the beach and with family Howard and Angie decided to meet and he took her to the Angus Barn. Not being a native of Raleigh I asked my realtor at the time why this “man was taking me to a barn for our first date. MY realtor assured me this “barn” was a Raleigh landmark and a place that was high quality.
Before we met at Angus Barn Howard had asked me how I knew I would “like him” before we actually met in person because we had never talked over the phone and he may have a voice like “Mike Tyson”. That immediately made me laugh which was something I had always wanted in a man that I knew was the “one for me”. You ask me that moment I knew he was the “right one” was our first beach outing where a stranger took our picture on the beach when he grabbed my face and kissed me. This stranger said that she took the picture because Howard was just so tender and it was such a wonderful moment to capture and wanted to send give us this picture so it was sent over text. Soon after that he left for a business trip to China and never missing any man that has ever been in Angie’s life, she missed every part of being with Howard, talking with him and hearing his voice. That was the moment Angie knew she loved Howard and would for the rest of my life because he was the only one she could not live without if only for a few days for a business trip. It took Howard almost 4 year to propose but his proposal in Angie’s eyes was the perfect caption for our almost 4 year love story !