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Ft. Lauderdale Engagement Session: Eric & LaVell

Innovative Arts Photography

Eric and LaVell met in Atlanta on Nov. 28, 2012. Eric was there competing for a pageant and LaVell was there to support his sister who was competing in the same pageant. Eric walked by and LaVell grabbed him by his forearm, asking his name. They connected via Facebook, met for coffee and hot chocolate, and today they are married.

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Eric proposed to LaVell on Nov. 28, 2014 during an intimate gathering in Florida. They arrived at LaVell’s godmother’s house and were greeted by his closest friends. He asked them why they were there, and they said, “to celebrate your growth and career.” As they sat in the living room, Eric walked in playing “You and I” by John Legend, the song that LaVell even told Eric he wanted to walk down the aisle to by coincidence. While the song was playing, Eric dropped to one knee and pulled out a ring. It was the surprise of a lifetime to LaVell.

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Innovative Arts Photography
Innovative Arts Photography
Innovative Arts Photography

The grooms enjoyed their engagement session and found it intimate and open. The surrounding was beautiful and they were accompanied by their puppy, Chance. They would recommend that other couples have fun with their engagement sessions and make them memorable. “Do something sexy and fashionable,” they suggested.

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Innovative Arts Photography
Innovative Arts Photography
Innovative Arts Photography
Innovative Arts Photography

They also enjoyed their wedding planning. In particular, they had fun visiting venues and tasting food and cake. They chose the colors white, silver and “love first blush” and had a blast shopping for the wedding. They did overcome a lot of obstacles, as well. Some of their groomsmaids dropped out of the wedding and Eric’s family did not attend out of disapproval of their relationship. Instead of letting the problems destroy them, they prayed together and acted as each other’s cheerleaders. They stayed positive. “That’s what got us down the aisle,” said LaVell. Even if only two people showed up, they were going to be married.

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