Ife & Esé


Saturday August, 16th , 2014


Noah Liff Opera Center in Nashville, Tennessee


Love is what happened when I met you…


…Life is what happened when you loved me.

Our Story

Ife and I met in church, cliché right? Lol. When I first met her, my first thoughts were simply…”She seems nice”. With both of us very active in the church, our paths crossed more often than not. We spent time together planning and developing our choir and through that became very good friends. We talked, laughed and shared past experiences and realized we had more in common than we ever thought.

One of the many things we had in common was our love for cooking. We argued for days on who was the best cook, and with the competitive spirit in us, we decided to have a cooking competition and invite a few friends over to be judges. The date was set, Memorial Day 2013. The dish – Jambalaya. The winner – of course me! (Don’t tell her I said that though…)

In the weeks after that Memorial Day Weekend, Ife and I spent more time together and our friendship grew into a God-filled, loving and caring relationship. We never imagined in a million years that we would both find someone that we could be totally at peace with and someone that we could truly be ourselves 100% of the time.

A few months later, after speaking to her parents and getting their blessing in asking their wonderful daughter for her hand in marriage, I bought a ring and began plotting and scheming my proposal. Ife’s birthday is on October 18th. So, perfect right? Great surprise right? Well, Ife is a bit smarter than I thought. She began suspecting that something was going to happen on her birthday. (I guess it didn’t help that I planned a random trip to Chicago that same weekend as well as my little sister texting me “OMG…He went to Jared’s!!!!” while I was trying to show Ife a video on my phone…) So, I had to switch things up a bit.

Ife had a long week at work the week before her birthday, so I decided to make that Friday (11th) the day! I scheduled a spa day for her as soon as she got off work. I dropped her off, with her wondering what I was going to be doing with my time. I then hurried back to her place, where I had pre-arranged a meeting with a caterer friend of mine to meet me there to set up a romantic dinner for two. (Keep in mind, I only had an hour window and had to get back before she was done).  Luckily, the caterer had most of everything cooked and while she finished prepping, I set up the decor. I hurried back to pick Ife up and got there just 3 minutes before she walked out… *phew*.

As soon as we walked in the house, her first reaction was “Awww, you’re so sweet…”. Now, keep in mind, my plan was to propose after dinner, but the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. She turned around to give me a hug only to see me ‘on bended knees’. I regret not having my camera on me, because the look on her face was priceless. I asked, she answered, she cried….and cried some more. Then as most women do, she called her sisters and girlfriends…I don’t even remember if we ate dinner after all that.


We are registered for gifts at these fine retail establishments


700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN  37067

Reservation #: 1 (800) 228-9290 or (615) 261-6100

Group Code: Okusanya/Morrison

Group Rate: $109.00

Room Type: Single or Double

Cutoff Date: 07/25/2014

1874 West McEwen Drive, Franklin, TN 37067

Reservation #: 1-800-325-0720 or (615) 771-6778

Group Code: 2200837

Group Rate: $124.95 (includes free hot breakfast)

Room Type: Single or Double

Booking Link: http://www.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?groupno=2200837

Cutoff Date: 07/16/14

760 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027

Reservation #: 1 (800)368-7764 or (615) 964-5500

Group Code: Okusanya/Morrison

Group Rate: $109

Room Type: Single or Double

Cutoff Date: 07/16/14

9150 Carothers Parkway, Franklin, TN 37067

Room Type: Single or Double

Cutoff Date: 07/16/2014

Reservation #: 615-656-2700

Group Code: N2847260, Group Rate: $109 (No breakfast)



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