The Love Story as told by The coordinated Bride Natalia
I was working on a recruiting project and decided to leverage social media for investigator connections. I’m not the biggest fan of the professional network site Linkedin, but I started up a new account. Shortly after, Linkedin provided suggestions based on my email history. Greg’s name popped up, and we connected. He sent me a message and shortly after our Linkedin messages transitioned to text messages.
When we started to text each other, there was no intention on my end to be in a committed relationship with Greg. After all, I’d known him from my former employer, the National Association of Black Journalists, and had not been in contact for over two years.
As our text messaging transitioned to phone calls, we immediately hit it off. We were talking more and things just felt right. We enjoyed late night conversations including facetime. Our friendship grew quickly as though we have been in each other lives for years.
After a few months of our long distance friendship, we went on our first date. He asked me to be his girlfriend July 19, 2015. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire weekend as he was doing an excellent job at keeping me happy. After many long conversations and our connection spiritually, things were speeding up for us. Kinda like when you know he’s the one, she’s the one. He flew from Atlanta and proposed to me on December 28, 2015 in the presence of my mom and sister, Natasha, who was all in on this amazing surprise.
The Love Story as told by Greg
It is funny how life works sometimes. On the night of July 17, 2015, I knew I could not let Natalia go. But the road to getting to that point was not followed in the traditional sense.
Back track eleven years ago.
Natalia and I met as associates of the National Association of Black Journalists. We had a cordial and respectful relationship. Romantic vibes? Please. She thought I was a goof ball. In 2013, Natalia decided to move on with her life by leaving NABJ to pursue a master’s degree. I tried to no avail to say hello via text, but I got no response.
Fast forward two years later, I received a rare Linkedin message from Natalia. We exchanged pleasantries. Then we progressed to texting. Then we chatted on the phone a lot. Then we went on our first date on the weekend of July 17.
I remember seeing her for the first time in two years–right after work — it was just amazing how our chemistry was. But the thing that I was glad she noticed was there was another side of me outside of the workplace.
When I saw her face on that Friday night, I knew I was never letting her go. And here we are today, holding on to her for the rest of my life.
Yes, it is funny how life works.
We pray that Natalia and Greg remain steadfast in their fate and the love that they have for each other. Special thanks Lajoy Cox of Lajoy Photography for sharing this stunning wedding.