Our Love Story…5 Years of Marriage and 2 Baby Carriages!

Our 5th Anniversary is actually tomorrow, March 16th, but I wanted to publish this post early since I’m going to be super busy the rest of the week packing and preparing for our 2 week family vacation.


It still tickles me when I think of how I met my wonderful husband. So, this is how the story goes…..

I decided to meet one of my dearest friends, Robyn, at “da club” to celebrate my return to work (I’d been furloughed from my airline job for almost a year). I called my cousin, Jerrell, to let him know that I was actually going out, and he decided to meet us there. He knew that this was a rare occasion because I never go anywhere, especially not to the club!


While Robyn and I sat in the front row listening to the band play, a very attractive guy walked in and sat on one of the couches upstairs behind the band.  When my cousin went to the bar to get a drink, this handsome gentleman asked, “Is she your wife?” My cousin abruptly responded, “No, she’s my cousin!”


The next thing I knew, we were dancing the night away, exchanging numbers, and asking lots of questions.  Some of these questions were the normal type of stuff like: Do you have kids? Are you married? What do you do for a living? Where are you from????


(This is a photo from that night, in the parking lot, prior to us saying our goodbyes!)




A couple of dates later, we were in heavy discussion about making a life together. We talked a lot about what we wanted out of life-children, finances, etc.  I made it clear that at my age, I was too old to just be someone’s girlfriend. Since he’d been a bachelor all of his life, we discussed a reasonable time frame to put everyone in his “little black book” on notice so that they would know he was off the market!




On one of our dates, we ate lunch at a restaurant that my sister, Abra, was also working at during that time-Sage Woodfire Tavern. After our meal, we decided to walk across the street to Perimeter Mall to burn off some calories. However, next to the restaurant was a Jared jewelry store. For some reason, we decided to go inside. I tried on watches, bangles, bracelets, and earrings. Then my date wanted me to try on a few rings. I was a little reluctant, but I did and even told him which one I really loved. Unbeknownst to me, he asked the sales associate to write down the specifics on that particular ring.




That fateful night of our encounter was in June. Seven months later, he proposed while we were on a cruise (with the exact ring I said I loved) and two months later we were married!


This is what my husband had to say about his proposal:


I told my wife that I never told another woman, other than my mother, that I loved her. She said that she cared more about the action than the words. When I proposed to Stephanie, it was on the first night of our cruise. I took her to the top deck and told her to face towards the water as I held her close from behind (Titanic style)! I began to tell her, one by one, all the reasons why I loved her as I played our favorite song, ‘Share My Life’ by Kem , on my cell phone. I turned her around and got on both knees. With tears streaming down her face, I told her, “I Love You,” and asked her would she be my wife?


We’ve been pretty busy over the last 5 years. My wife has given me two beautiful children and we are in full swing of raising them and trying to maintain our sanity! I wouldn’t trade this life we’re building for anything. As a team, I’m looking forward to what the future has in store for us. With my wife as a major player, I know it will be epic!




We decided to do the total opposite of what most people do when they get married-so we skipped having a traditional wedding. We got married in our back yard by a minister named Reverend Settles. We received his information when we applied for our marriage license. He returned my call the morning of and said he could marry us at 5:00 pm that evening before his Bible study that started at 6:00 pm.


I then called Terrance to see if it was at all possible for him to come and take pictures on such short notice. He returned my call and said that he’d be there! So, I pulled a white pantsuit out of my closet, curled my hair, then headed to the nearest MAC counter to get my makeup done.


We said our own vows, and once the “I Do’s” were done, we went to dinner. We ate at The Sun Dial and were back home and in bed by 9:00 pm. I’m in awe of how God shows up and shows out when you least expect it. In my vows to my husband, Marcus, I told him that he’s a constant reminder to me that God is real because he’s everything I asked Him for in a soul mate.




The number 11 keeps showing up in my life. My husband and I met on June 11th. Our son was born on 11/11/11. My daughter was born 11 years from the day I began flight school. My mom’s birthday is July 11th and my dad’s birthday is April 11th!

Our lives are not perfect, but it’s the perfect life for me and I thank God everyday for these Blessings! Happy Anniversary my love and I’m excited to celebrate many, many more years with you!




Photographer: Photos By Terbo


42 thoughts on “Our Love Story…5 Years of Marriage and 2 Baby Carriages!”

  1. What a beautiful love story Stephanie. I am so happy for you and thank you for sharing. I really needed to read that as I’m in prayer for my soulmate. Blessings for you and your beautiful family.

  2. Happy Anniversary Stephanie!!! For all the good times, but especially the challenging times…don’t just “go” through it, but “GROW” through it, and you will enjoy the beautiful journey of life together!

  3. Makeba C. Butler

    Wonderful, wonderful love story! You have abundantly and divinely favored. God’s blessings to you, Marcus and your beautiful family.

  4. OMG Stephanie, I have to share your story as I read this tears ran down my face. I needed to read this today and God will give you just what you need just at the right moment. Your story is a reminder to me that God will give you the desires of your heart, and I pray to one day be able to share a story as great as yours with my soul mate at tow. I am sharing not only because it is an inspiration to me, but also because I know so many other amazing, beautiful, single women that it will inspire and give hope. Thank you for sharing my Classmate and I pray that you and your love continue to enjoy many, many more beautiful years together. Happy Anniversary!

  5. Well what I thought was so crazy was when we heard Marcus was getting married!!!!!! His brother Charles and I said whattttttt!! Marcus! This lady must be something special!!! Well duh we share the same name Stephanie! How crazy is that! I love my Sister n Law to pieces! God knew what he was doing when he placed her in our lives! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY STEP & MARCUS I love y’all ??????????????

  6. Beautiful! Happy Anniversary!!!!! I am so happy for you Stephanie. This blog was so beautiful and thanks for sharing! Love you!

  7. Makeba Dickerson

    Wow!!! Truly awesome and inspiring…thanks for sharing your love for Marcus. I’ve known Marcus for over 20 years (Army). Blessings to you both.

  8. I’m so happy for my homeboy Marcus an his wife. I hope everything works out for him an his wife.

  9. What a beautiful love story. May God continuous blessings be upon your Union as you model His glory through your marriage. Happy Anniversary!

  10. What a beautiful love story. Thanks for sharing Stephanie. I’ve known Marcus for over 20 years , we worked together in the US Army. He was always focused, driven and very humble. So excited to see where this beautiful journey takes your family. Blessings to you always.

  11. Beautiful reminder of your story; meeting Marcus.
    Happy Anniversary in advance!
    Im sure you all will have a blast.
    God bless the Rugrats..lol
    Hello to Marcus!

    Love Jenn

  12. Keyonia Everett

    Beautiful and inspirational story! I met my husband at the club too. Almost 8 years married and 3 kids strong-we’re still ALL IN. Many blessings to you guys!

  13. Cindra Montgomery-Wilson

    What a beautiful story. I wish much happiness for you and your family. Happy Anniversary!!!

  14. jana prioleau hunter

    Happy! Happy Anniversary Stephanie and Marcus! Whatba beautiful story i love it you probably don’t remember me but i used to do your hair when you were a little girl lol,but anyway i also met my husband at a club 22 years ago we are still hanging in there have a wonderful day! !!!

  15. Mary Emma Prioleau Holloway

    Hi Stephanie, I know you don’t remember me, but I know your mom and family. I just love your inspiring love story, such a blessing. Happy anniversary to both of you and may God continue to bless you.

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