Hello and welcome to our wedding website!
We are so excited about this new season and cannot wait to share our "I Dos" with you this fall. To make things easier and fun, we've created this website with you in mind. Here you'll find all the important information you'll need to know leading up to our big day. From venue details to hotel accommodations and registry information, we've got you covered! So, take a look around, and don't forget to RSVP. We'd love to dance the night away with you!
Thank you so much for your endless love and support through our journey together so far and it’s only the beginning. We appreciate you and we can’t wait to share the best day of our lives with you all!
Lorene & Ish
Hey there! This is Lorene, and I’m gonna be your narrator!
So it was my first weekend in DFW. I had just moved from Houston to study at “The King’s University” that fall. My family and I had gone to church on that Saturday afternoon, and as we were walking out, a family my parents had previously met stopped to say “hi.” I introduced myself to them and other family members who were also there. Finally, I introduced myself to Ishmael, who many of you know as “Ish.”
I was so surprised by how nice he was, and how easily we got along in the few minutes we interacted. I could say he definitely had the charm factor ; ). We said our goodbyes shortly after, never imagining what would come of our meeting that late summer afternoon. Shortly after I realized I never even got his Instagram handle... oops! First world problems, am I right?!
Read "Chapter 2: Dating" to find out what happens next (as if you didn't already know how the book ends, ha!).
Ish and I finally admitted we liked each other after several of our friends convinced us to (you know who you are). We talked it all out and didn’t cut any corners. Then, I asked him a question, the “make it or break it” type of question. I’ll write out the dialogue so it’s easier to understand:
Me: “So why do you want to date me?”
Ish: *takes a few minutes*
|| Pause ||
While he thought about his answer, I told myself that if he answered anything besides being able to see a future with me, I would not let myself date him. It would be pointless, I’d rather be friends.
|| Ok, resume ||
Ish: “Well, I can see marriage being an end goal with you.” (I’m paraphrasing but you get the point)
After that conversation, I knew that he would be a good fit for me. Dating has been a journey of constant learning. It has taken a lot of prayer, patience, and grace; but I wouldn’t take any moment back. We've both grown so much and will continue to grow together.
Alright, you know the drill! Keep reading for, “Chapter 3: How He Proposed."
Skipping all of the time between the “we wanna get married soon” conversations and the day of the proposal, I had little inklings of how soon it was going to happen. I was getting excited!
April comes around. Ish had just gotten back from a trip and was going to play at church that upcoming weekend. The following week he was going to be super busy as well, so in my mind, nothing was going to happen just yet. On Friday, April 13th (the weekend he was scheduled to play drums at church), Ish texted me saying we should go on a nice dinner date that Saturday evening. Obviously it didn’t take much to convince me to agree to that!
So, after the 5:45 PM church service we headed over to the steakhouse he had made reservations at. We got to the restaurant and our server happened to be Jansen, one of Ish’s friends. Jansen treated us to lots of goodies that evening, which I didn't find particularly suspicious since he and Ish are friends. It wasn't until later that I learned he knew Ish was going to propose that night and wanted our night to be extra special.
I can’t remember exactly when, but Ish had mentioned us going to one of our favorite coffee spots, Re:defined Coffee House, for coffee and dessert after dinner. By the time we left the steak house, Re:defined should have been closed, but Ish convinced me that they were going to be open later than usual and that we should go! Again, how could I resist coffee, am I right?
The whole evening Ish had been more quiet than usual but I thought it was because he was tired from a long day.
We got to the coffee shop and as we pulled up to the parking lot I saw my parent’s car. I figured they were there for the late night coffee too! As we walked up to the entrance I saw seen a candlelit aisle through the glass door. I looked at Ish’s facial expression and instantly knew...it was happening! He opened the door, and inside were our our families and close family friends. It was a very sweet touch.
He walked me down the aisle to the opposite side of the coffee shop, which was decorated with scattered lights and flowers. Music softly played in the background. When we get to the end, he shared why he wants to spend our lives together, got down on one knee and I said “YES!”
It was perfect. We did have coffee at the end by the way.