"Instant attraction and intrigue" is how Brianna describes the love story with Lorenzo Conley. Nothing can be better than instantly knowing "this is how it's supposed to be".
Brianna and Lorenzo met in Greenwood, Mississippi where they were both living and working at the time. Lorenzo spotted Brianna at a school district staff meeting. He was instantly intrigued and sought to find out what school she worked for. Not realizing, they both worked on the same school campus. She taught on the elementary side and he taught on the high school side. As fate would have it, a few weeks later the tide would turn and Lorenzo spotted Brianna again in the cafeteria with her students.
Lorenzo reached out to a mutual acquaintance who spoke highly of his character and provided Brianna with Lorenzo's contact information. Brianna took the bold step to contact him and "we hit it off instantly." After multiple phone conversations, Brianna admits "his personality radiated through his words so by the time we went on our first date I was already invested!"
Brianna and Lorenzo's first official trip together took them to Rogers, Arkansas. She recalls this being her fondest memory with Lorenzo, "we had such an amazing time together" and truly "enjoyed each other's company." She knew "this is how it's supposed to be."
Although Lorenzo was the one who casually uttered the words, "I love you" first, there is nothing casual about their love. "We magnify each other's strengths. I am excellent at planning, organization and details and he is wonderful at execution and making things happen. We have this dynamic in many areas of our personalities." This is how it's supposed to be!
How did he proposed? Unbeknowst to Brianna, Lorenzo reached out to her family expressing his intentions to marry her and received their blessing. The ruse was a small all white attire Christmas party to held at their neighborhood clubhouse for Lorenzo's brother, who was assisting in the planning of the magic moment.
Lorenzo used the talents as the "go-to tech guy" as his cover to get everything in place. His nephew was sent to accompany Brianna to the party. Upon her arrival at the location, Brianna did not find a party going on. Instead, "I walked in to his family and friends lined up into two rows, each person holding a rose. The all white party was a cover up! ... a ploy to get me dressed up and wearing white. The plan was for Lorenzo and me to be the only ones in white." With one of Brianna's favorite songs, Sam Smith's Latch acoustic version, playing in the background Brianna made her way down the line of family and friends. "Each person handed me a rose."
"As I approached the end of the line I was shocked to see my family had come all the way from Wisconsin! At the very end of the lines was Lorenzo waiting for me with a rose and that is when he proposed." Just magical! However, the surprises did not end there, Lorenzo "went on to play a video of well wishes from my friends who were not able to make it." Nice touch Lorenzo!
Brianna recalls being "pretty surprised" but at times "a little suspicious". "Walking into the doors of the party I had no idea what was about to happen. When I saw everyone lined up at the doors, that's when I realized what was going on."
After nearly six years together, Brianna and Lorenzo will be joined in marriage on October 7, 2017 at The Esplanade in Memphis, Tennessee. In what should only be described as a glamorously chic affair designed and created by Brittany Bell of Brittany B Events and will be captured by Sam Jasper Photography. If their engagement photographs are any indication of what to expect, we say this will be a spectacular night indeed.
Brianna admits she is looking forward to "getting a chance to celebrate such a momentous occasion with loved ones" and "beginning a new chapter of our lives together." We say "Here, Here"!