Tkeyah and Solomon live, love, and are getting married in Washington D.C. at the Westin Hotel in Georgetown, so we decided to do their engagement session there as well. We began the evening on a trail at Rock Creek Park, then headed over to the MLK Memorial, made a quick stop at the DC War Memorial, and finished the evening at the Politics and Prose bookstore at The Wharf since T+S love reading. Beyond being an engagement session, I felt like I was hanging out with two friends, running around from one beautiful DC site to the next. By the end of the night we had talked about everything from our current passions to future dreams to struggles to our upbringings and more. It was a refreshing evening – both in conversation and photography. I love these two!
“Together we are a couple of goofballs who enjoy traveling, exercising, and spending time together. In our relationship, Tkeyah is the dreamer whereas I am the executioner. You will often find Tkeyah dreaming up an idea and me refining and building her idea out.”
The love story:
“We first met in 2010 while attending the University of Baltimore. When we first moved into our apartments, since our college didn’t have dorms, we were introduced to each other by a college RA as a way of creating a traditional college community. As we started talking we realized that we actually knew some of the same people from our hometown since some of Tkeyah’s friends from high school went to my middle school. We became really good friends during our freshman and sophomore years of college and I slowly started to see her as something more, although she only saw me as her friend or “brother”. In September 2011, she finally gave me a shot and we had our first date. Even after numerous dates, Tkeyah took a while to call me her boyfriend. When she finally “accepted” me, we realized that we balanced each other out and could truly be ourselves around one another.”
“Fast forward 7 years on my birthday trip to Los Angeles, CA, I proposed while on a hike in Malibu and it was one of the hardest hikes we’ve ever done together. I chose the hike because it was symbolic of our relationship — climbing towards a beautiful peak together. When I got down on one knee, I told her, “Just like this hike, we’ve been through a lot together, but now we’ve reached the peak and we’ll be here together forever.”