Chere and Yohann

How We Met

I’m a registered nurse working at one of the top trauma centers here in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Yohann is a doctor who is getting ready for residency. We met when we were 5 years old in school; we were both living on the tiny island called Antigua (located in the Caribbean). Yohann moved away when he was 8 years old, and we lost contact, technology wasn’t as big back then and we were only kids. Fast forward to University years and he never left my mind, so Facebook was becoming popular for college students. I did a search for him, and the very first picture that reminded me of him I immediately added the person and sent him a message. He remembered me and so our reconnect started. He was studying to be a doctor and was also in a relationship. I was studying to be a nurse and in a relationship as well. Few years after graduating we somehow connected again on Facebook chat, exchange numbers in 2013 and started communicating. Luckily for both of us, we were both coming out of very bad relationships, we both knew were n’t ready for anything serious again just yet but continued to talk and enjoy each other company. Mind you, we still haven’t seen each other since age 8. Life and career kept both of us busy and we couldn’t seem to find time to meet again. January 2017 I organized a trip to finally meet this amazing guy again who I had fallen for over the phone and text messages. We met, and it was like magic. We instantly connected and hit it off.

How He Asked

On February 7th, 2018 was my 30th birthday. Yohann and I celebrated my 29th birthday together last year for the first time in Barbados. This will be the second time we were together in a different country for my birthday and plan to always celebrate many more birthdays together forever. Last year we were just meeting and figuring out our crazy lives, career, and schedules and how best to combine it. We finally did and made the decision to commit to each other forever. So this photoshoot symbolizes many things for us….. love, the start of something new, and our official “we are a couple photos”. What better way to announce it but on your birthday in the “City of Love”.  After all, it is the Love month also……Well, so I thought. I love taking pictures, so when we got the idea to take pictures for my birthday and a few couple shot/pictures I jumped at the idea immediately.

I reached out to a friend of mine who had done an engagement shoot in Paris and she recommended Fran. I contacted him myself and we set it all up as a birthday/couple shoot (first official pictures together). Little did I know Yohann reached out to Fran himself and organized a whole engagement shoot.

We had ordered some heart-shaped balloons for the shoot since it was almost Valentines Day, five balloons were delivered that morning. I could have sworn I saw the lady who delivered it leave in a car. Little did I know she returned, and when I was standing there taking some shots by myself Yohann was behind me getting two extra balloons that had the words “Say Yes” and “Marry Me” on them.

So when I saw him walking up to me with the balloons I still didn’t suspect anything until I saw him kneeling down on one knee with a little black box. I literally ran away laughing thinking it was a joke. He kept kneeling saying “Babe, yes…no…maybe” I then ran back screaming Yes!!! I couldn’t believe he had planned this and they all hid it so well from me. I’m still in shock that two kids who lost contact after so many years would reconnect and now engaged. Still on cloud nine!!

Special Thanks

Fran Boloni
Photographer