Lori and OJ

lori and oj in collegeHow we met: I met OJ Flowers at Arizona State University where I was attending graduate school.  We met in the student Union where everyone would hang out between classes.  OJ played football for ASU and would walk thru the student union in his track suits.  I remember telling my friends how cute he was.  OJ and I ended up just being good friends since we were both dating someone.  We both graduated and lost touch with each other.

Fast forward to around 15 years later, we found each other on Facebook.   We talked back and forth on Facebook about how crazy it was that we both ended up in Atlanta and we agreed to get together one day soon.  A few years later, I noticed a post on his page where he was checking in at a local cupcake shop near where I lived.  I immediately sent him a note saying that he was very close to where I live.  He responded and suggested that we get together and catch up on our lives.   We decided to attend a tailgate party for the Atlanta Football Classic Game.   As soon as he saw me, he said “Lori Hall, you still have that million dollar smile.”   We attended the event and had a blast.  So much so that he asked me to go out the next night.

That night I shared with him that I was involved with an organization called Pinky Promise which is a promise to honor Christ with your life and your body.  We promote purity and waiting till marriage to have sex.  Normally when I would mention this to a guy, he would run.  OJ said that he respected my Pinky Promise and was in!   Our courtship was filled with trying new restaurants, family activities, being active in church and just hanging out. This courtship was different than any other in that he pushed me closer to Christ and helped to grow my Christian walk.

How He Asked: The proposal was a total surprise to me.  It happened Saturday August 2, 2014 at Praise in the Park, a free inspirational concert that myself and the radio station I work for, Praise 102.5 / 102.9 put together at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.  OJ had worked with my boss to arrange an on stage proposal.   In the midst of working the event, I got called to the stage.  I resisted going to the stage at first wondering why in the world am I needed there?!  Once they finally got me to the stage, one of the Praise personalities made it seem as though I was getting an award.  He read off some accolades (which was a blur to me) and then the next voice I heard was that of OJ!  His proposal went something like this:

To your church, you’re a woman of God, to Pinky Promise, you’re an excellent example of how to honor God with your life, to Radio One, you’re the marketing director, to your family you’re a daughter.”   Then he came out and said…”But to me you’re the cream in my coffee, the candy in my cane, and I want you to be the queen of my castle.  You have stolen my heart and you’re the person I want to be my wife. Will you marry me?”

OJ then proposed to me right there on stage in front of 10,000 people!  On top of that, he had my family and his family on stage with shirts that said Flowers4LIfe.  His last name is Flowers, so when we were courting, I told him loved floweres,  He responded, “What if I gave you flowers for life?”

I happily accepted!   Our wedding date is May 16, 2015.

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photographers: lauren arum