S: 1st Anniversary Edition LOVE November 19, 2012
BC: to be continued...
FC: A Love Story | Vincent and La Shawn | L O V E | 1st Anniversary Edition
1: The Day it all "officially" started | After PL & MOM's Father's Day Salute on June 20, 2009, Vince and I had dinner at Copper Canyon Grill in Centreville, VA
2: I’d just broken up from yet another bad relationship and decided it was time to take care of my own personal needs. In doing that, I was quickly promoted and was able to move to the State of Virginia. God is good. I’ve had a passion for music since I was a child. I’d previously been involved with several groups, choirs, and a lead vocalist for the Navy Band. An opportunity presented itself and I was asked if I would be interested in auditioning for one of the most prominent gospel groups in the DC area. Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music has been a blessing to me in so many ways. My walk with Christ has truly grown. I’m able to sing His praises for the countless blessings and showers of mercy He has bestowed upon me, and I met the Love of my life. A great songwriter must endure an enormous amount of emotions in order for the music, the story, to touch the lives of those who share a similar story. Songs like “Never Had a Love Like This Before” by Tavares and “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This” by Will Downing and Rachelle Farrell are just two of the many testimonies I have for La Shawn. I noticed her immediately and soon I noticed her noticing me. We decided to have dinner one night after a concert and I’ve been falling since that day. | HIS STORY
3: It was the fall of 2008. Time for another exciting season with Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music. As with every new choir season, we have new members. Vince was one of them. The first time I saw him, he had on a suit. The next rehearsal - another suit. Third rehearsal - not that I was noticing or anything - but, another suit. That kind of caught my eye because I notice people who dress nicely. About a month later, we had a special engagement with Donald Lawrence and I was asked to capture names of the participants. I still didn't know some of the new members, so they had to give me their names. I saw Vince standing there waiting and I told him I already had him on the list. He continued to stand there. I said...I have you - Vincent. He was the only new bass, so it was easy - not that I was noticing him or anything. As time went on, I began to see what a true gentleman he was - opening doors, carrying bags, boxes, etc. I remember a time in particular where we were leaving at the same time and I reached for the door. He moved ahead of me and said - "you shall not touch doors in my presence" - ok, now I'm noticing. I thought - Is this guy for real? Even if that's a line - it's a good one. As more time went on, he proved that he was just genuinely a good southern born man who doesn't have a problem keeping chivalry alive. After months of flirtation, we finally went out to dinner on June 20, 2009 and we've been falling harder and deeper every day since. | HER STORY
4: I was nervous on that first date to Copper Canyon Grill and I was nervous on this trip up the road to Baltimore. | ................................ | ArtScape 2009 Baltimore, MD | O U R F I R S T OUTING
5: J'Well and I went to Virginia Beach for a week. I really missed Vince, but we thought of him. We bought him this painting. | August 2009
6: Dragged Vince to a Redskins Pre-Season game to see J'Well dance at Half Time. | August 22, 2009
7: We just seemed to click - very early on People said we were a great complement to one another. | Especially since we both like to dress well.
8: One of the first of many musical events to come
9: Not hard for him to put a smile on my face Purple and Chocolate work every time
10: August 2009 | September 2009
11: November 2009 | October 2009
12: Thanksgiving with Vince's sister Cassandra included a trip to Cowboys stadium | Austin, TX | Thanksgiving 2009
13: Vince meets Everson Walls #24 1981 - 1989
14: Vince's Graduation December 2009
15: 2009 | This was suuch a HUGE box, it took up most of the trunk space when trying to transport the gifts to DC. I think this is the reason we started the tradition of giving one gift at midnight - the sooner I opened it, the sooner Vince could stop trying to carry it around!
16: My Birthday celebration at the Gaylord Hotel - National Harbor | January 2010 | Dinner at Grace's Mandarin. Turned out to be one of my favorite restaurants
17: I love that we can be silly together...We're so fortunate to have the friendship we have as well as the love we share. I am so blessed to have found my true love and my best friend. We always have such a good time together.
19: April 2010 | Vacation Time We would come to love our "Getaways" | Picture with the Pastor after Sunday Service
20: A Spontaneous Trip to The Picture People
22: Family Reunion | May 2010
24: June 2010
25: The Odyssey White Party | July 2010 | Tried to win a new flat screen TV for Vince's Birthday. Our ticket was pulled, but for a prize we didn't register to win. They gave us movie tickets.
26: Oh The Flowers!!!
29: Hangin' with the Remberts after church | August 2010
31: Al Jarreau & The George Duke Trio / Marcus Miller | August 18, 2010 | Wolf Trap
32: September 2010 | Enjoying our good friend Anita King Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA
33: DeMarshal's Wedding | 10.10.10 | 10.10.10
34: Bermuda | ................................ | November 2010 | Cruise to Bermuda for PL & MOM's Anniversary Celebration
36: Thanksgiving 2010 in South Carolina | Christmas 2010 | This child would not let Vince go | The year of the purple Coach and the Kindle
38: The Bellmoor Inn | Rehoboth Beach, DE | January 2011
40: PL & MOM goes to NC
41: February 2011
42: February 2011
43: Valentine's Day Dinner at B. Smith's Union Station Afterwards, we went to see Chris Botti at the Kennedy Center
44: Engaged!!! | March 2011
47: The Warner Theatre | Donnie Simpson | March 2011
48: April 2011
49: favorite places | 2011
50: Vacation june 11 | Vacation - June 2011 Massanutten Resort | Wilton House
51: Right Hand of Fellowship Heritage Fellowship Church | July 17, 2012 | July 2012
53: July 2011 | Vince's Birthday PART 2
54: Washington National Harbor
55: Virginia Beach
56: Kastles Tennis
57: Can you believe I'm cooking?!
58: August 2011 | Took the Alexandria Water Taxi over to the National Harbor
59: My, what big hands you have (hand wraps around my entire body!)
60: w/Kathy Taylor Brown
61: A Surprise trip to North Carolina for Vince's Mom's Birthday | September | 2011
62: October 2011
63: Boutiques, Online Shops, David's Bridal and Filene's Running of the Brides | Last Month: The Decision to Elope This Month: The Search for the Dress is Really on!
65: H O W W E M E T
66: "I don't know why you love taking pictures of me when I'm not camera-ready!" | You just keep saying "you look fine baby." | Birthday Getaway 2012
67: January 27, 2012 | Warner Theatre | Valentine's Day | I'm kind of sensing a theme here
68: Vacation - March 2012 | Massanutten Resort, Harrisonburg, Virginia
69: I am not camera-worthy!
71: Grace's Mandarin | June 2012
72: Vincent | July 2012
74: Heading up North with the choir (PL & MOM)
75: August 2012
76: ......................................... | August 2012
78: Borgata Hotel and Spa Atlantic City, NJ | October 2012 | John Legend Concert
79: Y'all know all of these bags aren't mine, right? | Wolfgang Puck
80: ................................ | November 2012 | New York, NY | PL & MOM Anniversary
81: Happy 1st Anniversary | One Exceptional Year