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APbride | Meet Blogger Bride Phyllis

by Phyllis George
June 18, 2014
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Hello I’m Phyllis and my FH (future husband) is Calvin​. I’m a little biased, but I think our love is pretty freaking awesome!! We got engaged on April 28, 2014, so our wedding planning is in the beginning stages. I will be able to share everything from deciding between a local ​or​ destination wedding to maintaining sanity in my Type A world. We both have big families and we want everyone to witness our union, but at the same time​, ​we don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on one day. This journey will be quite entertaining…

How We Met

I met Calvin during the summer of 2009 at a party. It was just a casual introduction. We ended up taking a group picture at the event that was later posted on Facebook. Someone tagged me in the picture and Calvin sent me a friend request.

1st Time We Met

First time we met: It’s funny that we are standing next to each other like buddies and I didn’t even know his name

Over the years, we kept in touch by phone. He was very persistent in getting to know me better, but it was hard for me to let down my guard. (Side note: I’m happy he stuck it out with me; I was a tough nut to crack).

On May 12, 2012, for no reason at all I called Calvin so that we could hang out together. It was such a beautiful day. Perfect weather! I felt like enjoying the day and he’s the person I wanted to spend it with. No clue why, but I didn’t think too much about it or I would’ve talked myself out of it. So I called and we decided to do a movie. We went to see “The Five Year Engagement.” Movie was OK, but there was a line that stuck out, “No cookie is perfect. Sometimes you have to just pick a cookie and take a bite.” We later discussed this and both agreed that waiting for the perfect person had held us both back in the past. It was then that I think the ice around my heart cracked….just a little LOL. I told him I had such a great time and wasn’t ready for the evening to end, so we went to grab a bite to eat and talked some more.

US in Vegas3

I knew after that date that this was the beginning of something really special. I think us being friends for three years made conversations easier and things move smoothly. He’s such a good man and we fit together perfectly. Calvin is my other half and I believe that God created him just for me because he was born the same year as me, the day AFTER me. Yup it was meant to be! My very own fairytale. Since that first date, we have grown closer, got on each other’s nerves, made beautiful memories, laughed and cried together (well I cried and he watched LOL), enjoyed time with our families and friends and fallen head over heels in love with each other.

US in Vegas4

The Proposal

This April, to celebrate our birthdays, we went to Las Vegas. We spent the day before my birthday on the strip and after all our activities, we were both so exhausted. I wanted to stay in for the night, but Calvin wanted to celebrate my birthday at midnight. The evening started with dinner, which was wonderful, but Calvin was acting kinda weird. He seemed quiet for some reason. I figured he was just tired and told him after dinner we could return to our hotel room and celebrate the next day. Of course he said no, so after dinner we headed to a new ferris wheel called the High Roller. We were 550ft above Vegas and the lights and scenery were amazing! It was just a magical evening.

My Precious!!

Calvin was taking pictures of me with my phone and then gave the phone to someone on the ride. I figured it was to take a picture of both of us but…it was to videotape what was about to happen. He took me by my hand and looked at me and I instantly knew what he was about to do. I immediately lost it!!! I did the ugly pageant cry and didn’t hear anything he said. I saw the ring and screamed. He went down on one knee and placed my new jewelry on my hand. Later he told me that he said, “Some marriages don’t last, so I won’t ask you to marry me. Phyllis, will you spend the rest of your life with me?” At one point, I realized that I hadn’t heard the proposal, but knew I needed to respond, so I squealed, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” I kissed my boyfriend goodbye and said hello to my fiancé. It was the perfect night, and I won the biggest jackpot in Vegas! THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!

AP Proposal: Phyllis and Calvin from Aisle Perfect on Vimeo.

It feels like I never got off the ride because I’m still floating high. I am looking forward to sharing my journey to Wifey-hood with AP readers. I’m sure there will be many days of excitement and bliss, but there will be a few moments of frustration as well. My goal throughout this process is to try to stay on top of the planning and stay focused on making the day about Phyllis and Calvin….that is what matters most. At the end of the day, I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. A man who makes me feel like the prettiest girl in the world. I can’t wait to start building a family with him. This wedding is the last task on our list to happily ever after 🙂

We're Engaged!!


Phyllis G is blogging as part of our new series #APbrides. Follow Phyllis and our other blogger brides as they take us through their journey to I do. You can follow them on Pinterest at:

  1. Amanda

    Excited for these #apbrides posts!! Love the proposal and “ugly pageant cry” made me laugh 🙂

  2. Phyllis

    Thanks Amanda! I look so silly 🙂

  3. Bolanle

    I absolutely love this new segment AP! Congrats Phyllis! Can’t wait to read your journey, the proposal was super speciallll 🙂

  4. ~Michelle~

    My sis! Yay!!!! Love you have a pic from the first introduction! Excited to read the journey.

  5. Fonzy

    Loved the story of how you both met and the proposal. LOL at “ugly pageant cry”. Can’t wait to read your posts and good luck with all the planning ahead.

  6. Cass

    What a beautiful expression of sincere thoughts and love. I will buy the book!

  7. Phyllis

    Thanks so much Bolanle, Michelle, Fonzy and Cass!!! I appreciate all of your well wishes. Stay tuned 🙂

  8. Baby

    One day, a future bride will actually hear what the guy is saying when proposing. lol.

    Congratulations on your engagement and happy wedding planning 🙂

  9. Mielle

    Such lovely writing, and a great love story! I wish you all the best on your journey into forever!

  10. Phyllis

    LOL @ Baby!! You are so right! Thanks to you and Mielle!

  11. Steph

    Beautifully written. So happy for you big sis. Can’t wait to be a part of your wedding. Calvin is a God send. The wedding will be just fab!

  12. GB

    Congratulations Phyllis..
    I must admit, a tear.. (Just one!!) came out. Beautiful proposal.
    God bless you and yours x
    WHOOP!! Aisle Perfect 2014 Baybay!!

  13. Segi

    Awwhh welcome to the AP family! Such a cute story (thank God for his persistence! Lol) wish you all the best in planning!

  14. Phyllis

    Thank you all for your well wishes and blessings! Truly appreciate the love.

  15. Ndidi

    so Excited for your journey Phyllis! The best is yet to come 🙂

  16. lori

    you guys are an awesome couple so excited for you both.

  17. lori

    you both make an awesome couple

  18. Kristin

    I’m so happy for you both. From the first time he mentioned you,I could tell you were special to him. I look forward to meeting the woman that is his version of the perfect partner, and worthy of my buddy’s heart.

  19. Joe Miller

    I’m so happy for you guys!!!!

  20. Mercedes

    Amazing story!!!! I love the quote from that movie, haven’t heard it before but very true. I also love your honesty about your relationship. God bless your union. I can’t wait to read more about it.

  21. Ayawna

    This story is amazing and truly heaven sent. I am so very Happy for Phyllis and Calvin. The energy between them is inspiring. You can’t help but to feel excited for them and with them. And seeing my great friend so happy and full with love while being loved by a Great Black Man is an awesome sight. Can’t wait to pop bottles!!!!!

  22. Michaella

    I am in tears reading and watching this….lol. I’m so happy for both of you. The wait was definitely worth it!!

  23. Chy

    Congratulations! This is so beautiful, I’m looking forward to reading more. I am so excited for you and Calvin. You make a very nice couple.

  24. Phyllis

    Everyone has big baby crying again lol. Your kind words mean more than you know. I’m so happy to share my joy with you. My prayer is that each of you know true love for yourself. It’s a beautiful thing 🙂

  25. DERO

    Congratulations Phyllis. Your story on how you two met is amazing. Looking forward to reading about your wedding prep journey

  26. Frances Bangura

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats, can’t wait to follow you and I know its going to be exciting!!!!

  27. Shantel


  28. Tyra

    Awww ! reminds me of our engagement story bc my fiancé proposed in Vegas except it was HIS birthday lol. The proposal vid was too cute wish I could have heard the audio! & the high roller ride was a very unique place to get down on one knee! very unforgettable. congrats Phyllis!