Featured Couple: Azia & Alonzo
Their Love Story…
Azia and Alonzo met in junior high school in Harlem, NY. Azia says “I was in the 7th grade, he in the 9th grade. He was in a relationship for most of my time there until I got to 11th grade. He was in his first year of college when we had an impromptu (meeting) at a family member’s house. We talked casually for a few months then disconnected for five years. We rekindled via Facebook but once we met up on our first date (ice skating), we have been together ever since.”
“I was 9 months pregnant with our second son when he popped the question,” says Azia. “It was the day after our baby shower, so my family was still in town. My dad, uncle and sister were in on it but I had no clue. We walked our friends out to the car and Alonzo asked me to walk around to the back of the house to look at something. As we walked, he told me how much he loved me and was excited for the next two weeks. As we approached the back porch, he knocked on the window but I thought nothing of it. Minutes later, I looked up because I felt rain drops and he tapped my hand for me to look down (he was on one knee)…the windows were open and my entire family is screaming and crying in celebration. It was amazing, I cried and hugged him and then my mom jumped in and hugged us both. It was beautiful because he captured the moment perfectly; I only told him one time that if he ever proposed, I’d like my family there.”
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Why the Hudson Valley…?
“We just purchased a new home in December 2014 and wanted to continue celebrating the new chapter,” says Azia. The church they chose, Bethel Missionary Church in Wappingers Falls, is the same church where her parents got married 25 years earlier and is also the church where her grandmother, an ordained Reverend, preaches and works.
Most Memorable Moment…
Azia’s most memorable moment was hearing Alonzo’s vows, and Alonzo’s was their first dance.
Hudson Valley Professionals…
Rentals: Durants Party Rental (Wappingers Falls)
Rehearsal Dinner: The Derby Restuarant (Poughkeepsie)
Photographer: Myles Studio Photography (Highland)
Venue: Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel (Poughkeepsie)
Florist: Lucille’s Floral of Fishkill (Fishkill)
Cake: The Pastry Garden (Poughkeepsie)
Transportation: AVIS (Poughkeepsie) and Mid-Hudson Limousine Services (Poughkeepsie)
Photo Credit to all: Myles Studio Photography