Nika's Happily Ever After! 

Hi friends, Nika here! This has to be the most special post I've written thus far. I am still basking in the afterglow of all this. And for those who don't know why I just cannot stop smiling... It's because I'm officially ENGAGED to the man of my dreams!!! 

It was just an ordinary date night with Emeka, my then boyfriend. Well, let me clarify "ordinary" as nothing truly is with him! We sat down by candlelight to dine at my favorite Manhattan date spot- Gran Morsi in TriBeCa. After sharing dinner and drinks and lots of laughs, just as we were about to head out, Emeka insists I see the renovated space downstairs in the event room. We near the stairs and he whips out a blindfold to cover my eyes. He takes my hand and leads me down the stairs towards a chair, telling me to look directly forward. Then the blindfold is off. 

In front of me is a preview of a movie, with a narrator's voice who sounds a bit too familiar (we always joked he had the perfect deep, dramatic "Mufasa-like" voice for movie preview voice overs!). Unfolding before me in theatrical fashion was the most lovely, silly, romantic and thoughtful story... our  story. 

At this point, my heart is beating out of my chest and I'm swimming in an ocean of emotions of excitement and confusion when my Mufasa the narrator says, "Now, there is just one last question to ask!" The lights turn on and I turn to find all of my beloved family and friends smiling back at me with tears in their eyes. 

Before I even have a moment to fully process everything, Emeka is down on one knee with the most breathtaking, perfect sapphire and diamond ring asking me to be his wife. 

There simply aren't enough words in the English vernacular to describe the love this man lavishes on me every single day, despite my sometimes terrible attitude and periodic tantrums. His love is an ocean like passion and his patience is more vast than the Grand Canyon. He is a gift only God Himself could create. To have a chance to love Emeka back in this way is so unbelievably freeing. I'm still on cloud ten...

I can't wait to share more of this life changing season in my life with all of you. Hang tight... It's going to be the most incredible journey!

Xoxo, Nika 

Photography: Chester Canasa