I planned a romantic proposal in New York since I had never been there before and Erin always talked about going. I called my friend to find the best place to get flowers and asked Erin's cousin, Justin, who was also a groomsman, to get her to New York. The plan was for her to spend a weekend in New York with Justin and later I would be there to surprise her! Unfortunately, Erin told Justin she just did not feel like traveling that weekend. Even Erin's father tried to get her to go and she just said no.
Therefore, I had to switch gears. I changed my flight and decided to fly to Nassau to surprise Erin. I booked a romantic dinner at Shima Restaurant at the Island House on Thursday night in hopes of proposing there. Unfortunately, that didn't happen either as a result of an unexpected business engagement and a delayed flight, so those dinner plans were also canceled. After all of the foiled attempts, I decided to just keep it simple. In the Turnquest's home, I got down on one knee and asked Erin to be with me forever. She of course said yes.
What makes your love special?
Our love is special because when we met one another, it was like God winked at us and said, "Here's the one for you." Shortly after we met, we became very good friends. We had no idea that our families were connected long before we were born. We simply thought that we were two Caribbean students, Andre from Antigua and Erin from The Bahamas, studying law in London. However, in the spring of 2013, when we told our parents about our newfound romance, we uncovered a history between our families that we never could have imagined.
The best way we can tell our story is through a timeline of our love. In 1976, my aunt, (Caryl Turnquest Lashley) attended Lincoln's Inn in London with Andre's mother (Cecile Emanuel Hill) and they became fast, lifelong friends. In 1980, when Andre's parents got married, they spent a part of their honeymoon in The Bahamas and stayed with my father and aunt. Coincidentally, this is also the home that I later grew up in and also the home where wedding ceremony was held! Then in 1982, my father attended a business trip to Antigua and spent lots of time with Andre's parents. All of these events occurred before Andre was born in 1988 and Erin was born in 1991. And then in 2003, Andre attended Malvern College in Worcestershire, England. It was coincidentally the same school where Erin's father attended in 1973! Andre also lived in the same boarding house as Erin's father, House No. 7. The coincidences were uncanny. We knew that God truly saved us for each other.