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After The Aisle

Wife: Augusta Powell, 34, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative 

Husband: Casey Powell, 33, Vice President-Information Security Risk 

Place of residence: Long Island, NY          

Wedding date: September 22, 2017

Honeymoon Destination: Hong Kong and Thailand 

 

How did you meet?

We initially met in 2009 at a mutual friend's party. I never saw Casey before, and he was attractive. We said hello to one another and didn't say much after that. I figured that I would see him again, but I didn't - not for another two years. In 2011, the same mutual friend hosted another party. I remember that night vividly. My friends and I walked into the party, and I immediately spotted Casey talking with his friends. I was determined to leave a lasting impression. "I made my way to him to say hello, and the rest was history," said Augusta. We talked all night and danced a couple of times.  Two days later, we spoke on the phone for hours and planned our first date. A week later, we went on our first date, and it was the best date I ever had. 

How did you know your partner was the one?

Casey is the sweetest, compassionate, and selfless person that I've ever met. I knew Casey was the one when I saw him interact with his family. I met Casey's parents on our second date. From the moment I met them, it was clear that he came from a solid foundation. He also is a fantastic uncle to his nieces and nephews. Seeing him interact with them is the cutest thing! I instantly knew when we had children of our own, that he would be a fantastic father.  


What makes your love special?

We are a solid unit, and even though we are a unit, our personalities are evident. We are ourselves with each other. We are each other's cheerleader. We support one another in everything that we do, and we are honest and upfront with one another - even when we don't want to hear it. We both make each other better. I am a better woman because of Casey's love. He has shown me things and opened me up to so many things. I am completely me. 


What I love about Casey:

Casey is handsome, kind, and extremely intelligent. He's loving and always puts others first. I admire his passion for pursuing his dreams. He is also a family man that adores his mother and sisters. I distinctly remember praying for God to bless me with a man like Casey. He did just that. He's perfect for me. 

  

Proposal Story

On a beautiful July day, Casey said to me that we would be attending a yacht party. He stressed that we had to be on time, so I made sure that I got ready on time. When we got to the Brooklyn Bridge Walkway, I noticed that there wasn't any dock or boat for us to board. 

That didn't matter at the time; the breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge had me in awe. We began taking pictures of one another, and once Casey finished, he approached me and grabbed my hand. He began to speak, "From the moment you walked into my life...." I realized what was happening and I blacked out. I started to cry. I couldn't make out everything he was saying. I stopped for a second, and that's when Casey then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I said YES! I was in shock. I can only describe that moment as an out of body experience. Words can't express how happy I was at that moment.

Casey then said that we were going to dinner to celebrate. When we arrived at the restaurant, we had to wait a couple of minutes before we could be seated. The hostess finally came to tell us that our table was ready. I didn't see any available tables, so I figured we would be sitting in a private room. As we approached the private room, I noticed the lights were dim. When I walked in, I heard "SURPRISE," and saw nothing but the lights from the cameras flashing. Casey threw a surprise engagement party and invited our closet family and friends. I was in shock and started to cry again. I was so happy to see everyone including my family who flew in from Los Angeles to surprise me. I felt so loved! It's honestly a moment I will never forget!

From the Wife: 

I remember feeling a sense of calm on my wedding day. I've been looking forward to this day for years, and I was at peace and ready to become Casey's wife. There was a moment that I became emotional before I walked down the aisle. My father was sick and had to be hospitalized a week before my wedding. We thought that he would be cleared to fly, but two days before my wedding, his doctor confirmed that he would be unable to fly. I asked my brother to take his place and walk me down the aisle. I spoke to my father minutes before I walked down the aisle. I cried because I wished he was there with me. My brother, who was next to me comforted me and told me not to cry because he was there and would always be there for me. I felt a sense of calm after he said that and I was ready to meet my husband at the altar.

 

 

From the Husband: 

My wedding experience was incredible. I was a tad bit nervous the night before the ceremony, but the morning of, I was excited and ready to say 'I do!'  My wife looked stunning when I saw her during 'the reveal.'  After we said 'I do,' I felt relieved to have finally completed all of the planning it took to execute the ceremony and excited to get to the party.  It was a great time with family and friends who got to share in our milestone occasion. 

Your best/most memorable moment: 

The best part about being married is having someone to come home to, who supports your goals and is there for you during the best and worst of times.  

Wedding Details : 

Wedding location and why you chose this particular place: 

We decided to get married at the Woodbury Country Club in Woodbury, NY. We chose this location because of its beautiful garden. Large trees, beautiful flowers with a large pond in the middle, surrounded it. It was gorgeous! Our wedding photos were breathtaking!

Were there any cultural or spiritual elements that you added to make your wedding unique? 

I'm Nigerian, and Casey is Jamaican, and we wanted to incorporate our culture into the wedding festivities. In the middle of our reception, we changed into traditional Nigerian attire that my aunt in Nigeria made herself. It arrived in New York early in the afternoon on the day of the wedding! It was close, but I'm glad it came in time!

We wanted our family to bring us back out to the reception once we changed. We danced out to "Nwa Baby, " by Nigerian artist, Flavour, while our families waved Nigerian and Jamaican flags. It was one of my favorite moments of the wedding.

 

 

What's the best part about being a married couple?

The best part about being married is having someone to come home to, who supports your goals and is there for you during the best and worst of times.  

 

What's the best advice you received about marriage that you actually use?

I know its cliché, but the advice that we hear ALL the time is to compromise. No matter how painful, it's a necessary part for any successful marriage.

 

Now that you're preparing to be parents what are you both most excited about?

Casey and I always wanted children and now that we're currently expecting, were extremely excited about meeting this tiny human being that's the perfect mix of us. We both love children, and can't wait to welcome our son!

 

How do you think being parents will change your life?

We know that having a child changes everything. We're going to say goodbye to a full night's sleep and date nights. On the other hand, it will be all worth it. When you become a parent, your whole perspective of the world changes. You will do anything to protect your child. You have to make more sacrifices to make sure that you're building towards your future.