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An Alabama A&M Romance

We love a good HBCU couple, Crystalyn and Justin are one of our favorites. This Alabama A&M duo has the cutest love story. We can see how much pride they have in their school and love they have for each other in every word of their story. Start of your Monday with a great Alabama love story and some super cute southern style. Congrats to this adorable couple and we can’t wait to see all of the fun they have for their December wedding!



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Bride Name:


Groom Name:


Engagement Location:

Huntsville, AL

Engagement Date:

October 8, 2014

Alma Mater of Bride:

Alabama A&M University

Alma Mater of Groom:

Alabama A&M University

Current City where you live:

Huntsville, AL

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Bride Hometown:

Fairfield, AL

Groom Hometown:

Mobile, AL

Bride Sorority

Groom Fraternity:

Kappa Alpha Psi

How did you meet?


How long have you dated?

1 year 6 months

How did he propose?

Homecoming is always a big event! My family comes up every year to celebrate. We went to the parade, enjoyed the game, and partied the night away. It’s always nice to see friends that you haven’t seen in a long time. That night, on our way home, we were in an accident that totaled the car. I didn’t know he already had the ring and it was in the car at the time. When we got to the house, he slid the ring to my mom so I wouldn’t see it. We went to sleep and saw everyone off the next morning. While having dinner and watching a movie the following night he went into another room. I thought he was going to use the restroom. To my surprise, he emerged from the room and got on one knee. He told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Then he brought the box from behind his back and asked me to marry him. It was so simple but such a wonderful moment. It was a moment that I will never forget!

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When did you know he was the one?

We started talking in 2008 but neither one of us were ready for a serious relationship. I knew he was the one once we started dating this time around. He was a completely different person from the guy I met a few years back. Praying together each night sealed the deal for me.

What is the cutest thing he has done for you without you asking?

He does so many great things. It’s hard to think of just one.

What is something you love about him that has completely changed your life?

I love that we connect on a spiritual level. He pushes me to be great and I do the same for him.

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What part of wedding planning is making you crazy?

Bridesmaid dress shopping was my biggest headache.

What part of wedding planning can you not live without?

I can’t live without the decor/room setup. I catch myself looking at new ideas each day.

What was your first thought the day after your engagement?

I don’t think it really set in yet. I was still in disbelief.

What did you love about taking engagement pictures?

I loved that we were able to be natural. We’re both really goofy and we definitely let our personalities shine.

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Who did you tell first about your engagement?

I told my best friends which also happen to be my bridesmaids. I wanted to tell my family in person.

Are you used to the ring yet?

I’ll never get used to the ring. He did a great job!

How many times do you accidentally say girlfriend instead of fiance in a day?

I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer say girlfriend. It took me awhile though.


Photograph Courtesy of The Price Approach Photography

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Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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