The more engagement sessions that we post, the more inventive and creative and flat-out boundless we realize you guys are! Meredith and Jamaal’s e*shoot, sent to us by the mega-talented Sean Flanigan was all about the quest for fun and the art of love! See the whole shoot {here}


Meredith and Jamaal

I was told to “pack my bags”, because we were “going somewhere tomorrow” when I walked in the door from a long day at work. It was four days before Valentine’s day 2009, which also happens to be my birthday. A million questions ran through my head. “But what about work? I can’t just not show up!” I said as I went for my suitcase. “Don’t worry, I called them, they know that you won’t be in” are the words that made me stop in my tracks from across the room. He went on to tell me that it was going to be cold, but I couldn’t wrap my brain around the fact that someone was doing something so amazing, and so special for me, even though at the time I had no idea the magnitude of love and beauty that were in store over the next few days. He didn’t say much, so I assumed that it had something to do with my birthday. I could not sleep that night, my mind raced, wondering what was in store for the day ahead of us. I thought about the previous days, if there was something that I could have picked up on, a clue perhaps that would make some sense of it all, but it was a no go. The next morning a car arrived at the house to take us to the airport. Jamaal, tight lipped, had a grin on his face the entire way. Nothing I did or said could get it out of him. Could it really be that the person who is impossible to surprise, was really getting just that? A surprise indeed as we made our way to the airline kiosk to print our tickets. I held my breath as the destination city popped up on the screen, “Paris, France!” I couldn’t believe it!

He told me later that he was going to propose to me in the gardens outside of the Louvre, but decided against it when he realized how busy it was. We are both very private people, who live a quiet life, so when we got back to the hotel after a beautiful day at the Louvre, it just seemed to naturally play out in the most perfect way. We were going to take a nap before dinner, so I went in the bathroom to wash my face. For some reason when I came out, I went directly to a huge bouquet of roses that Jamaal had delivered to the room when we had arrived in Paris the day before. I just wanted to smell them before I laid down, but as I put my face down in them, he said, “There’s something in there for you.” I looked down in the stems, and saw the box.

The rest is a bit of a blur, as I tried to listen to what he was saying over the pounding of my heart. I do remember him asking me to spend the rest of my life with him, and I do remember saying yes. Kisses, hugs, tears, and laughter all followed as we called our parents, even though being the gentleman that he is, he had already asked my father for his blessing. If you know Jamaal, you know what a kind and selfless soul he has. Everyone that meets him loves him instantly. I had never been around anyone who possessed such an aura before I met him, now going on 8 years. We were friends for about a year before we became partners, and I truly feel that the connection we have cannot be put into words. I am so blessed to have an amazing person to share every day with, and that is why on October 9, 2010 I know that above all else, I will be marrying my best friend.

Save The Date from jamaal layne on Vimeo.


Thanks Sean!