We at Watch The Yard love to see HBCU sweethearts get married and this week we are featuring a couple who met at North Carolina A&T, have built a strong and beautiful relationship and now are getting married.
This week’s HBCU Sweethearts are Alexandria G. Randall and Uche S. Byrd, two Aggies who are full of school pride. Alexandria is currently attending Howard for law school and Uche is a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Uche also just so happens to be a member of Omega Psi Phi so you already know that we had to show him love.
We reached out to the couple via WereGoodCompany.com photographer Haythem Lafhaj(a member of the Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi) and Alexandria opened up about the engagement and graced us with the details.
How they met:
Uche and I met in August 2007 at North Carolina A&T State University in “The Civil Rights Movement.” I was the self-proclaimed teacher’s pet, and he was the brilliant mind….he got a better grade in the class than me.
How did the proposal go down?
Uche flew to GA to ask my Father for my hand in marriage Aug 27, 2015. From that point forward him and my Father coordinated to invite some of his friends and family to my Fathers 50th Birthday party where he planned to propose. There was a raffle at the party, of which I was the announcer of the winners, and Uche was the “winner” of the last ticket (yes, him and my Father planned this strategically and flawlessly). Uche, came up and my Father handed him the microphone where he started to make a speech as he walked me into the middle of the dancefloor; and after a few minutes of truly pouring out his heart to me he got on one knee (in front of over 150 guests) and asked me to marry him! I was completely blown away and literally almost passed out….but like seriously though, I thought I was going to hit the floor cold. It was amazing and I get goosebumps thinking about to this day!
Talk to us about how you incorporated Aggie pride in your engagement shoot:
Since the both of us have so much school pride, met at NCA&T State University, and started dating right after Homecoming in 2013 we decided to do a spin of our Blue/Gold school colors (Blue and White with hints of gold for the both of us). We are an extremely fun and goofy set of individuals so while we did want to capture a few serious shots we thrived on having our playful personalities dominate the energy of the session!
What did you do for your first date?
Uche and I went to a Washington Wizards basketball game, because I had never been to a professional game. I had a great time…eating….and watching the cheerleaders….and I think people were doing flips and shooting the ball during halftime….did I mention the food? But truly, both of us found our niche and had a great time!
What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?
No Lie and Don’t Judge….celebrating the Sabbath together (we are Seventh-Day Adventists) attending both church and potlucks! We have a great time hanging out with friends and mingling with our Church family.
How has planning for the wedding been?
The most fun that I will never want to have in my life again!
What are you looking forward to on your wedding day:
Confessing our love in front of the Amazing God that brought us together and sharing our love with family and friends!