Engagement Sessions

Love & Adventure: An Engagement Session in Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Finding love online isn’t a new concept, but for Jessica and Denzel they never thought they were one direct message away from discovering their soulmates. Ever since the two developed a connection on Instagram on June 15, 2018, they have been together. Check out more from their jaw-dropping engagement session with Bridal Suite Member, Second Shots Photography and previously featured in the Summer 2021 Issue of Black Bride Magazine

Bride: Jessica Ibekwe, 30, Registered Nurse

Groom: Denzel Duruji, 32, Nurse Practitioner

Place of Residence: Houston, Texas

Engagement Shoot Location: Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Wedding Date: June 12, 2021


Engagement Story

After coming back to town, Denzel said that he had a Christmas gift for me, and I was very excited. He told me to get dressed since we hadn’t had a date night in over three weeks. As we walked into Morton’s Steakhouse, Denzel was very persistent in wanting to sit somewhere in the back, and I told him I wanted to sit next to this booth because it looked better. The hostess said, “I think we have a better seat for you guys.” I thought, “This guy got all fancy and got us a private room!” As I walked in and stepped on rose petals, I saw so many candles on the floor as tears rolled down my face. In big illuminated letters were the words, “Marry Me”. He grabbed my hand, asked me to marry him, and I said yes!  

For the Groom: Walk us through the behind the scenes of creating this special day: 

In order to keep the surprise, I had to do everything in 24 hours because Jessica is like Inspector Gadget. I rushed frantically through the streets of Houston trying to put this grand, beautiful proposal together for Jessica. I thank Lux Maitriser for helping me put this together. She found the place and decorated everything. She’s seriously the best planner ever!

What makes your love special? 

Our love is special because it’s a genuine friendship, bond, soul tie. Our relationship is filled with God as our glue. Jessica is my best friend. She will always be my heart, my rib, the reason why I breathe.

What was the theme of your shoot? 

The theme behind our shoot was passion, love, and adventure! 

Were there any memorable moments during the shoot? 

The most memorable moment during the shoot was when Denzel helped me to get into my gown. He wasn’t familiar with a corset. He was so nervous that he stuck each string in the wrong place.


What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

I am looking forward to being Mrs. Duruji and spending a lifetime with my best friend.

Have you started planning your wedding? 

Yes, we have started planning my wedding with Events with Darrell Weddings and are looking forward to the day, June 12th.

Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish them many years of wedded bliss!

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