Photo credit: Cathi Milaine
About the Proposal
January 1, 2016

Dori and Fred first met on Thursday, October 21, 2004 in New York City. It was a beautiful evening (approximately 6:30PM) in Soho Manhattan, and the location was on Houston Street and 6th Avenue, near a traffic stop light. On that particular day, Fred left work and was on his way to a friend’s birthday party; who was also celebrating a milestone year of success throughout the music industry. While in his car and in route to the gathering, Fred called another friend (Deidre) to invite her to the party since this was also an event for professionals throughout the music business. While speaking to Deidre and inviting her to the party, Deidre mentioned to Fred that she was also on her way to that very same party. Coincidence right? While in the car chatting with Deidre on the phone, Deidre told Fred that she was actually 10 minutes away from the venue and that she’d meet him at the front entrance so they can go in together. Fred then asked Deidre for her exact location and Deidre mentioned that she was at a traffic stop light on Houston Street and 6th Avenue with two of her friends in a yellow taxi cab. Ironically, while on the phone with Deidre in his car, Fred ALSO happened to be on Houston Street and 6th Avenue. Interestingly enough, Fred’s car was located two cars ahead of Deidre’s taxi cab. While on the phone with Deidre in quite surprise, Fred then tells Deidre to get out of the taxi cab and jump into his car to ride along to the party together. Since Deidre was with two of her friends (Tanya and Dori), she asked Fred if it was okay for them to ride along as well. When all 3 girls entered Fred’s car to head to the party, Fred was immediately struck by Dori’s beauty. After a great night at the party, Fred and Dori kept in touch. As time passed along, Dori and Fred became more than friends and the rest of their story was history in the making, full with God’s grace in the most unbelievable love story ever told! The proposal. Since Daurisa and Fred haven’t been on a vacation together in over 5 years, Fred planned a very special engagement proposal for Daurisa on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016) in San Juan Puerto Rico, where Daurisa is from. Understanding that this celebration is one of the biggest moments in every woman’s life, Fred wanted this proposal to have a timeless meaning to it, full of value, full of love, full of sacrifice, and also full of substance. Prior to finalzing the preparations for the big day, Fred's first step was to shop around for a beautiful engagement ring. What was even more important to Fred was that their 7-year old son (Jordan) was also part of the selection process. One weekend during the Thanksgiving season, Fred and Jordan went ring shopping to over 11 different jeweler locations. Although the process took several weeks to finalize, it was certainly well-worth it! Since Daurisa and Fred both share the same taste in quality and style, Fred wanted to purchase a ring that was breathtaking. He wanted Daurisa to be reminded that everytime she looked at her hand, she was reminded of their love in the beauty of her precious diamonds. After many weeks of searching for the right engagement ring, Fred finally found a ring that was very classy, elegant, and also bridging the gap between modern and traditional style. The sweet thing however is that Daurisa is the type of person that didn't care what type of ring Fred purchased for her. Her love for Fred is uncondtional, and also endless. Nevertheless, Fred still decided to go out with a BANG by selecting an 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond engagement ring, featuring a brilliant cut diamond as the center stone. The center diamond weighs 1.37 karats with an excellent cut, polish, clarity and symmetry. With certifications and ratings from G.I.A (Gemological institue of America), the diamond is set in a ring with a cushion shaped halo of prong set brilliant cut diamonds, which also follow along the band of the ring with 38 featured diamonds in the setting. The total weight of karats combined in the engagement ring equal 3.2 Karats. After finally selecting that perfect ring, Fred then made preparations to have the proposal take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on a private beach at one of the most gorgeous hotels in the country (Caribe Hilton). On this private beach, Fred prepared a phenomenal dinner with four of the best chefs in Puerto Rico, along with a very impeccable setup and décor for the evening. The decor was filled with extravagant linens, silverware, candles, flowers, champagne, and more. Since the motif and the atmosphere was perfect, Fred then grabbed Daurisa’s hand and walked towards the beach to pray together. Immediately after their prayer, Fred read to Daurisa a love letter called "Unconditional Love", which is also featured on Fred's blog at After reading the love letter to Daurisa, her eyes were full with tears. While the waters from her eyes dripped to the sands of the ground, Fred kneeled down on one knee and asked Daurisa to marry him. With the sounds of soft Christian music playing in the background and a face full of tears, Daurisa immediately shouted “Yes”! Sounds of applause filled the scene as everyone hired for the suprise embraced Fred and Daurisa with smiles and big hugs. Fred then picked up Daurisa with two hands and while hugging each other they kissed the night away as the journey to their engagement began.
About the Dress
// Kleinfeld Consultant: Unknown

My dress is from Bridal Reflections The designer is Allure
About the Wedding
Married: September 18, 2016 // Location: New Jersey // Venue: The Palace at Somerset Park

The wedding was amazing!!!! We had guys on stilts dancing in the crowd during the reception. Me and my husband washed each others feet as a symbolism of our love. Our 7 year old autistic son danced and was the star of the show. Our first dance was magical. My husband crowned his mother to Rod Stewart's Have I told you lately that I love you. My husband and groomsmen did a dance and singing performance for me . And finale is driving off in a Rolls Royce Ghost...