“He is my miracle, that saved my life.”

If you saw my booth at Borrowed – then you know already how I feel about graffiti.

I LOVE it. I find the art [yes, I consider it art] of graffiti/street art to be slightly intoxicating, raw, and rather exciting. Maybe I’ve been watching too much “Exit Through the Gift Shop“, or perhaps I was a graffiti artist in a previous life [how cool would THAT be!?], but when I see wedding pictures in front of graffiti or street art, well, I just HAVE to have that on my blog.

So, thanks to Anny. Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights] I have a fantastic, Baltimore, MD engagement session to share with you today … and yes, it features not only some seriously awesome graffiti, but a seriously in love couple ~ so … win win.

Plus, Jane & Derrell’s love story is a seriously raw & tough emotional journey – not your average, ROMCOM-type tale. It has some lows – but it makes the high [their proposal!] that much sweeter.

Derrell & Jane’s Graffiti Engagement Shoot in Baltimore, MD

About the couple:

Derrell and I were both born and raised in Baltimore. We met when we were 9 years old at our local basketball rec league. We would later attend the same high school, and were captains of our basketball teams.

Our junior year, we both were teacher aide’s during the same period. He would hurry up to finish his work to spend time with me, and he would start to walk with me to my classes. People always joked and called us “love and basketball” like the movie, but we paid it no mind.

We started dating the first month of our senior year in high school, and from then on it’s been better than the movie, and more than just love and basketball. At the age of 16, I was put out of the house on my own, and he’s been with me through thick and thin.

He has helped me heal from a wretched childhood, and has literally helped me rebuild my life from nothing (absolutely broke, hungry, and just a duffle bag of clothes) to being able to have more so that we can give back to others. He has kept me smiling every single day. He is my miracle that saved my life.

What an incredible love story right? Really makes you put things in perspective!

Click inside for the rest of Jane & Derrell’s Baltimore, MD engagement feature AND the adorable proposal story!

The proposal:

On our first Christmas, Derrell bought me a pair of Jordan’s. I told him, “I know the right man is for me, if he buys me the Space Jam Jordans”. He replied “you’ll never be married because they’ll never come out”.

On Christmas Day 2009, I came home after a horrendous day on the ICU. His brother was over and left. Derrell told me to close my eyes. I heard him rummaging through the closet, and I said “is it a puppy?”, he replied “no way”. He finally told me to open my eyes and on the floor was this giant box, I tore off the wrapping paper and it said “lowes flooring”. A bit confused I opened the box and inside were the Space Jam Jordans.

I was so excited and starting jumping up and down. He told me to try them on, and I told him they were the wrong size. He kept insisting, so I did, after I put them on, I looked up and there he was on one knee with a tear down his face. I asked “are you crying, why are you crying?” (in my head I thought he was going to tell me he was sick). He said “I have something to ask you”, and he got a ring out of his pocket and proposed. I don’t remember [exactly] what he said, but I said yes.

ps- he finally got me that puppy 2 years later … during march madness of course :O)

Congratulations Jane & Derrell – thank you for sharing your intimate, beautiful love story & proposal with us! A special thanks to Anny. Photography & Two Bright Lights for making this feature possible!



  1. Their story is AWESOME. I have no idea what Space Jam Jordans look like, but the very fact that she asked for them makes us kindred spirits. Love this redeeming love story!

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