Host: Well, we just heard of some people who are finding some 1)potholes on the paths to true love, but the fact is there are many couples who have found a smoother road. One such couple is here with us now. Gabriel Sheffield and Jasmine Harris are the winners of Essence magazine’s fourth annual “Will You Marry Me?” contest.
So, Gabriel, was it your decision to enter the contest? Do I have that right?
Host: What made you want to enter?
Gabriel: Well, I entered the Essence magazine contest because I just wanted the world to see how much love I have for Jasmine. The different heights that I go to just to make sure she is happy. And I figured what a better way to do it than do it in one of the top magazines in America, Essence magazine.
Host: And I’m wondering Gabriel, did you feel in part you were making a 2)statement by kind of not just 3)proposing to Jasmine, but wanting to share it with the world as it were. Do you think that that’s part of it?
Gabriel: Actually I meant to show all the young men that, you know, love still exists. You still can make a girl happy, you know, propose in front of the world and to a wonderful lady. Love is still out there for us.
Host: Jasmine, what about you? Do you feel that there’s an additional 4)dimension to kind of sharing your love with the world as it were?
Jasmine: Yes. I do think there’s an extra dimension there and I just feel like it’s a upper hand to all the young woman, especially that there is someone out there for you. You just have to wait, like God says, and he will come to you. And I guess that Gabe and I are a true 5)testament to that.
Host: All right, so Gabrielle, tell the true, who liked who first? Who noticed who first?
Gabriel: Well, I actually think Jasmine liked me first.
Host: Oh, OK. Jasmine, you want to second source that? I want to mention that you met at a company happy hour. So folks, who want to skip those company happy hours, maybe you want to rethink that strategy. So, Jasmine, is that true, did you like him first? Did you notice him first?
Jasmine: Yeah, I think only because I saw him first when he walked through the door, but otherwise I think it would have been the other way around.
Gabriel: Probably so. She’s a 6)gorgeous lady.
Host: OK. So, Gabriel, what do you like about Jasmine?
Gabriel: I love everything about her, her eyes, smile. She’s a family person, so am I. And she is very 7)studious. She’s a very smart young lady. And that’s what drives me about her.
Host: How did you know she was the one?
Gabriel: Actually, it was one night we was [were] watching a movie and she was asleep on the couch. And at that very moment, something came to me and said like, Gabe, you know, look, this woman: This is her. This is the one for you.
Host: Aw. Jasmine, Jasmine, what about you? How did you know Gabriel was the one?
Jasmine: Honestly, I fell in love with him very early on, but I was more ensured that he was the one when he met my father and my brother. And they usually give guys a hard time, but they just kind of welcomed him in. And it was kind of a strange feeling to see them, like, oh, he’s part of the family already. I am like, hmm, that’s interesting. So, I just took it from there that it was just meant to be.
Host: Jasmine, what advice would you have for those who say, “I don’t know, I can’t find anybody good out there. There’s no good guys out there.” What would you say?
Jasmine: I would say love yourself first and that’s the beginning of anything, that you have to love yourself in order for anyone else to love you. And stop saying that there is not men out there because you could have already pass up the one that was for you while you’re sitting there saying that there is not anyone out there. Just keep waiting and be patient.