Diamonds Direct Love Story: Makeya and Brandon

Makeya Skanes, 25, and Brandon Bailey,26, are an easy-going couple. Their most memorable dates have been simple walks through a park with heart-to-heart conversations. Their planned zip-lining date was fouled by bad weather, and they were perfectly content with that. But when it came to the proposal, Brandon decided to do it up BIG, in front of all their friends and family! This is their love story.

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of each other?

Brandon: We were introduced by her sister-in-law. My first impression of Makeya was that she was a go-getter and very passionate about working as a pediatric nurse. I was initially worried that we wouldn’t have much in common. That just goes to show you that you should go into every situation with an open mind! If I had written Makeya off based on my opinion of her after our first date, I would have missed out on something special.

Makeya: We met through my sister-in-law. He would come into her work frequently, and one day she called me and said she had the perfect guy for me. My first impression of Brandon was that he was the guy I had been praying for. It was kind of startling; he was everything I ever wanted in a guy.

What is your favorite thing to do together as a couple?

Brandon: I would say spending time together, enjoying each other’s company. Whether we go out or not, we enjoy spending time together.

Makeya: I think our favorite thing to do is just being together. It honestly does not take much to make either of us happy, so long as we have each other.

Please explain your most memorable date.

Brandon: My most memorable date would be when she and I attempted to go zip-lining at Red Mountain Park. She and I would often talk about things that we always wanted to try, but never had the opportunity to. One day, I mentioned that I would be interested in going zip-lining. Shortly after that conversation, Makeya bought us tickets to go zip-lining at Red Mountain Park. Just as we began to put on our harnesses, it began thundering and storming really badly. We were both relieved when our tour guide cancelled our zip-line tour due to a lighting warning, as we were both nervous when we realized how high off the ground we would be. That day was memorable for me for two reasons. First of all, it showed me that Makeya was a team player and she was willing to get out of her comfort zone to do something that she thought I would like. Secondly, that was the day that I asked Makeya to be in a committed relationship.

Makeya: My most memorable date would be our first. I remember walking in Railroad Park, talking about all our future goals, and getting to know one another. To me, that was just a really fun time. We were getting to learn about one another and we were so carefree. There were no awkward moments, and it just felt like we had known each other long before then.

Describe your partner in three words.

Brandon: Beautiful, Caring, and Driven

Makeya: Supportive, Loving, and Genuine

What is your favorite thing about your partner? Why?

Brandon: My favorite thing about Makeya is her determination. On our first date, Makeya outlined multiple goals that she wanted to reach within the next couple of years. It’s certainly been a pleasure to watch her achieve every goal that she mentioned on that day. I am so proud of her, and I admire her so much for her drive and determination.

Makeya: My favorite thing about Brandon is how caring he is. He is the kindest person you will ever meet, and he is always willing to help anyone. He genuinely cares about everyone’s well-being and you just don’t find that quality in many people.

When did you realize you had met “the one,” that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with each other?

Brandon: I realized she was the one when I saw how natural and easy things flowed between us. Nothing ever seemed forced. We were able to be ourselves and we shared the same goals. When I realized how loving, caring, strong, and supportive she was, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to make her mine. She is literally everything that I ever wanted in a mate and more.

Makeya: I realized I met “the one” pretty early in the relationship. I think we were still just friends. It was during one of our many late-night phone conversations. I knew he was “the one” because we had a strong connection to each other.

Can you each tell me about the proposal from your own perspective?

Brandon: I was very nervous the day of the proposal. After spending about five months planning an engagement party, the day had finally come. The party was supposed to be a surprise, and I hoped that I had not given the surprise away.

Makeya: So, Brandon told me about a month in advance that we were going to a friend’s birthday party that night. When we arrived to the “birthday party” the blinds were open, and I saw a friend of mine. I knew then, that it definitely was not a friend’s birthday party. I kind of had an idea all along that we were getting engaged, but there were several things that threw me off. As for the actual proposal, it was so sweet. When we walked into the building, “Get You” by Daniel Caesar was playing. Brandon gave a quick little speech and asked me to marry him in front of all our family and friends. It was such an amazing experience to share this milestone with our friends and family, I was happy that Brandon chose to include them. I was so excited that night I couldn’t even eat because of the butterflies in my stomach! I would say it was by far the best night of my life!

What was your experience like shopping for the ring at Diamonds Direct?

Brandon: My experience shopping at Diamonds Direct was great! Their entire staff is professional, friendly, and easy to work with. I particularly enjoyed working with Ben Ash, who sold me the ring. He gave me his personal number and made himself available to answer any questions that I had regardless of the time of day. I would highly recommend anyone in the market for a ring to pay Ben Ash at Diamonds Direct a visit. I love the ring because it is unique, and I was able to personalize it in a way that stands out from other rings.

Makeya: It was a great experience for me! The salesperson was very helpful and knowledgeable. I learned so much about diamonds from just one visit to Diamonds Direct. I love the ring because it is so beautiful and exactly what I wanted.

 What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given about love/relationships?

Brandon: I would say the best advice that I have been given is to always communicate with your partner to make sure that you’re on the same page. In relationships, you must be willing to listen to your mate and be willing to work together to achieve your desired goal. If both of you are on the same page, pursuing the same goal, there is nothing or no one that can come between you.

Makeya: The best advice I have been given is to never forget to tell/show the one you love how much they mean to you. With Brandon and I, we never question how the other one feels because we are constantly telling/showing each other just how we feel.

Now that you’ve found “the one,” what advice would you give to someone else about love?

Brandon : I would emphasize the importance of making God the focal point in your relationship. I would also advise them to take the time to get to know each other inside and out and learn how to effectively communicate. When conflict arises, you must be able to talk things through and move past them.

Makeya: My advice that I would give to someone else in love, to be sure to tell the one you love how you feel at every chance you get. Life is short, and you never know when it is your time, so make sure the one you love knows exactly how you feel about them.

What are you most looking forward to about spending the rest of your lives together?

Brandon: I look forward us loving each another, supporting each another, and pushing each other to be the best that we can be. I look forward to being there for her whenever she needs me and her doing the same for me. I can honestly say that I would rather not go on life’s journey with anyone other than Makeya by my side.

Makeya: I am looking forward to learning, growing, and taking on life’s challenges with my best friend. I cannot think of anyone I would rather tackle life with than Brandon.


Photos by There It Is Photography


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