Love Stories: Yonti + Chris

According to Yonti Anchrum, 30, and Christopher Brown, 31, the best relationships blossom from solid friendships. A story six years in the making, their relationship entered a new chapter when Chris popped the question on Christmas Eve of last year. Now, the pair cannot wait to write the rest of their fairytale as they tie the knot this fall.

Photos by Sam Jasper of NowVision Photography


Yonti ChrisHow do you enjoy spending time together?

C: Our favorite thing to do is travel out of state to explore new places and things.

Y: We both love visiting new places. Our interests are very similar, so our trips always consists of a little bit of shopping, a lot of adventure, good eats, and some relaxation, too.


Describe your partner in three words.

Y: Compassionate, generous, relaxed

C: Amazing, talented, loving


What is your favorite thing about your partner?

Y: His relaxed nature—Chris is always cool, calm and collected. Whenever I am nervous or upset about something, he can always say the right thing to put me at ease.

C: My favorite thing about Yonti is how smart and educated she is. When she sets her mind to something that she wants to accomplish, she takes her time to achieve it. That motivates me to become a better individual.


Yonti Chris ringTell us about the proposal.

C: I had already gotten the ring but had no idea when I wanted to propose. In December, I asked her mom for her blessing; she eased my nervousness and gave me some great advice.

Y: My mother loves to open one gift on Christmas Eve. We were at my house and had just opened our gift, when Chris came over and pretended to not be feeling so well (I think it was nerves). He went down on one knee, and all I remember after that was saying “Yes!” and smiling with excitement for the rest of the night.


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

C: We visited the store about three times, and each time the associates were very knowledgeable about all of the rings. They were not pushy and allow us to explore all options before making our final decision.

Y: I knew that I wanted a timeless, dainty ring. The Henri Daussi ring I selected was my absolute favorite because of the French pavé halo design and the antique design in the bridge.


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

Y: Friendship should be one of the most vital parts of your relationship. Some of the greatest relationships come from the best friendships.

C: Always take your time before you decide to tell someone that you love them. People forget that love is a strong word that should not be taken for granted.


Yonti Chris 2What are you most looking forward to about spending the rest of your lives together?

C: As we continue life together, I am looking forward to starting a family and us being as successful as possible through the grace of God.

Y: I am looking forward to the continuous love, respect, and support that we give each other. There is no greater joy that I look forward to than spending the rest of my life with my best friend.


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