Ollie! So very happy for you! Preston, you better treat her right as I know you already do. She is one of the most beautiful women, loving, compassionate, Godly, and hard working. She will do just about anything for anyone, so you make sure she takes care of herself! She has made such a big impact on me. Praying for the both of you that the Lord would bless your marriage and that you would better serve Him together than you would a part!
I am so happy for you guys and I am even more happy that you all are happy! I love you both. <3
May God bless and keep you. And we pray that the love you feel now will grow with Gods grace . Debby and Daniel
The best thing to hold onto in life, is EACH OTHER
The vows have been recited, the photos taken, the cake eaten -- all that's left to do is sail far, far away from ceremonial stress. A honeymoon cruise offered us all the comforts and whimsy of a ship at sea, but also provided the perfect destination for us to relax and reflect.
Up at 3:30am, bags packed the day before, we took off to Love Field Airport to catch a flight to Orlando, Florida. Final destination (the Bahamas), stateroom (7284) and any time dining were all important aspects when we planned and booked our honeymoon cruise. Mostly, we wanted to get away, spend quiet time with each other and relax.
Our trip included transportation from the airport to Cape Canaveral where we boarded the Carnival Liberty. Once onboard, we headed for the Lido deck to feed our faces with Guy’s Hamburgers, fries, and lemonade.
On our second night (dress up), Preston and I decked out in our fancy attire, ready to make a good impression. Next to love, nothing nourishes the body and soul quite like food. Our maitre 'd knew we were honeymooners and gave us a little personal space with our own private table for two nestled in the back of the restaurant which felt intimate, even in the large room full of other cruisers. We ordered Surf and Turf (Lobster and Filet Mignon)...scrumptious. The maitre’d topped off our evening with a heart shaped chocolate cake and he and his staff serenaded “Happy Honeymoon” to us.
Since it was our honeymoon and my birthday, I received a gift card for a massage.
Next day, we arrived in Nassau. Preston and I got off ship and toured the shops outside the ship. Each new experience was intoxicating, provocative, and made us yearn for more. And more is exactly what I got. Preston purchased the perfect diamond guard for my wedding ring.
The next day, we arrive at Half Moon Cay. I understand they have wonderful excursions, however, Preston and I can’t tell you about any of them. We spent the day leisurely strolling around the cruise ship, reading a bit, and just relaxing.
There was nothing more romantic than to spend our honeymoon on a cruise where we got a chance to visit exciting destinations and woke up each day stress free. Our honeymoon cruise offered us great value as it included our accommodations, meals and entertainment so we could spend more of our time enjoying each other.
As you know, Preston proposed on October 7th. We both agreed a trip to the court house would be sufficient for the marriage, HOWEVER, the night of the proposal, Ollie had an epiphany. She stayed up all night and quickly put together a plan for a private house wedding in their living room.
Wedding Checklist and Expenditures/Responsible Person
Decorations: ribbon for bannister (2) Ollie
Wedding bouquet Ollie
Hair (Jackie) 11/9 Ollie
Nails, feet 11/7 Ollie
Makeover (purchase eyelashes)ask Alexis
Tuxedo shirt, tie Preston
Wedding dress Ollie
Entertainment (CD) Tenora
Food and food service---
*Hors d'oeuvres: deviled eggs, cold cut pinwheels, spinach
dip/chips, veggie tray, smoked bbq sliders, punch Ron Session
Martinelli's Gold Medal Sparkling Cider for toast (4) Walmart Preston
Silverware, napkins Preston
Toast glasses Preston
Wedding cake (Albertsons) Carmen, 972-642-2692 Ollie
Wedding cake stand Kat
Wedding cake topper Ollie
Wedding cake knife Ollie
Honeymoon (previously covered) n/a
Marriage License Preston
Minister (Ben Garrett) Ollie/Preston
photographer (digital) Dr. Reid
Engagement photos for display (682-229-3167, Amir), 10/19 Ollie
Programs (cream colored cardstock) Ollie/Preston
Thank You cards Ollie
Venue for the wedding (home) n/a
Wedding website (www.wedsite.com) Kat
I’ve been a member of South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club since 2006. I knew my sisters loved me, but I never felt more loved than on November 2 when Yvonne Upton, Faye Collins, Marion Hill-Hubbard, and Gwendolyn Hunt put together the best lingerie shower I have ever attended. When B&P Club Sisters shower you with couture lingerie and grown women play with dolls, a lot of love and laughter results.
First, the décor was totally outstanding. It was in a festively decorated, color coordinated room surrounded by tables lined with gifts and a wonderful layout of food. The beautifully decorated cake with wedding bells was elegant, not to mention delicious.
The four hosts dressed in black and white with purple corsages met me at the door and welcomed me with hugs and open arms. They took all kinds of cutesy pictures of me as I posed magnificently, basking in the glow of their smiles. Furthermore, there was a table of appetizers, fruit, punch, and sandwiches.
After some time of talking and more greetings, Yvonne introduced two games for the group to play such as Bride or Groom (this bridal shower game card featured facts about the bride and groom and guests guessed if it was about the bride or groom) and Over or Under (the guests had to guess whether the number given in the statements were over or under the real number or amounts).
However, the real fun began when Yvonne divided the group into four teams of four. She provided each team with a doll, fabric, lace, pearls, and rhinestones. Each teams was given 15 minutes to create a wedding dress for the bride" using the items provided. Oh my, that’s when the real competition began. I laughed so hard, I was practically in stitches. At the end of the allotted time, a representative from each team described the outfit for the bride to be and then a vote was taken for the best wedding dress with gifts for the winning team.
It was pretty wild and crazy, since I had never felt so much warmth and love before. "I felt like the belle of the ball."
After the games were over, I tore into some beautiful, sexy lingerie (some naughty and some nice) in every color possible which included bras, bralettes, panty sets, teddies, gowns, robes, babydolls, and barely-there thongs, naughty open-crotch panties, exotic fishnet style pieces, and plenty more sexy bridal lingerie for Mr. Gilstrap’s exciting night.
When all the festivities ended, we finally ate the beautiful cake.
It was an exceptional Lingerie Shower, one that I will never forget, given by some extraordinary ladies. Much love for SDBPWC!
As September 29, 2017, our one year anniversary approached, Preston and I began to talk about marriage, however, he promptly reminded me that he had not proposed. I calmly said “OK”.
He then asked me to look in the outbox on his desk to see if I saw anything. I frantically searched, thinking all the time it must be an engagement ring. I returned to his bedroom and said “no, I don’t see anything except some papers.” He said look at the papers. I returned with a photo of the most beautiful engagement ring I had ever seen.
Preston said “do you think that it’s good enough for an engagement ring?" I said, “yes, it’s beautiful”.
He’s such a romantic. He explained what the three stones represented. The left stone represents me. The right stone represents him, and the middle stone represents us coming together as one.
I was beside myself with joy and happiness, kissing him all over his face.
He ordered the ring the next day and it arrived on October 7, 2017.
His next question was “when do you want to get married?”
I stayed up all night, reviewing my calendar and decided on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
That day would be perfect since we would be leaving on Sunday, November 12, 2017 going to the Bahamas for our honeymoon.
I created a checklist for the wedding plans. Preston woke up the next morning to the items that he needed to do…
March 29, 2016
Preston and Ollie have been in a relationship for a mere six months, spending practically every single day since falling madly in love, unfolding deeper connections, and nestling further into one another’s hearts and souls. His word for it is “cleaving”.
Their journey hasn’t been straightforward, the path not always clear. Preston and Ollie met on September 29, 2016 at Red Lobster and discovered an instant, close friendship and attraction. They knew within minutes of seeing each other that they wanted more. They believe the following eight signs of true love exist in their relationship.
1. Fireworks Explode. When we first met, there were Fourth of July-worthy fireworks. We are mature enough to know that the flames of passion won’t keep our relationship going strong forever. We need mutual respect, compassion, and great communication. But physical connection provides a powerful platform upon which to build intimacy and trust.
2. It’s Comfortable. While there are sparks, when we’re hanging out with each other person, it feels like we’re wearing a pair of soft, cozy pajamas. There’s no struggle to play roles. We can just be ourselves.
3. Our Hearts Say Yes. We’ve committed to each other whole-heartedly and without reservation. We aren’t ashamed to express how we feel about each other.
4. We are Honest. We share everything. We’ve opened up the fire hydrant of our hearts, gushing out our most closely guarded sources of pride and shame. And on a daily basis, we want to let the other know what we are up to; whom we’re seeing, emailing and texting; what we are thinking and feeling.
5. We Comes Before Me. We put us, our needs, and our goals, ahead of me, mine, and I. Preston teases that it’s too bad we aren’t younger because with this much love, it would spill over into making babies.
6. Nothing Means More. There are no achievements that mean more to us, that we value greater, than growing this love.
7. It’s a Romance, not a Relationship. We feel swept away by our relationship. I scream Preston’s awesomeness to the world every day. Our relationship feels happy, fulfilling, and fun.
8. Friends and Family Agree. Friends and family rejoice with us. My mom says “you found gold this time.”
9. I Can’t Wait to Get Home. I get excited when I’m on my way back to him. I want to be near him always.
10. We Feel Like We’ve Won the Lottery. I tell everyone, we “both” feel like we won the lottery.
March 1, 2017
Preston is definitely a giver…
He loves to see Ollie all dressed up.
She always has something for them to do and places to go. Preston took her to her favorite dress shop and she was like a kid in a candy store. She came out looking like “such a much”, but as you already know…It Ain’t What’s on the Woman…
January 29, 2017
Scents have a powerful affect when it comes to romance. Perfumes might be designed to act as an aphrodisiac to attract the opposite sex, but the reality is the smells that really make him drool and think aren’t necessarily found in a fancy bottle. The memory of a scent can stay even when you are not together. Is scent an aphrodisiac?
Preston obviously is big on scents and likes Cartier as much as Ollie does or perhaps it’s where she spreads it. He gave her two jars of Cartier Body Cream to stimulate his passionate drive. My, My, My…
December 29, 2016
Ollie loves shoes and hats. How many does she have? Nobody knows for sure, but she has a plaque in her office that reads…
”If the shoe fits, buy it in every color.”
Preston got off to a good start with six pairs of shoes for Ollie to celebrate their 3rd Month Anniversary. She’s such a Brick House…
November 29, 2016
In case you are unaware, Preston and Ollie are both hopeless romantics. The trend now is to celebrate each month’s anniversary. Preston loves giving gifts, but he’s not good about receiving them…it’s also Ollie’s birthday. They celebrated at Bob’s Steak & Chop (Ollie’s favorite restaurant) and red lingerie afterwards. Needless to say, they Turned Off the Lights…
October 29, 2016
Preston’s grandma always told him that smelling a woman’s hair tells you a lot about a woman: “if her hair smells good…other areas will smell good too.” He also fondly remembers his mother twirling in the scent of her Prince Matchabelli perfume. He obviously took a whiff of Ollie’s hair and she passed the scent test.
To commemorate their one (1) month anniversary, Preston bought Ollie her favorite cologne. By the way, if you know anything about Preston, he never buys just one of anything. He bought her two bottles of Must de Cartier.
Preston wanted their first public outing together to be in church. They coordinated outfits and made their debut at the Potter’s House, Dallas TX.
Since Preston had previously supervised the police department at the Potter’s Houses, he was allowed preferential parking.
The happy couple received rave reviews from all of Ollie’s girlfriends as security escorted them to their seat near the front of the church in the reserved section (a place Ollie had never sat in 20 years of attending). She made a decision to Stay in Preston’s Corner…
The next day (Friday, September 30), Ollie and her mother left on a weekend road trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was on the phone with Preston the entire trip. Rushing to get back to Dallas on Sunday, October 2, she did not even stop to allow her poor mother a bathroom break.
Upon arriving in Dallas, Preston invited her over to his place for dinner. He had cooked a scrumptious dinner of:
•Hot water corn bread
After dinner, they moved to his office where they talked and later danced. Somewhere between dinner and dancing, something special happened to both of them. Oh What a Night….
After talking for a couple of hours on the phone, Preston invited Ollie to have lunch. He allowed her to pick the location where they would meet in their separate cars. She chose Red Lobster on Cockrell Hill in Duncanville, TX. They met at 11:30 am.
The day was Thursday, September 29.
Preston made arrangements with the waitress to allow them time to get to know each other since it was their first date.
He talked non-stop for 4 ½ hours until finally at 4:30, Ollie said “I have to go. I have to teach class tonight.”
Ollie called Preston so they could exchange pleasantries and get to know each other better, however, she did not know she would have to pass a test just to get to first base with him. In his own special way, Preston wanted to check their age compatibility…
In his deep baritone voice, he began singing:
Each day through my window
I watch her as she passes by
I say to myself
"You're such a lucky guy"
To have a girl like her
Is truly a dream come true
Out of all of the fellas in the world
She belongs to you
Ollie finished: But it was just my imagination running away with me. It was just my imagination running away with me.
She was rewarded with this card.
On Tuesday, September 27, Ollie received a text from Joan Ragland, a very dear friend…
Joan: Would you like to meet a really nice man?
Ollie: Yes, yes, yes!
I am a woman-raised man. I had many life changing conversations with Mama Hazel, Grandma Kid, and Aunt Roxie. They taught me that a good man is one that waxes well with men and God. These venerated women spoke of idyllic – “wonderful and magical” – man and woman relationship where both the good man and the good woman are exclusively focused on creating more and more opportunities for love and romance. It was these conversations that established my views on relationship and marriage. I believed these women to be Divinely situated in my life to guide me in finding the ideal woman to spend the rest of life.
I was taught that a good man worked to make the ends meet while making sure that the means to those ends were ethical, moral, and principled. These teachings included the understanding that good men are good men because they first seek God’s face and resist their flesh. Good men lead their family in humble submission to God’s will. Good men believe in community, justice, service, and hospitality. Good men do not suffer fools even if they are the fools. Good men wax well with men and God because they remove self from the equation. And, when called upon, a good man can put a wrinkle in the sheets. A good man understands that siring children should be based on the love the good man shares with his good woman. The love between the good man and a good woman must the running over with the acknowledgement that the only receptacle for this overflowing love would be their child.
As with all things tempered by the flesh, I all too often tried to expedite this quest and assist God in the process. It was my insistence to assist the Divine that caused my will to conflict with the will of God. I fashioned myself as a good man, husband, provider, and role model – but, wisdom was not always the basics for my choices.
So, I labored from can’t see in the morning to can’t quit in the night to buy houses, lands, transportation, fashions, and other meaningless temporal things to demonstrate my love. I lead my households to God’s house – but, did not always insure they were led by God. My pantries, refrigerators, and freezers were well-stocked, and bread was aplenty. Daily stipends and allowances became an expected entitlement – never a blessing. This caused me to conclude that buying love is a worthless enterprise.
I had so many failures that I questioned God’s providence and promise to give me the desire of my heart. Now, I understand that He was prepping me to be patient and to trust in His promise. I stopped complaining and thinking that an idyllic man and woman relationship may not be my fate. I went about my business - being me. Then, on September 27, 2016, my breakthrough arrived. An angel – known in this life as Joan Ragland of Blucci’s Furniture – took my furniture order; and - while doing so - asked me if I wanted to meet a good woman. That good woman is Ollie Mae Finney.
After a year of investing and intentionally developing an idyllic relationship, I had the good sense to ask this good woman to be my wife. My life has been resurrected, redirected, and reconstituted – because, this time, I waited for God to fulfill the promise. The promise included gaining a saintly mother, two sisters, a brother, four grand-daughters, a great-grandson, and a host of new relatives. Boy, you just can’t beat God’s giving!
As I think about today and the love that we have shared for one year, I reflect on the many ways that we have been transformed by our powerful love. I can’t help but be eternally grateful to God for this wondrous blessing we have received.
Do you know how happy you make me feel?
Do you know how much I love you?
I feel so blessed to have found someone so special, so loving, so caring, so honest, so unbelievably charismatic, warm, and compassionate. I love you. Actually, I love everything about you….your eyes, your face, your lips, your body, your hands, your muscular legs, and your strong arms…and I do mean everything.
I love the way you brighten a room when you enter it…
I love the way you touch me and kiss me with such tenderness. And when you look deep into my eyes, without saying a word, I feel the deep love you have for me. I love how you make me feel when you hold me close in your arms and how you comfort me. I love the way we can talk about everything and nothing and still feel our world is perfect just because we have each other. I love how you love me openly and without reservation. I love how you make me feel there is nothing you wouldn’t do for me and that our love will last forever.
Every day I wake up to the thought of you. When I leave you,
I can hardly wait to be with you again. With each passing day, I fall more deeply in love with you.
Today marks the anniversary of our first year together…a year filled with awesome memories. I can say I have never felt more complete, more secure and more loved than I have since meeting you on September 29th. You have made me happier than I ever thought possible, especially this late in life.
I look forward to our future together with happiness, excitement, and anticipation. I want to share laughter and tears, joys and fears, gladness and sadness with you. I want
to stand with you…through thick and thin.
I adore you, I am devoted to you and I look forward to sharing all of my tomorrows with you. You are…
…my best friend
My prayer is that I make you feel the same way too.
Always and forever,
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