From Bowl­ing to Bells

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Phillip Baker, 32, is a Metro Bus op­er­a­tor in Wash­ing­ton DC; his new wife Vanessa Em­manuel-Baker, 28, is a Clin­i­cal Re­search As­so­ciate in DC, work­ing mainly with OB-GYN stud­ies and rheuma­toid arthri­tis.

The cou­ple met six years ago, as Vanessa ex­plained: “My sis­ter was work­ing with Phillip’s friend and I had just grad­u­ated from univer­sity in 2008. I hadn’t got a job yet and a group of them used to go bowl­ing dur­ing the week so I joined in, and I thought he was kind of cute. We went bowl­ing ev­ery Wed­nes­day and I de­vel­oped a real crush on him, but when I got I job I stopped go­ing and we lost touch. In 2010 we re­con­nected and started dat­ing in 2011.”

Phillip ad­mits he was in­trigued by this sis­ter of a friend of a work col­league: “I thought she was cute and kind of goofy when I first met her, and she seemed like fun. When we re­con­nected in 2011 we got closer as friends.”

So was it love at first sight? Not nec­es­sar­ily, although Vanessa knew early on that Phil was her man.

“Well at one point she told me ‘one day you’re gonna marry me!’ but I wasn’t in that mind­set at the time. We weren’t even se­ri­ously dat­ing at the time she said it, but over the pe­riod she be­came my best friend and when I pro­posed I told her I could see my­self liv­ing with her but not with­out her. That was a re­mark­able day.”

When the time was right, Phillip looked around for just the right way to pop the ques­tion to Vanessa.

“I had lots of crazy ideas, some of them in­volv­ing horse-rid­ing and a trail, but in the end I de­cided to do it at Bal­ti­more In­ner Har­bor, which is a re­ally cool place; her sis­ter and best friend helped me out tak­ing the pic­tures and cel­e­brat­ing with us. Vanessa’s pretty smart though, and she worked out which day I was plan­ning. I saw this great spot on a bridge and that was it. Dur­ing the pro­posal had to tell her “let me fin­ish talk­ing!” but the whole thing was a very mem­o­rable evening. We both kinda cried– t was awe­some!”

So the rest, as they say, is his­tory and the cou­ple de­cided on Saint Lu­cia as the only place they would like to get mar­ried. Ac­cord­ing to Vanessa: “My fam­ily is from Saint Lu­cia and I come here ev­ery year. I love it and I would love to move here one day. It was awe­some be­cause I got to meet some of my mother’s fam­ily who I hadn’t met un­til then. The wed­ding was great, and I cried dur­ing my vows–I’m not much of a crier but some­how Phil makes me emo­tional. The cer­e­mony was great, even though there was a bit of a prob­lem with the mu­sic–the DJ fixed it in the end though.”

Phillip added: “We didn’t get much time to re­hearse, but we had a very big group of 120 peo­ple, which is huge for a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding. San­dals had to pro­vide two wed­ding plan­ners be­cause of the size. We were re­ally blessed to be able to cel­e­brate it with our friends and fam­ily from all over.”

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